WELCOME to Nest by Tamara blog

WELCOME to Nest by Tamara blog
Hi- It's Tamara. I'm happy you've stopped by the blog, and since 2010 I've been sharing my passion for interior design, travel, entertaining & fashion. I am an interior designer and writer living and working in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island. My blog musings have taken me to international design, art, antique and epicurean events and I have lots to share. I'm grateful to have been listed as the #1 top design blog, blogs to watch, top design blogs and in 2019 named and awarded Rising Star of Design by the IFDA NY industry organization. Please feel free to reach out to our team for an interior design consultation or to see our collection of wallpaper and fabric sold to the designer trade, rootcellardesigns@gmail.com. Happy Nesting, XO Tamara

Nest by Tamara's Favorite Designs at Spring 2016 High Point Furniture Market

Read About Our Top 24 Finds 
 at High Point Spring Market 2016!
Sharpen your pencil and take notes because these are great sources we are happy to share with you after we sampled the goods, sat in the seats, lounged on the bedding, touched the fabrics, ran our finger's through the grain, met with the designers in person, heard from the showrooms about the back story, took these photographs and then hand chose our favorites. Our hopes are to instill in you some wonderful new products and sources as you plan your spring and summer decorating projects. In the coming weeks we will flush out many of these items and collections to create full editorial stories, showing you details and telling the back story about these artisans, but for now, with summer on the horizon, let's get busy with all the decorating necessary to glean the most of the upcoming season. Although I was sponsored to attend and write about the Spring Market by Esteem Media for the Design Bloggers Tour, they encouraged me while there to explore and write about all I love, which allows me to bring our readers the best of design.  What was truly an advantage for me this trip was to see up close these other showrooms that I may not have ever seen before and frankly some were not on my radar, so I am grateful for continuing to learn and expand my repertoire of design by being exposed to new products and brands this market!  Many of these showrooms that made my list are old favorites as well and this makes it especially rewarding to be able to see first hand what they bring to Market.  It is refreshing to note that many of these pieces, while gorgeous and well made are accessible and affordable to boot.  So, in the words of  the iconic Martha Stewart, "that's a good thing!"
and for even more design finds, 
check out our top favorites slideshow using a musical score I created with my son on the piano for this collage, 
Happy Nesting
XO Tamara
1. Peacock wallpaper at Selamat by Florence Broadhurst
 Iconic designer and wallpaper designer Australian Florence Broadhurst's peacock wallpaper (showcased in the showroom window at IHFC at Market) immediately stopped us in our tracks.  Both modern and historic in feel, it is colorful, fantastic, and offered through the "Mayfair Crossing" collection showcased at Market
2. John Robshaw's light, effervescent summer feeling fabrics and upholstery for Duralee add onto their former collaborations.  this is a new in-house line offering 18 upholstery pieces and all made in the USA in North Carolina. 
3. Luxurious Chandeliers from Noir.  These new oversized, glittery lights are so impressive I added three of their new collections to this post -- The Villa, Bruna and Palazzo which are reasonably priced as well.
4. Indigo art and fabric from 
Carol Benson Cobb for John Richard Collection.
Cobb is an artist, fabric and wallcovering designer who brings her artisan eye to John Richard offering mixed medium art and now fabrics and wallcoverings to adorn their rich pieces.  I was particularly taken with this indigo pattern.
5. The favored seating by Marie Antoinette, the tete-a-tete settee designed by Corey Damen Jenkins for Leathercraft is unique and stylish.  Available in many custom feature, Jenkins entire collection for Leathercraft is a medley of history and modern inspirations woven together and all with a fashion-forward sensibility.  He has breathed new life into this brand and pays special attention to detailing.  And, it is also fun how he names each piece after an iconic figure.  The tete-a-tete settee can be used successfully in both residential and contract spaces.
6. The Taylor Bubble Light from the Gilded Home by John McClain caught my eye.  This cloud-like pendant is perfect for many styles and applications, and the size is perfect for a smaller bedroom chandelier.   It's a mix of edgy and sophistication and offered in both gray or clear Lucite balls in a 24" dimension and with polished nickel fixture.  The showroom is brand new, and this was their first time exhibiting at High Point.
7. I love the fantastic summer feeling you get with combining Kenian Home's rattan pieces with Meg Braff's tropical-inspired wallpaper, and it all channels summer!
8. The hide covered Parker chest at Bernhardt Furniture is special and would make a perfect signature piece in an entry or living area of any home.  Bernhardt does a fantastic job at providing beautiful detailing, channeling the artistry and craftsmanship from the past to continually provide the design world with beautiful pieces at affordable prices.
9. The Raffia covered pieces of the Savoy Place Collection at Bernhardt Furniture harkens to sophisticated Old Hollywood.  Raffia upholstery on case good furniture is one of my favorite all-time applications, and makes me instantly remember iconic designer Billy Baldwin.  
10. I enjoyed the fabulous art at Hurtado Furniture. Known for their quality wood furniture and Spanish-made fabrics, Hurtado certainly has lots to offer. I was particularly smitten with their unique art shown throughout their expansive showroom at Market.

11. Ambella Home's Madame X chair offers something unique and new from their ever evolving collections of furniture and accessories.  I am over the moon for all their upholstered pieces but this beautiful and comfortable chair tops our list, giving just as much interest from the back as from the front. 

12. I loved Barry Goralnick's entire collection for Vanguard, but his Martini Tables knocked our socks off--perfect for urban smaller spaces where you need versatile pieces to move from room to room!
13. Crypton Home fabric which is upholstered on this bed and used throughout the bedding and upholstery at Vanguard.  Crypton continues to dominate the industry with collaborations with several major furniture and fabric companies in the industry, offering their durable, stain resistant fabrics for upholstery, drapery and bedding.  This technology allows for plush feeling fabric to be used in places in the home we never thought possible.  Go ahead, eat in your bed, let the kids do their craft projects on the sofa because Crypton has it covered! 
14. from cradle to college, the Smart Stuff collection by Universal Furniture gives us stylish and functional furniture pieces for kid's bedrooms.  I enjoyed seeing the incredible price point and the creative ideas such as soft close doors and hidden storage and lighting strategically placed for seamless design.
15. The Prairie rugs by Calvin Klein at Nourison are luxurious and oh, so sophisticated.  The strips of multi-colored hide in this Arctic color was my favorite, and a must have for my next super chic design project.  All the CK rugs in this collection were Show Stoppers, so please stop back for a full post on these gorgeous rugs.
16. The Utilitarian Camargo kitchen island at Hillsdale Furniture is perfect for a country cottage by the sea.
17. The Percy Ottoman at Rowe Fine Furniture is sophisticated and versatile. The modern mixing of textures and patterns at Rowe lets the frames and furniture lines do the talking and how they showcase their gorgeous wares against a white showroom is stunning!

18. The Flint Table from the Califolio collection by Michael Berman at Theodore Alexander is uber cool and stylish with clean lines and a mid century appeal showing a California lifestyle, yet each piece has unique and incredible detailing.
19. The Pagoda lantern by Van Collier is a Chinese-inspired light from their Ping Collection.  It is hand crafted steel with four candle lights offered in many custom sizes and finishes, and a great price point to boot!
20. Mark McDowell's Agate Cabinet at John-Richard
I was smitten with many of the pieces designed by Mark McDowell for John-Richard.   The designer often uses Agate and other stones to weave them into his stunning pieces.  This Regency Agate cabinet is mesmerizing.  I had the chance to meet McDowell in person and his knowledge and talent is awe-inspiring.  There are several new pieces created by him in the showroom this Market.

21.  Norwalk's Under The Sea collection grabbed my heart.  Throughout the showroom they showcased their collaboration with Crypton Home fabrics offering great durable options.  The Under The Sea collection is perfect for summer decorating for beach houses and cottages.  The sea motifs and blue/green palette inspires -- happy to note Norwalk has over 500 upholstery frames and 800 fabric options and many leather options as well.
22. Huntington House offers pops of color with their large array of upholstery but we especially love settee number 7732-48 and upholstered in bright blue with a tight tufted back, it is very chic.
23. Sauder's International Lux Collection Bar Car
may just be the best bargain at Market.  It is perfect for summer entertaining, easily transported from room to room with tempered glass and a matte gold finish.  It's perfect for taking outdoors for a garden party and serving cocktails under the pergola, then later it is so light, you just wheel it back inside.
 24. I was impressed with Vaughan-Bassett's new Artisan & Post customizable furniture program with quick ship to boot.  This family owned furniture company rolled out a brand new program and website, Artisan & Post, which brings a freshness to the brand.  Using only American-grown hardwoods like cherry, oak and maple, they will offer custom options.  Now, designers can custom design a bed with high-end features and have it in their client's homes in a few weeks.  One example--a cherry wood bed offered with five bed options--18 hardware choices and decide upon traditional or contemporary finishings.  Now, that's service!

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