Design School Insider’s Guide: Sourcing Historic Textiles

A Designer’s education never ends—nor should it! We are always looking, seeing, and traveling—constantly sourcing inspiration from many places. Diving in at the D&D (Design and Decoration) building in New York is a great way to be inspired and see what is new and offered by the many showrooms. We love to share our knowledge on the history of where many of the fabrics and wallpapers have come from. If you love design and being around all that goes into it, join us and the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) on November 8, 2017, for our popular, affordable and inspirational 3-hour course, Insider’s Guide: Sourcing Historic Textiles Insider’s Guide: Sourcing Historic Textiles and Wallcoverings, which is open to anyone who registers.

 

Representing over 3,000 leading manufacturers, the Decoration and Design Building is known nationally and internationally as the world’s most important home to over 130 showrooms and stands as an invaluable resource for anyone who appreciates and has a passion for design.  It is hands down, the number one place to go for anyone needing or looking for design inspiration and information.  All designers in the metro area should make the time to go, especially those just getting their feet wet in the wonderful world of design.  For the past several years, we have collaborated with the New York School of Interior Design to provide first-hand access to the Design and Decoration Building through this course tour. Students meet with the experts and see first-hand where the originals came from as far back as the 18th century. Whether it is Fortuny from Venice, Pierre Frey from France, or Sanderson and Zoffany from the United Kingdom, you get to see, touch, feel and be inspired by these textile and wallpaper items up close.

 

Pierre Frey, Coutances Positif Rouge Toiles de Jouy

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Insider’s Guide: Sourcing Historic Textiles and Wallcoverings

 

 

 

 

 

Students experiencing Fortuny—the top quality luxury Venetian handmade fabrics for furnishing, interiors, and upholstery.

Pierre Frey, Mondes This series of hyperrealistic globes was painted by watercolorist Jean-Pierre Marladot. Earths and moons, loaned by a great collector blend together and ask only to spin around their axis!

Pierre Frey, Les Aeoronefs This design shows a group of flying machines taken from French engravings dating from 1770. It evokes the first hot-air ballon flights.

Fortuny Showroom. Students experiencing the top quality luxury Venetian handmade fabrics for furnishing, interiors and upholstery.

 

Insider’s Guide: Sourcing Historic Textiles and Wallcoverings

 

 

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Mansion in May: Men in Kilts

Our Mansion in May showroom is finally ready for its big reveal, so here it is, our slightly scandalous, entirely cheeky and super fun Scottish Highland Lasses Loo!

Every great showroom starts with a great design concept, but when the space is a small powder room in a mansion that boasts 20,000 square feet as The Abbey does, we knew we needed more than a great concept—we needed a show-stopper. The Highland Lasses Loo was designed to elicit surprise, joy, curiosity, and most of all giggles, all simultaneously.

Over 20,000 visitors experienced the hilarity and fun of our Highland Lasses Loo design, and it ranked among the most talked about spaces. We hear from a reliable source that that visitors were literally taking out their reading glasses in order to garner a better appreciation for the “art” that decked the walls, specifically lots of near-naked men in kilts. The show house has been closed for over two weeks now and people are still calling and emailing us every day asking to purchase the images. And sorry, they still are not for sale.

The entire showhouse experience was amazing. After years of shying away from them and visiting many—we are thrilled that Mansion in May was The Red Shutter’s debut showhouse. The WAMMC group is a fierce team that few corporations could even match; they are organized, efficient and kind all at once. The pristine efficiency with which they ran Mansion in May truly allowed for us to be fully immersed in the experience and discover, to our own surprise, just how much we actually love doing a showhouse! We would also like to take a moment and offer our sincerest gratitude to Barbara Ostrom, the Showhouse Queen and author of the book, “Curtains Up!”, for her gentle encouragement for us to participate in the showhouse—without it, the Scottish Lasses Loo may have missed its day.

 A special thank you to Lefroy Brooks, Benjamin Moore and F. Schumacher; Alessandra Branca for their sponsorship!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Houzz Features The Red Shutters in Botanical Bathrooms to Suit 9 Personality Types

Houzz features The Red Shutters bathroom design in the Houzz Editorial, “Botanical Bathrooms to Suit 9 Personality Types

As we reach the pinnacle of the spring season, there is no better time of year to highlight the wonderful resurgence of botanical decor motifs sprouting all about—especially in the bath. These on-trend organic, botanical and floral designs create a lush, verdant statement, shining in shades of green and yellow, but also equally stunning in ocean blues and sandy tans—as evident in our Houzz feature!

There are several ways you can introduce the fresh green garden themes of botanicals into your own bathroom. Boxwood topiaries offer a classic look for surfaces and framed botanical prints for your walls. However, as the Houzz feature notes, nothing beats big, beautiful, bold botanical wallpapers. Whimsical and sophisticated, there is a botanical wall covering to satisfy all decor tastes and dreams!

Due to their size, bathrooms are the perfect contained spaces to experiment with styles, colors, and patterns—with even small accent pieces having the opportunity to shine and take center stage.

Here are a few Pro-tips to get you started:

Botanical Bathrooms Boxwood Topiaries

Boxwood Topiaries

Miniature boxwood topiaries are a perfect addition for spacious vanity countertops and bare windowsills. Going faux with your greenery? Opt for a preserved boxwood so the natural evergreen foliage preserved while freshly picked, looks and feels like living boxwood. Check our Pinterest Board Boxwood, Bust and Topiaries for more design inspiration.

Botanical Prints

When it comes to decorative botanical paintings, nothing is more classic than the iconic  “Twelve Months of the Year in Flowers” by Robert Furber. More than 400 species of flowers are represented in his best known works along with the first plant and seed catalog ever published.

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Mansion in May: Marina’s Debut Showhouse

Mansion in May The Abbey Lion

There are less than two weeks left to view one of the most successful designer showhouses in the country, the Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens. Presented by the Woman’s Association for Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC) Mansion in May is the Association’s signature fundraising event—bringing in over $10 million dollars for worthwhile causes at Morristown Medical Center since 1974.

WAMMC’s 18th Mansion in May features Alnwick Hall “The Abbey” in Morris Township New Jersey and highlights the work of over 50 designers from the Metropolitan area, including Marina Case, Barbara Ostrom, Jess Riley and Katja van der Loo.

Marina was selected from 270 of designers and received the Association’s attention for her creativity and fun approach in designing a Scottish Lasses Loo featuring funny photos and whimsical touches which have many people laughing.

Marina’s interpretation of classic symbols of Scottish tradition most notably stands out in her design elements highlighting the unique wool and kilt fashion culture of Scotland. The Lasses Loo is garnering notable attention for its striking walls covered floor to ceiling in Alessandra Branca’s fuchsia Alexander Tartan fabric for Schumacher. The ceiling and trim all done in the rich, deep and luxurious tones of Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal stand to further compliment and enhance these show stopping walls.  Known as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of plumbing fixtures, Lefroy Brooks’ Classic Lever Faucet sits as the crown jewel of the Loo.

Mansion in May Lasses Loo

This year with over 5,000 pre-sale tickets sold before the doors even opened, the Showcase expects to attract over 33,000 visitors during its month-long run. Mansion in May is open every day to the public for daily tours from May 1st through 31st between the hours of 10AM and 3PM. Tickets for self-guided tours are available for purchase online or at the door for $50.00. We suggest visiting on a weekday to avoid the lines often encountered on the weekends.

Most items in the design spaces are available for purchase at the Mansion, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Morristown Medical Center. Come, not only to admire the designs but to purchase the pieces you love and take them home after Mansion in May!

And don’t forget to vote for The Lasses Loo as your favorite Interior and Landscape Design Space! Cast your ballot on the iPads in the Welcome Center at the entrance of the Canfield Café.

We truly encourage you not to miss this golden event. Mansion in May is a bi-annual event, only open for less than two weeks. Don’t delay! Your next opportunity may not be until May 2019.

Mansion in May Lasses Loo Flowers

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A Well-Designed Business Podcast with LuAnn Nigara

A Well Designed Podcast

Our Principal Designer Marina Case sat down with LuAnn Nigara an Award-winning window treatment authority, author, and host of one of the most popular podcasts for the design industry, A Well-Designed Business.  This candid interview is about Marina’s passionate career going from Hobby Decorator to Interior Designer.

A Well-Designed Business, features in-depth conversations with interior designers and industry professionals on just about every subject on the business of interior design, from “Branding for Designers,” “How to Get PR,” and “How to Structure Your Fees.”

Click below or visit LuAnn’s blog and download her interview take-away “Things I Learned from Marina Case.”

Download Things I Learned from Marina Case

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