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New York City Holiday House with Traditional Home Magazine

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Hi Friends,

Thanks so much for your patience with my lack of blogging of late. I have been so busy with travel during September and October, that I just can’t seem to get to everything.

But I didn’t want to wait another minute to tell you about the amazing Showhouse that I am participating in with Traditional Home Magazine. It is in New York City on the upper East side (63rd and 5th Avenue to be exact) and it’s called Holiday House. I am so honored to have designed Traditional Home’s sponsored room and to be in a showhouse with the likes of Design Greats Eric Cohler, Charlotte Moss, Geoffrey Bradfield, Vincente Wolf and many more big names in the design industry.

The Opening Gala for Holiday House was last night and what a great party it was! Beginning today, the house is open for tours daily and believe me- it is one showhouse you won’t want to miss.

Holiday House is an interesting concept in which designers create rooms based on a holiday theme. Now not all the “holidays” are the traditional ones.  Mine, in fact, is called Spring Forward and it is in celebration of the time each Spring when we “Spring Forward”, but it is also a play on words as the room concept is built around being “Fashion Forward”.

In my space you will find all sorts of fashion references and couture detailing beginning with my classic color palette (for both fashion and interiors) of black and white inspired by the Phillip Jeffries wallcovering that graces my space and is magnified by these chic paintings by Kansas City artist Jane Booth. Oh, and did you notice my black and white Faux Bois fabric from my Tobi Fairley Home Collection?

Other details like grosgrain ribbon trim, applique and embroidery on the drapery panels, contrast welting on my channel-back banquettes, and the sexy curves of my Hickory Chair slipper chairs all bring to mind a feminine fashionista.

In fact all my gorgeous furniture is from Hickory Chair and what a pleasure it was to work with them once again on a successful show house!

And to top it all off, my delicate chandeliers from Canopy Designs and these TO DIE FOR vintage Murano Emerald lamps from Swank lighting are the “jewelry” of my design.

And for those of you who are a fan of Dunes and Duchess, you won’t want to miss how great their double sconces look flanking my fireplace. I think it is the best I have seen these beauties look yet (if I say so myself!) And don’t miss seeing my GORGEOUS black natural fiber Cortina rug from Merida Meridian. It’s Yummy!

I’d like to thank all these amazing vendors that worked with me including Holiday House sponsors’ Pratt and Lambert Paints and NDI.  And a big thank you to Mountjoy Custom Drapery, Michael Savoia, Personal Touch Movers, Freddy and Sandy from Creative Strategies, Traditional Home Magazine and the Holiday House staff and volunteers! We couldn’t have pulled this off without all these great partners.

So if you are in the New York area or will be between now and  November 18th, you MUST go see the Holiday House. And the best news is that it benefits such a great cause, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This is a cause that is very close to my family because my husband’s mom died of breast cancer before I had the pleasure of knowing her. I also have a young friend (who is only 29 and a former member of my design team) who is currently fighting breast cancer. So PLEASE take the time to see this gorgeous designer showhouse and help this very important cause!

I look forward to hearing what you all think of my “Spring Forward” design. And I will be back soon with many more exciting blog posts because I have SO much to tell you that has been happening over the last few weeks and months.

Oh and speaking of exciting things…If you are in the New York area or will be there next week, please come have breakfast and hear me speak at Astra in the D & D building with Traditional Home and design celebs Philip Gorrivan, Patrik Lonn, Anne Foster Maxwell of Tilton Fenwick, Gideon Mendelson and blogger and author Ronda Carman of All the Best blog,along with the Scottish Textile Industry.

One of the things I haven’t had time to get you up to speed on is the FANTASTIC trip that I took with Traditional Home and these amazing designers to Scotland in June.  I will be bringing you an inside look at my trip to Scotland here on the blog very soon, but you won’t want to miss hearing all about our amazing experience touring Scottish Textile mills first hand on Tuesday, October 30th at 10am.

And as an added bonus, see the chairs each of us designed using Scottish Textiles and great frames from Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman. (Hint: Mine is both Scottish and perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! #thinkpinktartan)

So as you can see, New York is the place to be over the next week and I hope to see you there!!


The Hampton Designer Showhouse: Hickory Chair

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 "Hickory Chair"

My bedroom design at the 2011 Hampton Designer Showhouse could not have been completed without the amazing and talented craftsmen of Hickory Chair!  The many items in my showhouse room produced by Hickory Chair show the ability and flexibilty of this manufacturer.  They have been a long time favorite of mine and I’m always amazed at their flexibility in customizing their pieces to create a one-of-a-kind look.

The Simone Upholstered Bed derives it shape from a French antique.  I covered the headboard on the showhouse bed in F. Schumacher’s Nanjing in Jade.

The Anastasia Bench is from the Suzanne Kasler Collection and is derived from a Russian antique found in a Paris Flea Market.  I covered mine in a solid from Designers Guild.

 "Hickory Chair"

The Lancaster Side Table from the Winterthur Collection is based on a drawing found at the Winterthur Museum.

The Park Avenue Tall Cabinet is also from the Winterthur Collection and is based on the original found in H.F. duPont’s Park Avenue apartment.  I opted for a painted finish.  The interior is painted in jade green!

I chose a desk on one side of the bed.  Once again Hickory Chair dazzled me with their workmanship.

"Hickory Chair"

The Regency Bamboo Writing Table from the Mark Hampton Collection added a bit of the chinoiserie glamour I was looking for.  A painted finish with gold striping made this piece truly shine.  But I added a custom lucite top from Plexi-Craft that covers Fornasetti’s Malchite wallpaper from Cole & Son for an extra bit of “wow”!

The Fretwork Arm Chair is from the James River Collection.  It’s the perfect partner to the desk.  I went bold on the custom coral finish and covered the seat in a custom version of my Bistro fabric from the Tobi Fairley Home fabric collection.

A Jane Booth painting really sets the tone for the entire room. This Kansas City artist is one of my favorites. But is doesn’t outshine the fabulous chest below. In fact they are a perfect compliment!

The Artisan Curved Front Chest with Drawer Overlays is from the 1911 Collection.  The overlays have been custom striped using the same jade color I used within the Park Avenue cabinet.  Hickory Chair craftsmanship at its finest!

I love taking classic pieces and giving them an updated look.  That’s exactly what I did with the wing chair in the bedroom.

The Queen Anne Wing Chair is from the James River Collection.  I transformed this classic with a custom finish on the legs and covered it in Schumacher fabric.

The Crystal Side Table is from the Mariette Himes Gomez Collection.  This lucite beauty is a beautiful silhouette of a classic form.

 If you are looking for quality furniture that’s completely customizable, Hickory Chair should be your go-to source!  Can you believe every piece of furniture in my room was from this one fantastic manufacturer?  I had a great time making each piece unique so the room looked “collected” and coordinated but not matched. Hickory Chair never fails me and they are an indispensible partner in creating the bold and colorful interiors I love creating.

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Traci Zeller and All American Design

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Today our guest blogger is my great friend, designer, and fabulous blogger, Traci Zeller. Traci helps us add some “spark” to our design with a little red, white and blue inspiration.

Take it away Traci…

Betsy Ross may be getting the short end of the history stick. For one thing, did you know that she was a successful upholsterer? Whether or not you believe she sewed the first American flag, I’d like to think her savvy design sense had a little something to do with the red, white and blue! Red, white and blue is one of my (and Betsy’s) favorite combinations in décor – yet it doesn’t have to look like you are about to set off the fireworks. In fact, you may find that splashes of red, white and blue – used individually or together – provide just the spark (pun intended!) that your room needs.

So, in honor of the Fourth of July, I’ve put together a few of my favorite red, white and blue accent pieces that would look great in just about any room. The white vellum nesting tables and the ostrich-embossed leather mirror are from Made Goods. Aren’t they amazing? An American girl can never have too many pillows (or is that shoes?), so I chose these two from Jonathan Adler and No. Four Eleven. The combo of the monogrammed blue linen and the graphic red needlepoint is so chic! I cheated a teensy bit by including some green, but I am in love with this painting by Jane Booth – and, of course, it complements my other choices. (A huge thanks to Tobi for introducing me to Jane’s work. I am officially obsessed.) Mottega’s custom lamps are available in eleven gorgeous colors, but the depth of the azure makes this lamp especially beautiful. The red stacking boxes are available through Plantation, and the tote bag made from Quadrille’s iconic Zig Zag fabric is from Furbish.

Forget the flag bunting; this has me feeling patriotic … and in the mood to add a few new pieces to my living room!

Tobi, thank you so very much for inviting me to be part of your All-American series. You have been so inspiring to me, and it is truly an honor to be here!

The Artwork of Jane Booth

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self portrait Jane Booth

Jane Booth is one of the newest artists to join our gallery. I am so excited to bring you her gorgeous and colorful (and very large!) works of acrylic on canvas.  Jane is from Kansas City and her works can be found in numerous private and corporate collections, as well as featured in the Kansas Governor’s offices and chambers.  She has a B.F.A. from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and has studied painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. She continues her studies in workshops with other well-known artists.

 Canyon Series: Leaving Paria  60 X 62

Jane’s represented by galleries in Atlanta, Georgia; Kansas City, Missouri; Manhattan, Kansas and Miami, Florida.  She was a recent award winner in the four state River Market juried competition in Kansas City, Missouri, and was selected for the Governor’s Inaugural Book of Notable Kansas.

Field of Sunflowers 46 X 84

When we asked Jane to describe her art process and what goes through her mind while painting, here is what she said:

“A dog’s sense of smell is 100 times more powerful than a human’s.  As he is running along, muscles streaming, nose twitching, to the ground/in the air/to the ground, tail wagging, stopping on a dime, rocketing back to full speed as he locates a trail, a whole dimension available to him, this 100 times capacity to smell.  It provides amazing depth and power and complexity to the simplest experiences.  He’s using his senses entirely, he is entirely his senses.  It’s joyful, it’s intuitive, it is what he’s about”.

“I like to paint like a bird dog runs, bringing a depth of senses to the canvas, using the whole body, intuition engaged.   Painting to express the way moments sound, how hot or cold they are, their softness or roughness, the chaos or peace that is generated.  Expressing how the world touches the senses.  In life, these moments evaporate as they appear. It is a joy to set them on a canvas to consider”.

River 60 X 144

A look inside Jane’s Process:  Raw canvas begins on the floor, paints are thinned and poured, layers of color are pushed into shapes. When dry, the canvas is tacked to a hard surface, and crayons, pastels or pencils are often used to make marks, defining detail, bringing in elements of perspective, discernment, sharper lines and focus.

Fin–Running Over 52×64

Tobi Fairley Gallery is hosting a wine and cheese reception for Jane Booth this Thursday, December 2nd from 6-8pm.  For early viewings, please call Brooke for an appointment at 501-868-9882. 

Swimming Series–Dipping Water from the River 60 x 48

I am truly excited about this show.  Jane is one of the most talented artists I have come across in a long time and now a new favorite of mine. The enormous scale of her works adds to the drama of each piece. The texture of raw canvas is both rugged and sophisticated at the same time.  

Blue Sky 56×60

If you are looking for a stunner to fill a large and important focal point in your home, Jane’s work would be a perfect fit.  If you are a collector of contemporary art, you MUST see Jane’s collection.

I hope to see you at this amazing show and if you live out of state, please contact us for more information on Jane’s paintings.