Month: April 2017

The month of May appears to bloom in other forms than just Nature.  This month is full of interesting fairs and exhibitions around the world.  From New York Art Week, the height of New York’s art and cultural season to The Chelsea Flower Show in London.  Read on and enjoy art and beauty.

Fairs and Exhibitions around the World

New York Events and Fairs

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2017

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2017

From April 2nd to June 1st 2017
This year is the 45th year anniversary of Kips Bay Decorator Show
House.  The lucky home to be transformed by celebrated Interior
Designers this year is located on 125 East 65th Street.  Since living
overseas for the past 5 years, in Brazil and then in Europe,
I haven’t been able to cover any of the East Cost Decorator Show Houses, which I did
consecutively since the year 2008.  But when in New York City this summer,
I’ll make sure to pay a visit to The Hampton Designer Showhouse, which stays open longer and get inspired by all these incredible
designers.  All proceeds of this 45 year
old design event benefit Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, which
currently reaches over 10,000 young people at nine locations throughout
the Bronx.  Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and
responsive youth development agencies in New York City.
NYC x DESIGN from May 2nd to May 24, 2017
Spanning all disciplines of design, NYCxDESIGN creates a collaborative
platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, increasing awareness of and
appreciation for design by all audiences.  NYCxDESIGN brings together all the disciplines
of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full,
varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows,
talks, launches and open studios.  The event is a collaboration between New York City Economic Development
Corporation, City agencies, the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and a
steering committee composed of some of the City’s most renowned design
institutions, retailers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, curators,
educators, editors and—of course—designers.
NYC x DESIGN umbrella there are many other different exhibitions and
events throughout New York.  Ror a complete list of them go here.
International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) From May 21 to May 24th 2017.
is North America’s largest series of design events for interiors with
more than 750 exhibitors from around the world showcasing what’s best
and what’s next in contemporary design, luxury interiors and high end
Art New York and Context New York from May 3-7 at Pier 94
two sisters fairs produced by Art Miami alongside each other will
showcase artwork from more than 150 galleries representing nearly 1,200
artists from 50 countries.


Events in London

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show from May 23rd to May 27th
Showcasing the best on garden design

World-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together every year to one of London’s most charming and affluent neighbourhoods to show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits.
Affordable Art Fair from May 11 through May 14.
If you are a young collector with a set budget and happen to be in London, Affordable Art Fair is the place to buy art.  The show offers limited edition by household names and younger and emerging artists creations.  Work is priced at a maximum of £5,000.  Definitely one I would go.
Giacometti from May 10th to September 10th 2017.
Tete Modern in London presents the UK’s first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti for 20 years.  Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognizable works of modern art.  This exhibition reasserts Giacometti’s place alongside the likes of
Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the
twentieth century.

Berlin Events

Gallery Weekend from April 28th through Sunday 30th 2017
The festival presents exhibitions by emerging and established artists from 47 Berlin galleries.
Christopher le brun painting
Christopher Le Brun, Now Turn The Page. From April 28th through May 26th, 2017
coinciding with Gallery Weekend Berlin there is a solo presentation by acclaimed UK artist, Christopher Le Brun.  The British artist’s paintings are stunning.  Now Turn the Page features new oil paintings, and mixed media works on paper.

Paris Events and Fairs

Roland-Garros French Open of course from May 28 through June 11 2017
La Nuite Europeenne des Musees- Museums stay open late and many other events are planned among the City of Light.
Saint Germain des Pres Jazz Festival from May 11 through May 22 2017
What could be better than Paris, jazz while enjoying a good glass of Riesling. 

Happening in Venice

La Biennale “Viva Arte Viva”
exhibition that happens biannual, hence its name will open to the public
on Saturday May 13th and runs through Sunday November 26th 2017.
Artists will exhibit in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the
Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice.

There are many other events from previous posts that are still going on.  For more info go here.

We are planning our 2 weeks long vacation to the South of France and since we are a bit adventurous, but in a low risk way, no bungee-jumping for us.  We are more of leisurely adventurous ones, we spend 2-3 nights in a village then we pack up and
move on to another town for a couple of days and then to another one
for the last 5-6 days.  We just love Provence so much we really want to
get the feeling of all these little charming towns and take it all in
while there.  The first few days will be in Gassin
to enjoy the charming beautiful town and also to be just close enough
to St. Tropez.  Our second stay will be at Uzes for 3 nights where we
will be able to drive to Arles and Saint Remy and all those beautiful
towns where it doesn’t matter how often we go
it’s always amazing.  Our last stay will be in Gordes where all we are
planning to do is well the same things we will have been doing for the
previous week, wondering around, visiting Flea Markets and stopping on
our ways for new discoveries.  I really can’t wait.
This will be our third year in a row spending two weeks of summer in
Provence but there is so much we don’t know, so much we would love to
show our son and share together that if you guys have any
recommendations for us please share.  Do you know of a new
restaurant, hot spot or exciting little town?  Please let me know.
I’m a sucker for comfortable clothes especially comfortable pants and
dresses, pieces you can intermingle and make traveling easier.  Now, we
all know that the South of France can get pretty warm so there will be
lots of off-shoulder, ruffles and of course stripes.
A Boater hat is a must to any summer destination, A black asymmetric cold shoulder top for $44 is  perfect for evenings,  This polka-dot-cold-shouldet top with 25% off is super adorable, A Cashmere scarf for the evenings, this dress is a bit pricey at $593 but love how comfortable it looks, aren’t these espadrilles the cutest and if you are going to Provence you need to take a pair of espadrilles for $119, the classic white pants not bad for $381, in this case not jeans something with softer fabric, a big woven straw tote to hold the daily purchases, the jeans skirt is classic with a twist and for $30.99 is practically free.

As everyone knows, a first impression is important.  In many cases, definitive.  Accordingly, a gracious foyer decor speaks volume of what lies ahead.  Whether you are lucky enough to have in your home a full room for a foyer or a small entryway, there are endless ways to decorate it in a welcoming way.  Here are 10 great foyer and entryways decorating ideas

Contemporary Entryway

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In this entryway two identical eagle-base consoles with two respecting round mirrors bring
balance and symmetry to the entrance of this home.  The shimmery wallpaper decor adds a touch of glam to the space.

A Coastal Entryway

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In this entryway, everything displaying in it reminds you where you are, at a beach town.  From the vintage-looking framed swim suit to the surf board to the coral.

The Tented Foyer

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You can easily tell that the owners of this home love beautiful patterns and Asian influence in their decor.  The atmosphere makes you want to see more of the decorating style inside the rest of the house.

The Hunter Lover Foyer

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The feeling in this space is one of nature lover owners.  I love the architectural pieces such as the pedestal use as table and the architectural prints.  All these design elements speak volume of the owners sense of decorating.

The Upholstered Foyer

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In Carolina Herrera Baez’s home, the atmosphere in her foyer decor is of coziness and comfort.  Perfect for a family of children.

Country Elegant Foyer

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Unfinished textured furniture and metal door and stone floor make this foyer ideal for everyday use.

French Country Foyer

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Lovely oversized antique mirror gives this foyer movement and light reflection.  The plaster covered walls and antique tall doors get softened up with light wood chevron floors.

The Library Foyer

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This room can perfectly be a foyer.  Decorated as a library with bookshelves and a classic library table reads culture.

Bright and Bold Foyer

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A very bright home decor style in this entryway.  The bright pink wall and bold fabric on the upholstered chair tell its visitors this house is for fun and we don’t take ourselves seriously.

Stripped Entryway

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In this entryway, space was never an excuse to not be daring.  Different patterns of black and white are used on walls and iron based furniture keep the space from getting overboard.