Monday, October 31, 2011


You often hear interior designers talk about drinks tables. These are easy to access at the ready chair - side spots that serve as the perfect place to plant a drink, book or reading glasses. Here is a round up of diverse drinks tables that serve a purpose and look great while doing it.
Photo courtesy of Century
The influence of horns, be it antlers hung from the wall or horn inlay, seems to be sticking around. Warm antique brass and creative use of the antlers in the Chairside Table from Century makes the popular motif seem fresh again.

Rich complex glazes and unique garden stool forms keep Emissary ahead of the curve. This new ovoid silhouette with a raised top is a nice new addition.

Photo courtesy of Arteriors
A brass tabouret table that resembles a drum with x-detailing looks incredibly chic, like an antique find.

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The three legged Sanibel table with a slim gold leaf base and beveled black marble top has sleek French 1940 lines. From Arteriors.

Based on an 18th century naturalized rocaille style table with a tree base, Beeline Home's Albero Drinks Table is the perfect perch for a cold one. Williams is known for her drinks tables and has an appreciation for their functional qualities.

Available in a zingy green lacquer or (fire engine red), this ribbed Column Drinks Table is a diminutive darling from Beeline Home.

I always love anything wrapped in lacquered linen, so no wonder this coral Festoni zig zag table grabbed my attention!

Currey and Company debuted their highly anticipated Marjorie Skouras collection at market with these sexy shell inlay Bix side tables in a blue green mother of pearl with silverleaf legs. Ooh lala.

Global Views introduced a round marble side table called the Arabesque with Moorish cut out details.

Artesia was feeling the same thing, with their hand carved sandstone version called Soraya. It seems this is the sincerest form of flattery, since both these pieces were influenced by Stephanie Odegard's marble classic in the same vein.

Like a slick of shiny red lipstick, this red laquer Flip side table from Currey and Company is all dressed up, ready for any occasion.

Taking it's cue from 1950's bamboo outdoor furniture, this small cerused side table with a glass top from Gabby has an interesting circular composition.

Photo courtesy of Made Goods
The Enzo side table is a solid companion from Made Goods that is available in a chic tortoise looking Penn shell or lighter Kabibe shell finish.

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With a lot of shimmer, the Bea ceramic side table in a glazed gold finish from Made Goods adds quiet glamour.

Friday, October 28, 2011


It has been Muriel's month this October in New York. From a Barneys pop-up shop dedicated to her exclusive limited edition collection of hand-beaded home-furnishings and custom Taffin Candle to a highly successful special auction of 120 pieces at Phillips on October 21st, to her book launch, Muriel Brandolini's special brand of glamorous exotic creations has made a splash here. Exquisitely sophisticated and dreamy, her interiors are luscious eye candy.

Photos courtesy of Rizzoli
Muriel Brandolini lives in a technicolor world. Her interiors pulsate with vibrant color, and transport her clients to a fantasy world where rich textiles, vibrant prints, patchwork woven fabrics, modern accents, striking antiques and unexpected colors collide. These surreal interiors, collected in Rizzoli's The World of Muriel Brandolini Interiors, are truly amazing. Her French Vietnamese multicultural upbringing, with time spent in Vietnam to Venice, give her customized environments a highly unique point of view. It is a treat to have this visionary designer's interiors under one cover, as well as learn her personal journey. The pages will draw you into her fantastically bold world, one you will not want to leave.

Brandolini used the Chinese opium bed and the eclectic combo of hot pink and red years before it became a thing. Shown here with her children, she created a transporting haven in her New York apartment.

Painted candy colored steps relate the color palette back to the rest of her home. A large Vietnamese lantern is a great foil for the poppy colors.

Two black patent leather banquettes with patchwork pillows ground the painted celadon with grey and red floral walls. As unexpected as this combination is, it works.

The canvas of her New York living room is ever evolving. This is her second incarnation of the space, with two long sofas, an art deco table, horsehair covered stools and a round kelly green velvet settee creating a focal point in the long room.

To think that this interior was done in the 1990's, before coral was everywhere, really shows Brandolini's independent design spirit. In a New York foyer, a chocolate brown felt wall with giant coral applique is a statement if there ever was one. An oxblood console ties the colors together creating a wonderful moment.


A special Taffin candle is available in store and online at Barneys. The signature Fleur D'Oranger scent wafts through Brandolini's interiors, providing an exotic, transporting experience in her client's homes.

The shop, in Chelsea Passage, offers custom beaded pillows, beaded and embroidered tables, sling chairs, pendant lights and ornate rugs, set against her signature patchwork fabric backdrop. Step into her world for a sensory escape. Also available online at Barneys.

The pillows are incredibly detailed with wild patterns in unexpected color combinations.

A round puce rug with an abstracted pattern and surrealist tables is Jetson's- meets- Venice.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


As I walked around High Point Market over the past few days, I was taken by how many great leather pieces I saw. Color is infiltrating upholstery, and when it comes to leather, the patina gets better with age. From sleek black to on trend peacock blue, there is a gorgeous leather to add some zing to your rooms. A few scratches and spills give leather lived-in personality, making it well worth the investment.

Regina Andrews had a deep seated Chesterfield-inspired sofa with tufted back and loose seat cushion.

A classic Chesterfield in black leather with a smaller footprint from Century makes this an ideal piece for apartment dwellers.

An arts and crafts Eliza settee from Thomas O'Brien for Hickory Chair, upholstered in a rich brown leather.

A cream leather sofa, The Brigitte, from Global Views in a slightly midcentury modern silhouette.

Wesley Hall's tufted leather sofa with high back and sides and bolster pillows for a more tailored look.

Chic! Instead of an antique, try a tortoise finished side chair with woven rattan back, chocolate brown leather seat and personality from Century.

A lush natural suede - covered chair with tight seat and tight back from Century.

Cherry red leather on an English reading chair with button tufting from Wesley Hall.

Global Views gets into color with vivid orange leather on a Louis XVI chair, The Marilyn.

A caramel hued leather on a modified French 1930's silhouette in The 9th Street Chair from Hickory Chair.

Lee Industries diminutive chair with small wings in a gorgeous french blue leather.

Andres Arbus designed the now iconic French 1930's furniture being reproduced by Baker. Here, the Paquebot Chair with sleek lines and reclining pitch brings sexy back.

Cherry red leather is cheery as well as chic on Baker's Plymouth side chair.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Headed to High Point Furniture Market, where the largest dresser in the world resides. I am headed down thanks to the High Point Market Authority, where I will seek out the best new companies, trends and styles launched at this key market. Stay tuned for updates soon...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


The world of C. Wonder, Chris Burch's latest genius retail venture, is bright and cheery with a big dose of fun, affordable luxury. I have eagerly awaited this opening, ever since I heard about it a year ago, and it will not disappoint. Instead, prepare to be awed.
Enter the first store on Soho's Spring Street and get transported to a women's lifestyle emporium, a place where a variety of freshly designed wares at surprisingly good price points await. Arranged by style, different areas of the store cross merch fashion, accessories and home. Be instantly transported to the maximalist realm of Palm Springs Modern, crisp Hollywood Regency, glam Townhouse, chill Vail Cabin and chic American Dream residential-inspired settings that house the fresh, modern and fun collections. High tech fitting rooms include a display panel where you can change the music and add mood lighting, and special scanners around the store allow for you to purchase items on the spot.
Visit C. Wonder to be delighted, amazed and ready to lug home tons of stuff since you will covet it all! Go this weekend for amazing giveaways and visit the C. Wonder Flower Cart out front, where you can send peony and daisy bouquets to the inspiring women in your life, along with a video message.

A chic green velvet perch for weary shoppers

The view as you walk in the door where fashion, footwear, handbags, jewelry, accessories, and home mix it up beautifully.

Vibrant green and white stripes on the walls and bordered boxes on the high gloss floors create an overall peppy, preppy vibe. When can I move in?

Looking towards the front of the store, regal lacquer green C doors set the stage with a big impact.

Vroom vroom goes the floral festooned Vespa scooter.

The Hollywood Regency shoe area with a large round ottoman for try on's.

The sky lit sun room houses tabletop and decorative accessories in a crisp, fresh setting.

Ceramic trays, fun foo dogs and embroidered pillows in pink, red, blue and green.

Make It Yours, a personalization program, makes monogramming a snap with an on site embroidery machine.

A fashion moment.

A brass cat display piece holds earrings. Hey, can I get one of these for my desk?

Enamel bracelets, bamboo detailed bangles and chunky cuffs with link necklaces remind me of great vintage pieces except they are spanking new. Even better.

Dog and animal embroidered pillows make any sofa happy.

The lacquered furniture pieces in the store are sure to get a lot of inquiries.

The highly hued dressing room area with cerused wood trimmed out in bright green.

Osborne and Little's kicky Summer Palace wallpaper ties together the blue and white home accessories and adds a levity to the distinct area.

Animal decoupage and glass candlesticks.

Blue and green lacquer jewelry boxes, round glass vases, picture frames and trays stacked high.

Festive preppy-goes-global ikat tableware.

Why not put plates on the wall in an artful arrangement?

A chic little bundle containing a soft throw and bright orange and white geometric pillow sits on a tailored lacquered stool.

Primary colors mix well together with more tabletop and foo dogs.

Tons of trays, gifty frames, clocks and pillows make great gifts.