More New Stuff

I had to tear myself away from the show house yesterday to concentrate on my very patient clients and their needs. Several  have projects that are requiring tile, so I made the rounds to local stores. I had noticed the new BLACKMAN showroom while driving last week, so I made that my first stop. I had no idea they carried so much merchandise. A big bright beautiful showroom of tile, lighting, bath fixtures and kitchens for inside or out. On the way out I took pictures of my favorite things.

One client is redoing a kitchen and I knew she would love this really fun faucet; only to admire, though…the price starts at $2500 depending on the finish. I like to refer to things like this as a “splurge” item.

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The same client also wants a farmhouse sink. These were the most unique I have ever seen: cement, mosaic and hammered metal.

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This was kind of creepy but clever! (it’s a mannequin…)

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These bath vignettes are so attractive!!

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Can you see the gold and white “eggs” hanging on the wall?

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A closeup of the crystal wall sconce and gold tile-

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Each riser on the stairway is done in different mirrored tiles

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The flowers on the chandelier are all porcelain

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From there I went to Wayne Tile. The choices available are overwhelming but the most striking part of the showroom is the m0saic section, visible as you first walk in.

Mosaic trees, mannequins, ocean waves, and murals as high as twelve feet high are everywhere.

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Every one of these are made from thousands of pieces of colored glass.

Can anyone use these in their home???

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Sneak Peek!

I have been very busy transforming my room at Alnwyk Hall for the upcoming Mansion in May. All the molding work is in and painted with four coats of high gloss white. The following photos are my sketches for the layout.

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These are the fabrics I will be using…

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This week I will get the walls painted and start wallpapering.

More to come….

Inspiration

Hubby and I just returned from Vegas. It was the usual itinerary; he worked , I played. We always stay at the Vdara hotel. It’s a favorite of mine as there is no casino in the lobby. That means you don’t have to walk forever to get to the elevator to your room.

Right next to the hotel is the Shops at Crystals, an indoor mall with 50 luxury stores. Maybe I never noticed it, but this year I stumbled on the Lalique store located on the second floor.

Unfortunately, I got there before they opened, but was still able to see inside the showroom. I left my camera at home but had to take pictures of all the magnificent pieces on display with my phone. Even the handles on the entry doors were a work of art.

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Art Deco at it finest.

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Lacquered furniture and finely crafted crystal pieces.

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This is my favorite table ever made; a beautiful classic…

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I had so much inspiration for my room I am doing at this year’s Mansion in May.

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Did you notice the horse heads??

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Welcome Back!

Have I really not updated since October???

Then the saying “time flies when you’re having fun” is really true. It is great to be back at work being creative, meeting new people and seeing all that is new in the industry. This past fall brought a chance to go to “BDNY” ( Boutique Design New York)  at the Javits Center; geared toward the Hospitality industry.

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It was a very full day of walking and talking; meeting lots of vendors and their innovative products.

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Lladro, known for their pale pink and blue ceramic sculpture now offers an exquisite line of chandeliers and accessories

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Some more innovative products..

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This was my favorite piece- a table with a custom glass insert made to look like spilled water

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How about a sofa that changes color??

 

In October, Hubby had to go to London so I tagged along again. I finally got to a bunch of museums and saw some very famous paintings..

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Even some unfinished ones by Michelangelo

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The highlight of my trip was the International Ballroom Dancing Championships at The Royal Albert Hall. Thank you, Melinda for an amazing night!!

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And, again this year Hubby and I managed to pull off another joyous Christmas party. The theme this year was Winter Wonderland. I made centerpieces with lanterns for the tables and we covered the room in white and blue lights.

We had our singers again this year who entertained us and led  our finale of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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In the fall, I  had the pleasure of working with a very sweet new client who had just moved back to New York from New Mexico. She was used to living with a lot of the bright colors which are typical of the south west. She had a lot of beautiful art work and pottery that she collected over the years and wanted to brighten up her place to reflect her style that she so dearly missed. She allowed me to go crazy with paint colors on her walls and brought in some brightly colored fabrics.

Her rooms went from this-

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to this!

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It’s really amazing what a coat of paint can do. I wish all clients were this brave!

Last, but not least is the most exciting news that I have to share;

I have been chosen to participate in this year’s Mansion In May Designer Showhouse which will be held at Alnwick Hall, “The Abbey” located in Morristown, New Jersey.

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Out of several hundred applicants, my design was one of forty six chosen.The space I chose is on the first floor called “The Ante Room”. Right now, it is not very pretty…

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My plans are to make an Art Deco inspired lounge for the imaginary visitors to the Mansion in it’s heyday. I have already started work in the room and will share what I can in the weeks to come.

It is an honor to be a part of such a wonderful group of volunteers who work together with the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center. The home will be open to the public the entire month of May . Please try to attend!

http://www.mansioninmay.org/

2016 Saddle River Designer Showhouse

My room at the showhouse is finally done and the house is open to the public.

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It was a very challenging but enjoyable process. From installing the moldings and trellis;

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Making the pagoda style cornice;

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sewing canopies to cover the contemporary light fixtures;

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stenciling inside boxes and the entire toilet room ;

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And finally, updating the vanities from plain white to chinoiserie style;

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The Master Bath Suite has been transformed from this-

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Into this-

(Photography courtesy of Marco Ricca)

 

 

 

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All proceeds benefit HEROES TO HEROES foundation.

A “REAL” Good Time

I remember almost 20 years ago, when my son was about nine years old, he was completely obsessed with the “stars” of the WWF;.. Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Rowdy Rodney Piper to name a few. Every Monday night after homework, he would watch them wrestle, glued to the television and rooting for his favorites.

As a birthday present that year, thinking it would be a fun day out, my husband and I made the mistake of buying tickets to take our son to see all the characters live at Madison Square Garden. We actually feared for our lives that day, as the crowds were getting into their own fights and became very unsafe.

Needless to say, our son was incredibly excited to go but was even more disappointed to have to leave early.  I tried to explain that his safety was more important than a show. His only response was “you know mom, what they do is real. They aren’t pretending!” Not wanting to burst his bubble, I did not pursue an argument….”Yes, honey, I know it’s real….”

This past summer I had to remind myself of my own advice as I participated as a contestant with my friend Ericka, on the “reality” show Flea Market Flip. After responding to a casting call I saw on Facebook we were picked to be a team of contestants for this year’s upcoming season.

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Filming is done over a three month span with three twelve hour days edited down to 20 minutes of actual show time. There was a “BUY” day, a “WORKSHOP” day and a “SELL” day. The Buy day was in Brimfield, Massachussetts, workshop in Stamford, Connecticut and Sell in New York City. All three times, Lara Spencer shows up at the last hour all perky and on pointe as we pretend to recreate the days events in real time.

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WORKSHOP

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SELL

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Because the show has not aired yet, (and I don’t even know when it is!) I am not supposed to give details but I will say one thing;..

I will never be able to watch the show in the same light that I have in the past.

Watching the Emmys last night I noticed there is now a category for Best Reality show. Let me tell all of you lovers of everything “Reality”….NEWS FLASH!!!….

There is no such thing.

Actually, my  husband has been telling me this for years as I would race home to beat him to the television so I could watch whatever episode of the HOUSEWIVES was coming on.

So, to you, my love, I finally digress;

All those years competing in horse shows, not winning  first place and everyone saying “But did you have fun??”

If someone asks me the same about this experience?

My answer? Stay tuned, folks…

2016 Saddle River Designer Showhouse

Two more weeks until summer is officially over. The stores are already stocking up for back to school and the holidays.

As for me, I am excited to say that I will be participating in this year’s Saddle River Designer Showhouse which will be open as of September 29, 2016. I am designing a guest bath suite and cannot wait to share pictures and a blog as soon as all is ready.

If you live in the Tris State area, please mark your calendar!Heroes to Heroes Design NJ ad FINAL for Piera