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The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is the one of the largest media events in New York City. The shows are the initial launch of an international tour that introduces the latest style developments and provides brand exposure. Typically the shows predict the hot colors and trends for the upcoming season. Fashion week grabs the attention of millions allowing designers to make impressions and create opportunities and connect with the industry. Housing the leading designers and the next generation of budding talent from all over the globe.… Read More

NY NOW Market

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As some of you may know the Javitz center recently held the NY NOW Market for Home & Lifestyle. The trade only event is held twice a year during January and August in NYC. Hosting the best lines in home, lifestyle and gift for over 2,800 companies.

This past show drew 35,000 guests from all over the globe and did not disappoint! Here are some of Vanessa’s favorite picks from the event!… Read More

End of Summer Party Ideas

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Autumn is quickly approaching and now is the perfect time to start planning your “end of summer party”. Of course there is always the basic BBQ or pleasant pool party that are standard crowd pleasers. This season I wanted to share one of my favorite party themes; Outdoor Movie Night! Movie night is perfect for any age or group and super easy. Here are a few simple suggestions to help you plan:… Read More

Fitness, Life & Balance

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Valentine’s Day is here and with all of the candy and chocolate lying around the office, I’m glad I was able to get my workout in this morning.  Thanks to my healthy lifestyle and sensible eating habits I am able to have the occasional blunder or cheat meal.

Although I hate to call it a diet because it’s more like a lifestyle, I tend to eat loads of veggies (steamed, broiled, boiled, baked, raw) paired with lean proteins such as salmon, chicken, eggs, tuna, and the occasional steak. … Read More

Spring Trends 2014

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Although we are in January, and the thermostat has not ventured far from 15 degrees fahrenheit here in New York City, it’s time to start thinking about the Spring Trends for 2014.  In December Pantone announced that the Pantone color of the year is Radiant Orchid 18-3224.  According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.… Read More

Transform a room with “wallpaper”

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150638_10151396749232570_1510664182_n 393789_4111114708911_1290853879_n 603599_10151056903377570_437404823_n 483882_10151396749357570_1779333973_n 1470380_626340077423310_804418319_nThe quickest and usually the most inexpensive way to transform a room is with wallpaper. With  many new styles, different textures and patterns to choose from, this once-dated décor trend has been resurrected and is totally in vogue.

Wallpaper can instantly create a mood by introducing a dominant color to a space, it also produces complexity and detail. Often, in a tiny room installing wallpaper can be very appealing. For instance, the addition of detail in a powder room or small bedroom can deliver a unique kind of feel.… Read More

Interior Design Fees

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How much should you expect to pay for an Interior Designer?

When hiring a designer you need to think about a budget for the space you’re designing as well as a budget for the designer who will be executing your vision.

The rate associated with hiring a designer varies depending on whether you are looking to design your entire home or just a room.

One way, which designers may charge for their expertise, is by coming to an agreement with their client where the designer purchases all of the furnishings and accessories and sells them to their client at an additional percentage.… Read More