Cobalt Designs – Contemporary Decorative Metalworking

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Hammered copper light pendants from India based design firm Cobalt Designs. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

One of the shining stars of Ambiente Talents’ Loft was the young designer Valay Gada -who deftly translates centuries old traditions into fresh, contemporary interpretations that pay homage to Nature’s organic shapes and structures. Armed with degrees in Fashion and Accessory Design, and English Literature coupled with his strong interest in art, Valay launched Cobalt Designs in 2012. His unique and artful approach … Read More

Elinno Finland: Tablewares & Decorations

Carmen NatschkeEntertaining, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Blue Peony dining tableware at Finalnd based Elinno. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Enchanting and beautiful, a modern-day fairy tale greeted me in the Elinno exhibit at the 2015 Ambiente design fair.  Drawn in by the timeless, elegant allure of Scandinavian design with distinct threads of traditional Chinese heritage woven throughout the romantic patterns on the dishes, I found myself giddy with delight at discovering this nearly hidden gem. The Elinno booth sat in a … Read More

Design Dreaming: A Paris Apartment in the Artsy Enclave of Montmartre.

Carmen NatschkeArchitectural Angles, Glamorous Gallavanting

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Famous for its artist enclave, Montmatre is the ideal location for dreamers and creatives. And, what could be dreamier than owning an apartment, seeped in rich architectural and design history, sitting atop a glorious hill looking down upon the city of lights, Paris? Craving more design inspiration? View more inspiring photos in my Instagram gallery ⇒ 00000

Creative Cafe // Photographer Paul Anater

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration

"Guggenheimish" Towering parking garage floating above the city of Lancaster evoking architectural memories of the famed Guggenheim museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. According to Paul, " reminded me of Frank Lloyd Wright's Gugg ever since I was in high school."

I’m inspired by struggle and beauty and the more I think about those two seemingly disparate threads, the more I’m convinced that they’re actually the same thing. Design and Architecture photography attracts me because it allows me to capture life as I see it and not necessarily the way it is in an objective sense. Clicking the shutter button on a … Read More

Design Tour of Five Star EME Catedral Hotel in Seville Spain

Carmen NatschkeGlamorous Gallavanting

EME Catedral five star luxury hotel in heart of Seville Spain - restaurant design. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The EME Catedral hotel in the center of Seville’s historic and commercial district hides a surprising design secret behind its architecturally prim and proper facade of wrought iron balconies ornately adorned in fancy lace inspired details. Billed as an avante-garde boutique hotel the EME Catedral in Seville’s historic city center is just mere steps from the famed 16th century Cathedral of Seville. … Read More

Art Deco & Vintage Design Style at Roberta e Basta Milan

Carmen NatschkeTimeless Style: Antiques & Vintage

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Roberta Tagliavini’s eponymous antiquariato on via Fiori Chiari in the heart of the Brera Design District in Milan, was one of the several antique and vintage shops we had the pleasure of exploring on our Antiques Diva  shopping tour led by the firm’s CEO Toma Clark Haines. As eclectic and fashionable as its namesake, the Roberta e Basta shop caters to high-end luxury buyers … Read More

Antique & Mid Century Lighting Style at Rita Fancsaly Milan

Carmen NatschkeTimeless Style: Antiques & Vintage

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Just steps away from the famed Brera Academy, is Rita Fancsaly’s vintage boutique – one of Milan’s finest purveyors of 20th century lighting fixtures.  With a specific focus on lighting designs produced between 1930 and 1990, the boutique offers a beautifully curated collection of lighting from the Art Deco period through the Post-Modern period. Guided by Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The … Read More

19 Photos of Splendid European Antiques at Empire Antiques

Carmen NatschkeTimeless Style: Antiques & Vintage

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Not far from New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, one can find Magazine Street located slightly outside the elegant and lush boundaries of the Garden District. There a magnificent haven of historical homes converted into enchanting shops – stocked with storied European antiques arranged in inspiring vignettes – welcome interior designers, antiques lovers, decorating divas and design tourists. One of those enchanting … Read More

12 Beautiful Photos of Old World Style at Antiquites d’Europe

Carmen NatschkeTimeless Style: Antiques & Vintage

French, Swedish, Italian and Spanish antiques at Antiquites d'Europe in New Orleans. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Magazine Street in New Orleans is home to a bevy of elegant historical homes converted into antiques-filled shops. One such exquisite shop is Antiquites d’Europe owned by antiques expert Petricia Thompson. With an impressive collection of 18th and 19th century European antiques from France, Sweden and Italy, Petricia’s shop is an inspiring visual journey through design history. Antiquites d’Europe Photo … Read More

28 Inspiring Photos of Antiques & Interiors at Bremermann Designs

Carmen NatschkeTimeless Style: Antiques & Vintage

Antiquing in New Orleans at Gerri Bremermann on Magazine Street. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The “Grande Dame” of New Orleans’ interiors, as Gerrie Bremermann is oft referred to, is one of my favorite designers and antiques dealers. My adoration for her sublime style sophistication can be easily understood with a cursory review of her design portfolio, but it’s not just her celebrated design style for deftly blending antiques, contemporary furnishings and modern art in serene … Read More

Fashion-Inspired Home Decor Textiles from Root Cellar Designs

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

Fashion-inspired home textiles from Root Cellar Designs. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

I’m delighted to share Root Cellar Designs’ debut collection of fashion-inspired textiles aptly named “Fashion Forward.” Co-founded by friend, fellow Blogtour alumnus, esteemed blogger and New York-based interior designer, Tamara Matthews-Stephenson along with her long-time friend, fashion designer Susan Young, this divine textile collection is unique in its artful blend of traditional and historical fashion design elements with an edgy, contemporary style … Read More

DARA Artisans: Exploring the Enchanting Allure of Artisanal Decor

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

Photographer and ceramics artist Jim Franco handcrafts evocative pottery. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

In distant and exotic Mali a vat of organic-based Indigo dye has been masterfully mixed using millennia-old recipes. Woven textiles immersed in the tinted broth emerge saturated in monochromatic hues of blue christened with names like “Milky Blue” a barely there blue to “Divine Blue” a blue so dark it’s nearly black.  While in the New York prop studio of … Read More

Casual to Formal: 10 Dinnerware Sets for Style Loving Hostesses

Carmen NatschkeDecor by X, Entertaining

Lush tropical inspired dinnerware. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

This winter and spring, I had the fantastic opportunity to visit design fairs where the focus was on tabletop and dinnerware collections. After seeing dozens upon dozens of exquisite tableware and serving sets, I was inspired to share my favorites. In this post, I highlight a few that I shared on my Instagram account as I was reporting from the … Read More