Archives for October 2011

The Indoor Allure of Outdoor Velvets



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Finally, fabrics that make your outdoor spaces an extension of your indoor style– outdoor velvets.  Not only do they offer a chic seasonal change for outside,  but they provide practical benefits that will make you want to experience the luxury inside as well.  These soft plush velvets are virtually indestructible; they are made of 100% solution died acrylic, fortifying them against the wear of entertaining, kids & pets– making them increasingly popular choices for dens, game rooms, and high usage living areas.  They come with a 3 year warranty against fading and are extremely cleanable- most spills bead up and roll off to the floor. If you would like more information contact us.

PS- If you would like to get your pets their own cool furniture, go to Uttermost. I dare you to not buy something!


Eric Zener Show

The latest Eric Zener show opened last week in New York at  Gallery Henoch.  I have been following this artist for a while and continue to be amazed by his ability to capture moving water so accurately.  If you are in New York, stop by to see his exhibit, or check the gallery website at Gallery Henoch.

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Design Alert: Veuve Clicquot Hotel du Marc

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Veuve Clicquot Hotel du Marc– where modern-day contemporary chic artfully blends with old world luxury. Add to that fabulous food, bubbles and high-end bath products.  Who wouldn’t want to stay here, sign me up! See more photos and information at:

Vueve Hotel Du Marc Hallways

Hotel du Marc suite

Aqua di Parma bath products

See more photos of this gorgeous property in Architectural Digest article.

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Wall Decals: Well, Actually, The Walls CAN talk….

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Quote wall decals

This concept has been around forever in commercial applications, but is taking on a new wave of popularity in residences. What looks like hand painted stencils are in fact self-adhesive vinyl decals that are easy to apply and easy to remove– making them ideal for kids rooms, entertaining or holidays. There are many to chose from and designs are completely customizable in content, color, size & pattern.

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If you haven’t noticed, I love great quotes. There is a lot of fun to be had with these– makes me want to throw a surprise party for someone and cover the walls in classic quotes by that person!  What do you think? Care to see more?

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RIP Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

RIP Steve Jobs.

Some meaningful quotes from one of the most creative minds of our generation:

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than
complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But
it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
[BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998]

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did
something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just
saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were
able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the
reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they
have thought more about their experiences than other people.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be
trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most
important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow
already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]