Earth Day Decor: Organic Furniture

Happy Earth Day Fabulistas! I’m a huge fan of Earth Day, are you? I’m constantly looking for ways to save energy, checking that everything around me is being recycled, just trying to be a good global citizen. It doesn’t take much time to be sure we are taking care of this precious Earth, does it? … Continued

Fab Friday: Yetta Banks

Happy Friday, fabulistas. Just in time for Housing Work’s Design on a Dime benefit next week, I sat down with the uber-talented Yetta Banks to discuss trends, design inspiration and life in its general fabulousness. Even though I couldn’t get Yetta to reveal her design theme for this year’s Viacom vignette (I can’t wait to … Continued

Design Access: My Favorite Pieces from Ankasa

Hello Fabulistas! The thing I love most about being an interior designer is the hunt! I LOVE shopping for my clients and finding all of these amazing products in New York’s showrooms. One of my favorites is ANKASA. No shopping spree is complete without stopping by their showroom to check out the newest collection of pillows, bedding, … Continued

Urban Gardening: Get your Green On!

Spring is in the air, everyone! It’s the most natural time of year to think about awakening your spirit and reconnecting with nature so let’s talk about urban gardening, shall we? Beautify your surroundings with colorful plants and add some energy and air improvement to your home and workspace. You can start small with houseplants … Continued

Fab Friday: Courtney Price

Drumroll please…it’s time for another Fab Friday!! Before you start getting ready for all of your fabulous weekend plans, I want to share with you all the spectacular details of my chat with Courtney Price, who not only owns a Dallas-based interior design firm, but also amazes the social media world on a daily basis … Continued

April: What’s Hot This Month

Hello Fabulistas! It’s April and New Yorkers are getting restless for spring. It seems like this month is dedicated to grumbling about still having to bundle up in the mornings. However, there are many exciting things happening right now! Here are just a few of them: Mad Men Any “what’s hot right now” list wouldn’t … Continued

Simplifying Life: Easy Tips for Spring Cleaning

Hello Fabulistas! Finally, we were able to enjoy some warmer weather here in NYC over the weekend! It’s time to refresh the home, toss out the old, and get ready for spring. I enjoy spring cleaning very much, it allows me to get a fresh start. Confidence starts at home. When you feel great in … Continued

Design Insider: Top 10 Interior Design Books

Hello Fabulistas! I’ve been working on updating my library, and looking for fab design books to have on hand. Books are a great source of inspiration for me, especially design books. What do you do when you have an inspiration block? I turn to books that show fabulous settings and sometimes tell me how to achieve those … Continued

Rockin’ Rugs: Decorating with Patterned Rugs

Hello Fabulistas! Many of you have asked me about decorating with pattern lately. It can be difficult to use pattern in your space and make it look like it belongs. Sometimes I use patterns in upholstery or accessories, and sometimes in wallpaper. Today I want to discuss using patterned rugs. They make a great impact. … Continued

Simplifying Delicious: Fab Spring Cocktails

I love using seasonal ingredients in my cooking, and especially in my cocktails! I’m a huge fan of cocktails with fresh fruits and bright colors. They make my parties so much better and they photograph so well! I have a few girlfriends coming over this weekend and I’ll be putting together a cheese plate and … Continued

March: What’s Hot This Month

Hello fabulistas! I’m ready to step into spring, although in New York City we’re a little ways from spring-worthy weather. However, I’m still excited about a lot of new things this month. Here’s what’s on my radar: Oz the Great and Powerful The Wizard of Oz is a classic with saturated color, amazing costuming and … Continued

Fab Friday: Tina of Life in Sketch

Happy Friday, everyone. This week I met up for coffee, tea and yummy sweets with fellow blogger and good friend, Tina, in Soho. We finally caught up on her amazing trip to Europe for BlogTour and everything that’s happened in the new year! When Tina is not designing for uber-talented Vicente Wolf, she takes her creative vision online to … Continued

Nerdy Chic: Organizing & Decorating Your Bookcase

Hello Fabulistas! I thought we’d get a little nerdy today. I always notice how bookcases are decorated and organized. I notice them everywhere—at bars and restaurants, in homes and even on displays. Even though bookcases are made for storage, they’re also built-in artwork! We can store our things and make the bookcase look fabulous at … Continued

Let There Be Light: Top 10 Floor Lamps

Hello Fabulistas! I always use floor lamps in my designs. Floor lamps are a FAB way to light specific parts of the room! I love to place floor lamps at the ends of sofas or in corners with reading chairs. As I always say, well-lit rooms feel happier! My favorite thing about floor lamps is … Continued

Oscars 2013 – Red Carpet Fashion

The 85th Academy Awards concluded in a star-studded night with unexpected winners, emotional speeches and, of course, beautiful red carpet gowns. On the most glamorous night of the year, Hollywood’s leading ladies donned big fashion such as Armani, Dior and Versace. It was a tough decision this time, but I’ve picked my five favorite dresses from this … Continued

Fab Friday Icons: Elizabeth Taylor

Happy (almost) weekend! It’s the last Friday of the month already (February flew by, didn’t it?), which means it’s time for another Fab Friday Icons post. Today I’d like to share my admiration for the glamorous and talented Elizabeth Taylor. Photo Credit: www.crushable.com Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most famous actresses of our time. She … Continued

Spotted: Top 5 Fab Celebrity Homes

Hello Lovelies! I was catching up on my magazine reading this weekend and came across the latest issue of Architectural Digest. Have you flipped through yet? I love Architectural Digest because not only does it share new trends, it also let’s us look inside celebrity homes. I love seeing how the celebs live! Today I’ve … Continued

Fab Friday: Bunny Williams

Round of applause, please…it’s time for another Fab Friday! This week, I have a very special treat for you: the fabulous and talented Bunny Williams. This brilliant interior designer has lots of exciting things coming up in 2013 and I’m honored to share them with you today! Robin Baron: Welcome, Bunny! Tell us what you … Continued

Homemade Hosting: DIY Place Cards

Hello lovelies! I love hosting parties and events for my friends. When I’m short on time, I make a few quick appetizers, a batch of cocktails, and let my friends mingle. (See my easy appetizer ideas I talked about in January!) When I have a little more time to plan, I like to take care … Continued

Happy Valentine’s!

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovelies! Today is the day of RED. You know I love color, so I couldn’t let go of this opportunity to share some red eye-candy with you. Red is the color of LOVE. There’s something about this color… it’s deep tones… it’s many shades… the emotion you feel when you see it. Whether … Continued

Simplifying NYC: Top 20 NYC Thrift Stores

Hello Fabulistas! Today’s finds are specifically for my fellow New Yorkers, but it really is something everyone should think about it. Thrift shopping. It gets a bad rap! Yes, some things can be kind of…gross…but some finds are fantastic! If you look in the right places, at the right time, you can get one-of-a-kind pieces, … Continued

Europe Roundup: Top 10 Cities in Europe

Hello lovelies! When it’s this cold out all I can think about is vacation! I adore Europe…the architecture, the culture, the food! I just can’t get enough! There are so many fabulous cities in Europe, I want to go everywhere and see everything! It’s hard for me to narrow down my top 10, let alone … Continued

Apartment Therapy’s Homie Award!

  Hi lovelies, The voting for Apartment Therapy’s Homie is still on and I would love if you voted for me! Here’s the link: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/best-home-design-inspiration-blog-the-homies-2013-183531. The voting ends on Friday at 11:59pm…so hurry over to Apartment Therapy’s website and leave your vote! Thank you, guys!! xoxo, Robin 🙂  

February: What’s Hot This Month

Hello lovelies! I can’t believe that we’re already in February! January went by so fast! I’m looking forward to all the FAB things coming up this month. Are you?! All About The Stairs So many of my clients and readers overlook their stairways as a place to really express their style. I’ve seen so many … Continued

Help me win a Homie!

Help me win a Homie! Apartment Therapy is celebrating their fifth annual Homie Awards, which consist of six categories that highlight the best Design, DIY, Recipe and Inspiration blogs. Simplifying Fabulous! is nominated under the Best Home Design and Inspiration category, and I would love your support! Please head over to Apartment Therapy’s website and … Continued

Color Me Excited: My Fave Spring Colors

Believe it or not, spring it right around the corner. I know, it’s hard to believe that here in New York – it’s freezing! Before you know it the sun will be out and it’ll be time for some spring cleaning and my fave…redecorating! I always say, surround yourself with colors that make you look … Continued

Jewelry for the Home: Top 10 Chandeliers You Can Afford

Chandeliers are jewelry for the home. They add a nice little bling to your space, similar to how earrings add a little sparkle to your outfit! Lighting is very important. I always like to light all four corners of every room. Well-lit rooms feel happier. And chandeliers add more than just sparkle, they add a nice light … Continued

70th Golden Globe Awards: My Favorite Red Carpet Looks

Yesterday’s Golden Globes officially kicked off 2013’s awards season. The crème de la crème of Hollywood came together to celebrate some of cinema’s most noteworthy work, and filled the red carpet with glamorous gowns and fashionable frocks. Check out my favorite looks of last night below. Jessica Alba donned a coral Oscar de la Renta gown…but her $5.8 … Continued

Fab Friday: Kimberly Friedmutter

Happy Friday, everyone. Before you start planning your weekend, I want to share with you all the deets from my phone interview with the fabulous Kimberly Friedmutter. The reality TV star, interior design enthusiast and celebrity hypnotist shares her thoughts about launching her home collection and starring on TLC’s hit series “Sin City Rules.” Robin … Continued

Double Dose of Fab: Dual Purpose Furniture

I LOVE when things have more than one purpose. It saves space, time and energy! This is especially important in interiors, and very important in New York City! If you live in a small space like many of my fellow New Yorkers you MUST come up with creative ways to stay comfortable. Even many with … Continued

January: What’s Hot This Month

January is one of my favorite months of the year. (No, I’m not just really into blistering winds and bundling up.) I love all of the new things going on in the world. It’s AMAZING what a new calendar year will make people create! There are lots of things that have grabbed my attention this … Continued

Office Chic: Top 10 Fab Office Spaces

It’s the beginning of a New Year and you know what that means…time to freshen up our spaces! I adore my home office but I think it’s time for a new look. Whenever I start to design a new space, I look for inspiration. I try to pinpoint what I love, and what I don’t! … Continued

Perfect Pairings: Patterns and Colors

Hello Lovelies! Many of my clients and friends are scared of too many patterns and colors in one space. Do you feel the same way? Many designers tell us to only use one type of pattern or one color in a room…but I say, take a chance, step outside the box! Today I’m going to … Continued

Design Insider: Last Minute DIY Decor Ideas for the Perfect Christmas Dinner

If you’re like me, you’ve been running around nonstop these last few weeks! This wonderful season can also be so CRAZY! Luckily, there are lots of little tips and tricks that use all the fab things you already own to throw together the perfect tablescape for tonight’s Christmas Eve dinner. Sparkly Ornament Centerpiece The first … Continued

Simplifying Delicious: Fab Christmas Cookies

It’s time to start planning the Christmas menus. I love to eat something sweet at the end of a meal…or the beginning of a meal…or anytime, really! When it comes to fabulous Christmas cookies, I adore Martha Stewart‘s recipes. Martha is not just a fab entrepreneur and woman extraordinaire, she’s also a fab designer and chef! Every … Continued

Christmas Gift Guide: Top 10 Last Minute Gifts

If you haven’t bought all of your holiday gifts yet, don’t worry! I know a lot of you are panicking right now, but I’ve put together a fabulous list of 10 last minute gifts. So take a deep breathe, grab a martini, and start reading! If your loved one is a design lover like you, … Continued

Holiday Special: Deck the Halls

Hello lovelies! It’s time to start decorating for the holidays! Are you ready? Decorating your home is so important this time of year. We all get so busy shopping, wrapping, planning, and cooking! It’s nice to come home to a festive environment. As I say, confidence starts at home…holiday spirit starts at home too! Stockings … Continued

I’m featured in New York Magazine!

I’m so excited to share this with all of you…I’m featured in this month’s New York Magazine issue! See my Robinisms in print and pick up a copy form your local newsstand to get my tips on how to brighten your apartment! “You can take a dark floor in a dark room and light the … Continued

Christmas Gift Guide: Top 10 Gifts For Him

It’s already December, so we need to get shopping for holiday gifts! As much as I love shopping for myself, I love shopping for others even more. There’s something rewarding about finding gifts for people you love… and knowing they’ll love what you’re picking out for them! Men are the hardest to shop for. They … Continued

Fab Friday Icons: Dorothy Draper

What can I say…Dorothy Draper is not only synonymous for interior design, she is also one of my absolute faves! Her use of oversized prints mixed with eye-popping colors and extravagant floor patterns has influenced many interior designers today, including me! When I first started out, I remember flipping through the pages of “Decorating is … Continued

How-To: Choose the Perfect Vacation Spot

If you’ve been shopping and gifting like me, you could use a vacation right about…well…now! Sometimes the stress of planning a trip can be so overwhelming. Don’t worry, I’m here to help! Today, I’m sharing my vacay planning tips in 5 quick and easy steps…are you ready to get packing? Source: via 1. Where do you want … Continued

Top 10 Home Essentials

Whatever your decor style is, there are some things every home must have…so I put together a list of my top 10 home essentials! These are the things I try to achieve for my clients, to make their houses really feel like homes. When I design spaces, I try to incorporate everything on this list to really bring out … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving!

The entire Robin Baron Design team wishes you and your family a fabulous Thanksgiving! May your holidays be filled with love, harmony, and happiness!

Tools for a Fab Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s all about celebrating the fab things in life! It’s also a great excuse for pulling out your favorite entertaining pieces—or investing in a few new ones! In the spirit of a fantastic Thanksgiving, here are some inspiring pieces to go with your delicious meal. Prep work … Continued

How-To: Decorate for Thanksgiving

The crisp fall weather is here, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I love hosting Thanksgiving dinner because, well, I get to decorate! Orange and brown are traditional holiday colors, but I like to mix it up and add a modern twist. This year, I’m thinking of going all white with splashes of … Continued

Eco Friendly Furniture Ideas

With more people becoming aware of the importance of lessening their carbon footprint, the interest in eco friendly lifestyles is rising. Now, we have eco friendly building materials and designs, eco friendly vehicles…so why not eco friendly furniture as well? Whether you’re planning a major redecoration of your home or you’re looking to make a few … Continued

Fab Friday: Ghislaine Viñas from Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design

Welcome to the (almost) weekend! Today, I’m chatting with interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, who was also a fellow panel speaker at the Benjamin Moore event two weeks ago. Her designs are edgy and cool, and she has so much expertise to share…so let’s get to it! Robin Baron: Welcome Ghislaine! Tell us what you do at Ghislaine Viñas Interior … Continued

How-To: Create a Thanksgiving Vignette

Vignettes are a fantastic way to create little bursts of holiday love in your home. A vignette can be placed anywhere… a side table, fireplace mantle, window sill, so use your imagination! source: via The easiest and most elegant way to create a vignette is to use candles. Candles are timeless and look very luxe. source: via … Continued

Shop My Picks on Decorator’s Tag Sale!

I love sharing my design expertise with others! I’ve done just that by selecting some of my best vintage and antique finds for Decorator’s Tag Sale. However, these items are hand-picked, so get them before they’re gone! Read on to see some of my favorite pieces: Transform a room with these distinguished floral focal points. … Continued

My Favorite Balenciaga Moments

Balenciaga has been on the lips this past week of even those unfamiliar with the Spanish fashion house that was founded almost a century ago. If you keep tabs on fashion like I do, you’ll already know that Nicolas Ghesquière, a sparkling example of a Creative Director-driven reinvention, is leaving the brand after working in … Continued

Fall for These Colors in Your Home

Going seasonal can mean harnessing all kinds of hues, including the vibrant jewel tones of fall foliage. Autumnal shades may be fleeting, but my love for using them isn’t! Live vibrantly with these rich tones in all kinds of accents and pieces worth keeping around once the snow falls. Super-Rich Reds These aren’t your average cherry … Continued

And The Winner of My Fab Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece Pinterest Contest Is…

I asked and you answered. I had so much fun going through all your gorgeous pins for my Fab Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece Pinterest Contest! There can only be one winning board, though. Congratulations Mimi Tanaka! You can see her board, “Robin Baron Fab Fall Pumpkin Centerpieces” here. Here are some of Mimi’s stunning pins! Preppy pumpkins…love … Continued

Fab Friday with David Moser

On a rainy day in Manhattan last month, designers and the like came together to enjoy a design discussion between Dwell’s Editor In Chief, Amanda Dameron, and Thos. Moser’s Creative and Design Director, David Moser. I was one of the many amazed listeners in the audience, and simply HAD TO interview this inspiring man! So … Continued

Thinking of those affected by Hurricane Sandy…

My thoughts go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. The last couple of days have been a devastating tragedy for so many fellow East Coasters, and reading the stories of how people lost their lives and homes truly breaks my heart! I hope that the chaos will soon come to an end, and we … Continued

Through my Eyes

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed a well-deserved (I’m sure!) couple of days off! I’m SO impressed by your pumpkin centerpiece creations that I’m sad today is your last chance to create a Pinterest board and enter to win a $250 Sephora gift card! I wanted to get in … Continued

How-To: Decorate For Halloween

I love Halloween, because it’s the one time of year you can be anything (or anyone) in the world! There’s nothing I love more than decorating my own home…and what better occasion than Halloween to go wild?! I always say “find your own fabulous,” so be creative here… invest in a few large pumpkins for … Continued

Fab Friday with Barbara Barry

I’m so honored to present this week’s Fab Friday: Barbara Barry, passionate designer, world-traveler, and author of the fabulous book “Around Beauty,” which was published earlier this week. During her book tour, we sat down and talked all things design, current obsessions and new ventures.   Robin Baron: Welcome Barbara! What would you say is … Continued

My Top 10 Glam Handbag Picks

What’s a girl without a handbag? Okay, maybe that’s a bit shallow…but seriously, can you imagine leaving the house in the morning without one? Not only are they essential for carrying everything from our makeup to our laptops to our pets (Oreo’s gotten a LITTLE too big for mine, unfortunately), but they are a part … Continued

My Top 10 Songs to Wake Up To

I’m a morning person. Give me my decaf soy latte, my blackberry, and a fresh coat of gold nail polish and I’m ready to go! I was shocked to learn that there are people in the world who have trouble getting out of bed in the morning (ha-ha!) and knew that I had to find … Continued

Fab Friday with Cristin Bisbee Priest

I love Fridays…not just because it means the weekend is right around the corner, but also because it’s time for another Fab Friday! This week, I’m chatting with fellow blogger Cristin from Simplified Bee. Robin Baron: Welcome Cristin! Tell me about Simplified Bee. Cristin Bisbee Priest: As a busy mother of two, I understand the desire for … Continued

Collar Me Fabulous!

It’s no secret…I’m obsessed with glam jewelry! My outfits never feel complete without an oversized necklace or bangle set, and I never leave home without a ring (or two, or three) on my finger! My favorite “wow” jewelry moment these days is a collar necklace. I love putting one on top of a dress and … Continued

Where Aren’t Thou, Velvet?

To a true fashionista (or a true decorista, shall we?) even the most luxurious looks can be translated into ready-to-wear. Maybe that’s why this year’s fall runway had a dare I say “Shakespearian” flair to it! Far from the days of Romeo and Juliet, though, velvet fashion has become SUPER versatile…from this menswear-inspired Ralph Lauren … Continued

Fab Friday with Monique Valeris

Are you ready for your daily dose of fab? I’m here with Monique Valeris, the writer behind Decor Musings…one of my go-to sources for inspiration in the world of home decor! Robin Baron: Welcome Monique! Tell me about Decor Musings. Monique Valeris: Decor Musings is my outlet for documenting all that I love about the … Continued

Celebrating Gloria Vanderbilt at 1st Dibs!

The New York Design Center was filled with supporters of the fabulous Gloria Vanderbilt last week as the launch of her exhibit, “The World of Gloria Vanderbilt: Collages, Dream Boxes, and Recent Paintings,” was celebrated at 1st Dibs in the New York Design Center! I couldn’t help but stop by and admire the pieces on … Continued

Fall Decor Trends: Part 2

Welcome back from the weekend! You all had such a great response to part one of my Fall Decor Trends, and let me tell you…it was hard to wait a whole week to share part two! If you’re a New Yorker, you’ve been feeling the cold breeze in the air this past week, and walking … Continued

Fab Friday with Martyn Lawrence Bullard

It is SUCH an honor to present today’s Fab Friday: Martyn Lawrence Bullard, designer to the stars and one of our favorite people to follow here at Robin Baron Design. Martyn’s worked with everyone from Christina Aguilera to Kid Rock to Aaron Sorkin, and was on Architectural Digest’s list of the Top 100 Designers in … Continued

Fall Decor Trends: Part 1

I love fall! It’s my favorite season of the year…when notions of cookouts at Central Park and trips to Coney Island give way to thoughts of cooler weather and enjoying dinner parties inside. Best of all, new seasons mean new trends, new color palettes, new collections, and new styles to try out! I’ve seen so … Continued

Fab Friday with Z Gallerie’s William Silveira

One of my fave places to discover fab décor finds is Z Gallerie! They’ve got it all – chic accessories, furniture, lighting, art…and they aren’t afraid to play with bright colors, bold shapes, and whimsical concepts. Sometimes I’ll be perusing their inventory, and I’ll think to myself, “Where on EARTH did they find that?” Well, … Continued

My Top 10 Staging Ideas

Did you catch me on the radio this past Saturday morning? I was interviewed by Dottie Herman, CEO of Prudential Douglas Elliman (the #4 ranked real estate company in the US!) on her WOR show, “Eye on Real Estate.” The topic on everyone’s minds? Staging! Want to listen to the interview? Here it is! (I … Continued

Necessary Pleasures

My office just got a fab new espresso machine from Philips Saeco, and it got me thinking about necessary pleasures. For me, these include chocolate, my venti two-pump chai (no water, no foam), girly TV nights with my daughter Chloe, and the occasional glam jewelry purchase (metallics all the way, baby!).

Hello Indigo!

I have a new, favorite obsession: Indigo! This season, deep, saturated blues are popping up everywhere from designers’ runways to décor mags to bloggers’ Pinterest pages…and they caught my eye, too! You know I’m all about color, and indigo, with its richness and elegant appeal, is an unstoppable trend! Whether you like to color your … Continued

Fab Friday with Fisher Weisman

Talk about a dazzling duo! I’m chatting with famed design partners Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman of Fisher Weisman. These two have done it all…high end residential interiors, furniture, lighting, and textile designs, licensed product lines, all the while maintaining a reputation for super chic, long-lasting elegance.

Highlights from the NYIGF!

It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year – New York International Gift Fair week! Granted, by now the show is coming to an end…one-of-a-kind furniture and tables covered in handcrafted jewelry and treasures are being dismantled, and thousands of people are pouring out of the Javitz Center.

Wavy Wooden Wonders

Maybe it’s because of my recent trip to Hawaii, but I am seeing waves!

It all started when I was checking out Global Table (as we know, I adore this place) and saw these candlesticks. There’s something so fabulously ironic about manipulating classic materials. Don’t you love the way the smooth, rigid surface of the candlesticks is contrasted by the unexpected organic shape of the design? The wood almost looks like liquid. It got me thinking…organic wooden forms are trending like crazy in home décor!

Fab Friday with Nathalie Smith

One of my favorite spots for eclectic finds is Global Table. I am constantly finding vibrant, worldly accessories there, from kitchen accents to chic dishware to animal-inspired vases. It’s a great place to stop when you’re on the hunt for something unique! Today, I have the pleasure of chatting with the woman behind it all…Nathalie Smith!

Get your Holly Hunt on!

Texture mixing, pops of color, modern lines…walking through the Holly Hunt showroom last week, I couldn’t help but wonder if the designers were putting on a show just for me. I was one of the lucky few to get a sneak peek at the news Holly Hunt collection. Care to relive the experience with me? Let’s take a stroll.

Fab Friday with Michael Lehrer

Was it Winston Churchill who said: “We shape our buildings, therefore they shape us”? (How about we’ll just pretend for now that I came up with that.) It’s fab concept, and it’s why architecture is so close to my heart. And who better to discuss it with than architecture master Michael Lehrer?

Highlights from BlogHer 2012

Women tweeting about Twitter strategy and blogging about blogging techniques…it must be time for BlogHer’s annual conference! I popped over to the Hilton NY on Friday for one of the most fab events of the season: BlogHer 2012, which brought thousands of female bloggers and social media enthusiasts to discuss the latest topics, tools, and trends in the blogosphere.

Pillow Pop

Last week I checked out the new fall textiles lines from Donghia, Sahco, and Armani/Casa…but ever since then, I’ve just been craving more! There’s something so exciting about getting an inside peek at a product line before it is launched. It’s kind of like getting a little glimpse into the future. Of course, I don’t do well with secret-keeping…every time I see something I love, I just want to share it with YOU!

Fab Friday with Paula Cecere

Drumroll please…it’s time for Fab Friday!! Before you start getting ready for all of your fabulous weekend plans, I want to share with you all the spectacular details my conversation with Paula Cecere, who manages the GE Monogram Design Center. Paula and I ran into each other at Vicente Wolf’s recent event (LINK) and I couldn’t wait to learn more about what GE Monogram is up to.

Preview of Fall Textile Collections!

This week, I got an inside look at three fabulous new textile lines, set to be launched this fall. And guess what…I’m sharing my fave finds with all of you! Donghia, Sahco, and Armani/Casa, all known for chic textiles, each demonstrated that inspiration truly does come from unique places.

Decorating with Dragons!

You never know where you’re going to find inspiration! The other day, I was out antiquing and found this great vintage necklace. It’s such a fun example of how a traditional motif can be incorporated as a chic, modern accessory!

Fab Friday with Vicente Wolf

This Fab Friday, I’ve got an extra special treat for you! I’m here with Vicente Wolf, design maven, eclectic collector, and world traveler. This man has tackled everything, from multinational conglomerates to private homes, hotels, and restaurants, and he approaches every project he takes on with a unique global perspective.

On the Hunt!

I love the hunt! This past weekend, I took a jaunt to the Berkshires to do one of my absolute favorite things: antique hunting! What a beautiful locale…the chic antique markets are complimented by such gorgeous natural sights. On this particular excursion, I couldn’t get enough of the outdoor furniture and accessories. Take a look at some of these spectacular finds!

Raving about Rooftops

The great thing about New York is that no matter where you are, fabulous design follows…from the depths of the subway to the tip of the Empire State Building. Some of my favorites, though, are the ones that are easiest to miss when you’re strolling down a busy city street…the amazing rooftops!

Fab Friday with Pappas Miron!

Are you ready for a double dose of fabulous? Because I’ve got both Zandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron Ahlers of Pappas Miron Design here with me today, and we’re chatting all about inspiration, design projects, and why being an interior designer is the greatest job ever! (Okay, so maybe we’re a little biased.) Pappas Miron Design is all about creating relaxed, modern environments, which I love, and like me, Zandra and Tatyana are antique-lovers! I got all the deets from these fab females. Read below!

House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year

Look out! House Beautiful is stopping pedestrians in their tracks with their annual Kitchen of the Year event! That means that if you happen to be strolling down Rockefeller Plaza in the next few days, you’ll find yourself face-to-face with a fully functioning, super chic kitchen installation, courtesy of designer Mick de Giulio and a devoted team that spent two weeks bringing the vision to life.

An Apple a Day!

I’m having a love affair with apple green. Okay, maybe I’m getting carried away…but there’s something so especially fabulous about this color! It’s so vibrant that when I see it in a piece of artwork, a wallpaper, or a sofa, I can’t help but smile. Green is the color of healing, and I like to think that apple green has its own special way of healing the human soul.

Fab Friday with Kelly LaPlante

Bon weekend! This Fab Friday, I’m chatting with Kelly Laplante, the renowned interior designer behind Standard magazine and recent author of Ecologique: The Style of Sustainable Design. Talk about a one-woman show…Kelly, based in Austin, Texas, has designed residences everywhere from Austin to Los Angeles to Las Vegas to the Caribbean, all the while sharing her philosophy that “green is a standard, not a style.”

Getting “Flocked”

Flocked wallpaper is back with a vengeance! Once favored by 16th and 17th century royals for its velvety sheen, it’s back on the scene today. They’ve shed their lavish, traditional look in favor of a hip, fashion-forward one, becoming a favorite cool room accent for those of us who love a pop of pattern, an unexpected touch of texture, or a vintage flair. (We know that I love vintage!)

Happy 4th of July!

What’s my favorite thing about the 4th of July? All the fabulous reds, whites, and blues, of course! Let your stars and stripes shine…and don’t forget to check out my 4th of July Pinterest board, which I made especially for you.

Mix it Up!

Industrial glam, shabby chic, cool modern, elegant transitional…I could go on forever! There are a multitude of styles when it comes to interior design. So how do you choose just one? Here’s a clue: combine a few and create your own!

Fab Friday with Amanda Nisbet

Welcome to the weekend! It’s Fab Friday, and I’m chatting with Amanda Nisbet of Amanda Nisbet Designs, a 14-year old company known for its embrace of pattern and bold color palettes, its project selectivity, and more recently, its textile and lighting collections, available through Holland & Sherry Showrooms and The Urban Electric Company.

BiTTT Event with Vicente Wolf and Wendy Goodman

When I heard that one of my favorite women’s networking groups, BiTTT (“Bring it to the Table”) was holding an event in the Vicente Wolf Home showroom, I knew I had to check it out! Vicente is one of those designers who is constantly upping the ante when it comes to finding eye-catching, unusual pieces for his collections…from wooden tribal sculptures to oversized stone seashells to vibrant beaded jewelry.

Sleek Italian Lines

Italians are famous for their good taste…good taste in clothing, in furniture, and food. (And is there anything else that matters?) The thing about Italian design is that it’s all about clean lines, the architectural feel of it, the modern sense of it. I think that’s what they’re most famous for is their modern design. And that’s true in their clothing as well as in their furniture and home décor.

Fab Friday with Neal Beckstedt

It’s Friday! And that means I’ve got a fabulous guest to chat with. Neal Beckstedt is the owner and founder of Neal Beckstedt Studios, a full service architectural and interior design firm here in New York City. Neal is known for having a clear vision and an eye for detail, layering crisp, clean architecture with rich textures and exceptional furnishings to create spaces that are both sophisticated and warm.

My Blog Talk Radio Interview

Last week, Blog Talk Radio invited me to be a guest on their popular show, The Marketing Moment. Listen to my chat with host Mercedes Tabano II to hear my insights on how I use social media to better my business! (After all, 98% of the marketing and advertising I do is through social media!)

Tribal Takeover

What does “tribal” say to me? It says: I’m not afraid to take chances. I’ve been around the world and back. I know how to have fun. Playing with tribal lets us unleash our inner ferocity and take risks with color, texture, and especially pattern. So it’s no surprise that it’s been a statement-making theme in both the interior design and fashion worlds.

Fab Friday with Mary Foley and Michael Cox

Today I’m delivering a double dose of fabulous…two interviewees! Mary Foley and Michael Cox of New York-based interior design firm foley&cox agreed to give me the inside scoop about their approach to interior design, trends they’ve noticed, and, of course, what fabulous means to them!

Decorating Your Outdoor Living Space

Despite what the weatherman’s been telling me, summer is here! Time to fire up the grill, pour yourself a cocktail, and get a start on that tan. But before you send out invitations for all of your fabulous summer social events, make sure to check out my three-part series on decorating your outdoor living space.

Cinema Style: Part 2

The Hunger Games is all about drama…and so is the set design! Last week, I wrote about the penthouse dining room and living room designs in the movie’s Capitol’s Training Center, but because the movie is so chock full of inspiration, I just had to create a “sequel” post!

Fab Friday with Cathy Whitlock

Happy Friday! Today I have the pleasure of chatting with interior design consultant and published author Cathy Whitlock. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Cathy has had more than two decades of experience in the interior design industry, designing residences and businesses all over the country. Cathy is a contributing writer for Traditional Home … Continued

Inside a Robert Allen Collection Launch

Naturally, everyone’s talking about naturals! Natural fibers, natural colors, and nature-influenced patterns. These looks are the inspiration for Robert Allen‘s new “Naturals” textile collection. I was at the launch of this new collection at the D and D building in New York City last week and had the opportunity to speak with some of the … Continued

The Fabulous Forties

It’s the fashion of the forties that sends me, and the interiors fall closely behind. The forties are my favorite period. There’s something about the clothing…I love the shoulder pads, I love the glamour, I love how everything is so coordinated. There’s something so fabulously charming about the forties in every way. I have a … Continued

My “A-Ha” Moment

My “aha” moment? It’s something I look for in every project. It’s when my expertise and talent meets the inspiration and excitement of a client. I never know how long it’s going to take, or what the stimulus for it will be…but that’s the fun of it!