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Monday, November 25, 2013

MoD Must Have: Geneva Sound System, exceptional sound for spaces

MoD Must Haves
stylish, simplistic, novel 
for sound lovers

Having seen the coolster GENEVA Sound System, I want one! It looks like a modern piece of sculpture than your typical stereo.... You can hook it up to its ipad/iphone dock and blast your music at your next house party.. For the techies, the system has a pair of full range stereo speakers, a CD player, an FM radio an external source inputs, stereo sub-woofers and is ll in one box! It has beautiful, exceptional sound...crisp...and is truly original. 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MoD Must Haves: Luxuriant porcelain dinnerware by Daniel Levy

MoD Must Haves
stylish, tactile, novel 
for porcelain lovers

Beauty and craftsmanship sums up the porcelain work by Daniel Levy. I have met Daniel and he takes pride in his beautiful work! Based in NYC, his fine porcelain dinnerware and accessories are all hand-made with colored porcelain slips and glazed and finished with multiple layers of 22 karat gold or platinum. Yes, the real stuff and it is applied on the thick sides of his latest pieces (see above image). Love it! His work is more than dinnerware, its art...I can only imagine how stunning a table would look with his creations adorning the table! Thanksgiving is coming up!!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

today's ANGLE: Getting the ‘Feeling of Forest’ at Home


If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere you can stand on your porch and be surrounded by the great outdoors, you might not want your living room replicating an evergreen glade. For those of us in urban areas, where the only foliage around is your neighbor’s sickly rhododendron, you may want to consider the myriad of ways for integrating the feeling of forest into your home.


Okay, so I’ve heard that the indoor water fountain trend isn’t as popular as it once was – the miniature falls can smell funny and require frequent cleaning, but the sound of slowly trickling water still has the ability transport you to a woodland state of mind.

Interesting branches and chunks of driftwood are used artistically for everything from picture frames to hat racks, vases and curtain rods. Dead birch branches are especially decorative. The branches can be used whole, tucked into a corner - an excellent way to confuse your pets!


Whether you’re more of a hardwood or softwood type when it comes to flooring, starting from the ground up is always a good idea. While some tend to overdo the wood-on-wood-on-wood look, few things can bring the feeling of forest quicker than smooth, “used-to-be-a-tree” floorboards.


For those who think “antlers” and picture a bevy of trophy heads lining a den or Joe Schmoe Big-Game Hunter with his two dozen rifles – there are many other ways to incorporate antlers into your décor. Like an awesome coat rack! Just though I’d point out, for anyone who doesn’t know it already, antlers fall off. Every year. They can most certainly be “harvested” humanely.


This casual feline has the right idea. While not everyone wants such a literal look in their home, I imagine the woodsy mural would feel ultra-soothing every time you walk by. Scenic wallpapers are available in many shapes and patterns these days. Like the ocean? It’s all yours. Pine trees more your thing? Surround yourself in them! 

I’ll be damned if this completely synthetic “branch” chandelier isn’t the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Designed by Danish artists Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz, the components for this light were, apparently, created using a 3D printer. So, it’s basically the opposite of what I’m proposing. But, so what – look at those crazy shadows, man!

Interior design enthusiast Jonathon Ensor is a freelance blogger for Empire Today. When he’s not writing about home décor, you can find him playing marathon Scrabble sessions with his wife and inventing his own outlandish pasta sauces.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

MoD Must Haves: PIXERS SHOWTIME wall murals

MoD Must Haves
stylish, modern, novel 
for mural lovers

PIXERS is a wall mural company that brings interiors to life. Great graphics, vivid colors and customizable murals! Using environmentally-friendly HP Latex technology, PIXERS offers a HUGE variety to search from....…like 20 million different kinds of wall murals, canvases, posters and decals. Whats really special is that their murals are easily removable. Peel and reattach to another wall if you want to. Great for apartments where you cant do much work to the walls!

Evidently, the PIXERS team loves TV as they just released an unique mural collection called SHOW TIME………… inspired by the 8 iconic TV series like Sex in the city, Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, etc. The murals are artistically portrayed from recognizable scenes/themes from the shows. I really love their scale and painterly pale colors. Each design will offer a contemporary look to any interior space! Check out more images:

See the complete collection here.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

kitchenSWOON: Poggenpohl: sleek +Edition


Planning your dream kitchen? Are you wanting quality, classic detailing and modern appeal? Take a look at Poggenpohl, the leader in luxury kitchens who listens to their clients needs. Their new innovative kitchen collection called +Edition combines sleek, thin frame detailing along with a sophisticated mix of materials; the combination of natural walnut wood veneer with white lacquer cabinetry and black glass is stunning. I really like how its design creates a seamless visual link between the cooking and living areas.......lending to a modern, high-quality living. 

Having been to the Poggenpohl Park Avenue showroom for a wonderful BlogTourNYC brunch, I had the opportunity to see many of their featured kitchens.  There Neil Bailey, Poggenpohl's president of U.S. and Canada debuted their digital design gallery showcasing hundreds of different kitchens of all styles and types. 

I had a nice chat with Mr. Bailey and he told me that the design gallery cannot be accessed on the web, it can only be utilized in Poggenpohl's showrooms. The reason is Poggenpohl wants to emphasize the client engagement in order to create custom, innovative kitchen designs uniquely fitted to each client. The kitchen is an important space within the home and Poggenpohl gets that. It can be overwhelming to decide all the details and they developed this new gallery to help the client in the decision-making process.

Take a tour of some of the other beautiful Poggenpolh's kitchens.  You will see such brands as Blanco and Silestone featuring the new neutrals in kitchen design.

Modex sink - SILIGRANIT II Cinder

Today's neutrals combine grey, black and brown tones. Blanco's Modex sink in its new SILIGRANIT II Cinder color looks beautiful with Poggenpohl's crisp cabinetry lines. 

(all images courtesy of Poggenpohl)

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Well-Traveled Home by Sandra Espinet

A signed copy of the The Well-Traveled Home by Sandra Espinet was on my doorstep last week! Woohoo!, thanks Kandrac-Kole and Sandra Espinet! It is dreamy... page by page of inspiration. She gives you glimpses into a fantasy world filled with a melting pot of texture, pattern and intricate detailing.... 

I feel very lucky to have met interior designer Sandra Espinet last year in New York City as we were both chosen to participate in the Brizo Blogger 19 Fashion Week event. She is lovely and her smile is infectious!

Her amazing book features a curated collection of her design talent influenced by her love of travel. Isn't the above picture of the exotic mirror and console gorgeous? Its just one of many amazing designs featured in her book.....She is hands down an expert at mixing the modern with time-honored pieces. Her family traveled a lot due to her fathers job; so the extensive exposure travelling through Europe, Asia, South America, Northern Africa has had a major influence. I'm sure packing and unpacking a new home each time had something to do with her design expertise.

She certainly celebrates global culture and decor that are allowed to speak and live in harmony with one another. From Thai carvings, Middle Eastern chests, to Mexican travertine, the photography in the book is beautiful!

Sandra Espinet says, "Well-traveled homes are living theaters that invite collaboration on a daily basis from any and all inhabitants - beloved families, old friends, new guests...and unexpected guests."

You can learn more about Sandra Espinet and see more of her work on her website and blog"Life Through The Eyes of a Luxury Designer"
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

MoD Must Haves: Architectural Wood Clutches by Tesler & Mendelovitch

MoD Must Haves
stylish, modern, novel 
for fashion lovers

I'm in love with these architectural wood skin purses constructed from 100% wood by textile designers Tesler + Mendelovitch. The duo who researches and experiments with a wide range of materials have created an innovative textile that has the properties, texture and appearance of wood; yet it is flexible. They call it "wearable wood." The material informs its geometrical, clean-lined shape.... the detailing is beautiful and sculptural. They have approached fashion in a fashion forward and thoughtful way using technology and scientific methods. 

Great White  -  Americano -  Rose

It's a clutch that makes a statement! Every clutch is hand-made by the designers and is extremely versatile, light and designed with intricate calculated patterns....and so easy to open, grasp and hold under your arm. 

Because they are one-of-a-kind wooden clutches, there is a limited supply. The designers assure that they are made to last! You can purchase them on the Tesler + Mendelovitch website

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