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AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2015

TANIYA N AYA K PLUS IN THIS ISSUE

TEXTURES AND PATTERNS TO KEEP AN EYE ON FOR YOUR NEXT HOME MAKEOVER THE STYLISH LIVING MAGAZINE

7 SIMPLE WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME THE HOTTEST PENDANT LIGHTING THIS SEASON END-OF-SUMMER DELICIOUS DESSERT RECIPES TO TRY


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table of contents 10 TRANSFORM YOUR HOME 12 BRUCE AVENUE

22 PENDANT PENDING 32 LUST FOR LUMBER 44 ANIMAL INSTINCT 45 COVER STORY: TANYA NAYAK 58 TEXTILE QUEEN, LORI WEITZNER 66 DESIGN OBJECTIVE 72 SHADES OF GREY 80 HOME PLATE

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table of contents 58 DECOR: LIGHTS CHARM

60 WHAT DO YOUR FURNISHING SAY? 64 DESIGNER JOURNEY: DECORIUM 68 A TASTE OF SPRING 70 DECOR: PROPER COPPER 72 RECIPE: THAI FRIED OMELET 74 BALACLAVA ROAD 82 RECIPE: HANOI GRILED CHICKEN 84 BELGIAN FARM HOUSE 98 APPLIED APPLIANCE

100 SPACES DESIGNED TO WORK 128 EMBARK ON ART: ANDREAS LIE

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JUNE & JULY 2015 EDITOR IN CHIEF: KRISTIE STOODLEY CARMINE NAPOLITANO ART DIRECTOR: MAGDALENA M.

a letter from the editors This summer has flown by and it’s been an amazing one at that.

We’ve had our share of adventures and travels, even my co-editor Kristie, moving from her first-time-buyer home to a bigger family

EXECUTIVE EDITORS: STEPHANIE ROCKWELL

home. We are thrilled to have such an enthusastic team and it’s

COPYWRITERS: JOANNA NICOL EMILY KLEIN RAVNEET TAKHAR

our new art director. Her keen eye on photography and fashion

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: CARMINE NAPOLITANO CONTRIBUTORS WRITERS: JEREMIAH BRENTMARTHA O’HARA, BLANCA SANCHEZ, EMILY KLINE, HEIDI RICHARDSON, ROSELIND WILSON, AND REBECCA GRIMA PHOTOGRAPHERS: MAGDALENA M., PAUL FINKEL, MATHEW SPROUT, KATRIN BJORK AND RYAN ROBERT MILLER

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growing. We’ve proudly welcomed Magdalena M. to our team as are an exciting addition to the team to help make sure we are constantly curating the best.

We also have the lovely Taniya Nayak being featured, who’s got the charisma, energy and looks to match her talent as a designer. She

is simply a stunning and humble person who’s genuine personality is refreshing for anyone to have the pleasure to meet.

One thing is for sure, we’re more primed and focused to deliver what we can to celebrate the designers and manufacturers

that make our homes beautiful. We want elegant and beautiful

inspirational designs from around the world to help aspiring home owners and designers alike make the most stylish home living

that they can have, and we always want to remind our readers that

hiring a designer can and will bring your style to life in your home.

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ON THE COVER: TANIYA NAYAK TEAM CREDITS: ART DIRECTION & PHOTOGRAPHY: MAGDALENA M. MAKEUP ARTIST: NICOLE CARUSO

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introducing our art director

MAGDALENA M.

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I’ve been handed a life that allows me to explore infinite possibilities. Creativity has always been pumping

through my veins, even since I was a kid. Today, I still feel like a kid, because I get to dream for a living.

After years of working as a fashion designer, I made a career change to pursue fashion and portrait

photography. This new direction enabled me to

collaborate with lifestyle expert Janette Ewen, who

brought me on board projects focusing on home decor

and interior design. With time I gained more experience and truly fell in love with shooting interiors. Today, I shoot an interior like a shoot a portrait. There are so

many layers and ways you can approach it. I try to find

the soul of the place, and only hope that comes through with the final images I capture. Knowing the design

process helps me see everything in an exploratory way, like creating pattern pieces to fit. I translate this into curating concepts and making images.

The great thing about what I do is to continually explore MAGDALENA M IS A TORONTO BASED COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER WITH A CLIENT BASE IN FASHION, ADVERTISING AND INTERIORS. MAGDALENA'S FRESH AND INTUITIVE APPROACH TO PHOTOGRAPHY INTEGRATES OVER 10 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD WITH A HIGH-END AESTHETIC, WHETHER SHOOTING LOCATIONS OR ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITURE. IN ADDITION TO A GROWING LIST OF CLIENTS, MAGDALENA'S WORK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S BRIDE MAGAZINE, THE GLOBE AND MAIL AND NATIONAL POST.

style, since it translates into everything around us. Style is a personal glimpse into self expression, and I see

how fashion and interiors go hand in hand. Your space reflects who you are, just as much as your outfit can.

Over the years as a photographer and creative director I’ve developed a sharp eye for what makes the cut, and learned the importance of carrying out a consistent

vision through every project. I look forward to sharing this vision as part of the Embark team.

Thanks for having me! — Magdalena M.

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SEVEN SIMPLE WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME BY JEREMIAH BRENT

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Design is having a major moment right now, just like where fashion was ten years ago. Your home should be a reflection of you – where you have been, where you are and where you want to go. Re-invent yourself and your home with these seven easy design tips.

don’t take yourself too seriously

invest in key pieces

Design at its best and purest form

pieces you’re picking can go on

is an extension of who you are, and who you would like to become.

accessorize your home with scent I truly believe that scent is the final touch to every room. It’s

what you smell when you walk into a home and it stays with

you – it’s the final frontier of a well curated home and that’s

why I love the new Air Wick Life

Scents collection. With constantly changing fragrances, the Life

Scents collection tells a story and

can help enhance a mood, as well as the look and feel of a space.

take risks The home is all about

interpretation – you can finally

take risks in the home. There are no rules anymore!

it’s a marathon, not a sprint When curating your home there is no reason to rush, it takes

time to pick out the pieces you’ll keep forever that tell your own home’s story.

Life’s a journey, ensure the key

any journey you take. The same goes with scent – Air Wick’s

Autumn Market is a great option for upcoming fall season – it

helps create a sense of comfort

and relaxation in your home with fragrances of warm pear cider,

spiced pumpkin and fall harvest.

always set the table Be sure to change up your

table for every season – whether you’re hosting a dinner party or a table for two, it’s important to have a centerpiece that serves

as a focal point. Adding a mix of fall fruits and seasonal flowers

give the table an elegant pop of color and texture.

layer in trends Trends can be fleeting but if

they speak to you, try them

out. Trends can be temporary

accents that you weave through your home – think throws,

pillows, etc. Some of my favorite trends are fringe, blush, florals and embroidery.

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Bruce Avenue BY: MARTHA O'HARA INTERIORS

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Originally built in the 1990s, this home needed a youthful and bold update. As a professional working

couple with two teens, familial comforts with some adventurous risks were on this homeowner’s itinerary. A remodeling project that required new finishes, construction materials, and furnishings on all three levels

Carrie Rodman, Martha O’Hara Interiors Design Director, had her hands full. The home was originally custom built, but the current owners undertook a series of three remodels by two different builders. It fell to Martha O’Hara Interiors to select construction

materials, finishes, and furnishings that would create a consistent aesthetic despite the remodel’s phased timeline. It was determined early on, that to create consistency throughout the home, a neutral base

palette would be selected to run throughout all three levels. Gray and white were the colors selected as

they complimented the traditional home and allowed the use of a variety of bold statement colors as

accents throughout. In addition, from one remodel to

the next, all crown molding and trim were matched to

be similar in style, and it was painted in white through every room.

The dining room required some flair and sophistication. Each chair was upholstered in a lime green cotton-linen blend fabric with a peach-skin finish. This provided a sleek harmony with the elegant glass baubles on the

featured chandelier. The dining table was left clear of

embellishments so Dad could use that table for work as often as the family would use it for meals. So, in order

to create a more sophisticated dining room statement for company, a lovely embossed wall covering was added to the perimeter.

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In the formal living room, there is a mix of ornate

patterns and organic lines with a clean pallet and

modern touches. The goal here was to create a space that the family would feel equally as comfortable

entertaining in as well as spending casual lounging

evenings by the fire. The room features a traditional fireplace and columns delineating the living room

from the dining room. A Turkish vintage over-dyed

patchwork rug grounds the furnishings in the area,

and the modern styled sofas that are combined with

clear acrylic side tables and glass coffee table create an overall aesthetic provides a sense of peace and

tranquility . In addition, custom mohair ottomans with stylistic animal legs were added as a special design feature and statement.

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In the powder room, a

stunning geometric wall

covering lines the walls for

all the homeowner’s guests

to enjoy. Simple, clean lines

and crisp finishes were used to complete the look of the

room without overwhelming it. And, as a final nod to a traditional touch, a crystal semi-flush chandelier graces the room.

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The family room hosts an extremely unique and custom designed fireplace that provides a central focus for family to gather together. French-inspired Tuileries tile combined with a modern polished Olympic

Striato marble creates a daring yet extravagant feature. Comfortable, ample and neutral sofas are grounded by a bright turquoise area rug. A leopard print ottoman in an orange color provides playful contrast in this area.

The kitchen area opens up to the family room as well as the casual dining area. We saved the existing

cupboards and painted them white but upped the glamour by adding polished Carrera Marble tiles which

were staggered as the backsplash. The center island is Calacatta Attiva Marble and the perimeter countertop is a durable quartz countertop in Difiniti Silver Lake. The counter stools are sleek and easy-to-clean and were

chosen to sit next to the center island for a practical eating space. Keeping the colors and finishes elegant but quiet allowed us to punch hues of turquoise and blue around the room.

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In the master bathroom large dark rectangular tiles create a foundation for light and bright elegance that echo

the grey and white theme prevalent throughout the home. A large floral, metallic wall covering is reflective of the

softness of these colors and crisp white built-ins with chrome fixtures everywhere keep the focus on the large freestanding tub and the stunning chandelier overhead.

MARTHA O’HARA INTERIORS OFFERS FUNCTIONALITY, STYLE AND VALUE, AND THEY BELIEVE THAT GOOD BUSINESS AND GREAT DESIGN GO HAND IN HAND. MARTHA AND HER TEAM OF TALENTED DESIGNERS WORK HARD TO DESIGN AND FURNISH HUNDREDS OF HOMES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES EVERY YEAR. THEIR AWARD-WINNING DESIGNERS LOVE TO WORK IN A VARIETY OF STYLES AND A RANGE OF AESTHETICS.

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architect profile

MIRÓ

RIVERA

Miró Rivera Architects (MRA) is an internationallyrecognized architecture practice that has created

a body of work that exemplifies design excellence, blurs art and architecture, and includes poetic and inspirational projects that enrich their landscapes. Services include: residential, commercial and institutional architecture; urban design; and interior design.

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Casa Miró Rivera DESIGN: MIRÓ RIVERA ARCHITECTS WWW.MIRORIVERA.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: PAUL FINKEL | PISTON DESIGN

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Gradually transformed by architect/owner Juan Miró and his family, Casa Miró Rivera cleverly subverts the hallmarks of the typical American house.

Inside, dark wooden walls were replaced with pure white plaster, providing a clean backdrop for a collection of colorful artwork. Large, panoramic windows frame views of the various gardens and courtyards that ring the structure. In the kitchen, a modular system of sleek cabinetry conceals a variety of functions suited to the family’s daily routine.

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The front yard represents the most dramatic transformation. A large (and mostly unused) driveway was torn

out, with the garage converted to a spacious family room with a guest loft. The front yard was enclosed with a low wall, providing privacy from the street and allowing for the addition of a rectangular pool dotted with stone pavers leading to the front door.

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OXSHOTT RESIDENCE DESIGNED BY BLANCA SANCHEZ

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This solid family home, built in 2003, was recently

purchased by the current owners, in a state that needed a degree of personalisation and updating. When Halo

Design Interiors were instructed, the kitchen had already been removed and the contractor (Hystar Construction) was just starting to build the office and library area, which is situated above the garage.

The clients, a professional couple with two young

boys, were keen to stamp their mark on their new

home, ensuring that it fulfilled the way they like to

live. Their brief was to update the house generally,

focussing in particular on the master suite, to include

a completely new bathroom and dressing room areas. They also put the spotlight on the new library area

with a view to creating a private study space, but at

the same time ensuring that there was room for the whole family to spend time together in the space.

Halo’s ideas focussed on taking the best elements

of the existing interiors and blending them with new schemes to reflect the clients’ lifestyle.

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As you enter the property a two storey atrium style hallway features Bocci pendant chandelier which hangs

down above spanning two floors. Immediately ahead is the formal dining room which can comfortably seat ten. The formal semi open plan connecting sitting room is off to the right where a rare grand piano takes

pride of place next to the fireplace. All the ground floor rooms that directly face the rear garden are sunken,

two steps down off the main ground floor, to give definition to the spaces and make them feel grander. These rooms include the dining room, family room and media room.

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Upstairs, the challenging skeilings in the library located above the garage were minimised by the use of

quarter cut oak joinery, dark stained, cladding the room in built-in shelving, back lit, to ensure a relaxing

environment. Special attention was given to the client’s chess board, which sits in pride of place in the library area, as this was a particular activity the owner enjoys sharing with his children.

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The master bathroom was completely re-configured to provide a large walk-through shower, clad in bronze tiles, with bronze frames used as a feature around recessed light boxes and mirror cabinets above the

bespoke double vanity unit. The dressing areas were another challenge due to space restriction and skeilings. Halo overcame the challenges by working with the clients to create simple lacquered wardrobes, with a backlit perspex shoe stand taking pride of place, giving the client an important display for her varied and valued shoe collection.

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The kitchen by Mowlem incorporates concealed appliances with an eat-in dining table for owner’s small

children and bar stools for the adults and guests. Leading off the kitchen is the large sunken family room with

doors opening directly onto the stone patio. A family media room for watching films on comfortable lounging sofas also leads off from the kitchen. A utility room and playroom are also located on the ground floor.

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designer profile

BLANCA SANCHEZ

Born in Paris to an American mother and Spanish father, Blanca came to England at the age six. She grew up

in a 1930s house in Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex,

accompanying her mother to antiques auctions as she (her mother) indulged her passion for antiques and individual pieces for the family home. Blanca trained at the Chelsea

College of Art and Design, after getting an Honours Degree from Durham University in Spanish with History, and after

completing a postgraduate business course at South Bank University. Her interior design career started at Hill House

Interiors in Weybridge, where she joined them in their first week of business. After eleven years with them she left to

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the Designer’s Journey of

Sara Story TANIYA NAYAK DESIGN LLC, PRINCIPAL INTERIOR DESIGNER WWW.TANIYANAYAK.COM | TELEVISION PERSONALITY (HGTV AND FOOD NETWORK) BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR ELLEN DEGENERES, ED ON AIR ON QVC

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THE BEAUTIFUL MIND & SOUL OF DESIGNER TA N I YA N AYA K ART DIRECTION & PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAGDALENA M. MAKEUP BY NICOLE CARUSO

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where does your story start?

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Design has always been in my blood. My dad is an

architect, which definitely shaped my creative gene from early on. I played it safe and pursued my undergrad in Business Marketing, but after graduation, I felt a huge

creative void. I never felt that “spark” in any of my jobs.

After tagging along with my sister on a business trip to

Spain, I had one of those “ah-ha” moments (as Oprah likes

to call it). I decided that I was too young to be doing a job I hated and that it was time to make a change.

After landing back home in Boston I walked right into the Boston Architectural College and applied for my

masters in Interior Design program. Looking back now, it was as if the gates opened up to my true self. Case in point; as I neared the end of my program, our director

of Interiors sent an email out to all of the students stating that a Boston-based production company was searching for young designers for a new TV show on ABC Family

called “Knock First.” He encouraged us to audition. He felt it would be “a great learning experience”. I went, nervous, and clueless as to anything pertaining to cameras, producers, directors, and auditions.

To my surprise, I received a call back. And go figure, I got

the gig. I was 1 of 4 designers on a high budget television

show on a major network. Crazy!!! I am quite sure that after my first shoot the producers were probably scratching

their heads saying, “ I think we made a mistake with this

one”. Luckily, the show was a hit. It went international, and

we were seen on billboards and commercials everywhere! The show ended after two years and by then I caught the

TV bug. Here I was doing two things I loved so much. I got to create and design while sharing helpful DIY info to our audience. What a great feeling! It was at this point when I made the jump to HGTV. Believe it or not…it all started with a Craigslist posting! I’ll never forget what it read:

“Looking for a young urban designer for an edgy new series on HGTV”.

I’m thinking (and laughing) to myself saying “I am young, and I am edgy!” I reached out via email and received a

call within 30 minutes. This was a show called “Freestyle.” Freestyle led to the big one that ended up shaping my career and put me in the homes of our viewers every

night at primetime. It was called “Designed to Sell”. After a few other design shows on HGTV (almost 10 years on

the network) I made the move to Food Network for a high energy, emotional, educational, feel-good show called

“Restaurant: Impossible” with our fearless, tough-guy host/ chef Robert Irvine. We are currently in our 12th season (5 years and counting), and it has been a dream job. I am

fortunate enough to be able to run my design firm, do the show, partner in some restaurants here in Boston, and am

proud to say that I am now the new brand ambassador for

Ellen DeGeneres with her new home product line featured on QVC called ED on Air (no periods, pronounced Ed). There you go- that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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where do you draw inspiration? I have always been a big believer in

identifying the problem with the space

first and THEN finding the inspiration. The “problem” could be as simple as the flow

of the space or maximizing wasted space. Once this is identified….the rest just sort

of falls in to place. I grab inspiration from just about anywhere pending on whom I am designing for. I love traveling and

dining. Since I focus primarily on hospitality design, I love to scope out new hot-spots

and see what they come up with. And then

I usually say…”Hmmm..Why didn’t I think of that??!” haha.

as a well-respected and very admired person & designer, your success in design and creative direction have often been sought after by many. do you find yourself at times surrounded by bad interiors that just make you want to tear down everything and fix it for them, how do you handle giving your advice? Sweet of you to say all that. I won’t lie and say it

doesn’t hurt my eyes to see bad interiors,

but here’s the thing, design is all subjective,

right? What hurts me is to see a lack of effort put into one’s space; the design doesn’t need to be perfect. And it’s not about

money. I used to do a show called FreeStyle on HGTV where we used only the items

that were found in that person’s home and

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relocated, revamped, re-purposed them in

any way possible to help the cause. I turned funky throw blankets into wall art, unused

glass containers into vases filled with spray painted branches from outside, woven

place-mats into wall coverings. Believe me, it’s possible to work with very little and still make it cool. My feeling is this: When you wake up everyday, don’t you want to feel

awesome, refreshed, and re-energized? It’s how you start and end every single day. I

hear people say, “But we will only be here

for 3 years”. Yeah? So what?? That’s 3 years

of your life. That is worth something! Make every day count.

what are the common mistakes you find today with new designers? My pet peeve in restaurant design is when a designer fills the walls

with purposeless art. Art that has nothing to do with the concept. Frames that do not embody the scale of the wall. (Tiny

canvas on a huge wall…no no no) How about a full scale wall graphic? Use

wood in a unique pattern. Painted wall

treatments can go a long way. Just give it purpose. Please. And thank you. The same applies to your home. Why did

you choose that piece for your home?

It’s completely okay to say that you just liked it. To me that’s a great reason. If

you’re hanging a photo, enlarge it so that it works with the size of the wall or cluster several together.


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what advice can you give you homeowners starting out with a project in their homes. The best advice I can give a homeowner starting a new

project on their home is to be anything but spontaneous.

Sometimes we wake up and say, “Today is the day! Let’s give the bathroom a revamp!” I love the enthusiasm however,

spontaneity costs money. What I mean by that is the more carefully well thought out it is, the more smoothly and

budget friendly it will all pan out to be for the homeowner. Start by making a list of EVERY LAST DETAIL you can think of. For example:

Bathroom Updates Checklist: •

Tiled floor

Light fixture (wall sconce over mirror)

Vanity & Faucet

• Mirror •

Towel rack

Shower head

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Door knob Bath mat

• Towels •

Soap dispenser

Shower curtain

• • • • • •

Hooks for door Shower rings Window film

Cleaning supplies

Construction trash bags

Paint (and supplies- drop cloth, brushes, rollers, painters tape, rags)

Apply a “ballpark” dollar amount to each item and tally it up! Let this help dictate what is feasible and also help to

keep some control over the budget. Okay…now you can go ahead with your remodel.

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what keeps you focused in this world? what’s your escape from the pressures you may feel in your daily creative-professional career? My husband is the number one factor in keeping me

grounded and focused. I feel really blessed to have my

family and friends close by. I travel a lot so my time at home is very important to me. My co-worker always asks me why I can never just sit still. And I always respond with “Why

would I do that- life is short!” Joking aside, I actually do sit

still. I relish my quiet times at home and feel grateful for all of it, the quiet and the crazy.

what was your best makeover/design? Every reveal on every makeover I have ever done gives me the utmost satisfaction and joy! I love doing Restaurant:

Impossible because the lives we are able to touch so deeply in such a short amount of time truly seems impossible. We work all night to get these restaurants designed and built

in 30+ hours (2 days and $10k). It is mesmerizing to watch

their reactions and feel their heartfelt joy. They have a whole new outlook on their business and even their lives. I never thought that some as simple as a newly designed space

could have such a profound impact on people. It marks a new beginning for them. A new attitude.

who may have inspired you, or currently does? I’d love to say some world-renowned architect or designer, but the truth is, my architect dad has influenced me and

guided me more than anyone when it comes to my career. I have never met anyone so intently passionate about his

work. When I was a child, he wasn’t home for dinner every

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night because of work and deadlines, but now as an adult, I

totally get it. I feel that same passion and I work every day as hard as I do because it just doesn’t feel like “work” to me.

do always believe following the rule that “the client’s always right”? how do you handle challenges with clients on your jobs? I wouldn’t say I never break this rule but I try

to implement it as much as I can. Often times in design, there’s a lot of “he said, she said”.

Sometimes my clients call and leave a voicemail

on my cellphone or shoot me a text. I love having a

casual friendly relationship with my clients because that tends to happen naturally and we develop

great working relationships along the way, but it’s

important to me that everything is documented in

an email to avoid error or confusion. In hospitality design, we are not typically purchasing just one chair or one table. We are buying 150 chairs,

30 tables, 30 table bases, custom banquettes,

thousands of square footage of flooring, etc, so there is very little room for error. We also have hard deadlines with grand opening dates. It is

critical that everything is documented to avoid any confusion or set backs.

Your home should be your happy place. Surround yourself with things that you love and things that

make you smile. I promise that it will make you a more productive person, more energetic, and an overall happier being.


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feature story: designer profile

TANIYA NAYAK

For the last several years Taniya has been an honorary board member of an organization called Room To

Dream www.roomtodreamfoundation.org. They help

sick children by designing and implementing a space

in their home (usually their bedroom) that helps them with both accessibility as well as a design that is all

them! Their goal is to give them a better quality of life and plenty of smiles! They also design the rooms of

their siblings because they know how hard it can be on them as well.

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Known for her sunny smile and sharp eye, Taniya Nayak’s approachable take on interior design has won over everyone from rock stars to first time homebuyers.

Cantina, Whiskey Republic, Dublin Rose, Bostonia Public House, and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Taniya’s knack for bringing rich textures and unexpected

Born in India and raised in Boston, Taniya’s design style is

has made her a go-to expert for decorating programs

father, a talented architect. Shortly after attending Boston

finishes together with practical, real-life functionality

on major networks including HGTV and Food Network. She is currently a featured designer on Food Network’s

Restaurant: Impossible and hosted HGTV’s Urban Oasis 2013 in Boston. In 2012, Taniya launched her first

collection of home products, Taniya Nayak Lighting,

available exclusively via Wayfair.com. In fall 2014, Taniya was selected personally by Ellen Degeneres as a brand spokesperson for her new home product line, “ED On Air,” featured on QVC.

Taniya has served as host and designer for a variety of

HGTV mainstays like Designed to Sell, Billion Dollar Block, House Hunters on Vacation, and throughout HGTV.com.

Taniya can also be seen on Robert Irvine’s Food Network series, Restaurant: Impossible, where she utilizes her

design prowess and professional experience to rescue and transform suffering restaurants. Married to Brian

O’Donnell, a successful restaurateur in Boston, Taniya’s

personal life as both an interior designer and a restaurant industry insider is the perfect parallel to her multifaceted design role in the television realm. With knockout shows

on both the Food Network and HGTV, Taniya has quickly

become a respected and prominent figure in television’s

strongly influenced by her creative family, especially her Architectural College for her masters in Interior Design,

Taniya’s design style and upbeat personality landed her first television gig on ABC Family’s Knock First. Taniya

was one of four designers and co-hosts of the hit show,

geared toward hip, ambitious teens. She then made the

move to HGTV as a designer on Designed to Sell, where she helped homeowners add value and prepare their homes for market.

Her signature approach of embracing vibrant colors and patterns made Taniya the perfect fit for the first show of

her own, Destination Design, which premiered in March 2010. The show followed Taniya creating spaces based

on couples’ vacation inspirations from Turks & Caicos to

Austin, Texas. Taniya hosted a spin-off of House Hunters, HGTV’s most successful series on-air, called House

Hunters on Vacation. Placing the continued success

of the House Hunters brand in Taniya’s hands, House

Hunters on Vacation illuminates Taniya’s travel and design expertise as she helps individuals, couples and families find the perfect place to stay while on vacation from luxury condos to beautiful villas.

interior design world.

Taniya’s helpful decorating tips have been featured in

In 2005, Taniya started her own design firm, Taniya

England, People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Boston

Nayak Design LLC. Having designed for a wide

range of ages and spaces and budgets, she focuses on creating affordable yet inspirational spaces that capture her clients’ individual personalities while

Architectural Digest India, HGTV Magazine, Design New Globe, Family Circle, The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, and many more. Taniya has appeared on The

Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC’s Good Morning America &

The View, NBC’s Today, CBS’ The Early Show & The Talk,

maintaining comfort and function. To this day, Taniya is

and Rachael Ray.

impressive range of clientele, from television celebrities

In 2004, Taniya was ranked in the top 10 of INDIA New

several Boston hotspots including Back Bay Harry’s,

Taniya was honored with an Excellence in Design award

at the forefront her design firm and has developed an to famous musicians. Taniya’s designs can be seen in Abby Lane, Petit Robert Central, 88 Wharf, Lola’s

England’s Business Women of the Year, and in April 2011, from ASID New England.

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designer profile

LORI WEITZNER

After graduating with a BFA in textiles from Syracuse University (‘83), an unsatisfying job in New York led Lori to her travels in Europe, which led to

freelance in Milan and design for such companies as Missoni. Journeying on to Zurich led to a long-term relationship creating bedding for Boller Winkler/

Schlossberg. Returning to New York, she focused her creativity on packaging and product design, linking

her name with EstĂŠe Lauder, Calvin Klein, and Dansk.

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Textile Queen, Lori Weitzner L

Lori Weitner’s big break in textiles in the US came

with a call from Jack Lenor Larsen, and with that the

opportunity to independently design collections for

his company which bore her name. Her collaboration with Germany’s renowned Sahco from 2000-2012 garnered her designs broader recognition in the

international interiors market. In 2004, Lori introduced Weitzner Limited, offering innovative wall coverings to a worldwide market. 2012 saw the launch of her

own textile collection “Vernissage” under the Weitzner brand, which she maintains as her commitment to creating exceptional design that is in line with the human spirit.

Weitzner’s products grace celebrity homes including those of Julianne Moore, Will Ferrell, and Beyoncé, and often appear as costumes and sets for motion

picture films such as “Gangs of New York” and “Mission

Impossible.” Her designs also enhance numerous public spaces -- most notably the glamorous Four Seasons Hotels and Headquarters of Google in New York.

Lori’s work is housed in the permanent collections of

such museums as Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Montreal, the Victoria Albert Museum in London, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. She is the recipient of

multiple design awards, including a nomination for the Chrysler Innovation Award, and she travels the globe lecturing on engaging the senses in design.

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my major to textile design because I had a good sense

how did you decide to move into the textile business? I was a painting major at University and my professor asked me what I was going to do to make a

where do you find your inspiration for each collection? I get my inspiration from everywhere and

I don’t think so...” and then he suggested that I change

travel, bookstores, seashores, walking, foliage, jewelry,

living when I graduated .I said “painting” and he said  “

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tea, ceramics, handwriting, Japanese hospitality, jazz, architecture, colors of nature, kindness...

does living in NYC influence your process? Absolutely. The chaotic and urban outer life

inspires me to create products that evoke calm and peacefulness; designs that emotionally resonate.

what’s your typical day look like?

try to exercise at least three times a week to keep me

grounded. Then I usually have many meetings during the day in the studio, part are very creative and part

are more business oriented. I spend a lot of time with

my design team working on color, design and general challenges that may have come up. I will also meet with a mill who is showing me their new fabrics. At

about 6:00PM  I head home or perhaps pick up one

Every day is so very different but an example would be

of my children at their sports game and then we have

and fed and dressed for school. I take them to school

some games, do some reading, and put them to bed at

shower and then I get to my studio about 10:00AM. I

and do the New York Times crossword puzzle to

the following: I wake up at 6:30AM and get my kids up

dinner together. Then I help them with homework, play

and then go back home to do some exercise and

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novel and fall asleep about 11:00PM.

what are some things on the horizon for you? Always a great new collection of textiles and

wallcoverings for Weitzner. The next one is launching in

fall and called the New Rennaissance. I am also launching

a line of card for Papyrus early next year. My most exciting news is I am writing a book, published by Harper Collins and will come out fall 2016. It has been a wonderful

experience writing this book. It will be beautiful and inspiring and personal. I hope everyone will like it.

what are you most excited about? Right now...the book and my kids!

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OBJECT DESIGNER JASON KACHADOURIAN BY EMILY KLINE

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Jason Kachadourian is an artist and object designer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is ultimately interested in

the stories that objects carry, and the environment that they create when bonds are formed between them.

Sight Unseen (May 2015) marked the debut of the first complete series by KACHADOURIAN. The objects in

this collection refer to architecture, textile patterning and joinery techniques. Somewhere between fiction and function, this series is less concerned with the

narratives behind each object, and rather focuses on how a particularly curated set of objects creates a particular energy within a moment of time.

where do you pull inspiration from? The physical forms in my work are defined by the

forms that inspire me in my environment: architecture, furniture, textiles, movies etc. I pull inspiration from

my background in visual art. I set guidelines and rules for my process in order to keep things cohesive and

focused. Often these guidelines are developed while working on a set of blocks, which I have been calling Kit Studies. The shapes, palette and interaction with

the blocks gives me a physical working model for how these things will be repeated in the larger forms. After the series is finished, I work on a series of drawings

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Unlike photographs, these drawings are not limited to any kind of reality and can better deliver an atmosphere for the work.

roughly how long does the design process take? Some of my current designs came together in a few hours, some developed over a few years.

do you design custom pieces? I am always excited

to collaborate on custom work as long as it falls within the aesthetics and ideas of my current line of work.

what does the future hold for you? I am

assembling a collective for 2016 that will curate work

in the gallery at The Bakery, a space that I run in South Williamsburg. These installations will be organized by a rotating cast of artists and designers and will focus

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BARREL SELECT SAUVIGNON BLANC BY BODEGA NORTON Residing in Argentina, Bodega Norton is celebrating their 120th Anniversary with the launch of their 2014 Barrel Select Sauvignon Blanc. The greenish yellow and golden hue wine carries green apples and tropical fruit with notes of vanilla, delicious coconut and toast.

BARREL SELECT MALBEC BY BODEGA NORTON Award-winning winery, Bodega Norton latest wine features onehundred-percent Malbec grapes and carries aromas of ripe red fruits, cassis and pepper. It is sweet on the palate with a light tannins and spice flavour.

FI NER TASTES CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT BY TWO OCEANS All the way from South Africa, this bright ruby red wine is made from a nice blend of sixty percent Cabernet Sauvignon and forty percent Merlot grapes. A soft, fruit-driven wine with juicy berry flavours and subtle hints of oak can be tasted. Excellent paired with grilled meat and robust pasta dishes. CHARDONNAY BY NUGAN ESTATE This great Australian Chardonnay is a fresh, fruit driven style. Appealing fresh flavours of melon, peach and tropical fruit with a lovely crisp, dry finish. Enjoy with a wide range of dishes including seafood, poultry, white meat and pasta.

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CABINET | FERM LIVING €360

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DAHLIA VASE Z GALLERIE $79.95

POPPY CHAIR | JAYSON HOME $750

PARKER NIGHTSTAND | URBAN BARN $549 SWISS DOT LACE TRAY LEIF $85

GEO VACUUME JUG NORMANN COPENHAGEN $90

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designer profile

HEIDI RICHARDSON

Heidi Richardson established Richardson Architects in 1984 after a seven year association with William

Turnbull Associates of San Francisco, where she was

involved in project design and management of both commercial and residential projects. In her own

firm, projects have varied from modest residential remodels to large-scale commercial projects.

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A Kitchen Makeover, in Mill Valley, California. BY HEIDI RICHARDSON WWW.RICHARDSONARCHITECTS.COM

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When Heidi Richardson of Mill Valley-based Richardson Architects redesigned this outdated, dark kitchen, she wanted to create a space that embraced the house and fit within the context of its surroundings. She

had three specific design goals in mind. The first, to transform the traditional kitchen into a clean, modern

streamlined design. The second, to enlarge the eating area and maximize the storage space while increasing the ease of accessibility. And the third, to brighten up the space and bring in natural light and fresh air.

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To give a little background, the kitchen had not been remodeled since the 1940’s except with an appliance

update in 1989. Needless to say, the layout was awkward and didn’t take advantage of the home’s gardens,

making the room feel cramped and small. In addition, bulky, traditional cabinetry blocked the passageway to the eating area, preventing natural light to flood the space and causing poor air circulation. The appliances, color scheme, and overall look were outdated and in dire need of an overhaul.

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In order to breathe

new life into the space and transform it from a dimly lit room to a

bright and airy kitchen, Heidi reconfigured the floor plan, reversing

the existing layout. She

repositioned the eating area toward the garden where tall south-facing

clerestory windows allow light and air to pass

through the entire space. The windows also help

maintain an overall sense of privacy.

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To create a seamless connection to the outdoors, Heidi added a deck area to both sides of the kitchen. The

decking not only makes the kitchen feel more spacious, but it also aids in entertaining, establishing a strong indoor outdoor relationship. For the decor, she opted for a simple, minimalistic look, blending clean, modern lines with natural materials, set against a backdrop of sleek, white cabinetry.

A white neolith countertop and backsplash are punctuated by a walnut-and-marble island and state-of-the-art appliances. A pendant lamp makes a subtle statement, tying the room together.

By mixing warm, natural materials with cooler, modern elements, Heidi was able to create a fresh look that complements the rest of the home.

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GREEK KEY DINNER PLATE JONATHAN ADLER $28

“PRESTIGE” PIVOINES BLEUES LARGE PLATTER GIEN $1,600

WAVE SERVEWARE COLLECTION JAYSON HOME $14+ SPOON PLATE H&M HOME $5.99 THE GIRL BONE CHINA PLATE MELODY ROSE $30 TINWARE DINNER PLATE IN RED CANVAS HOME $18+

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designer profile

ROSELIND WILSON

Roselind Wilson established Roselind Wilson Design in

February 2010. With a strong background in Marketing and armed with a Business Management Degree and Interior Design Diploma, Ros started working in the industry in

South Africa 15 years ago. Moving to London she worked in senior positions and gained valuable experience with

notable designers David Collins and Helen Green. Now running her own successful and award winning design practice, with projects completed in the UK and South

Africa, Ros thrives on balancing the art of design with the

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Eaton Mews North is a 1,700 square foot mews house located in Belgravia and arranged over four floors. Roselind Wilson Design was appointed as the interior architect to redevelop the structural interior layouts, furniture layouts and design of the kitchen, bathrooms and all interior finishes and details

including doors, skirtings, joinery, architectural and decorative lighting, the staircase and all wall finishes.

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Roselind Wilson Design was hired as the interior architect to redevelop the structural layouts, furniture

planning, and design of the kitchen, bathrooms, and all interior finishes. They commanded every detail, including doors, moldings, joinery, architectural and decorative lighting, the grand staircase, and all wall finishes.

In keeping with the client’s intention of developing something unique, the look is undoubtedly layered. The focus is on textured fabrics and finishes, and the striking use of aged bronze with bleached floors

and textured timbers. This is set against polished marble with exquisite veining, while textured tiles with understated wallpapers create a subtle sense of glamour.

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This collection highlights the meticulous design sense and thoughtful styling of the home, taking in the full scope of the project. We hope you feel inspired as awed as we did upon encountering the Eaton Mews North home.

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Serves 1

FENNEL, TARRAGON, AND CHARD COLLINS

• 1 1/2oz Fennel-infused Gin • ½ oz Elderflower Liqueur • ½ oz Oleo Saccharum or Simple Syrup • Approximately ¼ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (adjust to taste) • Approximately 4oz soda water (adjust to taste) Tools: Mixing glass, bar

spoon/long spoon, strainer Glass: Collins Ice: Cubes

Garnish: Fennel fronds,

rainbow chard leaf, fennel flower, tender rainbow chard shoot Fill the Collins glass with ice. Wedge the garnish of fennel fronds between the ice cubes and the glass. Add the Fennel-infused Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, Oleo Saccharum or Simple Syrup, and lemon juice to the mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir for about 20 seconds until condensation appears on the outside. Strain the mixture into the Collins glass over the ice. Top with soda water and garnish with the rainbow chard leaf, fennel flower, and tender rainbow chard shoot, for nibbling on.

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HIBISCUS AND BLACKCURRANT LEAF MOJITO

Serves 1 • 1 lime, cut into 6 wedges • 5 small blackcurrant leaves, 3 whole and 2 finely sliced • 1 tsp demerara/ turbinado sugar • 2/4 oz Wild Hibiscus Syrup (see below) • 2oz spiced rum • Soda water Tools: Muddler, stirring rod Glass: Collins Ice: Cubes

Garnish: Sprig of

blackcurrant sage in flower, blackcurrant leaves, and hollyhock (Alcea) flower Put 4 wedges of lime, 3 whole blackcurrant leaves, and the sugar in the glass, and muddle. Add the Wild Hibiscus Syrup. Half-fill the glass with ice. Add the rum, the remaining 2 lime wedges, and the 2 finely sliced blackcurrant leaves. Top with soda water and serve with a stirring rod (straw or spoon if not!). Garnish with the sprig of blackcurrant sage flowers and blackcurrant leaves. You could add a hollyhock flower, too. Wild Hibiscus Syrup

Add equal volumes of dried flowers, sugar, and water—for

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example, 1 cup of flowers, 1 cup of superfine (caster) sugar, and 1 cup of water—to a nonreactive pan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let the ingredients steep for 20 minutes. Strain, reserving the calyx (flower) as a garnish.


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THE YARROW

Serves 1 • 2oz Reposado tequila • ½ oz Yarrow Syrup • 1oz freshly squeezed lemon juice • 3 dashes of Wild Cherry Bitters Tools: Cocktail shaker with strainer

Glass: Martini Ice: Cubes

Garnish: Wild yarrow

(Achillea millefolium) flower Chill the glass thoroughly in the freezer or refrigerator for 2 or 4 hours respectively. Alternatively, fill the glass with ice. Add all the ingredients to the cocktail shaker. Fill it two-thirds of the way up with ice. Cover and shake hard for 10 seconds. If you used ice to chill your glass, empty it out. Strain the cocktail into the chilled glass, and garnish with a wild yarrow flower.

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designer profile

WILLIAM MACDONALD

William MacDonald is the Principal Designer of WillMac

Design. An Accomplished Designer William has over 15

years experience designing private residential interiors and

has garnered an abundance of practical know how. William brings innovative ideas to each custom project and his vast knowledge includes furniture design, styling, lecturing,

writing and art directing.  His firm focuses on small as well as large scale bespoke design projects from concept to

completion. An enthusiastic traveler, William makes frequent trips to the world’s design hot spots. Highly influenced by his overseas travels, his design work can best be

characterized as an amalgam of contemporary new world chic and traditional European styles.

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we know you are known and passionate about fabrics. What are your fav fabric companies and products to use in our homes? how can we all learn to embrace fabric and texture into our lives? Well I work with a lot of fabric companies however most of my fabrics come from Robert Allen and Beacon Hill. They have always been an amazing asset to my company

and supporter of my work. I also like to find vintage fabrics in markets in Paris, New York and Palm Beach. One of all time favorite fabrics is simple garden burlap from the hardware

store. I remember using it a few years ago in a client’s guest

wing. It looked great and after the earthy scent dissipated my client and all their guests were amazed. It added so much texture, sophistication and whimsy to the space.

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something in that catches people off guard and makes them smile because it’s a bit silly.

what does good design mean to you? Simplicity is,

above all, the master. I refer to this, my own mantra, very often.

many of your spaces seem to integrate old with new elements. what’s the best way to combine vintage items with more contemporary pieces while keeping a cohesive? Integrating old with new does seem to be difficult for a lot of people. It’s hard for

me to explain the best way to combine pieces because I

have an innate ability to know what works and what doesn’t. That’s why I thankfully get hired to do what I do. I always go by my own adage. If I love it alone, I will love together.

as a designer who or what has inspired you in your career? My main career inspirations have always

come from Creative, stylish and smart people. Figures like

the legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland, the designer and teacher Van Day Truex, English decorator John

Fowler, the ultra private and effortlessly chic gardener and

philanthropist Bunny Mellon to name but a few. I always find peoples lives more interesting than things or places and it’s

in how a person lives, works, collects, dines, travels, dresses, writes and speaks that I find the most inspiration.

what does every room need? Besides a butler and

a drinks tray…every room needs great lighting. It’s so

overlooked by most people and it is absolutely imperative. I’m working on a rather large living room right now where

we have several light sources. Such as, a central chandelier, pot lights, table lamps, floor lamps, picture lights, up lights, (all on dimmers) and wall sconces to hold candles. All

of these light sources provide not only useful, necessary

illumination but also add a sense of importance and drama to the room, They each highlight several of the interiors key design features such as art, architecture, fabrics and

tablescapes. If you think you have enough light sources in the room add a few more and you’ll be fine.

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what are the biggest mistakes we make in our homes when it comes to design? I think the biggest

mistake most people make is not hiring a designer. However,

do you have any tips on creating collections of artwork that feel like they fit together even though the pieces may not seem to match? Oh I never match

They don’t seem understand that scale and proportion are

without. Great art looks good anywhere. And if you don’t know

failing that, what people so often do badly is, space plan.

key to good design. They often fail to measure their rooms,

doorways, ceilings, elevators etc. so that in the end they buy furniture that is usually far too big, awkward and clunky for

the space. Also, many people like to buy “sets” of furniture

i.e a bedroom set, a dining set. Please stop! Buy a table and some different chairs and bed and a different dresser. And again makes sure they are size appropriate.

best advise on how or where to start ? Well I’d suggest starting with what inspires you. Perhaps nature, a piece of

fabric, a favorite hotel, the dash board of a vintage car, a pair of

earrings? For me, a lot of inspiration comes from history. I have a degree in art and architectural history and studied in France

and Italy where I began an ongoing affair with visiting historical houses and gardens that has lasted more than 25 years. I’m also a keen reader of biographies. I love reading about how people lived and decorated their houses. For instance the

Duchess of Windsor had a small minstrel’s gallery in her dining room in Paris filled with craved wooden monkeys playing tiny violins. I love knowing details like that.

art to anything especially a room. Buy only what you cannot live what great art is then hire someone who does and learn from

them. Ask a lot of questions, go to galleries and auctions and find out what you like. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money to collect good art.

what are your tips for making a space luxurious yet still comfortable? Luxury for me is never found in the obvious. It’s in the little surprises you don’t necessarily notice right away. The piping on a chair, the weave of a carpet, the

hand made lampshade, the hand forged hinges on a door, the quality and craftsmanship in the structure of the room. All of

those things say luxury to me. Of course you need a place to sit or lie down and that must be welcoming and comfortable but that’s the easy part.

what do you feel is the most important role you provide as a designer? Instilling a calm confidence in my

clients and ensuring them that all will be well and beautiful. Also, to remind them to laugh when the bathtub comes through the ceiling during the renovation.

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designer profile

LAUREEN BARBER

Laureen Barber is an owner of Blue Hill and serves as Design Director for the Stone Barns Center for Food

and Agriculture. She is responsible for all design related

aspects of both Stone Barns Center and Blue Hill. With a

background in marketing and graphic design, Laureen has worked with Fortune 500 companies and start-up firms for over 15 years helping to build and define their identities.

At Blue Hill, she is focused on ensuring that the design of the restaurants as well as all graphic elements reflect the philosophy of the food. Blue Hill has also attempted to

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BLUE HILL RESTAURANT WRITTEN BY REBECCA GRIMA PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATHEW SPROUT

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Fifteen years ago, the Barber Family, Dan, Laureen and

bringing the principles of good farming directly to the

of Manhattan, NYC in Greenwich Village. Today, Blue Hill

There is an intentional symbiotic ecosystem of relationships

David, opened Blue Hill Restaurant in the lower west side restaurant, named after their beloved family farm, along with Blue Hill at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, is critically revered as one of the top restaurants in the

world. Chef Dan Barber has been the recipient of several James Beard Foundation awards and given the acclaim

from Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. What Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns does goes beyond fine dining. Its mission is to ‘blur the

lines between the dining experience and the educational,

table.’ Building those connections is not happenstance.

finely orchestrated behind the scenes. And one of those

relationships is the marriage of design and food. Leading

that vision is Dan Barber’s sister-in-law, co-owner and design director Laureen Barber. “Eating is a sensory experience, design is too. If the two are thoughtfully matched and

presented, it heightens the experience.” Laureen describes the design as a “reflection of what happens with the food

and the environment we are in. Much of that has to do with the tactile quality of the food and the farm.”

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It is the commitment to the integrity of Blue Hill’s vision that

metaphor of the ‘hand’, visually represented through hand-

exquisitely choose a simple palette and materials that have a

fabrics to create a warm aura of refined simplicity.

evokes an intimacy to Laureen’s design. Her innate ability to raw natural quality exalt the farm-to-table narrative.

“I would say that there is an element of constraint and

Laureen is constantly evolving the design elements, whether

honesty that we try to reflect in how we present ourselves.

wheat pressed into a plate to the luxuriousness of fabrics lain

the land, being leaders in terms of food and agriculture are

that be working with a local artist to handcraft varieties of

across the table to helping design the shape of glassware. “The design is about sharing the story of where your food

comes from and what’s unique about it. It changes daily and is seasonal. The design must keep pace with the kitchen

and outside. It’s an ever-changing story because the design becomes an extension to the food.”

Laureen’s design is truly a reflection of the food and the

We feel like the food choices and what we do conserving

reflected in everything we do.” This interwoven unified vision is what makes dining at Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns so unique. “There is a space between the design, the food

and the environment that creates a conversation so that the food has a voice, in relation to how it is being presented.” All in the intent to work together to viscerally connect the customer to nature.

places that exist in the farm. “To a large extent it was always

Everything experienced at Blue Hill and Blue Hill Stone Barns

room.” Laureen continues to strive to achieve the artistic

the environment. And just like the food, the design is subtlety

intended to bring in elements of the farm into the dining

vision of bringing the outside elements in. She leverages the

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End-of-Summer Delicious Desserts

RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATRÍN BJÖRK | KATRÍN BJÖRK AN ICELANDIC BORN PHOTOGRAPHER WHO LIVES IN COPENHAGEN DENMARK WITH ONE FOOT IN NEW YORK IS THE WOMAN BEHIND THE POPULAR FOOD BLOG MODERN WIFESTYLE (WWW.MODERNWIFESTYLE.COM

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Here are two easy desserts for a sunny afternoon snack with a glass of ice cold champagne, dinner party with friends or a family garden party!

I am a huge fan of savory desserts and I am always trying to figure out more ways to cut back

the sugar and add more flavor. That is why my Strawberry Short Cakes have both Thyme and Pickled Strawberries in them. To make sure it works I tested the recipe by serving them to my nice (four) and nephew (seven) and they loved it! But it is no secret that they would rather

have had a large plate of my Banana Parfait with Caramel, since that one is on the sweeter side. But even there, the caramel is salty and with a hint of bourbon, I simply can’t help it.

If you are feeling fancy you could easily combine both desserts into one and serve either nicely plated on a plate or in a mason jar.

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Banana Parfait with Bourbon Caramel and Hazelnut Praline BANANA PARFAIT 3 medium bananas (1 cup when puréed)

1. In a heavy sauce pan melt the sugar slowly. You want it

1/2 Vanilla Bean

at a blink of an eye

3/4 cups heavy cream 4 egg yolks

0,5 cups Sugar 5 tbsp water

1. Purée the bananas in a blender, then strain through a sieve. You should have 1 cup of banana purée. Set aside

2. Whisk the cream with the seeds from the vanilla bean until soft peaks form. Set aside.

2. Add the butter all at once and stir until melted and well blended with the sugar

3. Remove from heat and slowly add the heavy cream and bourbon

4. Add the salt

5. Pour into sterilized jar. Let come to room temp. before placing in the fridge.

3. Whisk the egg yolks until light and fluffy

HAZELNUT PRALINE

pour into whipped egg yolks in a steady stream while

1/2 lbs Hazelnuts

4. Add sugar and water to a pan and bring to a boil then

You can store your praline in an airtight container for few weeks.

whisking constantly. Keep whisking on full speed until the

3/4 cups Sugar

mixture has cooled and doubled in size.

5. First fold in the whipped cream then the banana purée.

6. Pour into a 1 quart mold and freeze for minimum 8 hours. BOURBON CARAMEL SAUCE You want your caramel dark amber, but if the sugar burns you can smell it right away. If that happens discard it and start over. You can keep your caramel sauce in the fridge for few weeks. 3/4 cups Sugar 1/2 stick Butter

5 fl.oz heavy cream 1 tbsp. Bourbon 2 tsp. sea salt

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amber golden and around 300 degrees. Be careful it burns

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1. Toast the nuts in a single layer on a baking tray in a 350°F

hot oven for approximately 12 minutes, or until fragrant and slightly darker

2. Then rub the brown skin off them by placing a handful at a time in a tea towel and rubbing them together

3. Place the nuts in a single layer on parchment paper

4. Melt the sugar in a pan until completely melted and amber colored. Do not stir while the sugar is melting!

5. Pour the piping hot sugar over nuts in an even layer and let cool for 30 minutes

6. Crack the praline into pieces and spin in a blender or food processor until you have a sand like crumble


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deconstructed strawberry short cakes Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 10 oz Fresh Strawberries

Pickled Strawberries, recipe follows Mascarpone Cream, recipe follows

6. Pack a 1/4 cup measuring cup with dough and drop onto a lined baking sheet 3 inches apart

7. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool, use immediate or store in an airtight container

Thyme Shortcake, recipe follows

MASCARPONE CREAM

ASSEMBLE THE CAKES:

6 oz Mascarpone Cheese

Quarter the fresh strawberries and divide thyme shortcakes into two halves. Place half thyme shortcake into a jar then

layer strawberries, mascarpone cream, pickled strawberries and one more cake half on top. Sprinkle a little of the

pickling juice from the strawberries over the cakes. Serve immediately.

THYME SHORTCAKE Can be made one day ahead

Can be made one day ahead 1/2 Vanilla Bean

1 tbsp. powdered sugar 1/2 cup Heavy Cream

1. Scrape the vanilla seeds from the pod and whisk together with mascarpone cheese

2. Whisk Heavy Cream in a separate bowl until soft peeks form then fold into mascarpone cheese

1/4 cup cream

PICKLED STRAWBERRIES

1.5 cups flour

10 oz Fresh Strawberries

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1 egg

Best if made 1 day ahead

1/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup Water

1/4 tsp salt

6 tbsp ice cold butter, cubed

1/2 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, removed from stem 1. Preheat the oven to 350

2. Whisk egg and cream together, set aside

2 thin peels fresh ginger 1 sprig fresh mint 3 Cloves

1 Star Anise

5 Black Pepper Corns

3. In a food processor pulse flour, sugar, baking powder and

1. Cut the top off strawberries then cut in half. Set aside

4. Add the ice cold butter and pulse few times

3. Layer Strawberries, ginger, mint and spices in heat proved

salt.

5. Add cream/egg mixture and thyme leaves and pulse until the dough keeps together and forms a ball

2. Mix water and vinegar together in a pot and bring to a boil. clean jar. Then pour piping hot liquid over. Seal the lid and let stand on the kitchen counter until room temp then place in

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Salads for Dinner

Roasted Acorn Squash and Brussels Sprout Salad with Quinoa, Pepitas, and Pomegranates Makes 4 Servings

liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat

¼ cup minced shallot

liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Remove the quinoa

VINAIGRETTE

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar

from the heat and set aside.

1½ tablespoons pomegranate molasses

Position one rack in the lower third and one rack in the upper

½ teaspoon kosher salt

baking sheets with olive oil. Toss the Brussels sprouts with 2

2 garlic cloves, pressed

SALAD 2 cups vegetable broth 1 cup quinoa

1 pound Brussels sprouts, cut in half

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 (1- to 11/4-pound) acorn squash, cut into 16 wedges 1 teaspoon ground coriander ½ teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon kosher salt

third of the oven and preheat to 450ºF. Brush 2 heavy large

tablespoons olive oil in a medium bowl. Arrange the Brussels sprouts, cut-side down, on one prepared baking sheet.

Toss the squash with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, coriander, allspice, paprika and ½ teaspoon kosher salt in

the same medium bowl. Arrange the squash in a single layer on the second prepared baking sheet. Roast the Brussels

sprouts on the bottom rack and the squash on the top rack of the oven until the Brussels sprouts are well browned on the

bottom and tender when pierced with a sharp knife and the squash is tender, about 15 minutes.

½ cup pepitas, toasted

Stir the Italian parsley, toasted pepitas, and 2

(5.3-ounce) package

quinoa among 4 plates.

1 cup (about) pomegranate seeds, from 1 pomegranate or 1

tablespoons of the vinaigrette into the quinoa. Divide the

For the vinaigrette: Whisk the shallot, oil, vinegar,

Return the Brussels sprouts to the same medium bowl

small bowl.

sprouts over the quinoa, dividing evenly. Divide the squash

pomegranate molasses, garlic, and salt to blend in a

For the salad: Bring the broth and the quinoa to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce the heat and simmer until the

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and toss with 1 tablespoon vinaigrette. Spoon the Brussels wedges among the plates. Sprinkle the salads with the

pomegranate seeds, drizzle with the remaining dressing, and serve.


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Salads for Dinner Lobster Salad with Watermelon, Yellow Tomato, Mache, and Mint Makes 2 Servings DRESSING

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, pressed ½ teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon kosher salt SALAD 2 cooked lobsters about 1¼ pounds each) or 2 large cooked lobster tails, chilled 2 cups mâche rosettes or baby arugula leaves 2 cups (¾-inch) cubes chilled watermelon

1 large yellow heirloom tomato, cored and cut into ¾-inch cubes or 8 yellow pear tomatoes, cut in half ½ Persian cucumber, peeled, quartered, and thinly sliced 2 green onions, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

1 small jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely diced FOR THE DRESSING: Whisk all the ingredients to blend in a small bowl. (The dressing can be prepared up to 2 days ahead; cover and refrigerate.)

FOR THE SALAD: If using whole cooked lobsters, break off the head and body sections

from the tail with your hands. Break off the large claws. (Discard the head and body sections or reserve for making stock.) With a lobster-cracking tool, crack the claws and remove the

meat. Using kitchen shears, cut the shell down the center of the tail section on the top and

bottom sides. Remove the meat from the tail and cut crosswise into thin slices. (Lobster can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover in plastic and refrigerate.) In a large bowl, combine the arugula, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, mint leaves, and jalapeño. Add the lobster and the dressing and toss just to combine. Serve immediately.

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T H E

A R T I S T

P R O F I L E

RYAN SARAH MURPHY M

My creative process generates from a wholy intuitive

structure. For instance there is never any paint or

freely within my day-to-day experiences. My current

strictly that of the cardboard or cover. Any text, printing,

place, prompted by the materials that come and go work consists of wall-mounted, collaged constructions made

of

found

cardboard,

a

highly

utilized,

indispensable and yet seemingly valueless component

of daily life. As a compulsively overlooked throw-away, I am interested in how this simple, abundant and inherently impermanent material can be structured

into quiet surfaces conveying both formation and

dilapidation simultaneously. Also included in some

of these pieces are the covers of used and discarded hard-backed books. Offering a set ground to build from, I am drawn to the colourful blankness of these

torn bindings and the empty space created in their missing pages.

There are certain rules or self-imposed limitations within the making of my work that provide a general

additional colour applied to the pieces; the colour is pages, or representational graphics are cut/torn away from the cardboard and books, and the remaining

shapes and forms are what get used. The surfaces are

not treated in any way to prevent the material from changing or deteriorating as it naturally will.

Each composition, though abstracted to a degree, has a foundation that appears grounded and somewhat

logically organized. I have found these collages, suggesting odd terrains of shifting perspectives, to

be the result of a subconscious examination of space

– both the concrete environment of the city and the interior dwelling of the self. Much like the natural and

artificial landscape that we both inhabit and construct, these collages serve as a tenuous meeting point of architectural and abstract elements.

RYAN SARAH MURPHY IS A VISUAL ARTIST LIVING AND WORKING IN NEW YORK. HER COLLAGE-BASED WORK IS PROCESS-DRIVEN AND INCORPORATES THE USE OF FOUND AND REPURPOSED MATERIALS. FROM 2012 TO 2014 SHE HELD A STUDIO RESIDENCY AT THE ELIZABETH FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS AND HAS RECENTLY BEEN AWARDED A FELLOWSHIP GRANT FROM THE NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS. HER WORK HAS BEEN SHOWN IN SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES; INCLUDING PLATFORM GALLERY (SEATTLE), LESLEY HELLER WORKSPACE (NY), MIXED GREENS (NY), LILIANA BLOCH GALLERY (DALLAS), RADIATOR ARTS (LONG ISLAND CITY, NY) AND ODETTA GALLERY (BROOKLYN). RYAN RECEIVED HER BFA-SCULPTURE FROM THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS IN 2001.

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