The interior design concept of Senti Restaurant came directly from the heart of the owners. Franco Braccia, a native Italian, spoke of the elegant restaurants of much of his early life in Venice. Annette Ishida, Franco's lovely wife and my very talented sister, helped translate and direct her own ideas into the project. The result is unique and completely fresh. Cozy, modern, quiet conversations, gallery like and drama were descriptions on the design table. They may seem like contradictions, but each idea was incorporated into the final product. So a great shout out to the Trib for noticing Senti's design!
I got a chance to stop into Albertine book shop a few weeks ago in NYC. Located in a Fifth Avenue mansion owned by the French Embassy, I quietly say it was it's interior design that drew me to visit the shop. The space was designed by Jacques Garcia. He totally respects all aspects of traditional French design. But he also adds colors and twists that make the space fresh and unique. Garcia designed a furniture line for Baker which is in that same quirky traditional vein.
There is crazy inspiration for a home library or office in the bookshop. The celestial ceiling, the green interior of the bookshelves, the trim on the bookshelves, the simple step stool, the eclectic mix of modern and traditional furniture.
And how can anyone not notice those out of proportion, gorgeous light fixtures. So enormous.
Who makes the most glamorous, finest quality wallpaper? Far ahead of anyone is Phillip Jeffries. You can go completely understated with their soft fabric wall covering or over the top glam with their glowing gold striations paper. We went for the "look at me- I'm gorgeous" in designing Senti Restaurant and Wine Bar. Located in the hippest part of town, Lawrenceville, Senti is special place with special food. More on the fabulous Senti in an upcoming post. Today we celebrate Phillip Jeffries for profiling us in their Designer Installs!
We used the wallpaper at the base of the bar to accentuate the entire area. We wanted it to glow. It has a lacquered look, but it is actually a vinyl paper. Works perfectly!
It's always great being in NYC. Now I notice it more than ever after moving to Pittsburgh. So I am back in NY visiting with clients, sourcing new fabrics and furniture and visiting with friends. It was a whirlwind that ended at the NYNOW show. The day was cold and snowy. Definitely reflected my decorating mood. While everyone was talking about color, I noticed all the soft colors and sparkly accessories.
Chunky throws and upholstery for a chic living room
Monochrome colors in Art . Decorating for several spaces- A quiet physician's office, a young hip couple who embraces Andy Warhol's birth place of Pittsburgh, to a a classic mom's NYC master bedroom.
I'm always on the look out for what's new in baby nurseries. Great crib and a funky big sister's chair.
I would love these dishes for my new place in Pittsburgh.
Last stop was this Japanese vendor who has the most delicate little loves. A mobile of sorts. Time to fly home..
...to the High Point show in North Carolina! I am so excited, as always, to go and see the vast array of furniture and ideas! I'll be coming back completely inspired, so be sure to check this blog for all the photos and new ideas! Here are a few companies I know I will be visiting:
So much gorgeous design to explore! (like a kid in a candy store! ;)
New Website, new logo, new Cici! Yes, we still have our precious baby items that you love and we still decorate nurseries, but we found our clients have begun to ask what we can do for the rest of their of their "cribs".
There is nothing we love more than continuing the visual story throughout the rest of the house, turning it into a home that speaks of the homeowners' personality.
We hope this new blog will inspire you, as we visually record all the amazing design and decor ideas that catch our attention and give us food for thought as we expand our creative endeavors!
Join in on the ride!
Owner of Armonk Wines has a kindergartener at Sandy Hook Elementary school. People have been asking how to help. In partnership with the PTSA, Sandy Hook Elementary School a fund has been established to help defray the enormous cost of moving a community to a new school.
Have a safe and peaceful holiday..
I was able to see the Beatrix Potter Exhibit at the Morgan Library last weekend. A very nice respite from all the chaotic crowds of the city.
Beatrix Potter's childhood seemed isolated. Her parents were wealthy and quite stern. Her happiest moments were spent at the family's country home, where she would spend hours observing animal behavior. Lucky for her, she was allowed to have a menagerie of pets- cats, dogs, rabbits, snakes and mice, oh my...
Most of her book ideas came from stories that she wrote to the children of her governess. Her gentle and delicate drawings were full of imagination.
The exhibit is so worthwhile- there is also a spattering of toys and other items related to Beatrix Potter.
Too bad Peter wasn't around to make a muck of things...
Armonk is home to Frosty the Snowman! Writer, Steve Nelson was a long time resident. It is believed that the traffic policeman in the song is based on a local cop, John Hergenhan. Frosty is a classic that has been around for years. Love these vintage pics...
Join us Saturday December 8th as we celebrate Frosty the Snowman!!
We kick off our holiday season on December 1st with a special fundraiser for little ones. Over the years, I have noticed children coming in to Cici Crib carrying their favorite toy. Their most treasured possession is at times stained, torn, shredded, and completely loved. During the month of December, come visit Cici Crib with lovee in hand and we will give you a framed photo of it. All for a $10 donation to a very important local charity, The Pinwheel Project. The Pinwheel Project assists hospitalized children and their families during their grueling stays in local hospitals.
Please support The Pinwheel Project. Hope to see you!
Heading to Pittsburgh to see family. A great town this time of year. The shop will be open on Saturday. We would love to see you, your business is so important to us. Shop small!
Have a safe and warm Thanksgiving!
It can be really hard to buy a meaningful baby gift for someone you don't really know. My customers come to my shop looking for a special gift. The first thing I always ask a customer buying a baby gift- Do you know what the nursery looks like? Most do not know what the nursery looks like. Where do we go from there? Although my customers do not want to buy from the standard online baby registries from the big box baby stores, I suggest we take a look at what the mom registered for. These baby registries give many clues in terms of simplicity, colors, and style of the nursery. Do they like shabby chic? Are they more modern or traditional? Lots can be learned from looking at their list of essentials on big box registries. Sometimes there are no baby registries, the only item the customer has is a baby's announcement. Baby announcements say a lot about the aesthetic of the new parents.
Almost 19 years ago, my sweet boy Justin was born. Wow! My baby announcement was very simple. White and gray and meaningful words from a Springsteen song.
What can you tell from this announcement? Well keep it simple for sure. But also maybe a bit funky.
I would have loved this stroller blanket from Cici Crib's online shop.
Or maybe this elephant bookend..
Or this cool clock made from bicycle parts...
Or go out on a limb and get this vintage aluminum diver helmet container, that could be used to great store little toys...
So don't be afraid or nervous about buying the perfect baby gift if you have never seen the nursery, there are lots of clues to help you pick a fantastic gift!
Hurricane Sandy has literally taken the ground out from under us. It can be a scary time. Sometimes we all wish we had a lovee. A sweet something that makes us feel safe and warm. I started taking pictures of children's lovees that visited the shop. The smudges, the bandaid, the tattered edges reflect the complete love the owners give them.
When I ask to take a picture of the lovee, some little owners are very protective.
I took this pic right before the hurricane. I am sure the bear lovee offered alot of warmth and comfort to this very little owner.
Stay safe and be well..
Lots of decorating ideas for boys and girls rooms down in Highpoint. Most of my vendors aren't necessarily focused on children. It doesn't really matter as long as the design is cool and the furniture is relatively sturdy. For a very little boy who is a little gentleman, this dresser is lacqured and lined with linen. The knobs are a play on the US coat of arms.
Simple, modern bookshelf that is actually well made and not Ikea. Great kids storage.
Always interesting art for kids rooms. Love these vintage photos for a boy's bedroom..
Hand painted animals done on book covers. Nice art for baby's nursery.
Great fashion photos for an Audrey Hepburn inspired tween bedroom. They come in really large sizes as well.
Accessories that would fit with the art. Love this reasonably priced mirror for a girl's bedroom
Industrial looking mirror..
Lots of lamps..
This lamp is just right for a little girl's room that I am working on now.
Cool vintage baseball lamp.
This lamp will go into a transitional boy's bedroom inspired by everything nautical.
We ended our day at a children's furniture vendor that carried little beds for dolls as well. They made special doll bedding as part of the display for market. Oh so cute and inviting.
A perfect spot for American Girl to lay her head...
Just got back from Highpoint with loads of ideas. What I noticed most about the vignettes created by vendors was the use of color. Whether it is a traditional room, casual room, kids room or adult- all I saw was ORANGE!
We started out our day at a seminar on trends. One interesting concept was proportion and scale. By the end of next year we will see more oddly, but interesting plays on the sizing of furniture and accessories. I just love this look. We started seeing it at market this fall.
Notice the huge urn on the small sidetable.
The floor lamp with the jolly green giant's shade and skinny base sits next to a standard size sofa.
The paisley print is enormous on this 6'x9' rug.
The tassle on steriods hanging from light fixture.
Check out the pulls!
This market wicker and natural fibers are making a comeback in furniture.
What great fun! If you are interested in purchasing any of these great new items, shoot me an email!
It's always exciting to bring in new products into the shop. I love vintage. I love modern. So bringing in some new items that will make a baby's nursery special gives us a nice little boost of joy. We recently brought in Dwell Studio for their clean modern sense of design and quality construction. I love this little orange bus bookshelf. Click on item- to purchase in Cici Crib's online shop.
Picture frames can make great baby gifts!
Another great selling toy from Dwell Studio is their soft blocks.
From flowers to city skylines, I love their baby blankets and bibs.
I will be heading out this weekend to check out all that's new in the design world down in Highpoint, NC. So look forward to seeing more decor in the shop as well..
This weekend a walking tour of artist's studios and galleries is being organized by Casa Frela Gallery. A very inspiring artist, Fumiko Toda is one of the eighty artists participating in this weekend's walk.
A client and I visited her tiny studio in a typical Harlem brownstone this year. Though very small, Fumiko keeps her space very well organized and welcoming.
Her work is intricate with subtle layers of color and delicate details. Her fascination with insects, evident throughout her work, began as a child in Japan. Fumiko is as whimsical as her work, lovely and waif-like, she is happiest in her studio.
Although the piece was not yet complete, we loved it. It was inspired by a road trip to Spain she took with her boyfriend. When finished it found a home in my clients sunny foyer...
If you have a chance check out the art walk!
We are moving things out to make way for all the new items coming into Cici Crib. We have been furiously rearranging the shop. Lots of work and lots of fun! So if you are around stop in for our sale that is going on now!
Lot's of new items are trickling in. Great blankets made in the USA from a local company called In2green! All are recycled cotton, great modern look and perfect size for babies and children. A sampling..
The walls and glider fabric in Baby J's nursery is a calming gray. The only pop was in the baby's bedding which was a snappy raspberry pink.
Pink and gray is such truly a pleasing combination. I was checking out Pinterest this morning and found many inspirational pics. You can get lost in Pinterest...