BLOGFEST 2011 HIGHLIGHT: LEE JOFA DESIGNER VIGNETTES

by Marisa Marcantonio

One of the best parts of Blogfest 2011, the festivus of bloggers arranged by Kravet and Lee Jofa, was the visit to see designer vignettes. Their stable of collection designers, all in one room, used their Lee Jofa fabrics to create vignettes. It was fantastic. A mini showhouse of sorts. Bloggers lined up 30 deep to have Thomas O'Brien, David Easton, Suzanne Rheinstein, Eric Cohler, Diamond and Baratta and Suzanne Kasler sign Inspired Styles, the design book that creatively showcases Lee Jofa and Kravet designer fabric collections. Not only that, they all got their picture with each designer- not an easy feat with over 100 bloggers!

A robust arrangement flowers arranged by Suzanne Rheinstein.

Soft pastel upholstery balanced out the a busy classical print on the walls.

I love the pop of color from the modern painting hanging above the settee.

Thomas O'Brien created multiple floral arrangements for his space. He sells wonderful objects like these in his Soho store Aero.

A modern yet warm office area incorporates mid century modern vintage pieces in light finishes.

His prints for Lee Jofa are artistic with watercolor feel and soft, earthy palette.

David Easton had the best time greeting everyone. I think he got a kick out of a line 30 women long, waiting to meet him.

Beautiful antiques and decorative objects filled his space. He included a round table stacked with books that has become a David Easton signature.

His trusty wise own that sits in his own office is a vignette regular- this same owl was also in his Room with a View vignette in Connecticut.

A place for a drink and good reading light is a must.

Suzanne Kasler created an artists studio, complete with paint brushes and colorful framed prints.

A soft, neutral palette with grey finishes in a seating area was relaxed and cozy.

I imagine her getting creative in this space.

An easel in a grey wash is backed in a pale pink print centered by a floral painting. There is something compelling about the mix of color and pattern.

Bold color and pattern are hallmarks in Diamond and Baratta's work. The words fun, flamboyant and super custom come to mind when thinking of their work. They did not disappoint! A digitally printed wallpaper with giant blooming branches was the perfect backdrop to a sun room seating area.

Wicker and chintz with ferns- hello 80's! Love it.

Eric Cohler's sophisticated dining room space incorporated shades of grey and modern art. A round table is nice for it seems more intimate and warm. The pop of yellow from the vase is the perfect foil for the deep gray painted walls, and a floral print hangs at the window adding a femme touch.

BALLARD DESIGNS TAPS ATLANTA'S SUZANNE KASLER FOR A CAPSULE COLLECTION

by Marisa Marcantonio

Having just returned from Atlanta, my mind is still on the great design coming out of that civilized city. This fall, Ballard Designs asked the Parisian - inspired designer Suzanne Kasler to do a collection for them. The line includes all of her favorite soft and serene design elements, including starburst mirrors, quatrefoils, cerused finishes, and all white upholstery. Ballard welcomed Suzanne into the fold by creating vignettes in their Atlanta showroom, as seen here. The light airy quality she captures in her rooms is alive and well. Following the success of her book, Inspired Interiors by Rizzoli, Ballard was smart to capture this homegrown talent. The pieces she has designed are functional, beautiful, and one's you will want to have around for a long time.

A mass of roses welcomed guests to the opening soiree this past summer

Clusters of books and architectural molds make a nice tablescape

The vignettes are so well done, separated by these curved dividers. Suzanne's talent at displaying collections is seen here, with a bookcase full of white china
Seafoam green and white is a signature color combo often seen in her work

Suzanne also styled some rooms using all Ballard Designs:

All white is oh-so-right

Creating a seamless indoor outdoor living space, comfort is key in this covered outdoor living room

A cerused oak piece is complemented by saffron yellow vases and a quatrefoil mirror