Monday, May 20

A design-inspired, collaborative spring season with Traditional Home magazine

the gorgeous courtyard at Elizabeth Street Gallery in NYC
Let me tell you about some projects 
Traditional Home magazine is
working on with designers and design bloggers.

On May 24 the magazine is producing an exciting one-time only online issue called Traditional Home's GREAT KITCHENS.  They reached out to kitchen designers and bloggers to ask their advice on a variety of kitchen topics from tabletop decorating tips to kitchen design.
My Fourth of July dinner party will appear in Traditional Home's Great Kitchens
I am excited the magazine chose my Fourth of July party served to our family and friends under the pergola at our beach cottage in East Hampton.  Traditional Home will feature my tabletop tips and inspirations, our photographs from the evening, and the full menu complete with recipes.  

Traditional Home magazine's Editor in Chief Ann Maine, TradHome's Editor Jenny Bradley, and the magazine's publisher Beth Brenner support the industry and go beyond the normal shelter magazine responsibilities of covering quality design.  Digging deeper, Traditional Home creates working-relationships with the community to bring professionals together in a collaborative fashion.   Sponsored by Traditional Home and Hunter Douglas, a small group of designers and writers were invited for an afternoon to tour design shops in NYC's fashionable Nolita neighborhood.  Timing the day with their annual announcement of 10 new TradHome interior designers to watch, we spent time with the NewTrad designers on a sunny, spring day in New York City.   First stop was the cozy design shop, Haus Interiors, owned by interior designer Nina Freudenberger (a former NewTrad designer herself).

the chevron design hand painted floor at Haus expands this cozy shop, 
which is chock-filled with design accessories and products.

Haus Interiors
250 Elizabeth Street
I spotted many unique pieces perfect for summer entertaining at the shop, including mermaid bottle openers, nautical-inspired rugs and their sweet smelling candles.  I love these Pendleton pool towels and accessories, which would add a stylish,
 English influence to summer fun.

Nina welcomed us into her store for breakfast, dedicating the entire window and store display to one of the NewTrad designers visiting from Chicago, 
Summer Thornton.  She explained how the vignettes and designs were inspired by Summer's work and talent, including her sophisticated layering of colors and textures
One of my other favorites stops on the tour was our visit to 
the Elizabeth Street Gallery
209 Elizabeth Street
which recently
partnered with the exclusive flagship store,

The Elizabeth Street Gallery refurbished 
a former parking lot
 into an outdoor oasis and respite 
in this busy NYC neighborhood.  
Now it offers a showplace for their 
majestic garden ornaments and statues.
Holland & Sherry's flagship shop feels like a bespoke expansive gentleman's closet complete with a curio cabinet of creations, furniture from the New Traditionalists collection, custom designed table top items, and men's clothing and accessories.

new development:  
The New Traditionalists' furniture collection is now available, in addition to their Soho showroom, at the Holland & Sherry showroom in the D&D building in New York City.  

another favorite place we popped into was
424 Broome Street 

like most successful companies the key seems to be in offering more than one service for different clients.  Ankasa takes their signature old-world talent of detailing and creating fabric into art pieces and offering it retail, and now offers these services available custom so designers can collaborate with Ankasa to create their own wall art and fabric designs for their clients.  

I seriously crave this indigo sequin octopus pillow. 

Ankasa dedicates an entire wall of the shop to their custom design wall art, and illustrates to customers and designers the variety of design possibilities with their work.

Stop back on Wednesday for more views 
from our design day with Traditional Home
including visits to
John Houshmand
Michele Varian
and a delicious Vegan lunch at a new neighborhood haunt, 
The Butcher's Daughter

check out the new issue of TradHome
and read about all 10 designers  named this spring!
antique equestrian statues at Elizabeth Street Gallery and Holland & Sherry
Happy Nesting XO

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