Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A new furniture baby is born: Birch Lane

Have you ever known an uber-cool couple who each have their own vibe, their own style and they are power-houses in their own rights....and then you find out they are having a baby and you're like.....what?? How cool is that kid going to be?
"Carlos" from The Hangover via Daily Mail UK

Well, that's what happened when I heard that furniture giants Wayfair and Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio (and now creative director of Wayfair) birthed their very own furniture baby in just six months! If you haven't gotten the catalog yet...you should get yourself on that mailing list! It is Birch Lane!

Here are my 7 designer must-haves from this new favorite go-to of mine....starting with a chair I put in one of my client's homes!

#1- Stratton Arm Chair Blue Paisley $349...I know....seriously.... it is just as beautiful in person, too!!
Birch Lane Stratton Arm Chair, Blue Paisley

#2  Colton Framed Prints (set of 2).....$129.....I know....you must need your glasses...this style at these prices...must be a misprint.....and I am a lover of architectural prints....
Birch Lane Colton Framed Prints

#3- Hexa Wall Mirror- $299 gorgeous any way you hang it!
Birch Lane Hexa Wall Mirror 

#4 Vanessa Table Lamp- $129 on sale! Remember all that mercury glass we were seeing at NY Now...here is another way to do it...a lamp!
Birch Lane Vanessa Table Lamp 

#5 Madison Mirrored Chest- $599- now mirrored furniture has been around for some time (and I've loved every second of it!) but what is unique about this piece is that the top and sides are done in a beautiful hand-painted silver gray so you can put it in your entryway and still throw your keys down with some attitude! You can use this piece anywhere- in a bedroom, entry, hall, living room- it's a piece you'll never tire of!
Birch Lane Madison Mirrored Chest

#6 Terryton Wall Clock- $199- I am just a sucker for a square! I think this clock would look really cool mixed in with a photo collage on a grand wall. The square would balance out other round or rectangular frames and the details are so simple and classic!
Birch Lane Terryton Wall Clock 

#7- Barton End-of-Bed Bench $699. I love the band of nail head trim detailing the edge and I especially love how the seat part is separated from the sides...adds to the beauty and style. And while it is called the "End-of-the-Bed" bench, it can go in an entryway, hall, living room, kids room, den...unlimited possibilities!
Birch Lane Barton End-of-Bed Bench

Next time your trolling the internet for some new pieces for your home to zhush up a space- add Birch Lane to your list of sites to check....and, no, this post was not sponsored by anyone...it's just little ol' me with a big opinion! Let me know if you've ordered anything from Birch Lane- I've only ordered one item so far but loved it!!

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway for a free copy of HGTV Magazine the September issue... I know it isn't an expensive giveaway but free is free, right?
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

NY Now Re-cap Part 1..Plus a giveaway!

So it took a week (or two) but I'm finally back at my computer to do some re-caps of NY Now: the Market for Home + Lifestyle. It was a great market filled with amazing vendors and products- in fact there is just too much to highlight in one post so I am going to share some of my favorite finds over the course of the week(s)!
Javits Center NYC

Since I arrived in the city a little early, I decided to walk across town to the Javits Center. I cut right through the Fashion District, where I spent a lot of time while studying at FIT, so it was nice to wander around those streets for a little while. There is such great energy there- you can feel the creative juices flowing all around...and you just never know what you're going to see there!

 And you thought you would only see this in the 80's...but in NYC nothing is a surprise!

One of my first stops at the Javits was to the Go Home Ltd. booth. I just love this company- they have such unique products. I feel like their style is a great blend of rustic, industrial and sophisticated all rolled into one!
Go Home Ltd. Display at NY Now

 Thank you Go Home Ltd. for this Mercury Glass deliciousness!

What can I say....Gorgeous Go Home Ltd!

My second must-see was the Dash & Albert booth. I just can't get enough of these rugs and have used them on so many projects. Their colors are spot-on...their patterns are current yet classic and the quality and workmanship is just amazing. In fact, they  have some rugs that can be hosed down and bleached! These are great for my clients with homes filled with kids and dogs.
Sorry, I didn't get great shots of the rugs  (visit their site for that www.dashandalbert.com) ...but I did snag a shot of this new product (can you tell they are a dog-friendly company?) called the WAMP. Its an amazing ramp for doggies! Must get one for Fergie so she doesn't hurt her knee getting on and off our high bed!

Now this I wouldn't mind next to my bed!

Then off to Two's Company. The Two's Company booth is like the mecca for accessories. Their booth was so unique- it just seemed to draw a crowd...plus they were giving away free tote bags and everybody loves freebies:) Their product and displays were stunning.
Two's Company

Do I spy more mercury glass? And look at the back wall- that is so achievable on any budget! You don't have to spend tons of money on a large mirror- buy less expensive small ones and group them together. Love.

Next week I'll share some of my great vendor finds from NY Now- companies that I just discovered for the first time. And there were lots of them!

After NY Now, I walked over the the HGTV Magazine's Blogger's Block Party. This was an all-day event dedicated to blogging, tweeting and crafting. There were some great crafting projects going on, and some amazing refreshments, too! Thank you HGTV for always supporting us bloggers when we are out in the trenches!

Loved their display of front doors...for those of you who read HGTV Mag you know that they feature a front door every month in the magazine- unique colors, numbers, styles, etc...one of my favorite regulars because it shows how creative you can be in the details of your home! (For those of you who don't read HGTV Magazine, I'm done speaking with you until you get yourself a subscription! And HGTV is not sponsoring this post...just love the mag:)

While there were presentations going on all day, I was there for the Kitchen Art DIY presentation. Sara Peterson (my BFF in my head...you know when you feel like you know someone- but you don't- and you feel like you could be BFFs if only you did know each other..well, Sara Peterson, the Editor-in-Chief at HGTV Magazine is one of those BFFs in my head.)

Anyway, Sara, along with one of her fabulous craft editors, demonstrated three different DIY projects to create your own kitchen art. Here is a picture of my favorite art created at the event but you can find all the deets in the September issue of HGTV Magazine. Can you believe this is just an Ikea frame, some wooden spoons painted with craft paint and some linen fabric glued to the mat! GENIOUS!! Love this one! But be sure to go to the September issue-its all about kitchens!

Blurry iPhone photo of my girl, Sara Peterson showing off some DIY kitchen art!
There is another great piece they demonstrated using a blank canvas, some paper napkins and stencils on their site. Very cool stuff!
You can check out step-by-step at HGTV Mag.
If you've made it all the way here to the end...I commend you. I think you should get a prize or something. Maybe I'll give away a copy of the September issue of HGTV magazine! To enter just follow me on Twitter here or Facebook here or subscribe to the blog. Then leave a comment on this post telling me what you did to enter. The winner will be selected randomly. You have until 9/10 to enter. I believe this is the longest post I've ever written....thanks for staying with me...more to come on NY Now once I've recovered from writing this monster post!


Monday, August 18, 2014

NY NOW, The Market for Home + Lifestyle and the HGTV Blogger Block Party!

Getting out early this morning on the Metro North headed into NYC for a super exciting trade show: NY Now, the Market for Home + Lifestyle at the Javits Center. This trade show is open to the trade, including designers, buyers, retailers, press, etc and features over 100,000 products and 2,800+ exhibitors. Let's just say I'll be wearing my comfy shoes!

And as if that isn't enough excitement (because it is!) I am also going to head over to HGTV's FIRST EVER Blogger Block Party! Yes, I know....I love my job! This is an all-day event dedicated to meeting, tweeting and crafting! And I have experienced an HGTV event before when I attended BlogFest 2013 and boy can they host an event! Love me some HGTV!

Join me tomorrow for my first re-cap of the things I loved most at NY Now, the Market for Home + Lifestyle and for some dirty deets on the HGTV FIRST EVER Blogger Block Party! Or, if you just can't wait that long, follow me on Twitter for instant updates or Instagram (Homestyling101)...I promise I'll accept your request! Get ready for some pretty things!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Kravet's Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

I first heard about the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island project last year when I attended BlogFest2013. BlogFest was sponsored by Kravet, one of my most favorite fabric houses. I even had the great pleasure of sitting right next to David Kravet during lunch and then touring "behind-the-scenes" at Kravet following the hoopla of BlogFest. David Kravet told me all about their collaboration with the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, which happens to be just miles away from where I grew up.

As if I weren't a huge Kravet fan already, their level of empathy and philanthropy is overwhelming. Here are some of the rooms that were completed in Phase I of the project with the help of 30 designers. Now they are moving on to Phase II. I threw my name in the ring to work on the project. We'll see what happens- these designers certainly set the bar high!








Eric Cohler

 Which is your favorite? 
My mind is spinning with all the wonderful Kravet fabrics I would use in a Ronald McDonald room if I am selected to participate!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Re-Upholstering the World...One Piece at a Time...

Yes. I know. Dramatic title. But that is how I feel when I venture down the road of re-upholstery with a client. Re-upholstering isn't for the light-hearted.

It isn't inexpensive...the options are endless...but the results....well...they can be just so out of this world!

Here is a piece that one of my clients needed help with.  See it all the way back there...the one armed-chaise. First question: re-upholster or replace? First I scoured the market for comparable pieces.... they were a few out there in a wide-price range. Some were out of the price range and the less expensive versions cost about as much as re-upholstering. Since this was a good, sturdy piece, we decided to go for the re-upholstery.

Another shot:

Now that we made the decision to re-upholster- we were on to fabric....fun! The client has some cats....they like to scratch...shocking. We were looking for a fabric that could with-stand the mighty claws, and still add something to the room. So we went old-school on the fabric choices and took a fork to them to see how they held up. We narrowed it down to two. Next test...and this can be the hardest one of all: the husband test. In my experience husbands fear two things in fabrics: pattern and price. Thankfully, our favorite fabric passed the husband test, too! Here it is: A gorg pattern from Duralee:

Off to the re-upholsterer we went and we ended up with this beauty:

Another a beauty shot:

Success all around...unless, of course, you are my client's cats!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What to do under the console table...

So one in one of my projects I put a super simple console table in the entry way. On top of the console table there are two teal lamps and a stunning nickel sunburst mirror. Great. Symmetrical. Colorful. Done.

Now what to do underneath? Not to say that you have to do something underneath but I feel like this space could use a little extra dimension....particularly under the table. Besides, there are two unsightly chords hanging down from those lamps....lets get shopping for under the console table!

This is a nice deep console table...and a cozy little ottoman underneath...nice option!

Here is a slimmer console with two cubes underneath...cute and keeping the symmetry!

Now this is a very cool eclectic idea....a nice mix of vases...a bit unexpected but very pretty!

Contemporary Entry 

I'm loving this idea...a leaning piece of artwork and some sculpture. So pretty and it draws your eye to an otherwise uninteresting part of the room....love it!

And of course, the most obvious choice, a sweet little pup!

Ok, now I am inspired...I have some ideas of what I'm going to propose to the client...let's see what wins!