Tag Archives: Interior Design

The D&D Building Fall Market 2013

what is the new focus?

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Every Fall there is a major debut of new products, trends and brand marketing that takes place at the Decoration & Design Building in New York City.  It is a  two-day event focused on new merchandise, philosophies, and directions.

As I visited the showrooms this week I found a prevailing situation (though not a new one) that featured many collaborative endeavors involving artists and designers from other design disciplines. The results are primarily targeted to textiles and rugs.

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The Road To Success: Amanda Nisbet

on saturated color, creating product lines, and the future

CJ Dellatore Amanda Nisbet

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Aside from her incredibly charming personality and her infectious smile, Madison Avenue based interior designer Amanda Nisbet has an inherent gift for working with color that many in our industry envy. 

She’s been published in nearly every shelter magazine (check out her press page and see for yourself), is a 2011 alumni of the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse in New York, and her first book aptly titled Dazzling Design was published and released earlier this year; quite a set of accomplishments for someone in our industry a comparatively short amount of time.

I’ve been a fan of Amanda’s since we were introduced years ago by Carolyn Sollis – her exuberant rooms explode with both wit and sophistication – and at a time when many have adopted a safer style and more subdued palettes.  There’s an inherent optimism in the rooms she creates that I think everyone really responds to.

I asked her to meet with me for this the second in our TRTS interview series, to learn about how she became an interior designer, her love of saturated color, and her plans for the future.  Here’s an excerpt of our chat.

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The Inspired Home: Interiors Of Deep Beauty

Karen Lehrman Bloch explores the soulful side of interior decoration

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Every once in a while the fruits of an author’s labor brings forth a uniquely substantive and fresh approach to how we view and, therefore, interpret interior design.  Karen Lehrman Bloch, Editorial Director of Grafia Books, has achieved this in her newly released book ‘The Inspired Home‘.

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The Video Frontier

La Maison Pierre Frey's short film 'Escapade'

CJ Dellatore Pierre Frey Escapade Hotel Costes, Paris

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Last week I attended the American premiere of a short film by La Maison Pierre Frey, hosted by Pierre Frey and Newell Turner on the 44th floor of the Hearst Tower in New York City.

The small group of design professionals in attendance included Alex Papachristidis and Scott Nelson, Scott Salvator, Maureen Footer, Frank Webb, Ron Marvin, and Brad Ford among others. I’d seen the film the previous week online, but seeing it again with this crowd was great fun.

In the days that followed the screening a few bloggers posted about it with glowing reviews, and for the record I thought it was sensational – but for more than just the visuals.

The film is titled ‘Escapade’, and I’ve embedded it here for you to watch.

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The Road To Success: Robert Passal

a rising star of interior design shares insight into his achievements

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There aren’t many interior designers that are having a better year than Robert Passal.  His soigné New York apartment landed on the cover of Ronda Rice Carman‘s new book Designers At Home, and the masculinely urbane home he created for Guido Palau was featured in last months Architectural Digest – marking his first appearance in the magazine.

Thinking about his achievements I remembered someone once telling me it takes 10 years to become an overnight sensation (an assessment I think is spot on.)  The truth is when someone like Robert gains industry acclaim it often skews the amount of work and determination it took to get there.

It’s with that idea that I conceived of a post series titled ‘The Road To Success’, in which I’ll interview designers about how they grew their businesses, and the key concepts that have gotten them to where they are today.

Robert graciously agreed to be interviewed first.

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At The Newsstand: September 2013

5 interiors, 5 products, 15 resources

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With the summer season officially over, September always reminds me of ‘back-to-school’ (even if I haven’t seen the inside of a classroom in decades.)

So true to form for my first September assignment, I have taken to the magazine stalls to find five tantalizing interiors with a home furnishing product for consideration from each – and as always I’m sharing three resources for each item with you.  This was a challenge, as there were so many beautiful homes featured in the current magazines.  Sometimes my job isn’t easy, but I have found my five to offer you here in this month’s resource feature.

As I continue to write these posts I am finding certain trends, but that may be for another story.

In the meantime, let’s get started.

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Designing Duo: Robert Bray & Michael Schaible

Defining roles, responsibilities, and dynamics

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Design partnerships are a ubiquitous phenomenon in the field of interior design.  Many legendary pairs have risen to the ranks of celebrity, and have graced our world with their contribution.

There are, of course, many duos whose names are historic today.  Amongst them was a team of two talented and knowledgeable men who sprung from the High Tech movement, and continued to work together until 2003.

Robert Bray and Michael Schiable were a truly dynamic duo that created a vast body of work over those years, and were able to assimilate their design philosophy as the fashion changed.

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Irene Turner Talks Pinterest

On utilizing the image sharing platform for your design business

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It would be difficult to write an informed post about the intersection of Pinterest and the interior design industry without focusing on Irene Turner.  As an early adopter of the platform, the Sonoma County designer currently has more than 4,500,000 followers, and has pinned nearly 55,000 images.

In my ongoing quest to learn about (and share about) how social media impacts our industry, I decided to reach out to Irene – to ask some simple and pointed questions about the impact Pinterest has on her business.

Here’s the Q&A.

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