BEFORE & AFTER: THE PAST IS THE PRESENT

BEFORE & AFTER: THE PAST IS THE PRESENT

I like the sound of this, “The distinction beween the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” It is one of Albert Einstein’s infinite and profound discoveries. It is up there with his Theory of Revelativity.  The speed of light is nonetheless invariant, the same for all observers.

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TIGER LILY’S GREENWICH
ORIGINAL, NEVER DUPLICATED

If it is only an illusion, then the past is just as much present as the current day. The drapes I bought in August 2013 were vintage B.Berger Jacques Toile from 1982. The insatiable trend for vintage is as popular in interior design as it is on the runway.

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CUSTOM WORK ROOM
TRADITION OF OLD STILL NEW

There is something special about a custom workroom, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. That’s Germania at the work table. She is our master-cutter.  We are preserving a trade that is hand made. That’s my fabric on the work table. More then 45 yards.

Back to August, when I first walked into the cottage. I knew it was home. I new it as much seeing the pictures as the day I met with Larry the Fabric Guy. The textile peddler from outside Boston came to visit nter again that peddler in August to our design workroom, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. There are still wonderful little traditions in this life that we come to count on. Larry the Fabric Guy is a regular at our store.

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MASTER BEDROOM
AT FIRST SITE

BEFORE:

That was the master bedroom of my cottage BEFORE. It was taken on my Iphone the first time I walked through the doors. I knew it was home.

Seven windows in one room is pure living and a ton of drapery fabric yardage. I have Larry The Fabric Guy.

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AFTER:
TOILE TELLS THE STORY

AFTER:

Toile tells the story. That is the after. That is lesson I learn and celebrate every day. On my drapes in the after is a vibrant historic toile. It is the story of a generation and a story that is all of my own. I am as proud of this after as I ever was.

It is the high light in the November issue of Lonny Magazine. That’s tomorrow. That is the day that my after will be celebrated nationwide.

Supporters, family, peers, trail blazers, readers, designers, peace makers, creatives, Lonny editors, photographers, god: I thank all of you.

Read it tomorrow: http://www.lonny.com

I quote Holly Golightly.

#ONE LOVE

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BEFORE & AFTER: AN UNUSUAL PAIR

BEFORE & AFTER: AN UNUSUAL PAIR

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AFTER:
BUY ME: $895.00 Pair
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What makes a good pair, a good couple?  Emily Bronte in Wuthering Heights says, “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”  It is likeness and difference at the same time that completes the circle and secures the bond.

BEFORE:

I found this pair the last day of Spring Brimfield. There are pluses and minuses to shopping the last day.  Arguably the whole place has been picked over. The first day is like when the Thanksgiving Turkey comes out of the oven. It is plump, fresh, delicatiable, everyone wants a piece. The last day is the pickings. The bird is down to the bone and well it takes an expert to find any white meat. Bawk Bawk!

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BEFORE:
BRIMFIELD FIND
LAST DAY: ASK FOR A BARGAIN

If you have a van and arm strength that can schelp a piece of furniture back to your vechicle you are in the cat bird’s seat. No longer are you the turkey but the cat that hunts it.  You can offer a deal to a vendor that bases on carting the furniture home ALONE they can’t refuse.

 

That is how I came to purchase, own and tweak the tables I found at Brimfield. I put out an offer the dealer couldn’t refuse. The two tables which are awesome in size, shape, color and function came home with me. A new journey and new beginning made me think that I wanted them to look a little bit different.

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LAYERS STRIPED
REVEALS HISTORY

I started the stripping with one. I loved the original color but also love what lays beneath. Sometimes it is nice to see layers. I think it adds to the story. Other times the story is so old, you just straight lacquer paint.

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PAIRS THAT CHANGE TOGETHER

 

 

When of a pair, changes and new layers are revealed, you can only hope that the partner changes too. You want things that belong together to evolve and change together. If they have been together long enough, weathered the same storms and came out into the smooth sunset together, there is an excellent chance that they will morph and when they change, they will change together and still appear as a pair. That happened

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When you are you are a good pair, you are a like and different.  A good pair is priceless.   Like Bonnie & Clyde and if they are really perfect together.  They can make you money and they can make you smile.

AFTER:

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AFTER:
BUY ME: $895.00 Pair
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The perfect pair goes into the before together and comes out stronger together in the after. It is layers deep. . I like how completely together these two end tables are and yet how different they are. Mounted to the wall on either side of the bed is how I see this pair. I see a loving couple sharing that experience. They are both the same and different.

We loved with a love that was more than love
Edgar Allan Poe

#ONE LOVE

BUY IT: NEW ENGLAND HOME MAGAZINE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUY IT: ANIMAL ATTRACTION @ NEW ENGLAND HOME MAGAZINE 

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Excited that New England Home magazine chose my cowhide upholstered ottoman to feature on its cool finds page.  The ottomans totally rock. Looks amazing in this Chelsea area loft.

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JERRY MCGUIRE MANIFESTO: #13 A TIME OF RENEWAL

JERRY MCGUIRE MANIFESTO: #13 A TIME OF RENEWAL 

Welcome back the Jerry McGuire Manifesto. It has been four months.  It comes out when there is something important say. For starters,  it is fall. I can confidently start there. That is important to say.  The weather is awesome, highs in the 70s, the universe is changing. It is historically harvest time. It is currently harvest time.  I have proof of that.

That’s right outside my front door. I am author yes, but don’t forget a decorator first and foremost. Anything and everything can be decorated. That’s the beauty of life. From the accessories you wear on your ears or around your neck, to the icing on a cake, to harvesting mother nature’s best and putting it outside your front door.

Forgiveness is the message of this Jerry McGuire, it opens your mind and opens doors. I forgave my dad the day he did it. I forgave myself for giving up my news career.  I forgave myself when I passed up that pitchfork at Brimfield. I could have decoratored my harvest porch with that or sold it on-line.

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BRIMFIELD
Why didn’t I buy that?

That was the preview to summer, May 2013. I was hardly thinking about the fall. That was the season we shot “I Brake For Yard Sales.”I was thinking about the immediate needs only of 8-famioly reveals.  The opportunity to work on designer before & after and change the way people live in their homes, that was truely an enlightening moment. It is one I have graditude for and a moment that may not have came had I not forgiven myself.

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SAM ON THE SCENE
On Camera Reporting

I always thought I would be a news reporter and take after Katie Couric. Mix a little fluff and a hard news story and there I would be at the top of my game by my late twenties. I made it to the network in 2009. New York met with a recession and before long the big dream I had to for my career,  that also for the record ended with husband, big house and kids dissolved into thin air.

For all long time after that. I was depressed.

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CATCHING LEAVES FALL
Fall Renewal

Fall is all renewal. You might say everything is dying, I say like a snake everything is shedding its worn skin.  Rebirth. Here’s what Truman Copote has Holly Golightly say  “Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.”

Point made, the season of harvest and bounty is also the season of forgiveness. Not to get overly religious here, but Jews celebrate Yom Kippur in September.   It is also known as The Day of Antonement, the holiest day of the year. One atones for their sins and in return we offered new prespective on life.

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I am glad I forgave. I forgave myself first. I forgave myself for time lost in devotion to a job that I didn’t see through. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have succeed in design. It opened my mind to something more. The key to forgiveness is to dervive a positive part of the equation. It is a fundamental law. A negative minus negative is a positive. See the situation for the good it withholds.

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BRIMFIELD FIND
I Brake for Yard Sales Upholstered Stools

We also found these stools at Brimfield. Lara Spencer and I shopped Brimfield together. We are very close souls. We used the ottomans in a Riverside family home on a episode of “I Brake For Yard Sales.” The upholstery is shot, but the size and the shape have definite potential and character.

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BRIMFIELD
May 2013

Television news gave me a lot. That is my forgiveness. Rather then regret time lost, I saw the whole experience as time gained. In forgiving, I saw the benefit of having the experience. I  believe no moment or time spent is in vain.  That forgiveness, gave me my career at Tiger Lily’s. I started just answering the phone for my parents because I needed to get out of the house.

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BENCHES IN PROCESS
Remove exisitng upholstery revuild with new materials

Four years later I have found my stride at Tiger Lily’s.  It took less time to upholster the ottomans.  I happy every moment and thank ful for my wonderful work. Graditude and forgiveness are one in the same.   At Tiger Lily’s, I preach seeing potential in old furniture and frames. Tiger Lily’s our store in Greenwich (www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com) is truly a magical place. Inside our Greenwich workroom, we still hand create. I am preserving that legacy.

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UPHOLSTERED IN B&F BAMBOO TRELLIS
As seen on: “I Brake For Yard Sales”

the events and the steps that brought me to Tiger Lily’s are meaningful and necessary.  It takes a lot of hard work to keep a family business running. It is exclusively for the strong :). Strength is another realtive of forgiveness, students of McGuire. Not as prophetic, I will  quote  Ghandi here,  “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

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DEBUT DESIGN SHOW
Westport Arts Center


That  picture of me was taken at my first event for Tiger Lily’s. It was my design debut at the Westport Arts Center. It is now a few pages back in the books and soon to be chapters as life goes on. Forgiveness has unlocked doors and set marvelous opportunities in motion for me,  from the internet, magazines, products to television.

The ottomans were upholstered in Bruinswig & Fils, Bamboo Trellis.  We used a few cut pieces to complete them for HGTVs “I Break For Yard Sales.”  Even with out a match they crisp, bold and refreshed. For girl who thought her  life was over when my news career ended, it is serendipitous to return to TV. It is thrilling to have it happen in fall of 2013. I feel renewed,  myself when I look around and count the blessing I have.

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TO THE GOOD LIFE
This message has been brought to you by:www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com 

Enjoy the fall. Let it renew your soul and may it give you tranquility to look at what is ahead.  Witness the renewal, forgive in a way that changes your heart.

Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. “Garrison Keillor

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SAMANTHA KNAPP FOR STREET EASY: INSIDE ROBERT ALLEN SHOWROOM

The Robert Allen Group’s collection of fabrics reaches nationwide,  stretches a rainbow of colors,  speaks to both traditionalist and modernists alike, and offers high quality textiles  in a range of price points. Want more? StreetEasy.com brought a camera along to the D & D Building on  3rd Avenue in New York,  to the a tour of the Robert Allen Showroom.1098278_10152504340030260_1439637060_n

CLICK HERE TO WATCH:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xrjRhFuCc8 

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SAM BEHIND THE SCENES: LONNY.COM COTTAGE SHOOT

SAM BEHIND THE SCENES: LONNY.COM COTTAGE SHOOT

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I want to start with gratitude. I am so thankful for the amazing opportunities that continue to tickle my life and put a smile on my face. It takes support, energy and overall positive well being to create opportunities like the one bestowed on me yesterday when Lonny Magazine, lonny.com came to my house in full celebration of my creativity!

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To be recognized for your craft, skill set and definition of living your best life provided for me an inexplicable feeling of achievement that kept me fueled all day.  For the crew, I fueled them with some food. I have to admit living in the suburbs inspires me. I suddenly find inspiration where I never knew it to exist. Tiger Lily’s Tip, plant the seed, it will grow.

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The ponies ate dinner at my place too. The last part of the shoot was catching the property in autumn’s best light.

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There is so much to share from this experience, but it is not mine alone! For the rest of the story, we all have to excitedly wait for the November issue, lonny.com.

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In celebration of new beginnings at any time. In celebration of life and the beauty of every day experiences. I leave you with this quote:

“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.”
― Truman CapoteBreakfast at Tiffany’s

May your days be forever new. May life keep giving you the sweet stuff that makes it all worth it.

#ONELOVE

GO OUTSIDE: HGTVGARDENS.COM

GO OUTSIDE: HGTVGARDENS.COM

I love sharing our creativity at Tiger Lily’s. Anytime there is a reason to decorate count me in, whether it is a room or a garden. Thanks to HGTVGardens.com for touching base with us when writing a blog on how to take advantage of your outdoor space during the fall.

Below is a sampling of the blog:

“If your outdoor space looks and feels like summer, it psychologically cheats you out of spending time there in the fall,” says Samantha Knapp, interior designer at Tiger Lily’s in Greenwich, Connecticut. “You can incorporate summer colors to extend the season; salmon looks great with hunter green. There are lots of ways to create an edgy fall feel using the natural elements of the season.” 

For my complete tips on using the outside to your advantage, click the link below:

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