Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blogfest 2012 Inspiration

Blogfest 2012 by Kravet Fabrics was incredibly inspirational for me and the 150+ other attendees. Kravet's Marketing team led by Beth Greene went over the top to make our three day conference memorable. Here are a few photos that gave me inspiration for the year ahead. 
Myself, Beth Green, EVP of Marketing & Strategic Branding, & Jennifer Powell, Social Media Coordinator.  As a side note, if I had not had the pleasure to hear Jennifer speak on the power of Social Media earlier this year, I would have never had the pleasure of attending Blogfest 2012 or continuing to push  Kirsten Nease Designs forward into the world of social media. (Thank you!)

"Green Room" by Charlotte Moss

Peacock Blue Study by Brian Del Toro

And the tranquil Living Room by Susan Zises Green

Cocktail party at Savant Experience Center designed by Thom Filicia
 View from the 44th floor of the Hearst Tower where we had breakfast and were entertained by Dara Caponigro editor of Veranda and Newell Turner editor of House Beautiful on Day Two!
On Day Three we were given a tour of the Kravet Studio on 22nd St. in NYC.  What an inspirational place...and so much going on ... the new product for Kravet might just be the next must have for your home.
 In the Lee Jofa Studio we saw hand blocked linen prints and studies of new color ways being hand painted.

 Insprirational desk in the trimmings department!
 Design plan for the new Kravet showroom centerpiece in the D&D building in NYC by Windsor Smith
 Office of Doug Garfinkle, EVP of Showroom Merchandising, for Kravet...and our wonderful tour guide through the studio.

Color swatches for Kravet Carpet collections...stay tuned for the new collection by Jonathan Adler...
 being released soon!
 And the very gracious and personable host, Cary Kravet, President of Kravet, Inc.
Thank you for the most inspirational three days in my career as a designer...thus far!

See you next Tuesday with the latest "Living in Design" post! 
xo, Kirsten

Friday, May 18, 2012

Intro to Blogfest 2012

After a fun day with the family tomorrow in Annapolis, MD 

I'm headed to NYC with my friend Laura Trevey, of Bright Bold & Beautiful for a fun filled time at

We are sure to have a fantastic time.  The kick off party is at the Kips Bay Showhouse

Followed by a cocktail party with Thom Filicia
and an after Party at Savior Beds
I'll be sure to share all the fun!  Stay tuned....

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A History of Brunchwig & Fils

Recently I had the privilege of viewing the new product line for Brusnschwig & Fils and hearing the history of this legendary textile mill.  Les AlizĂ©s (Tradewinds) is the latest collection in a rich line of textiles produced by Brunschwig & Fils.  

Steven Elrod, VP and Director of Design, is seen here showing the new line.

Brunschwig & Fils began in the Alsace region of France.  In 1871 it moved to Paris as an exporter of fine materials for other family mills like Stoheim and Schumacher. By the end of WWI Brunschwig had positioned itself as a major textile exporter to the United States for all mills.  WWII was the impetus for B & F to produce material in the USA.  With a war raging in Europe, it became near impossible for textiles to be sent overseas.  It began with printed prints previously found on brocade silks onto cotton.  This allowed for bright and vibrant color to be printed. Additionally,  B & F was the first to scheme rooms with color flags.  

Today B & F has the largest archive collection of any fabric mill. They are known for their fresh color, French point of view and traditional style with a fun and whimsical flair. 

"Good Design is Forever!"

Friday, May 11, 2012

An Art Affaire in Potomac, MD

I was happy to share the past few days with my mother, Joan Armstrong and  Helen Farson  hosting Washingtonians to a delight for the eyes in impressionistic art. 

We started the show off with a Lunch and Learn.  Helen spoke about her style of painting, shared with everyone the secrets to creating a great painting and even gave us all some life lessons - "Do what you are passionate about!"

Helen's work is exquisite and she is a joy to know. 

A Three Umbrella Day

 A nod to Van Gogh... Joyful Sunflowers!

 And one of my personal favorites ... Tree at Vineyards Edge

Hosting an art show is a fun way to share with others the joy of painting and color!

I hope you enjoyed the mini-show...Happy Mother's Day!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Jill Steenhuis in Richmond, VA

I was told last week by my dear friend Helen Farson I must go and see Jill Steenhuis and cancel anything else on my plate to make the time to do so.... Helen was right!  Jill was such an inspiration to all who attended the event at CCV yesterday.  Jill was here as part of a Spring tour in the United States of her artwork. 

I'm pictured here with Jill and my dear friend, Laura Trevey of Bright, Bold & Beautiful
You must see Laura's post about the event.  It was life changing for her!

Jill's work is exquisite. Here are a few shots from the show yesterday!
I love how this painting is a painting of a painting.

Jill works in all kinds of mediums.

One of may favorite still life painting.  The color just jumps off the canvas.

 More mixed medium....

Falling Almond Petals...

And I could not help but share the experience with my youngest and budding artist!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

VMFA Field Trip

So last week I was lucky enough to be selected to chaperone my daughter's 3rd grade class on a field trip to Virgina Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA).  It was a fabuous trip with some adorable young girls. 

The museum recently underwent a major renovation adding a huge new wing and gardens.  Isn't it beautiful? The garden in the distance is actually on top of the parking garage!  And the waterfall staircase is amazing.

We were visiting the museum to view the Ancient Egyptian Culture exhibit.
This marble sarcophogus is over 2500 years old.

Here is a bust of Homer.  Again over 2500 years old.  
Simply amazing that these items are in such good  condition.  

And another of the goddess Dionysus.
VMFA also houses a large exhibit of early american furniture.

A very large collection of FabergĂ©.

And another of my favorite's ... Georgia O'Keefe - modern before her time!

While the new areas of the museum are beautiful, one cannot help but notice the old areas of the museum.  This photo shows the old entrance.  
The iron railing detail and room proportions are exquisite.

If ever in Richmond, VA a visit to the VMFA is a must!