Feb 8, 2016

SNEAK PEAK: Marisa Tomei's Apartment in Elle Decor



Academy Award winner and Empire actress Marisa Tomei covers the March issue of ELLE DECOR, hitting newsstands tomorrow February 9, welcoming the magazine inside her Greenwich Village condo.


From movies from the 90's such as "My Cousin Vinny" and "Only You" and more recent movies on the big screen "The Big Short" and "The Wrestler", Tomei is one of my favorite actresses.. with her lovable style and recognizable voice, she is always such a pleasure to watch. So I guess it is no surprise that her home is just as casually stylish and effortlessly chic as she is on the red carpet.




In the interview, Tomei talks about getting together with her ‘huge’ family, her dream home, her addiction to art and furniture shopping, how she winds down after a long day on set, and more. 
One day, almost a NY Miracle in itself, Tomei's neighbors slipped a note under her door that said, “We’re moving. Do you want to buy our place?”: So she was finally able to expand her “snug and lovely” but small space in the 1931 high-rise in New York’s Greenwich Village.

“My family is huge, including over 25 cousins, aunts, and uncles, as well as my parents, who lie around the corner, and my brother. And we like to get together.”






Combining her love of old Hollywood-style glamour and her internet surfing for design finds on eBay, Live Auctioneers and other sites after long hours on set, the culmination of which is clear in the interiors with the eclectic mix of patterns, art and furniture. 


The other side of the living room holds mid-century Brazilian rosewood chairs, stools purchased at auction, armchairs found on eBay, and a sofa by Classic Sofa upholstered in a Manuel Canovas fabric; the side tables are from Prime Gallery in Palm Springs, California, paintings by José Parlà flank a South African wall hanging made from cowrie-shell-embellished aprons, and the rug is Moroccan.
Chairs from HousingWorks surround a vintage marble-topped dining table found on eBay;
the chandelier is by Lindsey Edelman, and the curtains are of a Pollack fabric.

Marisa on her love of vintage furniture, art, and objects: 

“It has to do with being an actress. What are the details of another person’s life? What’s the history of an object?”


The living room sofa is upholstered in a Kuba textile, the Milo Baughman swivel chair is covered in a fabric by Christopher Hyland, the floor cushions are covered in a Dedar velvet and an Edelman leather, the cocktail table is custom made, and the sconces are by O'Lampia; the floor lamp was found on Etsy, the painting, by an unknown midcentury artist, was found on eBay, the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Dove Tale, and the rug is Moroccan.



What a fabulous combination of styles and comfort - the end result is certainly one that will inspire and be welcoming for those family gatherings.




Make sure to grab your copy this month!




*Photo credit is Douglas Friedman for ELLE DECOR. Interview by Ingrid Abramovitch

Oct 15, 2015

East Coast to West Coast - Design Talk at High Point


"East Coast to West Coast Design via High Point Market"




From NY to LA, America's top Designers, Bloggers, & Editors discuss their latest projects, inspiration & what's hot in their part of the world today. That is what this fabulous group of design savvy woman (and I :-) will be sharing during our talk in the middle of the hustle and bustle of High Point Market this Saturday.


Are you headed to High Point? It is 6 days of EXTREME design scouting..buying..and sourcing for the world's leading interior designers, retailers, and editors and bloggers. It is a city. It is impossible to see it all, and I have had the privilege to attend as both a designer and speaker on many occasions and still get those nervous butterflies each time as I prepare to go. It is the anticipation of knowing that I will indeed be unable to see it all but oh boy am I going to try!!

So who are these women that will be sharing their experience of the design industry as seen from across the country?





Robin Baron, is the interior designer and lifestyle expert behind  www.SimplifyingFabulous.com Blog, and is the President of ASID NY Metro Chapter. 



With a wide range of experience in design, while appearing on HGTV and the like, I first met Robin when we were both V&M Insiders right at the very beginning of this blog!





and Robin was also a designer for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (although not the same year as I) but her room was pretty fabulous!

Robin Baron for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island




Jeanne Chung is an interior designer based in Pasadena, California and the founder/editor of www.CozyStylishChic.com design blog. She's known for her classic yet fresh and modern design aesthetic and is one of this market's Style Spotters! Her life in various countries, her experience in Fashion for nearly 20 years spending much of that time in Bali. 


Hand Rendering - Jeanne Chung



With both fashion and design degrees, Jeanne shares her multifaceted style with her design clients through some pretty fabulous hand renderings and now able to find her at her new shop in Old Town Pasadena! make sure to visit.







Paloma Contreras of www.LaDolceVitablog.com is an interior decorator, & award winning blogger based in Houston, Texas, with a modern take on traditional style. 


From the widely popular La Dolce Vita blog, that Paloma started in 2007 through to her most recently opening her own design firm, she has counted on numerous successes such as being named as House Beautiful's New Wave Designer

Paloma Contreras Design








Last but not least, I will be on this panel sharing all the fun I have had learning about design on both coasts of the US.

Well hopefully you all read my blog (because here you are!) and know that I am also an Editor @ Large for California Home + Design magazine focusing on Southern California..



But did you also know that I too have had a design business since 1999?? And that the business has had offices in Portugal .. New York.. and now based in Newport Beach.

Well, it is true.
I have been blessed to work on both commercial design such as spas and hotels..



Mehditash Design: 2014 (john Gruen)

Mehditash Design: 2014 (John Gruen)


as well as residential design with now a stronger emphasis on designing homes in California.
So if you are reading this and have a home in California, reach out today and let's make some design magic happen together!


and a huge thanks and shout out of congratulations goes to the ANTIQUES & DESIGN CENTER and Amanda Kinney as they celebrate their 5th year.

A must visit stop on anyone's tour of High Point market. It is home to a wide variety of vintage


Tuesdays on the Boulevard
Antique & Design Center

and antique sources

Nancy Price Home - Antique & Design Center
that allow every designer to create those unique and one of kind schemes that our clients desire.



So join us and make sure to follow along on my Instagram account #decaporterfinds as I share all the goodies I spot during market.


Saturday, October 17  --  1:30pm - at the Antique & Design center
"East Coast to West Coast Design via High Point Market"

Oct 14, 2015

Designer Library: Kathryn M. Irelands' "Inspired By..."




The new book "Inspired By..." from California interior and textile designer, Kathryn M Ireland, is not your typical design/coffee table book. Instead, it's more of a celebration of friendships that Kathryn has fostered over the years, and it's their homes and design that we end up becoming inspired by in this book. 





Pages 38-39 (Barry Dixon's library) - Edward Addeo


Pages 60-61 (Michael Bruno's bedroom) - Tim Street-Porter


Kathryn M Ireland



"It is about the friends and colleagues whose individuality and passion for design have inspired my life and work," shares Kathyrn.

















Page 70 (Donna Dixon Aykory's kitchen) - Tim Beddow

Pages 130-131 (Lady Annabel Goldsmith's Sitting Room) - Tim Beddow
Pages 158-159 (Fiona Lewis' living room) - Tim Beddow


A true ode to design, inspiration, and friendship and a wonderful book for the start of the new year. You can buy it from her site, here, for $45. 


Originally posted: California Home + Design 01/08/15


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