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

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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.
 

 

BEFORE & AFTER: A CUT ABOVE THE REST

BEFORE & AFTER: A CUT ABOVE THE REST 

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BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW
I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES 
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A few times a year, (May, June and September) the opportunity to shop the Brimfield Antique Show surfaces.  There are two ways to do this, first being go early with the professional buyers or go at the end of the show when dealers are looking to unload. No matter which one you chose, remember to drive a truck or at the very least a van.

TIGER LILY’S TIP #1: Have the Right Transportation & Fill-up Local

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BUSIN’ TO BRIMFIELD
http://www.brimfieldshow.com

Here’s the link to the show,http://www.brimfieldshow.com. For city dwellers and swanky suburbanites, the location borders on the outer-bounds. I mean this in the nicest way. An area gas station, promotes the gun club with a bang and the gas prices brought me back a year or two.

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BRIMFIELD LOCATION
GUN COUNTRY

TIGER LILY’S TIP #2 Bring Cash

We went on the last day on our September visit with cash. The best reason to have cash is it opens the negotiations. It also sets your budget. Once you are out, your out.  Everyone wants to get the best value when they are at show or buying spec items. The trick is to stay with in a 20% margin. If you start acting tough and throw ridiculously cheap numbers at the dealers, you not only will insult but make for a wasted day where you don’t end up with anything.

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BARGAINING AT BRIMFIELD
BRING CASH

BEFORE: 

The other point to bargaining in Brimfield is to look for a piece that you think is a bit of challenge. The stuff no-one likes to touch is usually what I gravitate toward. The beauty of preserving the artisan trade of upholstery at http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com is that we can revitalize any old piece. In the end, I paid $15.00 for this vintage barber’s chair. My negotiating tactics were largely based on the condition of the piece and that I had the transportation to cart the chair home.

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BEFORE
BARBER’S CHAIR
NEEDS A FRESH UP-DO

AFTER:

I wanted to keep the look of the barber’s chair consistent with what was existing from its 1930s frame. While the initial frame was cheap, the rebirth was an investment. I think the tip here is that when you buy something at a low price point, you have to love it enough to spend a significant amount more then the purchasing price to get it back to its prime. I think we accomplished that.

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AFTER:
REUPHOLSTERED HONORING VINTAGE STYLE
BUY ME: $1,395.00
http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com

I sat in the chair and spun it around.  It’s like a little time machine. I thought about style, period and what makes something great at any age.
Coco Chanel says, “A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs.”

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DEFY TIME: BUY MIXX CENTURY

DEFY TIME: MIXX CENTURY
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It came just as predicted. December historically brings snow. No sign of global warming and right on time for a white christmas.  Perfecting timing is being at the right place at the right time. It is how most people fall in love. It is how most decisions are made.
Ansel Adam’s said: “Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have somone click the shutter.”  I agree with that. I shot the second dusting of the year on my IPHONE.
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TIMELESS BEAUTY
MORNING 12-10-2013

I am still learning about shutter speed with the help of the internet. It doesn’t apply to a camera phone per say, but a simple trick is to know that good light and high shutter speeds go together. Phones have quick shutters. White reflects light. Snow is a win-win. Just try to take a bad picture of the snow.  I sure can’t. The best beauty is when our eyes can’t recognize if what they see is old or new. That’s why I also like black and white. I am proud of the shot.

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MIXX CENTURY
SHOP UNIQUE

The charm of what’s old is new, is never more alive then on the website MixxCentury.com. Readers who follow my blog know somewhere in the middle, I have to get across a hard sell. It pays for it all. If you log onto the Mixx Century website you can shop a curated collection of our goods and read a little Q & A I took part in.  Here’s a sample:

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BUY TIME & MIRRORS
TICK TOCK SWIMMER’S CLOCK
$375.00

MIXX CENTURY Q:  Starting a collection/decorating your home can be overwhelming.  Any thoughts or advice?
SAMANTHA KNAPP A: [You might] Start with mirrors.  It proves you have ownership of a space because you are allowing your reflection to take hold.
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SNOW SELFIE
FEATURING FUR HAT

That’s my mirror image. It is ONLY a test-shot. It is a snap shot of a moment in time when I experimented with the mix of patterns, colors and textures. Design is liquid and matching too closely is predictable. Here’s another quote by me:

“You have to be open minded when you are “on the lookout,” because everything is not as it seems. What you are currently looking at has potential to be something else, so it goes without saying that looking from different perspectives leads to the best outcome.”–Samantha Knapp

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DOG PORTRAIT
FEATURING PUFF DOWN

Dan Ariely actually wrote the book.  “Predictably Irrational, The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions,”  is a stand out business and personal read.   It  doesn’t  explain why I posted a picture of my favorite dog dressed in a down & feather hooded coat.  But, it does explain why we fall in love with what we already have and why we focus on what we might lose, rather than what we might gain.

“Ownership is not limited to material things. It can also apply to points of view. Once we take ownership of an idea — whether it’s about politics or sports — what do we do? We love it perhaps more than we should. We prize it more than it is worth. And most frequently, we have trouble letting go of it because we can’t stand the idea of its loss. What are we left with then? An ideology — rigid and unyielding.”― Dan ArielyPredictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

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TIMELESS BEAUTY
EVENING 12-10-2013

Let go. That’s the point I am trying to make. I did on this night. I decided not be afraid to loose what I considered a personal best in the photograph of the morning. I took the energy to beat it. I am just as happy if not more happy with the outcome. To think, I thought the night wouldn’t provide the same opportunity. It defys me. It defys time.

#ONELOVE

BEFORE & AFTER:MAKING A CHANGE-LOUD & CLEAR

BEFORE &AFTER:MAKING A CHANGE-LOUD & CLEAR

See vintage loud & clear. If you learn anything from my blog, I hope it is that what you see everything and everday has positive potential. Look deep. At any point the tides can overflow in your direction.  Williams James said, “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”  That means everything is connected. Even the Before & After.

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BEFORE:
SPOTTED FOR A MAKEOVER

BEFORE:

I found the set of four lucite framed chairs at an antique center in Fairfield, CT. Acrylic is an expensive material to work with. If you can find it vintage and in good shape, it is a no brain buy. It is a money making buy. The odds you will sell it again are very high. Vintage furniture with touches of lucite have value. PERIOD.

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AFTER:
SAME CONSTRUCTION UPHOLSTERED IN HIDE
BUY ME: http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com
$4,595.00

AFTER:

Vintage authenticity is great. If the frame  has it, celebrate the design by leaving it alone. I left the frame and style of the seats and backs untouched. I just replaced the existing materials and added an updated punch with cowhide. The quick plug is that they are available on our website, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. That’s the place where you will discover exactly who we are and how we can transform your home. If you haven’t reached our web destination yet, follow the odyessy.

“There is no greater fame for a man than that which he wins with his footwork or the skill of his hands.”
― HomerThe Odyssey

THE WEEKEND WARRIOR & THE POWER OF THE HOME DEPOT

WEEKEND WARRIOR & THE POWER OF THE HOME DEPOT
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 WEEKEND WARRIORS
DECORATE EARLY
I am not your typical weekend warrior. I love my weekday job. Quick plug, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com.  The idea that I would escape it on the weekend and go bat shit crazy doesn’t fit. When you love what you do, days and weekends have no bounds. I am always creating and working at the same time. The weekend warrior decorates early.
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 POWER AT THE HOME DEPOT
The inspiration came from out trip to Home Depot, in temperatur conditions liberally called freezing.  Incidentally, the SEC rates Home Depot above its largest competition Lowe’s. It opened in 1978. The popular slogan “More Savings, More Doing” came in March, 2009.
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LAYER SEASONAL LOOKS

Here’s the stuff. I like a good mixture when I seasonally decorate. I try to layer month to month, so if there is something that I bought last month for the fall season, I wan to look for ways to incorporate in the design plan moving forward. That is layering. That is the talent. It is the same as being 5-years-old and stacking the most blocks or books.

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I am not an expert and there are a number of floral arrangements and designers, I am awestruck by. My approach is consistent with the way I decorate. I am all about sharing my experience and expertise. I wear a lot of hats. One includes HGTV.

TIGER LILY’S TIP #1

1. Work with opposites. They attract.

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TIP #1
COLORS
LOVE THEIR OPPOSITES

Marc Chagall said, “All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.”  Stating the obvious he was a jewish modernist, beyond which his art moves generations and carries hidden messages inside.

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TIP #2 
SHOW CASE ANIMALS
CIRCUS HORSE, 1964
TIGER LILY’S TIP #2
2. Animals improve the show.
That is putting it mildly. Chagall did the study on Circus Horse. As a decorator, I want to incorporate animals always. It puts the human race in perspective and asks us to celebrate other DNA.

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OPEN YOUR MIND & FREE YOUR WINGS

We are all caged in somehow from Chagall’s circus ring to the plant fighting through the wire in the holiday setting I set out to create. The cage birds, says Maya  Angelou sings.  “Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait.”

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3. Believe in the process

That’s huge. That is how is you decorate. Go to Home Depot, get inspired, but design in your cart. Bring it home, take a deep breath of the chill heavy air… That’s it now close your eyes and see you best holiday spirit every. Open your eyes. That is your legacy.

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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LONNY MAG: BATHROOM BLISS

 

 

 

LONNY MAG: BATHROOM BLISS

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So excited to share Lonny Mag (lonny.com) coverage of our bathroom bliss. A collaboration with Mitch Kidd of Wellbuilt Company ( http://www.wellbuiltco.com), we hope the tips we provide inspire readers to go out and make the most of their homes and personal space.  #onelove