Red, White and Woo Hoo

DSC_0002Is anyone else excited about the upcoming L-O-N-G weekend?!

Even though school is still in session in the Northeast, Memorial Day Weekend makes it feel like “summer”. Beach clubs open, tennis tournaments commence and I’ll break out my new white dress. It’s also one of the times I set out all my flags to honor those we are really celebrating. Red, white and blue is a favorite color combo of mine, so I dress everything from the house and the table to the bar cart and the dog (Molly!).IMG_6567 IMG_0845 DSC_0019 DSC_0039 IMG_6569IMG_6140 IMG_6556IMG_6544IMG_6542

Here’s to the start of a great week…pool time and the long weekend are in sight! Bring out the red, white and blue. Woo hoo!

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Weekend Wrap Up

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Happy Friday! This week, as most, flew by! From Trade Secrets to Kips Bay to some meetings and school concerts…it’s been FULL! But, isn’t that what’s life’s all about?!? I’ve had some people near and dear to me that have suffered some losses lately, so it serves as a reminder to make time for the things and the people that you love. I may be a little bit tired….but I’ve had so much fun. I’ll sleep on Sunday!

One of the week’s highlights is a visit from my darling friend, Jeanne McKay Hartmann, all the way from Seattle. She’s here in Rye for the day and will be sharing some of her framed work, as well as painting and personalizing pink and blue versions of the tote you see above. We’ll be at Nest Inspired Home today from 1-5pm and I’d love to see you. Come say hello, meet Jeanne and have her customize a little piece for you. Maybe give it as a gift to someone you hold dear.unnamed-10 unnamed unnamed-11

Love her work, but want something custom? She can do it…but she has just a few spots open. So, call Nest Inspired Home (914-921-6378) to reserve one the spots.

Enjoy the weekend!!!

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Kips Bay 44th Annual Decorator Show House

IMG_8984The Kips Bay Show House, located at 19 East 61st St (b/w Madison & 5th) is definitely a destination worth checking out. I attended for the first time in 2001 and it made such a lasting impression. Each year, I look forward to seeing some of the country’s brightest talents transform a space for this notable cause.

This year, I was struck by the creativity in design and the information the designers were happy to share while you visited their spaces. Instead of going room by room or listing everything a designer did…I’ll share with you some of the photos I took yesterday.

Assuming I was sending you on a scavenger hunt, here are a few of the things I’d want you to notice & collect.

  • The soft pink ceiling that is actually Venetian plaster and polished with wax to a mirror finish
  • The Lalique panels, inspired by the Orient Express, in the kitchen
  • The room that used chalk to decorate the walls, as a nod to the temporary state of the space and to the man who inspired it
  • Wall treatments….lots of texture and some beautiful Gracie wallpaper
  • The view of Barneys from the top floor outdoor space
  • The light fixtures throughout
  • The smell (divine) in the guest room
  • The original grafitti
  • The peonies throughout
  • The bar set ups & vignettes

IMG_8985 IMG_9004 IMG_9005 IMG_9006 IMG_9012 IMG_9015 IMG_9018 IMG_9025 IMG_9042 IMG_9047 IMG_9066IMG_9077There’s a little something for everyone! Take a friend and wander the 6th floors. You’ll definitely come away with an idea, or two or three. Ultimately, it’s a treat to experience up close what you otherwise might only see in a shelter magazine. And, it’s all to support more than 10,000 talented young people throughout the Bronx. So, you will have done a good thing!

Enjoy!

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