Any plans to visit New York City in the near future? If so, make sure you spend some time at 797 Madison Avenue, the new Tory Burch store on the Upper East Side.
Having visited the Tory Burch store on Bond Street in London, I could not wait to check out her newest location on this side of the pond. On Saturday, I took a quick cab ride from Bergdorf Goodman's to Tory's latest house of style.
I wanted to buy clothes (maybe some shoes and a bag, too), but mostly I wanted to study the decor. In classic Tory fashion, 797 glimmered and glowed as it flowed seamlessly up three flights of stairs. For a moment, I had to remind myself that I was in a home, not a store. I mean that I was in a store, not a home.
Love, love, love the wallpaper!
Love the use of glass, mirror, light and some green!
I had to resist sitting in one of those chairs and putting my feet up.
There's that wallpaper again. And look at this sconce!
What a beautiful light fixture!
Love the lucite tray!
The salesperson was exceptionally patient as she explained to me that the lamps, tables and chairs were not for sale and that Tory Burch does not have her own wallpaper line.
These are just a few of the many items at Clayton Gray Home that evoke the style and panache of a Tory Burch house.
If you are looking for ways to bring some of the sparkle, brass and lucite accents that Tory features in all of her stores then check out the following:
Green is everywhere! Over the past few weeks, I've been seeing it more and more. At Market in New York, green was a major player and on a recent trip to Brazil, one of the CGH team discovered that green rules the South American coast.
(above) A door to a church in the historic village of Olinda, Brazil. Isn't it amazing!
(above) A ring from the ocean side city Recife, Brazil. Really love this ring!
We love green and have become obsessed with it . . . green jewelry, green architecture, and now shagreen furniture.
Shagreen (pronounced shuh-green) is a form of leather consisting of rough untanned skin and dyed various colors. (One of the colors is actually green, too!) Shagreen has a rough surface and is sometimes used as fancy leather for book bindings, pocketbooks and small cases.
The October issue of Elle Decor magazine dedicates its "Truth in Decorating" article to shagreen (pages 158-160). Professional designers Georgia Tapert Howe and Trip Haenisch share their own opinions and uses of this exotic leather.
Clayton Gray Home customers now have access to one-of-a-kind vintage patchwork rugs. These unique rugs are hand-stitched together in Turkey using salvaged pieces of vintage asian rugs. Individual parts of damaged or worn, but still beautiful original antique rugs from throughout the world (some over 100 years old), from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Jaipur, Tibet, Armenia and Turkey are saved, collected and stitched together. The rug then goes through an over-dye process to give it varying shades of a certain color tone. These original vintage Turkish pieces are very special handmade rugs that will add color and history to any room. Of course, since each patchwork is unique, color and pattern variations will differ slightly, making them special in their own way.
The ultimate green product for your home, vintage patchwork rugs are a genuine recycled product! The varying patterns and designs that were weaved into the original antique rugs years ago, are still visible and often parts of the patterns are in very good shape. After pieces are selected and then thoughtfully placed to form a pleasing mosaic effect, the finished product is a custom piece of history.
(above and below) on left is shown typical eastern rug; on right is overdyed patchwork rug
the original eastern rug pattern is still visible after overdye process
A large "baseball" stitch is used to hand-sew the pieces together.
Production of the rugs includes being stitched to a solid backing to give the piece years of stability in your home under typical use. The rugs have been over dyed in varying tones and are available in different colors to work with your interior.
A wonderful way to bring a "green" floor covering into your design, and still retain the fantastic beauty that these colorful rugs offer.
Emily Henderson works with Glee co-creator Ian Brennan under the watchful eye of Tippicanoe
We just love 2010 HGTV Design Star winner Emily Henderson's blog, so it was a real treat to spot our Suzani Tribal Throw Pillow in Orange on the mood board in episode 13 of her new TV show, Secrets from a Stylist. Her first episode featured Emily working on Glee co-creator Ian Brennan's eclectic bungalow in Los Angeles.
Do you have a design delimma? Need suggestions for a paint color? Want advice on furniture or a room layout? Contact our "Home Stylist" at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. We will give you advice and tips to help you along your design path and we might even blog about it!