Hydra Anyone???

April 18th, 2014

So a few weeks back, I moved my little family of four to a new home. It was nuts and crazy, and I still can’t seem to locate half of my belongings… because apparently moving makes you lose your brain.

However, today I found an issue of T magazine that I’ve been meaning to read since the day before we moved. The photo on the cover of this particular issue is serene and calming (the total opposite of my moving experience). Inside there is an article about life on Hydra, a lovely little Greek Island where no motor vehicles are allowed. You bike, walk or ride a donkey… sounds good to me.

Anyway- Hydra is now hanging out pretty high up on my “please take me there now” list. Thought I’d share a little of its beauty with you…

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Vieques

April 8th, 2014

Today’s post is by Studio Four partner, Stacy Waggoner, who’s just back to NYC and trying to maintain the tan and the calm she found in Puerto Rico…

A few frigid weeks back I made a plan with my best friend Pam to escape this never-ending New York winter, if only for a long weekend. Lucky for me, my good friends Todd Gribben and Steve Isoz offered up their perfect little getaway in Vieques, Puerto Rico. So last Thursday, with a predawn flight to San Juan and a quick puddle jumper to Vieques, we were soaking up rays on this gorgeous beach by noon.

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Vieques is ringed with amazing beaches and has great food and a friendly, laid-back attitude.  We had a warm welcome from Todd and Steve’s friends Maggie and Danny – Maggie owns VQS Emporium, a cool little shop that offers a little bit of everything and Danny just opened El Cayo Blanco, serving up delicious tacos grilled to order in a great bar overlooking the ferry landing – trust me, you can stay for hours.

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We also tried the recently opened Noche, with sophisticated food and gorgeous views down a mid-island arroyo and its casual sister spot next door, Tin Box, already known for its Bloody Marys and raw bar.

Here are some shots of our simple and chic waterfront home - which should come as no surprise to those who know Todd’s design work and their chic spots in Hudson, NY –  GRIS and Galerie GRIS.

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A long weekend and a suntan will see me through till whenever spring actually arrives in New York, but I’m already plotting my next visit to Vieques!

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Florence Broadhurst Outdoor Fabrics

April 3rd, 2014

We’re going to be darn ready for this summer when it finally arrives after this brutal New York winter, and these new outdoor fabrics we got in the showroom by iconic Australian designer Florence Broadhurst are getting us in mood!

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The UV resistant fabrics feature some of her graphic prints: Japanese Fans, Cockatoos, and Antique Lattice.

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Aren’t they so sunshine-y and fun? Pass the lemonade, please…

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Join Us This Evening to Celebrate Michael Devine!

April 1st, 2014

We are so excited about designer Michael Devine’s new book, “An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors.” If you’re in New York City tonight, we’d love it if you could join us at Studio Four NYC to celebrate its launch!

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Hope to see you at the party!

kate

Color Theory

March 24th, 2014

Have you seen the April issue of Architectural Digest yet?! If so, then you probably noticed the AMAZING pool house on the cover.  And if you haven’t seen it, then you need to go buy this issue so you can drool over said amazing pool house like me!

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Then go ahead and flip to page 164 so you can continue to soak in the crazy beauty that is Muriel Brandolini’s Hampton Bays family home. It is beyond cool! The colors are perfect, the landscaping is serene, and Brandolini’s creativity is off the charts (like always). We love it ALL!!!

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p.s. while you are there be sure to check out the custom abaca rug (below) we made for the living room on page 166 – it is one of my all time favorites!

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Akin & Suri on Remodelista

March 18th, 2014

We’re thrilled to see Akin & Suri’s prints (one of the lines we carry in the showroom) featured on Remodelista today! What did they have to say? ”The secret to their success may be their far-ranging references: Akin is Turkish and trained in interior design; Suri is Indian and a textile designer.” See the article here. And here are some of Akin & Suri’s latest designs…

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Marion Dorn: Textile Genius

March 18th, 2014

I’ve really been fascinated with the work of Marion Dorn lately.

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She was one of the most innovative textile and rug designers of the 20th century, but I recently stumbled across some of Dorn’s drawings and the style is just incredible. Here are a few that really stand out to me…

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And it’s hard to write about Marion Dorn without also sharing a few of my favorite rug designs from her collection, so here goes…

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Aren’t they beyond lovely?!!

kate

 

 

What we love… Spring

March 14th, 2014

I sure am loving the idea of warm weather right about now! So dear Helios, if you are listening please, pretty please, bring on the sunshine. Because here is what’s been on my mind lately… 70 degree temperatures, lounging outside, and sipping one of these.

I have also been spending a good bit of time on the Terrain website.

Here are some things I’ve had my eye on in anticipation of spring…

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Love the color of this chair, and it actually looks comfortable too.

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Easter is just around the corner. I’m thinking these baskets ( 1 & 2 ) might get delivered to my little guys (a perk is they can double as storage for trains, trucks, planes, and other miscellaneous machines post Easter).

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And if we didn’t already own the super sweet book Make Way for Ducklings, it would definitely be in the boy’s Easter baskets too.

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Weck jars are great for garden cocktails, but we also use them at Studio Four parties for serving pimento cheese and pickles. Love them!

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Last but certainly not least is this amazing swing. In my perfect world, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation would get these beauties hanging in Prospect Park and Central Park STAT.

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1 rug 3 ways: Cheyenne Wool

March 13th, 2014

OK- so lately i have been having a love affair with this rug.  I don’t know if it’s the colors I’m drawn to or the odd, art deco meets tribal pattern… but the bottom line is I love it!

What I’m having trouble with is deciding how I would like to see it in a room. Here is what I’ve come up with so far…

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1. Apparatus Synapse Light  //  2. Studio Four Textiles Pillows: Arno Gold Neckroll and Darling Steel Square  //  3. Oscar Velvet Sofa  //  4. Edward Wormley Bleached Mahogany Three-Tier Table

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1. Haviland Oasis China  //  2. Apparatus Highwire Light  //  3. Milo Baughman Burlwood & Metal Table  //  4. Milo Baughman Dining Chairs

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1. Amber Interiors Crosses Pillow  //  2. Schoolhouse Electric Isaac Long Arm Brass Sconce  //  3. Niermann Weeks Steel 4-Post Bed  //  4. 4-ply Cashmere Blanket from The Market  //  5. dwellstudio Black Karl Side Table

So, there it is – 1 rug 3 ways. What do you think?

 

Desk Makeover

March 7th, 2014

Spring might not reach the Northeast for a while, and it looks like my warm weather clothes are going to have an extended visit in the storage closet (yes, you do hear weeping in the background). But I refuse to let that get me down! After spending the past week soaking up that sweet California sunshine, I’ve decided to give something in my cold NYC life a dose of fun and color.

So don’t laugh… but my desk is getting a much needed spring makeover. I just discovered a London company called Present & Correct, and thanks to them I am about to pimp my desk out with some of the most aesthetically pleasing tools ever. My husband’s eyes are probably rolling if he is reading this, because I have definitely been guilty of buying that “pretty” can opener that doesn’t work (you know the one that just makes you want to toss it across the room??). But dear husband- these items are different!

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Present & Correct – thank you for the lovely desk makeover and for the products that work just as well as they look!