Jacob Javits


ICFF is the International Contemporary Furniture Fair that is held at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC every spring.

It features what’s next in contemporary design, luxury interiors and high end furniture.

Amazing styles by international furniture brands and emerging new talent highlight unique furnishings, seating, wall covering, lighting, accessories, outdoor furniture and more.

Architects, interior designers and developers can find custom designs and concepts here that they cannot find anywhere else.

ICFF Talks is a series of free presentations featuring panels of industry leaders discussing, new introductions, materials and trends in the interior design world.  Chef Daniel Boulud and designer Jeffrey Beers talked about their long collaboration that resulted in restaurants including db Moderne and db Brasserie.  How cool is that?

ICFF Studio is a forum where emerging designers compete with peers by submitting market ready, producible concepts with the goal of being chosen as one of the finalists that will be profiled to 32,000 professionals attending ICFF.

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It’s inspirational to walk through ICFF Studio and see all of the incredibly creative pieces by these new designers.

ICFF also convenes the industry’s top editors and invites them to scout the floor of the Javits Center to choose the best of the best of the year’s design crop.  That would be a hard job…

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The show opened on Saturday, May 16th and ran through May 19th.  I wandered over (finally) on Monday and wished I had gone a lot earlier.  So much to see.

There is a big launch party the night before ICFF opens that I missed because I was laser focused on seeing the opening of “Pitch Perfect 2.”  And the launch party was at MOMA….  I don’t think I will be doing THAT again!

Miss Print Wallpaper

Miss Print Wallpaper.  Hand drawn illustrations, made in the UK.

I got there first thing Monday morning and managed to cover the two expansive floors of the show.

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More than 24 countries are represented at ICFF.

There is so much to see, I didn’t know where to look!  I left with a big stack of business cards.

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Outside umbrella lit from within

An outdoor umbrella lit from within

ICFF lounge

ICFF lounge

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Textured wall coverings were everywhere.  Felt, wood (above left), plastic.  A huge trend.

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How fun would it be to have a lime green textured wall!


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The visual feast goes on and on.


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I will definitely be attending ICFF next year and, this time, I will put the launch party date in my calendar with a black Sharpie!

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The winner of the Memorial Day Giveaway 16″ x 16″ Painting is

Mary-Therese Dickson


NYC Gift Show

The Gift Show was this week in New York.  Snow decided to mess things up for everyone Monday, but I was there with bells on Tuesday morning.

I wore my cute black boots so I would look “good” at the gift show.  I clearly had amnesia about the amount of WALKING I did there last year, up and down the aisles.  Plus, the ankle deep puddles I was jumping over were clearly more suited for my Sorel Boots…

I met my college roommate in the Javits lobby.  There should be a reality show about how long somebody can last at the gift show, because if there was, Ivy would win!  She gets there early and leaves at 6pm every day.  Impressive.

I cannot believe she can browse for that long.  Usually after thirty minutes, I am making friends with people in different booths so I can sit in one of their chairs and take a break.

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Lots of color this year.  In fabrics, rugs, bedding and accessories.

Roberta Roller Rabbit

Roberta Roller Rabbit

I saw Blake Lively as I was limping through the home section.  I heard a recognizable voice and turned to see her ~ stunning in black leggings, chic sneakers (she was smart!) and a killer dark green Chanel tote.

So much to see!  I took notes like crazy.

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Jonathan Adler.

More color.

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There was a fabulous vintage poster booth that I didn’t see last year.

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Clean, modern lines.

Basically, I wanted to go home and redecorate all of my rooms.  Tim?

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I was nearing my gift show expiration date.  I ran into a few other college friends (see, glad I wore the nice black boots) and a few work colleagues.  I was eyeballing the taxi situation out of the corner of my eye, so it was time to go.


These bowl are made out of sea salt.  An Ivy discovery.

These bowl are made out of sea salt. An Ivy discovery.

I am starting basic training for next year.  The goal is to last one whole day, from the time Ivy arrives until the time she leaves.

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My definition of a “whole day” is having frequent coffee breaks, lunch and testing out (sitting on) a lot of furniture at the same time.

And then relax and maybe leave a little early…..

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New York Accessories Show


Color, color and more color was in the air at the Accessories Show this week.  Bright corals, pinks and neon.  Some lovely neutrals and metallics too, but mostly COLOR.

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Readers in bright colors (I need a lot of these….)

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Adorable French totes.

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 next to colorful cotton scarves.

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What’s an Accessories Show without lots and lots of sunglasses?


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and neon tags!


My cohorts in crime, casing out the event (above).  It was a fabulous way to spend a Sunday in the city.  A gorgeous late summer day, but I walked round-trip from Grand Central to the Jacob Javits Center so I wouldn’t feel too guilty about being inside at the Accessories Show.  My only regret is that I didn’t buy the white sunglasses for next summer…


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