March 17, 2010

Get a Blast of Spring into Your Home Right Now!

First, get a slip cover made for your sofa out of this joyous floral from Robert Allen, Kiki-color pinata. Don’t be afraid, you’re going to love it, I promise! And this fabric is super sturdy, with a 30,000 double rub rating. That means you can let the monkeys jump on the sofa, no problem!

Fabric and custom slipcovers are available at Gaita Interiors.

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Then add a couple of cheerful pieces from Maine CottageThe look is whimsical, but the quality is very serious. This is some solid furniture, and the paint finishes are as tough as they are beautiful.  In my neighborhood, we get our Maine Cottage fix from Wendy Gee! right on Boston Post Rd, in Larchmont, NY.  At Wendy Gee! it’s spring all year round.  I highly recommend a visit.  Just browsing there always cheers me up!

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Wendy Gee! also sells these rugs from Dash and Albert.  This particular one is an indoor-outdoor rug. That means you can take it outside and hose it down, no worries!

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For the table top, check out these floral plates and towels  from Crate and Barrel. They do spring right! I guess somebody there knows that we need a little cheering up, and beige just wont do!  What could be nicer, first thing in the morning, than a bagel with flowers!
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So it seems, AS USUAL, in spite of everything, SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

CELEBRATE!

March 2, 2010

Your House, My Haus, BAUHAUS

The Museum of Modern Art in New York recently closed it’s astonishing show Bauhaus: Workshops for Modernity. That’s the bad news.  The good news, is that among the 400 pieces featured were a number of styles that are still being manufactured, and still going strong in the home furnishings market. So you can add a little Bauhaus to Your-House, and I recommend that you do! Anything from this school of design will look just as fresh in another twenty, thirty or fifty years, as it does today.

The Bauhaus German school for modern art and design existed for a mere 14 years (1919-1933).  Yet in that brief time it’s students and instructors  revolutionized the world of design, bringing it out of the Victorian period and irrevocably into the modern era.

It’s a testament to the foresight and aesthetic of the designers of the Bauhaus movement that ninety years later, our 21st century eye still reads the pieces as very modern, and not at all dated or old fashioned. In fact, almost everything in design that we think of as modern today, springs directly from this incredibly creative, prolific, influential period.
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The Nesting Tables above, by Josef Albers 1926-27 are available through the MoMA shop.

The lighting pieces below are all original Bauhaus designs.  The ceiling fixtures to the right and center are Marianne Brandt designs. The one in the center is available through Technolumen.com. The weighted pendant lamp is available through Bonluxat.com.   The table lamp, designed by Wagenfeld and Junker, is available from the MoMA Store.

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Don’t be afraid to mix modern classics from the Bauhaus period with classics from earlier periods.  This cabriole leg table from Kravet works beautifully with the Eames Molded Plastic Chair, because they both share many of the same elegant timeless qualities: clean lines, beautiful curves.  I would do six of the Eames Chairs  around this table. The table is available through Gaita Interiors.  The Eames Chair is available through the MoMA shop.

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This white chaise by Eames with it’s floating organic form is very incredibly current looking, and as good as adding a piece of sculpture to your home. It’s hard to believe that it was conceived over sixty years ago! It’s available through the MoMa Store
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Below is a period photo of Marcel Breuer with his ubiquitous design, the Wassily Chair.

The chair is manufactured by Hermann Miller, and is available through Gaita Interiors.
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February 22, 2010

Anyone Can Have a Home Library

Filed under: Interior Design, Uncategorized, Westchester, bookcases — Tags: , — michaeldelicio @ 2:05 PM

…And everyone should! Almost any room can double as a home library:   A dining room, an extra wall in a bedroom, even a hallway.

Having a designated spot for books, family photos and small art objects, can also help in creating an overall sense of crispness and serenity in the rest of your house, by keeping the bric-a-brac  from getting out of hand!

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The Granemo bookcase from Ikea is a great place to start.  One alone is enough to qualify as a “library”.  If you have room for two in a row, or two making a corner, then your really ready to start collecting…books, small art works, whatever you fancy.

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Now all that’s needed is a SUPREMELY comfortable chair, a little table, and a reading lamp. Crate and Barrel’s  Hathaway Swivel Glider is perfect for me.

When looking for “supreme comfort”, it’s best to play Goldie Locks, by sitting in few different chairs before choosing one. The level of comfort is very subjective, and also depends a lot on a person’s size!

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The nesting tables are from Crate and Barrel. The reading lamp is from Restoration Hardware.
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And that’s it! All you need now, is your favorite book, a hot cup of tea, and time to relax!

February 13, 2010

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day: Are You Ready?

Filed under: Gifts, Holidays — Tags: , , , , — michaeldelicio @ 9:38 PM

Not ready for Valentine’s Day?!?!  You  procrastinators can still stay out of the dog house!  Here’s how:

Start with a luxurious cashmere throw.  Any good department store will have them.  These are from Gracious Home. Combine that with a couple of Valentine’s Day classics, and you’ll be in good with your sweetheart!

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plus this…

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!


February 12, 2010

2 Day’s Till Valentine’s: You Better Be Ready!

Gift Idea of the Day:

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Flowers will always make a fabulous, romantic Valentine’s Day gift. Especially the kind that last forever, like the ones in this outstanding, gigantic book of gorgeous  botanical photography by award winning photographer Jonathan M. Singer.

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Botanica Magnifica is available through the New York Botanical Garden.

February 11, 2010

3 Days Till Valentine’s: Gift Idea of the Day

I really hope you’re getting ready for Valentine’s Day.  You’re running out of time!

For the romantically committed, the Met Store has this reproduction of a 17th Century Marriage Box.  Laden with meaning, the engraved figures depict Trust, Hope, Prudence, Love and Tenderness. We girls love that stuff!!

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4 Days Till Valentine’s… Are You Ready?

Filed under: Holidays, Interior Design — Tags: , , , , — michaeldelicio @ 11:58 AM

Gift Idea of the Day:

A pair (of course!) of Love Bird Mugs would make a heart warming, and hand warming gift of affection. These are from Jane Jenni’s collection of Personality Mugs.  They’re all cute, and modern, and make great gifts.

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February 9, 2010

5 Days Till Valentine’s.. Get Ready!

Filed under: Art and Culture, Gifts, Holidays — Tags: , , , — michaeldelicio @ 9:59 AM

Gift Idea of the Day:

One of the most  romantic paintings of all time, Gustave Klimt’s The Kiss (1907-1908) explores passion, love,  and sensuality…Not a bad way to spend a Valentine’s Day evening!


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Metropolitan Museum of Art Store has this nicely done, gilt framed reproduction.  Sorry, the original’s not for sale!

February 8, 2010

6 Days Till Valentine’s…Get Ready!

Filed under: Gifts, Holidays — Tags: , , , — michaeldelicio @ 11:35 AM

Gift Idea of the Day:

These playful, romantic pillows from Clayton Gray Home, are made per order.   I’d LOVE to jump into a big pile of them!

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February 7, 2010

7 Days Till Valentine’s…!!

Filed under: Gifts, Holidays — Tags: , , — michaeldelicio @ 2:07 PM

Gift  Idea of the Day: give a gift that is timeless and elegant


vtm-09-juno As a Valentine’s Day gift,this beautiful Venetian cut glass vanity mirror brings a message.  It says: I think you’re beautiful and glamorousThe Mirror Lady has quite a few other beauties in this category, made to sit on top of a bureau or vanity.  Very luxurious and romantic!

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