An Art Inspired Room

There are many schools of thought about selecting art for your home. Many art purists shudder at the thought of picking art to match a sofa or wall color,  while many designers (myself included) see nothing wrong with that.  I’ve commissioned some great pieces from artists based on fabric swatches and paint chips in fact!   But what about decorating a room around a specific piece of art?  As a former art gallery worker I can tell you this- if you absolutely LOVE a piece of art you can and should make anything work- including basing your entire decorating scheme around it!

While sourcing some original art for a client last week I came across this piece by Daniel Brice I just loved.  It has such a Rothko vibe to it and the softly painted tones of coral, red and beige spoke to me.  So I attempted to design a bedroom based on it!
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Here’s what I came up with:


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What are your thoughts on art and interiors?


Fashion Friday: Faves of the Week

I didn’t get to do a SAG’s red carpet review, but seriously the only thing you need to know about that whole celebrity parade is Rachel McAdams. Now this is my idea of red carpet perfection from head to toe. The dress is interesting  and sexy but classy, the hair is cool and funky but not TOO messy (and the dichotomy with the ladylike dress is awesome) and her makeup is glamorous but not over the top.  #redcarpetgoals

This makes me want to chop my hair off.  But I know that this look takes time and that is something I don’t have- so for now it’s a boring haircut and a dirty bun for me.


Maybe you aren’t headed to a celebrity packed red carpet but still want to capture this vibe? Here are some gorgeous black lace dresses to consider:

Simple Inspiration.

Yesterday was crazy.  Like one of those days where you physically feel your busy schedule draining every ounce of your energy.  And with a hubby away for the night on business, it left me running on fumes by the end of the day. So nothing too in depth to post today other than this AMAZING kitchen by Lori Paranjape featured recently in Domino.  We’re using the flooring in here as an inspiration for a project I’m working on in New Jersey, but the rest of the space is pretty amazing too! That range hood, upper glass cabinet detail, slab backsplash….


I love the way a vintage rug looks in a sleek kitchen. I still love the one I splurged on for mine!


The Dreaded “Boob Light”


I cannot tell you how many time I have walked through a new construction home and seen one (or several) of these boob lights staring at me from the ceiling.  I totally understand that builders and developers operate on a very strict budget and these are super cheap, but I’ve even seen them installed in multi-million dollar homes too, which is just inexcusable at that price point! Bad lighting can date a room faster than anything, so replacing these fixtures is always a good idea no matter what age or style home you have.  Good looking flushmounts are somewhat hard to find, especially on a budget, but certainly not impossible! Here are some finds that don’t break the bank and look a whole lot better than something with a nipple.


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And if you want to invest in a flashy, gorgeous flushmount here are some options as well:


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