Interior Design

tzd trend alert: prism prints

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Bonjour from Brooke!  With March in full swing, my roving fashion eyes have their sights solely focused on spring.  Traci and I are also the proverbial ‘busy bees’ at TZD, sourcing beautiful fabrics for several client projects at the moment. Everywhere I look, prism prints are thawing out my cozy sweater-wearing fashion heart.  Mara Hoffman has the look covered in swimwear and prêt-á-porter.  And I am loving Hermès Perspective Cavaliére collection. The enamel bracelet is the perfect neutral to go with just about everything I am coveting this spring.

Prism Dress

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In the décor sector, prism prints are prevailing across fabrics, wallpaper, art, accessories and even rugs. Miles Redd for Schumacher “Cubist” panels are to die for.  Although this is not a look just any home can pull off, bright colors bring warmth to the grey shades that are so prevalent now.  Plus, these prints pair perfectly with mid-century lighting and furnishings.

Prism Decor Final

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Lisa Mende, our fabulous studio partner, brilliantly integrated the prism print trend in her “Style It” One Room Challenge sponsored by One Kings Lane.  By lining her bookcases in Cole & Sons “Prism” wallpaper, she gave depth and dimension to an otherwise black wall. Be sure to see her entire room reveal here!

Lisa Mende One Room Challenge


Brooke nailed it again, didn’t she?  I’m personally drawn to the softer, more subtle prism prints, which can add a graphic, modern element to a more traditional space.  Not to mention that Hermès cuff would fit beautifully into my well-edited jewelry wardrobe!

Photo courtesy of, and interior design by, Lisa Mende Design.  Photography by Dustin Peck Photography.  

tzd trend alert: shagreen

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

It’s Brooke again and I am ready to share with you one of my favorite finishes in home décor: shagreen.  Do you know what shagreen is?  If not, I am here to help!  Shagreen is a coarse hide with an incredible granular texture that comes from the hides of sharks and stingrays.  Shagreen hides have been used as far back as the 12th century and became a luxury item in France during the reign of Louis XIV.

Fortunately for the sharks and rays out there, the furnishings industry has created a faux shagreen that is just as amazing as the real thing.  Typically made from vinyl, faux shagreen can be found covering occasional case goods, decorative accessories, lamps and even wallpaper.  Here are some of TZD’s current faves:

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In a rare turn of events, the interior design world has led the shagreen charge … with fashion designers just starting to take note.  The subtle texture is soooooo divine.  I am especially loving the cabochon-encrusted cuffs from Anna Blum, which are available in several colors.

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Do you remember Ronald McDonald House of Long Island business office that Traci designed along with Lisa Mende?  Yep, you guessed it.  The entire room was wallpapered in a faux shagreen texture.  Sigh.  My flat walls will forever be envious.



Isn’t Brooke the best?  I’ve been coveting the AERIN match striker.  You know, because I need another way to strike my matches.  The ones I haven’t lit in years.  That’s what those long multi-purpose lighter things are for.  Who’s with me???  I’m taking form over function on this one.  And do those lighter things have a name??  Anyhoo.

I am c-c-crazy for shagreen … and now I have a few more items for my wish list!  What’s on your shagreen list?