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Cultural Events: Fairs and Exhibitions around the World, May Edition

The month of May appears to bloom in other forms than just Nature.  This month is full of interesting events and exhibitions around the world.  From New York Art Week, the height of New York's art and cultural season to The Chelsea Flower Show in London.  Read on and enjoy art and beauty.

New York Events and Fairs

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2017

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2017 

From April 2nd to June 1st 2017
This year is the 45th year anniversary of Kips Bay Decorator Show House.  The lucky home to be transformed by celebrated Interior Designers this year is located on 125 East 65th Street.  Since living overseas for the past 5 years, in Brazil and then in Europe, I haven't been able to cover any of the East Cost Decorator Show Houses, which I did consecutively since the year 2008.  But when in New York City this summer, I'll make sure to pay a visit to The Hampton Designer Showhouse, which stays open longer and get inspired by all these incredible designers.  All proceeds of this 45 year old design event benefit Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, which currently reaches over 10,000 young people at nine locations throughout the Bronx.  Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City. 

NYC x DESIGN from May 2nd to May 24, 2017
Spanning all disciplines of design, NYCxDESIGN creates a collaborative platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, increasing awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences.  NYCxDESIGN brings together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios.  The event is a collaboration between New York City Economic Development Corporation, City agencies, the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and a steering committee composed of some of the City’s most renowned design institutions, retailers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, curators, educators, editors and—of course—designers.  
Under NYC x DESIGN umbrella there are many other different exhibitions and events throughout New York.  Ror a complete list of them go here.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) From May 21 to May 24th 2017.
ICFF is North America’s largest series of design events for interiors with more than 750 exhibitors from around the world showcasing what’s best and what’s next in contemporary design, luxury interiors and high end furniture.

Art New York and Context New York from May 3-7 at Pier 94
The two sisters fairs produced by Art Miami alongside each other will showcase artwork from more than 150 galleries representing nearly 1,200 artists from 50 countries.

Events in London

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show from May 23rd to May 27th
Showcasing the best on garden design
World-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together every year to one of London's most charming and affluent neighbourhoods to show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits.

Affordable Art Fair from May 11 through May 14.
If you are a young collector with a set budget and happen to be in London, Affordable Art Fair is the place to buy art.  The show offers limited edition by household names and younger and emerging artists creations.  Work is priced at a maximum of £5,000.  Definitely one I would go. 
Giacometti from May 10th to September 10th 2017.
Tete Modern in London presents the UK's first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti for 20 years.  Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognizable works of modern art.  This exhibition reasserts Giacometti’s place alongside the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the twentieth century. 

Berlin Events

Gallery Weekend from April 28th through Sunday 30th 2017 
The festival presents exhibitions by emerging and established artists from 47 Berlin galleries.  

Christopher le brun painting
Christopher Le Brun, Now Turn The Page. From April 28th through May 26th, 2017
coinciding with Gallery Weekend Berlin there is a solo presentation by acclaimed UK artist, Christopher Le Brun.  The British artist's paintings are stunning.  Now Turn the Page features new oil paintings, and mixed media works on paper.

Paris Events and Fairs

Roland-Garros French Open of course from May 28 through June 11 2017

La Nuite Europeenne des Musees- Museums stay open late and many other events are planned among the City of Light. 

Saint Germain des Pres Jazz Festival from May 11 through May 22 2017
What could be better than Paris, jazz while enjoying a good glass of Riesling.

Happening in Venice

La Biennale "Viva Arte Viva" 
The exhibition that happens biannual, hence its name will open to the public on Saturday May 13th and runs through Sunday November 26th 2017.  Artists will exhibit in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice.

There are many other events from previous posts that are still going on.  For more info go here.

Weekend Comfort: What to pack to Provence

We are planning our 2 weeks long vacation to the South of France and since we are a bit adventurous, but in a low risk way, no bungee-jumping for us.  We are more of leisurely adventurous ones, we spend 2-3 nights in a village then we pack up and move on to another town for a couple of days and then to another one for the last 5-6 days.  We just love Provence so much we really want to get the feeling of all these little charming towns and take it all in while there.  The first few days will be in Gassin to enjoy the charming beautiful town and also to be just close enough to St. Tropez.  Our second stay will be at Uzes for 3 nights where we will be able to drive to Arles and Saint Remy and all those beautiful towns where it doesn't matter how often we go it's always amazing.  Our last stay will be in Gordes where all we are planning to do is well the same things we will have been doing for the previous week, wondering around, visiting Flea Markets and stopping on our ways for new discoveries.  I really can't wait.
This will be our third year in a row spending two weeks of summer in Provence but there is so much we don't know, so much we would love to show our son and share together that if you guys have any recommendations for us please share.  Do you know of a new restaurant, hot spot or exciting little town?  Please let me know. 
I'm a sucker for comfortable clothes especially comfortable pants and dresses, pieces you can intermingle and make traveling easier.  Now, we all know that the South of France can get pretty warm so there will be lots of off-shoulder, ruffles and of course stripes.
A Boater hat is a must to any summer destination, A black asymmetric cold shoulder top for $44 is  perfect for evenings,  This polka-dot-cold-shouldet top with 25% off is super adorable, A Cashmere scarf for the evenings, this dress is a bit pricey at $593 but love how comfortable it looks, aren't these espadrilles the cutest and if you are going to Provence you need to take a pair of espadrilles for $119, the classic white pants not bad for $381, in this case not jeans something with softer fabric, a big woven straw tote to hold the daily purchases, the jeans skirt is classic with a twist and for $30.99 is practically free.

10 Great Ways to Decorate Your Foyer

As everyone knows, a first impression is important.  In many cases, definitive.  Accordingly, a gracious foyer decor speaks volume of what lies ahead.  Whether you are lucky enough to have in your home a full room for a foyer or a small entryway, there are endless ways to decorate it in a welcoming way.

Contemporary Entryway

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In this entryway two identical eagle-base consoles with two respecting round mirrors bring balance and symmetry to the entrance of this home.  The shimmery wallpaper decor adds a touch of glam to the space.  

A Coastal Entryway

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In this entryway, everything displaying in it reminds you where you are, at a beach town.  From the vintage-looking framed swim suit to the surf board to the coral.

The Tented Foyer

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You can easily tell that the owners of this home love beautiful patterns and Asian influence in their decor.  The atmosphere makes you want to see more of the decorating style inside the rest of the house.

The Hunter Lover Foyer

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The feeling in this space is one of nature lover owners.  I love the architectural pieces such as the pedestal use as table and the architectural prints.  All these design elements speak volume of the owners sense of decorating.

The Upholstered Foyer

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In Carolina Herrera Baez’s home, the atmosphere in her foyer decor is of coziness and comfort.  Perfect for a family of children.

Country Elegant Foyer

10 great ways to decorate your foyer
Unfinished textured furniture and metal door and stone floor make this foyer ideal for everyday use.

French Country Foyer

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Lovely oversized antique mirror gives this foyer movement and light reflection.  The plaster covered walls and antique tall doors get softened up with light wood chevron floors.

The Library Foyer

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This room can perfectly be a foyer.  Decorated as a library with bookshelves and a classic library table reads culture.

Bright and Bold Foyer

A very bright home decor style in this entryway.  The bright pink wall and bold fabric on the upholstered chair tell its visitors this house is for fun and we don't take ourselves seriously.  

Stripped Entryway

In this entryway, space was never an excuse to not be daring.  Different patterns of black and white are used on walls and iron based furniture keep the space from getting overboard.

Greek Revival: A Perfect Beach Home

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When I think of a beach or vacation home I think of a home with some level of restrain in the decor but comfortable enough to serve its purpose.  Now that summer is approaching and soon will be time to escape somewhere to relax for a couple of weeks, I find myself longing to own a vacation home where we can dine and sleep at ease and where we won't feel like a tourist.  Case in point is this Greek home with a garden so inspiring that I may not even want to go outside.  The elegant but laid-back decor of soothing and sophisticated tones of blue and beige in the upholstered pieces combined with the washed wood furniture, cane chairs, bare floors and beam ceilings painted in light blue makes this home a perfect place to come back at the end of the day with lots of veggies and a bottle of wine to cook.  I don't know where in Greece this home is located but, the use of Turkish tiles as wainscoting and its pointed arched doorways give this home just the right amount of global chic which would be appealing to a world traveler.
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The dining area serves as a library with bookcases that hold books and objects as well.
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The living room seems cozy and airy at t he same time.
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The tones in the bedroom are soothing and warm, perfect for a good night sleep.
beach home living room decor ideas
A more formal area of the living room where the blue is not overwhelming and the arched doors bring in lots of light.
beach home living room decor ideas
Another more formal area where earth tones are more prevalent. 
beach home bathroom decor ideas
The bathroom is relaxing and also functional. 
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I never saw this type of stone before.
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The garden is simply a dream.
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This spot right here would be my special place where I would have coffee in the mornings.
Photos by Marianne Hass.  Interior Design by Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi.

9 Rooms with Chevron and Herringbone Floors

Parquet flooring from light wood to darker tones, herringbone or chevron floors can be used in many types of home decor.  From elegant and classic style to modern to rustic, Herringbone and Chevron parquet flooring can add not only architectural details but dimension, texture and sometimes even drama when used in contrasting colors as the second image below illustrates.  These types of parquet wood floors share two very similar types of zigzag pattern and it's easy to confuse one with the other.  For those still confused, Chevron patter floors meet at a straight line, forming a more zigzag or rectangular design, while a Herringbone floor, the ends butt against each other, creating the zigzag effect.  Herringbone floor may make installation more challenging than chevron floor but both types of wood flooring design are equally worth the work and time.
difference between chevron and herringbone flooring
Difference between Chevron and Herringbone
In this  space above the tiles are thick but still form a beautiful black and white chevron floor.  Love how the wood paneling and coffered ceiling warm up the space.
Rooms with chevron and herringbone floor ideas library
In this library that never gets old, It gets better every time I look at it, the herringbone floor adds to the elegant atmosphere.
Rooms with chevron and herringbone floor ideas home office
The decor in this home office is light and young with a light desk, acrylic chair and herringbone floor.
Rooms with chevron and herringbone floor ideas
A vintage but refined space with honed finish herringbone floor. 
Rooms with chevron and herringbone floor ideas bathroom
I love the tropical feel in this classic bathroom.  Here the Interior Designer used thin elongated tiles to form a herringbone floor.
Rooms with chevron and herringbone floor ideas entryway
How beautiful is this entry way.  Nature seems to come inside this entryway where bricks were installed in a herringbone patter floor.
Rooms with chevron and herringbone floor ideas kitchen
A modern and open kitchen opens to the garden with marble island and herringbone floor.
Rooms with chevron and herringbone floor ideas bathroom
Chevron tiles in this bathroom in different shades add dimension and warm.
Rooms with chevron and herringbone floor ideas
A very interesting hallway when the floor is in chevron pattern.  The clever use of what it seems to be the kitchen island piercing through the pivoting window facilitates entertaining while adding interest to the room.

A Sneek Peek to Columbus Decorators' Show House

On Friday morning I got a preview of this year's Columbus Decorator's Show House where as I posted here, 11 designers had the challenge and privilege of creating 11 spaces inside Columbus Museum of Art.  Each space was unique with each Interior designer's own interpretation of their spaces.  If you live in the Columbus area you should really go and see these spaces in person because photos don't do them justice. 
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The Portal by David M. Berg.  According to David, the space is like an Art installation in its self, and an anticipation of things to come.  The spaces were on the small side and photographing them wasn't too easy, especially to capture the best of these rooms.  The photos of this entryway don't do it justice: the space is very inviting with reclaimed herringbone floors and the way David organized the books in an ombre effect was very clever and artistic. 
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columbus decorators show house Sally McDnonald

The Bar above and below, was designed by Sally McDonald and her team of designers.  They used a wallpaper that resembles a mural to relate to the art of the Museum.
columbus decorators show house Sally McDnonald
columbus decorators show house Angela Bonfante
The Kitchen was designed by Angela Bonfante.  Angela inspired on Art.  She used hand painted tiles over the range and the gold touches throughout gave the space a dramatic flair while still being inviting. 

columbus decorators show house CRI Interiors
There were three bedrooms among the spaces.   This bedroom designed by CRI Interiors is called Scandinavian Inspired Bedroom.  John Wilson describes it as Boho Glam room, a style infusing natural materials with a chic modern edge.

Sunday Quote


Weekend Comfort: How to wear Jeans in the weekends

two girls wearing jeans pants and white tops
Ellsworth Kelly
a girl wearing off the shoulders flowy white shirt, jeans pants and yves saint laurent bag
Gigi Hadid wearing a jeans jacket with appliques
Robert Motherwell
a girls wearing valentino studded shoes, ripped on the ankles jeans and black t-shirt
modern white sport white car via  belle vivir blog
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Song of Style wearing bell sleeves top with ripped jeans and chanel shoes
sport convertible car in front of cartier store
girls wearing lace white top and jeans and black booties
French chateau with blue shutters
girl wearing ripped in the ankle jeans and one shoulder ruffle top
blue and white stripped bedroom with two canopy iron bed via belle vivir blog
 Bruce Budd design
Nicole Richie wearing jeans with blue top
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