Lightning Strikes Twice

 

What a difference a year makes.  Last year we were confronted with the decline of our beloved four-legged son Charlie.  After eleven wonderful years of love and devotion (he turned up in our driveway when he was about three), our boy was struggling.  When the doctor suggested that we put his affairs in order, we knew that he wasn’t ready to throw in the towel quite yet. We weighed the options and decided to celebrate his life and allow him to have the best summer imaginable.  We moved him to the country where he spent every possible moment outdoors surrounded by friends and neighbors of both the two and four-legged varieties. 

Charlie and his best friend Zippy

Charlie was a special boy, charming, gentle and funny.  He was a joy to be with and the glue that held our family together.  His arrival on our doorstep that cold 1st night in December 2001 was the greatest gift we had ever received. 

For months our boys had been pleading for a new dog, but we were still recovering from the loss of our last dog and weren’t ready to take the plunge. When we returned to our house in the country from an afternoon of bowling on that cold dark evening and our son’s friend exclaimed that there was a dog in our driveway, we thought he was joking.  But this was no joke.  There was a large black dog waiting by our side door.  Since our home is on an unlit dirt road, we had no choice but to invite him in. 

He immediately found a place under our kitchen table and soon after, in our hearts as well. We scrambled to find his owners, but repeatedly came up empty.  He had tags issued by a local veterinary practice, but when we finally reached them, they told us that the numbers on his tags did not match any of their issues.  By this time it was Sunday afternoon and we needed to head back to the city.  We knew that we could not leave him or deliver him to the local shelter so with us he came, tic larva and all, and by the time we reached the city, he had a home and a name; Charlie.

 

Our boy Charlie

The irony of Charlies arrival did not go unnoticed; he arrived on December first, the day after what would have been our first dog, Danny’s birthday. 

Irwin and I were not even married six months when we happened upon Danny in a pet store on our way to pick up some last minute things at Bloomingdales before embarking on our belated honeymoon.  When Danny was placed into Irwin’s arms it was truly Kismet, and before we know it, we were making arrangements to have the pet store hold him until we returned from Jamaica.  Unable to stop thinking about Danny (whom we originally were going to name Dondi), we returned thirty minutes later and took him home. 

With our vacation in less than a week, we did what any other young couple would do, we called Irwin’s parents and congratulated them on becoming grandparents, and left them with a new puppy and a large supply of wee-wee pads.  What were we thinking?

 

Puppy Danny

A week and an entire kitchen’s worth of grass cloth wallpaper later, we were full time puppy parents.  And so began an eighteen year love affair with Danny, his Shitza- Poo significant other Maxx, and there three puppies, Moo Moo, Lu Lu and DJ ( Danny Junior).  A graphic group of black and white bundles of joy that filled our lives with love and lots of repair costs.

Danny's significant other: Maxx

 

 

 
Danny & Maxx's Puppies: DJ (white) Moo Moo (B/W) Lu Lu (Black) 

Danny and Charlie were polar opposites.  Danny was a dazzlingly white Bichon with incredibly short legs, while Charlie was large, regal and black with long legs and a smidge of white on his chest and fluffy paws.  Danny was cerebral and was given the nickname "Einstein" (he could even talk) and Charlie, when asked where grandma was, often brought us a shoe or sneaker instead.

The one and only: Our Little einstein: Danny

 

Charlie Sr.

What the two did have in common, besides our boundless love, was a red collar.

Charlie left us as he had arrived on our doorstep with humor, grace and love on a beautiful evening in August under his favorite tree.

 

By the middle of September, we were surfing Petfinder.com looking for a new addition for our family.  We had agreed to wait until spring because with the exception of three years, we had had a dog (or dogs) for our entire married life  (thirty-two years).  And after Charlie’s rear leg issues and our increasing ages, we were thinking about a smaller dog (max 35 pounds) that could easily be picked up should it become infirmed.  There were lots of cuties, but we always seemed to be drawn back to Flat Coated Retriever mixes.

 Irwin came across Charlie on Petfinder, (yes, his name was Charlie) back in November, he said that something about Charlie spoke to him, but we had agreed that were not quite ready for another dog.  Besides, I thought that it was more than a little weird considering another black, Flat Coated mix dog with the name Charlie.

 

When Irwin saw that Charlie was still on Petfinder in February, he knew that he had to call and find out more.  When he called he was told that Charlie had just been placed in his forever home.  While he was disappointed, he was happy to hear that Charlie had found a good home.  Four days later, Irwin received an email from the woman at the rescue, telling him that Charlie’s adoption did not work out and that he had been returned.

Well, Irwin was beyond happy and made arrangements for us to see him the following Sunday.  He told EVERYBODY…..but me.  I was told that we were going to an auction for Mid Century lighting on the way home from the country. 

When we pulled into the driveway of the non-descript split level home, I told him that it couldn’t be right and to please get proper directions.  When a woman came out walking two dogs, I realized that I had been punked.

And so it was.  Charlie, a beautiful black mix of what we believe to be Lab, & Border Collie, with warm golden brown eyes, a tuxedo shirt of white on his chest and fluffy feet tipped in white, came home with us on that blustery February day with two days of food and…a red collar.  Some things are just meant to be.

 

Charlie Jr.

 

When Irwin decided to participate in IFDANY’s Take A Seat Event, where twenty-four metro NY designers would be creating up-cycled chairs to be auctioned off on Thursday May 16, 2013 with all proceeds to benefit relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims as well as for local IFDA chapter professional development, he could not help but be inspired by our Charlies, past and present and the never ending connectivity of life. 

Irwin purchased this a chic 40’s lounge chair with sinewy lines several years ago.  Despite its condition, he recognized that it had enormous potential.  He put it in the gallery storage room and forgot about it.  When Irwin signed up for “Take a Seat” he went into his storage room to see if he had any appropriate chairs and discovered this beauty.   While he knew it needed a total overhaul, he also knew that good bones are good bones no matter the condition and that this was “The Chair”.  Irwin had it lacquered in the bright red color of “The Charlies” collars and upholstered the chair in a graphic black and white pattern representing  “The Charlies” colors their many points of connectivity and lightning, that CAN strike twice.

Lightning Strikes twice: before

 

 

 

Lightning strikes twice: After 

The kick off event took place last night in the TOTO showroom where we had the privilege of viewing several of the IFDANY chairs ( ours included) and join the other 2 IFDA groups (S. Cal & Japan) live via Skype to celebrate this momentous occasion.

 

 

"Lightning Strikes Twice"

 

 

IFDA Japan live via skype

 

Sam Simon and Tamara Stephenson at the Kick off event

 

 

Lots of bubbly to celebrate at TOTO

 

The chairs will be on display in the Lillian August store windows and floor from May 8-21.  If you are going to be in NYC, please stop by and visit the Take a Seat exhibit and vote for your favorite chair for the People's Choice Award.

 

AND...Please be sure to join us for what promises to be an extraordinary evening on Thursday May 16th, when MC/Host, Designer Jamie Drake, and Karl Green, auctioneer and director of Furniture & Decorative Arts, Bonhams NY,  auction off these amazing one-of-a-kind up-cycled chairs.  Enjoy great company, live music, delicious  hors d'oeuvres and fashionable drinks.

The Gala Auction will be held on:

Thursday May 16, 2013

6-8:30 PM

Lillian August Furnishings + Designs

12 West 20th Street

New York, NY 10011

$20 per person

Click here to order tickets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Madness Continues

Everyone seems to get caught up in the Madness.  If like me, you are finding it difficult to say goodbye to March Madness and the excitement and unpredictability that ensued, fear not because the Madness continues in April, Mid Century Modern - Mad Men Madness - that is.

 

 

Everyone, including the president gets caught up in the Madness

(photo courtesy of ESPN.com)

Yes, April abounds with Mid Century Madness and we at Irwin Feld Design couldn’t be happier because we live and breathe Mid Century Modern Design each and every day.   Not only has Mad Men the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama returned to the airwaves, but thanks to Lumen Lighting and Design’s *Mad for Mid-Century Design* contest happening right now on http://olioboard.com, you have an opportunity to create a little madness of your own!

 

 

Mad Men: Don Draper's Apartment

(Photo courtesy of AMC)

 

 

Lumen Lighting and design's Mad for Mid-Century Contest on Olioboard

For those of you who are not familiar with it, Olioboard, featured on both  the Today Show and the Nate Berkus Show in February, is a fun and intuitive to use social commerce site which allows users to create two and three dimensional mood boards which can be shared AND shopped!  The site is easy to navigate and does not require a software download.  Olioboard has already organized a huge library of interior design related images that you can just drag and drop into your creations and if you can’t find what you are looking for, you can add images from other websites and your computer as well!

 

A fabulous 3 D Board Created by Olioboard user irafra
 

So say goodbye to your obsolete brackets and say hello to the madness awaiting you in April. All you need to do is sign onto Olioboard between now and April 16th at 12 pm EST and create a Mid Century inspired room using at least five items from the Lumens collection.  So get busy and create a little Madness of your own, the results will be inspiring, and who knows, you might be one of the three lucky winners who will receive a Lumens gift certificate for $500, $350 or $150.

say goodbye to your brackets

(Image courtesy of ESPN.com)

 

 

 

And hello to olioboard: Another amazing 3D Board created by olioboard user kari2011

 


AND Please....Don’t forget to vote for your favorite boards!  Our very own Irwin Feld along with incomparable lighting designer James Bedell will be selecting the gift certificate winners from the 25 boards with the most votes by the end of the contest on the 16th!

 

 

                                                   

Irwin & James


Good Luck & Good Fun!

Holiday Greetings from Irwin Feld Design,

Where Mid Century Modern sparkles and shines.

From case pieces to lighting to seating galore,

Artwork and mirrors, accessories and more.

 

 

 Sparkle & Shine

 

 

Case Pieces, Lighting, Artwork & More

 

 

Majestic dining tables restored with love,

Spotlighted by sputnik chandeliers hanging from above.

A pedestal desk with a tripod base,

A sleek floor lamp with a shade of lace.


 

Majestic X Based Dining Table

 

 

 

Sputnik Chandelier

 

Pedestal Desk with a tripod Base

 

 

A Sleek Floor lamp with a shade of lace

 

Credenzas and dressers and beautiful chests,

Five thousand square feet of furnishings welcome our guests.

Versatile buffets with tapered legs and casters,

Timeless design created by masters.

 

Ebonized Entrancemaker credenza

 

 

Versatile Buffet with tapered legs and casters


Now Gibbings! Now Ponti! Now Wormley and Kagan.
On, Frankl! On, Seibel! On Ratkai and Baughman.
With Jere and Probber, Stuart, and Springer,

Longo and Sonneman et al, each one a winner.

 

T.H. Robsjohn gibbings credenza

 

edward wormley for dunbar desk

 

 

cerused table by paul frankl

 

 Ben seibel bookends

 

 daphne by george ratkai

 

 

 tiered urchin sculpture by jere

 

 

 pair of john stuart benches

 

 

dark brite by vincent longo

 

No need for the chimney, our door will do,

A magical kingdom is waiting for you.

With wishes for Holidays joyous and dear,

And health, happiness, peace & prosperity throughout the next year.

 

 

Have a wonderful Mid Century Holiday!

 

 Autumn has arrived with all of its spectacular colors and aromas and the excitement is palpable.  The once brilliantly green trees are almost bare, their leaves now blanketing the ground and snow seems to be in the forecast for some as early as…today.  After over five months of bringing the indoors out and utilizing our outdoor living spaces during those long and lazy days of spring and summer, we are preparing to do an about face.

 

bare but beautiful

 

Despite the fact that is still only October, seasonal commercials have begun to permeate the airwaves thrusting us into into:

t h e  H o l I d a y    Z o n e 

                                                                                                           

And while we would prefer the old school holiday season that begins on Black Friday, we also believe that to be “forewarned is to be forearmed” and that the extra month (if you can stand the plethora of commercials) is a gift; the gift of time.

With Halloween around the corner, we are getting ready to embark on that frenetic, exciting and unpredictable marathon of indoor entertaining that begins at the end of the month and goes on and on and on…and on.

So take a deep breath, pour yourself a cocktail and use the gift of time, not to become overwhelmed, but rather to plan, prepare and revel in the long season. 

Festival of Lights

  

This is a joyous time in the Gallery.  The anticipation of so many celebrations and the lifetime of memories that will be made are not lost on us.  We know all too well the importance of holiday celebrations in our lives and are delighted when our Mid Century masterpieces play an integral part.  After all, these pieces represent the talent and design ingenuity of our greatest generation.  They have been lovingly restored and re-invented, offering clients a unique opportunity to own a one of a kind piece that has stood the test of time and is available for immediate delivery.  And let’s be honest, who can resist that kind of opportunity?

 

One of a kind couture: Priceless

 

Whether you are hosting your first or one hundred and first celebration this season, there is a lot to think about. So let’s get started.

Today we will lay the foundation for holiday entertaining and focus on four key elements that need to be considered when preparing your home for the season.

 1.  Lighting                                                                                              

 2.  An amazing dining table                                                                           

 3.  Extra, multifunctional seating

 4.  Mirrors 

Regardless of your design aesthetic or your budget, there are a multitude of options available, and we always recommend that you purchase the best quality that you can afford. 

By the end of October summer’s endless days are little more than a memory.  When we turn the clocks back at 2 am on November 6th, evening will turn into an afternoon affair and supplementing the rapidly diminishing natural light becomes crucial.  This is the time to let your imagination shine and select appropriate additional lighting for your home, especially the areas you plan to use for entertaining.

 

Shedding some light on the holidays

 

Sconces & Chandeliers add light & sparkle; Mirrors help too

 

 

An absolute Standout: Massive sputnik with brass,copper & nickel

 

crystal sconces and sputniks, oh my!

 

 

 

Capiz Shell pendants; White as snow

 

brass & lucite chandelier all aglow

 

 

Lucite & Brass Table lamps: All wrapped up

 

The centerpiece for holiday entertaining is most often the dining room. If you have large celebrations and have adequate space, a large table or a table with an extra leaf or two may be best.  If your celebrations or space are on the smaller side, a smaller table will probably be more appropriate.  Whatever the size, chose a table that you LOVE and everyday entertaining will become a special event.

 

A dining table & chairs worthy of any celebration

 

 

 

Lucite, Aluminum & Glass Dining Table: Clearly a winner

 

 

 

An intimate celebration

 

 

 

 

With 2 leaves & Casters:Versatile and adaptable

 

 

No holiday season would be complete without adequate multifunctional seating.  This most often comes in the form of benches and ottomans that can be stored under other pieces if necessary and then moved to wherever they are needed, whether as extra seating at the dining table or as additional conversational seating.  The options are endless.

seating to spare

 

This bench is really on the ball

 

Pull up a seat...or three

 

This Mid Mod diamond bench: a gem

 

 

 

A pair:  Perfect...anywhere

 

 

A proper Probber

 

And there is no better way to enhance the sparkle & dimension of any space than the addition of a beautiful mirror.

Mirror Mirror on the wall

 

 

Right on target

 

 

a beautiful reflection 

So put your thinking caps and prepare to enter...

 t h e  H o l I d a y    Z o n e     

Begin the planning process early because while some of us (Irwin included)  are often inspired and creatively motivated by the adrenaline rush of last minute preparations, most of us benefit from early planning and organization.  And while there are sure to be a few bumps in the road, the season will be infinitely more enjoyable and      N O T  scary at all!

 


Sometimes it is truly difficult to remember how really lucky we are.  Day to day life can be overwhelming when the fairytale lives we were promised by the Cleavers and the Reeds have not quite materialized.  But we are here as active participants in the only game in town, and for that, Irwin and I are eternally grateful. 


While summer has given way to autumn and the trees are awash in a golden hue, there are still signs of new bloom.

 

 

Autumn's Golden Hues

 

 

 

New Blooms in PINK- more than a coincidence

 

 

 

Wear it proudly

 

 

A subtle yet powerful reminder that despite the fact that life can change in an instant forcing us to recalculate the direction our path will take, we must move forward with hope, love and support.

 

We are now more than halfway through the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and from the NFL to our own back yards (and soccer fields) awareness and funds are being raised.

 

Pink on the field  

Photo courtesy of pink-NFL.com

 

 

 

 

Get Your pink on! 

photo courtesy of Hable Textile

 

As many of you know, we have a commitment to Susan G Komen for the Cure.  We participated in Holiday House NYC in 2009 and 2010 and have also, with the support of our friends and colleagues in the design industry, sold our first Pretty in Pink 4 Life Bench this past February.   ALL the proceeds went directly to the Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure.

  

 

                                       Pink- the color of life                                                         

We currently have another A M A Z I N G custom Mid Century Pretty in Pink 4 Life piece available for sale. We collaborated with Sunbrella and produced this fantastic ottoman, which is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use all year long.   And may we add that it would make any young girl feel like an absolute princess?  ALL the proceeds from the sale of this ottoman will once again go directly to Komen CT. 

 

Pretty in Pink 4 Life Mid Century Ottoman

 

 

                                                                                                       

 We are hoping to find this wonderful piece of reinvented Mid Century style a new home before the end of the month and would appreciate your help spreading the word

 

So, Get your PINK on and celebrate the only game in town: Celebrate Life!

A Midsummer Lights Dream

Ah, the beauty of summer, with its never ending warm, sunshine filled days that entice us to take the long way home and drink in the cocktail of colors.  Where annuals and perennials conspire with wildflowers to present us with a symphony of sights that are in a constant state of transformation is where I have chosen to reside. In fact, I have become so enraptured with this season, I have all but forgotten to share it with you.

Bijou Blanket brimming with color

 

Fuchsia Zinnia

 

 

 Rudbekia, a staple in our garden

 

Queen Anne's Lace

 

 Periwinkle Wildflowers

 

‘Tis the season to bring the indoors out, and enjoy every moment from dawn till dusk and beyond.  So, as the sun disappears and gives way to the cool breezes that usher in starry nights, Irwin and I like to add our own brand of illumination: candlelight.

 

 

Breathtaking Sunsets

  

What can be more enchanting on a tranquil summer evening than the warm glow of candlelight?

 

 

Simply Enchanting

 

 

We know only too well how instrumental candles are in setting the proper mood either indoors or out during any season, but candlelight outdoors during summer is absolutely sublime.                                                                                                                                                          

            

A real Connection  

                                                                                                    

A star is born

It is the season of infinite possibilities so use your imagination.  Many found objects in your home can be the perfect vessel for a candle or tea light.  An old lantern that we purchased our first summer in the house sits along side an inverted vintage capiz shell lampshade that houses a candle.

Our 1st lantern, previously owned by Betsey Johnson

 

While we employ a variety of candles, we particularly love using tea lights because they are small and can be placed in a wide array of vessels.  Additionally, these short burning beauties are readily available and extremely inexpensive.  

Shades of light

 

We have a collection of glasses that we taped and frosted ten years ago for a family event.  We continue to enjoy them especially during the summer.

 

Ten years....and still going strong

 

And a vintage silverplate bowl we picked up at a tag sale many years ago has served a multitude of uses, most recently as a candle holder.

Vintage Silverplate shedding new light 

 

And until a better solution comes along,  it is absolutely necessary to integrate citronella candles into the mix.

 

 

Citronella helps take the bite out of a summer evening

 

The possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination.  So make the most of every evening,

 

 Divine illumination

 

 

All Aglow

 

   

Moonlight

 

and this weekend, as the fireflies make their special brand of magic in the moonlit sky, make a little magic of your own and create a Midsummer Lights Dream.

 

Pure Magic

 

 

Welcome back to our second IFD Focus, which will now be a monthly feature on our blog.  It is an opportunity to present, in a primarily pictorial fashion, an area of focus that we deem to be important and believe is of interest to you.

Today’s focus is on Art.  The contribution of Art to almost any space is immeasurable and the mediums, styles, and price points available are infinite.  Back in March of 2009, Irwin wrote Start with the Art, where he suggests beginning the design of a room with art.  Whether you subscribe to that school of thought or to the myriad of other possibilities, incorporating art into your surroundings will enrich your life.

So without further ado, allow me to present some of the amazing works of art we are privileged to have in the gallery.

 

 

Oil on Canvas:

 

 Independence by Leon Wall.  Oil on Canvas

 

 

 

Oil on Canvas by Sid Maurer

 

 Daphne by  George Ratkai.  Oil on canvas 1963

 

Encounter by George Ratkai. Oil on Canvas 1960

 

 

Le Ruisseau d' Esparrignac by Henri Cueco. Oil on Canvas 1960's


 

Silkscreens including a substantial collection by noted artist Vincent Longo:

 

 

 

Cluster by Vincent Longo

1964: Silkscreen  5/25

 

 

 

Center: Grid by Vincent Longo

1964 Silkscreen AP

 

1970: Silkscreen by listed artist Nadine Prado. 5/10 AP

 

 

1970: Framed silkscreen by listed artist Nadine Prado 33/100 AP

 

 

 

Series 8 Vertical Tri Motif Silkscreen AP by Gordon House

 

 

Series 8 Vertical Tri Motif Silkscreen AP by Gordon House

 

Giclee Prints of Etchings:

Print of Horse bit etching from the 1600's

Print of Horse bit etching from the 1600's

 

Print of Saturn Cosmos etching from the 1800's

 

 

Print of Venus Cosmos etching from the 1800's

 

 

Photography:

 

"Archer"

Giclee Print of Original Photograph

 

 

"Fran" by Lu Jarvis

Giclee Print of Original Photograph

 

 

Brown Bird in a Blizzard by Marcy Feld.  Giclee print 2010

 

 

Cardinal in a Blizzard by Marcy Feld.  Giclee print 2010

 

Prints of Pen & Ink Drawings from the '60s:

 


 

 

 

Whatever your taste or budget, surround yourself with art and become inspired each and every day.

 

For additional information on any of the art featured in this post, please visit the inventory section of our website.

In Living Color

As many of you already know, earlier this month Pantone announced their Color of the Year.  While I always pay attention to design trends, I don’t always follow them.  However, this year’s Color of the year, PANTONE® 18-2120 Honeysuckle spoke to me in ways that reached beyond the color spectrum.

As stated in Pantone’s press release, “Energizing Honeysuckle Lifts Spirits and Imparts Confidence to Meet Life's Ongoing Challenges and I couldn’t agree more.  It personifies the essence of life itself.   Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®. stated that “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

So let’s embrace the power of this color and harness it’s restorative essence so that it not only is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women”, but actually improves the physical quality of their lives.

Let’s use it in home design and apparel, cosmetics and accessories, but more importantly, let’s use it to save lives!

Let’s all Think Pink today and everyday as we support Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Here is the perfect way to start:

While our custom Mid Century Pretty in Pink 4 Life bench may not be Honeysuckle, the restorative power of its Pink hue cannot be denied and its sale will mean so much to Komen CT who will receive ALL the proceeds.

 

 

As we approach Christmas and the New Year, an opportunity to give a gift that continues to give is paramount.  Won’t you please help us find a home for this bench so that everyone can celebrate the New Year “In Living Color”.

What better way to usher in the holiday season, than to visit a designer show house centered on the celebration of holidays, and more importantly, life. Holiday House NYC is celebrating its 3rd year, bringing talented designers together for fifteen days during the heart of the holiday season to raise much needed funds for the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

With the importance of raising Breast Cancer awareness as well as finding a cure, we were delighted to be able to participate in this amazing event again this year and present a holiday that is near and dear to our hearts: Snow Day. 

While not on the list of traditional holidays, Everyone Loves a Snow Day!  And when a really good one happens to come along, there is no better place to spend it than in our cozy, warm Snow Day room at Holiday House.

When Irwin first decided to do Snow Day and saw his room, he knew that the centerpiece of the room had to be the magnificent Tommi Parzinger chandelier.

With a peculiarly shaped room containing four doors, two windows an oddly placed mantel, walls in horrific condition, carpeting cemented to the floor AND no partridge in a pear tree, he knew this was going to be a challenge. But Irwin is always up for a challenge and despite becoming sick with Pneumonia just days before Thanksgiving, did more than deliver an exceptionally designed room; he presented the essence of a perfect Snow Day.

Paint played an instrumental role in transforming the odd room into a Snow Day Cinderella story and the expertise of Fabricio Fabri of F&F Faux Finish Painting was key.  Not only are he and his staff immensely talented, they are equally as nice and were, as always a pleasure to work with.

And no Snow Day would be complete without…SNOW, so we brought the outdoors in by collaborating with Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios and had her take my image of snow, taken in Central Park during last year’s blizzard, and creating wallpaper that we then layered with several bird photos taken during the same day.  The result is staggering and the layered wall has so much depth and dimension that the beauty of the great outdoors truly enraptures you. 

Our fourth son also makes an appearance in the room because no one loves a Snow Day more than Charlie!  With his nose buried in the snow, he is the epitome of a Snow Day enthusiast. He is joined by a skiing foursome replete with cigarettes in hand, enjoying “Fresh Air and Good Company” along with our “deer” friend who found his way into our fireplace. 

Numerous other “snow” references abound in the room, filling glasses, bowls, jars and our imaginations with sparkling, glistening flakes.

Everyone loves a Snow Day....Even the mouse!

With mugs and plates from our favorite Stamford CT neighbor Juliska, we are ready to weather any storm.

And the furnishings, a sensory delight to both eyes as well as touch, all available in our gallery, covered in an array of plush fabrics including mohair, corduroy, faux fur, lace and a splash of orange velvet. Cerused wood along side dreamy French polished as well as lacquered pieces and a supremely phenomenal Norman Mercer Lucite sculpture entitled Stelladron I.

 

 

Sitting on a beautiful rug, hand knotted in Tibet courtesy of Kooches, Snow Day reigns supreme!

If you are in the NYC area, please stop by and become inspired while helping to raise funds for Komen for the Cure.  Housed in a magnificent limestone mansion located a 2 E. 63rd Street, Holiday House offers the perfect respite for a busy holiday shopping or work day. Now through December 15th.www.holidayhousenyc.com

And, please remember our Pretty in Pink 4 Life Mid Century Bench is still available with ALL proceeds of its sale going to Komen CT.  It can be seen in the Rizzoli shop at Holiday House.

What We Bring to the Table: Part 1

I have to admit, the upcoming Holidays really snuck up on me this year.  I was so busy capturing the lingering summer blooms I all but ignored the changing leaves, the changing of the clocks and the fact that whether I was ready for it or not, Thanksgiving was arriving.  

  

One of summer's last blooms

 

The imminent approach of Thanksgiving did not crystallize in my mind until I saw the magnificent Edward Wormley for Dunbar Dining Table that arrived in the Gallery last week.  When I saw it I was so overwhelmed, I could hardly catch my breath and I thought: What a magnificent table to celebrate Thanksgiving around.  Sometimes a piece of furniture can do that to you; it can evoke true feelings and memories in all of us.

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Dining Table with three leaves

 

Thanksgiving is the holiday of choice in our family, and our youngest son’s favorite meal of the year.  No matter what is going on around us; work, show houses, school applications, tests, papers etc., we always come together in the country for that day to gorge ourselves on the usual holiday fare and spend quality time together watching football, playing scrabble and monopoly and running around on the front lawn with Charlie.

 

Charlie

 

It is the simplicity of the day that everybody loves.  A time for true decompression and accordingly, no major pre-requisites or dress codes are required in our house on this day.  It is a come as you are, slow home, kick off your shoes, chill kind of day, ideal for celebrating life and giving thanks for all that we have. 

 

Come on, Kick them off

 

The table we gather around is perfect for the occasion.  While old and ruggedly honed, storing years of memories in every nick and scuff, it still offers us infinite possibilities for creating new memories every year. 

 

Dining: Country Style

 

And with the sounds of whistles from a far away football field echoing through the house, before we finally settle around the table, before we attack the cornucopia of another year’s harvest, I sit quietly at the table alone and listen to the sounds of the house.  I close my eyes and try to imagine our house in its earliest days, when much like Little House on the Prairie, it was a single room with a sleeping loft and an attached barn. 

 

little house on the prairie home
  photo courtesy of kansastravel.org

  

My mind drifts back to a simpler time and I begin to wonder about the man who built our house.  He, like us, had three sons and although his original acreage was substantially bigger (over 200 acres) and the house much smaller (originally a single room with an attached barn), I can’t help but ponder what else we share in common.  What I know to be true is that we share a love of this home and this land and for that, I am thankful.

The grave of the man who built our house- located in a cemetery down the road

 

So, no matter the size or extravagance of our table or celebration, what is most important is what we bring to the table.  Not the food or libations, which are a given, but the time together with friends and loved ones reminiscing and making new memories.  Enjoy the simple beauty of a day that reminds us to pause and give thanks Everyday.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Part II of this post: After Thanksgiving

 

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