Highlights of the New York Design Center

In Louisiana, we aren’t fortunate enough to have a Design Center, so any time I go to a major city, I always plan at least a full day. Design Centers are open to the trade only and offer the best of the best fabric, furniture, accessories, lighting, and anything else you can think of to furnish the home. It’s at these valuable buildings where you learn the quality of products and get the exposure to new lines and introductions. Just to give you an idea of the vast amount of products, the New York Design Center is 16 stories, 500,000 square feet, and I still get so excited every time I go. I’m sure to always have a pen and notebook on hand so when I get back to the hotel I can study everything from the day. (yes, I know, kinda nerdy, but at least I love what I do!) So, join me, into my world of note-taking………..

This sparkling beauty from Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Company is reminiscent of 1920’s glamour. Since the NYDC was built in 1926, I’m pretty sure the entry chandelier looked something like this.

As a continuation of our wonderful time at BlogfestKravet & Lee Jofa set up appointments with several of the showrooms and also coordinated a scavenger hunt. It was a great way to get a lot of information in a short amount of time. Did I mention prizes? I’m such a sucker for a contest and I have very competitive blood! Dangle the carrot and I’m in!!!  And best of all, my husband was totally conned into suggested that if I won tickets to the Masquerade Ball in NY, I could bring my blogfest roomie!

Ok back to business… The collection above is from Kravet’s new fabric line Modern Colors Collection. There are so many great colorways, but chartreuse seems to be my timeless go-to hue. It really amazes me how much this vibrant color shows up in nature. The top fabric has a great velvet texture, and I spotted it on one of their showroom chairs. I wish you could see a closeup of the middle right fabric. It is a linen/silk blend…..ahhhhhhhh.

I am totally gaga right now with anything rocks or crystals. Jewelry…home accessories… you name it! I found these beautiful quartz obelisk’s at Century Furniture‘s showroom. Don’t they remind you of the Chrysler Building?

Palecek‘s Showroom is filled with Sustainable furniture – wicker, rattan, seagrass & outdoor pieces. Can’t you see this table tucked in a carved out space in Central Park?

Part of the challenge was to find inspiration from the city, and don’t these hanging pendants from Atelier remind you of the glimmering lights of Times Square.

I love how the architectural lines of the Brooklyn Bridge are mimicked in this occasional table by Kravet.

As soon as I walked in the Arteriors showroom I was immediately drawn to this Mottega lamp. The color has so much depth to it, and it is also customizable. You select the base shape, base, color, finial & lamp shade. The lamp I’m eying for my own house is the one above. Shown with Lucca base in peridot green, acrylic round base, acrylic sphere finial, and a linen tall drum lampshade.

Global Views definitely has their act together when it comes to product design and showcasing. They are the life of the party at market every year, and they have recently introduced several products with a peacock motif.

Access to Design Program

Sweet Endings with a surprise guest: Thom Felicia

Design Inspiration from Henri Bendel

I arrived in New York a day early to squeeze in a little shopping and was able to get a lot of sketchbook inspiration too. It’s sort of a Bloomingdales meets Sephora (without the clothing and shoes), Henri Bendel prides themselves as a girls’ playground. The interior design and architectural details were just as gorgeous as the products. They carry handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, perfume & more.

Chandelier beauty in the display window….

My New York trip was definitely not short of design inspiration. I love seeing a “behind the scenes” look at what inspires designers. I will show you a lot of inspiration for how companies go from concept to completion, from Kravet’s mood boards to Barbara Barry’s line of tea. But for now, here are a few details that inspire me.

Stripes are so classic, but they are also very ‘in‘ right now. This piece of furniture wrapped in leather would make a girl very happy!

Stripe Bangle

Lucite cuff and bangles by fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra

Look closely and you’ll find the greek key above the opening.

Are you inspired yet?

Red Carpet at Blogfest 2011

These past few days have been packed with events for the first ever Blogfest sponsored by Kravet and Lee Jofa. I can’t wait to share all the amazing events from my New York trip. We have been going nonstop for 2 days, and the sponsors and vendors have been so gracious with hosting us…from the hors d’oeuvres to the red carpet swag bags. We are feeling like Hollywood celebrities!


Check out what was in our first swag: An Elle Decor notebook, a Lilly Pulitzer thermal mug, Molton Brown toiletries, and an orange vase from Global Views. We aren’t talking about trade show keychains here people!

Well, my eyes are starting to cross, and I have one more early morning tomorrow so I’ll have to cut this short for now. See you on the red carpet!


Baton Rouge 2011 Hospice Showhome

Hospice of Baton Rouge celebrates its 11th Decorators Show Home from April 28 – May 15, 2011. This event is Hospice’s signature fundraiser in which a local home is transformed by Baton Rouge Interior Designers and Landscapers into a fantasy showcase for the community to enjoy. Click here for a list of participating designers. All proceeds are designated to the Patient Care Fund of The Hospice of Baton Rouge. The primary purpose of the Patient Care Fund is to ensure that anyone needing hospice care will receive it regardless of the financial resources.

The home is located just outside the LSU Gates at 4756 Highland Road (between Stanford Avenue & Lee Drive). Tickets are $25 each. You can purchase them online or at the home.


M-F 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.


Photos, in order rooms shown, designed by Ty Larkins, Dixon Smith, McMillin Interiors, Rogers & McDaniel, Ann McCanless, & By Design. There are many other rooms in the home, but I wanted to feature a few in case you were wondering if it’s worth the trip!! I hope you considering supporting this wonderful cause. Tours end this SUNDAY!



Alys Beach – A White Lover’s Dream

If you’re considering Hawaii for vacation, you may want to rethink the long flight and head over to Alys Beach. The sand along the Panhandle beaches in Florida is powder white, and the ocean is crystal-clear. (Did I mention warm too?) This town is also founded on the New Urbanist concept – balancing private and shared spaces. It is a luxury community with pedestrian walkways, nature trails, parks, secret gardens & a neighborhood coffee shop within walking distance of each home. Need I say more!?

Nature Trails

Take note: all white roofs!

I was very sad to leave. If you love Alys beach as much as I do, hang around…you’ll see a world famous pool – only available to Alys Beach residents & renters. (I was able to score a private tour!)

Lonny Mag features New Orleans

Lonny Mag is an online magazine all about fashion and decor. This month they are featuring stories in our own back yard.  They preview the French Quarter, Magazine Street and my favorite New Orleans hotel, The International House. I found this hotel several years ago by googling “swanky N.O. hotels”. You’ll see what I mean by the pictures!

I love a good makeover. Isn’t their office fab!

Enter to win a $10,000 room makeover sponsored by editor in chief Michelle Adams and West Elm. Click here for details.