My Favorite Finds from the ICFF

Hi everyone!  This week I'm sharing my favorite finds from the ICFF trade show that I attended a few weeks ago in NYC. This was my first trade show and I didn't really know what to expect.  And it was great!  I discovered a lot of great vendors with really unique, beautifully made pieces.  The furniture was pretty modern for the most part, which I love, but where I was most inspired was through some of the accessories I came across.  Here are some of my favorites.

Abnormals Anonymous is a wallpaper line by a husband and wife duo out of Washington State. They have some incredibly quirky (but cool) prints. I posted a shot of their "Mr. Blow" paper on Instagram during the event (see below) but they also some more "safe" options, like little blue anchors that would be cute in a boys room.

MissPrint is a mother daughter duo out of the UK. Their wallpaper had such fresh colors and lots of whimsical prints. I could definitely see using these in many rooms, from kitchens to nurseries. Here's a pic of their Little Trees paper that comes in a range of colors.

Keep is a lighting company out of Brooklyn dedicated to keeping the art of glassblowing alive by creating beautiful, one of a kind light fixtures.  You MUST check out this fixture they made for the Gotham Market in Fort Greene - incredible!  Here are a few of their pendant lights that would be great above a kitchen island.

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Towards the end of the show I stumbled across these lamps from Stone and Sawyer, a maker out of upstate New York.  The owner was so thoughtful when speaking about his pieces. I think the colors are spot on for New England homes and the shapes are beautiful.

These plastic (yes plastic) rugs from Pappelina can be used indoors and out. I love the back story about how the company was formed. The founder came across some colorful, plastic ribbons used to make rugs in the 70's and was inspired to create her own modern line of rugs.  They come in such vibrant colors and prints.  LOVE.

And here's another company called Hidraulik also using non-traditional materials for rugs. These are made of a vinyl-like material and are designed to look like traditional tile floors in Barcelona, however, they are a rug!  And if you spill something on them it doesn't matter because it wipes right off. Super cool!

And finally this is clearly not an accessory, but I loved this emerald green, velvet sofa from Suite NYC.  I've never seen anything like it and love it.  It was paired with some caramel colored chairs and looked really sharp.

I hope to make this an annual thing and can't wait to use some of these in a future client's home.

Cheers!

The 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

I was fortunate enough to take a few days off last week and to head down to NYC.  I love New York and always feel inspired and happy just walking around, eating, shopping, connecting with family and friends, and discovering new things.

When I arrived on Monday I dropped my bags off and headed up to the Kips Bay Decorators Show House.  The show house is put on by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and features prestigious designers who each transform a room in the house.  Visitors pay an entry fee and all proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club.  The year's home was built in 1905 by architect Charles A. Platt as a private home.  The style is neo-Georgian with a red brick exterior - very classic.  However the interior was anything but, with very bold rooms making quite the statement!

But my favorite thing throughout the home was the artwork.  I was really wowed by some of the pieces throughout.  Art covered nearly every wall and was very much an integral part of the design, showing how important artwork is in tandem with furnishings, textiles, and accessories.  Here are some photos I took while visiting the home. Unfortunately it was a dreary, rainy day, so the lighting wasn't great.

My favorite room was by Robert Stilin.  It was the most neutral room in the house (in my opinion) with lots of great color, textures, and layers.  Including the art!  Here are a few snaps of the room.

One view of the room - so much artwork in mixed mediums.

One view of the room - so much artwork in mixed mediums.

And the other side of the room.

And the other side of the room.

This strange camper / big rig piece above the sofa was intriguing.

This strange camper / big rig piece above the sofa was intriguing.

Oh you know, just Javier Bardem hiding in the corner...swoon!

Oh you know, just Javier Bardem hiding in the corner...swoon!

I love the colors in this abstract piece.

I love the colors in this abstract piece.

 Making a statement.

 Making a statement.

Down in the basement was the lounge / bar by Lichten Craig Architecture & Interiors which had a speakeasy vibe to it.  I really loved these two old photographs they used from the Staley-Wise Gallery.

A little Sophia Loren eye roll...

A little Sophia Loren eye roll...

...and some folks having a good time.

...and some folks having a good time.

I neglected to snap a pic of the artwork in this room by Kirsten Kelli (which had a lot of cool pop art) because I was mesmerized by this purple, velvet sofa.  Such a great color! This was probably my second favorite room behind Robert Stilin's.  Super bold and interesting.

I neglected to snap a pic of the artwork in this room by Kirsten Kelli (which had a lot of cool pop art) because I was mesmerized by this purple, velvet sofa.  Such a great color! This was probably my second favorite room behind Robert Stilin's.  Super bold and interesting.

I thought these brass and lucite lamps in the same room were very funky too.

I thought these brass and lucite lamps in the same room were very funky too.

If you're in New York between now and June 6th I would definitely recommend checking it out. It's really a creative, fun space and benefits a great cause. And here's a great write-up from The New York Times with more (professional) photos of all the rooms. 

Enjoy!