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.


Art Deco at it finest.


Lacquered furniture and finely crafted crystal pieces.


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


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





Did you notice the horse heads??


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.


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


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


Some more innovative products..


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


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..


Even some unfinished ones by Michelangelo


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


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.



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-


to this!


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.


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…


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!

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;



Making the pagoda style cornice;



sewing canopies to cover the contemporary light fixtures;


stenciling inside boxes and the entire toilet room ;



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



The Master Bath Suite has been transformed from this-




Into this-

(Photography courtesy of Marco Ricca)




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Please try to visit!

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.


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.







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

Bloggin’ from Barcelona 2016

Hubby and I have just returned from our annual trip from Barcelona. For the past three years, I have blogged about our trips there and all of our adventures. Because he goes for business, our time there is very short. Something new and different we did this year was go to the W Hotel at the very far end of the coast.


The inside is very hip and fun.


My favorite place was the ladies room which had a really well done grey Venetian Plaster. It had so much depth to it!


The other thing we did was walk to the rooftop of the newly refinished Catedral de Barcelona.


360 degree views of the city were spectacular!


The never ending work on the roof of the Familia Sagrada is visible


Also this  year, we had an added feature after our visit to Barcelona.

Previously cancelled plans left us with airfare, hotel and car to Rome, Italy, so we decided to go to Assisi and Florence via a very small manual shift car.


Fortunately we had a GPS system so we entered the address of our destination in Assisi and two and a half hours later we arrived at our hotel.


Assisi is built into the side of the mountain and has many points of interest.


The best way to navigate is to park at the top, walk all the way down, then take a shuttle back up. Walking maps are available everywhere and are easy to follow. The most beautiful part of the town are the private homes in the village and the way they garden. Masons put many iron brackets into the grout of the stonework of the facades so that planters can be hung. Geraniums, hydrangeas and honeysuckle are the most popular plants used. Each entry is like a beautiful painting!


After spending three days in Assisi we got back in the car and drove another two and a half hours to Florence, or as the locals say, “Firenze”.

Very similar to the Gothic Barrier in Barcelona, Florence is an abundance of art and history. It was very crowded, but easy to negotiate. The only must is a VERY comfortable pair of shoes as all is seen by walking…. Boboli Gardens, Il Duomo, and many museums are the most popular things to see. I took a LOT of photos but the one thing that stood out most was the ceilings of every building we went to.

In design, ceilings are one of the most neglected features in a room. That certainly is not the case in Florence. Everywhere we went, some of the most beautiful artwork was on the ceiling. Whether it was a cathedral, museum, public space, or even a restaurant the place to look was…. up!

The next set of photos is a slide show of all the ceilings I was able to capture over our four day stay. They don’t even need explanations as they speak for themselves.