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Clayton Gray Home-Fall Kick-Off Party

Last Friday marked the official Fall Kick-Off Party 
for Clayton Gray Home at MarketPlace Interiors. 
Guests enjoyed food, beverages and lively music from 
local talent, Rich Whiteley and Roger Sullins.

Angier Miller, Elaine Sweeney and Wendy Garraty 
of Clayton Gray Home enjoy catching up.

Sarah Kodadek gets comfortable on the new 
Tibetan Lamb Stool and Empress Club Chair.

Diane Fischer peruses the Lucite Box Desk Set.

Gary Dicus of Addison Dicus, Lanie Wordes 
of Clayton Gray Home and Wendy Garraty 
enjoy food and beverages.

Guests shopped the many Fall Finds and no one left 
empty handed!  A great time was had by all.  If you missed 
the party, become a Clayton Gray Home Facebook Fan to 
learn about the next one.  



Tory Burch: A House of Style

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:

These are just a few of the many items at Clayton Gray Home that evoke the style and panache of a Tory Burch house.



Sage Advice

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.

They are not the only ones who love it!
Take a look at our faux shagreen furniture at Clayton Gray Home.

(shown in dark mushroom, also available in ivory.)

(shown in copper)

(shown in vellum)

(shown in pale green, also available in dark mushroom, cool grey and ivory.)

Cara Shagreen Side Table
(shown in cool gray, also available in dark mushroom and pale green)

All are sleek, sophisticated and covered in faux shagreen.


Vintage Turkish Patchwork Rugs: Beautiful and Green Friendly!

 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. 



Bungalow 5 Chest makes it to the Runway!

We were happy to see one of our pieces, the Fairfax 6 Drawer Rattan & Oak Chest from Bungalow 5 to be included in the From Runway to Room to Tabletop series in Kelley Moore's terrific blog,
In the series, Kelley and her friend and fellow blogger, Erin Gates
of Elements of Style, team up to pair a fashion look with
selected pieces for the home. June's fashion choice was a "soft summery look 
from Dolce & Gabbana." Previous fashion picks have come from
the collections of Alberta Ferretti, DKNY and Gucci.
We agree! The white oak and rattan Fairfax is a perfect fit 
with the light, flowing summer look of the Dolce and Gabbana
2011 Summer CollectionEach piece of furniture in the 
Fairfax Collection from Bungalow 5 features
a simple, but timeless design handmade using solid oak
veneers, and rattan. Silver steel pulls accent each piece in the 
A side table, a 4 door cabinet, a 2 door 6 drawer cabinet,
and a dining table are also available in this
Each piece in the Fairfax Collection is also available in gray, cerused oak.

Thank you Kelley Moore for including one of our favorite pieces 
from Bungalow 5!



Emily Henderson is Born to Be Wild . . . sort of.

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.

In Episode 13, 70's Palm Springs meets Easy Rider Chic,
Emily works in a 1970's California style (although she admits 
that everything she knows about the classic film Easy Rider,
she learned from Wikipedia). Our series of Suzani
Tribal Throw Pillows are perfectly positioned to her description
of "global influences and retro colors, but with a masculine edge."
This bold linen pillow is available in 6 different featured colors -
orange as shown, and also redplumseafoamnatural and blue.

Screen Capture from Opening Montage of HGTV's Secrets from a Stylist

We also noticed our fantastic Scalloped Wood Bead Chandelier
during the opening montage of one of the show's episode. Winning! 
Rustic, beachy, playful, but elegant, this beautiful fixture
is a great choice for a coastal, cozy, seaside feel.
We love this light and we love your show Emily - THANKS!

Be sure and catch Emily's show on HGTV, Saturday at 9pm.
You can also watch full episodes on-line at HGTV's website.
The above link goes directly to the episode with Glee's Ian Brennan.



Lanterns with Sketch42

NYC Artist and Writer Nicole Cohen of sketch42 was nice enough 
to feature two of our lights in her blog. The Stephano Chandelier 
and the Grande Cuba de Marco Lantern were 2 of Nicole's finds 
while she was searching for options for an interior design client.

These are two of the many new lights that we are carrying.
Nicole chose two very nice options. Her client really can't go wrong 
with either the rustic and simple, but elegant Stephano in a 
natural rust finish, or the formidable Cubo de Marco Chandelier 
which is finished in Newport Silver and comes in at almost 3 feet tall!

Nicole and her ridiculously awesome apartment in Manhattan 
were also recently featured in an 18 page spread ( see page 100
in the great on-line magazine Rue.

Congratulations and thank you Nicole Cohen!



Featured in the Washington Post!

Although it may not be Watergate, we're still excited to see our popular 
Bubbles Glass Chandelier in the famous Washington Post!
Clicking on No. 15 in the "After" graphic brings up our
fabulous blown glass chandelier!  

The Bubbles Glass Light adds an incredible burst of energy and style
to space. Dozens of handblown glass "bubbles" threaded onto chrome rods
 and all projecting outward from a chrome sphere make this a unique 
and exciting light fixture.

Popular as either a Chandelier or a Ceiling Fixture!

     We love this modern light fixture for combining a great piece of lighting
with the beauty of a sculpted work of art and we're so grateful to designer
Kelly Porter of Porter House Designs for incorporating 
the Bubbles Glass Chandelier into her design. Thanks Kelly!



San Francisco Designer Showcase 2011

2011 Showcase House: 1928 Mansion in Pacific Heights
Thanks to Lily Gahagan, Assistant Editor at we've just seen some terrific images from the Decorator Showcase home in San Francisco, CA.
The showcase is the West Coast’s premiere design show house event, featuring the work of the region’s top designers. Lighting, furniture, paint colors, floor
treatments and accessories are all chosen and installed for this charity event.

Students at San Francisco University High School
The annual event benefits the San Francisco University High School.
The Showcase just opened on Saturday, April 30 and will continue 
through May 30.

The Jacqui 3 Drawer Table in Green from Bungalow 5
A white Jacqui Table was also part of the design for a 2nd bedroom.
The Jacqui Table in White from Bungalow 5
The Andrea Mirrored Desk and a beautiful table lamp from Arteriors Home

We're very excited to have some of these great pieces
that are being showcased for this wonderful cause in San Francisco.