Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Smitten with Summer

Summer is my favorite season, so when one of my favorite bloggers, Debby of Inspired Design, asked me to guest post on her Smitten with Summer series it was without hesitation that I glady accepted! Inspired Design is always full of inspiration. Debby's images are amazing and equate to happiness for me, making her blog a regular read of mine. Join me at Inspired Design to see what makes me tick during the summer.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hamptons Designer Showhouse

Last week, I made one final trip to the Hampton Designer Showhouse.  The Traditional Home sponsored showhouse runs through September 4, 2011. Do you love visiting showhouses?

Lillian August created this living room using a very soothing and calming color palette.
Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors designed the lower level of the two story pool house interior with such style and finesse! Quite frankly, the pool house is worth moving into...it's fabulous!    
Brady Design designed the upstairs level of the pool house with this eye catching artwork and comfortable seating area. I have a love of using orange accents in the home, so the popsicle artwork caught my attention as being whimsical and fun for this pool house.
Bakes and Company creates superb kitchens with their quality workmanship. What a brilliant design to stow the huge trays into the side of the island. It is this kind of detail to function and practicality that I appreciate. I find many times large trays are on the bottom of a cabinet or pantry with stuff piled on top.
It is known that I'm a lover of wallcoverings, especially in small spaces. It seems Meg Braff Interiors LLC echos the same sentiment. The square footage of this butler's pantry is not grand, yet the space is due to her wallpaper and fabulous lighting. Did you know Meg Braff has her own amazing line of wallcoverings? 
I love this lighting fixture in the guest living room created by Eddie Lee, Inc.
When it comes to painting walls black or brown, many homeowners steer clear. I love seeing dark colors used in design! Here's Joy Tribout proving that black on the walls is chic in this guest bedroom. I also love her nod to the equestrian lifestyle in the Hamptons.
Have you been? Are you local? Will you be attending? There's nothing like seeing the spaces in person!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Your tour of the NYIGF

The New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) is a to-the-trade show where vendors showcase their offerings to interior design and retail related individuals. I attended the show over the weekend and was eager to share some of my finds with you.

Go Home Ltd. is a company that always gets my attention for fun and interesting products for the home. This horse head sculpture is an artistic creation that immediately reminded me of the Hamptons. What a whimsical nod to the equestrian culture on the East End!
Asian Art Imports is a "green" company that uses reclaimed and sustainable woods for their creations, including their version of a horse's head. Do you like the shadow that this piece of art creates?  
JM Piers creates these gorgeous trays! This trio storage set is such a chic and stylish way of stowing necessities. These elegant containers could be used in a bathroom for such items as cotton balls, Q-tips and elastic hair bands or in an office for paper clips, staples and business cards.  
Look at the beautiful choice of colors and the various sizes. Where oh where, would I not use one of these sturdy trays in my home?   
Mariska Meijers creates high quality pillows that are vibrant and certain to zhush up any neutral decor. Her silk pillows are truly remarkable, not only visually, but to the touch. A top notch product indeed!
Markisa launched her new scarf line at the show. I think this plum and chic yellow piece would be fabulous paired with a plum wool coat this season.
I have spread the word about Dunes and Duchess candlelabras and lamps in previous posts. It is their passion, their American made quality products and the uniqueness of their offerings that I find attractive. At the show they launched their floor lamp and table, adding to their product line-up. 
The Duchess is as nice as she is stunningly beautiful!
Do you want a gorgeous floral arrangement to greet you when you walk into a room? Regardless of season, Diane James Designs has an "in season" beautiful floral to suite your needs creating ease of  living for clients with discerning eyes.  
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to the NYIGF!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Roberta Freymann Rocks!

Roberta Freymann not only rocks frocks, she has an impressive assortment of prints in a variety of items for the home. Recently, Suysel of Tilton Fenwick and I, along with her daughter and my children, attended a Baby Buggy charity event held at Roberta Freymann. Roberta Freymann, Divalysscious Moms and Imagination Playhouse all partnered together for the success of a shopping event where a portion of the sales were donated to Jessica Seinfeld's charity...a win win situation for everyone!
Roberta Freymann's prints are fresh, colorful and look great whether on the body or in the home. She creates fashions that are comfortable, chic and eye catching. She has a wide range of items for the home from table linens to curtains from bedding to throw pillows. She also makes great items for a baby nursery!
The colors, the pattern and the largeness of these towels makes them perfect for beach and poolside visits. Heading to someone's beach house for the weekend? Tie a big ribbon around one of these towels and you've got a great hostess gift!
How striking is this pillow? Love the print and the contrasting piping! Order this one fast, as the 18", 22" and 26" sizes are on sale!
I love the print and the trim tape along the bottom of this tablecloth. I would use this when designing a foyer, a bedroom or even for an extra tablecloth when entertaining.
I took a liking to this frock! The detailing is stunning.
Roberta Freymann is located in New York City, East Hampton and Southampton, NY. There's also a summer pop-up shop in Montauk through Labor Day. If you won't be able to visit a location in person, there is always on-line shopping at Roberta Freymann. When I think of Roberta Freymann I think of easy stylish living!