Historical Inspiration

I know I have been MIA for the past few months but I have returned ready to get back in the thrust of things on the blog.  I couldn’t let Black History Month pass without pointing out two of my favorite African American designers.  You don’t find too many black folks in the design field and you especially don’t see many rise to national exposure so these two are quite admirable.

Sheila Bridges

Sheila Bridges is an ivy-league educated designer that has managed her own firm since 1994 and has been named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time Magazine.  Not only has she designed spaces for the rich and famous, but she has also hosted her own TV show and her work can be found in every major magazine.  Her refined designs stand boldly as does her signature hairstyle, or lack thereof.  She lost her curly locks to alopecia in 2004 but didn’t let that get her down.  The experience led her to aptly title her 2013 book, “The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir”.

At home in Harlem, NY Social Diary

Darryl Carter

Darryl Carter is a prominent Washington, DC based designer that started out as a lawyer until his stylish abode landed on the cover of Metropolitan Home Magazine and he was inundated with calls for commissions.  He took that moment as a sign that design was his true calling.  His classic Americana style has been revered as The New Traditional which is also the title of his 2008 book.  Since his transition into design in the late 1990s, he has done many high-profile spaces, been lauded in many publications, created his own line of paint colors for Benjamin Moore and opened his eponymous store in DC’s Shaw neighborhood just last year.  Neutrals, rustic textures and antiques are his thing but they are always brought together in a new and comfy way.

Carter’s kitchen, Elle Decor

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City Modern NYC

There is no question that New York City is the pinnacle of the design realm of fashion, architecture and interiors in America and for much of the world.  Dwell and New York magazines are celebrating the city’s design thumb with the 2nd Annual City Modern Festival which ends on October 4.  The past week has been full of programming and home tours exhibiting modern architecture and design.  Some of design’s most powerful intelligencia participated in panel discussions, including architect David Rockwell, brand-genius Jonathan Adler and Thos. Moser furniture designer Adam Rogers.

Last weekend there were 10 gorgeous homes in Manhattan and Brooklyn that were open for the curious peruser.  Wish I could have attended but at least I found some great photos of the cool pads.  This is definitely on my to-do list for the future.

Fractal Pad, Manhattan

Meatpacking Loft, Manhattan

Skyhouse, Manhattan

Salle Residence, Brooklyn