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You, Me, and Henri Matisse: Spring 2017

Red Interior: Still Life on a Blue Table, Oil on Canvas, 1947 Matisse in the Studio, MFA, Boston

Henri Matisse Interiors + Design
Matisse is my favorite colorist. While visiting my family in my hometown of Newton, MA, I went to see the new “Matisse in the Studio” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
What strikes me most about this series of paintings is Matisse’s use of shape and color. In his contemplation and depiction of textiles, treasured objects and stylized studio space — he shows himself as a designer and decorator.
His paintings of everyday life in his studio transcend the mundane by elevating mere objects into works of art. What an inspiring vision to consider: that our simple, personal objects transform our homes into artwork.

 

Bring on Spring with greenery and sunshine, like in this beautiful Riverside Drive kitchen. See more photos on our website!

3 Things to Consider When Choosing a New Rug:

1. Size matters. Consider the size of your room and scale of your furniture, and select a rug that relates to both. Read more on selecting the perfect-sized rug in our recent blog post.

2. High-fiber for your home.  Wool or silk pile rugs add a luxurious cushion under your feet and wear very well. Flat weaves or natural fiber rugs like jute are crisp, casual and add texture.

3. Celebrate your style! A graphic, patterned rug adds visual interest and character to a space–and is a clever way to play with scale. Be it a Beni Ourain picked up in Marrakech or a traditional treasure you remember from your grandparents’ home, your rug acts as a canvas upon which your life is painted.

How-to: Choose the Right Rug Size
Choosing the right rug for your space can be daunting.  Between size options, material composition, patterns, texture and style, the options can seem endless. For you, dear friends, we’ve compiled here our latest favorite tips and tricks to finding the perfect-sized rug!

Size and scale are paramount in choosing your rug.  Oftentimes, bigger is better. Your rug should relate to the other furniture pieces in your room and serves to anchor the space. The following drawings demonstrate how different size rugs will work in different rooms.

BEDROOM: The first 2 drawings are what we recommend! A rug that encompasses more than half the length of the bed, with at least two feet on either side – to greet your feet in the morning – and about a foot of coverage past the foot is a beautiful addition to any bedroom. To find something more budget friendly, consider two runners on either side of the bed. What we don’t suggest is a rug that sits only at the base of the bed, making both the rug, bed and room look smaller.

          

DINING ROOM: Our rule of thumb for area rugs in the dining room is pretty and simple. A rug with enough coverage, as shown in the first drawing here, to lay beneath chairs when they are pushed in and pulled out is well advised. The last thing you want is for your guests to be half-on and half-off, wobbling their way through dinner.

        

LIVING ROOM: In the living room, your rug unifies the space and sets the stage for your seating and conversation area. If not all legs, we are recommending at least the front two legs of each piece of furniture to sit on the rug as displayed in the first drawing. If a fabulous vintage small rug catches your heart, layer it on top of a larger, more appropriately sized natural fiber rug like sisal or jute. We like to avoid “rug island” shown below in the red!

     

Now that you’re an expert too on how to select a rug size, call me to discuss flat weave vs. pile and whether you’re a fancy Persian mohair or Tibetan knot kind of client!

Perspective Makes the Heart Grow Fonder…
A fresh perspective makes a world of  difference. Sometimes it’s easy to access, even in our busy daily routines, a new consideration of our surroundings and to take advantage of your home, or even the city in which you live.

During a visit to One World Observatory this weekend, I was reminded of just how breathtaking the city of New York is.  The 360 degree view from the top of the Freedom Tower rejuvenated my love for Manhattan–its architecture and vitality could not be overlooked — even at this angle!!

It brought to mind an Architectural Digest article from superstar Nate Berkus.  If your home needs a fresh look, Berkus quips “it’s much more rewarding to rearrange what you already have” which “brings new energy into your space and let’s you see things in a new way”.

His advice: shop your home! Great advice and I agree. We often already have “enough” or at least enough to get started! And please, do not hesitate to call on me to lend a hand! Often times clients and friends compliment me on my particular perspective. This feels great. I would love to share it with you and with your home.

Going Green!
Whoever said too much of one color was a bad thing? In this whimsical, fairytale-like cottage, greens provide a backdrop to the Arts & Crafts inspired fireplace and ironclad mirrors, evocative of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and William Morris. The color of the emerald green dentil moldings lead into the geometric wall pattern, creating an orderly yet random composition. There’s nothing boring about a space that plays with form and color like this one does!
It’s All About Your Home: Winter 2017

New photos on my site! Brows this beautiful East Village Townhouse and more.

3 Ways To Connect With Your Home:

1. Take inventory on your belongings and decide which are functional, beautiful, and which are just stuff. Recycle, donate, or regift the superfluous!

2. Create fresh vignettes in eye-catching spots around your home. Group a treasured object, art books, and some greenery on an entry console.

3. Connect with loved ones. Invite family and friends over to enjoy your newly revived space.

 

 

 

 

Inspiration
Palazzo Fendi Lounge: Rome, Italy

All Roads Lead To Rome.
I am inspired anew by my love, bell’Italia. During a Fall visit to this magical land, I visited Palazzo Fendi to reconnect with old colleagues and toured the recently remodeled 17th century space. This chic, avante-garde room looks toward the future while maintaining historical roots, with its geometric lines and boiserie a deep teal. It exemplifies a design philosophy that our homes keep us grounded while giving us the space to thrive.

Creating Sculpture with Light: Transatlantic Style
This cluster of geometric pendants creates a suspended sculpture of diffused light. Set aglow above glass table by French designer Paul Mathieu for Holly Hunt and vintage deep blue-violet chairs by Italian designer Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina, creating this Transatlantic design moment.

I was excited to find this light’s designer Tom Dixon listed in Boutique Design magazine’s “Heroes and Mavericks” article.

http://www.boutiquedesign.com/content/heroes-and-mavericks-0?page=0%2C0

NEW YORK’S 50 SHADES OF GRAY
The snow and the wind gets New York City gritty real fast. Billowy white drifts are short-lived as sooty, dirt-specked, packed mounds of ice and muddy, slushy, wet puddles make themselves right at home. The view is bleak as we trundle through the cold in a city veiled in way more than 50 shades of grey ranging from hazy cloud cover to slick black ice. New York City’s Winter Canvas.

Upon this backdrop, both the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum of Art exhibited shows that were anything but bleak. The joyful, bold and bright palette of Matisse’s Cut-Outs at MoMA and Chris Ofili’s sensual, warm, bright and textural works at New Museum, were both infused with unexpected, free and experimental interactions of color in art works masterful and rich. New York City’s Winter Colors.

No surprise then that my palette is experiencing a shift. I can’t get enough of warm, rich and bright jewel-toned colors around me. In various combinations and layers. An interior cycle is said to last 10-15 years while a fashion cycle for 2.5-5 years. 2015 is off to a very bright start indeed!