Kips Bay Show House 2017 Round Up

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There are those moments in life when you feel like you are just so happy to be doing what your are doing. The happiness puts a little more spring in your step and you find yourself truly invigorated. That kind of moment happened for me last Thursday at the press preview day for the Kips Bay Show House, a wonderful annual event here in NYC where the proceeds benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Each year, invited interior designers transform a chosen home in Manhattan into an exhibition of fine furnishings and art. This all began over 40 years ago when supporters of … Continue reading >>

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CEDES Milano

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A young company with an old soul, CEDES was founded in 2009, but don’t let that fool you. The craftspeople in this state of the art workshop have decades of experience with the fine, natural materials used in their products, like horn, bamboo, wood, and mother of pearl. Their designs are a wonderful mix of nature and craftsmanship unlike any others that I have seen. Based in the historic Navigli district in Milan, CEDES facilities are in the burgeoning arts and crafts center that once served as the production facility of Richard Ginori. Here they have a showroom, leather studio, and workshop … Continue reading >>

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Interior Dialogue with Christiane Lemieux / Soho

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Author, designer, and all over style maven Christiane Lemieux has certainly made her mark on the design world, which is why we just had to get her top picks for the her NYC neighborhood of Soho. Author of the beautiful edition “The Finer Things,” Christiane has honed in on that perfectly refined classic, yet stylish chic. I have been a fan of hers for a while now and was thrilled and honored when she agreed to share her “Interior Dialogue” with Interior Monologue! If you haven’t picked up a copy of her book, I suggest you run and get yourself a copy. It’s … Continue reading >>

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Yastik Cushions by Rifat Ozbek

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Go on, have a lie down. And if you decide to, why not do so on some beautiful, brightly embroidered pillows? After thirty years in the fashion world, Turkish designer Rifat Ozbek found himself more interested in the things that made up a home, rather than what was on the latest runway. That’s why is 2005 he decided to start his own textile line with partner Erdal Karaman, called YASTIK, which literally means ‘pillow’ in Turkish. But these pillows are not just your run-of-the-mill throws. In fact, the line represents a deep and rich history, while also bringing contemporary flare to the story. Each … Continue reading >>

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Willow and Stone Ironmongers

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Maybe it’s my years living in London, or maybe it’s my love of heavy metal music, but I simply can’t resist a beautifully ornate brass door knocker, a finely cast doorbell, or restored ironworks. Ok, I am just kidding. I am not into heavy metal music. Bet you guessed that. But there is a very chic style you can see throughout London of renovated townhouses painted a rich, deep grey, outfitted with wonderful antique inspired (or reclaimed) ironmongery, and I just love it! Which is why I was so happy to come across Willow and Stone – a wonderful little storefront and online shop … Continue reading >>

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At de Gournay with Bennett Leifer

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Bennett Leifer has the kind of personality that just makes you want to sit down on a couch and talk for hours. And if that couch just happens to be in the beautiful de Gournay showroom – even better! After mining Bennett’s top picks for our Interior Dialogue series, I realized that there was so much more to talk about with this visionary interior designer. Which is why we decided to go for round two, where we met up to talk shop, inspiration, process, and most importantly when it comes to designing interiors for people to feel at home in; what … Continue reading >>

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