Houses from Within, Tel Aviv 2010 was a month ago. I was fortunate enough to get a press pass (thank you Aviva!) so I drove around Tel Aviv like a mad woman dashing from apartment to apartment. I saw 19 places in all and I’ve decided to start off the reviews with my favorite apartment from the whole weekend – Hila Caspi’s home. It’s a small flat in north Tel Aviv but I adore how she maximized the space, light and interest in the apartment.

The whole flat is around 70 square meters. The floor is cement (which was a major trend this time around – so much so that by the end of the weekend I was bored of it), the kitchen is shiny white (another trend which had me yawning by the end of the weekend). However, this was the first place I saw both in, so I was still excited while photographing the place. So why do I love it so much when it holds two pieces that I find rather tired and unoriginal? She has the most brilliant use of space for her tiny flat, some totally unexpected design elements that really got me and she has possibly the best made bed in Israel.

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Lighting: Country Gear LTD.

by Patti Boker Elkon on June 25, 2010

New “Old” style lighting by Country Gear LTD puts a nice spin on unfinished metal fixtures.  The ceiling lamp featured above has “search light” qualities about it that I absolutely love.  This companies line offers unique lighting options for those that want something out of the ordinary. 

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Home furnishing trends, can we talk?

by Patti Boker Elkon on June 17, 2010

After visiting the International Furniture Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Center a few weeks ago, I have come to some conclusions regarding the latest, greatest themes in Home Furnishings.

Faux Wood Lamp Shade

Wood, wood and more wood.  Unfinished wood of every dimension was a hit at the show.  Utilized in innovative ways to make this old standard look updated and interesting.

Wood Cutting Board by Canoe

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Hung Up on the Hang-It-All

by Melanie Jones on June 17, 2010

The big Herman Miller sale has come and gone, and while I didn’t end up with a pair of Eames molded plastic chairs for the dining room (since there’s no new dining room table to put them at quite yet), I am, however, anxiously awaiting the arrival of my shiny new Eames Hang-It-All!

I fell in love with Charles and Ray Eames years ago when I was assigned to write an article on mid-century masters. It was one of my first magazine assignments, and I remember spending the day at a local independent shop filled with the classics I had only seen in photos, and learning about Eileen Gray, George Nelson, Eero Saarinen and of course, the Eameses.

That was the day I truly fell in love with mid-century design, and vowed to eventually fill my home with a modest collection of all my favorites. Needless to say it’s been slow going, but I’ve wanted this mini icon for my office for a while. And you know, sale! And free shipping!

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It’s Nate Day? Well Sign Me Up!

by Shira Abel Shvo on June 14, 2010

I don’t know how today became Nate day – but I saw it on Twitter and who am I to argue? I think that Nate Berkus is stunning and his interiors are great too.

Above is from the Nate Berkus bedding collection. I love the casual elegance of it. Although I have to admit – not a major fan of fabric headboards, this one actually looks practical (like it could be taken off and washed).

Love this – although my children and dog would destroy it sooner than a New York minute…

Wayyyyyyy more child friendly. Well, minus the vase on the table that will fall on that lush carpet. But the carpet is thick, so the vase won’t break. Anyone learning to walk should avoid the corners of that table. And I hope those yellow stools aren’t silk (like they look).

Sigh. I can’t even imagine a house like this at this stage of my life. Does Nate do country cottage style that’s good for a family with 2 small boys?

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Color Tip of the Week: What’s hot now

by Patti Boker Elkon on June 14, 2010



Color has come full circle with the use of brights in home furnishings.  Combined with the environmental theme, this trend is one to take part in.  There are so many wonderful products on the market to choose from. 

Tips for how to use bright colors in the home: 

1)  Add brights with accessories.  There is no need to paint a wall to embrace this trend. 

2)  Look outside and get inspired.  Every garden houses these brights in “living color”.

3)  Take advantage of nature.  Themes from this category are a sure bet when it comes to combining brights.  Use the gallery of photos above for inspiration “outside and in”.


Rare chance to see Red House

by Judy Weiss on June 14, 2010

The Lodzia or Red House as it is affectionately known to Tel-Aviv residents had its doors open to the public in a rare opportunity before it is renovated. I included it as part of my Houses From Within tours a few weeks back.

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Colorful product by New Caribbean Design

by Patti Boker Elkon on June 9, 2010

New Caribbean Design  is not just a product line but a concept. This company, which I stumbeled across at the ICFF in New York a few weeks ago, is innovative and colorful and has products that inspire.  I love companies that are brave enough to utilize bright colors in a professional way.

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Nature inspired lighting by Jeremy Cole

by Patti Boker Elkon on June 6, 2010

Nature, nature, nature… the most popular theme in design today.  Many of the products seen on the market now are a reflection of years of concentrated work by young artists of our time.  These delicate lights made of  bone china are inspired by the aloe plant. Created by New Zealand born Jeremy Cole , each lamp illuminates and decorates in a fantastical way.

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Add Color to the Garden

by Melanie Jones on June 2, 2010

If you’re like me and your green thumb is the very lightest shade of the hue, you’ll love how easy it is to add a little color to your garden, thanks to some spectacular outdoor furniture offerings that Richard Schultz and John Kelly introduced at ICFF.

New from the iconic Schultz, the seating in the Fresh Air Collection re-imagines the classic Windsor chair in powder-coated sheet aluminum. Available in three highly polished classic colors, the chairs can be customized with either a tubular-steel base or an aluminum-panel base.

Equally cool is the Fresh Air table, with thick square legs crafted of powder-coated extruded aluminum that complement beautifully both leg styles of the dining chairs. The table is available with a porcelain, glass or fiberglass top. I would love this in an office or studio in a screened porch.

The Rho Series from John Kelly Furniture owes its sleek silhouette to a perfect combination of smooth curves and precise angles—and is available in 10 fabulous colors! A well-edited selection of chair and table styles allows for contemporary dining and conversation areas, not to mention a stylish way to relax by the pool.

And if you can’t choose from all the great colors, consider the stripes! I loved this chaise lounge; the striped fabric makes for a great punctuation mark within the color palette.

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