“Up In The Villa” with Mark D. Sikes at the Kips Bay Showhouse

May 27, 2015 Decorating
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I was thrilled to learn that my friend Mark D. Sikes was designing a room for the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. Mark is known for his love of blue and white and has even coined a frequently used hashtag #blueandwhiteforever that’s become it’s own thing. So I kind of went into the preview with the expectation of a blue and white themed room but was pleasantly surprised when I stepp …

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Video: Americana Themed Backyard Makeover – With Pier 1

May 24, 2015 Decorating
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If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I hinted at a secret web series I was filming out in LA a few weeks ago and I can finally share that I’ve teamed up with Pier 1 Imports for a series of videos showing you four ways to transform your backyard for the summer season! I’m excited to reveal the first video which is all about creating a festive, Americana-themed outdoor li …

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A Kips Bay Designer Showhouse Favorite: Alessandra Branca’s “Le Salon Rouge” Living Room

May 22, 2015 Decorating
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At this year’s Kips Bay show house one room I absolutely loved was Alessandra Branca’s salon style living room. Alessandra dubbed her space, “Le Salon Rouge” which is quite appropriate seeing as though red is a signature color that permeates some of her best known designs. Her room for Kips Bay was, of course, was full of red accents set against a backdrop of red cotton voile ticki …

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We Won an Emmy Y’all!

May 20, 2015 Notes from Nicole
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Hey Guys! I’ve been fairly quiet here on work related updates but wanted to share some crazy, exciting news! For those of you that don’t know I’m on a TV show called Home Made Simple that airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network and a few weeks ago the show won a Daytime Emmy Award win for Outstanding Lifestyle Program! We were also nominated last year but we didn’t win so it was a fabul …

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Before & After: Tilton Fenwick’s Kips Bay Dining Lounge

May 19, 2015 Decorating
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The Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse is by far one of the most inspiring show houses of the year and what always impresses me most is the creativity with which the designer’s tackle the toughest challenges when it comes to decorating their space. While some participating designers are lucky to be assigned an amazing room in pristine condition with a perfect layout, other designers end …

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