Nektar De Stagni Necklaces

Industrial Design is quite in demand now a days and it's slowly reaching our necks, literally.  In more gorgeous ways than one, though.  Lovely necklaces by Nektar De Stagni.


Let's Be Neutral

Good Morning!  It's a brand new week and it's full of deadlines to meet.  Before I head out the door, I leave you with these images that confirm that neutral is no longer quiet or inaudible.  It could also be glamorous... Enjoy!


Kitchen of the week: Distressed Wood and Brass

The Kitchen of this week is a no brainer.  It only needs a quick glance to love it; designed by Celerie Kemble, it has a modest-glam meets bare-foot-beach-walk feel.  The distressed wood of the island paired with the brass of the hardware and faucets raise my heart beat a notch.
I'll take off to enjoy a very rainy weekend, from what it seems.  Have a great weekend everyone!
images thanks to House and Home

Lucas's Bathroom Reveal: Before and After

I almost forgot to take before pictures of our little one's bathroom, but this is how it looked during midst of demolition, after removing the floor tiles some of the walls and the pedestal sink.  At that point my light bulb went on and I finally took one picture.  We gutted it down to its bone and re-configured the water pipes in order to install a pedestal tub.  I wanted to create a more of a nautical/bohemian/young atmosphere with some traditional reference.

The bathtub is really deep and spacious and I love how greatly suits the body.  I opted for bright blue gingham fabric for the curtains to bring in some color and freshness.

A few of the framed butterflies were picked by my husband and his father during camping trips when he was a kid.  The awesome faucet is another nod to traditional.
For the floor, I used penny tiles and my tile installer did a very cute border all around the bathroom for more interest.  I designed the custom made vanity with the intention of having enough space to sit Lucas in the mornings to brush his teeth and it's been such a good idea and incredibly functional.  I adore the niche above the sink and the nautical sconce is my absolute favorite!
You may be able to guess by now that I love niches.

The big scale whale you can spot through the mirror was a piece of art done by my father-in-law from shells we collected in Shelter Island this summer.  I think art is really what tells a story and speaks your heart. 
Photos by Marco Ricca

Young Collectors Night at the Winter Antiques Show


I'm more than exited to attend The Young Collectors Night this Thursday.  Hosted by East Side House Settlement and sponsored by New York Magazine, Benjamine Moore, and Elie Tahari, the exiting evening will attract a very interesting crowd of young collectors, philanthropists, design aficionados and, needless to say, antique enthusiasts.  The high-energy evening will offer the attendees a private view of the world's most prestigious antiques shows "renowned for its unparalleled showcase of American, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts dating from antiquity through the 1960's."  
Guests will also have to opportunity to meet some of the country's most prestigious designers at the "Meet the Designers" reception which will be led by the multitasking and extremely nice person Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York magazine.  "Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the East Side House Settlement, a leading social services agency that serves young people and families in the South Bronx and surroundings communities".


Tabitha Simmons's Manhattan Home

Tabitha Simmon's Manhattan living room with a rug with a butterfly designed by Annabelle Selldorf via belle vivir blog
I wish I had seen Tabitha Simmons's Manhattan home last week.  Her rooftop,  designed by Landscape Designer Miranda Brooks, would've been a perfect fit for last weeks post about New York City amazing outdoor spaces.  The Architect Annabelle Selldorf converted what was an 1850's apartment building in Chelsea into a serene 5-story home for Tabitha, her husband and their two sons.  to read more about visit Vogue.
Tabitha Simmon's Manhattan bedroom with a canopy bed designed by Annabelle Selldorf via belle vivir blog
Tabitha Simmon's Manhattan white kitchen designed by Annabelle Selldorf via belle vivir blog
Tabitha Simmon's children's room designed by Annabelle Selldorf via belle vivir blog

The back wall of the house was replaced by huge paned-glass doors and windows that make the space a lot bigger and taller.

Tabitha Simmon's Manhattan home designed by Annabelle Selldorf via belle vivir blog

Tabitha Simmon's Manhattan garden designed by MIranda Brooks

Tabitha Simmon's Manhattan garden designed by MIranda Brooks

Tabitha simmons and her two sons via belle vivir
The in demand shoe designer with her two sons. 
All images from Vogue.

Unusual Color Combination in Interiors

Peach with magenta or pink with mango are colors that not always come to mind when decorating.  Leave it to Muriel Brandolini, Jeffrey Bilhuber and Steven Gambrel to teach us how.  Muriel Brandolini does it in a very subtle way, everything kind of blends in.  Her colors do not have much to do with nature as much with her own creations.  Jeffrey Bilhuber on the other hand does it in a more contrasting way.   Steven Gambrel selection of blues is not any kind of blue and the outcome is always uber-sophisticated.  They are all master at doing it.  I love their result.

Steven Gabrel

Beige baseboards and moldings is not nough for Muriel, she rather paint them in either dark or saturated reach colors.

Pink, peach, raspberry and light green make this room look like a piece of cake.  

 Here, Jeffrey used purple, lilac, bronze.  Beautiful!
Purple paired with mango comes easy out of Jeffrey Bilhuber's hands.

Be careful what you wish for...

It's what they say...?  I think that makes more sense when it comes to snow.  People around me, excluding myself, would be perfectly happy with seeing snow only in ski destinations, were complaining about the East coast having not seen enough snow this winter.  So, mother nature heard them and today it is snowing outside our window.  A truly beautiful vision, especially when you're lucky to see it from above, but glad there is only 3 to 4" maximum expected.  Cuddle up!

images via Pinterest.

Retro Glam Interiors

When carefully put together retro inspired design can be glamorous and beautiful.  Very different to a granny outcome.  Enjoy!  Enjoy your weekend!

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