Author Archives: Cami Weinstein

Clapton-Inspired Design

Recently, I went to see Eric Clapton in concert.  My penchant for Clapton-inspired design began once I saw the stage hands rolling out a large Oriental rug.

Persian Mohajeran Sarouk rug

Persian Mohajeran Sarouk Rug

Clapton Live

Live Performance

Eric Clapton Live

The performance was amazing; Clapton’s moody rock and blues ballads are so heartfelt.  Many of the songs are deeply personal and about his personal struggles with love, loss, addiction and life.  It’s always amazing to witness an artist transforming their emotions into art.

Live Performance

Live music is good for the soul.

Before Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., another favorite musical artist of mine, performed.  As the stage hands were clearing sound equipment and instruments from Gary Clark Jr.’s set, I noticed a man carrying a large rug out.  The man proceeded to spread the large Oriental rug onto the stage.  This piqued my interest immediately, and questions began running through my head.

Live Performance

The concert was an amazing experience!

Why an Oriental Rug?  Was it a way of feeling home?  He was pretty far from England.  Did the rug feel comforting?  Did it remind him of home? Was it reminiscent of the bohemian mania of the 60’s?  Were the colors a source of inspiration for him; the patterns?  Did the huge Oriental rug help to absorb sound?  For the rest of the night I kept wondering about the rug and what it meant to him.

Classic Oriental & Persian Rugs

Classic Oriental and Persian rugs having been out of the design limelight for a while,  but they remain timeless.  Ornate with beautiful colors and patterns, Oriental and Persian rugs are a fabulous investment.

Persian Oriental Rugs

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Infuse your interior with elements of bohemian chic by adding (or layering) these ornate rugs.  These rugs will definitely make a comeback.  They remain as iconic to decorating as Eric Clapton is to music.  I selected these beautiful pieces for decor inspiration; throw your favorite Clapton on, and start pinning your favorites here.

Persian Oriental Rugs

The kind of boho vibes I’m channeling right now.

Designing a Modular Home

I’m currently designing a modular home, which is very exciting!  Modular home design has come a long way; there are so many ways to personalize your layout.

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Designing a Modular Home:  Montauk

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The beaches in Montauk are breathtaking; via city-data.com

Montauk is the perfect vacation spot.  Recently a client asked for my assistance in designing their modular home to fit their growing family.  Modular homes make for wonderful vacation homes; with a few personal touches, this modular will be ideal.

Modular Construction

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I selected Signature Building Systems to help me take on this project.

I wanted to work with a modular construction company that was open to suggestions and alterations.  While browsing the internet, I came across a contractor who works solely with modular construction in The Hamptons.

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Making my way through the modular home shipping yard.

I met with the owner of Hampton Modular, LLC and was amazed at how far modulars had come!  Jon has been amazing through this process; he’s always flexible, helpful and knowledgeable.  

Design Goals:  The Perfect Beach House

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The”bump out” of my client’s dining room.

My client’s design goal was to create the perfect social environment for family and friends.  We decided to incorporate an open-space kitchen, which could double as a family room.  This makes for the perfect space to enjoy food and conversation!

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An outside view of themodular home’s dining room.

Permits & Roofs

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My client and I decided the house should have a gambrel roof to comply with zoning restrictions.  This traditional element would give the home a timeless feel.

Finishing Details

A sneak peek of the modular

A sneak peek of the modular

Jon recommended Christopher Hull of CAH Architecture and Design, LLC.  This was a perfect recommendation because Chris is located five minutes away from my office in Greenwich, CT!  He and his staff are terrific!  He has done many modulars and was a vital part of our team. 

What will eventually be the master bedroom of my client's modular home.

What will eventually be the master bedroom of my client’s modular home.

Once the home is completed in the modular factory, it will be relocated to my client’s property.  From there, the modular will be completed by Hampton Modular and their local crew.

The Rattan Bench

Give your furniture a seasonal switch with the rattan bench.  Once spring cleaning has commenced, it’s time to refresh your furniture and textiles! Rattan benches are great for indoor and outdoor use.

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The Rattan Bench:  Mudroom Seating

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Botega Rattan Bench Black Legs, Natural, Harrington Galleries

If you’re an avid gardener, you’re definitely going to be frequenting the mud room.  A rattan bench is the perfect place to sit and take off your boots!  I would add a few custom pillows for a polished look.

Unique In New York

 

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Springbok Benches, Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie’s Springbok Benches would be perfect in a boho-style New York loft!  I love furniture that comes in pairs like this set.

Minimalist Kitchen

Rattan Bench, Thom Fougere

Rattan Bench, Thom Fougere Studio

It’s no surprise Thom Fougere studied architecture; it reflects directly in his work!  I would place this minimalist rattan bench in a kitchen by a sunny window.

Patio Details

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Ebony Rattan Bench, Terrain

A good bench is hard to find.  This is a great accent bench for a patio; the only thing missing are fresh flowers!

A Bedroom Bench

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Upholstered Rattan Bench, Archiproducts

I love the intricate detailing on this upholstered rattan bench!  While it would be perfect in a monochromatic design, I would also love to see this in front of a punchy accent wall!

Desk Obsession

Like a bed is the basis of a bedroom, a great desk is necessary for a chic work space!  Whether you’re outfitting your office or adding a home office, it’s time to invest in a desk.  Indulge in my desk obsession with these five gorgeous desks from 1st Dibs!

American Antiques

19th Century Oak Partners Desk

19th Century Oak Partners Desk, 1st Dibs

An antique desks speaks volumes.  This Oak Partners Desk features an unusual amount of drawers, while staying in the realm of traditional.  This desk would work perfectly in a home library as well!

A Touch of Arts Décoratifs

Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde in Walnut, 1942

Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde in Walnut, 1942, 1st Dibs

Art Deco design first appeared in Brussels and Paris before WW1.  Short for “Arts Décoratifs”, Art Deco is characterized by rectangular, often blocky forms and curved ornamental elements.  I love the drawer hardware on this walnut Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde!

Bauhaus Furniture

1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk Purple Red

1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk Purple Red, 1st Dibs

If you’re looking for something less traditional, opt for a clean, bold approach.  This 1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk in purple red is still a fashion forward piece.

Mid Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman

Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman, 1st Dibs

Structure and 1950’s aesthetic are some characteristics of mid century modern design.  I love mid century modern furniture for it’s ability to integrate itself into almost any design!  How gorgeous is this Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman?

A Modern Take

Modern Desk with Marble Top

Modern Desk with Marble Top, 1st Dibs

Lucite, brass and a marble top make for the perfect modern desk.  This Modern Desk with Marble Top features lucite and brass pulls.  Lucite and brass have been designer favorites this past year!

Check out my Desk and Desk Accessories Pinterest board and re-pin your favorites!

5 Beautiful Benches

Give your guests the perfect place to rest by adding a bench!  Benches are versatile pieces that can adorn your entryway, bedroom, backyard and more.  Which of these 5 beautiful benches are your style?

The Dreamy DIY Bench

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Wood Log Bench, 1001 Gardens and Landscapes

Repurposing wood is not only environmentally-friendly, it’s chic!  I love this smart bench design using repurposed wood.  Take your project a step further with a custom pillow or by staining the wood a rich tone.

The Perfect Finish

Fontanne Upholstered Bench

Fontanne Upholstered Bench, West Elm

West Elm’s Fontanne Upholstered Bench gives any room the perfect finish.  Modern and on-trend without being too loud, this bench would work in a bedroom, powder room, entryway or office.  Simply put, this is a perfect example of “understated elegance”.

If It’s Not Baroque

Fabulous and Baroque

Baroque Bench, Fabulous and Baroque

I love bold design choices, especially when they’re jewel tones!  I would love to see this deep midnight blue bench juxtaposed with a tall glass top table for a modern finish.

A Contemporary Connecticut Home

Greenough Upholstered Bench

Greenough Upholstered Bench, Birch Lane

This Greenough Upholstered Bench from Birch Lane is a perfect entryway accent, or mudroom addition!

Bohemian Rhapsody

Barrington Blue Bench

Benches, Barringron Blue

I love distinct furniture with a cool edge.  Barrington Blue‘s benches are upholstered with unique prints and fun footing.

Find more beautiful benches on my Pinterest board here.

Desk Accents

Stay inspired with a curated desk.  Who says a beautiful desk doesn’t increase productivity?  Give your workspace a personal touch with desk accents!

Desk Accents Decorista

A trendy and chic home office via Decorista

Necessary Accessories

You’re chic, and your desk should be too!  Combine function and aesthetic when shopping for desk details to stay on trend and on point.

Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade New York

Poppin

Poppin

Purchasing a set of desk accessories is a great way to keep your desk uniform and organized.  Kate Spade’s acrylic desk accessories follow the recent trend with acrylic furniture, while Poppin allows you to stay monotone and classy.

Stay Organized

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Casimira Desk Accessories Anthropologie

Casimira Desk Accessories, Anthropologie

My desk is an array of textile samples, paint swatches and paperwork.  If you’re anything like me, you know that organization is key!  It’s easy to stay organized when everything has a place.  I love the idea of keeping your desk accessories on a tray, and a paper organizer is a must-have!

Desk Details

via Etsy

via Etsy

Snail Letter Opener Anthropologie

Snail Mail Letter Opener, Anthropologie

Once you have a uniform base for your desk design, it’s easy to see what you need!  I love unique pieces like this Cat Head Mouse Pad made of 100% virgin merino wool, or Anthropologie’s Snail Mail Letter Opener.  Items that are made-to-order, like this Agate Clock help to make a work space stay inspiring.

Go Green

Half Moon Planter, Urban Outfitters

Half Moon Planter, Urban Outfitters

Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal

Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal, Etsy

A pop of green is exactly what your desk needs!  Succulents are great, low-maintenance desk plants.  These Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal Desk Accessories are so pretty, and would also make for a cute co-worker gift!

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Check out more desk accents and work space inspiration here.

The Petersen Automotive Museum

On my recent trip to Los Angeles, California I made sure to add a trip to the Petersen Automotive Museum to my itinerary.  The Petersen Automotive Museum features three levels, each detailing the history, industry and artistry of cars!

via The Peterson Car Museum

via The Petersen Car Museum

The evolution of automobiles ties directly into art and design, which piqued my interest.  From the groundbreaking motor-car to the rise of private automobile ownership, there was so much to explore on the History floor!  Seeing the transition from 1930’s mobility to the glamour of 1960’s cars was a designer’s dream.  The color palette of classic cars was one of my favorite aspects!

1931 Ford Model A Station Wagon

Leather interior of the 1931 Ford Model A Station Wagon

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via Petersen Automotive Museum

After exploring the History level, we made our way to the Industry level.  The Industry level detailed how inventors, mechanics and drivers come together to push the boundaries of automotive design for everyday life.  This fusion of collective ideas to create beautiful, quality cars was mesmerizing.   There was so much that inspired me during my visit!  Everything I do or see is potential inspiration for my design work.

via The Peterson Car Museum

via The Petersen Automotive Museum

via The Peterson Car Museum

Details!

Lastly, we delved into the Artistry section, which may have been my favorite!  Form and aesthetic are key when designing a car; I love that different components can alter the general feeling a car can provide.  

DeLorean

Back to the Future’s DeLorean via The Petersen Automotive Museum

Speed Racer Car

The “Speed Racer” Car via The Petersen Automotive Museum

I definitely recommend taking a tour through the museum if you are in the Los Angeles area; for a quick peek to see what exhibits are currently on display, click here.

Asian Influence

Infuse your interior with a touch of Asian influence!  Ornate patterns, gorgeous Chinoiserie and bold color palettes give your room a fresh feel.

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Asian Influence: Bold Color

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Does your interior currently have a neutral palette?  Break it up with bold colors; bright yellows, burning reds and gorgeous emeralds can revitalize your room.  Never underestimate how a bold color palette can inspire the rest of your design!

Screens & Room Dividers

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I love this dramatic, textured screen via ChinoiserieChic.net

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via The French Tangerine

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via Interact China

If you have a large room, consider breaking it up with a beautiful Asian inspired screen!  Elaborately-detailed screens make for luxurious details, especially when placed in a corner.

Furniture

Give your living room or study a zen feel with wide-set furniture that sits close to the ground.

Give your living room or study a zen feel with wide-set furniture that sits close to the ground.

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via Architecture Art Designs

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via niagranovice.blogspot.com

Tracey Hollywood Regency Navy Blue Lacquer Nightstand Cabinet via Kathy Kuo Home

Tracey Hollywood Regency Navy Blue Lacquer Nightstand Cabinet via Kathy Kuo Home

I love antiquing and the thrill of finding a unique piece for a client’s interior.  Combining an antique with something sleek and modern creates an elegant aesthetic.

Find more ideas on my “Asian Influences in Interiors” Pinterest board here.

Winter Antiques Show

The Winter Antiques Show was held at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory from January 20th – January 29th.  A vast display of exemplary art, rare antiques and innovative designs, The Winter Antiques Show always leaves me inspired.  This year’s exhibit was extraordinarily stunning.

Winter Antiques Show 2017

Winter Antiques Show 2017

About The Winter Antiques Show

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The Winter Antiques Show is held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, NY.  This show is an excellent way for new and established collectors, curators, dealers and design professionals to connect and share inspiration.  While one third of the show’s exhibitors specialize in Americana, the rest feature English, European and Asian fine and decorative arts.  Each item displayed is available for purchase, making the experience all the more worthwhile, as I can shop for my clients while I browse!  

Sculptural Lighting

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Winter Antiques Show 2017

Sculptural lighting is a win-win!  This bold piece’s functionality creates adds to the concrete element of aestheticism while setting an ambiance.  I would love to feature this piece in a client’s home library or study; it would work fabulously in a modern living room as well!

Transitional Elegance

Winter Antiques Show 2017

Winter Antiques Show 2017

One of my favorite elements of The Winter Antiques Show is the stark contrast of items which are displayed.  The Winter Antiques Show is proud to feature everything from “Egyptian antiquities to American folk art to postwar Italian art glass”.  The juxtaposition of available inspiration leaves much to the imagination.

Winter Antiques Design Show 2017

Winter Antiques Design Show 2017

The detailing on this wrought iron piece is beautiful!  

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Winter Antiques Show 2017

I could admire this intricate sculpture forever.  After browsing the selection, I am left brimming with ideas and inspiration.  If you attended this show, what which were your favorite pieces?  Tweet your thoughts at me “@camidesigns”

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Palm Tree Glam

The energy and beauty of Palm Beach, Florida is amazing.  Decorating with coastal themes is always fun, especially when I can incorporate some palm tree glam!  Dress up your Palm Beach residence or beach house with some of these fun ideas.

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I love the airy sheer drapery panels in this tropical sun room.
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Inspiration, Nature

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Citrus-themed color palettes compliment bright green palm trees and bright pool-blues.  I love drawing from the surrounding area to garner inspiration for my client’s design.

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Florida Vibes via Mindfood

Creamy stucco and crisp white linens are the perfect compliment when building your Palm Beach inspiration palette as well.

Palm Tree Glam:  Linens

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Give your master bedroom a tropical touch with palm tree prints and beachy linens.

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Palm Tree Glam:  Furniture

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Palm Tree Upholstered Furniture via Etsy

Break up the monotony of your living room with printed furniture!  A piece of printed furniture can make your interior feel more eclectic and original.  Consider having one of your favorite chairs re-upholstered with a hand-selected print; this is one of my favorite ways to bring an old piece back to life.

Palm Tree Glam:  Details

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Pre-owned French White Plaster Palm Torchere tropical-table-lamps; via Houzz

It’s the little things that make all the difference.  When I see a great piece, I make sure to pick it up.  Antique shops are a great place to find one-of-a-kind details.

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This beautiful Palmyra Lamp was designed by Syrette Lew, of Moving Mountains.

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Create your own beach-themed terrarium for a beautiful beach house display; the little flamingos are so cute!

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Discover more inspirations for your Palm Beach interior on my Palm Tree Pinterest board here.