Inspiration from the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC

The AD Home Show 2014

Interiors

Every year Architectural Digest hosts the home show at Pier 94 in Manhattan. It’s one of the most inspirational design events that I attend, and yesterday didn’t disappoint me at all! This is where you find the newest products by some of the best designers in the world. Though I am gonna take a minute to boast that NYC local designers have a heavy presence in the world of design and I am proud to be friends with many of these talents. Nice Job NYC Designers!!!

Basically I thought I might blog a bunch of cool pictures that I took at the show. I think I should let everyone know that the show has 2 sections to it. The first being larger companies who produce everything from unique tiles for floors and walls to refrigerators, furniture, fire places…. you get the idea. These are all the new lines that are soon to be in a store near you.

The second section is called “made” and it consists of unique artisan’s that produce decor, lighting, wall paper and other items which probably will not be in a store near you. But if you read our blog you would probably love to have some of these creations in your own home.  That is why I will try to make sure to list some of the names of the companies at the end of this post so that you might check out their sites and beautify your spaces, but you can always go to the Architectural digest site to find a list of exhibitors.

The photos are primarily from an exhibit area where interior designers use samples of products from different exhibitors to create luxurious rooms.

That's me if front of this chandelier bursting with Cherry Blossoms!

That’s me in front of this chandelier bursting with Cherry Blossoms!

My Hubby and our friend Moshe Bursuker in his lighting exhibit.

My Hubby and our friend Moshe Bursuker in his lighting exhibit.

www.moshebursuker.com

Cherry Blossom Chandelier Room at AD Home Show 2014

Cherry Blossom Chandelier Room at AD Home Show 2014

Who needs wall paper if you collect postcards?

Who needs wall paper if you collect postcards?

Close up of post card wall! Love it!

Close up of post card wall! Love it!

The retro look was so eye catching!

The retro look was so eye-catching!

Another Beautiful room design

Another Beautiful room design

close up of patterns and textures in the room

The layering of different patterns and textures really made this room so inviting.

Pretty and Elegant

Pretty and Elegant

I loves the backs of the chairs in this room and the color scheme was so soft and pretty. The portraits on the walls were super bazaar half man half woman images.

Awesome table with moss growing down the center of it.

Awesome table with moss growing down the center of it.

I would love to have this as a picnic table. One of the coolest things is the way it is sunken into the ground.

This was such an imaginative design!

This was such an imaginative design!

Cool video images projected onto the walls and having all the different colored chairs was so playful.

Cool video images projected onto the walls and having all the different colored chairs was so playful.

This was one of my favorites, so space aged!

This was one of my favorites, so space aged!

One of the grandest displays in the entire show!

One of the grandest displays in the entire show!

Hope that you enjoyed the behind the scenes look of the 2014 Architectural Digest Home show. I am gonna list and link to some things that I thought were very cool and if you get a chance check them out. Everyone loves unique things and many of the people making this work are emerging talents or lifelong artists from the U.S.  As someone who understands the etiquette of artist exhibitions I did not take photos of people’s work in their booths but rather talked to the artists and took their contact info so that I could share with you the websites of the things I liked!

Big Chill refrigerators www.bigchill.com

Creative Touch Rugs www.creativetouchrugs.com

William Couig www.furthurdesign.com

Custom Furniture Studio www.johnson3llc.com

Beautiful Wallpaper www.hyggeandwest.com

The Chair Market www.thechairmarket.com

French Accents www.farugs.com

Cheers,

Karen

NEW BRIDAL JEWELRY AND A DESIGNER’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BEST WEDDING VENDORS

GETTING MARRIED?

WE WANT TO HELP!

Manhattan Bride’s coverage and photography by Rick Bard showcases some of our new designs for the bride this year.  This necklace is fabulous! Layers and layers of Swarovski crystals artistically overlapping with sterling silver.  We are very excited about this new look, considering the edginess and non-symmetrical look of the bib part of it. : )  Link to http://www.karencurtis.com/bridal-jewelry/ to see more!

So I guess we feel at this point in our career, and life for that matter, we have seen a lot of what the wedding industry has to offer, especially in the New York area.  That being said my husband and I have come to agreement on what wedding professionals we feel deserve recognition for being cool, innovative, high quality, and really just provide outstanding service and products.  By no means have we scouted out everyone in the industry, but over the course of a few years we have gone to lots of weddings big and small, attended so many bridal expos, and on a personal note planned our own wedding which I feel we did a lot of research for.

HERE WE GO

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Lets start by giving you some great resources for planning:

MANHATTAN BRIDE

Great writing, excellent selection in the advertisements and a very cool section that highlights individual weddings.  We like this because you can see everything someone else choose, and view some photographs from their wedding that can give you an idea of what these vendors bring to the table.  Read each couples story and some of them you can associate with and maybe even get some ideas if you are looking to create a theme of some sort. This is a link to our wedding featured in the magazine! http://www.karencurtis.com/manhattan-bride-our-wedding/

 http://www.manhattanbride.com/

THE KNOT

– This is a pretty big publication, that highlights lots of different vendors in the industry.  They have a more national scope to them so if it is a destination wedding this could be a good starting point for the bride and groom to look through.  Cool DIY areas and tips on how to make the most of what you are going for.  Even good tips for the guys… ( seriously if any grooms are reading this blog, surprise your girl with a spa/message session a couple of days before your wedding!  Big Points, Just Saying) http://www.theknot.com/

THE WEDDING WIRE

– Also a great way to get ideas on how to make the day even more smashing.  You can read though a lot of reviews on people and venues on wedding wire… It’s a wonderful source for wedding planning! They have an incredible listing of vendors where you can view by your location and category, e.i. Jewelry, NYhttp://www.weddingwire.com/

THE DRESS

KLEINFELDS

– The one and only!  It’s kinda dreamy for a bride to walk in there with her girls to try on some gowns.  They have a huge selection and all of the staff is super friendly and eager to find the perfect dress for each bride.  “IS THIS THE ONE” is their trademark question every time you look at yourself in a mirror with a new dress.  Have fun with it and we have no doubt that you will be able to find something special for your big day.  Important to note that you need to call ahead for an appointment they get a lot of traffic. http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/

BIRNBAUM & BULLOCK

– This place is A+.  They have a great selection of dresses that are top-notch quality.  Lesser known then the big names but that is why we find them so appealing.  It’s that couture, edgy, no one else has it feeling you get after buying your gown from these guys.  The owners/designers are Steven and Robert and we have to say that they are awesome, you couldn’t find a more helpful, friendly and stylish group to work with and lets face it, working directly with the owners of a particular company makes a girl feel special.  Don’t pass up the opportunity to try out their designs this could definitely be the place you find the perfect gown! http://www.birnbaumandbullock.com/

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Quick note: This is me in my dress by pnina tornai.  http://www.pninatornai.com/default.aspx

Other designers that I personally loved were

Ree Macra  http://www.reemacra.com/Collections/Bridal/1a525329-1da4-4094-a86e-cb86a9c72550

Monique Lhuillier  http://moniquelhuillier.com/

FLOWERS

MARIA NINO

Just simply beautiful, both the floral designs and Maria’s personality!  She creates the most stunning arrangements and brings her A game to every events she is a part of.  It is rare to find someone who is so enthusiastic about their work and Maria is the epitome of that individual.  Great pricing for any budget as well.  She engages the bride and groom to become part of her design process, using images of her prior events as well as imaginative ways that she can create unique features for your particular wedding. She recently launched her new company and she is well worth inquiring about! http://mcninodesigns.com/ or mcninoevents@gmail.com  or 1-718-383-2424

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PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY

JANG PHOTOGRAPHERS

– Special!  This is a really talented group of photographers headed by owners Lina and O.B. and they are great professional people to work with.  The style is photo journalism and it is everything you could imagine, creative, artsy, but at the same time they find a way to make it a bit traditional also.  Lets be honest, you are never going to see everything that happens at your wedding fortunately you can have this amazing team of photo “ninjas” documenting the entire event.  Before you pull the trigger on hiring your photographer make sure you look at what this company has to offer, we think they are legen…. “wait for it”…  dary!  http://www.linajang.com/

Note: Above photos are by Jang Photography

MUSIC

HANK LANE

We recently attended a wedding that used this company for the night and we gotta say it was Fantastic! The dance floor was packed, the music was a good mix of modern dance and classics, we would’ve stayed till 5 a.m. dancing.  The catch is that you have to trust them when they tell you they will have the perfect band for your night.  I don’t believe you get to see them perform live and essentially they combine talented musicians catered to the type of event you want to throw.  Needless to say we witnessed this come off very well so we give a stamp of approval! http://www.hanklane.com/

HONEYMOON

LIBERTY TRAVEL

You can get lost on websites and if you don’t have a good recommendation from a friend or family member then you should consider using their resources.  Located all over and every time we have visited them we have enjoyed the information.  Give them a budget and the type of vacation you want and they will steer you in the right direction.  There is also a good price insurance with the company and they will most likely match a deal if you think you can find something better.  Walk right into one of their locations and you might find the perfect spot that you didn’t know existed! http://www.libertytravel.com/

Alright that is pretty much it.  Hopefully this helps someone out as they plan their wedding.  My husband and I are young and like to think of ourselves as trendy, sophisticated, and quality orientated people.   A lot of the time when we read reviews it is hard to get a reading on what the person writing the review is like so if we share some of the same tastes in life this could be helpful to you.  OH I ALMOST FORGOT DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE JEWELRY AT KARENCURTIS.COM TO COMPLETE YOUR LOOK, YOUR BRIDESMAIDS AND THE MOMS OF THE NEWLY WEDS!!!!!!!!!!

BRIDAL CUFF BRACELET

Thanks for reading and we wish you all the best with planning your wedding!

Karen & Aaron

Jewelry Design part 2

     Great week of designing jewelry.  Karen and I stuck to 1 color combination all week-long, creating earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that all matched in color, but design-wise were slightly different.  I believe its important to have these differences, they make it more interesting when paired together.  Lets be honest, it’s the shine and the sparkle that attracts someone to look at what you are wearing.  And when they do the fascination comes from the colors and shapes that are paired together, Whether it is diamonds and rubies, or like we are using Swarovski crystal, the elegance and the craftsmanship come from thought-out placement of the individual elements.  After the actual colors choice of a piece, this would be the second most important aspect for designing a sophisticated piece of jewelry!  The following image is a brand new charm bracelet that can better explain what I am describing.  It is also a quick sneak peek of our spring 2012 and what’s to come this year from Karen Curtis!!!

     The collection is meant to be dominated by the gold, honey, and amber colors that were selected, so here we brought in large transparent beads to stick out in the design of the bracelet.  It sort of sets the tone for the overall look of the piece.  Next we add in smaller beads to incorporate all of the colors.  Notice the stack of two oval red beads which break up the cone-shaped grey, amber, and olive beads.  Using our stacking method, and the pearl on the opposite side of the bracelet we add texture, different surfaces to each bead give us the opportunity to diversify the pattern.  The entire bracelet is wire-wrapped,  the metal is continuously woven into the next segment of metal.  Wire-wrapping is difficult but is a beautiful way of assembling certain pieces of our collections.

     This collection would look stunning with an any outfit that incorporates tan, grey, or other neutral colors.  This could also be a beautiful and fun addition to summer-time carefree outfit with the dangling Swarovski crystals catching sunlight as you stroll down the beach.  We look forward to showcasing this collection at this years holiday fair in grand central terminal!   Enjoy your week,  stay tuned for another weekly blog!!!!!!!!