My hot picks for Emerald Green accents!

Trends come and go! One of my favorite trends this year is emerald green. A great way to incorporate this hot color is to introduce it using accents. This color is a jewel tone that can embrace the look of Hollywood glam! Think rich, high gloss walls, bold prints, sexy furniture lines and jewelry lighting fixtures and you’re ready to entertain! For a more subdued traditional  look, mix in less glamorous textures and prints such as leathers and plaids and embrace a great piece of painted furniture as well. Remember to add some greenery as well. Nature can not only add a touch of outdoors  but can naturally introduce different tones of this brilliant color and allows the space to breathe!Image


Fun patterns I love!

Like the fashion world, the  interior design world is everchanging! We’re bombarded every day with new trends in fabrics, furniture, fresh new colors and accessories for our homes. Yet some design elements and patterns seem to linger alot longer and never look outdated. Below are some of todays fabric patterns that, for me, fit the bill!

Here Chevron patterns add great geometry to these  calming, light and airy spaces. It’s bold patterns bring movement, which is important in every space.

The cool colors of Chevron!

What I love about houndstooth below  is how great it transcends to fashion!  This pattern is such a classic fashion forward pattern that  it also looks great with stripes and damasks. What a great winter pattern as well!

Below, the pattern feels at home in both a transitional, tailored dining room that creates a focal wall and draws the eye in and a quirky, fun living room space, that ties the patterns together with  fun color and neutral backdrops. Notice how beautiful the floral pattern on the sofa compliments the houndstooth made modern.

Trellis or latticework  patterns remind me of old gardengate ironwork or screens. Their graphic nature allows them to fit into any transitional interior and can create great contrasting color. Take a look at famed architect, William Morris’ trellis pattern below in comparison to todays’ more graphic versions.

William Morris’ trellis pattern.

Latticework can also be seen in decorative accessories for a hint of  pattern and in furniture pieces to create interesting detail especially in wood. Can you see the beautiful Asian inspired piece below fitting into either of the two interior spaces? I do!

Fretwork is a more interlaced ornamental design pattern that’s more dense in pattern and  more intricate than most lattice designs. A beautiful  fabric example is shown below alongside lattice and damask. Beautiful patterns can also be found in exotic finds such as Chinese screens and even tile applications!

My daily subway ride thoughts…..

Today as I was walking up from the 6 train on my way to my amazing hairdresser, an outfit ahead of me drifted my thoughts to the corelation of fashion and interior design yet again….So what makes most  interior designers such great fashionistas or at least always well color coordinated? The same reason that color coordination transends to so many different aspects of our lives. I like to think of my daily outfits as well coordinated room designs! Let’s take a look at some  interior design schemes that we can use for our daily wardrobe schemes!

The monochromatic color scheme.

When tackling this wardrobe scheme keep in mind to not only use different tones of the same color but to make sure you mix textures as well!

The Complimentary color scheme.

Use this color scheme to add vibrant color to any outfit!  This  was a  popular trend this summer, known as color blocking.  Mix colors opposite the color wheel such as  purple with yellow or orange to brighten any dull fall day! Use gold accents and keep accessories to a minimum.

The Analagous color scheme.

This scheme is very similar to the complimentary color scheme but would introduce colors with the same saturation, such as blue and blue violet or red and red orange. Have fun with color and keep in mind that without light color disappears!

My Favorite fall colors!

So fall is finally upon us! My favorite season of the year.  It’s a  season brimming with  renewal,comforting aromas,long strolls in the park and great fall clothing! This fall I can link  my favorite colors to fall foliage. Soon all the green vibrant leaves start to change and before long the trees are covered in vibrant golden tones. This fall I am loving any saturated, warm greens. Emerald green, forest green and anything in between! Pair this with black and grey accents, neutral accessories and animal prints to add some GLAMOR!

                                                                                                                                                                                            My nile green design scheme board. Continue reading

Great new space saving seating options!

The holidays are around the corner and these fun space saving seating options can make up for that much needed seating when guests arrive. They also add great color and texture in a myriad of different styles. Place them under a console or add to your current  seating arrangement in the living room.   

Explore fun space saving seating options!

Le Posh Spa in West Hollywood, California showcases one of these fun floral poufs from one of my vendors in their main lounge for extra seating.



Decorating with fun, new fabrics….

With a couple more months of beautiful weather, the transition from summer to fall doesn’t have to be a boring one! Fun, new fabrics have emerged that can take us right into the fall season. Fashion continues to set the trend for all the great new fabrics in the interior design industry. One of these wonderful fabrics is the ikat.Known as one of the oldest forms of textile decoration, the word “ikat” comes from the Indonesian language to mean knot or cord.Similar to tie dye, this dyeing technique uses a resist dyeing technique to create beautiful design motifs that connotes travel and worldliness. These beautiful fabrics have emeged in every color imaginable from vibrant hues such as pink and orange to a more neutral color such as brown. Though trending now, ikat seems to have strong staying power that can fit into almost any style interior. For a rich traditional interior space, take the more saturated colors from the fabric, up onto the walls and utilize darker traditional pieces for a classic, lived in cozy space. For a modern take, the pastel pinks and blues pair nicely with sleek modern lines, light colored leathers and linen neutral fabrics. Another bold trend this season are geometrics. From diamond shaped patterns to geometric florals these fun patterns are being revisited in new fun colors and textures.Fabric designers are more and more borrowing from the fashion world for inspiration, blurring the lines to define lifestyle trends.I have posted below some of the new fabrics my design studio has just received for upholstery and window treatments, some of which are already being created into beautiful furniture pieces for my clients!

Maximizing small spaces…..

Faced with the daunting task of furnishing a small apartment? Below are some great furniture pieces to help make your space feel larger than it really is.

Decorating trick/tip: Use  less bulky pieces that are multifunctional such as a sleeper sofa but incorporate large pieces of artwork that bring a grand scale to the room and create a vertical line.

Need to introduce vertical lines within a small space ? This Windsor style sofa is your best friend! Add some great artwork above and continue the strong lines upward.

This masculine addition conjures up dinner with Mr. Right! Add a bit of glamor, some mood lighting and a  glass of wine and VOILA! It’s movie night, every night!

This space saving sofa introduces affordable elegance to any living space with its dark wood trim and neutral color.Pair with anything lacquered for a continued transitional look or dress the space down with a sisal rug and exotic accents.