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The Girl from Ipanema

We LOVED Rio and Sao Paulo! This was a trip we took last March so I am only posting the memories and images that really stood out!

Fasano- Rio:

The Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro was designed by French designer Philippe Starck and is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wood, glass, marble, and leather are the core materials used in the design. A giant Pekia tree was used to create the recption desk- truly stunning. The small boutique hotel overlooking Ipanema beach enjoys a spirit of sophisticated casualness, with many furnishings in the vein of 1950s and ’60s Brazilian design, including pieces by Studio Branco & Preto, Sergio Rodrigues and exclusive creations by Philippe Starck. I was immediately reminded of the decor of the Soho House in Manhattan. Modern yet casual with a few traditional pieces mixed in. Bedrooms have soothing white walls, leather-upholstered Mies daybeds, and private balconies. The butler service, egyptian cotton sheets, snuggly down comforters keep you relaxed and comfy. The two pairs of local Havaianas flip-flops they place in your hotel leaves you with no excuse not to hit the beach and watch a game of foot volley!

The rooftop pool (guests only) offers stunning panoramas of Rio’s storied natural skyline, including the nearby Pao de Azucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain). There’s also a fitness center, nightclub (Londra), and upscale shopping options nearby. We would sit up on the roof for cocktails ( there are many delicious options to choose from including a freshly carved coconut- yum!) and watch the sunset behind Corcovada ( Christ The Redeemer).

The Fasano Rio also includes the Al Mare restaurant, which serves Italian/Brazilian seafood cuisine under the command of Chef Luca Guzzoni, formerly of Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence. I had the risotto with saffron and rock lobster…. delicious!!

All colors seem brighter in Rio- I can still see the sun drenched yellows, greens, reds, and blues. The locals playing futbol ( soccer) on the beach and the beach vendors are all dressed in brightly colored clothes/ bathing suits.

We journeyed into Lapa for a night of live music. The band was incredible and never took a break.

Fasano- Sao Paulo

The hotel is located on a tree lined street in the Jardins section of Sao Paulo. The decor is similar with dark wood, stone, imported english furniture mixed with brazilian furniture from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. The scattered books, long fireplaces, and large leather club chairs make you feel like you have entered a private club rather than a hotel lobby. The long bar is dead ahead and they make a mean caiparinha. The large antique map of the world which hangs behind the reception desk is beautiful. To my mind, this hotel had the perfect decor for a manhattan bachelor. So stylish and chic but maintaining a sense of comfort.

The bar/ lounge was the spot to be at night. There was an amazing jazz singer performing Sinatra songs.

Favorite Restaurant: Figueria Rubaiyat – The prettiest restaurant in Sao Paulo. The outdoor tables are set up under the branches of a giant sprawling Fig tree ( thought to be over 130 years old). The baskets of Pao de Queijo ( bread backed with cheese inside…do not ask how many I ate) could not come fast enough.

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Won’t You Be My Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is 9 days away! Don’t be left empty handed… below are a few gift ideas to romance your honey.

Gifts for her:

Faux shagreen frame: these come in a variety of colors and you can pop in a picture of the two of you.

Givenchy: Glazed Nightengale bag: This gloss grey bag is scrumptious!,default,pd.html

Eddie Borgo star cuff bracelet: I love the bold jem stone colors.

Davines Love shampoo and conditioner: Smells delicious

If she likes interiors this new book by Assouline is beautifully shot and has interviews with many of todays most inspiring designers:

Get her a gift certificate for a manicure/ pedicure at the beautiful and relaxing Rescue Beauty Lounge in the West Village:

rescue beauty lounge
34 Gansevoort street 2nd floor / New York NY 10014
Call 212.206.6409 to purchase a gift certificate

Don’t forget the flowers:

Mad Love: Mini Pink Calla Lillies, Red Roses, Pink Phalaenopsis Orchids and Anthurium Leaves

Banchet is an absolutely gorgeous flower shop right around the corner from my apartment. Just looking in the windows is a treat. Banchet puts her modern twist on floral arrangements and the color combinations are stunning. Every detail is accounted for in her refined creations ( including the perfect container for the bouquet)

Gifts for Him:

The perfect tie: Silk foulard necktie hand made in Naples with a cream, red and light blue print on a navy ground

Crocodile card case: Very stylish

For the sporty man: Drive an hour and a half outside of NYC and take aim at clays at Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, NY. Once a tweedy private shooting club (the oldest in the country), Sandanona was purchased by Orvis, the outdoor sports clothier, and opened to the masses. Sip coffee and roam the wood-shingled clubhouse before being outfitted for a twenty-gauge shotgun (manageable for beginners) and taking in a gun-safety lecture. Then head out for a round on the world-class sporting-clays course.

Make a weekend out of it and stay the night in town at the Porterhouse Inn. While in Millbrook be sure to check out the Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, and the fine antique shops located in the village.

Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds: 800-548-9548;

Porterhouse Inn:


There’s no drink quite like 18 year old Macallan ($124). Voted best whisky in the world by Whiskey Magazine in 2004, the 18 year vintage of The Macallan is consistently one of the most smooth drinking scotches in the world ( or so says my husband).

The art of shaving: Sandalwood shaving cream. My husband uses this and it is delicious. It has a distinct smell and makes his skin so soft. Irresistible.

For both of you:

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne: Brut Rose – A beautiful soft salmon pink color with continuous tiny bubbles. The flavors of blackberries, raspberries, red currants, and strawberries give off a feeling of lightness.

Recommended pairings: Salmon tartare, pork tenderloin, fresh goat cheese, red fruits.

Then head to Wallse for their valentine’s day pre-fix menu. Austrian food with a refined light twist. The restaurant has a decidedly romantic feel with towering branches of flowers in the windows and on the bar.

For reservations, please call 212-352-2300 or reserve online at

Top it all off with dessert from Billy’s Bakery ( my favorite cupcakes in the city!)



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Voltz Clarke Gallery

Blair Clarke, the stylish southern gallery owner fills her New York City apartment with the work of the artists she represents and after looking at the images below you will know why. Blair has an eye for talent. I look to Blair to supply pieces that my client’s will love. She stages pop-up shows throughout the year at various Manhattan venues. The interiors of her apartment are quite classic in style thus setting off her collection of art very nicely. Blair’s home will be on the Armory VIP tour this year so you will be able to take a peak!

Focusing on the exposure of contemporary artists through private consulting and public exhibitions, the company has a particular emphasis on introducing international artists to the US market. Clarke’s experience combines over nine years of East coast gallery associations, curatorial projects and a consulting relationship with Sanford L. Smith & Associates.

Voltz Clarke maintains a roster of international artists whose works are available to view online and by appointment. Clarke who loves to travel believes that one should cast the net wide in order to identify new talent. In a market which is increasingly globalized, she is intrigued by the rich diversity in work found often in unexpected places.

The below works are for sale through Blair Voltz Clarke:
Email Blair Voltz Clarke and mention Travel For Design

Natasha Law:

An english painter, Law’s signature style is bold, high-gloss paintings. The high gloss is reminiscent of lip gloss, a polished nail, a shiny new car, or patent leather high heel. So glossy it almost looks wet. Multiple layers of high gloss paint on aluminum creates this effect. Her subjects are usually semi-clothed, cropped and fragmented, and distinctly feminine. She reduces the shapes of her subject and uses bold colors to create a minimalist style. Law graduated from Camberwell college in 2000 and has grown internationally with shows on both sides of the Atlantic: Eleven Gallery in London, Rivington Arms Gallery and Voltz Clarke in Manhattan. And yes, she is Jude Law’s sister.

**Natasha Law will also do custom paintings. You can sit for her or provide her with an image. I have commissioned several for clients ( of them, their children, and their dogs!)

Natasha Law, Pink Bikini on Coffee, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge, 60 x 48 inches

Natasha Law, Sitting H, 2007, Gloss on Aluminum, 24×24 inches

Natasha Law, Grey Vest on Blue, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge

Natasha Law, Green Bikini on Green, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge

Pink Vest on Pink, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge, 60 x 48 inches and 51.5 x 63 inches

A recently finished client’s apartment with their new Natasha Law

Me in front of my Natasha Law

Chrstina Burch:

Christina Burch’s recent body of work entitled “Garland of Skulls” includes twelve paintings commissioned by New York private collector Alberto Mugrabi. These are a play on the traditional natur morte combined with anatomical references from buddhist and taoist texts. These will be on exhibition in 2010 along with new works available through Voltz Clarke. Having recently relocated from New York City to Ann Arbor, Michigan, Burch’s new work is inspired by the full moon and natural surroundings in Michigan. Beginning this summer, she will be serving as the president of Copper Colored Mountain Arts. Set on over 20 acres of lush gardens in rural Ann Arbor, CCMA is an arts community offering workshops as well as exhibitions and events – visit Currently Burch is curating a show of sculpture and outdoor installation by young contemporary artists scheduled to open this July. I love the colors and the style of Burch’s art. Her paintings combine propaganda, cartoons, printed and digital media, landscape and figurative imagery. She is particularly inspired by Japanese prints, as is reflected in her work.

Sea of Marrow 30″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas

Garland of Lotus 32″ x 32″ acrylic on canvas

Sea of Blood 24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas

I would love to use ” Sea of Blood” as a jumping off point for a dining room:

Walls painted in that dusty peach color (Farrow and Ball Cinder Rose) with high gloss deep blue trim (Farrow and Ball Drawing Room Blue). Soft french blue stried silk drapes unlined hung on lucite rods with gold leaf bamboo rings. Chinoiserie style dining chairs with ivory linen velvet seats. The table would be set with Imari china throwing in a punch of orange.

Sun K. Kwak

Sun is amazing! Her work appears to be paint but is actually masking tape.

She had a huge show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art recently:

The above two images are an installation Sun did in Blair’s apartment. I love the modern “paint splash” effect on the classic architectural detail.



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Treillage- finds at 75th Street

As I said in an earlier post, Treillage is one of my favorite stores. The space itself is beautiful- with two massive green painted doors that welcome you into the store. John Rosselli and Bunny Williams own it ( Bee Line home, John Rosselli antiques) and with their eyes searching for each piece you know you will find a special piece. Bunny Williams book “An Affair with a House” was one of the first design books I purchased. It chronicles her romance with her country home. Like the store, her country home is filled with beautiful possessions but the overall feeling is one of comfort. The store carries both antique and new pieces, indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, and garden-wares.

A few picks from Treillage 75th street:

Chinoiserie Pilow

seat height:

Finely-crafted handmade vintage textile pillow

A neoclassical style carved and painted bench with overscaled scrolling arms above a platform seat supported by balls on platform bases

seat height:

Painted in an antique gray distressed finish.

Pair of Steel and Upholstered Stools

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Bamboo Fretwork Center Table


Hexagon center table with a black lacquer top.

Bronze Grille Table


Deco Drinks Table


Treillage painted wood conservatory table with a painted lattice top and slatted bottom shelf


Copied from the original as purchased in France.

OBR 5905
Kennsington Console with Marble Top


*For both indoor and outdoor use.

Trumeau a Coquille Mirror


This beautiful treillage work hand made mirror is finished in Luxembourg Green. Custom colors and sizes are available upon request.

Handcrafted Cotton and Jute Basket

Handcrafted Cotton and Jute Basket Handcrafted in India by a collective of women’s self help groups that is instrumental in reviving and enriching craft-traditions and techniques that result in the sustenance of many craft based livelihood initiatives and employment opportunity in villages in India

A few of my favorite pieces from Bunny’s new line of furniture:

Regale Arm Chair – Painted

As the Italians did in the 18th century, this regally proportioned character chair has hand-carved details and an upholstered pop in box back (held by decorative metal clips) and slip seat. These versatile features make seasonal upholstery changes simple. Available in painted antique white or medium stained walnut finish. Fabric options: Taupe and moss linen twill, sable linen or customer’s own material (COM).

26 ¾ ”W x 25”D x 40”OAH x 16 ½” SH

Eglomise Coffee Table

The couture of coffee tables, strutting a 1940’s forged base of gilded iron with an inset, Verre églomisé, (reverse gilt and painted glass) Fortuny inspired design interpreted by Miriam Ellner, on sea green ground.

40”W x 24”D x 15 ½”H

Hourglass Table

This sensuous table with an hourglass figure is reminiscent of 1940’s Paris. An octagonal pedestal base of hand-applied reeded mahogany pieces finished in old gold patina support a honed, Tulung Agung stone top.

32”OAD x 28”H, 23” (Diameter base)

Palladian Partner’s Desk

Inspired by architect Palladio of the Neoclassical Period, this piece has hand- carved details and a flame crotch Mahogany inlay top. It is supported by bold arched ends and columnar legs with dual drawers and sectioned dividers on each side allowing this piece to be used as a console or desk. I believe every room needs a strong piece of furniture of architectural proportions.

60”W x 28”D x 30”H

Chicken Feather Pottery Lamp

Baluster formed ceramic lamp with lattice incised pattern inspired by Peruvian pottery in warm earth tone glazes. Hand-carved gadrooned base in gilt finish. Their ceramic lamps are hand-crafted in Jingdezhen where the secret of traditional Chinese porcelain was discovered 1700 years ago.

10”W x 6 ½” D (base) x 19” H (vase height) x 34 ½” OAH (with shade). Recommended shade size is 20” B x 11” T x 14” S.

Nailhead Sofa

Don’t you love the shape of the base of this sofa?! Fully upholstered tight-back sofa with three loose seat cushions is proportioned for comfort. The apron boasts a whimsical curve and is trimmed in French nailheads. Sinuous spring construction. Available in taupe and moss linen twill, olive cotton velvet, or customer’s own material (COM).

74”W x 39”D x 37 ” H (back) x 16 ½ SH x 24 ½ SD


418 East 75th Street, New York, NY Phone: (212) 535-2288

“An Affair With A House” :

“Point of View”:

Bunny’s new line of furniture Bee Line Home:



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NYIGF Report: Made Goods Mirrors

Looking for the perfect mirror? Made Goods has so many to choose from. They introduced a group of 24 objects to their collection this year. Their chandeliers and accent furniture are beautiful as well.

Red Coral: Giselle mirror: This looks like real coral! Made in red or white this mirror brings a fun organic feeling to any room

Oval shell mirror: Coco mirror: Leaf coral was the inspiration for this piece. A thin silver or gold tip can be applied for a more sophisticated finish.

Round: Venus mirror: Feminine, modern, organic, and glamorous

Blake: The shape has a soft ruffled edge and the young pen is reminiscent or tortoise shell. The color variation makes this a dramatic piece.

Jayson: Cut capiz shell in gold and black shades to form a beautiful piece with a 1970s vibe.

Killian: Natural Capiz shell is cut and shaded to form a classic, interlocking motif. Very Glam.

Sidney: Classic thin frame in a young pen finish.

Claude: The faux shagree covered trapezoids are applied in a familiar yet modern shape.

Sabine: A wide doomed border surrounds the mirror. Available in cool grey, pale blue, and muted pink.

Edith: A palladian shaped mirror available in cool grey or pale blue. I would love this to hang above my vanity.

Anaut: Inspired from an ancient indian technique. Originally used on ceilings to reflect and refract light into larger rooms, it works equally well now as a modern design element. Small slightly domed circles of mirror in varying sizes create a fly’s eye image. This would be fun at the end of a hall.

Gorka: A dramatic wooden frame is covered in silver or gold metal. This reminds me of a peacocks tail. It is like a fabulous piece of jewelry for your wall.

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