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Prada Spring 2011 Campaign

In New York it is snowing, freezing, and all together nasty. The winter doldrums are upon us and everyone needs a mental break. Sping is one of the best seasons in New York. The Winter storms let up and with the disappearance of the last snowflake you can feel people’s spirits rising. The Spring 2011 add campaigns get me in the mood for a tropical vacation. Stripes, bold colors, and fun accessories are my cure for the winter blues. Prada’s collection has me particularly excited. I could definitely rock any of their Spring shoes or cocktail dresses. Bold colors and raffia are a great combination!

xo,

S

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6 Simple Ways to Refresh a Sofa

House Beautiful asked me to style a sofa for their most recent issue (Jan/ Feb 2011). It was a fun project as it challenged me to get my personal style across with just throw pillows.  As you can see from my portfolio, I love color, texture, and fabrics so I thought it best to try to find a combination of the three.  There are many fabulous throw pillows out there but these caught my eye as something fun, chic, and different.  I am a fan of pairs of pillows and on a white sofa I love a solid color to make the throw pillows pop.  The deep eggplant ostrich feather pillows are so much fun.  Both the color and the feathers jump off the clean ivory linen sofa.  Layered in front are some of the most beautifully embroidered multi-color throw pillows I have ever seen.  The embroidery adfds another layer of texture.

I often advise clients who are in rental apartments/ homes to go with a neutral color palette for their base so they won’t have to reupholster their sofas over and over as this can be expensive.  Stick with a neutral on the sofa and you can completely change the feel of your next apartment with throw pillows and paint colors.

To see the other 5 ways to refresh a sofa visit House beautiful: http://www.housebeautiful.com/decorating/home-makeovers/pillow-decorating-ideas-0211

To purchase the Dransfield and Ross throw pillows you can visit my shop:  http://saragilbaneinteriors.bigcartel.com/

I took it one step further and selected additional items I would furnish the room with:

I would go with a deep teal grasscloth on the walls ( as seen in the background) to add an earthy texture in a bold color.  Taking a cue from the glam ostrich throw pillows I would bring in the capiz shell light fixture, gilt foo dog table lamps, and antique mirrored desk.  A desk chair with a fun shape upholstered in acidy yellow pulls out the color from the embroidered throw pillow.  The rug from Van der hurd studios adds another pattern and so unbelievably soft.

xo,

S

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Time has slipped away from me and I cannot believe Christmas is right around the corner.  I will be spending the next few days finding the perfect (last minute!) gifts for family and friends.  Below are a few images to get you in the spirit, if you aren’t all ready in it!  If you are havoing a holiday party you may be able to pick-up a few last minute ideas for the decor.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

I absolutely love the red and white paper wedding bells affixed to the bannister. What a fun way to add a dash of Christmas fun without pine needles and leaves to clean up!

Another fabulous twist on Christmas- feathers around a mirror- beautiful!!

As seen in House Beautiful

A Miles Redd Christmas below as seen in Elle Decor with amaryllis, miniature evergreens, and wreaths!

Above: A tiffany blue christmas as seen in Veranda

As seen in Martha Stweart

As seen in Better Hoes and Gardens

Below:  Richard Keith Langham’s Christmas as seen in Veranda

Below: Suzanne Rheinstein’s Christmas as seen in House Beautiful

For those of you in warmer regions two images from Costal Living below:

Merry Christmas!

xo,

S

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Autumn Hues- Gray

Gray – stone, elephant, dove, Dior, asphalt, slate, silver, steel, cement, anthracite, smoke, pearl, dust, driftwood, putty, charcoal.  All these words are used to describe one of my favorite colors.  It can be moody and calming.  Grays are another way to go neutral depending on what you pair with them.  Below are some of my favorite fall gray rooms.

A room designed by Mary McDonald for the Greystone Estate show house.

Thom Felicia designed the above bedroom.

Silver Gracie wallpaper in a dining room by Andrew Raquet.

Both rooms above are in Monique Lhuilier’s  home featured in Elle Decor.

Jeffrey Bilhuber goes all grey with wall upholstery, painted floors, and upholstered sofa.

Pops of gray:

The above room by Todd Romano works with tans, caramels,a nd ivories with a nice pop of deep charcoal grey on two club chairs.

Room by Jeffrey Bilhuber

Gray paint selections ( as seen in House Beautiful):

1.  Benjamin Moore Horizon

2.  Farrow and Ball Pavilion Grey

3.  Benjamin Moore Stone Harbor

4.  Modern Masters Platinum- this paint actually has some metallic in it so it glistens ever so slightly at night.

5.  Farrow and Ball Down Pipe

6.  Fine Paints of Europe Silhouette Gray

Gray Wall coverings:

1.  F. Schumacher Zimba Silver 5003300

2.  Osborne and Little Wilde Carnation W5554

3.  Osborne and Little Trifid W5556

4.  F. Schumacher Imperial Trellis in Charcoal 5003361

Gray Fabrics:

1.  Vanderhurd Grand Prisme in french grey/ cream

2.  Vanderhurd hand woven fabric fez in desert- how fabulous would this tough fabric be on a headboard or sofa?

3.  F. Schumacher Cloisonne Velvet in platinum by Celerie Kemble

4.  Lee Jofa flannel 2009138_11

5.  Lee Jofa SC10026_1611

6.  Thom Felicia for Kravet 30779.516

7.  C & C Milano

Gray Accessories:

1. Leontine Linens Addison and Grace Bed Linens

http://www.leontinelinens.com/index.php/bed/product/addison_grace/

2.  Throw pillow with spots in charcoal by Michael Devine

3.  Moroccan Pouf in silver through Pieces Inc.

http://piecesinc.com/moroccan-pod-silver-metallic

4.  Alexa Chair in cerused oak through Tonic Home

http://www.tonichome.com/catalog.php?item=1451

5.  Custom x-bench through Jonathan Adler

http://www.jonathanadler.com/X-Bench-in-Brussels-Charcoal/

6. D Porthault bed linens Tigre on Gray

http://dporthault.com/www/#/collections/bed-linens/tigre-grey/

xo,

S

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Autumn Hues- Beige

Beige- camel, sand, caramel, toast, tan, taupe, buff, acorn, mushroom, squash, milkshake, hay, chardonnay.

A shade or two darker than ivory or just shy of brown tan is a wonderful neutral.  It can read both feminine and masculine depending on what is paired with it.

Soft painted beiges:

The above room by Bunny Williams has soft beige walls and a sisal rug while the upholstered pieces take the room into darker caramel and toffee hues.

A bedroom by Jeffrey Bilhuber plays with ivories, beiges and grays for a neutral, relaxing, and sophisticated scheme.

A living room by Jeffrey Bilhuber

Beiges and animal prints:

How chic! An entry staircase covered in leopard.  The natural pine console and mirror keep it from going over the top.

Soft beige walls are the perfect backdrop to the bold art and spotted rug ( carpet is Antelope through Stark)

Soft beiges and creams keep the room feeling light and airy and the pinks, reds, and animal print benches add a spark of personality.

Ivory walls with pops of tan:

Above: I LOVE this tan sofa with the nail head details. Show stopper!

The effect of wood:

A home by Thom Felicia.  The natural walls, beams, and stone fireplace take center stage.

A barn done by Carrier and Co.  The natural wide wood planks on the walls and the beams create a wonderfully rustic backdrop for the linen sofa upholstered in ticking stripe, the rush wing back chairs, and the farmhouse table.

One more barn conversion above.  The old brick floors are softened a bit by the sisal rug, kilim ottoman, and sofa.

Deeper textural caramels:

The zig zag patterned grasscloth makes this neutral color anything but boring.

Deep caramel walls and the caramel/ goldenrod mohair club chair make this room ready for fall. Room by Nate Berkus.

Though neutral in color (except for the wild yellow sofa), Nate Berkus heightened the drama of the room with texture.  The stone fireplace, leather upholstered panels on the wall above and lots of brass and bronze make this room interesting.

Beige paint selections as seen in various House Beautiful issues:

1.  Benjamin Moore Raccoon Hollow

2.  Full Spectrum Paints Mushroom

3.  Farrow and Ball Shaded White

4.  Benjamin Moore Milkshake

5.  Benjamin Moore Camelback

6.  Farrow and Ball Buff

7.  Benjamin Moore Chilled Chardonnay

8.  Farrow and Ball String 8

1.  C & C Milano Art. 161957

2.  Michael Devine Orangerie through John Rosselli

3.  Edelman Leather Royal Suede in Toast

4.  Clarence House Tigre Velours Soie silk velvet

5.  Edelman Leather Ostrich Color 11

6.  Duralee Giraffe

Beige Accessories:

1. Custom leopard print console

2.  Holland and Sherry embroidered blanket EMB727

3.  Leopard print settee through Todd Romano

4.  Throw pillow through Michael Devine

5.  Raffia chest of drawers through Italian Profiles

xo,

S

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Autumn Hues – Brown

Brown- dark chocolate, dirt, coca-cola, teddy bear, milk chocolate, mink, otter, bronze, caramel, toffee, mushroom, elephant, fig, and bourbon.

Brown is courageous, rich, steady, understated, sensuous, warm, and masculine. Used a the base color of a room the possibilities are endless. I love a deep, velvety, dark chocolate mixed with McClosky’s glazing compound to give it a liquid-like look. I prefer to use this color on walls in a room that is all ready dark. It feels like you have found a secret nook where you can spend hours reading, writing, watching movies, or napping. Brown works as a neutral and you can bring any color in for a pop. Paired with white moldings the rooms has a crisp tailored feel and art work really floats on the wall. The lacquered finish allows light to play off it in the most beautiful way.  A deep chocolate is another wonderful way to ground a room ( and hide stains!).

I love this deep caramel and chocolate brown room.  The painted white faux moldings give the oil painting a nice dose of modernity.

This image is from Elle Decor 2006.  Notice how the deep chocolate walls receed and the carpet, daybed, mantle, art, and drapes become the focal point of the room.

Both rooms above are by Markham Roberts.  The dark wood paneling creates a serious atmosphere and the fabrics he adds lighten the mood.  I love the pop of turquoise in the lamps seen in the top room.

Jeffrey Bilhuber gave this dining room high gloss deep brown/ burgundy walls and kept everything else light with pale blue leather dining chairs and a sisal rug.

Brown is used as the accent in this room in Veranda.  I love the chocolate brown valances and drapes that surround the bed and club chairs.  This room has a clean quiet masculine feel. The white walls, ceiling, and sheets keep the room feeling light.

A fabulous room by Christina Murphy.  The dark brown walls and bookshelves make the space feel bigger than it is.  She keeps it modern with a geometric print wall to wall carpet, an orange sofa, and geometric fabric on the club chairs and throw pillows.

Below are a my picks for paint colors, wall coverings, fabrics, and accessories:

Best Brown Paints as seen in House Beautiful:

Background color is Benjamin Moore Bittersweet Chocolate – a personal favorite

1.  Farrow and Ball London Stone- a nice taupey brown for those of you who prefer lighter browns.

2.  Farrow and Ball Buff

3.  Pratt and Lambert Autumn Dusk

4.  benjamin Moore Appalachian Brown

5.  Benjamin Moore Middlebury Brown

6.  Benjamin Moore Tudor Brown – a reddish aubergine brown- very warm.

7.  Benjamin Moore Mink – another personal fave

8.  Benjamin Moore Night Horizon

Brown wall coverings:

When painting or papering a wall with a dark brown it is important to have some gloss or texture.  The two selections above have texture and a bit of sparkle.  This will keep your room feeling inviting rather than a dark pit.

1.  Phillip Jeffries – Glam Grass in Mink- The sparkling silver strands running through this are amazing.  When the light catches it a slight sparkle is cast off. Very chic.

2.  Farrow and Ball- Dragged Paper DR1283.  This is a stried paper which peps up the otherwise classic brown.  While it feels flat the strie gives it the appearance of texture.

Note:  Using a chocolate wool, felt, or velvet as wall upholstery is another great way to envelope a room in a textural chocolate.

1. Lee Jofa – 2009145_8

2. Lulu DK Chant brown w/ cream – also available in wallpaper through Donghia

3.  F. Schumacher 52321844 by Celerie Kemble

4.  Lee Jofa – 2430-GWF_68

5.  Lee Jofa – SC10050_616

6. Martyn Lawrence Bullard Bodrum in dark brown

7.  Lulu DK Peru caramel – through Donghia

8.  Lee Jofa – 2009138_68

9.  Lee Jofa – AM-Dora_3

10.  Lee Jofa- GWF-2643_24

11.  Lee Jofa – GWF-2635_165

1. Carter club chair in bitter chocolate colored mohair through William Sonoma Home

http://www.wshome.com/products/p9359/index.cfm?pkey=xsrd0m1%7C24%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7Ccarter&cm%5Fsrc=SCH

2.  Dodi silk throw pillow in brown through Madeline Weinrib

http://madelineweinrib.com/mw/ikat/Dodi-Brown.html

3.  Leather Abbott sofa through Jayson Home- on sale!

http://www.jaysonhomeandgarden.com/product.php?productid=2866

4.  Moses wool rug in brown through The Rug Company

http://www.therugcompany.info/contemporary-collection/suzanne-sharp/moses-brown.htm

5.  Leather Conrad sofa through Jayson Home – on sale!

http://www.jaysonhomeandgarden.com/product.php?productid=4018

6.  Dorea table linens through Leontine Linens

http://www.leontinelinens.com/index.php/table/product/dorea2/

xo,

S

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Eataly: New York City’s Italian Food Emporium

Wow… my husband and I visited to the much talked about Eataly on Saturday and LOVED it.  Best not to go in hungry as you will want to explore everything before you settle on what to eat or what to buy.  With all the tempting food bars ( Panini, Gelato, Cappucino, Meats and Cheeses, Oysters, Wine and Beer) and restaurants it is tough to make a decision.

If you haven’t heard about Eataly, let me get you up to speed.  Chef Mario Batali opened Eataly, a 50,000 square foot world of all the best food Italy has to offer in the Flatiron District of New York City.  We loved the cool minimalist design and “oohed” and “aahed” over all the meats, cheeses, pastas, breads, vegetables, and seafood.  With seven restaurants and four food stands there is something to fulfill your wildest Italian cravings.  Batali says, “This isn’t a selection of restaurants under one roof. This is a retail store where we peddle the greatest of Italian gastronomy to people who want to eat it and know how to appreciate it. You ask any Italian and all of the smart Americans where the best meal they ever had in the last ten years was, and it was never in someone’s restaurant. It was always in the house.”

The market (which also includes an on-site bookstore) opened with Batali’s longtime partners Joe and Lidia Bastianich (and Italian investor Oscar Farinetti), features a who’s who of New York and Italy’s top food personalities. Heading up the charcuterie selection are famed New York butcher Pat LaFrieda (who provides the excellent burgers found at the nearby Shake Shack) and Sergio Capaldo, founder of the Razza Piemontese Consortium, and a leader in the Italian slow food movement. Even Batali’s father, a longtime Seattle meat purveyor, is getting in on the act, flying in his famous salumi from the West Coast. Chef David Pasternack (of the beloved Midtown seafood spot Esca) is manning the fish station, while Marco Michelis, a young chef shipped in straight from Torino, will be serving up gnocchi, orecchiette, and other fresh pastas daily.  For wine lovers, the vino section will carry over 1,000 bottles.

Aside from the restaurants and the market you can also shop for cookbooks, cooking utensils, sign up for cooking classes, and plan a trip to Italy through their travel program.

Fresh vegetables… I love the brussel sprouts!

Fresh pastas being made on site.  The ravioli and gnocchi selection looked outstanding.

The imported pasta section in the market has a huge selection.  There are signs throughout the market located above each type of food telling you what to cook or pair the particular item with…very helpful.

The meats all looked amazingly fresh and again, there was a wide selection to choose from.

The seafood counter was amazing and all of the mussles, clams, and shrimp packed into ice is quite tempting.

The cheese and sliced meat selection in the market is perfect for a picnic.

The bread is all made on site ( you can watch through a glass window).  We sampled some and it was delicious.

All the Italian jams, cookies, crackers, candy, and chocolate you could want.

The dessert counter in the market caught my eye. How incredible do all of these look? Perfection.

The signs through out the Italaian mecca help you find your way around.

Above is the central “food court” where we settled on eating lunch.  There are four stations with counter space for you to grab some appetizers and a glass of wine or beer.

Our lunch hit the spot: An order of caprese followed by a selection of five meats and five cheeses paired with honey, figs, jam, and bread.  Paired with a rose wine.

I look forward to my next visit! It is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and definitely worth a trip into the city.  There is nothing quite like Eataly!

Below is a breakdown of exactly what Eataly has to offer:

Wine and Beer

Wine director Dan Amatuzzi worked with Batali, Bastianich and Farinetti to stock Eataly’s shelves with more than 1,000 Italian wines, including AntinoriFerrari and La Mozza. Meanwhile, beer lovers can take the elevator up to the rooftop to indulge in La Birreria‘s house brews.

The Food

Le Verdure (vegetable) will serve fried veggies, fresh salads and other vegetarian-only options.
Manzo (meat) will have a menu that features raw beef, steak and anti-pasti dishes.
Il Pesce (fish), headed up by Esca chef David Pasternack, will sell everything from lemon-cooked fish to seafood salads and contorni.
La Pizza (pizza) will dish out delicious fresh mozzarella pies made daily in wood-burning ovens.
La Pasta (pasta), La Pizza ‘s nearest neighbor, will serve dried and fresh pasta dishes, some of which you can find on the store shelves.
Salumi e Formaggi (salumi and cheese) will offer delectable cold-cuts, with favorites like prosciutto di Parma and an array of aged cheeses. At the mozzarella bar, you can watch the cheese being handmade before buying a chunk.
Crudo (raw bar) is where you can stock up on raw delights, while getting a front-row seat to the chef as he prepares dishes.

Retail

Eataly’s shelves are rife with imported Italian olive oils (prices range from $8- $40), dried pastas ($1.75-$20), balsamic vinegars, tomato sauces, honey, and jams. There’s also a selection of linens, kitchen equipment, houseware products, and a bookstore dedicated to wine, food and Italian culture. And if you’re thinking about visiting Italy, talk to AlpiTours and Liberi Tutti, the in-house travel agencies available to help you plan your next trip.

Culinary Stations and School

The stations spread throughout the store will offer food and wine courses, lectures and demonstrations. You can learn everything from how to make fresh mozzarella, to how to roll out pasta dough and bake focaccia bread. At La Scuola (the school), you can take classes with Eataly’s founders, who’ll teach you about artisanal products, seasonal ingredients, as well as healthy cooking.

xo,

S

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Is the bed skirt dead?

Are dust skirts a thing of the past? I myself love a dust skirt as long is it is crisp, clean ( NO ruffles), and tailored. I am a fabric junkie so I tend to go for a fun pattern or tape along the bottom of the skirt. Sara Costello had her debut article published in the Wall Street Journal today and her friend, the uber-talented designer Miles Redd, has no problem saying good bye to the dust skirt. The key: a boxspring cover made of a fabulous fabric ( and a bed with a beautiful frame…no harvard frame from Sleepys!).

Miles Redd’s bedroom above.

Read Sara’s piece: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703882404575519921627120254.html?KEYWORDS=sara+costello

xo,

S

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