Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What does Perlick refrigeration and Buster and Punch hardware have in common?

 Perlick undercounter refrigeration and Martini bar | Buster & Punch Hardware

At the Architectural Digest Show 2017 I was excited to see two of my favorite brands come together - Perlick and Buster & Punch. Both brands seems to be a perfect fit for their unique attention to detail and unrivaled quality!  Perlick is celebrating its 100th anniversary of cool by delivering superior appliances essential to entertaining - like indoor and outdoor undercounter refrigeration, wine reserves, beer dispensers and ice makers!! Their products are designed to combine old world craftsmanship with innovate technology!

The 24" refrigerator and freezer door models are compatible with the Martini bar where you can either hang empty glasses or hold pre-made cocktails! Love it, especially with the blue glow- perfect for a party ambiance as shown in picture above!

See the detailing of the Buster and Punch hardware. Above are their new line of switches. Perlick in their booth is showing how you can incorporate their hardware and unique lighting too with their beverage lines!

Cool right? 

Even cooler, I am 1 of 5 finalists chosen for Perlick's Ambassador of Cool! 

To celebrate their 100th anniversary, Perlick took the show floor at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath industry show (KBIS) in Orlando to find their company's Ambassador of Cool for 2017. Each participant had to audition with Editor at Large at the show! I guess I rocked it since Im one of the finalists. I would love to hear from you-  Shout out on Perlick's facebook page

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

All you need is Love: DIFFA DINING by DESIGN 2017

Fight. For life,for love. Roche Bobois + Gensler 

For 20 years, DIFFA National has invited renowned designers and brands to transform a raw space into an inventive dining-scape for its annual fundraiser - DINING BY DESIGN. #DBD20. It happened over this past weekend at Pier 94 in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Home Show  where the mission is to raise awareness and help the support to fight against those living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. 

Moi and Kathy Sandler  having some reflective fun off 
of Rockwell Groups Sunset Dichroic glass!

I felt honored to be a part of the steering committee this year. There was enormous talent and I love how a community of people come together to eat and celebrate design in a highly creative forum. Besides Cocktails by Design and the Dinner Gala, you can visit the silent auction online where you can place bids on an amazing variety of designer furniture, exclusive trips  to signature pieces of art. Click here by Monday evening March 20th.

I was standing near David Rockwell of Rockwell Group and Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief of INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE and I felt the power in their presence so I snapped a pic. 

All you need is Love reminds us what's important

 Picture of a picture - Cocktails Dining by Design in Mirmir picture booth

The creation of intimate, unique dining vignettes were cutting edge and had ingenious creativity! Scroll down and be impressed and inspired by some of my faves... 

Sculptural At from found objects. Parsons The New School for Design

The push and pull represents the fight prevention and cure of AIDS. Perkins + Will, SteelCase. Coalesse, Designtex, Empire Ofiice & Arktura.

 Manmade vs Natural. Design Within in Reach designed by Language Dept.

Light and Technology FLORIM with Messaana O'Rorke. 

 Desert at Dusk with projection on Cacti. Rockwell Group with Ovando

 Focus on Art. Twyla with Design Ed Granger

 Art of Craft. Sunbrella + Coral & Tusk

 Design Process through the lens of a kitchen. AJ Madison& Viking Range + ODA NY

 Urban life. Tai Ping and Designer Andre Fu

Light and Color merges to create unity
New York School of Interior Design

 Natural, Recycled and unexpected. Blue Ocean Design & Charleston Limewash

Nightlife. Pratt Institute with Tyler Wisler

Some party. New York Times designed by Liaigre with Douglas Little.

  Reflections. Materials Inc, Steelite + Tzelan.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Metrie Moldings, your imagination is not limited

The Authors library by designer Aly Velji
Credit: Felix O.B. at FXO Photography

Trim moldings to a room are like accessories to an outfit. They can adorn a plain Jane room and make it a true showpiece. Moldings offer interesting architectural detail that can make a dramatic difference. Your imagination is not limited- trim can be added to walls, to ceilings, around windows and doors, and along architectural features such as fireplaces, built in bookcases and kitchens. There are all kinds of moldings to purchase from paintable, stainable woods to pre-finished woods which do not have to be painted! So meet Metrie, a supplier and manufacturer of wood and molding who I was introduced to at the Kitchen and Bath Industry show in Orlando Florida (KBIS). Metrie is all about the details and is dedicated to creating crafted architectural elements and makes sure their product meets the highest standards for quality and design.

BlogTour KBIS 2017
Credit: Felix O.B. at FXO Photography BlogTour KBIS

At the KBIS show, Metrie had a special contest called #MyMetrieTrimspiration just for BlogTourKBIS 2017 participants. Here we are above:

For the contest, we had to post on Instagram what Metrie product most inspired us. I posted the above image and won an Apple Watch with a Lux Wood watch band. I have to say, I really really love my watch...thankyou so much Metrie, great contest idea!!

I will never look at moldings the same. Metrie displayed different ways to use moldings.

On a coffered ceiling around Light fixtures:

Moldings used as Clothing rods:

I love the dark painted moldings because it gives more visual impact. You can see that painting a traditional molding a darker color modernizes the look and makes a statement. Also, crowns that are very delicately carved and angled on the ends add a real touch of elegance when painted gold:

The Authors library by designer Aly Velji using the Pretty Simple Finishing collection. It has a very traditional and heavy wood detailing but he created a sense of modernity in the details. The ceiling treatment highlighted a unique way to make this library unconventional:

Designer Andrew Pike's take on the Very Square Finishing Collection for a wine cellar look was a fave. He used a rich gray color that gives a traditional stye a very modern feel.

You really can be imaginative and not break the bank. Just use moldings, Metrie ofcourse!

Thankyou to MetrieModenus and all our wonderful sponsors of BlogTourKBIS2017 #designhounds


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