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The Fascinating World of Zaria Forman

Wow.  Meet Zaria Forman, my inspiration for today's post.  To me, Forman's paintings deliver something that is missing from today's ethosphere.  It's time to rediscover our hands as instruments, slow down & disconnect.  When was the last time you saw a contemporary artist working with pastels? Her technique is so reminiscent of my grandmother Katherine Snyder, who dedicated her life to working with pastels.  I can still smell the studio & see it's collected colorful mess.  As is evident in Zaria's studio below, the space between artist & the canvas tells the story.

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My Williamsburg Holiday Hit List.

This afternoon, Chloe & I ventured out to do some last minute shopping.  I found myself gravitating towards old standbys, but was happily surprised to find a slew of small shops with really nice selections.  If you had asked me 15 years ago if I'd end up in New York, the answer was a definitive No.  Furthermore, BROOKLYN?  Hell no. Here I am, 11 years later, loving Williamsburg as I did the first time we drove down Bedford Avenue post 9/11.

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Dear Santa: Please put Coal in my Stocking.

Hey Santa - I mean Jim Zivic's coal, specifically.  Zivic is the mastermind behind stunning coal sculptural pieces as well as contemporary handcrafted furnishings.  Zivic's art interprets nature with a man-altered finish, however just barely.  The dense, rawness of natural form can transform any interior - whether contemporary or traditional.

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The Return of the Concrete Floor

During the mid 2000's, I was a big fan of the concrete floor.  Concrete is a wonderfully versatile material.  Not only is it maintenance free, the possibilities are endless with color, pattern and texture. Concrete has been used architecturally for milienia; Ancient Rome's Pantheon in Rome has the largest unreinforced concrete dome ever built.  In modern times, architectural greats Louis KahnCarlo Scarpa, & Tadao Ando used concrete to define their legacies...

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The Yum or Yuck Factor.

Let's face it.  I believe there are two equal approaches to an informed Interior. As some of you know, I take a learned approach when it comes to Interior Design.  In fact, my most appreciated class while finishing my Masters of Science in Interior Design at Pratt was Design History. DH is the perfect culmination of math, science, & culture (thanks to Alexa Griffith Winton)... It helped me to realize the most important aspect of starting my own business: Design is purely a product of the Moment - a reflection of what is happening NOW.

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Ask and You Shall Receive.

A few months back, my husband Justin & I quickly decided to pull the trigger on an impromptu vacation to St. John & Jost Van Dyke.  Our dear friend Johnny joined us (who is also a perpetual islandgoer).  We've made the trek to St. John every year since we were married there in 2006.  The trip was so worth it, and I must share some of our most favorite photos with you.  Off topic, sure, but inspirational nonetheless.  Enjoy!

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Holiday House Hamptons - The Surfshack

Happy Holiday weekend!   A couple weeks ago, the HC&G Holiday House Hamptons showhouse opened benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  I was invited to design the outdoor surfshack/pool cabana, and collaborated with some awesome vendors to make it happen.  The house features the work of 21 other amazing interior designers,  including James HunifordThom FeliciaFawn Galli, & Tamara Magel.  

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Remodelista 10 White Kitchens!

This AM I was browsing one of my favorite design blogs, Remodelista.com for some over-coffee inspiration, & I ran across one of my own kitchen designs! Thanks to Editor Christine Chang Hanway for including the Colorado modern kitchen on her post 10 White Kitchens.   Have a lovely weekend, enjoy this gorgeous Spring Day!  xoEB

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Minimalist Media Unit for a Collector.

I was recently commissioned to design a media unit for a client in Williamsburg.  The homeowners come from two schools of thought:  One works in animation & is an avid record collector, the other is a minimalist who doesn't like clutter. Let's intrepret this:  DVDs, toys, records must be properly stowed & easily accessed.   They wanted something chic, contemporary & simple.  NOTE: These are Iphone shots documenting the installation. 

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The Armory Show, New Projects, & DIFFA (Oh, My!)

I have been such a busy bee the first few months of 2013.  Apologies for my radio silence...  It's great that business is good but I'll try not to neglect my blog in the future.  I'm blessed to have great clients with great taste. My job is pretty fun right now. :) Wednesday evening I went to the Armory Show preview.  The pieces below were some standouts; my art consultant friend mentioned the works below are generating quite a buzz...

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Chelsea Loft Photoshoot Selects

Here are a few selects from a recent project located in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea.  The clients wanted a neutral, clean feeling with simple colors. With so much happening outside their full-height glass windows, there was a need to keep the place succinct with purposeful details.  You may recognize the chairs from an earlier blog post :).  I played on confluence of geometric line within the pieces we purchased... perhaps I was inspired by the crazy traffic patterns of Manhattan;  There is always calm within chaos.  Hope you enjoy!

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What your Draperies Say About You.

Let's face it.  Window treatments are really a window into ones psyche.  Are you a control freak?  Relaxed & Laid back?  OCD? Blase? I'm doing this post specifically because the wrong drapery style can throw your interiors into a tailspin of NO if you choose unwisely.   Alternatively, an educated guess will properly accent the window and it's surrounding Interiors.  

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Interior Accents: Flowers (Guest Post!)

Hello, everyone! It's Mari from Arcadian Home blog, a wonderful place to find lovely home decor inspirations. I'm so happy to be visiting here at The Perfect Black today, to bring you a guest post about the beauty of flowers as interior accents. I've pulled together eight of my favorite room images showing ways to include gorgeous florals in all sorts of spaces. Please enjoy!

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