Archive for April, 2012

peek! Design on a Dime 2012

We’re in shock how fast this year has flown by; Design on a Dime is upon us again!   Check out some photos of the installation process yesterday…

Talking Walls NYC installation

Talking Walls NYC for Tilton Fenwick, Design on a Dime 2012

We’d like to thank the following companies for supporting us and giving so generously to our vignette to benefit Housing Works:

Hickory Chair

Duc Duc

Diane James Home

Merida Meridian

High Falls Mercantile

Paloma’s Nest

Talking Walls NYC

Valspar Paint

Alex Schuchard

Luther Quintana Upholstery

And a sneak peek at what we were able to create with these incredible donations…

Peek! Child's Room Vignette, Tilton Fenwick Design on a Dime 2012

Regular tickets have now been sold out, but VIP Preview tickets are still available (you get in an hour earlier with the chance to meet all of the designers!).  Hope to see you tonight!


Wallpaper Weekly, no. 31 / Talking Walls NYC

Company: Talking Walls NYC / Pattern: Complex / Color: Custom

This week’s wallpaper weekly is in fact not wallpaper.  For this special edition, we feature the talented Michael Loughlin of Talking Walls NYC.

Loughlin creates hand painted designs for interior walls in repeat, resulting in a dramatic visual statement similar to wallpaper.  For example…

A TalkingWallsNYC pattern:

A Talking Walls Damask Pattern, via

And hand painted on walls:

Talking Walls NYC

Click here to see the decorative patterns available and more room examples.  Talking Walls can also develop custom patterns – in any scale and color combination <amazing!>.

Michael has so generously and enthusiastically volunteered his time and talent for our Design on a Dime vignette, opening tomorrow (Thursday, April 26) to benefit Housing Works Charity.  A very special thank you to TalkingWallsNYC AND to Valspar who sponsor the event and donated all the paint.

Check out a sneak peek of the pattern and colors that we developed with Michael which will cover our vignette walls (a kid’s room):


Custom Pattern for Tilton Fenwick, by Talking Walls NYC

It’s not too late to score tickets to the opening party tomorrow night.  Come see what will definitely be some statement walls by Michael and fabulous room vignettes by almost fifty other designers, all filled with amazing home finds for sale and all to benefit Housing Works.  It also just so happens to be one of our absolute favorite nights of the year!

Get tickets here!

PS – stay tuned to the blog tomorrow for a daytime preview of the amazing furniture pieces that will be for sale – AT DRASTICALLY REDUCED PRICES – at our vignette tomorrow night!

Passing the Torch! TradHome 2012

We are overjoyed to be passing the torch of Traditional Home’s “Top New Trad” honor to a dear friend who also happens to be one of the greatest (and wittiest) design talents we know: Nick Olsen. Check out the spread of the Gramercy Park apartment designed by Olsen via the all new TradHome (the online magazine by the editors of Traditional Home)…

Congrats to all the amazing 2012 New Trad Designers!

Melanie Turner

Palmer Weiss

Tammy Connor

Nick Olsen ;)

Allison Hennessy

Tamara Kaye-Honey

Gideon Mendelson

Mona Ross Berman

Grant K. Gibson

Christina Murphy

Ps, check out some of our picks in the latest TradHome, pages 34 and 53!

Page 34: Our “Spring Flings” Blogger Picks – the brand new line, John Robshaw for Duralee Fabrics / Fabric: “Pushpa”

Page 53: 10 Design Apps, Our Pick iHandy Level

Wallpaper Weekly, no. 30 / Adelphi Paper “Adena Pin Ring”

Manufacturer: Adelphi Paper Hangings via Claremont Furnishings / Pattern: Adena Pin Ring / Colorway: Alternate D

Adelphi Paper Hangings, Adena Pin Ring Colorway D

Adena Pin Ring, our pattern this week, is an historic Parisian print, circa 1799.  It was installed in the library of Ohio’s sixth governor, Thomas Worthington’s house, Adena, in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1808.  The meaning of the house’s name, Adena, is referenced in a diary entry in 1811 by Worthington:

“Adena, a name given to places remarkable for the delightfulness of their situations.” via The Ohio Historical Society

While we are certain the Adena home is still today quite ‘remarkable for it’s delightfulness,’ it’s namesake wallpaper is just as delightful! Below, the historic colorway of Adena Pin Ring restored and recreated by Adelphi…

Adelphi Paper Hangings, Adena Pin Ring Historic Colorway

And below, images of Adena Pin Ring in Alternate Colorway D lining the drop front desk in the NY apartment of Richard Dragisic (of architecture firm Fairfax and Sammons) and Bill Brockschmidt (of Brockschmidt & Coleman where, as we’ve mentioned before, Anne began her career as an office assistant and later as project designer)…

Home of Dragisic and Brockschmidt, via NYSocial Diary 2010, photo: Jeffrey Hirsch

Truly delightful to work at this desk!

Drop Front Desk Lined with Adena Pin Ring, via NYSocial Diary 2010, photo: Jeffrey Hirsch

Home of Dragisic and Brockschmidt, via NYSocial Diary 2010, photo: Jeffrey Hirsch

The Adena paper is repeated in the jewel box hallway…

Home of Dragisic and Brockschmidt, via NYSocial Diary 2010, photo: Jeffrey Hirsch

The apartment was featured on New York Social Diary in 2010 – see it all (correction: feast your eyes!) here.

And, read more about the rich history of Adena Pin Ring wallpaper here.

A New Leaf

As more traditional gals, the furniture retailer BoConcept is not one of our regular stops – but we were stopped in our tracks walking by the 18th street storefront for the new Ottawa Chair by Karim Rashid.

Ottawa Chairs by Karim Rashid for BoConcept

We’re totally enamored by this chair! Wouldn’t it be great upholstered in a print and seated behind a fabulous desk?

Rashid describes the design as a leaf-like form where the legs of a grouping of several chairs creates a feeling like a forest of trees. Watch more of Rashid discuss his Ottawa chair here:

Yet the Ottawa Chair is not the first of our botanical inspired seating love. Below are some additional leaf inspired favorites, first being the famous Ginkgo Side Chair by Claude Lalanne (to note: it sold at Christie’s for $37,500 in 2010!)

Claude Lalanne Ginkgo Side Chair, photo via Christie's

Ron Arad’s Clover Chair for Driade- for indoor our outdoor use.

Clover Chairs by Ron Arad for Driade

Clover Chairs by Ron Arad for Driade

And last, the Oak Leaf Chair by Villiers - also available in white gloss finish.

Oak Leaf Chair by Villiers, Antique Gold

Oak Leaf Chair by Villiers, Polished Nickel