Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Thank You Note!

Last week I attended Blogfest 2013 for the first time -- a conference for interior design bloggers, organized and sponsored primarily by Kravet Fabrics and HGTV Magazine.  When I first started my blog last summer, I felt a lot of reluctance about it for various reasons, but for the first time, as I sat in HGTV's beautifully decorated space (no surprise) for the Blogfest luncheon and presentation at the top of Hearst Tower, I had a BIG moment come over me when I felt SO glad that I had started my blog!  I loved being there meeting so many fellow creative design types all dressed up with somewhere good to go, and I also greatly appreciated the way we were transported around NYC from place to place in the comfort of some comfy tour buses (refreshments included!).  (Definitely beats the subway)!  We started out at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House (breakfast graciously sponsored by Doodle Home, thank you) and saw some fabulous designer spaces, pictured below.  Next, we headed to Hearst Tower where Kravet's Beth Greene welcomed us, HGTV's Dan Fuchs and Sara Peterson gave us some interesting info about HGTV Magazine and its tremendous success, and Designers Thom Filicia (looking suave in his blue jacket) and Alexa Hampton were so interesting and entertaining.  To keep it brief, I had a great time, and I'm SO glad I was there.  Thank you to Scott Kravet (I'm happy I got to sit at your table), Jennifer Powell (for keeping us updated), and HGTV Magazine for organizing and hosting this great event!  Here are some of my favorite images from my time at Blogfest 2013. 

Some of my favorite Kips Bay Decorator Show House Rooms

3 Photos of the Drawing Room by Gomez Associates


 3 Photos of the Sitting Room by Barbara Ostrom Associates
 1 Photo of Veritas Room by Dineen Architecture + Design PC
2 Photos of La Petite Writing Room by Stephen Mooney Interiors
1 Photo of the Family Lounge by Eve Robinson Associates Inc.

At Hearst Tower
 The magnificent view of Central Park (little bit cloudy though,).
 Tables Were So Pretty! 
 Editor-in-Chief Sara Peterson
HGTV Loves Bloggers!
 Designer Thom Filicia
 The Panel
 Publisher Daniel Fuchs
That's "Me in the Middle" with my new friends Joanne and Matt!
 Hearst Tower Atrium - Great Space!
Thank you for a great and inspiring time Blogfest 2013 sponsors! .As always, feel free to leave a comment below, share this post with your friends or contact me via the contact tab above if you need design assistance. Have a colorful day!  Nanette

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

Hi everyone -- on a personal note -- the portrait in this little vignette is actually of my own beautiful mom Dorothy, and the artist who created it is none other than my incredibly gifted father!  Each and every day I know I am SO fortunate and blessed to have the kindest and most wonderful Mom (and Dad) in the world and I want to take this opportunity to wish her a very Happy Mother's Day, and at the same time I'd like to wish ALL of the amazing moms out there the same!   Where would we all be without you!  Love you so much Mom (and Dad)!

Get The Look Here! 
Mom, I can picture you relaxing in this lovely comfy cozy chair, reading a book and/or having a nice cup of tea!  Happy Mother's Day Mom!  Have a great day!!!  xoxo Nanette
As always, feel free to leave a comment below, share this post with your friends or contact me via the contact tab above if you need design assistance. Have a colorful day! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Stairway Art Gallery Wall Project

I have been living in my home for almost 14 years, and even though I'm a decorator -- true confession time -- my staircase wall has been empty!  Why?  Because I just didn't know what I wanted to put there, until NOW!  Recently I was at a fancy schmancy home decor shop in my neighborhood and saw some little white framed abstract art watercolors, and they were selling for about $700 each!!!  What?  I thought they were beautiful and loved how they looked, but I knew my daughter and I could create the same look ourselves and have some fun doing it!  Here's the before picture of my staircase -- plain, right?

The first thing we did was go to Ikea and purchase some $9.99 RIBBA frames similar to the ones I saw in the fancy schmancy store.  Then we went to our local art supply store and bought some fresh tube watercolors for about $39.00 and a pad of watercolor paper for $12.00.  I already have tons of paint brushes and palettes from when I was a textile designer so I didn't need those.  During a Saturday afternoon we freely painted our abstract shapes, then let them dry and flattened them between some heavy books.  Then on Sunday we selected and cut out our favorite pieces and framed them.  Next, we hung them, and voila -- decorated art gallery style staircase, for a lot less than $3,500, which is what it would have cost if I bought 5 in the fancy schmancy store.  Plus, we had the "fun factor"!!! 
Here's our "During" picture!

Here's each of our completed framed pieces!

And here's the Finally Decorated Staircase Wall!  Voila!
You can do the same, it's so easy, inexpensive and fun!  Personally, I like the look of having a series of uniformly framed pictures instead of a mishmosh of random different things.  But that's just me.
Hope you liked our Stairway Art Gallery Wall Project!  Feel free to leave a comment below, share this post with your friends or contact me via the contact tab above if you need design assistance.  Have a colorful day! Nanette