Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House

Continuing with the tour of Blogfest, we were able to visit the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House.  They have partnered with Housing Works to continue the support of their mission of ending homelessness and AIDS. This New York condo features 10 designers who transform these spaces in creative ways for big city living.

Yes, NY was fab, but it was also a lot of work lugging around a big camera and getting the perfect shot (move it people!)

This master bedroom (below) was transformed by Marie Turner. I was able to meet her in person, and her outfit was as lovely as her space.

Aren’t the candle sconces gorgeous!

Living room by Beth Martin.

Design by Carrier and Company – Collaboration with Room & Board (most products in this room can be found online!)

And who couldn’t use a little greenery in The Big Apple?

Terrace by Nickey-Kehoe


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!