Champagne Bar Cart

It’s the weekend….so let’s celebrate! 
Last week, I finally dusted off my bar cart (which had become a storage unit in a closet) and decided to find it a new home. It landed in the living room and I quickly decided that it needed to be a *champagne* bar cart, fitting for it’s new pink-hued home.
Mixing old (the vintage crystal coupes found in a local thrift shop & the champagne cooler from France found at Dovecote) and the new (the monogrammed tray is from The Enchanted Home) gives the cart some interest. Add in monogrammed napkins from Madison and a couple of great vintage pieces from Eddie Ross (back when he would do pop-up shops) and it seems complete. 

Two important questions! Will you have your bubbles straight up or shall I give you a dash of St. Germain, Cassis or Chambord with that? Coupe or flute?

Here’s to the weekend!!! Pop. Clink. Fizz!

Christopher Spitzmiller – Lighting the Way

Lights, Camera….Christopher Spitzmiller!
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting the artist/entrepreneur at an event unveiling his new lamp line, Carleton Lamps, at Dovecote in Westport, CT. The line of shiny, glossy, sexy lamps is a collaboration with The Lacquer Company and is set at a lower price point than his exquisite one-of-a-kind lamps.
You’ve seen his work in countless shelter magazines and his lamps are often the piece that makes a room, much like the right piece of jewelry can make an outfit!

Accompanying Christopher to the event was interior designer, Sam Allen, who I first wrote about here 4 years ago and many times since. I’ve been following his burgeoning career with great enthusiasm and he has some very exciting news to share in early 2015. I promise to keep you posted!

Next stop for these two is L.A.’s Hollyhock, owned by renown designer, Suzanne Reinstein. It seems that Christopher is adding tabletop to his repertoire. Look for a big write up with the illuminating details in next month’s Architectural Digest!

Here’s to more bright ideas from Christopher! Which pair caught your eye?

Kerri Rosenthal Art

You know that feeling you get when you discover something really fresh and exciting? Well, that’s the feeling I got when I saw Kerri Rosenthal’s art
It moved me. It made me smile. I wanted to see more. Had to know more.
Kerri in front of “Flights of Fancy” at Dovecote
So, I tracked Kerri down, learned she doesn’t live very far from me…and that her work is displayed in some of my favorite local home decor boutiques, including Dovecote in Westport, CT. Kerri credits owner, Sarah Kaplan (former buyer for Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York), for supporting her art and encouraging her to do some edgier pieces.
With a background in fashion, Kerri spent the bulk of her professional career with Oilily, a Dutch company based in Amsterdam…so frequent trips to the Netherlands and Northern Europe influenced her eye.  The quote below influenced her creative journey.
Taking a career break after the birth of her 2nd child, Kerri was out to dinner one night when she saw a painting and just knew she could recreate it. So, she went home and began to paint. Just like that. 
Following her heart and her intuition, she began to create more  paintings and her friends, recognizing her talent, encouraged her to keep going. That was 4 years ago.
 Kerri at work in her studio
One of Kerri’s color/mood boards
2 years ago, Kerri had her first art show. She rented out a Waterworks space in Westport, CT and invited anyone she thought might be interested. That was another step on her journey.
Kerri is all about color, saying that to her “color is a sense, like touch”. Can’t you just feel her energy in these paintings?
Yes, a pretty pink tulip!

Today, Kerri is the “in house” artist for a number of interior designers, her art is being carried in some amazing stores and it is being gobbled up by serious collectors. I just know I love it. And, I can’t wait to have an ART KR painting for my home.

I  have found Kerri an inspiration, not only artistically, but creatively…forging a new path one brush stroke at a time. If you want to see more of Kerri’s art or learn more about her, check out her website!

Each of us has a creative gift. How are you expressing yours?