Sunday, November 28, 2010

Do Something Beautiful








Think of something beautiful to do -


I am pretty tired from the holiday.....
but I couldn't resist posting these magical images.


XXX's


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy For Who?

This thanksgiving
I am dealing with 
the dinner guests
 who do not eat anything 

with a FACE.
Hmmmmm.......
But, I am sure the Turkeys are happy about this.
Not me.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends 
in the 
Blogosphere.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

I Like Kendall ...How About You?

I love Venetians and mirrored dressers.

Again,
an antiqued mirrored chest.
This is so elegant.

Look!
Mother of pearl walls. 
They are beautiful.
The mirror is a lovely shape.
And the gold detailing 
on the dark bathroom cabinet is just my style.




Have a great weekend.
XXXX's

shop Kendall Wilkinson here

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cupcake Pedestals

How cute are these?

Serving cupcakes,
I don't think this is very glamorous considering how 
beautifully they can be adorned.
So much work goes into these little cakes.
Shouldn't they be put on pedestals?
Nothing like a few barn yard animals on your table.
But if you live on a farm in real life
or just in your mind (like me)
it is a great idea.

Do you know someone who bakes beautiful cupcakes?
Do you like her?
:o  hehehehhe
If so......
this might be a fabulous gift for her (or him).

XXXXX's i am off today
yippie!!!!

a set of 6 is $ 42.00
and, like i said; if you like her 42 bucks worth
you can go here to purchase

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Some Jersey Girls Blow......

Me Away.

This happened last Sunday,
and it has taken me this long to cool off enough
not to use foul language while telling you this story.

I was given a design lead from a salesperson at work.
Anyway, it was arranged {without my meeting them}
that I go to the 'new home' on Saturday.
The new home owner is a 'snow-bird' and will only be living here about 5 months a year.
But it is crunch time right now for the snow bird
and their new nest.
If they want to have any furniture to use this winter in Florida
before it is time to pack up again and drive back to 'JERSEY', or where ever else they come from,
they must BUY and or ORDER NOW!
I get to the house and it is a group of women 
and one weird man.
I still don't know what his role was.

But the woman were all excited.....
Of course they are bombarding me with design questions-
(which I do not answer)
and the woman who is the home owner
 is telling me how she wants these 
'over the top'....
dripping with fringe, beads, and crystal 
window treatments.
I go back to the showroom and into my office 
where I do the floor plans and window plans.
No materials of course,
because the home owner {Jackie}
wants to pick fabrics with me on Sunday 
{the next day - kinda' have to drop everything for a snow bird's schedule}
for these fabulous draperies.
Okay, let's time travel back to last Sunday around 3PM
Here they come.
Jackie and her Jersey Girls.
I swear, this is what I have to deal with.
Not all the time.
But, most of the time.
They ALL come back to my office 
and the fabric area 
to show me pictures of the type of trims 
and drapery styles 
that Jackie is interested in.
And then....
'Jersey Jackie' asked me for 
the floor plans to the dining room.
I asked her why would she need the floor plans,
we haven't even walked the floor to look at 
dining rooms.
She said
"Oh, I just need to know the size of the room
 to make sure that the dining room I just bought will fit"
I said:
" I am sorry, the floor plans are property of the company"
and then
one of them said to me:
"I don't understand.....you are getting the window treatments!!"
I tried to explain that our service was free to buying customers only.
And that this was a strictly enforced company policy-
 No floor plans are given to anyone
until the plans are given for the furniture placement 
of  the furniture purchased here.
Then.....
this one says:
"I can't believe you won't give her the plans!!"
"You are getting the window treatments"

It was getting weird and rude.

I asked Jackie:
"if you don't mind.....where did you buy your 
dining room furniture?"
"and did you buy anything else?"
She said:
"I got everything at ASHLEY FURNITURE and CITY FURNITURE"


Again.....this one says to me:
"I don't get why you won't give Jackie the measurements"
"Why did you come out and take the measurements?"


I said:
"I have already told you why I will not give you the plans"
"If I am terminated for giving you the measurements....
can you immediately get me a job  
in a design firm?"
Finally- 
that put the 
"why won't you give her the plans?" to rest.

They wanted me to pick fabrics anyway.
I refused.
I told her that I have to match the drapery fabric to the new furniture's fabrics.
 I then said: 
"I am certain that  ASHLEY OR CITY FURNITURE do not have fabric samples.
*China container shipments don't normally include samples.

You could see them seething......
Inside, so was I.
These broads were totally rude and creepy

I told her that she needed to go back to the furniture store,
and use a paint fan to match colors to the fabric 
so that we would be able to pull the drapery fabrics based on the paint colors.

I walked them to the door and said my good byes.
They said they would see me the next day 
with the paint colors so that we could pick drapery fabrics...

They never showed.
They never called.
They never will.

They just wanted to shop me.

Imagine-
They want me to 
pull a design together,drawings,
and get estimates from my workroom,  etc etc .
Now, not only are they using me,
but it will trickle down to every person that I involve.
These women could care less who is trying to make a living.

As far as I am concerned 
this behavior is the same as pick pocketing.
In my family, this would never be condoned.
Is it a sense of self entitlement?
What is it? 
It always blows my mind 
that people can behave so badly.

In spite of all of this 
I had a very productive week.

XXX's


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Friday, November 12, 2010

Once Upon A Time

There was a brother and sister that had lost their parents.

Sadly,
 they went to their Mother and Fathers home in England
that was not far from Heathrow airport.
The brother and sister started to clean up the house 
to get it ready to put it on the market.
While going about the business of cleaning,
there was the very dusty attic to deal with.
Amongst the things that they found
  was a long forgotten vase 
that was on it's side and covered with dust.
They dusted it off ,and along with many other trinkets.
they brought this vase and everything else 
to an auction house.

And if you can imagine....
"The delicate, decorative 16-inch vase 
started at a not-inconsequential $800,000, 
but after a half-hour of unexpectedly spirited bidding, 
the gavel fell at $69.5 million." 

It was the highest price ever paid at auction for a Chinese antiquity!!!

'The vase dated from the period of the emperor Qianlong, who reigned from 1735 to 1796, at the height of the Qing dynasty. He vastly expanded China’s western territories and left a legacy as a great patron of Chinese arts, including ceramics. Experts who have examined the vase, which bore an imperial seal, have said it was likely to have been made for one of the imperial palaces.'



What is in your mummy's attic?

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

From Somewhere In Manhattan .....


Toby watches the NYC marathon.
This is the neighborhood Toby lives in.
These are some of the runners that
Toby watches.
How I wish I were there.
I love the marathon.
I am amazed that anyone can run more than 5 city blocks.
It would all but kill me.
I might be able to walk the marathon,
but somehow I don't think anyone will still be hanging around 
by the time I would finish.
Besides....
I would stop for a nice lunch 
and I would be hard pressed not to go shopping 
while walking passed all the superb shops.
No.....
for sure I would finish the race 
holding many shopping bags.
If I finished at all.
Would you?
Could you do the NYC Marathon?

XX's
...back to retail hell for 2 more days 'till my retail weekend.
I am off thurs. & fri








in case you were wondering....
the winner is :


Brazil's Marilson Gomes dos Santos


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About Renée Finberg

I have been in this business since the age of 22.

I love what I do and cannot imagine my life without Design.

Design Challenges are great.

And because of those challenges

I have imported fine antique pieces from Paris,

Designed and Manufactured Furniture,

Created Fantastic Window Treatments,

And solved all kinds of spatial & architectural issues

With my unique style.

If I can't find it, I create it.

My rooms would make excellent movie sets.

I am a visual, tactile and audio sensitive individual.

Creating is what I live for, not math, not spelling, not science.

Just Great Design.

Just imagine how it would be if each of us,

If only for a few hours of everyday,We could be in a space that is our very own.A place that is exactly the way we want it to be

Surrounded by all the things we wanted to see,

The atmosphere we wanted feel, smell and the sound we wanted to listen to.

Private Paradise

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