Home Decoration: Inspired by Travel, Books, and Art


What Inspires Me: “Inspiration for interiors can come from a variety of sources but travel, books and art are are always high on my list. Photographer Candida Hofer captures all in her amazing work. Her visual studies are not only stunning but reminders of spaces accessible to us all as places of beauty and learning. I love how designer Timothy Whealon incorporates her work (in this case – the Museum of Archeology in Venice) in this Carnegie Hill (NYC) townhouse.”Stacey Bewkes


clip_image001[6]Experience, inspire, inform – it’s all about living well with style and substance. After 17 years as an art director in New York City, Stacey Bewkes left the corporate world to raise her four children in Connecticut. Her continuing love of design in all categories led to the creation of Quintessence, an online guide to those special discoveries that make life just that much better.  From art and architecture, interiors and design, fashion and jewelry to books and movies, food and wine, travel and more, Quintessence has become a trusted source for well-researched original content in the online world.

Stacey is the co-style editor for the non-profit Women’s Voices for Change, a contributor to luxury publications group Cottages & Gardens website, an inaugural member of the BlogTour team at the London Design Festival and a sponsored blogger at High Point Market, Las Vegas World Market and several seasonal market days at the D&D building in New York. She has spoken to luxury real estate groups, at Fashion Group International’s regional director’s conference at Condé Nast and will be addressing attendees at AmericasMart in Atlanta in January.

Quintessence has been featured in local publications and online in Elle Decor, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, the New England Home Magazine blog, selected by Traditional Home as one of 10 design bloggers for the spring issue of TradHome and named to the DECOREX100, a list of the top 100 international interior design Twitter influencers. Dominique Browning counts it as one of the four new blogs she recommends to her readers, calling Quintessence one of her favorite combinations of brains and beauty.

Connect with Stacey on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

View Stacey’s BlogTour London Design Lookbook.

At the Decorating Diva, we believe that creating beautiful home interiors, that resonate on a very personal level, is heavily influenced and shaped by our experiences and exposure to a multitude of inspirations from travel to art to architecture to fashion to beauty to interior design and to those everyday moments that give us pause and takes our breath away.Our mission is to share those beautiful inspirations from the worlds of design, lifestyle, everyday life and travel with you – to share those diverse sparks of creative inspiration and perspective that will undoubtedly ignite, fuel and continuously nurture your inner decorating diva as you embark on creating the home of your dreams – either with the help of a professional interior designer or on your own.