Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fashion forward illuminations by Mottega

This past week I attended the Architectural Digest Home Show.......as always it's a blast to see what's new and hot for the up coming season.  Another treat was catching up with my dear friend Mark Moussa.  As the creator of the Mottega line his vignette was stunning with fashion forward colors.  Their stepping out color is an eye popping orange that commands your attention.  It makes such a statement....it's a color you see everywhere you look now....it works in any setting from traditional to transitional into modern. 
As the color influencer for the line I was overwhelmed with joy to see them in person......I worked with Mark and the team to get the right hue for each of the 9 colors develop.  They translated beautifully and seeing the vignette full of color was a feast for my color crave.

The idea that you can create your own lamp is so innovative.  As a designer, I can't stress how hard it is sometimes to find the perfect light fixture.  As one of the finishing touches for a room, finding a lamp that's the right size, color, and proportion are just as vital as selecting any other piece for the room.  Navigating through the mottega site allows you to become the designer......you can easily create a lamp from head to toe within minutes and have it within two weeks....it is fast, convenient, and simple.      

A bonus on the site is their monthly win a custom mottega lamp.  Make sure to check out the site and register.  Best wishes!  

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.
Bessie A. Stanley

Friday, March 4, 2011

Live from Martha Stewart Living Radio

I was recently invited back to join Betsy Karetnick and Kim Fernandez, the hosts of Martha Stewart Living Radio, to speak about "Good Ideas for the Bedroom".  Having met with both of them before, it's always a pleasure to get behind the headphones and chit chat.  Being on the radio show is a wonderful outlet to express my ideas about Interior Design.
The topic discussed was all about making your bedroom more inviting for relaxation.  We spoke about de-cluttering.  Take a good look at your space and let go-the things that are unnecessary.  Store the TV in the armoire or take it out completely to allow for communication to flow more freely between you and your partner.  Other things to store away are your laptops and phones.....I know this can be tough but give yourself a little escape from the chaos of life to get reenergized.        

Another great piece of advice is to add a piece of artwork or image that uplifts your spirit.  Look for things that will inspire and ignite you first thing in the morning and as you lay down for bed.  Don't forget to treat yourself with good high quality sheets, we spend so much time in bed.....almost 1/3 of our lives....we deserve to be comfortable!  And lastly add a little color....you know I couldn't leave without talking about color.  Whether you are starting with a blank canvas or the room is fully furnished, look to see how you can pop in some color.  Reach for what attracts your senses.....or be bold and try something new.  A simple accessories can do just the trick.  Best wishes as you tackle to get your bedroom into relax mode.  A huge thank you to the crew at Martha Stewart Living Radio for having me on again.

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.  ~Spanish Proverb