Monday, February 24, 2014


The BORA BORA Necklace ($548) draped over the GIZELE Neckalce ($388), I. just. die.

You know when you're out shopping and you see something you like but decide not to purchase it because you don't need it? Well I am one of those shoppers, but if weeks go by and I am still day dreaming about an item, that is when I allow myself to splurge. Well, I have become love struck by Lionette NY Jewelry by Noa Sade. It has been awhile since I have lusted after a piece of jewelry, and unfortunately after discovering this jewelry line I want to add over ten pieces to my collection. I keep convincing myself that I need the GIZELE or GALIT Necklace for an upcoming client meeting. These decadent designs are worthy of Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt herself and I am convinced that owning one of these pieces will bring me power and an army of men servants at my beck and call.

Top: PANGEA Necklace $298,  Bottom: TRIBECA Necklace $185.

Head over heels for the CHAPPAQUA Necklace $368

 I have my eye on the GALIT Necklace $895, if only I didn't have to pay rent this month..

ARIZONA Necklace $995

Gizele, $388

Introducing the SHEMESH Necklace $875

SHEMESH Necklace by Noa Sade

Gorgeous earrings no longer listed on their website.

COLETTE Earrings $268

The adorable Julie Saranana from Sincerely Jules blog wearing the COLETTE Earrings

ANDAMAN Microphone Glove by Noa Sade

ANDAMAN Microphone Glove $750

DEBUSSI Bracelet $398

DEBUSSI Bracelet by Noa Sade

Monday, February 17, 2014


Nicole and I are absolutely thrilled to reveal that we are the latest site contributors to ASPIRE METRO. Aspire Metro is a magazine and online database for high end architecture, design, and real estate.

"ASPIRE Metro is a continuing story of interesting people, spectacular design and intimate journeys into exclusive estates throughout the world. Commitment to visual brilliance, investment in the storytelling of luxury and culture, and a discerning editorial eye set us apart.

Their love of the finer things, the human spirit, and unmatched style has elevated ASPIRE Metro to a position of earned influence with the most cultivated readers."
Check out our first post "To Design with Interior Barn Doors" where we discuss how to integrate using sliding barn doors in your home using customized materials and hardware from Rustica Hardware.

Friday, February 7, 2014


Steph and I always seem to chat about what our future office may look like someday, and we can't help but start pinning ideas even though we're not sure when that day will come. But right now my fabric collection is organized by color and style in plastic bags...not the way I envisioned exactly. But we have a few ideas up from our bag of design tricks. 

1. bins: Love the idea of having a large island at counter height. For starters, it is a way to spread all your fabrics and tear sheets out to see together, and it also helps my tall body from hunching over when I'm creating boards etc.

 2. Hanging: This has to be the best way to see everything all at once, but the downside is all my samples come in different shapes and sizes so it may not look the most organized. This unit is from Emerson et Cie and can be illuminated, or customized with different finishs. 

 3. Folded on shelves: So pretty and accessible, but kind of high maintenance if you ask me.

 4. Filed and tucked away: This seems to be a great system for small offices, but again it seems a bit high maintenance.

Monday, February 3, 2014


If you're lucky enough to be a friend of Steph and I you could be eligible for the friends and family designer discount.

My friend Vienna approached me with such enthusiasm for our work that I knew I had to help her with her first apartment. On our first meeting we found a few big key pieces that we really loved, but low and behold it was just too damn easy and it turned out most of the fabrics were discontinued. Which did not go over well with Vienna and her expectation on lead times. She was moving in not even a week later and wanted furniture asap. But her desire for good quality pieces mixed with her willingness to pay a pretty penny made her realize that some things are worth the wait. 

So we went ahead and ordered this gorgeous Bernhardt piece and shaggy Moroccan rug from Gilt as a starting point. 

After some time Vienna eventually approached me about scouting out some possibilities from One Kings Lane. So I put together a quick spread of what I thought would work with the rug and media console we had already purchased. A combination of items that proves you can get it all in one quick swoop...
BUT Vienna's a smart girl! And she quickly realized that this wasn't the way to go for her. A few reasons why...

1. She didn't know the quality of the sofa and chairs or where they came from
2. She couldn't see any swatches of fabrics or finishes
3. And she didn't want to make quick decisions because of OKL's auction based structure

On top of it all, if she didn't have me guiding her in the right direction, with my experience and knowledge of scale, pattern, balance, color etc. how would she or anyone for that matter feel confident on creating there own room in a box from OKL. A few random special pieces or fillers is okay, but I don't recommend someone purchasing an entire room of furniture off the internet unless consulting with their designer first. 

All too many times upon first consultation we have witnessed homes that are decked out with a random selection of furniture. Pieces passed down or items that were purchased on websites like Gilt or OKL and thought to fit its designated home, never really came together in the grand scheme of things. And now here we are, Dalliance Design to the rescue. The dream team that will end up putting the puzzle back together, creating not only something you will love but will save money in the end. But I digress, back to Vienna's project...

Our next purchase was a sofa from Vanguard furniture, from the Michael Weiss collection, in a warm taupe herringbone texture. Minus the button tufting and the nail heads...because when you have a designer you can customize.

Next stop, picking a paint color! And figuring out our cocktail and side tables. I'm thinking a simple lucite cocktail could go nice with the Bernhardt console. Either way we will need to pick out some kick ass printed pillows and/or stools to bring the whole scheme together. 

To be continued...