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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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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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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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The "Design School" of Ralph Lauren.

I am proud to say I am an alumni of the Design School of Ralph Lauren. Yes, I made it through 3 agonizing years of grad school at Pratt Institute (#1 School for Graduate Interior Design, go Cannoneers!  Wait, what's a Cannoneer?  We had a mascot?), however RL became like a post-degree program that was pretty invaluable.

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Elizabeth Bolognino Interiors of 2012

2012 was a big year for me.  Second year out of the gate and EBI has set a fast pace! I've been blessed with amazing clients who allow me to create something truly meaningful.  Below are some selects of finished projects of 2012.  Be sure to check my website for more photos of the work below.

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Parisian Interiors, Plaster Paneling & Modern Design.

There is talk throughout the Mohawk River house of a weekend trip to Paris soon...  This reminds me of how much I love Parisian apartments with their grand parlors & ornate detailing.   In my opinion, the juxtaposition of modern accents within storied walls is a winning combination.

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Art Inspiration: Nabil Elderkin

My art inspiration today is director Nabil Elderkin's masterpiece for artist Bon Iver. "Holocene" was shot in Iceland in the region of Vic known for its rugged, otherwordly landscape. The collaboration inspires me as an Artist, a Mother, a Lover... Today is my two year old's birthday, and I couldn't be more thankful for what I have. Life is precious, Nature is precious, & Children are precious. Enjoy.

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My Bath is My Meditation.

For as long as I can recall, my bath is a well-deserved daily ritual.  It's an instant, enveloping experience that, even for just a few minutes, is all mine.  My husband hates how our magazines end up wrinkled with moisture, and blames me for ruining books.  And yes, my electronic devices have suffered due to my choice of meditation. I'd love to say "I do yoga everyday", or "Yes, my personal trainer comes over twice a week at 6am". Sometimes, the bath just has to make do.

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Slab Yard to EB = Kid in Candy Shop.

EBI is currently working on two design/decoration projects which require hand-selected slabs.  One is a kitchen renovation on the Upper West Side, the other a Master Bath in Tribeca. For months I have been searching for an elusive marble that goes by many names.  Some call it Breccia Capraia Verde, others Calacatta Panouzza.  I've even heard it referred to as Breccia Carrera.  I love this stone because it's natural qualities mimic an abstract watercolor; it has a very white field with an almost Klimtian stroke. 

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A Moment Between - Art Inspiration

We, as artists, are constantly inspired by each other.  We take cues from all mediums, from graphic design to photography, from music to sculpture. Yesterday I had the pleasure of experiencing Ann Hamilton's installation "The Event of a Thread" at the Park Avenue Armory. The artist concocts an intricate pulley system that interconnects swings, bells, pulleys, and an enormous white sheet. The largescale swings reminded me of memories as a young child. 

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Sexy, Sophisticated Leather Floors

Leather flooring is so sexy.  It's silky but tough, & gets better with age.  Leather flooring is like a good looking man; it's sophisticated & rugged but sensitive to the touch :). Leather floors patina with memories. They truly serve as a great alternative to hardwood flooring/rugs. My soundtrack for this post is the legendary Miles Davis, Spanish Key from Sketches of Spain.  Somebody bring me my slippers and a cocktail so I can put my feet up.

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Black Friday's Search for the Perfect Black Mirror

On this Black Friday, instead of braving the holiday gift mayhem - I am searching for the Perfect Black Mirror for a formal entry foyer.  The project is in the Toronto neighborhood of Rosedale in a home with beautiful bones.  I recently purchased an 18th century French console from Toronto boutique Boj Decor. The base is mahogany and has water gilded 24K gold leaf details.  The original marble top is still in tact.

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Flooring Sourcing with Jolene

Our Southern girl here is missin' her roots this rainy November day.  I'm on my second cup of coffee, deeply involved in search of the perfect living room rug for my Canadian project.  Of course, my researching fingers begin to think outside of the box... why don't we do something different and forgo the rug?! Musical inspiration aiding the search comes from the One and Only Dolly Parton. 

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