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A Message from VDA

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A Thanksgiving message from the home of VDA:

From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say “Thank You” for being a part of our lives. Life is beautiful, and that’s why we are so grateful that you have allowed us to be part of your dreams. I want to use Thanksgiving to say thank you for being a part of our journey in more than one way. Not only have we been able to create and shape your homes, but you all are an integral part of VDA, and for that, I want to extend our deepest gratitude and best wishes to all.Read More

What does Vanessa Deleon, Picnic by Design (DIFFA), Coco Chanel & Cuba Have in Common?

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What does Vanessa Deleon, Picnic By Design(DIFFA), Coco Chanel and Cuba have in common? As a designer, I find myself constantly inspired by a place that now has become the curiosity of many inquisitive minds. It is often  that I dissect the meanings behind the artwork, or the tiles in a particular space in this alluring time warp called Cuba. I am fascinated by the buildings’ architectural and Art Deco that liven up the streets of Cuba.Read More

Berkeley College Reintroduces Interior Design Program at the Wine & Design event June 15th

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Berkeley College Professor Alfonso Torino & Me   Right: behind podium Professor Ernesto Fong

On June 15th, Berkeley College hosted a Wine and Design event on their Paramus campus. It was an honor for me to be part of this event.  Berkeley College, for me, is a place full of wonderful memories of the most amazing professors and administrator’s, who continue to create a welcoming environment. Stepping onto the campus where my design career began, was like going back home.… Read More

OUTDOOR DESIGN WITH MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN MIND

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On the porch of Vanessa’s Vintage home

Making the outdoor design look like you’re indoor’s begins with the right combination of material, form, and function. If you’re tired of the old white plastic chairs and tables from grandma’s backyard and the sun umbrella unsteadily tilted in the insert of the picnic table, which during high-winds would catapult like a rocket in mid-air taking a dive into the neighbors pool, you can bet this was the outdoor furniture of the past. Read More

Vanessa To The Renovation Rescue

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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE RENOVATING

When renovating, there are several things that you need to know before executing your design plans. The first thing you should consider is whether you have ideas that will showcase a home without losing your mind, money and valuable time. Many may ask “can I afford an interior designer?” My answer, you can’t afford to go without one. In the past, the wealthy and famous were the only ones that were able to hire the best designers.… Read More

Vanessa’s Hottest Find’s At The Architectural Digest Design Show

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Architectural Digest Design Show Group shot

Architectural Digest Design Show Group shot

The Architectural Digest Design Show now in its 15th year has proven again to be the best luxury design show on the East Coast. This year over 40,000 guests attended and over 420 brands representing furniture, appliances, art, accessories, kitchen, bath, lighting, and building projects for the most discerning customers.

 

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Outside of the Architectural Digest Design Show Pier 94

This show offers design seminars, culinary demos, and special guest appearances from experts offering all kinds of ideas geared to the design trade, opened to both the trade and the general public.… Read More

Concept to Completion: A Designer’s Inspiration at the AD SHOW

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How to Reboot Your Home

How to Reboot Your Home

This year I am honored to be an important and influential component to one of the greatest decorating events in New York, The Architectural Digest Design Show. Where I will be running as the moderator on “How to Reboot your Home.” Also, look out for my Tweets, Instagram takeover and AD Blog Sponsorship as I send out my favorite picks. This event is perfect timing since my hubby and I are building another home.… Read More

Hot Restaurants on the VDA Radar!

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Pic1VANDAL– Chris Santos, chef/owner, has teamed up with Rich Wolf of the TAO and LAVO group bringing their synergies to the newest creation Vandal restaurant. By far this is the hottest spot on the Lower East Side. This fabulous 12,000 square feet restaurant is a hodgepodge of yummy street foods found throughout different cultures. There are two levels, which include the private dining room, cellar bar/lounge, secret garden dining section, and a hidden subterranean lounge area.… Read More

Unforgettable Holiday Tablescape…

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The holidays bring out the most creative side in many, especially when thinking of hosting the most fabulous of family and friends. It all starts with creating an unforgettable table settings that will be a part of those memories.

MJR_4338Every year you will collect the most beautiful photos of family, friends and your unforgettable tablescapes. Making each holiday a work of art and enjoying every minute with these simple tips.

PicMonkey CollageThe elegance and allure of using gold, silver, black and glass are rich and luxurious on any table.Read More

Agate On My Mind Design

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Hope you are enjoying my week long of Design Dairies, as I take you along for a ride into the real world of design. You will get to see some of the not so glamorous parts of the Interior Design business and the crazy things that happen behind the scenes. I will also share some cool tips along the way that will help you when you’re doing some interior or exterior work around the house.… Read More