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Saturday
Dec122015

Whisper New York

This past November, we were honored to co-host a dinner with the incredibly congenial Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decor, Michael Boodro. The dinner party was located at the cozy and candle lit gallery Whisper Editions down in the newly revitalized Seaport District. The table was set for 20 or so of our favorite clients along side Dave Dawson our President/CEO as well as our Creative Director, Michael Amato. In addition to the amazing food by Ryan Brown and florals by Emily Thompson, a select assortment of our newest fixtures were on display and worked as a backdrop to the nights festivities. Owner, Judith Puckett-Rinella, has curated the gallery in coordination with a theme of 'Holiday Noir' so we were more than happy to play along - finishing all of our new offerings in a mix of Matte and Gloss Black, Hewn Brass and Cerused Ebony Wood.

Lucky for you - the fixtures will be on display at Whisper Editions - 8 Fulton Street - through the end of March so make sure to make your way downtown to check it out!

Saturday
Dec052015

Eye on Design with Julie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner of Massucco Warner Miller

Eye on Design with Massucco Warner Miller, San Fransisco, CA, www.massuccowarnermiller.com

(1) What UECo light do you like to use the most and why?

The Chisholm Hall light! It’s such a stylish rendition of a classic lantern, and it works in a traditional home or a more modern home, and it’s fantastic in a painted finish. The cutwork pattern on the metal is a small but powerful detail.

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?

1. Chisholm Hall, 2. Lillebette V.2 (This fixture is amazing painted a bright shade of coral), 3. Melissa Quartz (and not just cause it’s got a great name!), 4. Betty (We have yet to use this, but are dying to), 5. Hamilton (We are suckers for anything two toned!), 6. Maxine: such a great multi-tasker! We love to paint the shade, and do the arm and backplate in brass…

(3) What is your design philosophy?

We love our interiors to look layered but not cluttered, and collected but not curated. We don’t want our interiors to feel precious, or off limits. About 90% of our clients have children, and being moms ourselves, we strive to make every interior very live-able for real life! That said, we do it with elegance and nobody is the wiser to some of our strategies to make spaces really easy to live in.

(4) What is something people many not know about your firm?

We have two locations, but we used to all work together in the San Francisco location! It was a big change to move our office to Seattle and LA, but we pride ourselves on the fact that not everyone even realizes we aren’t in the same city! We love being able to cover projects up and down the West Coast. San Francisco will remain a beloved city always, since we started there, and we continue to have lots of clients there.

(5) What is your favorite part of a home to design and why?

Family rooms! It’s a fun challenge to figure out how to design for a room that’ll be used for lounging, eating, homework, game playing, entertaining… They’re usually pretty playful, and often where a client will let us take more risks. We love to pop in unexpected extra seating, and imagine new ottoman styles to make it ultra-comfy, and, of course, good lighting is key!

(6) Three design resources you can’t live without?

Our sunny studios in Seattle & La- Both locations are perfect for scheming fabrics and colors before presenting to clients. LL Bean boat & tote bags- They manage to hold all of our design presentations, even the heavy stuff like stone samples, and you can toss them in the washer. i-phone- The camera is our constant companion on every site visit, meeting, etc. The level feature, calculator and notes are all very handy, too!

(7) Best design tips you have learned from experience?

Always have a professional installer or workroom measure for things such as wallapaper and window treatments! Designers are good at lots of things, but we don’t consider ourselves to be pros when it comes to calculating how much wallpaper or fabric one needs. Coming up one yard short on wallpaper or fabric could spell disaster, especially since we love handprint & block print fabrics & wallpapers that typically vary from one order to the next…

(8) What do you collect?

Julie: Black and white family photos in frames, and trays of any kind… vintage enameled trays, Lucite trays, small ceramic trays, wooden trays… I have them all over my house and office!
Melissa: Vintage furniture -- I love its history! Scouring vintage stores looking for the perfect piece to reinvent is one of my favorite activities! I’m also obsessed with collecting dessert plates...I can't get enough!

(9) What are your favorite paint colors to use?

Benjamin Moore “Simply White” works every time- trim, cabinets and even walls when you want a clean backdrop. Benjamin Moore “Seapearl” – A true chameleon color- Grey, greige, pale taupe… call it what you want, it’s a great all around neutral. Benjamin Moore “Soft White”- it’s the most delicate and sophisticated blush tone! We have used it on furniture, in dining rooms, nurseries, dressing rooms… It’s used in both our LA & Seattle offices, too.

(10) What are your favorite design books?

Suzanna Salk’s books: “Be Your Own Decorator” and “Decorate Fearlessly”- not just because we have projects featured in the books, but they’re hugely inspiring given all the (other) talent that is showcased in them!

Thursday
Nov122015

The Best Just Got Better

We’ve taken some of our bestselling fixtures and put a smart spin on them. Even better we’ve reduced the lead time.

The Clipper is the sleek and streamlined version of our 212. An inspired mix of coastal Northeast & a dash of deco. This compact lantern is the beacon of choice for the smart bath or exterior applications. Yours to personalize with a contrasting interior or the added interest of etched ribbed glass.

The Thadd, inspired by its big brother Thaddeus, was developed to fill the ever increasing demand for statement flush mounts. Inside & out, it’s  perfect for lower ceilings, powder rooms, entry ways, or down a hall to add impact.

The Mini Globus, The Mini Globus, with its 14" Diameter, has been a steady custom request for us since we launched the original 18" version. Even better? It’s available on Quick Ship. As always your finish options are inspiring.

The Mini Lex rounds out the family of Lex and Lanesborough - use them in coordinating finishes to tie together spaces that could use some geometric interest. The Mini Lex would also be great used as a wall sconce thanks to its shallow profile and petite frame.




 

Thursday
Nov122015

Eye on Design with Secretcape 

Secretcape represented by Mathilde Allibe http://www.secretcape.co.uk/ 

(1) What UECo light do you like to use the most and why?

Melissa wall lamp: simple & elegant. For me, it is the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary. 

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?

1. Carlyn Single, 2. Maxine, 3. Savvy, 4. Andrew Reflector, 5. Parallel, 6. Cromwell

(3) What is your design philosophy?

‘Ready to Live’ Our motto says it all… Our main priority is to bring our clients’ vision to life, and reach their perfection. From the moment they describe what they want, we will make the impossible possible. As soon as they step inside a house they will feel at home, sparing them the decision making and the hassle of worrying. We have everything under control, and each detail is anticipated. After all it is the little details that counts… Each client is unique and for every project that we undertake, we make sure that it is made ‘Sur-Mesure’ to fit every clients’ aspiration with of course the Secretcape touch.

(4) What is something people many not know about your firm?

'What happens in Secretcape remains in Secretcape' :)

(5) What is your favorite part of a home to design and why?

Living room & kitchen, it is in these two rooms that people tend to spend the most time, it is the heart of a house.

(6) Three design resources you can’t live without?

Traveling, music, books

(7) Best design tips you have learned from experience?

Thomas Edison put it in a very simple way: ‘We have but two ears and one mouth so that we may listen twice as much as we speak’

(8) What do you collect?

Decoupage, Samples of any kind, textures, colours, materials…

(9) What are your favorite paint colors to use?

All white by Farrow & Ball

(10) What are your favorite design books?

Timeless interiors by Axel Vervoordt, Bedrooms by Alberto Pinto, Museum of Islamic Art Doha

Tuesday
Sep222015

Inspired: Curry

Michael has always had an innate ability predict the color of the moment months before it hits the streets. His vision has always pushed us to feature color that may not be the obvious choice (i.e. Neon Yellow for the Cosy!) but he is always spot on. For months now Michael has been singing the praises of CURRY… think spiced up shades of marigold & saffron with just the slightest dash bitters from chartreuse … and our new fixture the Pop was the perfect place to feature it.

 After recent jaunts to NYFW and London – he’s proven that he has once again… nailed it.