Friday Finds: My Favorite Dining Rooms

Happy Friday Fabulistas! With a long weekend ahead of us, why not host a fabulous dinner party? Dining room decor can take on any look to fit what you’re planning. Here are a few of my favorite Instagram Dining Room Inspirations!      

Friday Finds: Floral Arrangements

Happy Friday Fabulistas! Today’s Friday Finds are beautiful floral arrangements you can use to freshen up your home. I love using unique vases to make every arrangement more personal. Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday Finds: The Best Fireplace Designs

Hey Fabulistas! The snow is falling in NYC and temperatures are too low to look at!  Start feeling the warmth with my Thursday finds. The Fireplace is an appealing architectural structure in the home that can have so many purposes. Here is my list of top Fireplace designs from Pinterest. A neutral color palette with surrounding furniture creates a cozy … Continued

The Perfect Coffee Table Book

Hello Fabulistas! Every time I visit a new home, I naturally notice the smallest details.  Coffee table books usually catch my attention within the first few minutes.  Just like that, I’m flipping through the pages, my fingers gracing the printed pages filled with stunning imagery. Coffee table books are so revealing of the style and personality … Continued

Know Thyself, Designer!

Hello Fabulistas! Whenever I’m asked the most important advice to give young designers, my response is often, “Know who you are!” Confidence as a designer begins with discovering yourself as a creative force. What are you about? What moves you? What stimulates you? Once you’ve figured out the answers to these questions and more, you’re … Continued

Kickstart Your Creativity with Travel!

Hi Fabulistas! Every artisitic mind needs a shake-up now and then – a jolt of revelation to change-up your creativity, perspective and kickstart fresh ideas! I always suggest keeping an open eye and an open mind with regard to where and how this divine inspiration will come your way. And then, WOW!! You’re reinvigorated to create … Continued

Italians do it Better!

Hi there Fabulistas! Relish the precious few days of summer with an Italian-inspired picnic in a park! During my recent trip to Italy, I found myself enveloped in the country’s lavish aesthetics that later so dearly resonated in a film I saw. A film that became one of my absolute favorites this summer is A … Continued

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Interior Design

Hi Fabulistas! As an interior designer, I love working closely with my clients to create the spaces of their dreams. Designing beautiful, comfortable spaces that complement my clients is my gift to them. The other day, I was thinking about how each of my projects gives back to me in the form of personal growth, … Continued

Spring-spiration

Hi Fabulistas, If you haven’t had the chance to get your hands on USA Today’s Spring Issue here it is!   So happy to share with you that I was quoted in the HOME section for their “103 Ideas from Walls to Ceilings” stories. See my quote regarding BLACK — a color so classic, and … Continued

Through My Eyes: My Design Advice as seen on About.com

Hi Fabulistas, Paint the town ‘Grey”! Often living in big cities means adjusting to small spaces. Don’t let that “tiny” problem get in the way of your design dreams! Get more tips from this recent feature on About.com and see how I use color as a way to play with the scale of a petite … Continued

Through My Eyes: A Sit Down with Suzanne Costa

  Home is where the heart is. What an honor to hone my skills as a designer through another creative project that aims to uplift individuals through their homes. The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is 1 of 300 Ronald McDonald House programs worldwide aimed to help families struggling with children suffering from serious … Continued

Through my Eyes: Design on a Dime Recap

Hi Fabulistas,   It’s the end of the first week of March and what a week it has been! This past Tuesday, Housing Works Design on a Dime co-chairs George Oliphant, James Huniford, Nicole Gibbons and ELLE DECOR Editor-in-Chief Michael Boodro helped kick off the 2016 Design on a Dime benefit at Desiron in the … Continued

Through My Eyes: Carmen Marc Valvo F/W 2016 Collection

Fashion Fabulistas, As some of you may know, I started my career as a fashion designer — so, fashion is always near and dear to my heart. Often I relate interior design to fashion because both industries creatively employ beautiful colors, patterns and prints to make unique statements. Ah, a game of charades. From Hollywood … Continued

Top Picks: A Few Things I’m LOVING Right Now

Hello there Fabulistas, Part of the thrill of working on luxurious design projects is the “hunt”! The design world has seen an influx of digital platforms that make decorating easier and faster than ever before and I’m always on the lookout for innovative ways to maximize my productivity while keeping my clients happy! A fellow … Continued

Through My Eyes: V is for Valentine

Fabulistas, It’s that time of year again and everyone is scavenging for those last minute dinner reservations, presents, and finding a unique way to spend their Valentine’s. Before getting into the gifting aspect of the holiday, it’s important to learn about the true love story behind Valentine’s Day. Dating back to the Roman era, St. … Continued

Through My Eyes: My Birthday!

Fabulistas, Ever since the tender age of nine, I knew I wanted to be a designer. Having started my career as a fashion designer, I was always fascinated by interior design and studied as much as I could about the world of interiors and antiques. I transitioned into interior design full-time after enthusiastic fashion clients … Continued

Through My Eyes: Bold Bathrooms and Living Spaces

Fabulistas, Check out these photos of some bold bathrooms and living spaces that I’ve brought to life… A view of sophistication! This living room is formal yet comforting. I love swirling design of this fabulous Stanton Carpet which compliments the ABC Carpet and Home coffee tables. And the pièce de résistance is the art by painter Michelle Williams! … Continued

Bonjour from Paris!

Fabulistas, for the past week, I have been in one of my favorite cities in the world, Paris! I’m here for Maison & Objet and Paris Design Week — and, while my schedule has been beyond abundant, I’ve been loving every minute of it! I want to fill you in on all of it, so … Continued

Through My Eyes: Cozy, Shimmering Spaces

Fabulistas, Don’t let the cold weather give you the blues…warm up with a cozy, shimmering space! Check out some of my favorite spaces that I designed… Nestled in this cozy master bedroom is a seating area with custom closets with faux shagreen insets. A perfect place to read a book, plan a day, or relax at any … Continued

Through My Eyes: Rounded Furniture

Fabulistas, Life comes full circle. That’s a true statement in life…and in design! Check out these spaces I designed, featuring round accents! Using ​a one of a kind goat-skin table,​with a high gloss finish, the rounded shape allows for a familial gathering and ease when serving your loved ones.​ I angled the edges in my … Continued

Through My Eyes: The Color Grey

Fabulistas, Pardon the rhyme, but when it comes to decor, is grey here to stay? Grey is fast becoming the new beige…it’s a neutral color, and very versatile. It can be used for wall colors, cabinets, countertops, fireplaces, furniture, etc. It’s got a classic, sophisticated appeal, and it comes in a variety of shades. And, … Continued

Through My Eyes: Window Treatments

Window treatments aren’t just for small windows; floor-to-ceiling windows can be decorated with drapes as well. To keep the full height appearance be sure to hang the curtain rod higher than the window frame. And get creative with fabric…try textured fabric, patterns in addition to solid color curtains.

Through My Eyes: One Brainy Backyard

Inspired by science and mathematics, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland is a one-of-a-kind garden! Intelligently-designed sculptures, terraces, bridges, architectural structures, and sculptured landscapes make this 30-acre property truly breathtaking. Instead of flowers, you’ll see that the focus is on shapes, illustrated by various monuments found throughout the grounds. The garden is located in … Continued

Through My Eyes: Shower Elements

They’re great, everyone loves them, but boy do your beauty products take up space! So many people see the shower as an afterthought — why not be purposeful with design elements in the shower?

Through My Eyes: The Best of Kips Bay ShowHouse 2015

Fabulistas, in this post I’m featuring pictures of all my favorite moments in the Kips Bay Showhouse. If you haven’t read my post about my colleague Charles Pavarini, III’s room, then, please give it a read and take in the sights! Meanwhile, I’ve carefully curated everything that caught my eye and put all the images together … Continued

Through My Eyes: Sharing the Good Times

Fabulistas, you know I think life is great under everyday circumstances. But, life really is sweet when you can have fun with your family, clients and vendors alike! Here are some candid snaps taken in the Cliff Young, Ltd. showroom with Chloe, Leslie Young and Ryan Serhant.

Bravo Family Love!

Fabulistas, this year, Design on Dime was filled with BRAVO Family love! Ryan Serhant and Emilia Bechrakis were there and took selfies with everyone who stopped by (how generous and cool of them!) and….look who showed up??? Why it’s @bravoAndy! 🙂

Through My Eyes: Fabulous Safety

Fabulistas, home safety is important. The things that keep ourselves and our families safe like smoke detectors, security systems and fire extinguishers are necessary, but why so drab? I prefer to liven things up a bit with these anything-but-boring safety tools – utilitarian doesn’t have to mean unsightly. Take a look at these creative fire … Continued

Through My Eyes: White-on-White-on-White

Fabulistas, all of you know that I am not shy when it comes to color and bold textures and patterns. But, ahhh, there’s something about white that just makes its own statement. I love the white-on-white look in rooms full of unique architectural details. There’s something about this style that makes everyone feel positive and hopeful, and … Continued

Through My Eyes: Addicted to Attics

Oh Fabulistas, it’s time we embraced our attics! Attics are all too often either misunderstood, easily dismissed, or forgotten spaces. But, they can be valuable and re-discovered, if looked upon with a new perspective. They need not be old, musty or scary parts of your home.Attics give you the rare opportunity to create light and airy … Continued

Through My Eyes: Making Small Spaces Count

Hello Fabulistas! It can be tough to work with small spaces. But you shouldn’t let them intimidate you! You just have to approach them like chic challenges. Small spaces can be special design opportunities. Here are some ways that I get the most out of small spaces. Alcoves as Storage Opps Leave no niche unfilled! … Continued

Through My Eyes: Calming Outdoor Rooms

Hello Fabulistas! Sometimes it can be tough to find a peaceful oasis, no matter if you live in the city like me or in a small town. During warm weather I look toward outdoor rooms to help with my inner calm. This is a trick that works for clients and friends, too. There’s something soothing … Continued

Through My Eyes: Architectural Digest Home Design Show Recap

Hello Fabulistas! This month has been full of amazing design industry events. First, my ASID NY Metro President-Elect announcement and welcoming cocktail party, then the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. AD’s show always features impressive talent, exhibitions, and seminars. I was honored to take on a larger role this year as a judge for the … Continued

Through My Eyes: ASID NY Metro Announcement

Hello Fabulistas! This month has been quite the whirlwind. I’ve been busy with preparations for Design on a Dime and now I have some exciting news… I’m the President-Elect for 2014-15 of the ASID New York Metro Chapter! I’m thrilled to represent this amazing non-profit organization that serves interior design professionals. New York is a hotbed … Continued

Through My Eyes: Structured, Architectural White

Hello Fabulistas! I love the white-on-white look in rooms full of unique architectural details. There’s something about this style that makes everyone feel positive and hopeful, and that all is good in the world. Here are some of the many reasons I admire this look. Historic opulence The boarding school from season three of American Horror Story is … Continued

Through My Eyes: My Favorite Creative Inspirations

Hello Fabulistas! I chat a lot about trends and how to do decorating tricks in your own home. Today, though, I want to talk about what inspires me as a creative. There is a business side to interior design, but creativity is a must! We all have our own sources of creativity and here are … Continued

Through My Eyes: Lighting for Exterior Entertaining

Hello Fabulistas! I hope you were all able to do some fab outdoor entertaining this weekend. I did! All that time spent outside reminded me that I wouldn’t have been able to entertain in the dark if it wasn’t for my smart outdoor lighting setup. Remember, an entertaining area outdoors is like an extension of … 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

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

Through My Eyes: Preparing for Thanksgiving

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and are excited for this week. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – I love to decorate, I love to entertain, and I love to cook…If you are stressing out over planning the perfect dinner, I want you to relax and stop worrying! Thanksgiving … Continued

Through My Eyes: Happy Veterans Day!

A big Thank You to everyone who served our country! Yesterday we honored more than 24 million military veterans in the U.S., who fought for the freedom we enjoy today! November is a month full of gratitude and appreciation for our families, our lives, and at least a sense of normalcy, safety and electricity…especially THIS … Continued

Through My Eyes: Shop My Collection on Fab.com!

It’s no secret that I love the word “fab”! So I’m thrilled to announce that a collection of my favorite vintage and antique finds is now available on Fab.com! However, it’s only available through Nov. 5, so make sure to check out my finds before they’re gone! Searching for beautiful antiques is one of my … 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

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

My Top Ten Stylemakers of the Moment

“Stylemaker” is one of my favorite words. I love what it suggests…that some people are so original and statement-making in their fashion or décor that they actually MAKE their own style! It’s why I’m always saying: “Find your fabulous.” I truly believe that the next great style is just a moment of inspiration away! I’m … 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

Strut Your Studs!

When I think about studs, the first word that comes to mind is…edgy. Edgy as in glamorous with a touch of rock n’ roll – the perfect combination, if you ask me.

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!

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!

Cinema Style: Part 1

Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy has captured the hearts of millions. It was brilliantly, creatively and colorfully brought to life in the blockbuster film of the first book.

Va Va Voom Vases

I always think of accessories for the home like jewelry on a woman.  A fabulous vase is like a room’s answer to a statement necklace! A space could easily go without it, but why should it?  This versatile accent piece can heighten a room’s drama when properly positioned! Adding a bit of flair to a … Continued

Me and The New Traditionalists

They’re hot trends on the runway and now you can get them for your home. I discovered The New Traditionalists collection at the Architectural Digest show and we seem to be a match made in heaven!

Falling for Frenchies

In the last year, the sidewalks of New York have seen a noticeable increase in pedigree. No, not the Park Avenue population, I’m talking dogs. And not just any breed – the adorable, rabbit-eared, squishy-faced French bulldog. And since pet owners truly love their furry companions, the pups are beginning to pop up in home … Continued

New Years Resolutions for the Home

Hello 2012! Many people set New Years resolutions, but do you set New Years resolutions for your home? Now is the time to start new and fresh. Your home should be a place that you can relax and recharge before you go out and take on the world. Remember…Confidence Begins at Home! Here are my … Continued

Naturally Beautiful, Simply Fabulous!

I love the hunt! Popping in places, window shopping, searching for that one amazing item that you just can’t live without! Before heading over to the New York International Gift Fair (which was fabulous, by the way) this weekend, I was perusing a few furniture stores on the Upper West Side. I’m always on the … Continued

Vienna Through the Eyes of a Learning Intern

Before I started interning for Robin Baron Design, I was abroad in London for the past spring semester. Normally a student in the Big Apple, I was thrust into a European adventure for some of the most memorable moments of my life. Continuing my learning experience on this side of the pond as an intern … Continued

Inspired Taste: Andrew Carmellini’s The Dutch

Last night, I had the great pleasure of having dinner at The Dutch, the new restaurant of chef Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom, the guys behind Locanda Verde, another favorite of mine! Located on the corner of Prince and Spring Streets, it’s right in the heart of SoHo, a great place to walk around and window shop while … Continued

Big Screen Design Dreams

One of my favorite things to do in the heart of the summer is to escape the hot, humid city streets and head not to the beach, but to the movies! There is nothing like relaxing in the air-conditioned darkness of a movie theater, popcorn in hand, allowing your thoughts and imagination run to another place. … Continued