Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Antoinette's Pick of the Day

Designer Pick of the Day

Antoinette is at it again...selecting very cool items to show...Today's pick is a ...

Pendant Lamp

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This "pine cone" lamp consists of thin transparent overlapping veneer that is layered to shape this unique design. This type of lamp, with itsorganic sleek look, makes it easy to blend in with any style.  I love it because it is so warm and inviting.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Antoinette's Pick of the Day

Designer Pick of the Day

Antoinette is continuing her designer selections for this week, and her second Pick of the Day is a:

Sculpted Wood Chair

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This beautiful sculpted chair was made from wood salvaged from a Park Avenue (New York City) water tower. The various colorations in the wood add a "visual" texture to it, but yet the chair itself is smooth to the touch. Comfort was designed within the chair by sculpting a deeper "cove" to the seating area.

What could be more fun than reading a book in this chair while relaxing?? I love the dramatic bulky end of the chair that leads up to a smaller sleeker top.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Antoinette's Pick of the week 1

Designer Pick of the Day
An Alcove Tub!

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My Junior Designer, Antoinette, selected this amazing tub as her "Pick of the Day." 

Antoinette is originally from South Africa, and she loves contemporary styles.  She used to be very traditional in her taste, but about 3 years ago, while attending Interior Design School, her tastes began to change.  Here are here thoughts about her Designer Pick of the Day:

This modern tub caught my eye and Ijust love it - I decided to make it my pick of the week. This is not your everyday bathtub, and with its unusually attractive shape and sleek lines you can add a contemporary / modern look to any bathroom. I think the grey, unfinished, rough cement floor is perfect against the neutral, smooth tub - it definitely adds contrast to the room.
It is simply elegant.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Recommendation of the Day

Book of the Day

My senior interior designer, Kimberly, introduced me to this amazing book...

"http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0847833933/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0847833933&linkCode=as2&tag=margeweddeint-20">Mary McDonald Interiors: The Allure of Style</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=margeweddeint-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0847833933"

Just look at the book cover...so many layers of color and style...you could stare at this one photo for 10 minutes and keep finding new surprises.  Her work is refreshing and fun.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Designer Picks of the Day - Finishing Touches

Designer Picks of the Day
...finishing touches ...

Let's complete the look today from last week's designs:

One of these side tables on each side of the sofa from a few days ago...This table can be ordered with a deep gray finish as well, which would be stunning with the area rug, fun sofa, artwork, etc.  This simple yet beautiful Roman table is by Niermann Weeks and is "To the Trade Only."

While I love these beehive vases, the off-white one would be the only one to select for our "look" we've created all last week.  Get one of each size in the off-white color and place them on the cool waterfall coffee table.

Small cut glass box from Sterling Cut Glass for one of the side tables.


Add a coffee table book on SPACE to the waterfall cocktail table, above...

Then add a beautiful surreal garden book on top of the SPACE book, and voila, this space is complete!!

Can you think of anything to add to this style and space??  If so, please send a picture or link to us and we will include it!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Designer Pick of the Day

Designer Pick of the Day

This Floor Lamp (#8028) from Currey and Company will go perfectly with the Sofa, Area Rug, Cocktail Table and Niermann art selections from this past week!!  Happy Monday!


And tomorrow... side tables and a few accessories to complete the look...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Designer Pick of the Day

Designer Pick of the Day

Today's designer selection is from one of my favorite artists and furniture designers...Joe Niermann.  He is part of the fabulously creative and successful furniture and accessories company, Niermann Weeks. 

How beautiful would this large painting look behind the cool sofa from 3 days ago??  This would work nicely with the area rug, floor lamp, and cool waterfall cocktail table from our picks this week.  Find this and more of Joe Niermann's artwork through

Discovery Galleries:  http://www.discoverygalleries.com/ArtistSlideShow.asp?image_id=3002&artist_id=190&category_id=1

And if you want to see all of the pieces that we are putting together, go to: 
www.andhomestyle.blogspot.com, and then just scroll down...

Stay tuned for more tomorrow...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Designer Pick of the Day

Designer Pick of the Day

Today's selection goes with the previous two days...the sofa and area rug.  This amazing cocktail table, the "Modern Waterfall Table," by S.H.O. through Gilt, is gorgeous.  Mix this gold with the silver area rug...nothing more cool these days than mixing and matching finishes.  Oo la la!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Designer Pick of the Day

Designer Pick of the Day

Our Selection of the Day:  Horchow Area Rug ... Add this fabulous area rug from Horchow to the sofa selection from yesterday and you are well on your way to being the glam house of the neighborhood!!  This
geometric patterned rug will be perfect with the sofa with circle cushions.  Wow glam!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Designer Pick of the Day

Designer Pick of the Day

We are starting a new series...the "Designer Pick of the Day," where we find something special each day to share with you.  Links and more details about the item will appear with it as well. 


Isn't this sofa the coolest??

This is an Exclusive Gilt HOME product with dark cream velvet, wooden base and legs.  Stay tuned and we will pair it with other items for a singularly amazing look in the coming days!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Outdoor Living Spaces

-- Is there anything better than lounging outside on your back deck in the summer with the grill heating up and a warm breeze slowly turning the pages of your light-hearted book that's resting on your lap as you inevitably take a nap?? 

My extremely talented senior designer, Kimberly, recently started researching decks for her own home.  Follow her blog notes below as she discusses thoughts and research on the products out there...

Outdoor Living Spaces

My husband and I have been wanting to add a deck to our house. We recently built our house and wanted to see how the backyard would actually look after all the grading was done before adding a deck. Over a year has gone by and we still can not decide what we want to build.

There are so many options to consider besides the size and shape of the the deck. Which materials (real wood vs. Trex engineered material), the railing designs and materials: iron, wood. How should the staircase look, one set or two?  Do we need an outdoor kitchen, and fireplace?  Here's a picture of our current situation (notice the playground we desperately need direct access to!):
Barricaded with pressure treated lumber.

Here's is what I dream for it to look like finished one day:


Oh the beautiful limestone with iron railings. I love the well designed hardscape that is all lit up including a hot tub with waterfall. My husband would love the guitar shaped infinity edge pool. The kids could cook s'mores over by fire pit.  It's perfect! But, unfortunately not in our budget! Back to reality.

See the picture above?  This deck is made from recycled materials. This particular company, Trex, has a great website with lots of useful tools. My husband loves the idea of maintenance free materials. No sanding or staining if we pursue this option. This particular design has a interesting radius curve to create a multi-level deck separating an outdoor living room seating group, from a fun gathering space around a fire pit. I would feel really good about our design, while sipping my chardonnay on this deck, knowing that, "Approximately 3.1 billion recycled grocery bags were collected for use to manufacture Trex products in 2010," (according to their website).

This next design idea is fabulous. It incorporates the building materials that the house is made of. I love the covered deck with a ceiling fan and the beautiful stone arches. It really gives the addition visual weight so it incorporates well with the house rather than looking like it was something just stuck on.

I recently met with a landscaping firm to discuss our project. They had some wonderful ideas and designs. My favorite had a double outdoor fireplace that was on porch. They can also incorporate automatic screens that can be lifted and lowered by the touch of a button! Here's a close up of that beautiful real wood:
Another thing to consider is the underneath side of the deck. It can be completely finished to be weatherproofed. This makes the area under the deck more useable for outdoor living spaces. A big trend now is to have outdoor TV's. I know my kids would love that, but I think they have enough TV viewing already inside. I want to get the family outside to enjoy the beautiful scenery of our wooded backyard and enjoy time together.
I can't wait to get started on designing our outdoor living space. We will be phasing our project, and the first phase will be just the deck. Someday it will look like my dream picture. The most important thing to consider is how our family will spend time together enjoying meals and making memories.