Category Archives: Inspiration

LA Plates- Get Ready For Spring!

LA Plates is a company that produces monogramed/ personalized melamine plates. I purchase these for clients with children and beach homes as they are a stylish take on melamine plates. They also make wonderful house warming gifts and bridal gifts.

Various Custom plates people have made below:

She has recently added accessories:


Canvas bag with navy


Canvas bag- medium in lime



To purchase visit:

Happy Shopping!



Continue reading

Orly Genger- Artist and Jewelry Designer

While at a fundraising event last week I caught up with a classmate of mine from Brown. She is the incredibly talented Orly Genger. Orly creates sculptures and large-scale installations from painted climbing rope. Her work is included in several collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, Hood Museum, and Indianapolis Museum of Art. Wisely, she has branched out into the world of jewelry and her necklaces and bracelets are to die for. She uses the same painted climbing rope to create texture and weight to her jewelry that I find irresistible. Statement pieces at reasonable prices.


Puzzlejuice, 2006
nylon rope with paint dimensions variable

Reg Versus Fans, 2009
Nylon climbing rope with latex paint and fans dimensions variable

Her pieces can be seen in person at the Larissa Goldston Gallery in Chelsea

She has an upcoming show at Mass Moca in April.


Forget the nautical white rope bracelets of your youth. These are totally fabulous!

Kara Bracelet

Maret Bracelet

Alice Necklace

Leonora Necklace

Barbara Necklace

I am having a very difficult time choosing which one I want. They are all so beautiful and unique.

To purchase on line visit:


Continue reading

The Dark Side

Whether it is a large room or a small forgotten hallway or bathroom, I love a dark room in a house. People are often afraid to go dark but once we have pushed them to the other side they never regret it. A dark room becomes the most intimate room in the house. I have “gone dark” in libraries, dining rooms, bedrooms, dressing rooms, bathrooms, and hallways. In dining rooms, I prefer to go dark with a high gloss paint so at night when an overhead chandelier is dimmed and candles are lit the entire room twinkles. Libraries, where people mostly sit at night is another good spot for deep dark paint, a dark lustrous fabric, or wood paneling. With dark walls and well placed lights it feels a natural spot to sit with your glass of wine and a book. On a hot summer day a dark room feels cool and welcoming, while in the middle of winter it becomes the coziest room in the house. The two mistakes people often make are not adding enough lighting sources ( sconces, table lamps, floor lamps – all at different heights to cast a glow) and forgetting to bring in color to balance and offset the dark walls. Since walls are the majority of your room you need to bring in lighter colors to make it work. Personal favorites for high gloss walls are chocolate brown, eggplant, charcoal, and navy blue.

Ruthie Sommers- Charcoal grey grasscloth and scarlet shade- sexy.

Another room by Ruthie Sommers- A deep greeny black on bead board. This room has large windows so it can take a flat paint.

Jeffrey Bilhuber – deep aubergine high gloss walls in a dining room. At night when candles are lit this will become an intimate room where you will love to gather at the end of the day.

Mario Buatta – lovely dark lacquered walls set off by lots of yellow

Jansen kicks up the drama with a fretwork pattern in glossy white on top of a glossy black wall.

Tom Scheerer’s take on dark walls in a dining room with crisp white trim

Markham Roberts- offsets the dark walls with drapes with an ivory background, a beautiful soft brown antique desk, pops of pale blue, and tan.

Tory Burch’s apartment with upholstered walls in deep green velvet- texture, color, and the velvet reflects light. Delicious.

Sister parish- Timeless

Feminine but so chic

Markam Roberts – nautical, crsip, and ever so handsome



Continue reading

Net-A-Porter Picks

A bit late on this one but couldn’t resist putting them up!

Lanvin Flats in a yummy teal patent leather

See by Chloe striped chunky sweater

Lanvin bag in metallic leather with soft grey and black grosgrain ribbon woven through the chain

Diane Von Furstenberg cotton halterneck dress

Burberry Prorsum knotted flats

I am in love with this blue python Chloe bag- Paraty Bag

Alexander Wang twill trench dress- a great day dress

Diane Von Furstenburg multi blue Lune silk jersey dress

Bottega Veneta degrade yellow leather wallet

Sequin racer back tank- great by itself with white jeans or throw a blazer over it

Phillip Lim 3.1 – the perfect party dress

Beautiful flowing ethereal silk- mousseline embellished gown by Lanvin. Would also be a fabulous wedding dress.



Continue reading

Lucca Antiques Opens In NYC!

One of my favorite west coast antique dealers is opening up shop in NYC. Time and time again, I have found beautiful high quality pieces at Lucca. The store showcases the owners appreciation of fine antiques, architectural elements and their passion for creating their own designs from old, found objects. Prior to their Tribeca store opening I could only gaze longingly at their LA store via 1st dibs. I now will be able to drool in person and so will you!

A few images to tempt/ inspire you:

8 am chandelier assembled from 18th, 19th, and 20th century parts with a beautiful finish.

Bleached wood arm chairs. I love their squiggly lines that run all the way down to their legs.

19th Century faux bois dining table and 4 arm chairs. Perfect for the backyard of your townhouse or the garden of your country/ beach home.

Lucca Antqiues
182 Duane Street ( Tribeca)





Continue reading

1st Dibs – Wednesday’s Picks

In the midst of moving I am taking a break to bring you my picks. Happy Shopping!

Morocco Early 20th Century. Brass Moroccan Lantern with Colored Glass. All Original

This is stunning! We created a moroccan home theater for a client and spent hours and hours pouring over websites to find the perfect chandelier- this one fits the bill!

An austere pair of end tables in the Directoire style, comprising a Carrara marble top and lower shelf resting within a brass X-framed base. By Maison Jansen. Italian, circa 1960.

These would look fabulous next to a deep teal linen velvet tufted back sofa.

Italy, 1950’s.

Italian Sciolari chandelier with individual “jewel” like crystals surrounded by individual bras circles. Multiple tiers and sizes of crystals. Great large scale.

I would love to see this jewel like chandelier above a master craft dining table. I would give the walls a high gloss lacquer so light bounced off of every surface. A dining room fit for Madonna.

France 1950’s. Pair of Maison Jansen X Base Benches.

I would reupholster the seats in a textural fabric and place in front of the fireplace in a client’s master bedroom.

England circa 1940. Ebonized two-drawer campaign desk with nickel plated fittings on sawhorse legs with leather top and greek key inlay.

Sentimento, oh I how I love you. This piece is perfect and works with any design.

Late 19th / Early 20th Century
Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Vases, Late 19th / Early 20th Century. Newly Wired as Lamps to U.S. Electrical Code with Double Swivel Light Cluster and Adjustable Finials; Mounted on Giltwood Bases.

These are stunning. I love the bright pops of orange with hot pink.

A really fun wing chair. Restored in a Van Dyke finish on the legs and upholstered in an off white tussah silk.

A tribute to Tim Burton at the MOMA and “Alice in Wonderland” which comes out this weekend. The perfect chair for the Queen!

20th century
Exceptional pair of inlaid shell armchairs with beautifully upholstered seats.

Circa 1810
A graceful English regency ebonized and parcel-gilt armchair with caned seat and back; conforming loose cushion

Belgium 20th century.
Brand new but made with vintage leather for that broken in softness. Vintage nail tacks add the finishing touch. This club chair works with a variety of other pieces. Beautiful!

C. 1890
Beautifully gilded Louis Philippe mirror with original mercury glass. The glass has wonderful foxing through out and the glass sparkles with the mercury. Beautiful patina on the gilding and an original old wood back.




Continue reading

Amanda Talley

I have fallen in love with New Orleans artist, Amanda Talleys circular paintings. Her works show movement, light, and the colors speak to me. I have just purchased a pair for a client. Her walls are a soft lacquered sea foam blue and the yellow and orange circles will sing off of it. And at 38″ wide and 52″ high they will be a focal point in the room.

Adding a piece of two of abstract modern art is a great way to add personality to a space. I am dying to get my hands on one of her pieces for my new apartment. A few of my favorites:

Pair of Framed Drawings
30″ x 44″
Peach, Pink, Seafoam in White Frames

Pair of Framed Drawings
38″ x 52″
Grey, Black and Light Blues in White Frames

72″ x 48″

48″ Square
Acrylic on Birch Panel

See more of Amanda’s beautiful work at:

To purchase contact me or Amanda directly and mention Sara Gilbane Interiors



Continue reading