Saturday, November 30, 2013

Unveiling Jose Esteves latest creations

The Christmas windows are up and Interieurs' atelier is "joujed" to inspiration perfection.

If you are in NewYork, please do come and meet Jose and have a toast to the Holidays,


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Thursday, November 28, 2013


I attending Karen Lehrman Block's book signing last week: The Inspired Home, at the extraordinary space of Dona Karan's foundation Urban Zen. 
Karen's book is a must on your bookshelf, each page equally beautiful, unpretentious soothing beauty. I realized that one of the images of the book was actually from Dona Karan's home in New York. I based an entire design project from this one close up shot, project on which I have been intensely working for two years.

I have been to a few fundraisers at urban Zen, having recently bought a camel for a Masaii family in Kenya and thought that in the spirit of giving and thanking, this would be a very appropriate post.
Thanking others for the grand and small acts of generosity, for their time and passion in giving back.

Do go to Urban Zen, and read about the work Donna Karan is spearheading. Meanwhile, I wish you, my blogging friends a very Happy Thanksgiving and will leave you with these zen dreamy images from my evening at urban Zen.

Currently, on display, Discover Haiti Exhibition

A Bientôt,

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

By Invitation Only - Guest Post - Luke Gardner

I think this is my second ever post on Francine's blog. I try hard to keep my nose out of here so that my more to the point and all too often lawyerly style doesn't contaminate Francine's more romantic and evocative prose. But I was drafted into it, so if this post is lacking, you know who to complain to. 

As it happens, Francine is attending the Leaders in Design Conference this week in New York. Events are so tightly scheduled during this conference that we thought it might be best if Francine camped in town for the duration so she's staying with her dear college friend Michelle while I hold down the fort here in Connecticut.

Now to the meat of this post. Recently, both Francine and I have taken to trying to capture the play of light at different times of day. Fall light tends to be clean strong light that burns in low from just above the horizon. The durational effects of early morning Fall light come and go in mere minutes and the same scene photographed just two or three minutes apart can often yield quite a different image.

Here's a shot I took just this morning in our hallway:

 Camera: iPhone 5s (High Dynamic Range mode)

Same as above, processed through NIK Software's
Color Effects Pro (Bleach Bypass) Filter

I really like both of the images, but the second processed file makes for a far more dramatic photograph.

Some images just work better in B&W, while others, like Francine's "Waking Up" image from this past Sunday's post, demand full color presentation to get its message across.

Hope you enjoyed my post....

Au revoir,


Monday, November 4, 2013

A Pinterest sale

If you happen to be in New York City, you may notice the word SALE on store window after store window. New York has really been suffering from retail depression. Being in the center of New York design district, facing store windows with "Going out of business Sale", "Grand opening Sale",can really be depressing, especially when business is on the more "morose" side. Time for a  FLOOR MOVE ! These two words, floor move, mean floor planning, bringing furniture in from the warehouse, moving furniture, re -arranging, changing our mind, this armoire (300 plus pounds) goes looks out of place, back downstairs... keeping in mind our furniture is not lightweight, heavy steel, solid wood, large sofas, tables, buffet. Finally we have a plan that works, enhancing the mood and lines of the furniture, showing the possibilities of beautifully appointed eclectic rooms. At that point, we are starved, no time to eat, exhausted and our backs are wrecked... Movers gone, we now need to "merchandise". Pacing back and forth, throws piled up, lamps and accessories on tables, we must create  a visual that is both enticing and yet restrained. The goal is not to pile up accessories on tables as in a table tops show, but present each piece as a unique important and curated object. this is actually the most challenging part of the day's turmoil...late into the evening, exhausted to the point of not wanting to move a muscle any more, we take one last look...This was worth it! the showroom feels revived, welcoming the fall and winter to come with its warm soothing tones, its soft thick cashmere throws and pillows, Chaises and sofas to nap or read..warm glow of handmade lamps .

Now time to advertise our SALE to our clients, no huge sign on the window, simply an email blast with a link to our Pinterest flash sale board. I am border line addicted to Pinterest and actually use the secret boards to collect inspirations for my clients... We worked on a secret board with all items on sale with description and pricing and made it live yesterday. Clients called, came in, kept commenting how beautiful the showroom is and...YES, they did buy!

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A Bientôt,


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