26 Apr

Spring Blooms with Tess Casey

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TCDuring BlogtourNYC Veronika and the Modenus team put together a flower arranging class for the group. This informative class was sponsored by Troy Hanson and Megan Reilly of WestEdge Design Fair and taught by the talented Tess Casey. Tess and her studio is responsible for some of the fabulous flower settings you see on the big screen and television. She has a long list of credits to her name but her most infamous bouquet is the one Carrie Bradshaw used to hit Mr. Big upside the head when he left her waiting at the alter in Sex and the City the movie.

TC7Before the class we were treated to a tour of the New York City flower district. This tour made me a bit jealous because I wish we had such an expansive flower district in my area. Honestly, when it comes to buying flowers here in Orange County, a trip to Trader Joe’s is as good as it gets. It was great seeing all the different types of floras and learning some of their names. Once the tour was over, we all gathered at Tess’s design studio to get our knowledge (and mimosa) on.

TC2 During the class I discovered that flower arranging and interior design shared some of the same principles, such as scale and balance. One of my favorite tips from the session was to cut tulips low because they will keep growing once they are in water. If you cut them low they won’t out grow your arrangement and throw off the balance.  I had tons of fun and hope to apply all of the tips and tricks I learned to some of my own flowers creations this spring. Below is a picture of my first attempt at arranging flowers. What do you think? Pretty fab right?…Happy Spring Everyone!

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TC4Troy Hanson of WestEdge Design Fair serving up some liquid flower arranging courage.

TC5Veronika and Tess having a moment with Veronika’s fab creation

TC6The lovely Faith Sheridan posing with her beautiful arrangement


22 Apr

Living Small: Blanco Culina Mini

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441623_CULINA-MINI_SNSince I’m developing a real love for innovative faucets, I thought I would share this beauty from Blanco with you. Perfect for small space dweller the Culina Mini has all the function and performance of the full size Culina faucet. The sleekness of this fixture caught my eye, along with the tangle-free closed coil with magnetic spray holder. Which shows that everyday function was at the forefront during the development. The elegant design of the Culina Mini also makes it picture-perfect for open space floor plans. I’m kind of sad that it’s only avalible in a Polished Chrome or Satin Nickel finish. I would have liked to have seen it in a Polished Brass finish. Especially for an open floor plan concept. Yup, I’m still addicted to that brass. None the less, if you are looking for a professional kitchen faucet that’s just the right size for your small space I suggest checking out the Culina Mini by Blanco…Happy Decorating Small Space Lovers!

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21 Apr

Matchbook Magazine

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MBMAprilWith so much going on I haven’t really had time to curl up with some of my favorite digital magazines. I’m hoping to find some time this week to skim through the April issue of Matchbook Magazine. Have you checked it out yet?…Happy Reading Everyone!


19 Apr

DXV by American Standard

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blogtourtubAs I promised, I’m back to tell you why I was hanging out in this tub. During the BlogTourNYC I had the pleasure of touring the new DXV showroom in New York. DXV is a new luxury bathroom and kitchen brand that showcases the 150 year history of American Standard. The DXV line has over 70 exceptional products designed and influenced by the history of the most significant design movements. The collections have been divided into four general movements which included, Classic {1880-1920}, Golden Era {1920-1950}, Modern {1950-1990} and Contemporary {1990-today}.

DXV1During the tour and presentation I got a close look at all four collections. What really impressed me in each collection was the design of the faucets.

DXV3All were very intricate with a great deal of attention being paid to function. The designs were smooth with a simple rhythm and sexiness about them. Each faucet was luxury at my finger tips. I then imagined having children and seeing their tiny little finger prints all over my beautiful faucet, which made me kind of sad. But then I thought, “Hey, this is one fixture I would actually like cleaning”.

DXV2Now on to my great new love. The Lyndon freestanding tub. The second I saw this beauty I just had to get in. And once I climbed in I let my imagination run away with me. Below is a concept sketch of the bathroom I daydreamed about while pretending I was actually soaking in this prized piece.

dxveditThis tub evokes a rich Zen like quality to anyone who gets in. It was very calming and wrapped around me as if I were receiving a warm reassuring hug. In my mind I could just see this tub taking center stage and I kept thinking brass, waterfalls and flowers. All of which would strip my stress away and carry me off to a dream world. Yup, that’s how I felt in just the minute I was actually in the tub. I can just imagine how it would feel if I truly had a place to put it. If you are looking to create a rich Zen bathroom in your own home, check out my design board below. And if you are looking to renovate a kitchen or bathroom any time soon make sure to check out DXV and American Standard. For all my small space dwellers the Fitzgerald suite is for you. Small in size but big on style…Happy Decorating Everyone.

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1. Yellow cherry blossom wallpaper 2. Lyndon Freestanding Soaking Tub 3. Mosaic Subway Wall Tile 4. Loft Round Mirror 5. Brass Waterfall Bathroom Faucet


14 Apr

Prizer Hoods Debuts Customizable Hoods

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With its long standing tradition of providing luxury hoods for the serious home chief, Prizer Hoods has unveiled their new line of customizable hoods. With over 750 colors, 15 custom metals, 10 textures, 42 profiles, and distinctive trim options, Prizer’s new hand crafted hood line has positioned itself as the go to product line for clients looking to create a kitchen that is uniquely theirs.

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During the Architectural Digest Home Design Show this past March Prizer Hoods with the assistance of Kim Lewis outlined the 2014 kitchen trends. Many of you may know Kim as the lead designer of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” but as someone who has never watched the show I’ve come to know her as an energetic designer with a great passion for design. Here are a few color trends Kim and the Prizer Hoods team has forecast for Kitchen Design in 2014.

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- Neutrals: This year, gray is the superstar of the neutrals family. Lewis calls gray the “softer side of black.” Not to be forgotten, black continues to speak to the high-end homeowner looking for the feel of an industrial-style design.

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- Muted Tones: The “soft as a feather” look lends itself to the color used sparingly theme. This pallet includes white on white, tone on tone and light, airy looks.

-Vagabond Style: Rich in color and heritage, this combination is inspired by lands far away and is perfect for the homeowner that appreciates color and the story it evokes. Deep Moroccan jewel tones like spicy hot pinks and rich emerald greens are popular for those who love to accentuate a neutral kitchen with pops of color {you can see the radiant orchid hood to the left in the picture above}.

Lewis also hinted at the return of brass. I’m a big fan of this trend and can’t wait to see its continued development in design. So, what color trend would you like to try in your own design? I’m a traditional girl at heart but I’m really liking the hints of gray from an industrial standpoint….Happy Designing Everyone!

prizer5Can you tell home much fun we were having at the Prizer Hoods booth? The talented Inside Style design team made up of Marc & Jill Abelman strike a pose.


08 Apr

Ruskin Series for Rutt

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During BlogTourNYC I got to have a firsthand look at the Ruskin Series for Rutt by designer Scott A. Stultz. The Ruskin series was unveiled at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and designer Scott Stultz was on hand to give us a very informative talk about the design principles behind the new series. Steeped in tradition the new cabinetry collection has focused not only on the history of design but also on what captures us emotionally. I found the design of the new series to be well thought out with a keen eye towards function and practicality.

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One of my favorite pieces is this drawer designed especially to house dinnerware. As most of you know I have dishware addiction that I don’t plan on kicking anytime soon. Stacked as if it were designer steam trunks, the cabinet full of drawers is perfectly made to store any fine {or not so fine} china.

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In the booth the collaboration between Miele and Rutt was on full display. The contrast between the brilliant white finish of the Miele Whole Bean Coffee system and the deeper wood tone of the Rutt cabinetry showed how these two company’s products flow flawlessly together. If you would like to see more of the Ruskin Series for Rutt you can view more here or check out the video below…Happy Designing Everyone!