Grey Gardens Inspired Room at Lee Jofa

Twice a year Lee Jofa invites a designer to re-envision the front room of their New York Showroom, using their new fabric collections.  We were in the doldrums of winter when Lee Jofa approached me to design the room.  When I looked through the new collection the first thing that grabbed my attention was the vivid “Versailles Grand” wallpaper!  It is so vibrant and happy; I thought the palette would be perfect for Spring/Summer.  Then I happened to find these amazing antique brass flamingos which reminded me of the flamingos in the wallpaper, and that was that!  The result is a sophisticated yet punchy garden room.

We decided to make a garden room because it hadn’t been done before.  This room has been re-created by so many wonderful design visionaries, I had to come up with something completely different.  Spring/Summer was the perfect time of year for this.  “Grey Gardens” is a favorite story of mine, so I thought it was fitting to have a sort of play on this.

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Rug / Chairs / Chair Fabric / Chair Buttons from Tender Buttons / Side Tables / Mirror / Antique Flamingos from Scout Design Studio

 I really do love Instagram for finding new resources, such as Scout Design Studio in Dallas, Texas, where I found the flamingos.  Follow me on Instagram here!


Screen Wallpaper / Aqua Wallpaper / “Library Frieze” Wallpaper / Greek Key Border / Sofa Fabric / Yellow Pillow Fabric / Side Tables / Cocktail Table

The ceiling color is Benjamin Moore 2029-50 Potpourri Green.  We applied a white lattice to it to enhance the outdoor/garden effect.  You can find this lattice at your local hardware store!

As far as the hedges go, I thought it would be interesting to add these to this indoor/outdoor room.  So we used as many hedges as we could!

The prints on the wall I found when I was at the NY Botanical Gardens annual party.  I was there with Stephen Elrod, the creative director of Kravet/Lee Jofa and we found these unique vintage, architectural garden plans.  They were perfect to incorporate!

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Curtain Fabric / Daybed Fabric / Zebra Striped Pillow Fabric/ Striped Pillows Fabric

We found this vintage rattan daybed at Slate Interiors in North Carolina!


If you are at the D&D please stop by to see the room! Lee Jofa is on the 2nd Floor.


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The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is a charity that helps provide comfort and a place to stay for families with sick children.  Approximately 18,000 families have been served since it opened in 1986.  The RMHLI is a short walk from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, where many of the children stay while being treated. Please watch this video about RMHLI and this one about Project Design 2013 to get a sense for what we are working on for Project Design 2014!

We have been asked to design a suite with a bedroom and bathroom for the families of Ronald McDonald House to stay in, and are raising funds in order to complete the design.  We need your help to make it happen!!  Any donation is greatly appreciated.  Please click here to donate.  Thank you in advance for your support of this amazing cause!!

We are working on a scheme and plan for the room that we cannot wait to share with you!

For now, here are some “before” photos of our room:

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I love zebras, can you tell?

 Get a sneak peak of my apartment and see my affinity for all things zebra here: One Designer’s Penchant for Print, Particularly Zebra.  People often ask me where my obsession began and I don’t really even remember…that is how far back it goes, back to childhood.  I love that they are each unique!  As per usual it was great to work with Hearst and House Beautiful.








Photography credit: Kelly Stuart.  Another big thanks to Kelly and Sarah Bray!



  wallpaper / quilt / crib / sheep / headboard  / tin planecarpet / toys bucket / bookshelf / books / pendant light

A friend recently asked me to help her with ideas for a nursery.  So I went through my photos to see what elements make a functional yet interesting nursery.  I’ve included a photo of a nursery I designed for a client recently and show you ways to achieve the same look!

Here are a few key elements to keep in mind when designing a nursery:

Color Palette, always select an interesting color palette!  Nurseries do not have to be pink if it’s a girl, blue for a boy or yellow for gender neutral.  Why don’t you select a color palette with several colors that you find calming and stimulating!

Bedding, there are so many options these days for bedding! It is another way to expand your color palette.

The Crib is a basic necessity.  The look of the crib can always be changed with the bumpers and bedding.  If you plan on having more than one child, select a crib that is versatile and that you can use again.

Whimsy, I think adding an element of fun keeps any room youthful and never too serious!!  Plus, kids love them!

Daybed, including a daybed in the nursery is practical and a space saver.  I like to incorporate interesting shaped headboards for another layer of sophistication.  This can be used later as a headboard as the child gets older.

Soft carpet is easy on the knees, which is great when children start to crawl.  Selecting a busy pattern is great for camouflaging spills and spit-up!

Accessories, your vintage toys and books are a great addition to personalize your baby’s room.

Interesting or colorful containers will help you keep the nursery in tip-top shape.

Shelves, storage is definitely a necessity!  This also helps you organize all the things babies need.

Adding an interesting light fixture is always a great idea!  Why not have something chic to look at that is also functional.  Ours is vintage, but there are several replicas on the market today.

For more great nursery ideas check out Andrika King’s Nursery Notations.  Happy Decorating!


Color Me Happy

What a Happy New Year and happy color for 2014.   I wasn’t surprised at all “Radiant Orchid” was selected as Pantone’s color of the year!! Being a lover of color, I was thrilled to see such a vibrant and strong color for 2014.  I used a similar color as my backdrop for an Atlanta Showhouse in January of 2012.  This color is bold, intense and works beautifully with grays, other jewel tones and black & white.  I’m including a photo of the room and some easy ideas for you to work this color into your home or into your wardrobe.  After all this is a bold choice, so it isn’t for everyone.  But why not add a little pop of it somewhere in your home or closet this winter!! It is a sure way to add some life, especially when it’s dreary and gray outside.

Have Fun!!



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