Last weekend the super talented sisters Lizzie and Kathryn of Lizzie Fortunato Jewels launched a new lifestyle collection called FortuneFinds. The new collection is a curated selection of seriously killer finds from their travels, like amazing kilim rugs and pillows, beautiful turkish towels, vintage Japanese tea sets and stunning Native wall hangings. Get your Pin-it fingers ready and check out the goods on the online shop. The new collection kicked off with a pop-up in Soho styled by the amazing Kate Dougherty and we were lucky enough to be a part of it. I love how Kate used our furniture and props to help tell the story and creatively display all of these killer finds.
Back in April we had so much fun channeling our inner surfer with our Cabana, and once it was finished we thought- wouldn’t it be fun to see how others would style it up all pulling from the same inventory?
So, we asked 5 of our favorite stylists to compete in our first ever Cabana Challenge. Here’s how it all went down: we cracked open a bottle, cranked some tunes, and gave each challenger 1 hour and set them loose in the studio to pull anything and everything they wanted to style up a killer Cabana. We had our dear friend David Toquica shoot some photos as well as make stop motion videos of each designer putting their cabana together! And Jackie from Darlington brought by some pretty flowers.
CHALLENGER No.1 ZIO & SONS
Anthony from Zio and Sons showed up ready to rock. He cracked open a beer and got down to business- he was super serious about winning the TeePee- no joke. He had his plan laid out, had already spent time refining his vision and then darted around the studio scouting out specific pieces he had seen on the site. He was focused and on fire. “My vision was to create a surfer beach bungalow. A chic place to relax with a cold beer, between the waves. Inspired by the Tulum and Ralph Lauren lifestyle.
CHALLENGER No.2 OLD BRAND NEW
Dabito of Old Brand New describes himself as a creative creature and a vintage vulture. What he doesn’t tell you is how adorable, fun and all around awesome he is. He’s a blogger and stylist who focuses on modern interiors with a vintage sensibility and he’s a big fan of color, loves velvet and clearly has a knack for interior styling. His regal yet relaxed style shines through in the Cabana he created for the challenge. Vote for his Cabana here.
CHALLENGER No.3 HOUSE OF BRINSON
When Susan and William showed up we knew we were in for a treat. This adorable, high energy, happy couple had so much talent between the two of them- watching them work, and getting to know them was really a highlight of this challenge. They pulled some props that were behind the stacks- flipped rugs over so the back was revealed and worked to tell a story with their styling. I love their work and love what they did with this Cabana. “We love layering and luxury, so the Victorians and discovery are something we wanted to interpret. We imagined how Howard Carter might have lived when he discovered tombs in Egypt. The Victorian look of rug layering, and traveling with all of their household luxuries seems so over the top, yet appealing and the permanency of the furniture and rugs against the temporary tent is something we wanted to explore visually.” Well done House of Brinson! Vote for them here!
CHALLENGER No. 4 COCO AND MINGO + LITTLE WHITE WHALE
Jessica the lovely lady behind Coco and Mingo, and Gloria little creator of Little White Whale worked together to create a neutral oasis with pops of color and personality. It was so much fun to watch them work together to form the vision, create the plan and then go grab things and style every last detail within 60 minutes. They did an awesome job. Vote for them here.
CHALLENGER No. 5 STONE FOX BRIDE
Stone Fox Bride is synonymous of sexy, yet understated bohemian style. Molly + Rawan- the ladies behind the brand favor classic shapes and elegance punctuated with boho detaling and dreamy designs. Their cool styling is dreamy and droolworthy so as you can imagine how stoked we were to have them as part of the challenge! Here is their inspiration for the Cabana… “our inspiration was a shangrila hashish den circa 1979 marakesh… think Anity Pallenberg in a ratty caftan, Mick Jagger ina leopard thong smoking a hookah and Marianne Faithful in the corner wrapped in a bearskin doing a wildly interpretive qualude-fueled dervish dance, mixed with an early 90’s Venice Beach love den filled with skate bettys and boarders. A fragrant seaside haven to rinse off the ocean water in between trips to the beach and the half-pipe. The goal was to make it as comfy. laid-back and mellow as possible.”
Gotta love that.
Check out their Cabana and vote here.
Happy Voting friends + good luck to all the talented bloggers that participated in the #PatinaCabanaChallenge!!!!
One of our favorite weddings this season was inspired by Wes Anderson films and took place at our beloved Cedar Lake Estates. When we were approached about rentals for this event we were so SO stoked to be a part of it- what an amazing concept for a wedding!! We all immediately took laps around the studio and made lists of items that reminded us of Wes Anderson. We learned we have an entire studios worth of items that fit this role to a tee! Anything with catchy prints or bold solid vibrant colors were a guaranteed yes for this occasion.
For the ceremony they used our mix + match chairs leading to a teepee on the mountain top that looked like it could be in the next Wes Anderson film!
They put together little vignettes along the inside of the barn each representing little inspired scenes from the films that played off as photobooths.
They even decked out the poolside with our turquoise row chairs and paired the bertoia seats with the palm springs love seats and added the stripey peruvian rug- its so perfect we can’t get enough of these photos!
This wedding was done to perfection and we were absolutely wowed by the outcome of these extremely talented stylists from Glitter + Rye & Social Life Events as well as the extraordinary photographer on board, Pat Furey. All these dreamy photographs of the event caught everyones eye! We are so lucky to have such wonderful & talented clients! And congrats to the newly weds: Meghan & Patrick… and thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.
I’m super excited about our new collection of Moroccan Rugs, Pillows, Floor pillows and poufs. Each of these bad boys came straight from the souks, it was so much fun virtually shopping with the Moroccan buyer but next time I’ll have to go meet her in person and shop together. Morocco is high up there on my hit list.
I love the way these pieces pair with a Mid Century setting just as much as I do with traditional. We’ve been trying them with just about everything here in the studio and there are so many ways you can go with this collection.
Layer the rugs, use them as wall hangings, stack up the pillows and you are good to go.
Our girl Amalia whose official title is fittingly “Studio Gypsy” singlehandedly conceived planned, built, styled and modeled in this shoot. She is one hardworking and talented lady! And David, the same photographer who did our skateboard shoot shot this as well. The kid has skilz to say the least. These guys killed it!
We had the pleasure to take a field trip upstate to Port Jervis, where the whimsical Cedar Lake Estates is located for a styled shoot. We can’t even begin to sum up how kick ass this place is. There are charming cottages & cabins on the site along with barns, pools (both fresh water & in-ground) , an amphitheater and other such accommodations as well as sweet activities to partake in on this 500 acre estate surrounding the lake. Cedar Lake Estate is truly a paradise for those that love the good outdoors!
The root inspirations collected for this shoot was a neo-hippie earthy wedding scenario to compliment the natural woodsy environment of upstate NY. This gave us the most perfect opportunity to let our teepee have its all star moment. We set the teepee up in the amphitheater along with our turkish runners, burlap poufs, Edwin chair, a few lamb skin throws along with a couple floor mats and a few brass candlesticks and it made for such a sweet little boho hippie outdoor lounge over looking the lake.
In the far right corner we latched our hammock onto the sides of the fencing around the amphitheater, threw a turkish runner beneath it and a few peruvian pillows to complete the look. We all wanted to jump in the hammock and get a nice out door nap in the woods after setting it up- with the lake right there- it was just too surreal for words!
Nina, Kate & Jimi of off BEET productions rocked out stunning photos and captured the mood of the set to perfection. They chose to style the brides in stone fox bride dresses which were incredibly perfect for this occasion playing off the neo-hippie look they seeked to grip. The floral arangements & flower crowns were done by Karma Flowers in which they brought a glowing warmth throughout the story. Stacy from Styles on B conquered the hair styles throughout the shoot and Jeanine Mangan killed it as well with the make up artistry, creating a ravishing natural look for the models.
By the end of the shoot we didn’t want to pack up and come back to Brooklyn- we wanted to camp out in our beloved teepee in the sticks of NY! Cedar Lake Estates is a magical place & we were all so lucky to be able to partake in our festivities for this shoot in that location. A big thank you to the beautiful sisters, Lisa & Stephanie Karvellas, of Cedar Lake Estates for being amazing hostesses!
We’ve had a super busy week here at Patina with over 30 deliveries coming and going in just a few days. Whew- we are ready to blow off some steam. Anyone who is anywhere in the vicinity knows the Northside festival is happening this weekend and the forecast is showing perfect festival weather. We are excited to see some of our faves like Warpaint, Courtney Bartnett and we heard our total fave Parquet Courts will be in town. While you are there, keep an eye out for some of our pieces in the tents- Kim worked with Brooklyn Magazine to design a bright and summer-y boho backyard lounge area. Here’s how they decided to style it…
They combined the Palm Springs Love Seats with the Wonder Chairs, Bertoia Chairs and Liam Chair. The grabbed some Domestic Construction Rope Stools and Hourglass stools and the Slats That Table for some surface area. The Peruvian rugs and Mudcloth pillows will add some color and texture. And the surf boards and croquet sets add some color and fun.
Have a rockin weekend y’all.
The Color Condition collection is a such a fun and easy way to spice up any gathering. There are so many creative things you can do with these pieces. And it is super easy to set up anywhere. We decided to take a field trip to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to play with a few pieces to show how versatile they are in outdoor settings.
The Swags look dreamy flowing down trees.
It helps bring attention to signage so I whipped this one up and hung it on the Swag.
The Swags can also be pinned onto any gate or fence to be sure all guests know where the party is.
The baskets look elegant in trees, flowing in the days breeze. It really sets a magical environment making you want The Color Condition Baskets every time you have a picnic or an outdoor event!
Each these looks took us 5 minutes to put up! Who doesn’t like a decoration that can change the whole look of an area just like that? The Color Condition Collection is a TOTAL game changer for decorating events with so many sweet, sweet ways you can style each piece. We can’t wait to see what creative ways you all come up with to use The Color Condition- send us pics and we’ll post them!
Did you see? We were featured on The Glamourai earlier this month! What an honor, I mean seriously. Erin and Kelly are an amazingly talented, genuine and and overall kick-ass team of biz ladies. We had such a great time shooting in our space with them; add in Reid Rolls, who shot these beautiful looks and is one of the nicest and most enthusiastic people I’ve met, Anna O. who just moved to NYC from Poland to start her modeling career, Ana Sicat the talented and lovely makeup artist, our good friend Bess Wyrick some good tunes, Robertas and a big pitcher of infused cucumber mint vodka and this is what you get! Check out what Kelly has to say about expressing yourself through interiors + fashion and her interview with me here. Here are some of my favorite pics, check out The Glamourai for more.
Our rehab area is filled to the brim with vintage pieces being redone. Stay tuned for more before + afters coming soon.
The wintery weather that carried over in to spring left us needing a little Summer in our lives . The Cabana, part of the collection made by the amazing ladies at Domestic Construction combined with some colorful props and furniture did the trick. We put up our handy dandy Cabana and styled it with worldly surfer huts in mind bringing us around the globe to all our favorite tropical destinations.
We started our inspiration around the Palm Spring Love seats & our sweet sweet surfboard collection. From there- our ideas started pumping through the studio! With surfers in mind, everything started coming together- tropical fruits in our macrame basket, Peruvian throw pillows on the floor, a 1960’s television took a wonderful role on top of our sequins tables stacked on each other as well as our laguna side tables all helping to create an island themed cabana. We threw the sisal rug in there which is the most perfect neutral bind master of rugs pulling everything together.
Our mudcloth pillows gave the cabana a neat hippy vibe binding the look we were going for. The Nash coffee table was another key element to pulling off this look. It’s sleek mid century vibe takes it up a notch and the transparency grabs the texture of the sisal rug showcasing its warmth throughout the cabana.
Once it was up & styled we got real comfy and made ourselves a drink and instantly felt better about life.
Thanks to Amber Gress for the dope pics!
After a crew huddle or two about what we would feature as our ultimate give- away at the roller jam we came up with a grand idea! The usb cassette flash drives made by Milktape are such a sick idea & we all had a brain explosion of goodness once we confirmed this was the direction we wanted to go as far as our give-away gift. As soon as we found these bad boys we asked our superstar dj dude- Chances With Wolves- to create a mind blowing playlist to have downloaded onto them. He killed it with some old school roller rink jams circling everyone back to memories of being in the rink during their adolescence as well as helping make this be a token of memoires from the roller jam bash. Below is the kick ass playlist he created.
1. Raydio- more than one way to love a woman
2. Hackney Collery Band- Africa
3. The Blackbyrds- rock creek park
4. Vaughn Mason- bounce, rock, skate, roll
5. Ronnie Hudson- west coast poplock
6. Zapp- dance floor
7. William Devaughn- Be thankful for what you’ve got
8. De La Soul- A rollerskating jam named saturdays
9. Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band- Whispering-cherchez la femme
10. Funka delic- Not just knee deep
11. Chemise- She can’t love you
12. Balba and Kanchan- kuch gadbad hai
13. Mary Jane Girls- In my house
14. Frankie Smith- Double dutch bus
15. Cher- Hell on Wheels
16. Melanie- Brand New Key
Once they arrived- we popped one into our music system in the studio & listened to it on repeat while we brainstormed early 90’s pick up lines & mix tape scenarios. I must say designing each cover as a unique mix tape experience was the most fun we could have with them. After hours of pure laughter & mega creative made up scenarios crushes go through to create a mix tape we had a pile sky high of give aways that fit the roller jam bash to a tee.
Everyone should have this playlist saved in their computer to bring on such the wonderful moments we all shared together! Its quite the memorable playlist & we can’t stop listening to it!!
Upon planning our drink menu for the roller jam, we were SO stoked to see that Six Point Brewery, Morris Kitchen & Clover Club were game to take care of the bar menu. They each ruled & sparkled at this disco bringing a special element to the table.
Six Point Brewery hooked it up BIG time with two of their best beers on the market- Sweet Action & The Crisp delighting each beer drinkers night with a delicious cold brew!
Morris Kitchen ensembled quite a cocktail fit for the party using Tito’s Vodka, their own homemade ginger syrup, a squeeze of lime juice and a splash of seltzer on top. Now if that doesn’t scream YUM i don’t know what does! The only name that we thought fit this drink was of course: The Suzanne Somers. Just thoughts of her on Three’s Company floating about on skates made us think this would be her post roller rink cocktail of choice. The Suzanne Somers was a hit at the party!
Clover Club concocted a great looking & tasty cocktail that was also a huge hit at the roller jam. This snazzy drink was made up of gin, grapefruit juice, aperol, & a splash of prosecco. This drink was off the hook as well! The name for this drink that fit like a glove was ‘The Patrick Swayze’. We watched a video of him whipping around the roller rink in the 1979 flick ‘Skatetown USA’ like the roller dancing prince he was and knew this drink name was fit for the occasion!
The bar menu was a huge hit & our bartenders had the bar on check all night. We couldn’t be more happier with how the menu turned out and that Six Point Brewery, Morris Kitchen, and Clover Club were all a part of it- ruling life with their amazing contributions! Cheers!
Our newest collab with the The Color Condition is outta control. These installation artists out of Dallas really know how to transform a space with Color, Texture and Movement. Now through this collaboration, you can now have The Color Condition at your event or photo shoot. Everything for this collection was created with your rental needs in mind: There are 4 basic elements( Panels, Swag, Baskets and The Canopy) in 3 different Colorways ( Neutral, Warm, Cool) that allow you to easily mix and match to create beautiful and unique spaces, see the full rental collection here. Each lightweight piece is simple to hang with a ladder and some zip ties. Afraid of heights, not a problem we can help install. While the basic elements are simple, the combinations, possibilities are and placement are endless. We are all completely smitten over here, now there isn’t a room we walk into, or a courtyard we walk by that we don’t want to cover in streamers. But we are most excited to see what y’all do with it- our clients are the most creative bunch of people ever. Send us an email and we’ll get you over a line sheet with pricing and the install guide which will tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about The Color Condition Collection. And check out these incredible images from Amber Gress and this video from Love + Brain Films.
We created a Tattoo Shop at The 1896 for our Roller Jam party a few weeks back. We decked out a section of the room with some of our leather sofas and chairs, Amalia styled the hell out of it with a bunch of vintage props, tattoo books, and all sorts of cool detailing ( she knows what she’s doing as she’s seen quite a few tattoo shops in her day).
We used some industrial pieces for tattoo tables for the artists –it looked pretty sick. We invited our good friends at Tattly to come in and bring some of their badass temporary tats with them.
We also had Dan Nelson come in and give real tattoos on the spot. We worked with him to create a flash sheet with about 15 small tattoos like some arrows, a mixtape, roller skate, triangles, skulls and a few others. Dan is mad talented, he made a bunch of people very happy. Sadly, we didn’t have enough time to get to everyone- since the list was about 40 deep.
Clearly our friends like to drink and ink. Wanna create a Pop-up Tattoo shop for your event? Call us- we can make it all happen for you.
Ha ha, this was our April Fools Day joke. Hope you liked it….
We are beyond thrilled to announce a very, very special collection today. We’ve worked really hard for a long time to create a fantastic new product line designed specifically for Instagram users that 1) is made from only the highest quality locally sourced materials 2) gives our clients yet another way to express their creativity through our collection and 3) is exclusive to Patina and not available anywhere else on the planet. We hope you like our new collection as much as we do, and so without further ado, our newest collection….
( Happy April Fools Day!)
We’ve been planning a collection with the super-talented artist duo The Color Condition since the Fall. The collection is scheduled to officially launch the first week of April, but the Patina RollerJam was our big coming out party. Sunny and Marianne came in from Dallas for their NYC debut at The 1896. The high ceilings and exposed beams made it the perfect place to create a surreal colorful dream world. It was pretty mindblowing to see it all come to life. There is so much depth and texture on each piece, and the bright color and beautiful movement brings a crazy-good energy to a space. I can’t wait to show you all of the amazing images. Check out a few party pics from Chellise Michael Photography for a sneak peek, full details to come about the new collection in just a few days!
Last year we had our first Patina Roller Jam. We had just moved into our studio and had some room to spare- so we decided to have a throw-back roller skating party and invite our clients and partners. People had some fun. For real. So of course, we had to do it again. This time we had some new things going on, first- our studio is jam packed so we had to find the right venue to host the party. Second, we are launching a new collaboration with The Color Condition and wanted to show it off in a big way to all of our guests ( more details on that to come soon- promise. But here’s a hint kids, everything at the Roller Jam is available for rent). Patina was born out of the need for better event decor, being in the planning biz for so long I realized the options were pretty limited which is why I started this company, so our goal for this party was to not just do the same old thing, but to show everyone a different kind of experience, different than they had last year, and different than they’ve had well, maybe ever. Here’s a rundown- more blog posts with deets to come over the next few days.
So this is what we did: We planned an old skool roller skating party with some pretty epic twists. We invited our best friends and clients to party with us, and let me tell you, our people really like to have a good time. They came ready to party.
We decided to do it hood-style, many of our partners in crime were from Brooklyn and a bunch from our immediate neighborhood Bushwick. We hooked up with our neighbors and good friends at The 1896 Studios and Stages. They are right down the block and have the most insane old factory building where they do editorial shoots, music videos, tv shows and some pretty cool events. Jen, Kristin and Loren were the perfect hosts for the evening.
We asked Kenan AKA Chances with Wolves, or one half of the talented duo Les Loups to DJ the party again. His set from last year was totally insane so I knew we’d be in for a crazy good time this year. And, I was right- he was outta control- I mean the shit he pulled out- so goood. Benji at Kayne Live were the pro’s behind making Kenan sound good and keeping the dance floor full with their full team of super nice AV pro’s. I mean they just killed it. If you are looking for someone to do your party hire them- don’t think twice.
The whole event was captured by Chelise Michael Photography and Courtney from Love + Brain Films. We Love Photobooths was there and The Bosco instgram station printed hundreds instagrams that were tagged #PatinaRollerJam throughout the night. All of the images on this post were done by Chelise.
Stay tuned more pictures, blog posts and details to come over the next few days; Check out the video by Courtney from Love + Brain. We can’t stop watching it.
Why the hell is it below freezing in March? I just can’t take it anymore- I’m turning my thoughts to warm sunny days on the farm. Check out this rad shoot that Les Loups and the rest of these supa stars did at BK Grange, our favorite warm and sunny roof top farm in Brooklyn. See the full gallery and a roster of all of the talent behind this here.
As the winter leads us into a snowy wonderland, we naturally wanted to flee the city and retreat to a cozy ski lodge on a mountain top. ahh the smell of a burnin’ fireplace and the sound of rocks twirling in a glass of bourbon is what gets us cracklin’ to the sounds of an old fashioned NY winter. So… why not bring a ski lodge to the studio before we all get that well dreaded cabin fever feeling! Just picture it- you & a handful of your favorite faces gathered up on some snuggy sofas with some wool throws, a library of books, grandpas old cough medicine, oil paintings up the wazoo . And lets not forget– you’d of course be bobbin your head to some old timey records. Now that sounds like bliss to me. Good ol’ Bushwicktown looks good with a ski lodge in it– now if only we could build them black diamond mountains in our backyard to pair with it…
We are so lucky here at Patina, we get to work with a lot, and I mean a lot of talented peeps. One of my favorite things about this whole gig is working with creative people and witnessing the magic that comes from a collaborating on a project or idea. And that’s exactly what happened when we asked Amber Gress and Courtney Arcese to shoot our Patina x Domestic Construction shoot last month. Magic. These ladies really brought their A-game to the project. They are filled with amazing ideas, awesome energy, a collaborative nature, and an appetite for perfection. One of the reasons our new collection was so well received because of the hard work and creative energy they put behind shooting it- these ladies have mad-skillz- check out more work from Courtney, and Amber and some of the images from the shoot.