Thursday, May 19, 2011


One of the best parts of Blogfest 2011, the festivus of bloggers arranged by Kravet and Lee Jofa, was the visit to see designer vignettes. Their stable of collection designers, all in one room, used their Lee Jofa fabrics to create vignettes. It was fantastic. A mini showhouse of sorts. Bloggers lined up 30 deep to have Thomas O'Brien, David Easton, Suzanne Rheinstein, Eric Cohler, Diamond and Baratta and Suzanne Kasler sign Inspired Styles, the design book that creatively showcases Lee Jofa and Kravet designer fabric collections. Not only that, they all got their picture with each designer- not an easy feat with over 100 bloggers!

A robust arrangement flowers arranged by Suzanne Rheinstein.

Soft pastel upholstery balanced out the a busy classical print on the walls.

I love the pop of color from the modern painting hanging above the settee.

Thomas O'Brien created multiple floral arrangements for his space. He sells wonderful objects like these in his Soho store Aero.

A modern yet warm office area incorporates mid century modern vintage pieces in light finishes.

His prints for Lee Jofa are artistic with watercolor feel and soft, earthy palette.

David Easton had the best time greeting everyone. I think he got a kick out of a line 30 women long, waiting to meet him.

Beautiful antiques and decorative objects filled his space. He included a round table stacked with books that has become a David Easton signature.

His trusty wise own that sits in his own office is a vignette regular- this same owl was also in his Room with a View vignette in Connecticut.

A place for a drink and good reading light is a must.

Suzanne Kasler created an artists studio, complete with paint brushes and colorful framed prints.

A soft, neutral palette with grey finishes in a seating area was relaxed and cozy.

I imagine her getting creative in this space.

An easel in a grey wash is backed in a pale pink print centered by a floral painting. There is something compelling about the mix of color and pattern.

Bold color and pattern are hallmarks in Diamond and Baratta's work. The words fun, flamboyant and super custom come to mind when thinking of their work. They did not disappoint! A digitally printed wallpaper with giant blooming branches was the perfect backdrop to a sun room seating area.

Wicker and chintz with ferns- hello 80's! Love it.

Eric Cohler's sophisticated dining room space incorporated shades of grey and modern art. A round table is nice for it seems more intimate and warm. The pop of yellow from the vase is the perfect foil for the deep gray painted walls, and a floral print hangs at the window adding a femme touch.


Beryn said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with those of us who couldn't be there. It looks like it was a wonderful event.

The enchanted home said...

I was expecting pangs of slight jealousy to wash over me after seeing all the coverage from Blogfest and sure enough I am really wishing I was there but have been lucky to have gotten the next best thing...a front row seat to seeing and hearing all about it on all my favorite blogs!
Looks wonderful and what a fabulous lineup of all the great movers and shakers in the design world! I see David Easton was his normal shy reserved serious self :)
Looks like a ball....I hope to attend next year!

Shorely Chic said...

Beauty, so sad I had to miss this :( Great seeing you!!

Hamptontoes said...

Did the gals from Kravet not knock the ball out of the field? They pulled together such an amazing three was impressive! Your comment about David Easton is so funny! He looks like a fun guy to be around. I am bummed that this was the one event I missed that I would have loved going. I did a post today on the recap of three days. You are in a couple of images!

Stylebeat/Marisa said...

Beryn and Enchanted I hope you can come next year!Shorely and Toes it was great to spend time with you both and had such fun with you!