A SHOUT OUT TO A HOME TOWN GIRL: CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE

A SHOUT OUT TO A HOME TOWN  GIRL: CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE

 

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GREENWICH FREE PRESS TELLS THE TIGER LILY’S TALE

GREENWICH FREE PRESS TELLS THE TIGER LILY’S TALE

Leslie Yager is the delightful energizer behind the Greenwich Free Press. The GFP takes the pulse of our community in celebration of the positivity. As Yager puts it, tell a good story and make people feel good about where they live, that is what is missing in mainstream media. So for this story you have to hit the web. 

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It was a honor to have her visit Tiger Lily’s and read her story in print. For more information on Tiger Lily’s you can visit our website, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. You can also see us on HGTV’s HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION this Saturday, August 23rd.

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SOUL ADVENTURE: THE SPARK BEHIND MY INTERIOR DESIGN

I am true fan of Robert Allen Designs and was flattered to be considered as a highlighted designer in their “Guest Spark.”

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For more information on Tiger Lily’s check out our website, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. For more information on Robert Allen you can check its website at http://www.robertallendesign.com.

RE: BLOG POST FOR CHAIRISH

 

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In the very near future, April 24th to be exact, Chairish will debut a collection of my one-of-a-kind furnishings on its website. It yet another honor and accomplish in my career and purpose to instill a sense of legacy in home furnishings.

Below is a correspondence with the company’s web & social media producer. If you have been on the media side, you know there’s only 30-seconds in fame and everything gets paired-down.

I share with you now the long version.

ENJOY

 

Samantha Knapp samantha@tigerlilysgreenwich.com

6:50 PM (0 minutes ago)

to Ryan
Sum up your aesthetic in 3 words.
balanced, unconventional, interpretive
What is your design philosophy?
It is all about balance in an unexpected way. I want to trick the eye into thinking that everything goes together as if it evolved over time. Rooms should have a sense of legacy, we should all value where we are from and respect heritage by proudly displaying it in a current setting.
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“I am a creative thinker. To me mixture creates balance and that is my philosophy.”
What new color palate are you using now?

The truth is every color palette has existed and remained over time. There is a level of comfort in that everything can and will come back to life. In my own home I played off the traditional pairing of Red, White & Blue. It sounds Confederate but changed in tone, it becomes extremely contemporary. My advice is to choice a palette that you are comfortable with and expand on its limits. It is also important to note that the color wheel is a circle, there is no start and no ending so it makes sense that every color can match each other. It all depends on how you use it.

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COLOR COMBINATIONS RED, WHITE & BLUE CONFEDERATE to CONTEMPORARY

 
What are some of your favorite materials?
I love natural wood. There are so many levels of grading which produces great texture. Natural products also have a distinctive level of absorption. That texture and bouyancy also manipulates colors, wood stains and light reflection. You can get that from laminate or pressed board. Neither the former materials can absorb an imperfection.
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MADE FROM THE BEST STUFF ON EARTH WOOD ON SALE WWW.CHAIRISTA.COM

Wood is the oldest materials to work and if we don’t protect our environment we are going to loose it as a commodity. It is a higher priced value so it makes sense to re-invest in old wood furnishings. You can expect a reinvestment in a piece of furniture to be more expensive then buying big box new. You should also be able to appreciate that.
The question…preserving antiques or buying something new? Open up a chair you buy from Crate & Barrel or Ikea and you will know my answer to that.
I like organic, hides, metal, stone, feathers, silk, beads, bolts, textiles
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MIX TEXTURE STATEMENT STUDDED LUMBAR PILLOW SAMANTHA KNAPP FOR TIGER LILY’S

Who is your favorite design icon of the past?
Sister Parish. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet her grand-daughter who actively keeps the textile brand alive. Sister, as she was called,  decorated Jacki-O’s White House. That’s enough reason for me.
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SISTER PARISH MAYFIELDS

What item of furniture should every home have?

Something with a story. Every home needs to have a piece of furniture that reminds them of where they are from. Our culture is built on rich history and legacy. I walk around my house and smile. I know what I have from my mom and what pieces I will give to my children.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY DESIGN FOR THE GENERATIONS

What destination has inspired you the most creatively?
Life’s journey is my inspiration. It is never one thing and I take comfort in knowing that. It allows me to always be open for the next best thing. Creativity is created by good energy flow.
What is your design motto?
Design with a purpose in mind, it gives you the flexibility to arrive at the destination from multiple pathways. Be true to yourself. Use color, it makes you smile and makes you look warm. When you look warm your body is radiating good energy. You want your kids to grow up surrounded with positive energy so add a little color. Show your kids that your never too old to enjoy bright colors.
 

 

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: REVEALING SAMANTHA KNAPP FROM GERMANY

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: GERMANY

“Everything we do should be the result of our gratitude for what God has done for us”–Lauryn Hill

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AD GERMANY
MARCH, 2014

There is nothing like it. The topic is recognition as it relates to the feeling you get when some one finally notices what you are doing with accolades. You could be defeating all odds and won’t mean a thing unless someone notices. That person has gratitude.

I am frankly humbled with gratitude that Architectural Digest Germany featured my home in its March, 2014 issue.

“the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.“–Gratitude as defined by Webster’s online dictionary.

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#INSTAGRAM
#GRATITUDE

Online and in the social media version, I also thank every one else that made it possible:

  1. My parents: Betsy & Bob
  2. My Sister’s especially Nicole for the space
  3. My friend Laura Bays
  4. Tiger Lily’s Greenwich
  5. The North Street Man
  6. Irene Edwards, Lonny Magazine
  7. Genevieve Garruppo, Lonny Magazine
  8. Wendy Scofield. Lonny Magazine
  9. Professional Photographer Melanie Acevedo
  10. Writer, Kathryn O-Shea-Evans
  11. Art of Jahmane
  12. Larry the Fabric Guy
  13. A Picker with an Eye for Antiques
  14. Fleurish Florals
  15. AD Germany

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Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content.“-
Samuel Johnson

The cottage was a very deliberate choice when I decided to move out of the city, but at times the experience has inconsistencies. In those moments I have questioned, found peace, patience and gratitude. When I live in that space and time, affirmations from the most unique of places finds me there.

“To get you choice right, you have to believe in the outcome. I live and work by choices and I am happy with that.”–Samantha Knapp

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I will say this, seeing my name published will never get old. 🙂

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BEFORE & AFTER: I BREAK FOR YARD SALES: SITTIN’ PRETTY

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I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES
AIRS @gactv

I Brake For Yard Sales is an amazing premise. It stands for value, saving and preserving what is good and old in american furniture today. Anything can be salvaged. Recycling is one strong way to save the earth. Lara Spencer my dear friend believes that. Samantha Knapp and Tiger Lily’s do too.

“A Society is defined not only by what it creates but by what it refuses to destroy”— John Sawhill,  CEO of The Nature Conservancy and the 12th President of New York University

BEFORE:

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BEFORE:
FAMILY VINTAGE

This is how we found it at Irv & Alexis’ house. It was a classic hand-me-down. I like to think I know every piece of furniture’s story but memory only half the time serves me. I think this belonged to Irv’s aunt. There was a pair of these love seats. It sits two, so people get to be close. That’s where the love comes from. The frame is real wood and the legs are carved. . The cushion Lara is testing out is all down and feather.

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LARA SPENCER
SITTIN’ PRETTY

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UPHOLSTERY CHANGES EVERYTHING
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It really had to be kept. We brought to the Tiger Lily’s workroom. Tiger Lily’s is located at 154 Prospect Street and on line at http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. We are the only family run white glove upholstery studio of our kind. We still do it local. We still sit near by. We are not cheap. Everything you do well is an investment. Just think about that. Everything is done on site and under my eye.It was my call to upholster over the frame. The team together chose the gray paint wash. The fabric is by Robert Allen. All the fabrics we used on that episode were as well.

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AFTER:
REVEAL GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY

AFTER:

We can talk cost here. After you take the car off the lot, it depreciates. It dramatically looses value in the next two-to-three operating years. It is why people heavily weigh the decision to buy or lease.  You buy the furniture or someone in your family did. That is where your value starts. If someone had amazing taste or you now do, immediately what you own is better then Restoration Hardware. I am sorry to knock big box brands, but it is true. There are times when you pay more than 30% above commercial retail. There are times you pay less. Custom has its own industry numbers. If you shop there you have to appreciate that.

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MORE TO COME
WATCH @gactv

More happens on this episode, including a barely make it moment with the reveal drapes. I fight with Bob. Lara tries to calm the waters. All because the drapes weren’t ready in time. I knew that before I started  my jog that morning. That’s why I am helping in my running shoes. Watch, listen and learn I say. That was the experience I had on I Brake For Yard Sales. I happily share it with you!

WATCH

03-23-2014 Great American Country Television/ http://www.gactv.com

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LIVING IN POWDER: A CRITIQUE OF THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

LIVING IN POWDER: A CRITIQUE OF THE WOLF OF WALL STREET 

 

I am living knee deep in powder with my eyes on beautiful nature shots. It is not the same white dust that attracted The Wolf Of Wall Street’s telescopic lens. As wildly separated  as Jordan Belfort and I are over the powder, we share commonalities such as beauty comes with a price. Belfort bamboozled his way from a sub-city childhood to successful suburban banker in less time then the experience of ivy-league college to a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Not that formal education matters all that  much. It is what you learn on the job. Here, a lack of respect for what little regulatory rules govern the market got him caught.

Belfort is like my real father that way.  His story unfolds in the New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Wolf of Wall Street and the Oscar Nominated movie starring Hollywood’s king lion, Leonard DiCaprio.   Day by day.

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Here’s that same backyard shot one day later.  More snow with a twist of blue skies and bright sun.  Snow costs money and money is generally in a uncommitted relationship with love. You either have it or you don’t haveboth or neither and between the two parts, four outcomes exist.  The odds are one in four. They are always changing.

“No matter what happened to you in your past, you are not your past, you are the resources and the capabilities you glean from it. And that is the basis for all change.”― Jordan Belfort

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Back to the powder, it is a cost of doing business. Martin Scorsese sets that up early in the Wolf Of Wall Street. Jordan Belfort is to Wall Street what a Wise Guy is to the City Street and that’s the attraction as Scorsese sees it. He gives you a lead character that despite the crookery your subconscious wants to emulate. I should know. I had a dad like this. Innately as a wolf knows to hunt, Belfort perfectly executes prays on middle class wage earners.  His wolf pack herded under the cash cow investment firm, Stratton Oakmont.  For the record, the rich identify Stratton as Vermont’s most pleasurable and exclusive ski resort. In powder, he lives a dream. Hookers in three classes ranging from Blue Chip to Pink Slip, fast cars, big houses and staffed yacht originally fashioned for Coco  Chanel.

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Snow’s a crazy thing. It looks pure when it starts. When the temperature is just right, it drops in flakes and is light to the touch. When it mixes with weather that is too heavy, it absorbs too much moisture and starts to weight a ton. It is that defining moment that can also dictate sales. When it is cold, people spend less. It is a fact. Consumer’s have less motivation to arrive at a destination to shop. Online sales increase, retail destinations see less traffic. It is all about getting business in the door.

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If you have read my blog, you know by now that at some point I have to sell my business. I am in the business of high-end luxury one-of-a-kind goods. We transform legacy furniture and give everything individualized attention. If it has gone through Tiger Lily’s, it has my seal of approval. It means that in part of my day, I took the time to especially think of your needs, wants and lifestyle choices and am contributing my own personal part. When you buy from Tiger Lily’s, you buy the experience of a designer who thinks specifically of you. Shop Tigerlilys at http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com.

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For what it is worth and at the time it was worth a lot, Jordan Belfort ran a lucrative and highly successful business. He lead by example.

“Successful people are 100% convinced that they are masters of their own destiny , they’re not creatures of circumstance, they create circumstance, if the circumstances around them suck they change them.”–Jordan Belfort

Leonardo DiCaprio, while not celebrated by the Oscars, dazzled with a performance fit for a king. It is no wonder that Belfort piped a piper of a pack of wolves. DiCaprio shows with a touch of his famous charism, knowledge of the punch line and chameleon capabilities that there is always a demand for people to be bought and sold. Belfort was taken down by the FBI, again much like my dad. I think that is why I gravitated to the story line. It is the type of movie where I saw myself. I loved my dad and Coleman, the officer who took down Belfort said  it probably is the same for them to us.

 “In a single word, it’s attention, a craving for attention,” Coleman says.

 

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