I am thrilled to launch my new collection of indoor/outdoor rugs with Dash & Albert and pillows and throws with Pine Cone Hill. As a person who believes that no space in your house should be too special not to be used, and who lets her dogs have the run of the house, I love the practicality of the performance-based, outdoor-friendly rugs. Made of recycled materials, they are washable and yet they have the most wonderful hand. And, the porch rug collection, made of jute, is just divine! I loved working with Pine Cone Hill to translate the colors and patterns of my travels to a collection of pillows and throws that look good in just about every room of your home.

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How do I know that they look good in every room of your home? Well, for a week in December CEO of Dash & Albert and Pine Cone Hill, dynamo Annie Selke, and her team took over John’s and my home in Punta Cana to shoot the 2014 catalog. The photos are just amazing – perfectly capturing my design vision and the ease with which you can live with these products in your home. Creating a catalog like this required a lot of hard work; the crew was diligent, arriving early in the morning and not leaving until past dark, setting up multiple shots in advance so the photographer could move from shot to shot without wasted time, and often playing the role of animal handler to get our not so obedient dogs to pose.

But, with the work was fun. Like . . .

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Walking through our gardens

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Taking a quick dip in the ocean before lunch

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Watching Bob-the-dog smooch John

4That time when the blue-and-white headrest might have drank some of Annie’s daiquiri?! Or, the time when the crew might have had one too many daiquiris and ended up in the pool with only elephant ear leaves to cover them!

Please be sure to check out and shop the indoor/outdoor rugs and the pillows and throws online. And, if you’re in NYC, come by Treillage (418 East 75th Street) to view the collections in person.


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Please join me next Thursday, September 19th, at “What’s New What’s Next” for the launch of my outdoor furniture collection with Century Furniture. As an avid gardener and lover of the outdoors, I have always wanted to design outdoor furniture that reflects my style. Quality is paramount which is why I am so pleased to collaborate with Century to bring a mixture of occasional, dining and accent furniture for outdoor spaces in a range of mediums from teak with faux zinc accents to woven upholstered pieces. At 6pm, I’ll join Brian McCarthy and Mario Buatta in a lively panel discussion, moderated by Michael Boodro, entitled “Putting Personality Into a Room”. A book signing will follow.

If you won’t be in the New York area next week, I hope to see you at the Bunny Williams’ Outdoor for Century launch in High Point in October.

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The Labor Day long weekend is the perfect time to get together with friends and family. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of entertaining is to invite people over for afternoon tea. Everything can be prepared ahead of time so there is much less pressure on the hosts. At this time of the year, we like to serve iced tea and lemonade. John and I like to prepare lots of tiny tea sandwiches. We always use thin Pepperidge Farm bread, and slice the sandwiches in half and cut the crusts off. And, we always prepare dessert. These oatmeal cookies are so easy to make and are real crowd pleasers.

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I was thrilled to be a part of Inside the Business of Design, a series of exclusive interviews with Keith Granet and notable members of the design industry. I know how lucky I am to have learned from so many talented individuals and people who really cared for their homes – my mother, Albert and Mrs. Parish, of course, as well as countless stylish clients, and amazing artists and craftsmen. As a designer, I try hard to keep my antennae up at all times so I’m aware of what is new in the marketplace, what is happening in the art and antiques arena, and I do my best to be tuned into new technology (or find someone I trust who is).  I travel, shop, read, inquire and listen. I wanted to participate with Inside the Business of Design to share my experiences and opinions with younger designers. For those of you who were unable to attend the interview this past March, thankfully videos of the event have been posted online. Enjoy all 3 parts!

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Inside the Business of design with Bunny Williams – Part1: The Formative Years

Inside the Business of design with Bunny Williams – Part2: A Changing Industry

Inside the Business of design with Bunny Williams – Part3: Q & A

And, if you are in the Atlanta area tomorrow, please join me at ADAC for a conversation with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Editorial Director, Clinton Smith, entitled Design Confidential and a Breakfast Reception to follow at the Ainsworth-Noah showroom.

 


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I am thrilled Anthony Baratta asked me to be a part of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Project.  After doing so many show houses the past 25 years, it is wonderful to give something back that will be enjoyed by the children and their families for many years to come. When I went out to the house several months ago, I noticed a small dilapidated closet located in the Play Room.  It was filled with all types of whimsical dress up clothes and fantastical play props.  On the front was a little sign: NORA’S CLOSET.  It turned out there was a little girl named Nora from The United Arab Emirates, who made such a long journey with her father to stay at the house and had previously been in many hospitals all around the world.  Her main joy was to gather all the children staying at the house, play dress up and put on skits for the staff and families.  It soon became the highlight and enjoyment of everyone’s stay!

My dedication of the window I designed at Newel and the Playroom is to the memory of Nora, and with the hope we all can remember and cherish from time to time, our inner-child.

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A heartfelt thank you to the great Team at Newel and the following vendors who helped make this window display & event possible:

Patterson Flynn & Martin: 100% Spun Wool (5’ x 8’) Flokati Rug

Peter Fasano : Heaven’s Above, custom colored cotton fabric (Available through John Rosselli D&D)

Flowers & Plants:  Foliage Garden, NYC & Cathy Sviba Flowers

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My window, as well as Anthony Baratta’s window dedicated to Christopher Robin will be up until August 1st. Please stop by Newel to check them both out!


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For several months, the thought of getting a new dog kept coming into my mind, so I started going to my favorite site, petfinder.com.  I typed in Norfolk Terrier as my memories of my wonderful Brewster are never out of my mind.  There among many wonderful dogs was a picture of the most adorable face which haunted me every second. I kept looking at this little terrier mix named Kayle. I was besotted, but the problem was she was in Bulverde Texas, a bit far away from New York. On a train ride to Washington, I asked my design assistant CeCe Thompson who is from San Antonio where Bulverde Texas was, as I stared at this sweet face. CeCe said it was 30 min from San Antonio and immediately called her mother Lisa Kopecky, another dog lover. Lisa volunteered to go the Bulverde Area Humane Society and see little Kayle.  She called me on Saturday with Kayle in her arms and said this was the sweetest, happiest, most loving little dog she had ever seen.  With a lot of reassurance that John and I would provide a good home, she left with Kayle in her lap. After a stop at Petco for a travel case, Lisa called the airlines and the next day we went to the Lowell Hotel to meet our new family member.

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Somehow this was supposed to happen. Kayle is now Annabelle and she walked into our lives like she had all ways been there. Even 15 year old Lucy doesn’t seem to mind too much. I can only say that this wonderful little puppy has stolen our hearts.


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I love to shop and am always looking for interesting things.  I shop in stores, from catalogs, and online.  One of my favorite sources is One Kings Lane. So, John and I were thrilled to collaborate with them on a Tastemaker Tag Sale filled with unique finds from our shop Treillage. The sale incorporates everything from antiques we’d found in Belgium, to one-of-a-kind statuary, tabletop items and accessories. The sale went live yesterday and goes through Thursday morning…so hurry to check it out!

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I am so proud to be a part of The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Project Design 2013. Together with many friends and young talent, including Creative Director of the project, Anthony Baratta, Ed Hollander, Mathew Patrick Smyth, Jamie Drake, Eric Cohler, Nick Olsen, Tilton Fenwick, Young Huh…and many more, we are working to transform the Ronald McDonald House so that it is updated and comfortable for the 1,000 plus families who use the facility per year. Unlike a traditional show house, it’s so nice to do something that’s permanent that will be enjoyed by families who come from all over the world, who often stay for weeks or months at a time.

The entire project is supported by many wonderful companies, most notably Cary Kravet and the entire Kravet family and NYC&G (New York Cottages and Gardens) Magazine.

I am designing a large playroom that will appeal to many ages, including those who are quite tech savvy. I can’t reveal too much about the design now, but please join me and Anthony Baratta for a Pre-Construction Celebration on Thursday June 6, 2013 at Newel. A gallery of all the designers’ mood boards will be revealed there.

Big thanks to Newel for hosting the party. Be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore all of Newel’s treasures! In addition, Anthony and I are hard at work designing two special window displays that promote the RMH-LI renovation, which will be revealed that night. All contributions collected at the party will go directly to the Ronald McDonald House. Please RSVP (information below). Hope to see you there!

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My second collection of mirrors for Mirror Image Home debuts this week at High Point Market. When used correctly, mirrors can add magic to a space. Because of the beautiful way that mirrors reflect light, in a room, I often have more than one mirror hanging on different walls. This new collection explores many different finishes from brushed metal, to lacquer, silver leaf, horn and more. Be sure to stop by Mirror Image Home’s new showroom at the Salon on the Ground Floor of the Suites at Market Square to see the line!

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