Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Orange Crush

The color orange draws a strong reaction from most people-you usually either love it or hate it. But the right shade of orange is something I often try to incorporate into my rooms. It's associated with things as wide-ranging as those much coveted Hermes boxes to that familiar Home Depot logo. And remember what a stir those thousands of orange flags in Christo's "The Gates" caused? In China and Japan orange is used to symbolize happiness & wealth. But I think that orange is fun & flamboyant and radiates warmth and energy. Here in the shop we figured we'd welcome in fall with a fab orange scheme. That's Benjamin Moore's "Raucous Orange" on the wall in our front window. And how glam does that Ressler Bergere chair look with its lacquered frame and Duralee fabrics? So fabulous we named it our Mick-Jaguar Chair...The perfect mixture of playful-luxury. We really went for the mix-antique pieces like the chest and leather chairs that we're featuring on 1st Dibs on top of a West Elm rug-it all works beautifully together.

Who wouldn't get noticed in these orange peep-toe pumps? Even celebrity chef Mario Batali with his orange crocs draws as much attention for his footwear as he does for his fabulous cuisine.

The genius of this table setting is in its crisp simplicity. The repetition of these orange posies in a sea of white has a strong 'WOW!' factor.

This orange lacquered ornate chest featured at the High Point Furniture Market grabbed the attention of everyone that passed. The finish on this piece was my inspiration for my Mick-Jaguar Chair.
"Orange is the happiest color."-Frank Sinatra

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Something BLUE....

If you don't know by now I am completely driven by all things COLOR....
Color: (n) a property that becomes apparent when light falls on an object and by which things that are identical in form can be distinguished.
So since all my thoughts and time is spent obsessing over distinguishing moments, I've decided to do a series of blogs dedicated to individual colors that I love. And we are kicking things off with a timeless BLUE....

Right now I'm in a BLUE state of mind, which all began when my dear friend & talented photographer Sean Murphy showed me some of his recent shots. I became completely lost and mesmerized by this glistening image. Don't you just want to dive right in? I'm still hanging on to summer.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is upon us and New York City is bustling with excitement.....Blue is all over the runway and these are some of my favorite take-aways...
Katie Ridder is a girl after my own heart....That is the spot-on BLUE that I just love - especially when paired with those red & green accents. Well-Done!

“How sweet to be a Cloud Floating in the Blue!”
-A. A. Hodge

For samples of his work please contact Sean Murphy at

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Runway To Reality

Take design cues from the fashion world and translate them into plush decor with these tips from (me) Interior Designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Then & Now: A Testament to Timeless Design

It has often been said that great design will always prevail against time, and it’s so exciting when you can see that design still making waves today. One of my favorite compliments to receive is that my work contains a timeless flavor. I like to use color in a way that is seldom expressed and exude confidence doing so which has taken me many years to perfect (Though I still get nervous with some decisions). Recently I have been sprucing up my own home and have been able to exercise some fearless design throughout each space.
A particularly special room to for me is my sun-porch. I use this room as a design laboratory; a place to inspire and develop my creative journey from project to project. The end result landed my porch in a sea of beautiful green Chella Fabric and a very fashion-forward Trina Turk pattern. I accented with pops of turquoise and other vibrant blues, creating pure tranquility.

While flipping through one of my vintage House Beautiful Mags, I came across a room decorated by Richard Phelps that had an uncanny resemblance to my own design. The June 1971 article was highlighting inventive ways to inspire your outdoor oasis. I absolutely love those cubes & green zebra print never looked better. A wonderful tribute that good design is always in style….Even 30 yrs later!

“The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness; and knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream." - Unknown