Happy Rooms: Showing Off Project Design 2014 Rooms for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

Hello Fabulistas! I’m still in awe of the other generous designers’ beautiful and inspiring rooms for Project Design 2014 for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island! These designers have been fully committed to this cause, and really gave of themselves in every way. They are creative and open hearted…and it shows in their incredible rooms! … Continued

The Suite is Finished for Project Design 2014 for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island!

Hello Fabulistas! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to all of our very generous vendors for helping make Project Design 2014 for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island so successful. Finally, the reveal! Here are a few photos of the finished room. Come back next week for highlights from the gala! Phillip Ennis Photography Phillip … Continued

Get Ready! The Gala is Tonight for Project Design 2014 for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island!

Hello Fabulistas! Tonight is the night to reveal my bedroom suite for Project Design 2014. So many beautiful items from so many generous vendors…I couldn’t have done it without them. Thank you to each and every one of you. I can’t wait to celebrate all of our hard work with the other designers involved in … Continued

Finishing Touches for Project Design 2014 for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

Hello Fabulistas! A bed is incomplete without beautiful, luxurious sheets! I was thrilled to outfit my fab custom beds for Project Design 2014 with the help of comfy sheets, pillowcases, and throws from Serena & Lily. Making up the beds felt like an exciting finale for this remodeling process for Ronald McDonald House of Long … 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

Fun Passementerie and Upholstery for Project Design 2014 for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

Hello Fabulistas! I’m always about the little details…and I love embellishments. They can be subtle or bold, but they make all the difference! One of my most important vendors for trim is Samuel and Sons Passementerie. They specialize in trim and only trim, whether it’s fringe, glass beads, tapes, buttons, cording, tie-backs, and more, 100% … Continued

Refined Upholstery for Project Design 2014 for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

Hello Fabulistas! The latest arrival for my Project Design 2014 bedroom suite is an elegant, fashion-forward desk chair. Christopher Guy generously donated this seat with a sumptuous shape. He is known for his luxurious looks that blend classicism with modernism. As beautiful as the chair is, I needed to reupholster it in fabrics that helped … Continued

transFORM’s Sleek Custom Closet for My Project Design 2014 Bedroom Suite for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

Hello Fabulistas! The custom transFORM closet I designed for my Project Design 2014 suite is clean, modern, and beautiful. It has all of the luxurious accessories I like to include in my custom closets. From a pull-out full-length mirror to valet rods, belt and tie racks, and velvet-lined jewelry drawers, no detail was spared to … Continued

One-of-a-Kind Fromental Wallcovering for Project Design 2014 of Ronald McDonald House of LI

Hello Fabulistas! This is exciting for me to share…our custom made Fromental wallcovering is going up in our bedroom suite this week! Fromental is one of my favorite companies. They were incredibly generous by offering to make a custom wallcovering for my RMHLI Project Design 2014 suite. They are known for their handcrafted, hand-painted wallcoverings … Continued

Tuesday’s Trends: Task Lights

Hello Fabulistas! The industrial glam trend isn’t going anywhere and the latest must-have to get the look is the industrial task light. It’s simple, sleek, and makes quite the impact. Some call it an architect lamp, but I call it chic! There are about a million different ways to use task lights. Here are a … Continued

What’s Hot This Month: August

Hello Fabulistas! Summer is winding down but there are still lots of fun activities to do in New York City. So if you can’t get away from the city for the weekend, there’s no need to worry. Just check out one of these hot new things to do and see! The Roof Garden Commission at … Continued

What’s Hot This Month: July

Hello Fabulistas! It’s been an amazing summer in New York so far and I’m looking forward to so many more wonderful things in store. Some may say that all the action leaves the city and heads out East. That’s not the case! Here are just a few fun happenings that are hot in July. Jeff … Continued

What’s Hot This Month: June

Hello Fabulistas! Summer is upon us in New York and there are lots of fun activities to partake in, even if you’re not going out east for the weekends. Here are a few activities and design trends I’m excited for this month. Shakespeare in The Park This is one of those fabulous New York traditions … Continued

Sole Envy: How to Organize Shoe Closets

Hello Fabulistas! We’ve talked decluttering your closet and storing winter coats. Now it’s time to delve deeper into one of the most glamorous storage subjects, shoe closets. A full-fledged closet isn’t always an option, but we can learn a thing or two from these footwear-dedicated rooms. Here are ideas on how to build your own … Continued

Tuesday’s Trends: Standout Hardware

Hello Fabulistas! Making a space your own includes finding the perfect finishing touches. Or, simply switching out details that make a room or piece feel like you. Adding decorative, unique hardware to doors and cabinetry is an easy upgrade that’s huge on personality. There’s no shortage of glam hardware to add to your space. Dainty … Continued

Fab Friday: Artist Steve Alpert

Hello Fabulistas! Designing for my clients often means hunting for the perfect pieces of art to enhance a space. Original art elevates a room, and adds a layer of personality and sophistication. I recently found a beautiful painting (Union) for a client by the talented artist Steve Alpert. Every artist tells a story through his or her art. … Continued

Fab Friday: IFDA NY Take a Seat Auction Recap

Hello Fabulistas! The second annual IFDA NY Take a Seat Auction was a thrilling night full of glamorous chair designs and generous people! My daughter Chloe was my muse in transforming a plain chair into the glamified “Chloe Chair.” It was one amongst a multitude of exclusive chairs auctioned off Wednesday night. Proceeds benefited Habitat for Humanity … Continued

Handsome Classic: Top Picks for Striped Bathrooms

Hello Fabulistas! There are certain design combinations that always wow. One of my favorites is stripes in bathrooms. There are less opportunities to make a bathroom—especially a powder room—appear chic in a small footprint. Stripes give an easy, refined visual bumpout. Here are some of my favorite striped bathroom looks. Chic Black and White I’d be hard pressed to find … Continued

What’s Hot This Month: May

Hello Fabulistas! New York has been braving some otherworldly rain showers, but I haven’t let them get me down. There are so many exciting events and happenings this month! Won’t you please join me at some of them? Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2014 Every year some of the New York area’s most fabulous designers lend … 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

Tuesday’s Trends: Burl Wood

Hello Fabulistas! Design always creates wonderful opportunities to celebrate what may be perceived as imperfections. Burl wood, one of my favorite trends right now, does just that. This abnormal growth on a tree results in swirls and patterns that are simply beautiful. Pieces made of burl wood are extra special and add a unique look … 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

Stunning Views: Top Picks for Verandas

Hello Fabulistas! The season has me thinking about how I can spend as much time as possible outdoors. There’s more than the park or patio. Verandas create an excellent way to experience the creature comforts of the indoors while feeling the breeze. Here are some of my favorites when it comes to these innovative outdoor … Continued

Fab Friday: Top Design Editors to Follow on Instagram

Hello Fabulistas! I love following other interior designers on Instagram, but sometimes it’s more fun to keep up with those who scout the newest things trends for everyone, design editors. Their job is to be a tastemaker and translate it for readers everywhere. Katie Armour of Matchbook One of the founding editors of this lifestyle mag … 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: 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

What’s Hot This Month: April

Hello Fabulistas! It’s been a hectic March around the design office. April is packed with promising, exciting events and launches in the design world. There’s a whole range of new things to be excited about this spring! DXV by American Standard launch Kitchens and baths are just one of many opportunities for luxury in the … Continued

DOAD Vendor Spotlight: John Richard, Cristina Dos Santos, PTMD Collection, Palecek

Hello Fabulistas! There are so many beautiful products going into my room vignette for Housing Works’ charitable event, Design on a Dime 2014. No matter the scale, each item from my generous vendors is helping me realize my vision. These product resources are some of my favorites for everyday design projects, too. Here’s why I treasure today’s … 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

Flashy Tomes: Top Picks for #Bookshelves on Instagram

Hello Fabulistas! Books are one of the best home accessories because they’re beautiful and functional. I’m always adding to and rearranging my own bookshelves for a fresh look. When I’m feeling short on inspiration, I turn to Instagram for ideas from the oft-used tag #bookshelves. Here are a few recent interesting styling choices via Instagram. Luxe, fruity … 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

What’s Hot This Month: March

Hello Fabulistas! I can’t believe it’s already March! I’m in the midst of designing my room vignette for Design on a Dime, so I’ve been doing all kinds of market research. Here are the design trends that are occupying my thoughts this month. GOOP x Rablabs line Gwyneth Paltrow’s namesake brand is constantly releasing impressive … 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

What’s Hot This Month: February

Hello Fabulistas! I hope you weathered this brutal January. Let’s just say I’m glad I have some fabulous snow boots! I’m concentrating on finding distractions from the weather this month. Here are some of my favorite finds. Live edge tables Often we’re so concerned with styling coffee tables that fabulously designed coffee tables are overlooked. … Continued

Double Duty: Top Picks for Oversized Ottomans

Hello Fabulistas! Space is at a premium in New York City and I design for my clients accordingly. They’re always hosting events in their homes so it’s important to create versatile design with extra seating. Oversized ottomans are always a sure bet for flexible seating. Here are some of my top picks. from Robin Baron … Continued

Fab Feet: Top Picks for Fall Boots

Hello Fabulistas! I’ve already shared my secrets for how to keep your winter coats looking chic. Now let’s chat fall boots. I practically live in the style staple! It’s tough to narrow down just a few that I love, but these are the chicest that capture some of my favorite design elements. Hard and soft … Continued

Like Home: How To Design A Luxe Guest Room

Hello Fabulistas! I love staying away from home, especially at hotels. Sleeping in another room is a treat when it’s luxe and well-designed. I like to recreate a luxurious hotel stay for my guests. Here are a few ways I design my guest room. Use soothing colors Most luxurious guest rooms are not bright and … Continued

November: What’s Hot This Month

Hello Fabulistas! I hope you’re still enjoying all your Halloween candy, too! Now we’re in November and the holiday season is upon us. There’s a lot of excitement with prep for the holidays. But, there are lots of other FAB things going on this month. Here are some of my favorite things about this November. … Continued

Step Inside: Top Picks for DIY Welcome Mats

Hello Fabulistas! All of this talk of curb appeal and decorating for the holidays has me thinking about ways to step up entry ways year-round. You’d be surprised by how much a fresh, chic welcome mat will improve your entry way. What a chic shortcut! (It’s also a great addition to prep your home for holiday … Continued

Simplifying NYC: Top Picks for Hot Chocolate

Hello Fabulistas! Although I’m starting to miss the heat of summer, I’m excited for fall and winter. That’s because it’s hot chocolate season! Hot chocolate is one of my favorite cold weather drinks. It’s sugary, delicious and makes me feel like a kid again! There are several places to get a fab hot chocolate in … Continued

Glam Above: How To Deck Out Your Ceilings

Hello Fabulistas! Ceilings are often overlooked when decorating a room. Painting your ceiling white is always a classic, fab look. Although, the options are endless if you want to deck our your ceilings! So why not go full-out glam? There are several ways to glam up your space using “the fifth wall”. Integrate your design … Continued

PreFAB: Top Picks for Faux Pumpkins

Hello Fabulistas! Carving a pumpkin is a time-honored Halloween tradition. However, I do love having decorations to hold on to year after year. I’ve been on the hunt for some preFAB pumpkins that I can buy at the last minute for a glam Halloween bash I’m throwing. Here are some of my top contendors. Silver … Continued

Top Picks: Fab Fall Wreaths

Hello Fabulistas! Fall has finally arrived, and I’m loving the brisk weather and excuse to wear cozy sweaters. Of course, there are the decorating opportunities, too! One of the first things that I think about when the cool weather rolls in is what kind of wreath I’m going to hang on my front door. Here … Continued

How To Go Minimalist With Personality

Hello Fabulistas! I adore minimalist decor, but it’s not easy to achieve. Sometimes it comes across as a little sterile, like no one would call the space home. It seems like a simple concept: Don’t clutter your space, and it will appear clean and fresh. However, you have to add personality and interest so the space … Continued

Off The Rack: Top Picks for Magazine Storage

Hello Fabulistas! I don’t know about you, but I’m a voracious magazine reader. Fashion, pop culture–and of course–design mags all fill my mail every month. I find entertainment and lots of inspiration from the glossy pages. I keep lots of file folders full of tear sheets to use as references while I’m designing for clients. … Continued

Product of The Week: Gunmetal Heath Vase

Hello Fabulistas! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I absolutely love vases. They’re the ultimate transitional home decor piece. I love to play musical chairs with the vases in my home when I’m bored–or simply inspired to look at my surroundings in a different way. Speaking of transitions, the seasons are changing … Continued

What’s Hot This Month: September

Hello Fabulistas! I hope you’re enjoying your Labor Day vacation. There are so many exciting things going on this month and I’m ready to dip into fall! Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week September is always a fabulous and fashionable month in New York City with the arrival of fashion week! This year’s spring shows last … Continued

How To Make (Or Fake) Floral Prints

Hello Fabulistas! Bringing floral patterns into your home is a great way to extend summer into the upcoming fall season. While I love using floral prints, I also love using real flowers, preserving them and using them in unique ways throughout my space. Today I’m sharing my favorite ways to use real, and not so … Continued

Lunch To Go: Top Picks for Chic Lunchboxes

Hello Fabulistas! I always get a little nostalgic when it’s back-to-school time. It makes me think of fab, exciting things like choosing backpacks and lunch boxes. Very important things! For kids, these two school must-haves are the primary form of self expression. Lots of adults take their lunches to work, too. So why not do … Continued

Product of The Week: Turbulence Mirror

Hello Fabulistas! I’ve been working on a project recently that has required me to pick out some creative mirror options for a client. She wanted lots of mirrors in her space, specifically some with a major dose of personality! I was thrilled to hear–and fulfill–her request. Sometimes it’s so easy to buy things for your home … Continued

Light Bright: How To Work Candle Light

Hello Fabulistas! I’ve been thinking of interesting ways to light the home. After all, well-lit rooms feel happier! I like to find unique ways to light all four corners of a room. Candles are a fabulous way to bring light into a space while adding a little glamour. Here are a few ways I like … Continued

Simplifying Delicious: Fab NYC Desserts

Hello Fabulistas! New Yorkers are always looking for the next best thing: bars, restaurants, fashion and even food. There’s always a new restaurant to try, a new cocktail we MUST have and of course a new dessert hot on the scene. I’ve put together a list of some fab desserts here in NYC that I’m … Continued