Finding Inspiration in New and Interesting Ways

Hello, my fabulous, Fabulistas!  Can you believe that it’s already the end of October? For me, Autumn has always been my favorite time of the year. From the change of the seasons…to watching NYC’s Fall leaves go from green to yellow to red…to finding inspiration in new and interesting ways. This time of year is … Continued

A Sneak Peek into the Virtual Showhouse!

Hello Fabulistas! I promised to share a Sneak Peek into the Virtual Showhouse and a bit about the fabulous room I’m designing for the upcoming Seasonal Living Magazine’s Virtual Luxury Designer Showhouse. While I can’t give too much away quite yet, I can share what room I’m doing and a little about my design process. … Continued

The Future of Luxury Designer Showhouses is HERE!

Breaking News Fabulistas!  I am thrilled to announce that, after months of secretly working on this project, I can finally tell you all about it! The Future of Luxury Designer Showhouses Is Here. Being chosen as one of the eleven featured designers, Seasonal Living Magazine’s very first Virtual Luxury Designer Showhouse is very exciting! The … Continued

Holiday House 2017

Holiday House 2017 opened with a fabulous Gala unveiling my 2 “Spring Equinox” rooms. The house was filled with inspirational design by incredibly talented interior designers all benefiting breast cancer research. Take a walk through my Holiday House Design Show rooms! Pops of metallics created a beautiful vision for my first room featuring the Luna Pendant Chandelier … Continued

Robin Baron Showroom Opening Day at #HPMKT !

The Robin Baron showroom is officially open at High Point Market!! It has always been a dream of mine to create a home furnishing collection and so I’m happy to participate in this market week as an exhibitor. I’ve been designing custom furniture, rugs and lighting for many years for my private clients and I’m … Continued

My Instagram Takeover at Design on High Point Market!

Don’t miss my Instagram takeover for Design on High Point Market | The World’s Home for Home Furnishings next Tuesday April 25th! I’ll be giving you an inside look at my favorite finds, friends, and more. Follow along on Instagram with @DesignOnHPMkt, #DesignOnHPMkt and #HPMKT during the Spring 2017 Market to get all of the … Continued

Spring Spruce Up

Hey Fabulistas!    I have a very exciting event with ASID to share!  Is your home needing a Spring Spruce Up? For a limited time you can hire a top ASID interior designer (including me!) for up to 2 hours for a consultation for only $100/hour.   This event is also for a wonderful cause. All proceeds … Continued

High Point Market Inspiration

“First stop on the Design Bloggers Tour at High Point Market is Kenian Home! Loving this chair :)” Hi Fabulistas, High Point Market is a premier furniture and design market that every designer should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is a totally new kind of market than what some seasoned designers may … Continued

44th Annual Kip’s Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Fabulistas, Last week marked the official opening of the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. Located at 19 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065 the showhouse is five fabulous floors of design delight! Ranging in styles from classic to modern, this Upper East Side beauty has something inspiring for everyone. Over the course of four decades, this project, which raises critical … Continued

Design on a Dime: Recap!

Hi Fabulistas, One of the many reasons I love what I do is the sense of community in the design industry. A wonderful aspect of design is its ability to be impactful and inspiring. I find it absolutely rewarding to give back; whether it’s advocating for human rights or helping those in need, I find … Continued

Design on a Dime: Opening Night Reception!

Hi Fabulistas, The day has come! Make sure you join me tonight as I unveil my newest design venture with not one but TWO booths at New York City’s most popular interior design benefit. My great friends in the industry have donated all the merchandise displayed in this year’s stunning vignette. A little about the … Continued

HighPoint Market is Here!

Hi Fabulistas, From Milano to High Point, North Carolina, the Robin Baron Design team is gearing up for another exciting design event:  High Point Market! As I announced last month, I’m delighted to share that I’ve been selected to be a part of the ‘High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour 2016′! I’m beyond excited to … Continued

Design Director of RBD’s Instagram Takeover in Salone

Hi Fabulistas,     I’m proud to share that the Robin Baron Design team is getting our special design inspiration this week on two continents at two amazing events! First up is the world-renowned design fair Salone del Mobile Milano followed by High Point Market starting this weekend. For those of you following my instagram … Continued

Through My Eyes: My Podcast Interview on Million Dollar Decorating

Hi Fabulistas, It’s live! James Swan, of Million Dollar Decorating, the first podcast devoted solely to the “worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living,” sat down with me for an interview you won’t want to miss! ‎James comes from the editorial world of interiors — where he romances the art of delivery by describing spaces … Continued

Upcoming! Bailey House Gala and auction

Confidence begins at home. When you feel great in your home, you feel better in your own skin. For the majority of us, the luxury of having a home and filling it wit things that reflect our personalities is a reality….But what happens to people in need who don’t have a home to return to? … Continued

Design Insider: Top Home Decor Trends

Fabulistas, Rich and luxe effects will take center stage in 2016, but no need to panic if you are more partial to subdued metallic effects! Check out these top trends for the home… Fringe – “As seen in Traditional Home,” A tieback is an opportunity to add a layer of detail to your home. This … Continued

Design Insider: Glenn Gissler’s Top InCollect Picks

Fabulistas, My good friend, philanthropist, collector and interior designer Glenn Gissler was chosen to select his favorite objects from InCollect! He said, “I look for object of any era that have distinctive silhouettes and are ‘bi-lingual’ – that is the objects speak to the time they were made, while speaking to today – a sign for me that the … Continued

Design Insider: Glenn Gissler in Introspective Magazine

Fabulistas, My good friend, philanthropist, collector and interior designer Glenn Gissler is featured in Introspective Magazine. Glenn has consulted for and designed residences for lots of high profile clients, including Calvin Klein and Michael Kors! Glenn is currently in the process of donating 1,000 (yes, one thousand!) items to his alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design! Read … Continued

Design Insider: Man “Caves”

Fabulistas, today’s man needs a quiet space of his own to ruminate, relax and read. Wikipedia defines a man cave as, “a manspace, a male sanctuary, such as a specially equipped garage, spare bedroom, media room, den, or basement.” While I’m not one to quibble with Wikipedia, I do prefer the term “manspace” and I think … Continued

Design Insider: Design on a Dime 2015

Hola Fabulistas! If you’ve been following me on social media and reading the blog, then you know I’m simply overjoyed (not to mention honored!) to be participating in Housing Works’ Design on a Dime benefit event on April 23rd for the THIRD time! There’s so much buzz happening about this event, I hope you’re following … Continued

Seasonal Cheer: Top Picks from Holiday House NYC 2014

Hello Fabulistas! One of my favorite showhouses, Holiday House NYC 2014, is now open to the public. The Holiday House gala was last week and it’s now open to the public for the next few weeks. It is a stunning house filled with fabulous rooms designed by some of the industry’s top interior designers. Holiday … Continued

My Favorite Picks from BDNY

Hello Fabulistas! I went to the Boutique Design Trade Fair (BDNY) this week at the Jacob K. Javits Center and wanted to share some my favorite finds. Tibetano makes beautiful rugs of all types including leather and hide, like this one here, which is one I love…and am considering for my own home! I just love … Continued

Story Behind The Beds: Baron Fine Arts Masterpieces

Hello Fabulistas! The focal point of my Project Design 2014 suite was the luxurious custom beds I designed, that my friend Paul Baron (no relation!) von Urban of Baron Fine Arts made. I wanted to give the families at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island a feeling of embrace during their tough times. These … Continued

Stunning Drapery and Bedding for Project Design 2014 for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

Hello Fabulistas! What can I say…JAB Anstoetz has astoundingly interesting and luxurious fabrics! I knew as soon as I saw their Soleil Bleu fabrics in Rosita and Atlantis, I had to use them for my Project Design 2014 bedroom suite. The windows were the perfect choice for these stunning textiles because they made a bold statement while balancing the layers of patterns in the room. … Continued

Hardware and Fixtures in Place for Project Design 2014 of RMHLI

Hello Fabulistas! I’ve watched my generous vendors’ pieces come together in the en suite bath at the RMHLI before my eyes! The biggest topper has to be the PentalQuartz custom countertop in Crystal White. Terra Tile & Marble kindly donated, fabricated, and installed the beautiful showpiece. It makes a sleek, durable surface that flows with … Continued

Meet Emcee Ryan Serhant at the Project 2014 Gala!

Hello Fabulistas! Purchase your tickets to the RHMLI Project Design 2014 gala on October 9th and meet Ryan Serhant! He just got engaged… Congratulations, Ryan and Emilia! I can’t wait for you to see my completed bedroom suite at the Ronald McDonald House of LI! The gala is set for October 9, at 6 p.m. … Continued

Design Insider: Project Design 2014 Renderings Revealed!

Hello Fabulistas! I’ve been telling you all about my commitment to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island/Project Design 2014. I’m thrilled to share the renderings I had done for the suite I’ve designed! My vision is to create a calm and healing environment that emanates positivity and inspiration for the families that stay there. … Continued

Design Insider: Project Design 2014 Benefit Tonight!

Hello Fabulistas! The day has come for my Project Design 2014 event and I can’t wait for you to join me. RSVP now to help me celebrate and raise money for this wonderful cause. We’ll be serving wine and cheese, and have a raffle lineup of covetable prizes. Get all the details below and I’ll … Continued

Design Insider: Correction! Project Design Benefit on 7/16!

Hello Fabulistas! I apologize if I confused you yesterday. I’m so excited about my upcoming benefit for Project Design 2014 that I published the wrong date! It is, in fact, next Wednesday, the 16th. I’m teaming up with my friends at Artistic Tile for a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. I’m redesigning … Continued

Design Insider: Mid-Century Modern Glamour

Hello Fabulistas! Mid-Century Modern has one thing in common with all the design styles I love… glamour! Your home helps prepare you for the day ahead and surrounding yourself with beautiful decor will put you in the right mood to tackle anything that comes your way. I find that mid-century modern style is full of … Continued

Design Insider: Investing in Original Art

Hello Fabulistas! Filling your home with things that feel uniquely you should be your priority when decorating and curating your own personal art collection is one of the best most beautiful ways to achieve this. Original art always makes a home feel substantial. This is why I love to include it with clients’ projects. Nothing … Continued

Design Insider: Alpha Awards Recap

Hello Fabulistas! The IFDA NY Take a Seat Auction [link] was just one noteworthy night in the design world last week. The Alpha Awards were held last Tuesday night. This annual awards presentation is a way to honor those close to The Alpha Workshops. Alpha Workshops is one of the very special organizations. It is … Continued

Design Insider: IFDA NY Take a Seat Auction Sneak Peek

Hello Fabulistas! Spring is the busy season for the New York design world and one of the next big events is the second annual  IFDA NY Take a Seat Auction. Proceeds from the auction benefit Habitat for Humanity and IFDA chapter professional development. I was asked to design a unique chair for this charitable evening. My inspiration was my … Continued

DOAD: Final Reveal and Event Recap

Hello Fabulistas! What a night!!! The event was FABULOUS! It felt like the entire interior design community came out to support Housing Works. I was so happy to see so many designer friends and show off my hard work. The designer’s booths were all beautifully designed. It was a feast for the eyes! Everyone put their … Continued

DOAD: Room Vignette Sneak Peek

Hello Fabulistas! The big day has finally come! Tonight I’ll be debuting my glam room vignette for Housing Works’ Design on a Dime 2014. I hope you’ve been following along the past few weeks as I’ve been showcasing the work of my generous vendors. I couldn’t have put all this together without their help! Tonight … Continued

DOAD: Vendors Roundup

Hello Fabulistas! Tomorrow’s the big day! Housing Works’ Design on a Dime is finally here. I’m so excited! All of my hard work and donations from my incredibly generous vendors have come together in a glam room vignette I can’t wait to share! Wall Panel from PTMD Collection I hope you’ve been keeping up with my Design … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: A. Rudin

Hello Fabulistas! A. Rudin! I know I’ll always find the perfect piece from this showroom, whether it’s upholstery, casegoods, art, or accessories, this is one of my absolute favorite companies. They bridge the past and future to give a sense of timeless luxury, with classic lines with a modern approach. A. Rudin has been in business … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Kravet Fabrics, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils

Hello Fabulistas! Housings Works’ Design on a Dime is around the corner and it’s going to be packed with wonderful style and decor. Today’s featured vendors are a part of a company family that caters to the design trade with exquisite fabrics, trims, furniture, and more. Kravet is truly a pillar in the industry and forward-thinking, to … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Currey and Company

Hello Fabulistas! I can’t believe it, but Housing Works’ Design on a Dime is next week! I’m very excited for this special event and I hope to see you there. Today’s featured vendor is a company I’ve done business with for a long time and they’ve just opened up a New York showroom. Currey & Company is a trade … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Hickory Chair Furniture Co. | Pearson, Henredon

Hello Fabulistas! The time is nearing for Housing Works’ Design on a Dime and I’ve gathered many beautiful furnishings from my go-to vendors to generously fill my room vignette. Today’s featured vendors are North Carolina-based furniture companies with years of prestige. Hickory Chair Furniture Co. | Pearson This furniture company is entering its second century of … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Stark Carpet

Hello Fabulistas! Design on a Dime is only two and a half weeks away. I’m excited to share today’s featured vendor, Stark Carpet. I’ve been working with them for many years and I’m proud to include them in my vignette. Stark Carpet is truly a leader in their field, having the widest range of rugs and … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Zimmer + Rohde, Tucker Robbins, Erika Brunson

Hello Fabulistas! Like with any well-designed room, my vignette for Housing Works’ Design on a Dime is full of details large and small that come together for a glamorous experience. Here are my trusted vendors for today that have been generous enough to donate refined furnishings for this wonderful, charitable event. Zimmer + Rohde This family-owned … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Christopher Guy

Hello Fabulistas! Housing Works’ Design on a Dime 2014 is just a few weeks away and I’m busy planning for the special event. As you know, I’ve been sharing many of my go-to resources with you and here’s one of my generous vendors, Christopher Guy, who gave us something very special for the event. Fontaine from … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, J. Robert Scott, Nancy Corzine, Silver Peacock

Hello Fabulistas! Creating my room vignette for Housing Works’ big night, Design on a Dime 2014, is such a treat. I’m pulling wonderful products that my generous vendors have donated for the great cause. These resources are some of my regular go-tos for fulfilling design visions. Here’s why I adore today’s highlighted vendors. Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Arteriors, Interior Crafts, Lorin Marsh, Nicholas Antiques

Hello Fabulistas!  Design on a Dime 2014 booth. I’m having a great time sharing these special vendors who have graciously donated beautiful merchandise for my vignette for Housing Works’ special event. Arteriors If it’s hot, it’s part of the Arteriors collection! This fashion-forward company partners with artisans and manufacturers around the world to produce impressive, on-trend lighting, … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Robert Allen | Beacon Hill, Christopher Hyland

Hello Fabulistas! The hard work continues on pulling together a stunning and interesting room vignette for Housing Works’ special event, Design on a Dime 2014. I already have incredible furnishings from my generous donors that will be available to purchase at this great event for an important cause. As you know, I’ve been telling you about my … Continued

Design Insider: Unexpected Concrete

Hello Fabulistas! People see concrete as a commercial material, but it’s changed so much. The possibilities are endless with what it can do for a home. So think beyond a walkway and imagine the cool effect it can have as a number of surfaces. Here is merely a small sampling of amazing concrete designs. from … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: Baker Furniture

Hello Fabulistas! When I started planning my room vignette for Housing Works’ big night, Design on a Dime 2014, I knew that I would go to my favorite vendors for some serious generosity. I love my vendors and greatly appreciate that they support me in this exciting event. I want to share with you who … Continued

Design insider: Mixed Metals

Hello Fabulistas! Mixing metals can be intimidating at first because there are so many beautiful options available. There’s no reason that you have to keep the fixtures in one room to all gold or copper. It’s fun and more off hand to mix them up a little bit! Here’s how I execute the trend. Keep it … Continued

DoaD Vendor Spotlight: Samuel & Sons, Donghia, The Ruffled Window

Hello Fabulistas! My team and I are busy preparing for a spectacular room vignette for Housing Works’ big night, Design on a Dime 2014. There’s so much work and giving that goes in to each interior designer’s display. I have many wonderful vendors that have generously donated beautiful products for this event that I adore. (Follow … Continued

Design Insider: Pantone Spring Color Trends

Hello Fabulistas! When you’re looking for influencers’ opinions on trending colors, the go-to source is Pantone. By now you’ve heard about and seen Radiant Orchid everywhere! Now let’s focus on other colors that are trending right now for spring. Dazzling Blue Dedicating a whole room to a bold, saturated color can be beautiful! But it … Continued

Design Insider: Using Pantone’s COTY Radiant Orchid Now

Hello Fabulistas! By now you’ve seen all the shades of Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid. The design community has gone wild for it! It’s the perfect vibrant shade to boost any colorful New Year’s resolutions. Here are some ways you can embrace it, even if you normally stick to neutrals. from Architectural Digest … Continued

Design Insider: Tried and True Lighting Pairs for Rooms

Happy Monday, Fabulistas! I’ve been thinking a lot about lighting. A well-lit room feels happier, so when designing spaces I try to incorporate just the right amount of light. I love to use pairs of lights in my designs. The pairs make spaces feel luxe and upscale, and they provide double the amount of light! … Continued

Design Insider: Iconic Furniture Designs

Hello Fabulistas! When you’re looking for a special piece for your home to take it from pretty to fabulous, you may want to consider an iconic piece of furniture. Some of the most classic furniture pieces can be the way to go to complete your space. There are some outstanding pieces that have become very … Continued

Design Insider: Secrets of a Prop Stylist

Happy Monday, Fabulistas! I love Emily Henderson’s HGTV show Secrets From a Stylist. Emily started as a prop stylist and she’s taken those skills and turned them into interior design skills. Prop stylists’ secrets and tricks can help you glam up your home quickly and easily. Here are a few prop stylist secrets I live … Continued

Design Insider: Embrace Open Shelving for Storage

Hello Fabulistas! I’ve been asked by some friends about storage options, and so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you, too! I LOVE open shelving for storage. It’s a great way to store things AND decorate at the same time! I like using open shelving in as many rooms as possible because it creates … Continued

Top Picks: Outdoor Furniture Suppliers

Hello, Fabulistas! Last week I shared a few tips on how you can create your own outdoor room. Today I’m focusing on the outdoor furniture. If you’re not in the design business, you may not know where to turn when shopping for furniture. Outdoor furniture is even more difficult to find because it’s seasonal. Here … Continued

Design on a Dime: Recap

Hello Fabulistas! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I used mine to recover from the whirlwind that was Housing Works Design on a Dime 2013! I had a fabulous time, met some great designers and took in all kinds of amazing design displays! Here’s mine before the big event right after I finished setting … Continued

Design on a Dime: Come and Join Me at The Event!

Hello Fabulistas! The time has come for me to finally unveil my presentation at Design on a Dime! I’m so honored to be included in the benefit along with so many other fabulous designers. Now after all my hard work, I’d love for you to join me! The opening night reception is tomorrow night, April … Continued

Design on a Dime: What’s It All About?

Hello Fabulistas! I’m thrilled to share with you that I’ll be participating in Housing Works Design on a Dime benefit later this month! Those of you in the design world are probably already familiar with the fabulous annual event. For the rest of you, I can’t wait to tell you all about it. from Housing Works … Continued

Weekend Recap: AD Home Design Show Highlights

Happy Monday, fabulistas! What a weekend it’s been…I’ve been busy mingling with fellow designers at this year’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show. It’s always fun to catch up with industry friends while learning about the latest ideas in home decor and furniture. That said, the real treat this time was the spectacle of table designs … Continued

Behind the Scenes: Yves Delorme Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

When I visited the Yves Delorme showroom to get a sneak peek at their Spring/Summer 2013 collection, I couldn’t help but get excited for spring…picnics at Central park, ice cream at my favorite spot on Broadway…I can’t wait for the weather to warm up! Yves Delorme’s collection was spot on – what feels more like … 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

On the Rise: 10 Designers to Watch in 2013 (Part I)

If you make it in New York, you can make it anywhere…that goes the same for interior design, too! This fresh crop of young designers, featured in Vogue, are making a mark on some fabulous homes in our great city and I can’t wait to see what they have coming up next! Anastasia Ratia The … Continued

Top 10 Black Friday – Best Bargains in the City!

It’s that time of year again, are you ready for Black Friday? I love a good deal and I love to shop, so you know I LOVE Black Friday! The key to success during this precious day is being prepared. Here’s a list of deals that I’m going after this year. 1. Dwell Studio – This … 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

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

Five NYC Interior Design Events I Can’t Wait to Attend!

If you read last week’s Design Insider, you know that I’ve been busy with the fall events calendar! It’s such a fabulous time for the interior design community. Everyone is a-buzz with fall decorating, new collection launches, crisp color palettes, and holiday preparations (yes, already!). It’s one of my absolute favorite times of year! Just … 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

Modern Color Theory with Robert Allen & Dwell

Is it just me, or did fall seriously sneak up on us? I have to say, nothing makes saying goodbye to the warm months of summer quite as easy as the fall event calendar! To kick off the season, I popped over to a cozy event in the Bryant Park studio of Robert Allen, where … Continued

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Latest in Eco-Friendly Paints and More!

With the warm temps and low humidity, spring is the perfect season to start your next indoor or outdoor painting project for your home. I’ve done some digging around on what you need to consider before you break out the rollers and brushes. Here’s my top 5 key points to consider when choosing a paint … Continued

Quick and Easy Kitchen Fixes

I love the idea of “quick and easy fixes,” for me, it’s a matter of seeing materials in a new  way and having a different perspective on how to achieve this. Julia Child once said “In department stores, so much kitchen equipment is bought indiscriminately by people who just come in for men’s underwear.” I … Continued

Sheer Summer Style

With the sun dipping below the horizon a little later each day, it’s time to infuse some sheer fabric into your home, opening the windows and inviting the warm glow of sunshine in. The lightweightness of sheer allows a simple breeze to instantly send your curtains and canopies (and heart) aflutter, while bringing a sense … Continued

Strike While the Iron is Hot!

This industrial glam trend was all fired up at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show last week.  Whether you use iron in the room or as a detail to accessorize, here are some of my favorite iron pieces from the show. I love DESIGNLUSH!  This is just one of their many FAB pieces!  This multi-pendant ceiling fixture … Continued

Beautify your Bathroom

I consider the bathroom to be one of the most important rooms in the house…and that’s the key!  It’s a room of its own and deserves as much attention as all the others.  So think about decorating your bathroom as you would the rest of your home. Our time in the bathroom helps set the … Continued

A Pile of Tiles!

Have extra tile from a design project and not sure what do to with it?  You can’t return them, and if you’re like me, you just can’t bear to toss them in the garbage.  The good news is that, if you are thinking outside the “bathroom”, there are plenty of great ways to utilize your … Continued

Who’s coming with me to the Bailey House Annual Party?

Bailey House New York is throwing their 24th Annual Auction and Party this Wednesday, February 22…a FABULOUS, MUST GO-TO event in New York! This star-studded, glam event attracts the coolest New Yorkers.   It’s one of the hippest events of the season AND it’s for a good cause!!!  I am so IN! I can’t wait … Continued

Notes from the NYIGF…

No winter blues here! By the end of January, the New York International Gift Fair comes around lifting my spirits and getting my team’s creativity flowing! Here are some of my favorite picks from this FAB show. Taking glam to the next level…fur sure!! Add one of these Mongolian lamb and Lucite benches for some fun and “pop” in your living … Continued

Fire Power: The Flame Stitch

Like moths to a flame, we keep getting drawn in when it comes to flame stitch. The Renaissance-era textile technique has come and gone in popularity, several times over, and largely thanks to Missoni’s line for Target from Fall 2011, the embroidery-inspired pattern is hot once again. The last two years, the highly anticipated Kips … Continued

My Joss & Main Curation

My curated collection at Joss & Main is now over! Thank you so much to everyone who visited the collection.  It was great to envision and create the Parisian at Heart collection the same way I would design a room or home.  It is so important to figure out what makes you happy in your life … Continued

ELLE Decor, Best Rooms of 2011

What better way to end the exciting, whirlwind of a year that was 2011 than to have ELLE Decor ask me to be one of 30 contributors to their “Best of” 2011 slideshow. I was asked to choose my favorite one image from one of their featured projects of 2011. It was a lot of … Continued

$100 Pinhole Press Giveaway!

Deck your halls, walls and…friends’ mailboxes with custom photo frames, calendars and super-cute holiday cards from our favorite DIY stationary site, Pinhole Press! Their frames and books are perfect for super-personalized holiday gifts ( Grandmas will looove the bragbooks)! the photo calendars are  stylish reminders to schedule in time with your family and friends. And how cool … Continued

Color Inspiration with 20×200 and Benjamin Moore

Last Friday marked the end of our “What’s Your Color Story” photo contest with affordable art site 20×200 and Benjamin Moore. Twenty seven inspirational color stories were told over a week. Although the color inspiration spanned the rainbow, there were some subject matter themes that popped up… Babies & Kids Determination   Petite Pups   … Continued

Vote on Your Favorite Color Stories Photo Today!

It’s time to rally your troops! Whether you submitted a photo telling your own personal color story or you have fallen in love with someone else’s, let us know which one is your favorite! Winners will receive some amazing prizes from our partners Benjamin Moore and 20×200. Simplifying Fabulous facebook fans: Vote for the photo that speaks to you! If … Continued

Affordable Art Sources

Great art is no longer just available for those with bloated bank accounts. There are plenty of wonderful, affordable art sources out there right now. One of my favorites is art dealer (and curator, writer and entrepreneur…I’m smelling a Fab Friday!) Jen Bekman’s 20×200, a company with whom we’re currently running a colorful photo contest with. … Continued

Share Your Color Story Photo Contest

EXTRA, EXTRA, Read all about it!   We’re announcing some colorful news today! Simplifying Fabulous! is partnering with Benjamin Moore and affordable art site 20×200 for an exciting Color Story Photo Contest where the winners will walk away with color coordinated prizes for their homes! Through Friday, November 11th, Simplifying Fabulous facebook fans can upload a … Continued

Decorating the Bedroom: Tips of the Trade

There is a lot to consider when decorating a bedroom, but don’t fear…I’m here to help! I headed over to the Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman showrooms in the D&D Building to illustrate some of the basic tenements of decorating a bedroom. Watch how your choice of bedroom furniture, color and texture can make a … Continued

Color & Design Advice: Benjamin Moore Expert Exchange

I’m happy to announce an exciting partnership with Benjamin Moore! I was asked to share my expertise on interior design and color as part of their Experts Exchange app on Facebook. It’s a great platform to ask experts about color, learn design secrets and share your own projects! Experts Exchange is a one-stop-shop for color and design … Continued

How Do I Make a Low Ceiling Seem Taller?

How high off of the dining table should a chandelier hang? How large should an area rug be? What is the best way to integrate antiques with modern furniture? Have your design questions answered…Ask Robin! Your question will be answered here on the blog, added to our Ask Robin archive, and posted on Facebook! “My master bedroom … Continued

Catch Me at the D&D Fall Market

If you’re in New York City this week, I hope that you’ll join me at the D&D Building on Thursday, October 13th when I’ll be a part of a lively discussion on design blogs. The panel, moderated by the fabulous Cynthia Bogart of TheDailyBasics.com, is part of the D&D’s Fall Market. This year the two-day market … Continued

Around the World at 100% Design

Day two of Blogtour 2011 found us at 100% Design where we had the chance to hear from Mix Publications on the color trends of Autumn/Winter 2012/13 as well as walk the show. Among all of the private vendors, a number of countries had large booths that displayed the products of a number of designers … Continued

London Design Festival: Inside Tent London

In the world of interior design and home decor, a regional “Design Week” is our equivalent to fashion week. The same cities are represented (New York, Milan, Paris and London), fab outfits are everywhere, and schedules are packed with trade shows, seminars and fun industry parties. This past September, Simplifying Fabulous! had the great honor of being … Continued

Going Green with Etsy

Love Etsy? Me too. I love browsing the site for all kinds of things from stationary to gifts, but it’s an especially great resource for finding great home decor that is also eco friendly. Here are a few of my favorite green storefronts: Colorful cloth napkins turn temporary into extraordinary! Check out Idaho-based CharlotteHandmade for her selection … Continued

Antiquing Tips from Brimfield

Dealers and shoppers come from all over the world to the Brimfield Antiques Show, which, since its debut in the 1950s, has  become the largest outdoor antiques show in the U.S. Thousands of dealers show over the week, selling everything from painted furniture to antique dolls along a one-mile stretch of Route 20. The website … Continued

Travel by Design: Blogtour2011 Calling!

Today’s the day! I’m off to London for Blogtour2011,  the first of two international events designed to bring design bloggers from US and UK together, first at London Design Festival this week and then again during New York Design Festival in March of 2012! Simplifying Fabulous! is over the moon with excitement and I promise that this … Continued

Fashion Underfoot

West Elm offers a gorgeous array of eco-friendly accessories and furnishings, and their coveted designer collaboration collections are no exception. The company’s venture with textile, clothing and interior designer Allegra Hicks resulted in this Printed Harlequin rug, made of hand-woven natural jute, a highly sustainable material. Jute is 100% bio-degradable and totally recyclable…so green and … Continued

Top 10 Reasons to Follow Blogtour in London

In exactly one week I’ll be packed up, ready for my red eye to London to join a handful of other North American bloggers as we set out on Blogtour 2011. Our mission? To capture and share the inspiration, trends and buzz surrounding the London Design Festival and all of it’s surrounding satellite fairs and events! Our gracious … Continued

Design that Gives Back

As we’re coming out of a deep recession (we are coming out, aren’t we??) and heading into the emotional week surrounding the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we wanted to keep our eyes on the positive here at Simplifying Fabulous! There are so many companies, groups and individuals that are taking the glass-is-half-full approach … Continued

Seeing Beauty in the Broken

The ability to see the potential for life and beauty in the broken is an amazing life skill. This vision is what designers channel when they approach a new project or a renovation. While at the NYIGF the other week checking out color and furnishing trends, I was introduced to 2b design, a remarkable company … Continued

Design on a Budget, Part 4: Pulling it All Together

Everybody deserves a home that they love and feel great in. Afterall, confidence begins at home! Great design, and feeling great about your home isn’t a matter of budget…it’s a matter of style! You can make your style work at any price point. My four-part Design Insider series “Design on a Budget” will help you define … Continued

All the Familiar (Green) Faces

In the past, environmentalists may have shunned “mass market” stores because of how products have been sourced, transported and disposed of. These days, big box stores are making a real effort to  be environmentally friendly—both in the products they offer and the way they operate. Here are some of my favorite places to shop that have … Continued

Design on a Budget, Part 3: Time to Shop!

Everybody deserves a home that they love and feel great in. Afterall, confidence begins at home! Great design, and feeling great about your home isn’t a matter of budget…it’s a matter of style! You can make your style work at any price point. My four-part Design Insider series “Design on a Budget” will help you define … Continued

Design on a Budget Part 2: Creating a Budget

Everybody deserves a home that they love and feel great in. Afterall, confidence begins at home!™ Great design, and feeling great about it, isn’t a matter of budget…it’s a matter of style! You can make your style work on any budget. My four-part Design Insider series “Design on a Budget” will help you define your style, … Continued

Do-Gooder Paper Pushers

I am always jotting things down in notebooks—notes from client meetings, room and product dimensions, to-do lists, my Starbucks order… I carry notebooks with me everywhere: You never know when inspiration will strike—or when you hear a song or have a bottle of wine that you must write down so that you won’t forget!   Last … Continued

Design on a Budget, Part 1: Discover Your Style!

Everybody deserves a home that they love and feel great in. Afterall, confidence begins at home!™ Great design, and feeling great about it, isn’t a matter of budget…it’s a matter of style! You can make your style work on any budget. My four-part Design Insider series, Design on a Budget, will help you define your … Continued

Shopping Green: The Best in Eco E-Commerce

The next time you’re looking for a home accessory or some new threads, go green and shop on an eco friendly e-commerce site! Whether or not we admit it, everyone loves to shop online, and these vendors sell fashion and furnishings for a cause. Here are a few of the most stylish around:   EcoPlum … Continued

Find us on Facebook!

Like Robin Baron Simplifying Fabulous!™ on Facebook to join in the conversation on design and decoration. Follow along for decorating tips, great content from our Web site, links to cool products and services for the home. We’re also planning some fun exclusive contests and give-aways for our loyal fans during the coming months! Hope to see … Continued

Design on a Budget!

There is a statistic floating around out there (don’t quote me on this!), that something like only 1% of Americans can afford an interior decorator. My passion lays in helping others to create a home that they love and feel great about…afterall, Confidence Begins at Home™! I live to help my clients translate their personalities and … Continued

Crate and Barrel’s Eco Friendly Fiesta!

It’s summertime and the living is easy!  Bold and beautiful, Crate and Barrel’s eco friendly Jose margarita glasses and sleek Miguel pitcher (love the names!) bring a fiesta to any tabletop they land upon. I think that even ol’ Ella Fitzgerald would agree that the summer is a little sweeter with an icy cold beverage in hand! … Continued

Easy Paint Solutions: HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

In a home, paint is the glue that brings everything together! Color matching and choosing paint colors is something that many of my Robin Baron Design clients turn to me for. Taking the guesswork out of decorating is a passion of mine, which is why I’m a huge fan of the partnership between the paint pros at … Continued

Aretha Franklin Digs House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year!

This morning, Kravet and House Beautiful invited Robin Baron Simplifying Fabulous! for a breakfast in the magazine’s Kitchen of the Year, Tyler Florence‘s indoors/outdoors chef’s kitchen in Rockefeller Center. After hearing from Editor in Chief Newell Turner, Publisher Kate Smith and Cary Kravet of Kravet, Inc., the magazine staff and design industry attendees were all … Continued

My Fabulous: Alissa Jo Caputo

Each Monday’s Design Insider features tips of the trade, must-know interior design products, services, and the design inspiration or work of our Simplifying Fabulous! community members. Send us your fabulous submissions for the chance to be featured! This week, I’m happy to share the lovely work of decorative painter Alissa Jo Caputo of the mother/daughter business, Simply Chic Interiors. … Continued

London Calling: Blissliving Home

With all of the hoopla surrounding the recent royal wedding, it’s no surprise that London was the destination-of-inspiration for the Blissliving Home‘s newest collection, London Calling. The globetrotting journey’s of Blissliving Home Founder/CEO Mei Xu’s are often the inspiration for the brand’s beautiful textiles, tabletop accessories, and decorative accents. Perhaps I’m so in love with the products from Blissliving Home because I … Continued

Paint the Town Green

If your summer sprucing up plans include adding new color to your walls, I recommend taking a look at Benjamin Moore’s new Color Capture App (very cool!), which allows you to snap a picture of anything that makes you smile—a blooming flower, a sandy beach, a great dress, a scoop of ice cream—and find it’s color … Continued

Shopping at Home: Wallpapered Furniture

One of the easiest ways to green your interiors is to go, what I call, “shopping at home.” Repurposing what you already own to make it new again is always better for the environment than purchasing something new! My post yesterday on the repurposed, wallpapered dresser I found at the Upper West Side boutique ShiShi … Continued

Repurposed Furniture: A Dresser Full of Inspiration

I always say inspiration can be found everywhere! And inspiration was just what I found when I walked into ShiShi, a darling boutique full of undiscovered treasures located just down the block from my Robin Baron Design offices on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Though the cool window display initially pulled me into the store, I quickly found … Continued

Who Knew a Dishwasher Could be so Smart?

  This is the question I found myself asking after being introduced to Miele’s Futura Series Dishwasher.  Leave it to German-founded Miele, whose slogan is  “Immer Besser” (or “Forever Better” in English),  to take the dishwasher to the next level! The Futura Series Dishwasher is claimed to be the “most intelligent dishwasher” and I have … Continued

Green Decorating: Start with the FLOR!

Think of building your home’s green décor like you’d build a wardrobe—piece by piece. Focus on versatile basics and when you find yourself bored with a look, simply switch things up…just as effective as a trip to the mall! When I design a room I take a similar stance: I begin with a versatile flooring … Continued

Behind the Scenes at Kravet

Back in May, Simplifying Fabulous had the immense pleasure of attending Blogfest 2011, a three day smorgasboard of exclusive interior design-related events. Over 150 interior design bloggers from all around the country descended upon NYC to rub elbows with some of the biggest editors in the shelter magazine world, and to meet fellow bloggers (in person!) and … Continued