Field trip to Cedar Lake

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!    Check out the full shoot here to catch a glimpse into this upstate paradise and all of the beautiful details of this shoot.

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The team at OffBEET productions dreamed up this neo-hippie earthy wedding concept. When they got in touch with us about being part if it we were thrilled, 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, floor mats, burlap poufs, hourglass stools, edwin chair as well as our hammock with a sprinkle of a few of our props and the results made up for such a sweet little boho hippie outdoor lounge over looking the lake.

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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, teepee florals & 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.

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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 these festivities for this shoot there. A big thank you to the beautiful sisters, Lisa & Stephanie Karvellas, of Cedar Lake Estates for being amazing hostesses!

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illPinto Skateboard Collection!!!

Howdy all you skateboard lovers out there. Being based in Bushwick- skating is how most transport about in this hood. So its no surprise we  came across the most amazing couple of illPinto right here in the center of Bushwick, and they have the most INSANE collection of vintage skateboards.

After meeting this adorable couple, we decided it would be fun to put together a collection to rent out for photoshoots, films, display and events.  Together, the  illPinto duo & the ladies of Patina together carefully curated five stellar collections to wow the shirts off all the fans around this city-  The collections: The Forefathers, The Icons, The Thrashers, The Neon Crew, & The Ramp Locals  are for rent here at the studio. We are so excited to launch these & look forward to see how each one of you styles them in your unique beautiful ways!

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Eric and Illana have collected over 300 skateboards. They cover the walls of their apartment.

Eric Pinto & Illana Hester

The illPinto skateboard collection is a direct reflection of the efforts of Eric Pinto, skateboard aficionado and co-director of illPinto, inc. and his unrelenting dedication to skateboarding. He considers skateboarding to be a driver of his creative passion. He, together with co-director Illana Hester, lives in Brooklyn,NY, and continues to collect, skate, and admire the art of the skateboard.

We took a field trip to Coney Island and had a blast styling each collection to show off how amazing & versatile these skateboards are!   Check it out…

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Hot in the city

We were pretty stoked when these images landed in our inbox.  The Havana-esque shoot that Amber Gress did with Jove and a whole slew of talented co-conspiritors was right up our alley. Check out the whole deal here.  Thanks for featuring our favorite summer couch, y’all did an amazing job!

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Venue // 26 Bridge
Planner // Jove Meyer Events
Photographer // Amber Gress
Accessories + Shoes // Hushed Commotion
Ceremony Dress // Synderella Story
Reception Dress // Shop Lovely /
Suit // A suit that fits
Flowers // Blade
Paper Products // Katie Fischer Design
Rentals // Broadway Party Rental
Cake + Cupcakes // Lael Cakes
Hair – Styles on B
Makeup // Morgan Gates
Videographer // Valerie Barnes
Catering // Pok Pok
Jewelry // Anna Sheffield
Bar Cart // Society Social
Vintage Palm Couch // Patina Vintage Rentals

Northside ya’ll!

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…

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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.




How to make decor magic in 5 minutes

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.

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It helps bring attention to signage so I whipped this one up and hung it on the Swag.

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The Swags can also be pinned onto any gate or fence to be sure all guests know where the party is.

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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!

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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!

The Glamourai at Patina!

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.RentPatina1



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Before + After

There’s nothing like a good makeover, even though we do them all of the time here at the Studio and they never get old.  Here are 2 of my recent favorites.
Thanks to our upholstery goddess Colleen and after pics from  Amber Gress.
Man oh man, when I  saw the detail on this couch I had to have it.   How cool is that side/ channel tufting? And 5 front legs?  I haven’t come across a sofa like this before.   I decided to update it with a rich navy blue velvet and some brass tack detailing.  Colleen handled that crazy side channel tuft thing like a boss, and we replaced the 2 cushions with one large one.    We named him Cobain- it just seemed fitting.
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Cobain Sofa + Paloma Chair | Patina Photo Credit Amber Gress



Check out that side channel tufting and those brass tacks


I fell in love with some Aftrican Tie Die Mudcloth and waiting for the right pieces to come along and use on them.  The texture and design is so unique so I wanted to try it on a more traditional shape.  I grabbed a few antique french armchairs from a flea market a while back and thought they would cool in the mud cloth. I’m really digging the way they turned out.
One of our Paloma Chairs before the makeover.

One of our Paloma Chairs before the makeover.






Our rehab area is filled to the brim with vintage pieces being redone. Stay tuned for more before + afters coming soon.

Once Upon a… Cabana

PatinaThe 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.

Patina_CabanaOur 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!

Mix Tape Playlist y’all!

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!!


Roller Jam Bar

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!


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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!

Patina x The Color Condition

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.

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Sneak Peek:Patina x The Color Condition

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!

Patina x The Color Condition pins

Patina x The Color Condition pins

I love the way the color pops amongst the neutrals.

I love the way the color pops amongst the neutrals.

Pinks, rust, copper and gold.

Pinks, rust, copper and gold.


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The back of this panel is just as beautiful as the front.

Patina furniture + Color Condition at The 1896

Patina furniture + Color Condition at The 1896

A loft view of the top of Canopy.  Even the back of it is badass.

A loft view of the top of Canopy. Even the back of it is badass.

Me, Sunny and Marianne. Love these ladies.

Me, Sunny and Marianne after a long day. Love these ladies.



Yeah Boyee it’s the 2nd Annual Patina RollerJam

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.

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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.

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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.

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 Roberta’s fired up their Pizza oven in the courtyard,  Cool Haus rolled their truck right into The 1896, and SixPoint Brewery, Morris Kitchen and the Clover Club rocked the bar.

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The whole event was captured by Chelise Michael Photography and Courtney from Love + Brain FilmsWe 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.


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Patina_Roller_Jam_Chellise_Michael_Photography-1106Stay 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.

Pretty Rad(ish)

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.




Snowy days in Brooklyn

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…

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We heart: Amber + Courtney

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.Patina x Domestic Construction 20

Domestic Construction Collection for Patina

I’m excited to announce our new collab with Domestic Construction.  These Brooklyn ladies are so badass, they concept, design and fabricate handcrafted, one of a kind sets, event decor and furnishings in their Greenpoint studio. I  started working with Trish in the Fall to design a collection that would appeal  to the Patina clients needs, and would incorporate the textured, layered feel that Domestic Construction is known for.   I’m totally in love with the results.   Hand painted,  hand sewn pieces that  balance softness with chunky details.  Naturals textures and neutral colors are accented by sparkles and sequins.  Its a totally cohesive collection, but each and every piece can stand alone.   And everything works so well with the Patina collection- its a killer collab check it out here.  And, it’s the  first of several collaborations we are launching this year with some dope designers and crazy talented artists to flip the event industry design on its head.



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Domestic Construction girls building the collection

domestic construction for Patina

Domestic Construction girls building the collection.


Dear 2014,   It’s so nice to meet you.  You seem very exciting.  We can’t wait to get to know you better.  Xoxo Patina

Happy 2014