What Happens In Vegas…

Stays In Vegas…The IRE Show (International Roofing Expo) was held March 1-3 2017 at the Mandalay Convention Center focusing on the latest trends, advances in technology and the best practices for business growth in the roofing industry.

Honored to give a Trend Session on Global Greats and meet some of GAF’s residential and commercial contractors while talking about the GAF On-Line Style Guide @gaf.com/styleguide We talked about the relationship between the roof as an exterior element that reflects the sensibility of interior elements in the home…take Terra, our global lifestyle that emulates a more curated and collected lifestyle gathering interior items from your travels while mixing and matching them in your home. Glenwood Golden Prairie and Timberline HD Barkwood are both excellent examples that are part of our Terra Trend!

Awesome having Guy Fieri join us from the Food Network and cook his signature burger at the GAF evening party…by the pool at Mandalay Bay!

It’s not your grandfather’s roof any more as GAF has so many updated colors, textures and shapes that can redefine your roofing style!

Remember your roof really sets the trend for the rest of your home so why not enjoy the many roofing possibilities that GAF has to offer…visit us @gaf.com/styleguide 

GAF At IRE Las Vegas 2017
GAF Style Guide Featuring Nancy Fire
GAF Designer Shingles At IRE Las Vegas
GAF Education Area At IRE
GAF Layering The Roof
Nancy Fire (HGTV) with Guy Fieri (Food Network)

Guy Fieri’s Signature Burger With Mac/Cheese

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Holly..Jolly..January 

Bucket List Worthy-I know I am such a geek cause for years I wanted to attend ChristmasWorld in Frankfurt Germany but the timing of the show never seemed to jive with my travel schedule…well I made it jive this year and I have to say I am no longer curious!

Who knew, not me that is for sure, that I would hit the jackpot of shows which included ChristmasWorld-Floradecora-Creativeworld-PaperWorld.

As designers, inspiration is always important as it feeds our soul with fresh color, style and knowledge. It’s nice to see what the world is doing especially if it confirms the direction that you are heading in. 

It’s shows like this that make me super proud of our design studio in NYC, Design Works International…after 29 years we still got it going on because our team is pretty awesome. We love what we do, who we do it for and never get tired of creating new…and it’s not always easy to reinvent designs each season, but somehow we keep it fresh and fun!

Posting a few trends from the show but check back with our studio in a few weeks to see our newest holiday collection…after all we have inspiration from around the globe!

Traditional Inspiration
Modern Inspiration
Retro Inspiration
Festive Inspiration
Natural Inspiration

MERCI…in Paris 

Have you been? To Merci in Paris! You know the lifestyle store that has a cult following from all over the world…which I guess includes me!

Take a detour…you will be happy you did…111 Boulevard Beaumarchais in Le Marais..but really outside the main area of Le Marais…

Merci never disappoints because they are on the cutting edge of style and fashion in both clothing and home decor…the way Barney’s NYC was years ago.

The vibe…very busy with trendy people from all over the world coming to see the newest textures, substrates, colors and style updates. Today they were making chair tops from a powder substance that allows you, the consumer to design your chairs on the spot in the store…pretty awesome, pretty millennial and pretty fast!

So take that detour when in Paris and checkout what’s happening in the world of design…Merci!

Santiago Chile-Color…Culture…Creativity

Yes it’s true, I found my blog namesake but with just a little chaos which would be the traffic..but hey it’s a big city with lots of small cars….but I added culture cause this city does NOT lack any!

Colorful…oh yeah cause the amount of artistic graffiti found throughout the city is incredible! 

Creativity…we are talking about some of the most creative artisans producing beautiful hand-crafted product!

Culture…warm and inviting, Santiago is home of many museums, cultural centers and places of interest.

Alleys of Valparaiso Chile

Vina Del Mar Coastline 

Cultural Center Santiago Chile 

Santiago Chile Museum

Valparaiso Chile

Pet Lamp Exhibit Santiago Chile

Row-Houses Valparaiso Chile

The Poet Pablo Neruda’s House Valparaiso Chile

Emiliama Vinyard

Emiliama Organic Vinyard Chile


Valparaiso Chile

We may or may not have had some amazing Chilean Wine with lunch🍷

Variety of Style at Maison&Objet in Miami

I was probably the biggest skeptic when I heard two years ago that my favorite overseas show was heading to Miami for its debut in America. It’s been two years now, I have attended both shows, walked all aisles, met new designers, found innovative products and love chillin’ in Miami…so I guess I am no longer a skeptic and more of a fan!

Happy to share some global greats with you from this past Maison&Objet show which took place in Miami May 10-13.

Neutral Nuances (top left) Porada, Roberta Schilling, Morada, Porada

Playful Products (top left) Studio Poli, Fermob, Martone, Dransfield and Ross

Artisan Accents (top left) FOS, Ritz Marwitz, Ritz Marwitz, FOS

Weaves & Watercolor (top left) Dransfield & Ross, Bretz, Forza Home, Drainsfield & Ross

Take A Seat (top left) Fenabel, Fenabel, Serge De Troyer, Fenbel

A Whole Lotta Love #DOAD (design on a dime) New York City


If you have never been to a “Design On A Dime” event…you should put it on your “interior bucket list”…take some of interior industries movers and shakers, donated interior products from top manufactures, prices below wholesale and an amazing cause…building homes for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS…this equals “A Whole Lotta Love”… not to mention a whole lotta FUN……warning…this event is packed to the brim with serious buyers that are willing, ready and able to snatch up their incredible finds in a matter of seconds…take me for example..I am beyond thrilled with my “Pelle Bubble Gold Leaf Light Fixture” handmade in Brooklyn that I spied…..and waited until 6:30pm when the event went live…reached for the ticket and literally turned around and paid to secure my amazing purchase. 

Take a peek at some of the very creative vignettes curated by top industry movers and shakers…(this event successfully debuted in Miami earlier this year) and happens in NYC every April at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street.

Robin Baron Designs

Lilly Bunn for Bunny Williams Home


Steve Walsh Designs

Cooking For Others Madeline Weinrib


Branca

Jennifer Flanders & Amy Purcell for Fifty Two RoomsBridget Beari Designs

Design Campus

Decor Aid

Anthony George Home Inc

Ron Marvin

Jonathan Legate

Miguel Lewis & Monica Arellano

Kureck Jones LLC

Tyler Wise 

Benjamin Moore

Elle Decor

One Kings Lane

Weizmann Halpern Interior Design with Crosby Studios

Ron Marvin Designs

Yudi Kaufman of Robin Baron Designs

Debbie Viola (Artists)

Tyler Wise

Julie Schuster 

Robin Baron

Miguel Lewis & Monica Arellano

My Pelle Lighting Purchase

Global Inspiration Comes Home in NYC!

Please join me tomorrow night from 5:30-8:30 for this fun and informative event at 200 Lexington Ave at the Cliff Young Showroom suite 505.  

Go Bold OR Go Home

Looks like textiles this season both print and woven are bold and beautiful…with personality and style! 

From repetitive patterns to block print beauties these patterns are not for the meek and shy. 

Want to make a statement through color, pattern and fabric…then this textile season is one to celebrate from Sferra, Society, Robshaw and more…pick your personality through your textile style.