Designer Crush: Annabel Kwateng


During Fashion Week I was introduced to hip fashion designer Annabel Kwateng and her brand, Ashanti Brazil. I love to draw upon influences from travel and fashion when designing interiors and was intrigued by Annabel’s style and bold use of color and pattern. Ashanti is the African tribe that designer Annabel Kwateng originates from, she would vacation in Brazil and was inspired by the natural beauty, the passionate culture, and the vibrant colors of the region. Ashanti Brazil is the infusion of African prints with Brazilian color palettes and influence resulting in designs that are fun, flirty and exotic.

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Rustic Charm, Modern Influence


Rustic design elements are timeless and create warm inviting environments when used in architecture and interior design. I recently had a reader ask how to brighten up the rustic look, combining rustic charm with modern lines and color. I also have several clients who contemplate painting their exposed wood beams and wood paneling trying to figure out if they should paint them, leave them natural or stain them. Above, the kitchen is the heart of the home and the perfect place to add rustic influences. Read more

Inspiration to Interior: My Fashion Week Favorite

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Fashion Week NYC Fall 2013 has ended and I wanted to share my favorite dress of the week. Glamour and  luxurious designs epitomize fashion designer Jenny Packham, known for her fabulous evening wear and party dresses. Her sumptuous designs have been worn by the most iconic and influential women, from Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Rhianna and Beyonce to The Duchess of Cambridge. Recognized as one of the UKs most successful fashion brands and world renowed. I just adore this dress showcased on the runway at Fashion Week, drawing inspiration from it for interior design is a piece of cake. Read more

Inspiration to Interior: Fashion Week NYC

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In honor of NYC Fashion Week our inspiration for interiors is from some of the top fashion designers from around the world. Today we are featuring a personal favorite of mine, Carolina Herrera. Herrera sums it up best here, “I have a responsibility to the woman of today – to make her feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful.” – Carolina Herrera. In addition to her ready to wear collections she introduced her bridal line in 1987.  Read more

Hello Fashion Week, NYC

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I live just forty minutes outside of NYC so the buzz of Fashion Week is pretty loud especially when you are a designer. February 7-14 fashion designers introduce their Fall 2013 Collections, take a peek at the official site of Fashion Week, there is a live cam on during the day that I am just loving. Fashion is extremely influential to the interior design industry, so this week I want to share ways to infuse the best looks of the runway into your interior. A few weeks ago I introduced an exciting series on the blog called, Inspiration to Interior, in honor of Fashion Week this week our daily inspiration will be from a fabulous fashion designer who is featuring their 2103 Fall Collection at Fashion Week and we will talk about how their creation can inspire an interior. Read more