Saturday, June 30, 2012


Every year since 1973, celebrated designers have created imaginative interiors for the Kips Bay Decorators Show House in Manhattan. This year was no different except the location changed from the usual toney Upper East Side townhouse to a chic West Side luxury high rise. This annual showcase of amazing talent supports the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which is a non-profit organization that provides after-school enrichment for NYC youth.  A worthy cause indeed, the show house is always a pleasure to witness.  Enjoy some of the highlights:

Master Suite Sitting Area by Charlotte Moss, LLC

Library by Jamie Drake of Drake Design Associates

Bedroom by Lynne Scalo Design

Lounge by Neal Beckstedt Studio

Great Room by Patrik Lonn Design

Poolside Sitting Area by Scott Sanders, LLC
Sitting Room by Shawn Henderson Interior Design

Foyer by Thom Filicia, Inc.

Dining Room by Todd Alexander Romano, LLC
Until next year...

Peace and Blessings,

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Friday, June 29, 2012


Welcome to the inaugural entry for the 'The Bold and the Beautiful', a lifestyle blog by me for you, featuring my favorite things from the world of design, art, fashion, food and travel - but mostly interior design, of course.

This first post is old news but I would be remiss if I did not give kudos to the Top 20 African American Interior Designers.  This list was compiled by Kimberly Ward of the design blog, Pink Eggshell.  She hosted a fabulous event last month at the 40/40 Club in NYC to announce this prestigious group of "artists."  So here they are (in alphabetical order)...

 Marian Akinloye of MA Design Studio in New York
Helen Bailey of Urban Living in Chicago
Michel Boyd of Smith Boyd Interiors in Atlanta
 Keitha Brathwaite of Contrast Design Group in Chicago 
 Sheila Bridges of Sheila Bridges Design in New York
 Howard Brown of Howard Brown Design in Atlanta
Darryl Carter of Darryl Carter, Inc. in Washington, DC
 Anishka Clarke of Ishka Designs, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY
 Joan Goodwin of Verandah Interiors in Columbia, SC
Elaine Griffin of Elaine Griffin Interior Design in New York
Cecil Hayes of Cecil's Designers Unlimited in Miami
Alicia LaMar of Alicia LaMar Home in Los Angeles
Joy Moyler of Joy Moyler Interiors in New York
Janice Palmer of Palmer Design LLC in Atlanta
Roderick Shade of Roderick N. Shade Interior Design in New York
Erin Shakoor of Shakoor Interiors in Chicago
Courtney Sloane of Courtney Sloane Design in New Jersey
Lisa Turner of Interior Obsessions in Los Angeles
Robin Wilson of Robin Wilson Home in New York
Ron Woodson of Woodson and Rum in Los Angeles 

Seated from left: Erin Shakoor, Lisa Turner, Anishka Clarke, Janice Palmer, Michel Boyd,
Ron Woodson, Howard Brown and Joan Goodwin.  Standing from left: Alicia LaMar,
Joy Moyler, Robin Wilson, Kimberly Ward and Elaine Griffin

My GOAL: To be on this list within five years...

Peace and Blessings,

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