SPRING INTO COLOR

The first day of spring calls for a visit to The New York Botanical Garden! This weekend, I spent my Sunday exploring the incredible conservatory and appreciating the newest eye-catching installations. Photos by Victor Ancelson 

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 I’m always asked what the new colors of the season will be.  Take a look at the incredible colors of mother nature, this is what it’s all about! 

I’m always asked what the new colors of the season will be.  Take a look at the incredible colors of mother nature, this is what it’s all about! 

 The Orchid Show, now in its 16th year, features installations by Belgian Floral Artist Daniel Ost, who has special training in ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging.  His designs are presented in the conservatory and give him the opportunity to showcase one of the widest ranges of orchid diversity. Whether you’re a tourist popping into NYC for a visit or a resident that is looking to escape New York’s skyscrapers, this incredible National Historic Landmark should not be missed. 

The Orchid Show, now in its 16th year, features installations by Belgian Floral Artist Daniel Ost, who has special training in ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging.  His designs are presented in the conservatory and give him the opportunity to showcase one of the widest ranges of orchid diversity. Whether you’re a tourist popping into NYC for a visit or a resident that is looking to escape New York’s skyscrapers, this incredible National Historic Landmark should not be missed. 

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Designing In Stages For a Growing Family

 
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This NYC Penthouse apartment in the Chelsea Mercantile building was renovated and decorated over a few years time.  My clients wanted a beautiful space to raise their two small children.  The apartment had to be practical for this young family and their dog. The caveat? They still wanted a cool downtown vibe. 

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THE OPEN LIVING + DINING AREA

The first order of business was redesigning the lighting scheme in the living room and updating and redecorating the existing open living room and dining area. We revamped the lighting by employing two lighting fixtures as the main focal points - a huge contemporary chandelier in the main living room and one simple, yet sophisticated, pendant over the dining table. Then we added cove lighting around the perimeter of the room. We sheathed the walls in a very textural metallic grasscloth. The fireplace mantle was custom designed by New York Interior Design and completely reconstructed utilizing a Carrara marble. The drapery panels add a finishing touch to the space,  rich color and pattern, and a frame around the incredible view.

The dining area came next. We custom made the marble slab dining table. Then we added visual dimension and reflection of the view with an asymmetrical mirror.

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THE MASTER BEDROOM

The most challenging aspect of this project came when the new baby was on its way, and we reconfigured a tiny nursery out of a pretty large master bedroom closet. The master bedroom itself was redesigned to be an urban sanctuary that's just a bit sexy. Mixing lush textiles, contemporary patterns, and a soothing palette created the perfect vibe - playful and inviting, yet all grown up. Carefully designed built-ins lining the master bedroom maximized space and gave my clients back their closet. Keeping with the glamorous feel, the floor to ceiling built-ins were topped with dramatic crown moulding and jewelry-like hardware.

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THE BATH

The following year it was time for a gut renovation of the bathroom. This bathroom is for both the kids and guests. The bathtub was banished in favor of a custom shower. The huge faux carrara marble tiles (a dream to maintain) coordinate and lend continuity with the other marbles in the apartment. We gave the clients a flexible, family-friendly bath with a clean modern look and the luxe glam sensibility they wanted. 

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THE KITCHEN

Lastly, it was time for the major gut renovation of the kitchen. This new eat-in kitchen design was all about the gorgeous Arabescato Vagli marble, as well as the new tufted custom banquette. The cabinets were custom designed in a charcoal gray color to both enhance and compliment the marble. The crystal lighting on the banquette wall was meant to give the room a little bling. Beyond the beauty, optimizing storage and work space is always a must in NYC kitchens, and this one was designed for the challenges of a busy urban family. Now both children and parents are comfortable and happy in their newly redesigned apartment in the sky! 

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Photo Credit: Beckerman Photography

A DAY IN THE FLATIRON DISTRICT

In case you are not from NYC, or you haven't been down to the FlatIron District in NYC, this is truly an Interior Design destination. Below are some of my favorite (secret) shopping showrooms, and restaurants.  Some of the showrooms are To The Trade Only, others are retail shops... Enjoy!! 

 

 CITY BAKERY

CITY BAKERY

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HOMENATURE

 CLASSIC FLATIRON ARCHITECTURE 

CLASSIC FLATIRON ARCHITECTURE 

 HIGH STYLE DECO

HIGH STYLE DECO

 HIGH STYLE DECO

HIGH STYLE DECO

 DESIGN COLECTIVE OF NEW YORK

DESIGN COLECTIVE OF NEW YORK

 DESIGN COLLECTIVE OF NEW YORK

DESIGN COLLECTIVE OF NEW YORK

 DESIGN COLLECTIVE OF NEW YORK

DESIGN COLLECTIVE OF NEW YORK

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RALPH PUCCI

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RALPH PUCCI

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RALPH PUCCI

 PATRICK NAGGAR AT RALPH PUCCI

PATRICK NAGGAR AT RALPH PUCCI

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RALPH PUCCI 

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PATRICK NAGGAR AT RALPH PUCCI 

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 ABC HOME

ABC HOME

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ABC HOME

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AKDO TILE

THE CHIHULY EXHIBIT

If you haven't had a chance to get to the Chihuly exhibit at the NY Botanical Garden, you should go! We went at dusk, just as the summer light was fading.. What a wonderful and inspirational sight! The Seattle-based artist returns to the Bronx with an explosion of light and color that takes over the garden’s spilling over into its expansive grounds.

Dale Chihuly shows his art in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. There are 20 installations set within NYBG’s landmark landscapes.  

“Many of my forms are inspired by nature,” said Chihuly of the appeal of showing his work in botanical settings. “Putting them into gardens feels right to me. I love the idea that people may ask themselves ‘is it manmade or is it natural?'” 

Photo Credit: Victor Ancelson 

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