73 posts categorized "events"

November 09, 2010

DASH NYC: Kim Kardashians Haute New Space and Colors

If you're in New York, you know that the hottest new opening is DASH NYC!  The scene at the opening event last week was a mob of design hungry patrons excited for the store to unveil itself.  The Kardashian sisters are officially a chain with stores in LA, MIA, and now, NYC.  In the Big Apple, they worked with Studios GO's Gregory Okshteyn to create a space that is bold and feminine.  Yes, I said bold AND feminine.  What better concept to describe the trio behind DASH?


Photos via Kim's Blog

I'm planning to catch up with Gregory on his adventures with DASH NYC in the next few months (and there WERE some dramatic moments!) but for now, here's what you want to know from me.  What they used to get that unmistakable look for DASH NYC!  The space is a contemporary expression in style that emphasizes contrast to focus on the merchandise in the store.  

Will this palette do the trick? 

 Colors DASH NYC

They made some smart choices with the paint, too.  Here's why.  

Aura Interior was used for the main walls of the store.  It's durable, low VOC, comes in any color, and covers in two coats.  Sold!  Oh, and it's easy easy easy for touch ups which I'm sure will be required after the occasional dressing room brawl or general reality-tv wear and tear.

The Studio Finishes Metallic Glaze creates an accent band at the top of the walls and in the entrance area over a base of Edgecomb Gray.  Changing sheen or adding a bit of shimmer with a metallic glaze is like using a good bronzer-- it adds a glow that makes your look come alive.  I've used metallic glaze with hand drawn floral patterns in tight spaces to add some punch and reflect light back into the space.
Meet the Fifth Wall-- your ceiling.  You can make some major statements by what you do with it and at DASH NYC, they used Benjamin Moore Ceiling Paint in Black on a stamped tin ceiling and on trim.  Go here for more ideas for ceilings.  Who says ceilings or trim always have to be white?  Not Kourtney, Kim, Khloe...or Gregory

In Kim's own words, they used Benjamin Moore's "amazing eco-friendly Aura paint in Violet Pearl for the walls, with a super-shiny black trim and pearlescent glaze! It’s so gorgeous!"  Thanks, Kim!

October 29, 2010

Behind the Scenes: 2Michaels at Kips Bay Show House

For most of us, redoing a room in our house can take months (even years!) from the time we start thinking about it until we're working on the finishing touches.  Imagine compressing that process down to just over a month, and having only two weeks to get all the work done.  Now think about doing that knowing the project will come under the scrutiny of your peers and the international press!  Last week, we visited the Kips Bay Show House in New York and shared with you some of the incredible rooms on display there. One of our favorites was by the twin-sister team of Joan and Jayne Michaels, co-owners of 2Michaels, and we asked them to tell us some of what went into making the room, their inspirations, and the people they worked with.  There were more than a few speed bumps along the way but, with the help of trusted colleagues, everything came out spectacularly.


photo from Kips Bay Facebook page


photo courtesy of 2Michaels

The wall, ceiling, and trim colors


The photograph from Sam Samore, hung on the wall of their room,
inspired the color palette.

We looked through books and old magazines for inspiration.  Joan found a project in House and Garden from 1991.  It was a meditation room, simple, quiet and timeless.  Jayne found a project from a 1987 House and Garden that had a similar feel.  We took the two inspirations and began our search for furniture.

"We tested about 20 colors before choosing the finals--for the molding, walls, ceiling.  We usually test a lot of colors, but this time we tried even more than usual--because of the lighting and because it was such a small room.  We wanted it to feel airy and light, so it was more difficult,"  Joan explained.

The sisters painted 4' x 8' Foamcore boards from Janovic Plaza and held them up in the space to see how the colors looked in different areas of the room.  They started out with a gray color to make the white fireplace really pop, but it was too dark and didn't give them the light feeling they wanted.

"We decided on a yellowish-green, and we tested quite a few.  Then we remembered that a friend of ours had Mellowed Ivory on her dining room walls that we loved.  It was the perfect color for the room."


Trim is Timid White, ceiling is Sugar Cookie.


The fireplace


Left: Antti Lovag's house for Pierre Cardin in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France. 
Right: Stephen Antonson's fireplace at Kips Bay.

"The room is tiny," said Joan.  "Our inspirations were Brancusi, a Pierre Cardin house, and Georges Jouve, the ceramicist.  We gave artist Stephen Antonson some pictures as inspiration for the fireplace, and he got it immediately.  At first, we thought his design was too small and were concerned we had no time to change it.  But Stephen is so calm.  He said, 'Just let it sing.  It is what it is' . . . and, sure enough, it was the perfect scale, everything worked out."


The lighting


Left: Lindsey Adelman's nest ceiling fixture. 
Right: Last-minute Agostini branch lamp.

"The light fixture was actually very fun.  We had Lindsey Adelman create a custom fixture for us, and she came up with a kind of nest concept.  The hand-blown glass was a creamy yellow color--beautiful when we were picking out the glass samples, but it gave off more of a yellow light, which changed the colors in the room.  So we had to counteract it by introducing more white light," said Jayne.

The tree-branch light in the corner was the last pick of the room.  The team had only one day left, but found this Agostini lamp with 150 watt bulbs, enough to balance the color from the ceiling fixture and give an accurate paint color.

"A lot of what you do is about solving problems.  It's all very exciting--what do you do when something isn't exactly working.  Fortunately, plan B worked perfectly.  It wasn’t what we had intended but sometimes plan B is better than plan A."


The Buddha


Left: "Our first idea for the Buddha was a 'floating' Buddha à la Roger Vivier . . .
I couldn't get the image out of my mind . . . but none of the Buddha's we found came
close to the image, so we had to rethink the idea . . ." said Jayne. 
Right: Long-Bin Chen’s Buddha tower.

The team wanted some type of Buddha in the niche, but didn't want to have something typical, expected.  Joan spent a week researching Buddhas--traditional, reconstructed, etc.  "I came across Long-Bin Chen's work and I fell in love . . . It was glorious--finding it a week before, exactly what I wanted, something a little offbeat . . . it turned out the piece was the perfect scale for the niche."

Color-wise, Jayne originally wanted an orange in the niche because it would be very dramatic, and feel very Fall.  Again, the color didn't give them the mood they wanted when they tested it.

By chance, they met a decorative painter working on another room in the house, and told him about their struggles.  He suggested they try a more bronze-y hue.  He custom mixed a color using two different greens and golds.  Surprisingly, it's not a metallic.  (He did put a little bit of Benjamin Moore gold metallic around the edges of the niche to give it a little bit of a glow.)

"It's an ancient color and a modern color, which is an interesting juxtaposition. Ancient/Modern--exactly what we wanted," said Jayne.

2Michaels: www.2michaelsdesign.com

Stephen Antonson: www.stephenantonson.com

Lindsey Adelman: www.lindseyadelman.com

October 27, 2010

Twitter Party With Debbie Wiener and Benjamin Moore

Is your home slobproof?  Debbie Wiener thinks every home should be livable and well designed at the same time.  I love that!  So, we're teaming up to talk color, design, and how to create beautiful spaces that make sense for everyday life on Thursday, October 28 at 3pm EST!

Check out Debbie's book with "real-life" design solutions.

Meet me and Debbie on Twitter on Thursday, October 28 at 3pm EST by following #benmooreslobproof.  We're taking on questions and ideas on color, design, and everyday dilemmas.  

Share your best and worst decor stories and tell us what you've learned along the way.  We're looking for you to tell us your favorite colors from Benjamin Moore and how you've used them, too!

RSVP so you can be included in the chance to win some great prizes like the House Beautiful 500 Favorite Paint Colors bookazine and Slobproof giveaways from Debbie!  All you have to do is "like" Debbie's Facebook Page and leave a comment with your Twitter handle to be eligible to win!

October 21, 2010

Inside the 2010 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

After some complicated real estate developments that delayed its opening for six months, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House opened its doors over this past weekend, and Benjamin Moore was there to enjoy (and partially sponsor) the event.

The installation is an annual showcase that began in 1973 as a fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, whose mission is "to improve and enhance the quality of life for all young people, with special emphasis on those who need us most between ages 6-18."  (It has raised over $16 million dollars since its inception).  This year it takes place in a 10,000 square foot, six-story, 17-room townhouse on the Upper East Side.  Pretty swell, right?!  Each room, or sometimes set of rooms, is done by a different interior decorator.

Below are pictures of a few of our favorite spaces that, of course, make wonderful use of paint!  While you might not live in a $28 million dollar house near Park Avenue, we think you can take away some great color ideas for your own place.



photos courtesy of 2Michaels

Doesn't this room make you feel completely relaxed with its warm tones and curvy furniture?  That's appropriate, because it's a meditation room (done in a very contemporary way) by 2Michaels Design, which consists of twin sisters Jayne and Joan Michaels.  The walls are a soothing pale green, with a nook (for a stack of Buddha heads carved from phone books) lined in metallic gold.  Furnishings are in earth tones and wood to complete the organic vibe.  Create a room like this and you'll be breathing more deeply in no time.

Next week, we'll be talking to Jayne and Joan about their experiences doing a room in the show house, with behind-the-scenes photos and all the mayhem involved in undertaking such a project.  Stay tuned!


photo courtesy of Jennifer Post

Black and white can be very hard-edged, but here the combo looks relaxed in this spa treatment room by Jennifer Post.  Walls are bright and matte, which both reflects and diffuses the sunlight streaming in.  Trim is pale gray and floors are stained jet black, which gives the room the feeling of being really, really large.  (Okay, this room actually is quite large, but it looks even bigger than it is).  It has a crisp, tailored feel yet isn't at all uptight.  Now what time is my massage?


photo courtesy of Brett Beldock

Your home office looks just like this, right? Well, it ought to!  If you're going to spend all day somewhere, it should be energetic and reflect your personality.  Here, somewhat busy wallpaper is given a few relatively restful moments in a persimmon lacquer.  It's a nice touch that "work" elements--shelves, cabinets--are solid (indicating focus) and the rest is patterned (for inspiration).


photo courtesy of Cluuman & Kravis

Pulling off something like this takes real talent, so we were very impressed with this formal dining room (this is just a corner detail) by Cluuman & Kravis.  The walls are a complex finish of grey and gold which, up close, is a bit free form and rustic but, when you pull back, is utterly elegant.  This type of finish requires either a professional painter or a strong sense of daring.  (More than I have, I'm afraid!)


photo courtesy of Coffinier Ku

Talk about a Bubble Bath (which is what this room is called, by the way).  It's interesting in that nearly all of the color is on the ceiling.  (The trim is white, the wall and floor tiles a warm off-white).  But what a great way to have a great colorful moment but still have the room be very pale, neutral, and modern feeling.  If you're feeling your inner Michelangelo, buy a few sample pots of paint and create your own masterpiece on the ceiling.


photo courtesy of Sherrill Canet

Finally, here's an amazing living room by Sherrill Canet.  Although the walls look like expensive paper, they're actually made with alternating bands of matte and high-gloss blue paint.  This kind of statement painting really gets us excited, as you can imagine!  And it's not that difficult, although you have to be very patient and careful about applying your tape! 

If you're in New York in the next couple of weeks, definitely check out the show house.  Here are the details:

2010 Kips Bay Decorator Show House
Thursday, October 14th-Thursday, November 11th
Location: 106 East 71st Street, New York
Hours: Monday through Saturday: 11 am-5pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8pm Sunday: noon-5pm
Admission: $30, which includes the Journal and Source Book.  Group Admission is $25 per person for groups of 20 people or more.  No entry 1/2 hour before closing.  Children under 6 (including infants) and pets are not admitted. 


October 20, 2010

San Francisco Treats-- The Culinarium at the Design Center

It's a feast for the eyes at the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC) this week.  Tuesday, they kicked off the event with a panel discussion that celebrates my 3 of my favorite things-- Design, Food, and Fashion-- with San Francisco Magazine's style director Elizabeth Varnell, food and wine editor Jan Newberry, and contributing design editor Diane Doran Saeks.

SFDC Culinarium 
 See all the details for the Culinarium here.

The event was is already in full swing with a full scale kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock for House Beautiful, the official media sponsor of the SFDC Culinarium.  Chef Tyler Florence's cooking demonstration was followed by his book signing for this book just published and released this month.  It's a conversation on the fun and social side of gathering for a meal with those you want to spend time with.

Tyler Florence 
Chef Tyler Florence talks at the kitchen exhibit in San Francisco

If you can get there, the rest of the event promises to be just as enticing.  A few highlights:  Chef Tanya Holland for World Market and Chef Lea McIntosh of Nesting Newbies will demonstrate on Wednesday, Newell Turner will be on hand to talk about the "The Kitchen: The New American Living Room", and I'll be there on Thursday talking about the Social Palette:  How trends, social media, and palates influence Color.

The event ends with "The Art of the Cocktail" hosted by bartenders from Perry's and a serious happy hour.  You can purchase tickets for one or three days here.

Hope to see you there!  Oh and a little treat from Chef Tyler Florence's book in case this post made your mouth water just a bit:

  Chocolate Tart 

Tyler Florence recipe 
Recipe via here.  Let me know how it turns out!