looking for light + inspiration

looking for light + inspiration (don’t worry, this is not a spiritual or soul seeking piece)….


two weekends ago we ventured to nyc for a ‘much too short visit’!  destination: the ICFF + The Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse…unexpected find Assouline Books in the DDB building!

last year we were mesmerized, enthralled…pretty much “over the moon” with the “Japan Aisle” at the ICFF…this year we were intrigued by the europeans, americans, africans…

sunday @ the ICFF (international contemporary furniture fair) – high end, luxury design 


luxury italian textiles – looking to our new fall collection + incorporating some of the remarkable hues + textures we saw at the ICFF

italy-smooth hues

moving on to spain….LOVE!  art light

arturo 4

romania – this artist was a ‘real character’ – loved the molded resin concept

“let there be light”

light-drama detail



we saw work from this gifted american designer at the ICFF + the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse.

a space 6

quick lunch break at el colmado – bubbly + deviled eggs (it’s sunday afterall!)


two photos of ‘the homeland’ – we’re 2nd generation norwegian – straight from oslo, you know!  from a family of musicians in Kristiana (the name for Oslo prior to 1924)

norway photo 1norway photo 2

other remarkables

dinner @ mono – it’s a long day of walking at the fair, so once we make it back to the flat in gramercy  we seldom venture far…our favorite local spot is bar jamon – but the beautiful weather had everyone ‘out in numbers’…so we meandered next door to mario’s other spot mono!  thoroughly enjoyed…(but not as much as bar jamon!)

kips bay decorator showhouse

listen….it’s 35′ wide + on the market for $ 26million – if you like what you see – well, it could be yours!  put it on your calendar for next year – it is really fun!  we will take you through as we saw it.

kips bw 1

my favorite space – tucked in just inside the foyer – a lovely stop at the end of the day – loved the light framing as part of the artwork, sultry modern mood


though i did LOVE the scale of the double parlors + double living rooms


lemon chiffon sofa – pink cows…you can’t go wrong!

maureen’s favorite room (and we see it was Kyle Hoepner‘s too) – a far removed upstairs sitting room



the black + white

kips bw 1


outdoor space

the kips bay decorator showhouse benefits the kips bay boys + girls club – good fun + quite amusing.   worth the visit!

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