Monday, July 30, 2012


I had the pleasure of attending the Fall 2012 Preview for an exciting (relatively) new fashion designer, Jaeyoon Jeyong.  Jeong studied fashion design at Drexel University and interned with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in Paris before launching his own fashion line. The event was organized by PR powerhouse, Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media.

Jeong opened his store in July 2009 showcasing his collection of contemporary menswear and womenswear. The store, located in a trendy Nolita (NOrth of Little ITAly) neighborhood at the corner of Spring and Mott Streets in NYC, is a sleek contemporary space to match this Korean native's design aesthetic.   

His Fall collection features modern yet trendy basics for business wear ranging from cotton button downs and blazers to wool trousers for men and a wider range of options for women from skirts to jumpsuits and rompers. The main focus for womenswear is dresses with an upscale array of cashmere and wool outerwear, including fox- and rabbit-fur lined styles.

There will be much more to come from this exciting designer.  To preview the line, click here.

Keep watching...

Peace and Blessings,

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Friday, July 27, 2012


Danielle Colding, HGTV's Design Star

Danielle Colding, an interior designer from Brooklyn, NY, has been crowned this year's HGTV DESIGN STAR. (BTW, she was my pick from day one.)  During the season finale, the judges delivered the life-changing news to Danielle that she had won a contract for her own show on HGTV. 

Danielle was in a fierce competition against eleven other talented designers, with Britany Simon as the last to beat.  With this win, she will star in her own series called SHOP THIS ROOM.  See some of Danielle's designs that made her the winner:

Great Room Challenge

White Room Challenge

The Kitchen of the Kardashians' Office Challenge

Hollywood's 125th Birthday Bash Challenge

Kitchen Makeover Challenge

To learn more about Danielle Colding, click here.  Congratulations - you rocked it, girlfriend!!  All the best to you, Danielle!

Happy designing...

Peace and Blessings,

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Monday, July 23, 2012


There is nothing like getting home to relax with a reinvigorating, hot bath after a long, hard day.  An asian inspired bathroom can give you the feeling of being at a spa retreat in your own home.  To achieve the zen feel, design should focus on clean lines, textural earthy materials, perfect lighting and most of all, a large soaking tub. See how several designers created spa bathrooms with the ultimate "wooosaaah" feeling.

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International Custom Designs, Orange County, CA

 Happy relaxing...

Peace and Blessings,

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Friday, July 20, 2012


For the past three years, ELLE DECOR has picked from the country's top interior designers and dubbed them THE A-LIST. Being the top rated shelter magazine today, this prestigious recognization will most certainly enhance the careers of both established and emerging designers. 

See the interior designers who "continue to excite, inspire, and intrigue."

Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman
Brockschmidt & Coleman, LLC - Decoration and Design, New York

Ronald Bentley, Salvatore LaRosa, Franklin Salasky, Victoria Borus, and Charles Capaldi
B Five Studio, New York

James Aman and John Meeks
Aman & Meeks/Match Studio Interior Design, New York
Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman
Fisher Weisman Design & Decoration, San Francisco

Steven Harris, Steven Harris Architects and
Lucien Rees Roberts, Rees Roberts + Partners, New York
Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts, Haynes-Roberts Inc., New York

Emma Jane Pilkington Fine Interiors, New York

J. Randall Powers Interior Decoration, Houston

Celerie Kemble, Kemble Interiors, New York

Paul Fortune Design, Los Angeles

For more detail on Elle Decor's A-LIST, click here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


2012 Kitchen of the Year

For the past five years, the team at House Beautiful has selected a world renowned designer and/or chef to create a magnificent kitchen which is displayed in the middle of NYC's Rockefeller Center. This year's kitchen was created by designer Mike De Guilio.

Simple yet elegant, this year's 1,000-square-foot dream kitchen serves up glittering tile, glass knobs, a bold sink, and a jaw-dropping butler's pantry.

In the 100 sq ft butler's pantry, De Giulio uses glass fronts for the upper cabinets and lined the insides with a mirror finish.  The cove ceiling has a vibrant blue Venetian plaster finish and gilded iron lights.  He carries the blue into the kitchen with an unexpected pop of color: a navy blue sink by Jonathan Adler.

De Giulio creatively mixes materials such as polished stainless steel on the appliances and shelving, glass on the light fixtures and door fronts, and natural wood on the floors and furnishings.

The metal and walnut cabinet, fashionable but functional, artfully holds pots and pans allowing easy access to all the kitchen necessities.

De Guilio lends an earthy feel to the eating area by placing mix-and-match chairs around a rustic wood table. A fireplace, television, and plush chairs make the space a cozy gathering spot for any active family.

De Giulio used varying sized pavers to create the terrace. The island is topped with a large bluestone slab and the base is covered in stainless steel to create a lighter look.

The kitchen is open to the public from July 16 through July 20 for perusing, cooking demonstrations, entertaining tips, and more. For more info on the Kitchen of the Year, click here.

Happy cooking...

Peace and Blessings,

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) has a precollege program for high school and middle school students called Summer Live. Its an opportunity for students to explore art and design, business and technology majors and develop art and design portfolios for 3 weeks during the summer.  My son Stephen is participating this year and I couldn't be more happy that he has found something that he is passionate about.

A large number of the out of town students travel with their parents to NYC.  FIT decided to offer classes for the parents to occupy their time while they wait.  Although I live right next door in Jersey, I decided to take the Photoshop Class as a refresher since I had forgotten most of what I learned while in design school. (The old adage is true - you don't use it, you lose it.). 

OMG! I didn't realize how much I missed being in school.  The thrill of learning and exploring new ideas and concepts, of being surrounded by youthful energy, and of challenging myself intellectually. I wanted more!  So I did some research.  FIT's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) has programs that meet vital skills needed in the fashion and related industries, both for beginners and working professionals. Whether its obtaining skills required to develop a portfolio, looking to brush up on skills by taking a course, a hobbyist looking for a fun, new interest, or a professional looking to re-tool a technique, SCPS has something for everyone.

So to satisfy this thirst, I've decided to take the Google Sketch-Up Class this fall.  I would love to go on to get my Masters but that is highly unlikely (right now at least) with twins going into their senior year in high school.  Until then, I'll settle for Continuing Ed courses.

Happy learning...

Peace and Blessings,

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


I'm going to let you in on a secret - I have champagne taste and beer pockets! (Not really a secret for those who know me.)  I'll let you in on another secret - I don't like to pay a lot but I still want quality. (Yet again, stating the obvious.) Since I've done a lot of legwork already, I'd like to share a few places where I shop for affordable quality pieces.  I'm introducing a new feature to my blog - THE LOW DOWN. I'll let you in on chic but affordable decor from some of my treasured sources - brick & mortar and online.  First up:

 I love Z Gallerie because it offers a collection of fashion forward and exclusive home furnishings, art and accessories at an affordable price.  The stores are ever-changing with a combination of stylish, traditional and contemporary designs.

Z Gallerie focuses on products that encompass the best ideas from around the world. With 56 locations across the US and online, Z Gallerie inspires both professional interior designers and amateur design enthusiasts. It’s the perfect store to pop in for a unique gift, to find accent pieces or to create an entire room.

I was devastated when the NYC store closed a few years ago.  Now the closest one to me is in Tyson's Corner in McLean, Virginia!  But there's always online.

Happy shopping...

Peace and Blessings,