May 31, 2012

KIPS BAY 40th Annual Decorator Show House 2012

KIPS BAY 40th Annual Decorator Show House 2012

I arrive to a NYC High Rise with my fellow blogger and friend, Christy (who took these fabulous pictures that you are about to see  As we walk into a beautiful high rise not expecting anything but first class, keeping with the reputation of the well known Kips Bay Show House, right away we notice there are lots of large dogs that are coming and going from this building.  Since we are animal lovers and we both have large dogs, I have a sad thought about the kind of life these pups must have with no back yard and living in an “apartment”.   I will admit, I didn't feel sorry for the dogs for long.  This is what I saw:
Designer:Bryant Keller
Photo from:
Designer: Robert Schwartz and Karen Williams for St. Charles

My personal favorite.  A small bar area in the kitchen
Designer: Charlotte Moss, LLC
Designer: Zoya Bograd of Rooms by Zoya B. 

Here is part of the outdoor seating area with the pool sitting behind.  It was a rainy day.
 The pool
Additional outdoor seating. 
We were told that many of the homeowners add grass and trees to their balconies.  Which made me realize --- any dog would be LUCKY to call this place home.

May 30, 2012

A-Ha Moment

 A-Ha Moment

This Kitchen was custom designed by Jane Page Design Group for a local show house.  A cozy restaurant in Barcelona, Spain was the inspiration for this kitchen design.

The combination of the dark stain and antique white finished cabinets with pops of blue and white tiles, gives interest and contrast to this traditional kitchen.  The designers wanted to introduce a unique focal point. Therefore, the A-Ha moment - the designer decided to back-light custom leaded glass panels above the tiled kitchen hood.  The illuminated panels added the perfect touch to complete this kitchen design.

The cabinets were designed with a combination of glass doors and display areas at different heights.  Two appliance garages with pocket doors were added at the right and left of the refrigerator.  The island was glazed in a lighter color to add contrast to the rich darker wall cabinets.

This kitchen was made wheelchair accessible by widening the cased openings and distance between wall cabinets and island.  The microwave drawer was also installed low for ADA use. 

The kitchen unites the family room via a large round table.  Designing the family room with coordinating colors makes this comfortable yet large space welcoming. 



NYC or Bust – for a Bloggers Convention!  This innovated and techie friendly event was hosted by Kravet| Lee Jofa | and Brunshwig & Fils.  Beth Greene, Ann Feldstein and Jennifer Powell executed a hugely successful event where I had the opportunity to visit New York City’s design culture.

Monday at noon kicked off the Blogfest at the 25th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) where I was introduced to the latest and greatest contemporary trends, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  There were 535 exhibitors from around the globe, displaying contemporary furniture, flooring, lighting, materials, wall coverings and accessories.  Here are a few of my favorite products:
Fabulous new wall covering from Double R Studio

This amazing line from Brasa -- the lanterns are fabulous!

Contemporary and colorful furniture.

The most beautiful outdoor furniture that I have seen.

These beautiful lanterns were my absolute favorite.  They are made from cardboard!!

Next, I will be featuring Kips Bay.  Stay tuned. 

May 17, 2012

Did You See That? By Crystal Reeves, ASID

Although the overall look of a room is paramount, it's the small details within the space that make it unique.  After all, who wants the same old thing that is in every corner of every store?

Hardware, whether on furniture or cabinets, are a great way to add "jewelry" to any piece. (Ferguson Copeland)

 In this streamlined Kitchen, designed by Jane Page Design group, the glass bar top with chiseled edge and chrome stand-offs float above a second marble bar top.

Use an interesting nail head pattern on clean-lined sofa with subtle fabric.  (Sofa from Emerson et Cie)

This custom Powder Room, designed by Jane Page design Group, has many special details, such as silver-plated vanity legs from Sherle Wagner, etched glass lit from below, silver paint accents in the crown, and many more! 

May 11, 2012

Hot Market - Hot Colors! by: Crystal Reeves

High Point, North Carolina is home to one of the largest furniture markets in the Nation.  Spring Market promised several new trends - Hot colors and clean lines are just a few.



"Tangerine Tango" is the Pantone paint color of the year.

This dramatic theater, designed by Jane Page Design Group,
shows off the tangerine by accenting with black and gold.
CR Laine

CR Laine
In addition to "Tangerine Tango", other saturated colors mixed with white
provide a dramatic scene.  Integrating metallic finishes and bright
floral create balance between old and new.

Water colors in fabrics are everywhere!


Pearson Fabric

Eastern Accents Pillow

May 2, 2012

White is the New White

White is the New White

by: Crystal Reeves, ASID
Jane Page Design Group

White used to be considered "plain" and "boring" but not anymore! "Crisp and Clean, Light and Bright" is infused everywhere. After emerging from the dark colors of winte, it's time for a pick me up.

Don't be afraid of white tiles in the Kitchen. this Kitchen, designed by Jane Page Design Group, combines white tile and light gray walls.

Builder: Cunningham Development
Architect: Patrick Berrios

This bathroom, recently designed by Jane Page Design Group, is a breath of fresh air that will last for years to come.  

Furniture, whether all white or white combined with dark finishes, sets the tone for each room.

Kravet Chair

 Summerset Bay

White light fixtures brighten bedrooms and bathrooms alike.
Curry & Co Chandelier                  Visual Comfort Lamp


 Cachet Pot and Ostrich Egg on Legs by Global Views