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

Tips for keeping your Chandelier clean and shinny!

As a designer of chandeliers, people and our clients often ask what steps to take to maintain and keep their fixtures clean?  Every chandelier that we create is different so depending on the frame being glass or antique brass is going to dictate the proper steps for maintaining the beauty of the piece.  First I would like to address an old school common way of keeping the crystals of a chandelier clean which I tend to think is outdated not ideal.  Often people would lay newspaper or cloth down under a chandelier and use a cup of warm water mixed with white vinegar and raise the cup up to submerge the crystal in the liquid.  While this does breakdown the oils and dust that often accumulates on each crystal, it does have its drawbacks….

1. Unless you really enjoy the aroma of italian dressing in your home, there are better cleaning products

2. The acidity of the vinegar can cause damage and tarnish the metal used to actually hold the crystals in place

That being said the following are a few techniques and suggestions that we have found useful for all of our chandeliers.

1.  COMPRESSED AIR!!!!!

We have all used the small cans of compressed air to clean a computer keyboard, but this little tool can be used for chandeliers also.  You will be able to get to hard to reach areas on the frames of the lights, as well in all the nooks and crannies that are found in the intricate designs on the arms and in the bobesh dishes.  Especially with the brass frames, the patina and antique look of the brass is something that you want to keep, so using any cleaner on it may result in discoloration and take away from the overall look.  We recommend starting off by spraying away all the dust on the frame.

2.  GLASS CLEANER

Windex or any similar product is going to give the crystal a fantastic finish.  These are typically very soft cleaning products and will not remove any finish that might be on some of the crystals, whether it is an AB coating or a metallic foil.  This will also not be harmful for the metal holding the crystals onto the frame.  Also windex smells better than vinegar.  Just spray a paper towel with the glass cleaner a rub each stone, this will take care of any oils from fingerprints and any dust left over after using the compressed air.

3.  INSPECT

It only takes a few seconds to go over each stone, but by cleaning them individually you can inspect each element to make sure there hasn’t been any damage to the crystal.  If for any reason you find a chip you can contact us and get a replacement piece so that we help keep your chandelier in pristine condition.

It is important to let you know that each of our chandeliers are created using STRASS crystal, which is a division of the SWAROVSKI company.  STRASS crystal has a patented anti-dust finish and works very well, but after about a year there may be some light build-up of dust on the stones although it is significantly less than that of a lesser quality crystal.  Regardless of the type of crystal that you may have on a chandelier it is always nice when the colors shine brightly so small tips like these can go a long way in getting the most beauty out of these functional pieces of art!

CHEERS,

Karen