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Lela Rose- Spring 2010 in stores now!

From the moment I saw the first model walk down the runway I was hooked. Lela Rose’s Spring 2010 collection centers around the sun faded palette of Alex Katz and the splashes of saturated color seen at Venice Beach. Combining texture and blocks of color, silhouettes resemble sculpted surf wear while soft wave and cascade shapes bring an ocean feel to the collection. Wrapped skirts, seamed sheaths, and sport jackets are redefined through sunset tweed, matte stretch linen and daybreak printed cotton. Cashmere t-shirts and paneled cardigans in colors such as highlighter, grass green and watermelon bring an effortless balance of casual and luxury.

Lela’s pieces are just plain pretty. I find myself reaching for many of my Lela Rose pieces when I am searching for that perfect dress, fun top, or skirt that can pack a punch. The lines are always graceful and the details make her pieces modern and unique.

The above stripe comes in fuschia as well as navy blue and I got the skirt shown above as well as a tank top in the same pattern- I cannot get enough of stripes!

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53460008&eItemId=prod53450025&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

This top also comes in a dress. The acid yellow, grey, and seafoam blue look beautiful together. The geometric print has a modern edge. Perfect with white jeans or a skirt.

I love this dress! It makes me feel like a 1960’s barbie- in a good way. If you have purchased Kelly Wearstler’s new book the colors will look familiar. The fabric looks a lot like Kelly’s new office featured in Hue.

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/65717

This fabric is simply stunning in person. It is very soft to the touch and the brush strokes resemble feathers. A totally modern take on classic black and white.

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53430023&eItemId=prod53430023&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

The perfect dress for a garden party or for your rehearsal dinner. This fabric reminds me of my wedding dress ( more on that below).

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53430037&eItemId=prod53430037&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

Tie-dye is big for spring and this dress fits the trend. It also comes in a flowing top. The colors are beautiful and the fabric is so soft.

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/65719

All 3 of the above outfits jump out of the Alex Katz painting shown here. The skirt pattern is fun with greys, blacks, and blues. You could pair this with a simple white t-shirt and be ready for the day. The orange dress looked stunning on the model. Such a lady-like drape in a totally modern punchy color. I adore the emerald green dress with the tealy blue razor flutter edge. The body is one piece of silk but the detailed razor edge has several blue and green pieces on top of one another. These pieces flutter when you move. Amazing!

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53460009&eItemId=prod53450026&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53430027&eItemId=prod53430027&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

This neon yellow dress felt very 1960’s glam. The print and color are totally modern. It also comes in a floor length gown.

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53430032&eItemId=prod53430032&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

Lela Rose’s aesthetic of adding whimsy to elegance through brilliant color and hand crafted details has brought a fresh point of view to modern American fashion. Lela was raised in Texas and went to school in Colorado where nature, its surrounding landscapes, and the sublime colors it offers have long been an inspiration. Today, Lela continues to draw from these early influences as she designs clothes for the modern sophisticated woman who embodies a spirit of effortless elegance.

After graduating from Parson’s School of Design in 1993, she went to work with two esteemed designs, Richard Tyler and Christian Francis Roth. There she honed her love of couture fabric as well as fanatic attention to detail. In 1998, Lela’s vision and passion compelled her to create her signature collection, Lela Rose. Through intricately designed and finely detailed separates, dresses and jackets, Lela has established herself as a renowned designer.

The Lela Rose collection is built on a design philosophy of creating hand finished clothes that exude a casual luxury and refinement. The beautifully embellished fabrics are the foundation of this innovative collection and speak to the elegance of its personality with a nod to the era of glamour.

In fall 2006, Lela Rose launched the Lela Rose Wedding collection. She expanded into footwear in 2007, partnering with Payless Shoes to create the Lela Rose for Payless brand of fashion forward shoes at an extremely affordable price. In 2009 Lela launched Lela Rose Bridesmaid.

With such incredible successes under her very stylish belt she is one to keep your eye on! You can find her pieces at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Net-A-Porter.com among other stores.


Lela stitched my name and Jays along with our wedding date onto the inside of the skirt for a personal touch.

The V in the front of the dress was mirrored in the back. I wanted a very simple silhouette with a more organic material used on the bottom. The entire dress was made of a washed silk and the modern tatted lace was attached over it.

Bridesmaids dresses colors were inspired by the hydrangeas that were all over the property. She copied a dress that had gone down the runway for fall. She has now added a similar style to her Lela Rose Bridesmaid collection:

http://www.dessy.com/dresses/lelarose/lr102/

Lela even made the sash for my little flower girls dress:

An interview with Lela Rose and my favorites from fall 2010 to come soon!

xo,

S

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What’s In My Bookshelf

ThiThis post should be called “what isn’t in my bookshelf”. I am a collector of books, therefore our bookshelves are overflowing with every type of book. Aside from my collection of magazines ( every issue of House Beautiful, Elle Decore, House and Garden, Domino, World of Interiors, and Veranda), fiction and non-fictions books, and clients folders, I have a huge collection of books that I reach for when I need inspiration. The topics range from textiles, to architectural styles, to fashion, to artists, to table settings, to hotels, to interiors, etc. You never know what might move you. Each client requires a fresh eye and a different style.

xo,

S

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French Watercolors for Sale

A selection of watercolored gouaches on hand made paper and traditional lacquers signed by the naturalist painter La Roche Laffitte

Information on the artist and studio:

Born in 1943 in « Maisons Laffitte » France.

Contemporary artist specialized in watercolor gouaches.
An artist who finds his inspiration in the treasures of the nature and transcribes his vision of the animal and vegetal world.
All his works are unique, precious of a remarkable accuracy, the fruit of a minute observation. Framed in hand made beautiful parchment paper wrapped around wood.

La Roche Laffitte :
Education : Académie André Lhote 1960 – 1961

FL-8- Bright and happy – this can be hung as a pair with the below print or separately.

17″ x 21″

On sale for: $429.00 + shipping

FL-13- I love the bright wild petals of this flower. Its size makes it perfect for a bedroom, bathroom, or smaller space

17″ x 21″

On sale for: $429.00 + shipping

FOU-13- This is a beautiful print. The size lets you see all the details of the brush strokes. This would be a great piece for a living room, study, or hallway.

29″w x 42″h

On sale for: $1,200.00 + shipping ( retail price $2,000.00)

MOL-4- These shells are so realistic. The colors are beautiful.

21″ x 27″

On sale for: $612.50 + shipping

MOL- 8 – The soft curve of the nautilus shell in pale neutrals with deep chocolate brown accents.

21″ x 27″

On sale for $612.50 + shipping

POI-15- I love the soft blues, vibrant coral, acid green, and charcoal grey in this piece.

17″ x 21″

On sale for: $429.00 + shipping

POI-17 – The lanvin blue and acid yellow are so pretty.

17″ x 21″

On sale for: $429.00 + shipping

Email me with inquiries.

xo,

S

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French Antiques and Silk Ikat Fabrics…

Say no more…I am hooked. One of my favorite stores combines my two loves and is completely perfect. I would buy everything in this store if I could. I visit this store for the perfect table, lamp, fun lamp shade, or just to be inspired. It is located on Antique Row ( 243 East 60th Street) on the Upper East Side. They sell to The Trade only so please email me for inquiries. I have posted a few of their pieces to whet your appetite:

Louis XVI French Arm Chair – early 19th century. Upholstered in a fabulous rich ikat.

Art Deco style 4-panel linen screen with nail head trim

French 1940’s- set of four cerused oak chairs. So unique!

Folding french campaign chair circa 1870. I love these as desk chairs.

James Mont 3 panel screen – USA 1940s. I love the red paint with gilt touches. The circles over the antique mirror are beautiful.

Empire Style Bench- French 1920’s

xo,

S

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1st dibs- Wednesday picks

Every wednesday morning I am on 1st dibs. Hunting for special pieces for various clients. Here are my top picks from the selection added today.

French 1970s Pelican lamps by Chervet. The curve of their necks is beautiful! I have a special love for pelicans from all my time spent in Florida. These beauties would be great anywhere.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=379817

19th century Chinese platform bed. This has sent me over the edge. Straight out of my Tony Duquette fantasy home. Red lacquer, intricate details. Incredible!

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=382244

Above image is my all time favorite Tony Duquette room.

American 1940’s Tortoise Glass Custom Cabinet. This is yet another amazing piece. The sides and front of the cabinet are black and tortoise glass. Stunning.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=382744

American 1940’s knoll sofa upholstered in velvet with nailhead trim

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=382912

French 1970’s dining table base made in the style of Chervet. Being an Aries I love these rams heads.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=379685

American 1980’s- buffet made with tessellated bone with large brass peacock feather like pulls. This is perfect for a client of mine in Connecticut!

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=382972

Louis Phillipe Mirror- I love the silver gilt and this guy is huge at 4’10” high

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=373206

xo,
S

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Crosby Street Hotel- SoHo NYC

My new favorite hotel in New York City. Color combinations, furniture styles, custom wallpaper…. droooooool, heavy breathing. The 11 floor Crosby Street Hotel is part of an existing chain, Firmdale Hotels, whose six other properties, all in London, have an avid following of transatlantic types from New York and Hollywood.

The hotels lobby welcomes you from the outside with towering steel framed windows and doors that create a greenhouse like feel on the inside. Walking by the hotel on Crosby Street, you can see into the lobby for an eyeful of art that belongs in the MOMA.

Stone dogs and a garden table with an assortment for flower pots welcomes you as you step into the lobby. A bright pair of suzani upholstered wing chairs flank the entrance to the hotel bar and restaurant on your left.

The hotel lobby features a 10 foot high Jaume Plensa steel sculpture of a human head created from letters of the alphabet.

Crosby Street is part of an existing chain, Firmdale Hotels, whose six other properties, all in London, have an avid following of transatlantic types from New York and Hollywood.

Kit Kemp ( owner and designer of the hotel) and I see eye to eye on how color should be used in design. She loves rich fabrics, patterns, and colors. Each of the 86 rooms is individually decorated and styled in a traditional manor with a modern twist. The fabrics, antiques, and art have been collected from all over the world. My amazing upholsterer made many of the drapes that hang on the lead casement style windows. Kit has used all of my favorite textile makers: Raoul Textiles, Van Der Hurd, Robert Kime, etc to create a warm and stimulating environment.

In the hotel’s basement is a screening room, one of Firmdale’s signature touches. The walls are upholstered in a purple felt and the seats are bright orange leather.

Bar Crosby will serves food in a casual, private club-like atmosphere. Antique tables play host to piles of fruit at breakfast.

The chairs in the restaurant are all upholstered in red wool with cutout wool animal silhouettes stitched onto the backs. ( the animal theme is a recurring one- this is a pet friendly hotel!) Bright colors and fun patterns fill the rest of the bar/ dining room and vintage glass lights from the 1950’s hang overhead.

There is an outdoor terrace which is for hotel guests only and is not available for private rentals. After seeing the space I know why they have specified this. It is gorgeous! Set right outside the bar and dining room the large terrace has beautiful antique lanterns and root ball lanterns strung across it. On a warm summer or fall night they light up all the perforated metal lanterns that are set on the ground and the space just glows. The perfect spot to unwind after a day of hitting the streets of SoHo.

The Drawing Room is also a private room only accessible to guests of the hotel. Kit has outdone herself in this space as well. With the warm red walls, various pieces of art hung all over the walls, the suzani print drapes by Robert Kime, and eclectic oversize mirrors, this room feels like the living room of your most fabulously stylish friend. In the evening they set up an “Honesty Bar” on one of the long consoles in the room.

Two large oil painting of Jack Russell’s by Francois Bard:

http://www.artnet.com/artist/425635763/francois-bard.html

I love the magenta/ plum tufted sofa and am still dying over the large knotted wood antique mirror on the left wall. What a find Kit! There are so many patterns throughout the hotel but it does not feel overwhelming. Just well traveled and collected.

Event Spaces:

For those of you who are looking for a space to rent for a board meeting, small wedding ceremony/ reception, or private dinner the Crosby Street Hotel offers 3 beautiful rooms located on the lower level of the hotel. Each one is designed differently.

Layfeyette Room: A break from all the color that Crosby Street offers. This room is filled with greys and browns, upholstered walls, a world map that has been broken up into segments and framed in lucite hangs on the wall, rows of stone inset in the large wooden table, and an Argentinean ceiling fixture. Perfect fr a dinner or board meeting.

Spring Room: Bold orange wallpaper with white white fruits and flowers packs a punch while the farmhouse table and white wicker chairs take on a more relaxed vibe. The massive gilt sunburst mirror on the wall adds a dash of glamour. This room would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower.

Prince Room: This room is the largest and was being set up for a wedding ceremony and reception while I was touring. What a fun location to have a wedding. With all the beautiful fabrics and wallpaper the space all ready has such personality you can bring in your floral arrangements and be done. It is normally set up as you see in the image above and is more of a lounge than the other two rooms. A great spot to have a fundraiser or party.

If you are interested in renting any of the above 3 spaces you can contact Olivia Taylor for pricing and additional information.

Email Olivia Taylor and mention Travel For Design

Outside of the screening room and the event spaces lives Joe The Polar Bear bookshelf. He is an endangered species! There were only 50 made and 2 of them live in the United States. Click on the website below to see where his relatives are living.

Joe The Polar Bear website: http://joethepolarbear.com/joethepolarbear.htm

The Kemp’s commissioned british artist Peter Rocklin to do a series of paintings that hang on the wall surrounding Joe the polar bear. He painted images of the surrounding restaurants, people. and pets that can be found in the area surrounding the hotel. See all images on his website: http://www.peterrocklin.com/commissions?album=6&gallery=16

I viewed the following bedrooms and LOVED them all. Each one is unique so you can stay in a differently designed room every time you visit. They range in size and price but all have amazing views of SoHo.

10th Floor- suite 1007 The Crosby Suite

At 1,100 square feet this room is enormous. This suite is their top of the line room. Being on the 10th floor the view is amazing. There are not many tall buildings in SoHo so you can see quite a bit through the enormous steel cased windows. There seems to be more glass than wall. With walls upholstered in purple linen, wooden and lucite table lamps, large sofas, a card table, a white wire chandelier, and a terrarium in the living room you cannot believe there is more in store. The bedroom is off to your right with an oversized horizontally channeled headboard upholstered in a floral fabric. Vanderhurd Cut Flower Pattern in violet adorns the windows in long plush drapes with a fabulous tape trim detail.

11th Floor- Room 1106

700 square feet is quite spacious for a hotel room. This room is furnished with a large antique hutch that holds china. Upon entering you feel like you are in the apartment of a friend. The walls are upholstered in tan linen and the rest of the room has bursts of watermelon, red, and beige. A patterend raoul textile pillow and a beautiful white cotton quilt make the bed very inviting

8th Floor – Room 809

This suite has a vertically channeled headboard, a beautiful silver demi-lune with a silver elephant head and trunk as the middle leg, upholstered magenta linen walls, framed sari’s in lucite boxes on the walls. This was my favorite headboard. The fabric was hand embroidered and the antique mirror detail at the top was beautiful. The little framed prints were also very pretty. The small lucite dress maker models are available for purchase through the front desk.

Below are views from junior suite 809.

8th Floor- Standard Room 803

This is the smallest room and they still managed to fit a nice sized seating area. The walls are painted a soft dove grey with one accent wall painted acid yellow. THe oversize headboard is upholstered in a wide striped fabric in acid yellow, dove grey and ivory. The soft blue green gustavian chests of drawers bring it back towards traditional.

All rooms have huge bathroom with a grey and purple swirled granite, double sinks, a shower and a tub.

You get all of this and the hotel is also one of the most environmentally friendly hotels built in the United States and hopes to be one of the very first certified GOLD LEED hotels in New York. Guest rooms provide all the usual amenities found in a deluxe hotel including luxury linens, WiFi, flat screen tv and i-pod docking station.

Fabrics:

Vanderhurd: VANDERHURD is a bespoke textile design studio serving a global clientele for over twenty-five years. Vanderhurd’s commitment to the unique vision of each of our individual clients is reflected in the entirely custom-made textiles that we produce. Vanderhurd is constantly perfecting new constructions and developing new designs, which speak to our trademark aesthetic and superior quality; simultaneously, we endeavor to create textiles for our clients that are perfectly suited to their needs, preferences and the designs they have envisioned. In the last three decades we have sought out the finest manufacturers in India (Varanasi, Jaipur and Delhi and their surrounding areas), Nepal (Kathmandu), the Philippines, New York and Europe, who understand our commitment to the precise specifications of our clients.

http://www.vanderhurd.com/hand_printed.php

Flower cut Out – Lilac/ Cream drapes in The Crosby Suite #1007

Medallion– mint/ cream

Tulips- magenta/ coral used as drapes in Suite 809 (see image under Suite 809)

Flower Cut Out – Indigo / Cream – we used this to upholster an oversized headboard in a beach house.

Raoul Textiles- hand printed belgian linen fabrics in delicious colors. I use at least one of their fabrics in every project.

Robert Kime:

Robert Kime, uniquely among decorators, has risen to eminence in the profession via antique dealing, textile collecting and an abiding passion for putting rooms together. His three strands of expertise run side by side as he creates decorating schemes for an illustrious, discreet and world-wide clientele. The current Robert Kime fabric range is acknowledged to be the UK’s most inspired, varied and beautiful, by the public and his peers alike.

Barley Twist

Palmette Red- A new embroidered fabric

Susani yellow – We just upholstered an indian daybed in this fabric for a client’s beach house- beautiful!

Field poppy- on sheer- this fabric is delicious and I want it in a guest bedroom someday

Termez – silk ikat

Opium Poppy Strong- The lilac, soft yellow, and deep cherry reds are amazing. I would love a deep down sofa upholstered in this fabric.

Ottoman Lampas Blue – Printed on velvet. This would be amazing on a club chair. Great texture.

Kit Kemp has designed an “Instant Room” in the March 2010 Issue of House Beautiful using fabrics from Crosby Street- be sure to check it out!

Visit the other Firmdale properties: http://www.firmdale.com/

xo,

S

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Design Tips – Painted Floors

NNeed a quick and relatively easy way to spruce up your new space? Go for painted floors. If you need to disguise a less than beautiful wood floor this is a great trick and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Instead of a runner try a painted floor with a border to make the space special. A light colored painted floor reflects more light and will brighten up the space. I have painted floors in bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, home offices, kitchens, hallways, and basements. Check out the examples below and get inspired.

Jeffrey Bilhuber uses an oversized pattern in soft colors to add interest. Nail heads galore, lacquered orange walls…. amazing.

Sara Story follows suit with the contrast of the plummy ceiling for some oomph!

This traditional pattern makes for a warm and interesting entrance.

The aqua floor with large white medallions is the revers of what is on the walls.

I love everything about this image. The glazed blue walls, tortoise shell/ tigers eye detail on the door frame, and the large orange painted medallions. Jeffrey Bilhuber is a master.

Great color and pattern- this painted floor looks like beautiful tiles.

Mary McDonald uses a graphic zig zag pattern in soft blue and white to create a playful floor in a bathroom.

One of my all time favorites for a small kitchen floor- Carrera marble countertops, soft grey brown high gloss cabinets and antiqued mirror backsplash.

Old farmhouse floor boards showing through with a more rustic looking medallion pattern.

Happy Nancy Lancaster yellow floors with a pretty white medallion pattern.

Miles Redd ( another master of the painted floor) goes for high drama in his kitchen.

The above two images are from a recently completed beach house. We wanted a guest bedroom in the basement to feel light and airy. We painted the floor a glossy white and got our inspiration for the sweet border from the beach roses that can be seen from the bedroom window. The border was painted by our fabulous decorative painter, Topher Rollinson.

xo,
S

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Elle Decor March 2010 favorites

What’s Hot: D. Porthault has introduced a new pattern and I love it! My grandmother had D. Porthault linens all over her Rhode Island summer home and i have loved them since I was a little girl. They can be fresh and modern depending on the rest of the room. The patterns below are from the Delices Indiens collection. Both patterns are from archived 1970s designs with a palette inspired by the colors and spices of India.

“Team Players” – by Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle. I love the library. The clustered art work creates a cozy vibe in the library. Dark blue (Farrow and Ball’s Off Black) glossy paint always sets art off nicely. This room does it for me- comfortable and elegant. Ticking stripe on the settee, a simple tufted arm chair on wheels, the brass tables, lamp, and ceiling fixture, ikat throw pillow, all resting on a sisal rug. Perfection. The huge arrangements of peonies is also stunning. Great propping!

“Classic Training” New York City Apartment. The family room carpet is beautiful. Made by Shyam Ahuja, you can customize the colors. The bold graphic pattern is so sharp and clean with an element of fun. I go long on fun and am all for this carpet! Perfect for a new client of mine. The 19th century Russian chandelier, chocolate brown glazed Christopher Spitzmiller lamps, and Warhol make this a warm and inviting room.

xo,

S

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