“Design Delights” At Kips Bay Decorator Show House NYC

Some highlights from the 43rd Annual Decorators Show House At Kips Bay in NYC….delighted to share the following image from some of the most creative designers in the industry today! All proceeds from The Decorator Show House benefit The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

 Wood Countertop by Grothouse Lumber Company

  Backsplash by Akdo and Appliances by Dacor

  Pavarini Design-Painted Wall Color America Painting, Jonathan Kutzin

  Pavarini Designs

  Staircase Perspective

  Rottet Studio

  Alan Tanksley, Inc Giraffe Vase by James Salaiz Christina Grajales Gallery

 Drake Design Studio-Ceiling Light Sculptures by Maison Gerard

Maison Objet Miami

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when I heard that Maison Objet, the French trade show for interior design that has taken place in Paris only, was having its debut in America in Miami May 2015. I decided to venture to Miami yesterday (twist my arm) and see what Maison & Objet (Americas) was all about.

Maison Objet in the Miami Beach Convention Center had just over 300 exhibitors from all over the world. The diversity ranged from high profile companies to new rising star artisans which gave the show a new twist to its more established show in Paris…think “Boutique Maison”!

The venvue was easy to navigate which left me with a few hours to explore the Miami Design District which too has grown over the years! With the success of Art Basel and the expansion of the Design District Miami does seem to be the right and natural choice for Maison in America!

Enjoy some of my highlights from my day at Maison Objet in America as well as images from the Miami Design District!


Gilles Caffier, Paris

  Alicia Kossick (Representing Artisans Worldwide)

  Tidelli, Brazil

  Vallila Interior, Finland

  Opiary, New York

 Fine Art Lamps, USA and Wep Lighting, Brazil

  Internum, Italy (The Hug Chair)

  Miami Design District

  Miami Design District

  Monica James & Co. Miami Design District

  Fermob, France

  Holly Hunt, Miami Design District

Internum, Miami Design District

 

NYC…..Color, Choas and Creativity!

Photo by Nancy Fire

I love how “Surreal” NYC looks in this photograph that I took on the first day of spring. Not sure what I love more, the pastel sky, the snow covered reservior or the contrast of color between the east and west side of the city.

People often ask how I can live in such a fast paced city for so long (celebrating 30 years) and raise a family and maintain a design business….the answer is easy…”Passion”!

To live in NYC you have to love this city for all it has to offer….I choose to see its beauty through color, architecture, art and its people that love to live here…to me it’s all about “the color chaos and creativity” of my life in NYC.

Happy Popcorn Day!

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Did you know that Popcorn was first domesticated in Mexico 9,000 years ago from a wild grass and is one of the oldest forms of corn?

Holcomb & Hoke popcorn machine exteriorEver wonder why we eat popcorn at the movies? Well, during the Great Depression, a trip to the theatre was one of the few entertainment options people could afford. Theaters did not sell snacks at the time and as a bag of popcorn kernels would sell for about $10, lasting years, they could sell to the people at 10 cents a bag and make ahefty profit. The lure of the aroma made it easy to sell. The machines to make popcorn are quite portable so industrious vendors would set up right outside and sell to the patrons going into the theater.

Soon theater owners saw the opportunity and began leasing space inside to the vendors and the movie theater snack bar was born. Eventually the middle men were cut out and selling snacks in the theater actually saved many movie houses.

Popcorn is ubiquitous now. Having been a part of every decade of our culture. How great is the MTV Movie Awards trophy that is a bucket of popcorn. We LOVE Jeremy Scott’s “Fast Food Fashion” for Moschino and the “Food Fight” Collection for Cybex.

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