Best of 2012 . . a Year in Review

Hey All!

Say goodbye to 2012 and hello to a New Year, with new opportunities and new ideas.  Before the year comes to an end I wanted to look back and remember a few of my favorite installs, my "Best of" for the year 2012.  I want to thank, as well, all my amazing clients who were so trusting and open to new ideas and allowing me to do what I love - I truly appreciate it!  It was a busy year, and I loved everything I was involved in big and small, so thank you all again.  As I head into 2013 I hope to continue to be inspired and given the chance to help create something special for new and returning clients !

Take a look back through 2012 . . . my year in review . . .

Happy New Year and bring it on 2013 !

Hot of the Press !

Hi . . 

On this last day of 2012, a lot of reflecting and looking back at this past year is going on in my house, but first of all. . . Urban Home magazine released it's "Best of Guide" recently and it's worth taking a close look at . . a lot of great design and ideas fill the pages as we look back and say good bye to 2012 !

Take a look and click (here) for the link to the entire issue !

I am working on, as I always do this time of year, my "year end" i photo books.  It's one of my favorite things to do this time of year when it's quite, all my vendors are closed for the holidays and subs are on a well earned vacation!  This year Mekenzie is having a party.. next door.. so I don't have far to go (or come home) . . so it's a lazy afternoon.

Stay tuned for my "Best of 2012" in review. . . I am having so much fun looking back at all the fun projects I worked on this year . .

Stepping Out in Festive Style . . .  on your New Years Eve !
 A good excuse to overdo everything . .  the excess glitter, that dress shimmers, big hair maybe!  Take a look at my favorite holiday images . . 

And don't forget the pretty food !  Save the chips & salsa for the super bowl.

recipes thanks to Martha Stewart (here)

a. oyster with serrano chile, avocado and cherry tomatoes
b. twice-cooked potatoes with caviar
c. endive spears with herbed goat cheese
d. steamed ricotta dumplings
e. endive spears with lobster, avocado and grapefruit
f. beef and asparagus negimaki

1.  mulled white-wine sangria
2. classic champagne cocktail


The Resurgence of the Chesterfield

Hi again . . .

I say "resurgence," though the Chesterfield style sofa has been around forever, you may just have only seen or thought of them in those manly offices out there.

Modern to industrial to traditional, the Chesterfield sofa is back, and I love it.  The richly detailed diamond tufted upholstery and rolled arms are it's most distinguishing features.  Many credit the Earl of Chesterfield who commission a cabinet maker to design an elegant yet masculine piece and it became a sought after style for most of the early 19th century, becoming symbolic to British aristocracy and wealth.

I have long loved the iconic style and my desire for one came about when I paid a visit to the show room of The Rug Company in Manhattan earlier this year.  Here's were it all started for me . . . can you say yum.... (now only to snag that peacock feather rug . . it's a beauty)

So as a Christmas present to myself . . it sits and is often fought over by all of us, deep enough for two nappers and quite the focal point.

Take a look at all the other rooms I have saved on my Pinterest boards to draw inspiration from and take a good look at how a Chesterfield doesn't have to be office boring !!

Think about it, or just give me a call, be happy to find the perfect fabric and order you one too.