BAROQUE REVIVAL

We are embracing this season's Baroque trend, whether it's with our shoes or our furniture pieces. The Baroque style is characterized by dramatic and opulent colors, gilded and ornate accessories, and lots and lots luxurious textiles. Originally this style was adopted by European royalty in the 17th century and was the design preference for many palaces and churches. This season were taking the best of the Baroque and making it work in our own space.  

Trying to mix Baroque with modern elements can seem daunting, but combining crown molding and gilded mirrors with classic settees can actually create something beautiful. If you want to be bold, paint your walls a deep red or purple to create a mood, and bring in velvet furnishings with hints of beaten brass. In our room setting below we put together furniture pieces surrounding our Aquarium Metallic design. We chose this carpet for this trend because of how its golden details on the rich warm brown field bring to life the Baroque feel. With the carpet's organic design and captivating motion we think this would be the perfect start to a Baroque inspired room.  

The Rococo movement evolved from the Baroque style, and it kept the opulent details but incorporated pastels and lighter color palettes with fun and whimsical pieces. We recommend going bold and starting with a solid silk gold carpet - shown below is Carini Lang's 200 knot carpet - and bringing pastel colors into the furniture pieces. It screams glam and Baroque all at the same time.  

The Baroque style was typically extravagant and theatrical, and intended to leave an impression on guests. This was a common way to flaunt one's wealth too, and we recommend you flaunt your inner aristocrat and go Baroque!

 Looking for more ways to incorporate Baroque style in your home? Take a look at some Carini Lang styles below that certainly fit in the world of Baroque: 

Carpet of the Week

 
 

This week we are falling in love all over again with our Brushstroke carpet. In this abstract design, sweeps of tawny brown drift over a field of steely blue to comprise our "Brushstroke Blue" color way. The color palette is inspired by two of nature's basic elements - earth and water. It's organic movement makes it a work of art that you might even want to hang on your wall. Try incorporating furniture with geometric elements to create an interesting contrast with the flowing design, or add large landscape photography and some plant life to complement the organic feel.  

Walk on The Wild Side

 
 

Animal prints are seen everywhere nowadays but the history of animal prints started during the ancient days of cavemen. Early humans skinned their prey and wore the furs and pelts for warmth and protection. These skins were thought to bring strength and power to the human who wore them. The animal skins were mostly worn by hunters or pharaohs, kings, and rulers over centuries. Animal prints have been a popular accessory through the years and today we're exploring the reasons why their popularity has spanned different cultures and decades.  

In the Tibetan culture, motifs in art and textiles show tigers migrating from the south, meaning from India. Tigers embody power and a balanced mind and are usually depicted as alive or as a full tiger skin. The origin of Tibetan tiger rugs go as far back as Tibetan carpet making itself. These tiger rugs were used as meditation mats, and it is believed that the tiger provides that person with protection while they meditate. They were also used as a status symbol for Tibetan or Mongolian high officials who were usually pictured sitting atop rugs like these. Carpets with traditional tiger stripe motifs can be seen at ritual dance performances of Tibetan festivities.   

Over time, animal prints and their beautiful and bold design elements naturally translated into the fashion world and since the eighteenth century we've seen these prints in clothing and accessories.  Through the years a stereotype also developed that when wearing these prints a person gives off a statement of confidence, a "center of attention" aura, and a certain sexual appeal - a "wild thing" so to speak.  Even in today's fashion world, wearing animal prints represents an independence of spirit and wild-child sensibility. Christian Dior was one of the first designers to introduce the leopard print into a wearable dress instead of just an accent piece or actual fur.  If you're going to wear leopard, why not all over? 

In the same way that animal prints in clothing show a boldness of spirit, so does an animal print in your home.   From the earliest days of bear and tiger skin rugs on the floors of caves, castles, and fortresses, pelts and animal prints have translated into the realm of modern day interior design as well. Animal prints in home interiors can be versatile or add an edgy, exotic element. If they are overused or mixed inappropriately then can turn dated and gaudy. One way to introduce an animal print into a space is to start with the rug. Rugs form the foundation of a space and you can choose to go with a literal color way - black and white zebra, orange tiger, classic leopard pattern - or with something more abstract, like a bright pink Zebra design. If you want to incorporate the animal print but with a subtle flair, choose a rug that is tone on tone.  Even in a toned down palette, animal prints give a stylish flair and leave their mark.

Carini Lang's  Tiger Caramel  carpet shown in an interior designed by David Scott 

Carini Lang's Tiger Caramel carpet shown in an interior designed by David Scott 

Check out some of Carini Lang's animal print options! 

The Benefits of Using a Statement Rug

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A carpet can transform a room-  turn a space from drab to fab, if you will. Like a work of art, a statement rug can capture your guest's attention with a bold color or a textural change. A rug can be THE piece you need to change up your interior. We urge you to keep in mind what's underneath your feet when decorating and to think about how a carpet or area rug can enhance your home!

A statement rug should have a presence - a striking pattern, or unusual color combination. If you're working with a space where color is limited, such as a kitchen or dining room, unrolling a powerful statement rug can be the key to enliven your space. Choose a boisterous floral, bold stripes, or even a high contrast black and white pattern to add an eclectic touch. 

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Check out some examples above of projects with dynamite rugs, including a few with Carini Lang carpets. On the left, our Fishskin design is shown in an interior designed by John Beckmann from Axis Mundi.  The color contrasts beautifully with the eclectic furniture pieces. The interior on the right showcases our Big Chrysanthemum design in an interior designed by Andy Goldsborough. Andy uses our floral design as the statement piece against solid furniture elements.

The Color Red: A Brief History

Red is an extreme color, and is recognized as a color that represents passion, love, seduction, violence, danger, and anger. Red is one of the primary colors of light and can vary from light pink to dark maroon. This color is also one of the few colors that represents both spectrums of emotions. Red represents the devil to some people, but in other cultures one would wear red on their wedding day.  

This color goes back to the prehistoric ages, and is one of the first colors to be used by humans. Cave art was made with red ochre and it is believed that early humans used this color to conjure their fertility. Red ochre gets its reddish color from the mineral hematite, which is an anhydrous iron oxide. Another common belief during the Neolithic times was that the color red had protective powers. Animals, warriors, and their weapons were covered in red paint, or in the blood of slaughtered animals to protect them during war. During the Roman Empire, gladiators drank the blood of their dying adversaries to take over their strength. And In Germany, during the middle ages, red bed clothes were used to project women from illnesses, fever, and miscarriages.   

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Red also has strong religious symbolism. In Greek Mythology the God of War, Mars, is depicted covered in red paint in honor of his achievements. In the Catholic religion, cardinals wear red to represent their devotion to the church and to symbolize that they would shed their own blood for God - thus the color 'cardinal red' is famously named after them. During the French Revolution, red became a symbol of liberty and personal freedom. Many of the radical parties wore red caps and painted their guillotines red. Throughout the years, this color was common in political parties and social movements. In the mid-19th century, red became the color of Socialism to represent strength and dominance.

Progressing through the 19th century, the use of red was a way to show emotions, especially in art. As an example, Vincent Van Gogh used reds and greens in his Night Cafe (1888) to represent the 'terrible human passions.' Artists such as Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, and Renoir incorporated red for emotional impact as well.  In our culture today, red is mostly seen as a color that attracts viewers. Red dresses, red lipstick, red carpet; the color is used to grab attention, which is why it's also used on fire trucks and road signs. No matter how it is used, it is a powerful color that never goes unnoticed and has the ability to change the way you feel when you wear or look at it!

Thursday's Retreat: Provence

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In the south of France, especially Provence, there is a certain atmospheric sensation that hits you. It might be that the air is fragrant with lavender and jasmine, or maybe the scent is coming from tables of farmhouses filled with grapes, cheeses, and country food. In Provence stone terraces are lined with hygrandeas and the 19th century paintings we love come alive.

The best way to grasp the nuances of a different culture is to submerge yourself within it, but for today we are bringing you the next best thing: photographs. Today we're showing you the beauty of Provence with photographs of country interiors, lavish houses and the charm of Provence, France. Enjoy!   

5 Female Interior Designers Who Changed the Game

ELSIE DE WOLFE

According to The New Yorker, "Interior design as a profession was invented by Elsie de Wolfe." This is not quite the truth, but with Elsie's social status and impressive contacts she was able to obtain this status. Born in New York in 1859, early on in her life Elsie grew tired of the Victorian aesthetic of her childhood. As her portfolio developed, her interiors became characterized by a brighter, cheerful, less cluttered look that made entertaining friends much easier. Instead of dark heavy drapery and overcrowded spaces Elsie incorporated paler walls with large mirrors and wicker pieces for a lighter feel.. Her impressive roster of clients included Amy Vanderbilt, Anne Morgan, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Henry and Adelaide Clay Frick.     

 

 

DOROTHY DRAPER

Dorothy Draper is not only famous for her exuberant style but also for creating one defining style movement known as American Baroque. Draper's interior design style was the absolute opposite of minimalism. Using only bright vivid colors and large prints, Draper created dramatic interiors. She started by decorating her own home, and then in 1925 created her own decorating business. Her first big break came when Douglas Elliman hired her to decorate the Carlyle Hotel.  The famed Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia also hired her and maintained her as their interior designer from 1946-1960. She strongly believed that the energy of a bright and vivid room would bring happy thoughts and cheerful memories.  The bold and colorful personalities of Draper's interiors were witnessed in her work on homes, hotels, department stores, restaurants, and theaters.  

 

 

BARBARA BARRY

In 1985 Barbara Barry formed her own company in Los Angeles, California and since then it has taken the design world by storm. Barry is mostly self taught and is known for emulating the elegance and livability of the California style. Barry has collaborated on product designs with companies such as Baker Furniture, Kravet Fabrics, Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, and Bloomingdales with her bedding collection. Her clean and sophisticated designs are seen all over  California, but she works worldwide as well. Barry has also published several books that represent her beautiful taste and design ideas.  

 

 

VICTORIA HAGAN

Victoria Hagan has been in the design business for over 20 years and has been respected for integrating architecture and interior design. "My work is all about comfort, function, and scale," she told Architectural Digest back in 2014. Hagan has designed projects throughout the country from urban residences to country retreats. Her design philosophy centers around the use of refined materials and innovative silhouettes that have a strong sense of the American style. Hagan's book, published with Rizzoli and entitled Victoria Hagan: Interior Portraits, shares a wealth of classic yet current interiors. Carini Lang has worked with the Victoria Hagan team for over a decade now and we always look forward to new projects.    

 

 

KELLY WEARSTLER

Kelly Wearstler has grown her brand tremendously since launching in the mid-1990s. The New Yorker dubbed her "the presiding dame of West Coast interior design," and she has become known as a "celebrity designer" since then. Wearstler's design aesthetic can be characterized as over-the-top elegance that adds a contemporary sophistication, combining the past and future seamlessly. She began building her reputation designing hotels throughout California and from there she has designed for clients such as Cameron Diaz, Gwen Stefani, and Stacey Snider. Wearstler has published four books and has collaborated with companies such as F. Schumacher & Co, Pickard China, and Ann Sacks Stone & Tile.   

David Scott Interiors Featured in NYC&G!

For their September issue, New York Cottages & Gardens featured David Scott's Chelsea Walker Tower project. Chelsea's Walker Tower was built in 1929 and was converted from commercial spaces to multi-million dollar lofts in 2013. David Scott's client is an executive for a Fortune 500 company and is an avid art collector. Throughout the interior you can see his vast collection and how David Scott complimented each piece seamlessly with custom furnishings. 

David Scott paired the wood herringbone floors with custom Carini Lang area rugs. We are always excited when David comes to us with a new project, and this time we really focused on the material and stuck with a solid concept throughout. Shown in the living room is our solid wool with a silk border design. For the bedroom the carpet is a solid silk and wool twill in a lush periwinkle blue, and for the guest bedroom Scott chose to go with a solid silk 100 knot carpet.       

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photographs courtesy of New York Cottages & Gardens 

photographs courtesy of New York Cottages & Gardens 

All That Glitters

From gunmetal to rose gold, metallics are popping up everywhere and they're here to stay. The design community is continuously putting out interiors that showcase key metallic pieces, and we are loving it! There are tons of options to incorporate this look into your own home in either subtle r more obvious ways. You can go with the industrial chic look with exposed beams and iron girders, or you can do a monochrome  look in your favorite metal. Today we're going to break it down by looking at each metal; gold, silver, and bronze. 

GOLD

Gold is rich, adventurous and timeless. By approaching your interior with this shimmering metallic color you can create a stunning design. Unlike silver and chrome gold brings a warm and inviting character to your home, and the color also represents money and wealth. By mixing gold with pastel colors or adding a rustic wood piece or wicker element it can stay along the lines of glamorous and rustic without going overboard. 

SILVER 

A little silver never hurt anybody and is definitely not just for the holidays. Silver can be anchored with charcoal or pewter, or you can use silver to freshen up a white palette. Different texture and color varieties can add visual interest and a timeless appeal. Silver can act as a neutral tone and can meld different rooms together to create a flow around your house. One way to add silver into your interior is with carpeting, choosing a carpet with silvery accents or with gray tones can add an iridescent element.    

BRONZE 

Incorporating bronze into your home is the perfect compromise if gold is too much and silver is to shimmery or cold for you. Bronze is a bit more understated and still gives you the metallic look you crave. When using bronze, adding more colors into your interior is never a problem. Warm or cool, burgundy or deep blues, color can enhance the bronze or brass designs. Whether or not you go big or stay small, brass and bronze accents are a great way to add sophistication and spice to your room!  

More carpets to spark your inspiration:

Aquarium Gold

Seychelles Oak

Scratchout White 

Aquarium Dark Silver

Double Portal Neutral 

Japanese Asterisk 

Tractor Trailer

Ocean Jasper 

Using Rugs as Wall Hangings

Did you ever fall in love with a rug but thought it was too much for your space? Or loved the color but never knew where to put it? Today we're making the case for using rugs on the wall! Quality rugs are essentially woven art and can easily be the secret weapon that enhances your interior. Instead of going with a typical gallery wall try turning that favorite rug into a wall hanging. It can be vintage or brand new but either way it adds an interesting element and fills up a white wall.  

If you're working with a bedroom space then we suggest hanging a narrower flatweave rug or taking a rug and flipping it horizontal. This way you're filling more real estate and still creating a focal point in the room. Using a rug or textile is a great alternative for a headboard and adds a unique and textural touch, not to mention the benefit of muffling unwanted sounds and it keeps the heat in and the cold out.  As early as the Middle Ages, those lucky enough to own woven tapestries and wall hangings used them not only for decoration and to inspire moments of personal reflection, but also for warmth to line drafty rooms and halls.

For other spaces we recommend going with a runner to place horizontally above your couch or furniture pieces. This creates the illusion of higher walls and would be an alternative to artwork. If your looking to do something with an awkward space then add a smaller rug that separates that space from the rest of the room.  

House Tour: Ernest Hemingway

It was the advice from a fellow "Lost Generation" ex patriate that persuaded Ernest Hemingway to visit Key West, Florida. He arrived in Key West in 1928 from Havana, Cuba. During this time he was in the middle of writing A Farewell to Arms, and had recently married Pauline Pfeiffer. After about three weeks and meeting several interesting new acquaintances the newlyweds decided to look for a permanent residence.  

The Hemingway home was built in 1851 in the Spanish Colonial style and was constructed of native rock hewn from the grounds. When both Pauline and Ernest took ownership of the house in 1930 the home was in shambles and needed a great deal of work. Many of the unique furnishings are European Antiques from their stay in Paris. True to form, Ernest Hemingway decorated his home with trophy mounts and skins from his African Safari's and numerous hunting expeditions. 

Along with the grand home Hemingway also incorporated beautiful gardens and a large pool to his property. The swimming pool was the only in-ground pool in Key West and was planned by Hemingway himself. The garden was filled with indigenous flowers from around Key West. Flowers included hibiscus, gardenia, jasmine, water lily, and caladium.    

Hemingway was given a six-toed cat from a ship's captain and from there 60 cats descended and still live on the property today. Hemingway was known around town for his reckless behavior and uncontrollable drinking habits. He was known for hanging out at the local watering hole, 'Sloppy Joe's.

Hemingway and Pauline divorced in 1940. Hemingway moved back to Cuba and eventually went on to marry his third wife Martha Gellhorn.

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Hemingway understood that sometimes the beauty of a story, or of a picture, is in its small simple details. Hemingway took this sentiment into account with his home.   

Carpet of The Week: Night Sky Light

 
 

Today we're highlighting our carpet of the week, our favorite dreamy design, Night Sky Light. Reminiscent of the galaxy and serene puffy clouds our Night Sky Light design is perfect for those looking for a mix between subtle color changes and an abstract pattern. Our Night Sky Light is woven in a combination of silk and wool and can be customized to reflect your favorite sunset or starry night. 

China: Through the Looking Glass

As Fashion Week continues we can't get enough of fashion inspired blogs so this week we are taking a look back at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's China: Through the Looking Glass 2015 exhibition. Harold Koda, Director of the Costume Institute since 2000, is set to retire in the early part of next year and this is his last summer exhibition with the museum. Koda was first trained under Diana Vreeland when Vreeland was beginning to transform the institution from frumpy to chic. His successor will be Andrew Bolton who is best known for working on exhibits like Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, and PUNK: Chaos to Couture. Koda ended his reign on a high note - this exhibition broke the museum's record of attendance, a placement previously held by the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition. 

Alexander McQueen 

Alexander McQueen 

Jean Paul Gaultier 

Jean Paul Gaultier 

Through the Looking Glass explored the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and China's impact on fashion's ongoing imagination. This exhibition was a collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art and fashion pieces from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli, Givenchy and Tom Ford were shown. If you missed this one then you missed a great one, but not to worry - we put together a photo summary below!  

Videos from Wong Kar Wai's lush drama In the Mood for Love and clips from various other films that incorporated visions of China through pop culture were showcased throughout the exhibit. Multiple mediums were also highlighted - high fashion juxtaposed with Chinese paintings, porcelains, cinema, and other art to reflect Chinese imagery. The fashions shown above are from the designers Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano for Dior.  

The show was about a fantasy, it really wasn’t about the real China, it was the China that exists as a collective fantasy.
— Andrew Bolton
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True to form, the Costume Institute did not shy away from using reflective surfaces, cinematic lighting, and winding corridors to immerse visitors into this fantasy world. Along with the costumes themselves, the visual appeal of the setting and effects is what makes these exhibitions come alive. The dresses shown above are by the Chinese Couturier Guo Pei and Givenchy.

Like the title, Through the Looking Glass, you really do feel as if you are falling into another realm made up of intoxicating aesthetics and mysterious shapes. This exhibition was the largest one to date for the Costume Institute, and we can't wait to see what they have up their sleeve for next year!  

A Look Back: NYFW Ready-to-Wear Fall 2015

In honor of New York Fashion Week beginning (today!), we are taking a look back at the 2015 Fall Ready to Wear styles. Since fall is quickly coming upon us, those looks you once gazed at in magazines are now appropriate to wear! This year one of our favorite runway shows was Burberry. They took Bohemia to the next level by adding fringe to every hem and instead of baggy they went with chic tailored jackets. Burberry wasn't the only one who incorporated brocades, damasks, and other textured styles. Givenchy and Dries Van Noten also took influence from these fabrications more notably shown in interiors. Below we've incorporated Carini Lang's designs with some of our favorite Fall looks.      

Shown above, accompanied by Carini Lang's Togo design which is a part of our tribal geometric collection, are looks from Burberry's 2015 Fall Ready to Wear collection. A mix of tailored jackets and various prints reminiscent of African motifs create a bohemia chic look. Burberry also showed brocading and florals incorporating bright and bold colors. We love that this fashion house is bringing back the romantic feel of velvets and Victorian florals - reminds us of London in the 60's and how everything was grand and loud!  

Shown above, accompanied by our Italian Flower carpet, are looks by Dries Van Noten and Burberry. One of the trends this year is clearly taking inspiration from the 1970s and the Gilded Age. With the quirky combinations of complex prints and oversized clothing, there is a certain beauty in the mix of oppositions. 

While we're excited to take these Fall styles for a spin on the streets, we're already looking forward to seeing what's in store for Spring. Stayed tuned for a blog post on the latest from New York Fashion Week in the upcoming weeks! 

Marsala: Color of the Year

By now we're sure you've heard of Pantone's 2015 color of the year, Marsala! This tasteful hue is described by Pantone as an, "earthy red wine that embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while it's grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, earthiness." We think this romantic color will go into hyperdrive this fall as people pull out their sweaters and suede dresses and start to put away their gingham prints. Marsala is the perfect color for a comfortable, cozy room or for adding a sophisticated note to an interior.  

Wondering how to incorporate Marsala into your life? Read on for more tips! 

Pantone's color of the year is easier to incorporate into your interior than you think. Because Marsala is a color you often see in nature, it is soothing and pleasing to the eye. Pantone recommends pairing it with neutrals, golden yellows, or umber. If you're worried about painting your walls then start by finding the perfect carpet as a foundation. Adding a pop of color to your floors gives you freedom to play around with textures in your furniture and add accents around the room without overpowering the interior. 

Carini Lang offers several options that incorporate Marsala with organic colors into a great design. Whether or not you pair a Marsala colored carpet with creamy furniture pieces or go bold with a Marsala paint color, this color always looks sophisticated. As with any color trend, this color is open to interpretation. Along with true Marsala you can dive into other variations of reds which can work together in the same room or just choose one tone to run with!   

Check out some of Carini Lang's carpet designs to start you on your wine tour!  

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The Perfect Weekend in Seattle

One of the things that keeps us inspired and thinking creatively is traveling -  the seeing, smelling and exploring that comes along with it - and today we've got Seattle on the mind.  The skies may be gray and the vibe may feel toned down but this city is vibrant and filled with color. A few of the city's nicknames are 'Rainy City,' the 'Gateway to Alaska,' and of course 'The Emerald City' and with many names comes much to offer.  Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and it has a neighborhood for everybody.  Whether you're eclectic, urban, outdoorsy, artsy, posh, or gritty the quirky character of Seattle offers a lot of variety. 

You need more than a weekend to get the full scope of Seattle, but if a weekend is all you have then here are some tips on what top spots to visit.

Facade of Pike Place Market, and Pike Place Fish Market 

Facade of Pike Place Market, and Pike Place Fish Market 

PIKE PLACE MARKET

This famed Seattle tourist destination was one of the first permanent farmer's markets in America. Shops start setup early around 6AM and buzz well into the evening. Browse the fish at the world-famous fish market- they'll be practically thrown into your hands, freshly caught and delivered. The market is an easy transit ride (or nice walk) to the Seattle Art Museum and other Downtown sights.

Bainbridge Island Harbor 

Bainbridge Island Harbor 

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

In 2005 CNN named Bainbridge Island the second best place to live in the United States, and we don't think much has changed since then. From the heart of downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island is a quaint community just a 30 minute ferry ride away. Check out the walkable harbor area with a public boardwalk and small shops and restaurants.  Another draw is the island's main street dotted with excellent art and book shops, and yummy eats like Blackbird Bakery (their toast is a must try!). 

Volunteer Park 

Volunteer Park 

VOLUNTEER PARK

Just up the hill from downtown, Volunteer Park is one of the oldest, and grandest parks in the city. Situated in the heart of the historic, ritzy, and eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood, Volunteer Park offers an easy escape from the nearby buzz of city life, as well as some incredible views. Be sure to climb the narrow staircase of the old water tower -  it's worth the climb to see the 360-degree views of the skyline, space needle, Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and the waters of Lake Washington and the Puget Sound. The Asian Art Museum and Conservatory are also located in the park.  

Seattle Center, Chijuly Glass Museum 

Seattle Center, Chijuly Glass Museum 

SEATTLE CENTER

Seattle Center was first built in 1962 for the World's Fair and contains a wide range of facilities from restaurants, parks, and several museums. During Labor Day weekend, Seattle Center hosts the annual Bumbershoot Music Festival, celebrating art, music, and culture in the Emerald City. Enjoy live music and excellent eats among Seattle's top museums like the Chijuly Glass Museum, and bask in the Northwest sunshine underneath the Space Needle. 

Facade of Melrose Market, and a peak inside too!

Facade of Melrose Market, and a peak inside too!

MELROSE MARKET   

A smaller version of Pike Place, also located on Capitol Hill, is Melrose Market which offers world-class dining and a variety of Northwest-inspired eateries. Melrose Market has become an alternative to the always crowded Pike Place for residents. The market is on a unique triangular block with historic automotive buildings constructed in 1919 and 1926 - all adding to the quintessential Seattle charm. Be sure to hit Homegrown for sandwiches and salads, or Taylor's Shellfish Farms to fill your seafood cravings. Starbucks fanatics can visit the new Roastery building just next door as well!

Tribeca Through The Years

Before it was called Tribeca, before Robert De Niro made it cool, and before it became an artist's community, this downtown nook was known as Washington Market. In the mid-nineteenth century, New York's piers moved to the Hudson River, and The Washington Market served as New York's main food destination. Certainly not the cleanest area back in those days, the New York Times once described the market as a 'dirty, degraded little rat hole,'. Back then the buildings around the Market may not have seemed notable, but the historic buildings that still stand in Tribeca are a huge part of the draw in this neighborhood today.  Some of the world's first cast-iron structures adorned Washington Market's streets, and today only a few have survived. The neighborhood was home to numerous warehouses and loft buildings - many constructed in the Romanesque Revival style. Unfortunately many have disappeared over the years, but you can still wander Tribeca and find some beautiful examples. 

It wasn't until the 1970's when Tribeca began changing drastically. Artists who were tired of SoHo and the increased rent there started to move down to Tribeca. They embraced the high ceilings, and spacious streets and took up residence. It was around this time that the neighborhood also got a new name - TriBeCa - an acronym for Triangle Below Canal. With the growing population came growing fear that the unique elements of this neighborhood could all be gone one day. The new pioneers of Tribeca saw the history and architectural value at stake and led the fight to preserve it's character. With every preservationist fight comes a desire from new groups to reside and buy there. Just like Jane Jacobs and the fight to preserve Greenwich Village, Tribeca's fight led to the neighborhood's prestigious residences and increased rent, making it the most expensive zip code in Manhattan in 2015.  Not only do some of the biggest household names live in this neighborhood, but the area also plays host to the annual star-studded Tribeca Film Festival.

THEN & NOW

Enjoy before and after photographs of the streets we all know and love:

Staple Street 

Staple Street 

Image taken by Allen Tannenbaum 

Image taken by Allen Tannenbaum 

Towers Cafeteria/The Odeon 

Towers Cafeteria/The Odeon 

Harrison Street 

Harrison Street 

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Battery Park | Photo Courtesy of Allen Tannenbaum

Battery Park | Photo Courtesy of Allen Tannenbaum

Carini Lang's showroom is located in Tribeca's West Historic District on Greenwich St. between Jay St and Duane St. Our building was one of the last high-rise offices built in the area (1930-1931) by the famous New York Architecture firm Cross & Cross. The building was home to the Central Hanover Bank & Trust Company for several years before architectural offices moved in, and then finally our flagship showroom. We feel privileged to work in such a unique space - a beautiful historic building with high ceilings, columns, a vault (!) and the coolest copper and brass doorway you may ever see.  We love being a part of this special downtown community that still feels like a neighborhood where people know each other and share the same desire to preserve Tribeca's history.

Photo taken by Joe Carini

Photo taken by Joe Carini

Photo Courtesy of Allan Tannenbaum

Photo Courtesy of Allan Tannenbaum

A before and after shot of the view from our front steps! 

Muse of the Week

It's hard to find these days, but this chick possesses the glamorous and occasionally gritty downtown New York vibe that's dwindling with each Starbucks pop-up. For that and many reasons, our muse of the week is Chloe Sevigny - an actress, model, fashion designer, and all around Nineties icon. In the early Nineties it was her fashion sense that got her the title of 'It Girl' by Jay McInerney, a journalist for The New Yorker, who wrote a 7-page article on the then 19 year old's style. When it comes to her film career, her motion picture debut in Boys Don't Cry in 1999 brought her Hollywood fame. She was nominated for best supporting actress for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Despite the stardom and recognition, Sevigny isn't the typical Hollywood starlet - she has stayed true to her unique looks and style, avoiding trends, plastic surgery, and the negative spotlight.   

Along with her fashion sense, Sevigny has received much press over her East Village apartment. She hired David Cafiero, who owns a tiny antiques shop in Cooper Square,  to redesign her apartment and mix her eclectic style with her nostalgia for Connecticut.  With low beamed ceilings this residence is reminiscent of a country retreat. Her antique carpets used throughout with colorful, fun wallpaper show off her quirky side perfectly. Sevigny most recently moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn and her co-op still has the original antique wood floors - a perfect traditional backdrop for her to add her unique style!

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