Archive for October, 2011

Bravo: Steven Harris Architects


Townhouse, West 87th Street, Steven Harris Architects

While we’ve discussed our love for casement windows before, we couldn’t get enough of this modern renovation of a townhouse on West 87th Street by Steven Harris Architects.  We think it’s a modern townhouse renovation done right.  Those windows!!! Thoughts?

West 87th Street Townhouse Renovation, Steven Harris Architects

West 87th Street Townhouse Renovation, Steven Harris Architects

West 87th Street Townhouse Renovation, Steven Harris Architects

You may remember this firm from their Jane Street project featured in Restoring a House in the City? and, we just had to include this image from another of the firm’s townhouse renovations on Horatio Street. How amazing is this private terrace (also framed by casement windows)!?

Horatio Street Townhouse Renovation, Steven Harris Architects


Wallpaper Weekly, no. 10 / Farrow & Ball Lotus

Manufacturer: Farrow & Ball / Pattern: The Lotus / Color: Dark Gray (2019)

Kitchen by Designer Ryan Korban, via Lonny Magazine Feb/Mar 2010

When Farrow & Ball came out with The Lotus print wallpaper, it was love at first sight. Here it is, looking spectacular, in Ryan Korban’s own Soho kitchen via LonnyMag Feb/March 2010.  We love how masculine and moody this kitchen feels, given it’s oversized floral print papered walls.

Lotus! BP2019

However, can one comprehend our joy when we spotted the F&B Upper East Side showroom (73rd Street between Park & Lex), recently covered ON THE EXTERIOR in Lotus paper? Wowzers. True wallpaper genius!

Upper East Side F&B Showroom, clad in Lotus Wallpaper! via Racked

Lotus Wallpaper Installed on Farrow & Ball's UES Showroom, via Racked


Michelle Morin’s Menagerie


"Busy Bodies" original watercolor by Michelle Morin via United Thread on Etsy

We love the watercolors by Massachusetts artist, Michelle Morin via her shop “United Thread” on etsy. She has such an eye for color. And, that bird on the far right makes us laugh (is he a character in Lion King?).

Some additional favorites below… We want to collect them all and create our own watercolor menagerie!

Michelle Morin

Michelle Morin

Michelle Morin

Michelle Morin

Michelle Morin

In honor of Anne's slightly bizarre high school mascot (Go Shaker Blue Bison!) by Michelle Morin


Party! Gilt Home Launch

Thank you, Gilt Home for the fabulous party!


Wallpaper Weekly, no. 9 / Brad Ford + Jennifer Angus

Last night we attended a great panel discussion hosted by Williams Sonoma Home which included panelists Brad Ford, Michelle Adams, Celerie Kemble, and Keith Granet (the author of the new book, The Business of Design).  Moderated by Elizabeth Blitzer, it was a lively chat about the importance of designers and small businesses to build a brand.

In the discussion, Brad shared a story of being a fairly young designer asked to participate in the Hampton Designer Showhouse in 2007.  He was overjoyed until discovering his room assignment: the mud room (oh how we could relate! read: 2011 Basement Rec Room). Brad described the importance for him to wow in a small and “unimportant” space in the house.

Here are images of his final product and our wallpaper of the week (though admittedly this wall treatment is so spectacular it should really be categorized as art)!

Brad Ford Interior Design, 2007 Hamptons Showhouse

Wallpaper detail, Brad Ford's Mud Room, Hampton Designer Showhouse 2007

In collaboration with Wisconsin artist, Jennifer Angus, they hand-applied preserved insects onto the walls of the wallpapered mudroom.  Brad says, “A mudroom is a portal from the outside. I wanted to play with that idea, to literally bring the outside in.” See more of his interview with the NYTimes.

Brad Ford's Mud Room, Hampton Designer Showhouse 2007

Detail...insanely gorgeous! Brad Ford Interior Design

Detail. Brad Ford Interior Design