Monday, August 31, 2009

Louis Brooks

We had so much fun showing you the company Oomph (here), we wanted to show you behind the scenes work of Louis Brooks the architect of Brooks and Falotico as well as the creator of Oomph. She has been designing and renovating homes throughout Fairfield and Westchester for years. She has also been designing custom furniture for her clients and had always wanted to develop a furniture and accessory line to sell. Her impressive projects have taken her all over the United States. Some of our favorite works are the ones she has done in Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Shelter Island. We enjoy her work and attention to detail very much. 

Saturday, August 29, 2009


OOMPH is an exciting new company featuring a furniture and pillow line that we scouted out at the Gift Show in New York City.We were at the pier looking for whats new at the show. We walked by a few favorites and then came to a colorful fun new line. We started to talk and low and behold these girls were from New Canaan Ct. The town right next to ours. Local girls and local company. How excited were we! So we started right in. We have a blog and would love to do a post on you. Well it turns out that the company was started by Louise Brooks from the architect firm based out of New Canaan, Connecticut, called Brooks and Falotico. I was so excited because Louis Brooks is one of my all time favorite architects and I had been telling Melissa all about her and how we just had to do a post on her. So now she has this wonderful new furniture and pillow line that compliments her interiors. Now we have two reasons to have a post about her. The first is this furniture and tomorrow we will post on her amazing architecture.

This new line is custom made in Connecticut and all designs are named after towns and cities in Ct. (I love the Fairfield Coffee Table). They say you can "change up a room with just a few of their furniture pieces and pillows without changing wall colors, drapes or other design elements. The line's style is fun and clean. The products are very geometric, colorful and they use great accents on their pieces. Navy and orange ultra suede can be found on pillow borders and raffle grass cloth on their table tops. Their colors are so beautiful with their lacquer finishes.

I love these quatrefoil tables!

This parsons slipper chair is the first of their upholstery line. It is so versatile and can be used anywhere. It is even comfortable for a man to sit in.

The borders on these pillows are beautiful and adds such a nice design element.

Custom colors, finishes and shapes can be made to anyones specifications.

These are the colors that can be used on the custom colored furniture.
*Images compliments of Oomph, Good Bones and Great Pieces

Friday, August 28, 2009

Rebecca Minkoff

My favorite handbag company is Rebecca Minkoff. She is known for her awesome designs, amazing colors and just overall well made handbags and clutches. The "Nikki" handbag is her most popular handbag, and one I have the pleasure of owning! (I have a sick obsession with her handbags and own a couple others...however that is neither here nor there). Her newest designs incorporate studs, which are beyond my realm of fabulousness and I cannot wait to get one of her bags with the studs. This Nikki with the studs is the perfect color and I am coveting it at the moment. Below is a selection of her fall collection, available on her out, you might get addicted. Home Loan Rates by MVL.

Studded Nikki
Stud Rocker Clutch/Handbag

Studded Devote

This is the non-studded Nikki (same as above, without studs)

Morning After Bag

Mini-Mini (on my covet list...)

Mini Devote
*Images compliments of Rebecca Minkoff

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Washington Post Blogs to Watch

Dear Washington Post,

Thank you so much to Terri Sapienza for picking our blog and post on Interior Sliding Barn Doors to be on your "Blogs to Watch for the Week." We cannot thank you enough for the incredible honor of being on this list! This is honestly a dream come true!

We also want to thank all of our followers and readers for all of your wonderful comments and all of the support you have been showing us in these last couple of months since we started! We could not have gotten here without you!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cole Design Dining Room and Kitchen

Here are a few photo's of another project we have in Darien, Ct. This project is also near the water in Noroton Manor. We have been working more in the grey tones for the wall colors than the last project (HERE) in Tokeneke, a beautiful and exclusive part of Darien where we used more sea foam and taupe colors. However, with this project we were going more with the cooler tones of grey. It plays off really well with the navy shades and orange pillows. I love those three colors together.

This house is a fun cottage were the Tokeneke house was contemporary. Working in Darien Ct has given me the opportunity to work with so many different styles of homes, from historical to contemporary, by the water and back country.

Below are the photos of the cottage style home we have been working on. The dining room has walls painted in Farrow and Ball Pavilion Grey with white shutters and a sisal rug with a black boarder. There are chinoiserie orange pillows and Kiki chairs with chalk white slip covers, along with mercury ball lamps and lots of accents of coral, with a collection of antique bottles in navy and sea foam colors like sea glass. Hurricanes hold a wonderful collection of sea glass.

We designed a banquette eating area in the kitchen. The walls are painted Farrow and Ball color's my Favorite! I can take that color any were and it behaves just perfectly. The round table takes away some of the hard edges and provides amply seating. The striped navy blue and white seat cushions add depth and a pinch of a nautical feel to the design with out being to theme oriented. The fun accents of fluffy white pillows round out the design.

Remolded kitchen. With white subway tiles and wall color is Farrow and Ball-Blacken.
White bead board cabinets and brush nickel pulls and knobs. Black granite counters. Very classic design with clean lines.

*Interior designed by ColeDesign