Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dining By Design - DIFFA for Architectural Digest Home Show

This past Thursday heralding the arrival of Spring (even though it snowed here in New York),  was the Opening of the annual Home Design Show presented by Architectural Digest Magazine.  As usual it delivered countless shopping resources for Hospitality, Residential and Commercial design solutions. rugs, kitchen products, flooring, windows and furniture and textiles galore!

I especially enjoy talking to the manufacturers of handmade textiles, wood tables and glass products. I am always the 'down to support crafts girl"!

I attended on Thursday and the line to get inside was incredible in the morning!  One of the highlights of the show is DIFFA Design Industries DINING BY DESIGN brought to us by Trustees Alfredo Parades (of Ralph Lauren) and Cindy Allen.  The exhibit shows incredible tablescapes by some of the most creative designers.  It's always a great opportunity to see some of my favorite designers strolling about and chat it up with them,. Attending inspirational seminars introducing new products and wares, always keeps me abreast of new things on the horizon or in development.

For many of us, who've been attending for years it's like Homecoming Weekend at some universities.  Many sponsored by textile houses and manufactures.  Forgive me if I've forgotten a name or two.

Enjoy some of my favorites here... Got my brand new camera and took these photos at the show! Never know when I might sneak up on you! So smile pretty!

Architectural Digest

Ralph Lauren Paints

Ralph Lauren Paints

Benjamin Moore by Tyler Wisler

Essie by Robert Verdi

Marks and Franz


MOEN by Evette Rios

Stacey Garcia


Perkins + Will by Steven South 


Spin Ceramics

Beacon Hill by Corey Damen Jenkins


Casali by Mac Stopa





Smart Water

Today is the last day of the show, and many presented items are available for sale!!!! So get your carts ready!


Architectural Digest Home Design Show
Piers 92 & 94 55th Street
New York, NY

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Scenario Home... Joy's Stylemakers picks

I am so excited to participate in Scenario Homes Stylemakers series.  They asked me to select just a few items from their extensive and beautiful pieces.  Believe me,  I could go on forever!  I am about to do a great deal of shopping for clients and myself.  They ship internationally too!

Visit these links and get shopping for Spring!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Russia calling ... my new design Inspiration

So I recently took on a new design project in Russia.  Just outside Moscow to be exact.  It's incredibly exciting and I've been knee deep in designing since I met the clients. Who are Phenenomenal!  I have to say with this new endeavor, I have become obsessed with and immersed in Russian culture and design.  Good thing since I will be traveling there quite often.

Without a doubt, I am looking forward to seeing new Russia, with its contemporary architecture of course.  But I am unbelievably excited about seeing the architecture and detailing of Old Russia too.  Especially the Kremlin!

Oh, and yes! There is high luxury fashion to found as well.  As seen from the quick images below from socialite, designer Ulyana Sergeenko.

Please share any locations, restaurants and shops you think I should visit while there.  I will share more about those trips soon.  In the meantime, I will be the one looking up with the camera and sketching profusely!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Madame will see you now... Adorn yourself in Madame M Squared Jewelry

Adornment, more than just wrapping yourself in any old thing.  Adornment, enhancing movement, carrying the eye to highlight details often passed missed.  Adornment, is what Melanie McPherson jewelry designer and artist of MadameMSquared jewelry does best.  
Influenced by a multitude of cultures around her, along with philosophy and fashion, this New York Brooklyn based designer uses jewelry as her vehicle for storytelling.  With a clear love of metal and organic shapes, her pieces are kinetic sculptures in their own right.  Each piece telling their own story, organically through form and shape with a movement of hand, swing of hips or simple gaze.  All you really need is a simple dress and let the jewelry do the talking!
Plus, she's just so cool I'd like to hang out with her, in the design studio as she expands her craft.  Wouldn't you?  Plus, that earcuff has my name ALL over it!


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