Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>I read blogs for several different reasons. Sometimes I want inspiration; other times I need information; still other times I just want to see what is going on in the world. But what I love about decorating and design blogs is that they inspire us to live better at home. Most of us spend a majority of time (and if not quantities of time, then most definitely quality-time) at home. One blog I follow is Bright Bazaar by Will Taylor. I first met Will when we were both selected for #BlogTourNewYork several years ago and have been following his catapult to fame ever since! His keen eye for spotting and using color takes the fear out of decorating with hues of every kind. And now, his musings on color can be found in a fabulous coffee table book called “Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style“.
The book features over 350 photos of interiors from all over the world. Will shares his tips on introducing color into your home whether that be through accessories, painted furniture or bold patterned wall paper. Not only does the book provide inspirational photos (inspiration often being the first step of the creative process), it takes readers to the next practical step of decorating by giving advice on how to incorporate certain color palettes into specific rooms.
What I love is looking through the book and seeing the connection between antiques and color. Vintage furniture is given a new life with a couple coats of brightly hued paint. Pillows add personality to a room when their covers are made from antique patterned fabrics. Even serious antiques like Bombay chests can have a fresh lease on life when lacquered in a bold color. If these dynamic photos don’t prove that antiques aren’t boring, I don’t know what does? Will’s youthful perspective takes color (something that’s often scary) and antiques (something that’s often intimidating) and shows how both can live together in a modern, fun and playful way.
Now that’s what I call Make-You-Smile style! Well done Will!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
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How lucky for me that I was given a corner room on the penthouse with sweeping views over the Hudson and Manhattan!! I definitely felt like I had arrived in STYLE!!! And speaking of style, Veronika Miller and Tim Bogan of Modenus have it in spades. They were waiting in the lobby with cocktail in hand. The enchanting Pippa Jameson immediately got the party started by attempting to drink wine straight from the carafe….
Of course, Will of Bright Bazaar wasn’t far behind…
With the wine flowing, Modenus had organized a gorgeous little orientation fete where we ate a slew of nibbles (my favorite being the fish tacos) and got our goody bags while discussing our plans for the week! Score!!
At this very moment whilst writing this blog post, I’m actually wrapped in luxury wearing the towelcompany.com/ ” target=”_blank”>Turkish Towel BathRobe that came with the kit!
Presents unwrapped and stashed in our room following our orientation cocktail, we dashed out onto the street, hobbling in our heels for dinner at Barbes, an amazing little Moroccan restaurant named after the Paris neighborhood at the foot of the Sacre-Coeur. We found ourselves giggling and chatting and fast becoming friends…
We even got to see a few sites in transit to dinner… Andrew Dunning, of ADP Interiors pointed out the Empire State building as we dashed by.
A highlight of the night was getting to meet 2 of my favorite bloggers who were #BlogTourLondon participants last year – Tamara of Nest, Nest, Nest and Stacey of Quintessence. Equally delightful were the sponsors on site for the night. I had the pleasure of dining with representatives from Modern Aire and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.
We were given a bit of the inside scoop on setting up the show and then the next thing I knew more gifts were being bestowed upon us! THANK YOU Samuel Heath for the lovely robe hook & pull cord by designer Kevin McCloud.
And thanks to Kelly of Kelly’s Kitchen Synk for the use of her photo! Her’s came out so much better than mine I decided to borrow it!
All in all, I’d say our arrival evening into #BlogTourNYC went wonderfully – I was knackered when I got back to the hotel after flying into NYC from Berlin.
Today we’re off for our 1st full day of adventure!! On tap, includes a visit to the A & D Building for a town.poggenpohl.com/seite/home.html” target=”_blank”>Poggenpohl & Blanco before popping down the road to the D & D building for afternoon tea with Madame De Le Curona, a luxury textile firm. Then – Modenus knows how do it diva style – they’ve coordinated a fab dinner in the Miele showroom after we tour the luxury apartments at One 57.
You might be wondering why we’re touring a luxury, 90 story skyscraper overlooking Central Park…. Well, aside from the photo opps, the key thing is the entire building opted to install Miele’s appliances… this building is the essence of fine living and so this decision speaks volumes!
I should dash as the day is about to dawn…but stay tuned for more news from the road with #BlogTourNYC!
The Antiques Diva®