Never enough time

I received three new books last week among which is Mary McDonald's The Allure of Style and At Home with Town and Country. Besides these two, I also received three of my magazines so there is a lot to read and drool over this weekend. Below is a picture of Lulu deKwiatkowski's dining room featured in Lonny Magazine which I just finished reading and it's as always full of great stuff.
Have a weekend full of inspiration!

Save 20% off Furniture at Home Decorators

For 4 days save 20% off select furniture at Home Decorators, plus get free shipping on orders of $299 or more. The discount will be applied when you add items to your cart and will be reflected at checkout. Pictured below is a Martha Stewart bed. It would look great in a classy beach theme bedroom.

MS INGRID BED tropical bed

Airia Writing Desk and Media Center by Hermann Miller

Here is a compact and great looking modern writing desk and media center that is up to the usual Hermann Miller standards, and it's gorgeous down to the tiniest details. The Airia desk features a retro styling and perfect wood pieces with rubber feet to keep your cables hidden and cork lined trays that are a nice finishing touch. Despite a compact size the Airia manages to hide clutter in its wide center drawer that slips into a generous white laminate top surrounded by a solid walnut frame. The matching companion media cabinet is comprised of the same materials with a sculpted walnut top that offers additional workspace and storage down below.

Modern Office Desks and Seating by Four Designs

You can tell the Four Design collection was designed by architects especially when you see their stacking chairs and how elegantly they fit together. In today's commercial office environment confidence is often a result of the visual appeal of the surroundings and the first impression that is made. Architects Christina Strand and Niels Hvass run Four Design of Denmark that focuses on crisp clean designs comprised of minimal elements, and "to the point" functional office tables, chairs, desks, and storage units. The Four Design series of Moventi and Four Cant products mesh well in a variety of eye pleasing finishes and metal accents that create a harmonious office environment. 

Very Cool Modular Office Furniture Designs from Arcadia Contract

Having worked in office environments for many years, I know that the design of the setting can go a long way towards enhancing the experience of the employees. For example, hip and fresh designs and colors indicate new ideas and growth. Conversely, drab colors may indicate a more mature company that is on "auto-pilot". I myself have worked in both environments. I came across an interesting company, Arcadia Contract, which has a "very cool" line. In these pictures you see great colors, shapes, and designs that are sure to brighten up any office setting. I found their line of modular office furniture to be inspiring for companies looking for fresh and new ideas. 

Bernhardt Design: Modern Guest and Lounge Chairs

For many years Bernhardt has been a leader in American traditional furniture with a strong focus on quality. I was pleasantly surprised to see the Bernhardt Design contract collection of tastefully elegant modern seating for the well decorated professional environment. This series features some outstanding waiting room and guest chairs as you can see, but Bernhardt also offers the complete office furniture package which includes conference tables and chairs, executive desks, and computer work stations. Getting back to the chairs, you can choose from ultra modern Remy shown in red, or the more conservative slanting arms of the all wood Loft chair, or somewhere in between. Remy $1872 Loft $1900 Suggested List 

My home entrance; suggestions welcome

I'm thinking about either wallpapering my home entrance or painting horizontal stripes. The entrance is very similar to the one decorated by Katie Ridder in this year's Kips Bay Decorating Show house, just not as elegant. My first thought is to go for a classic De Gournay wallpaper but that would be an awful lot more than what I'm willing to spend now. Other alternatives would be either this much simpler version or Montague from twenty2 in a custom color.

Katie Ridder's Kips Bay Decorator Show house 2010.

Montague grasscloth used by Kimberly Ayres.

Promenade in custom color used by Jeffers Design Group.

Twenty2 wallpaper is hand screen printed in the USA. Below are more images of their collection.

Time well spent

I could spend hours at Douglas Friedman Photography website. These images below are undoubtedly warmer and cozier than the ones in my previous post but then again that's the magic of wood.

All images from Douglas Friedman.

Modern Spaces

After showing the opulence and colorful space of Tommy and Dee Hilfiger yesterday I thought it would be a good idea to post some clean and modern interiors I found at Douglas Friedman's website. As we can see below contemporary design can also be warm and inviting.

All images from Douglas Friedman.

Orange flavor

I prefer the color orange especially when it comes as the color of a particular box but it also lightens up my day when I see it used in an interior space.

Photos by Eric Striffler

Tommy Hilfiger at The Plaza

We all have witnessed the recent resurgence of Tommy Hilfiger's line, now a more sophisticated American look yet still rooted in the classic. Tommy purchased a two-floor condo in the legendary The Plaza Hotel in NYC which he shares with his wife Dee and their baby boy Sebastian. According to Dee the European-influenced interior decor of the apartment was a collaboration between the couple. I have to say that with the Hilfiger's incredible collection of art, among which they own more than 20 Andy Warhol's and a Jean-Michel Basquiat, it would be hard to imagine a less opulent result.

All images from Harpers Bazaar.

While in Turkey

I wanted to share with you some images of my trip to Turkey. Istanbul treated me with a lot of what I love the most: a mixture of old and new, innovation and tradition and I couldn't be happier to absorb it all in. On the first day, our discoveries of Istanbul started at the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, more famously known as the Blue Mosque (first 3 pictures). The neighborhood, also called Sultan Ahmet, is situated on cobble-stoned sloped streets were you can also spot the Golden Horn part of the Bosphorus. It's a non-ending contemplation of beauty.

Above, Hagia Sophia's opulent Byzantine architecture where Islamic influences meet the original Church with Christian-depicted golden mosaics. Surrounding the center of the structure is a loggia supported by magnificent marble pilasters and arched yellow and gray geometric design mosaic ceiling.
Below are images of the Topkapi Palace which is located on one of the highest points of Istanbul's shoreline overlooking the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. The palace, today a museum, is divided in many courtyards and buildings among which you can see a mixture of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Eclectic Europeanized architecture.

Porch of Imperial Divan at the Topkapi Palace.

Above, Grand Kiosk constructed in an eclectic europeanized style.

A tromp-l'oeil on one of the doors that lead to the inside of the Imperial Divan.

Above, Ciragan Palace where my lucky husband had his High School graduation ball.

The Gates of The Dolmabasce Palace.

A view of Sultan Amet neighborhood.

After 5 hours of absorbing the awe-inspiring beauty of Topkapi Palace we headed to Ortakoy neighborhood which means middle town. There, the girls and I went into a small store specializing in hats, while the boys went to look for a restaurant. While trying on almost all the hats in this small open shop which is surrounded only by old buildings and with the calling for prayer as our background I couldn't help but feel as if we were the main characters in a James Bond movie.
Below, pictures of the beautiful interior of The House Cafe.

A view of the Ortakoy Mosque from our table.

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