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G is for Greek Key

The Greek Key is H-O-T in interiors!  From fabrics to furnishings, I am definitely a huge fan of the classic design.  One of my favorite furniture pieces is the Cypress cocktail table by Mariette Himes Gomez for Hickory Chair (pictured left ~ bottom left of photo).  Today, I’ve asked my uber-stylish friend Shelly Rosenberg to give us a little insight into some delicious designs featuring the chic motif.

Shelly’s take on the Greek Key…

Designing is pure joy. I just love the limitless options that we have to choose from. Although many interior designers have a trademark look, I pride myself on collaborating with each unique client and creating their own style. However, there are some classic motifs that I find myself relying on time and again, regardless of replicating a historical genre or redesigning an abode into a super sleek mod pod. My favorite of all time is Greek Key, a meandering deign of lines, graphically and repetitively folding into it self.

Despite its name, the ancient Greeks were not the only civilization to discover this geometrically based design. Similar patterns have been found in the region that is now Vietnam and also in the Native American Hopi culture. This versatile motif can also change shape. We are most familiar with the square or T configuration. But there are also “keys” that resemble waves on the sea and even triangles.

Almost like a maze, this crisp design draws us in and guides our eye along the shape it traces. It looks so elegant on the leading edge of draperies, like I have in my own master bedroom. The charcoal and ivory trim add a masculine balance to an otherwise feminine boudoir.  It also looks regal along the bottom of a silk lampshade. You can affix your own Roman border to a simple, store-bought shade, adding a smart sophistication.  There are so many fabulous options through your interior designer. Another option I use in a pinch is M&J Trimmings of New York.

Other designers before me have inspired my own work with Greek Key. Local trend-setter, Jan Showers, mimics the lines of fantastic antique chairs by sewing black ribbon onto the ivory linen upholstery in a key style. Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta adorns his delicious cased goods with Greek Key hardware in his collection for Century Furniture (available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings). The one pictured left, in apple green is divine!

Thank you so much Shelly for sharing some fabulous design inspirations with us featuring the Greek Key!

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Wallcoverings that Wow!

If you have yet to be informed, let me dazzle you with some exciting news… Wallpaper is back & with a vengeance I must say!  I asked my good friend Shelly Rosenberg to give us her take on some simply stylish wall coverings.

Shelly’s take:
I have always had a soft spot for anything Asian. And now, I have discovered the best reason to fawn…the Chinese invented wallpaper!  The first rice wallpapers go back as far as 200 BC!!  The Orient has a unique form of ornamentation. The motifs are often serene and organic. I especially love the subtle suggestion of movement in the two modern patterns below.

In honor of our 2010 Color of the Year’ and this month’s feature, I will delight you with a bit more of turquoise and her cousins… Any powder room becomes exquisite wrapped in a Tiffany-box blue floral like this one above. And can you imagine the pleasure this dogwood  scene would give guests in your dining room?

As much as I adore the traditional elegance of a tried-and-true paper, there is much fun to be had in this medium. Choose any era in modern history and you can have a paper that speaks its language! I grew up with a very chic mother who had our entire home wrapped in the ever-popular 1980s flamestitch! And it’s still HOT!

 

Many of you are nervous to commit, I know, but the pleasure is so beyond what the hesitation is worth! Why wallpaper? It can anchor an entire design scheme- take a little piece that makes you swoon and have your designer build a room around it! Have an architectural element that has you baffled? Disguise it! If you just cannot use the paste, frame a fabulous find and stare at its beauty! Search the web for examples of designer wall coverings. But, find the best and most unique eye candy through your favorite interior designer. Delicious.

 

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Fresh Take on Turquoise

Yesterday, I introduced you to my fabulous friend & our first guest blogger, Shelly Rosenberg.  Today, she shares her fresh take on the 2010 color of the year featuring our good friend & jewelry designer, Elizabeth Showers.  Enjoy!

Fresh is the new fix in an economy that has us feeling deep blue. Take it up a notch with a hue to good to be true! Who says? Pantone, the Oz of the color wheel, gives Turquoise the title: Color of the Year, 2010! We need vibrant, chin-to-the-sun fun. Let’s walk like Egyptians and embrace this historic tint they honored for it’s restorative and healing power.

Energy is not all it’s got- fashion says it’s hip and haute. Dive into your favorite mags and notice it in the most delicate of porcelain, sleek urban furnishings, punchy textiles and the most exquisite bijoux!

Bling is the thing for our beloved local designer, Elizabeth Showers. Her designs celebrate the most refined version of this gem. Her work has been featured in O Magazine, Town & Country and Vogue and is treasured by A-list celebs. In a word, her art is simply stunning. This designer aims to “empower all women to feel beautiful.” Aligned with her trademark logo, The Hope Star, her affair with turquoise offers inspiration to us and integrity to a stone often overlooked.

A sampling of some of the magnificent turquoise jewelry by Elizabeth Showers.

So taken was she that her new ride is now all the rage. Years ahead of the curve, London’s Mini Cooper is fashion forward…In her limited edition, Elizabeth cruises in style. Here, the plucky partner to our featured shade is brown- in yummy shades of chocolate and toffee! Pleasure and sophistication coexist with Elizabeth at the helm.

Check out Elizabeth’s fab jewelry up against the chocolate brown interior with turquoise stitching of her tres chic Mini Cooper!  Can you say hot???!!!

Elizabeth Showers showing off the super cool interior of her Mini Cooper!  This is a girl on top of her trends!

Detailing of the turquoise stitching on her leather interior.

Check out Elizabeth’s blog here.