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BEEKMAN LANE receives Houzz's 2013 "Best of Houzz" Award 01/23/2013

BEEKMAN LANE of Jersey City Receives

Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals

 

Jersey City, NJ  --  January 21, 2013 – Beekman Lane of Jersey City, New Jersey has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The 2 year old Interior Decoration Studio and Antique Shop was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals.  Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

"We are honored to receive the 2013 'Best of Houzz' Award!  We work hard to be able to provide a service which pairs a client's functional needs and personality to a style that best defines them.  We are beyond thrilled to be recognized by our current and past clients, and members of the Houzz online community."- Beekman Lane


“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Beekman Lane among our “Best Of” professionals for exceptional customer service as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Beekman Lane, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About Beekman Lane
Beekman Lane is an Interior Decoration Studio and Antique shop located in beautiful downtown Jersey City.  We carry an eclectic mix of antique pieces ranging from rustic & industrial pieces to Mid-Century Modern.  Beekman Lane also houses a great selection of gift items.  We are available for residential interior projects ranging from full scale projects to hourly decor consultations.  We also offer event decor services for any celebration.

About Houzz
Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc

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A Very BEEKMAN LANE Wedding!!! 05/04/2012

I wanted to share some photos of my wedding taken by the wonderful Jennifer Sosa in association with Daniel Krieger Photography.  Our wedding was styled and filled with antique elements and touches from our very own BEEKMAN LANE.  We at BEEKMAN LANE offer event décor services for everything from a dinner party to a wedding.  My wedding was recently featured on the stunning wedding blog Ruffled as well so check out that article for even more photographs!

When it came to our wedding, my husband Hans and I knew that we wanted to have a wedding that transported everyone to another era.   We also knew that we wanted to have our wedding in Jersey City.  I have lived here for about 5 years now, and Julia and I started our business BEEKMAN LANE here over a year and a half ago now.  Hans and I love Jersey City and knew that our day needed to be in our great city!  We decided on the magical Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre near Journal Square for the reception.

If you have never been to the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre it is an absolute must!!  It is beyond beautiful.   The theatre shows classic movies throughout the year.  Hans and I have seen everything there from The Stranger to The Big Lebowski.  It is an absolute gem, and the proceeds from the films and events go to restoration, upkeep and preservation of this Jersey City landmark.

 

Our cocktail hour was on the balcony of the lobby.  We chose our band, Carte Blanche, from Elan Artists.  They specialize in 1920s and 1930s Jazz, as well as classic Latin music.  They dress in period clothing, and set the mood for the evening.  During cocktail hour they had an accordion and violin duo, and the full band for the reception.

We had a table set up with an antique Royal Typewriter from BEEKMAN LANE as the guest book with antique postcards held in vintage flower frogs, and a vintage table lamp and tray to complete the moment.  Check out the Jersey City postcard below that shows the theatre in its heyday!

The two bars served our signature cocktail, the Cuzco Fizz made with Pisco (a Peruvian Brandy), St. Germain and garnished with green grapes.  The cocktail was a tribute to my husband’s Peruvian heritage, and the recipe was listed on display cards by the The Laughing Owl Press.

The seating cards were hand typed and then stamped with a chair on each card.  They were set in a semi-circle in front of a breathtaking hand-painted theater created by a close friend.  He included the personalized “screen” which was painted with historically accurate silent film style font.  There was a sign made by our wonderful stationer Andrea from The Laughing Owl Press, which stated “Ladies and Gentlemen, Please Take Your Seats”.

 

 

After the cocktail hour the guests were asked to come down the staircase to the main floor of the lobby for dinner and dancing.  The reception tables were set with gold flatware and amber colored water glasses to relate to the golden hues of the theatre.  There were gold and mercury glass votives throughout the tables and buffet.  The bouquets and centerpieces were by Jersey City’s own Antheia Floral Design!  They were made with a mixture of gold and grey hues to emulate the metallics throughout the venue.

I cannot overstate how magical the band was!  You can hear samples of Carte Blanche's music here on their site through Elan Artists.  They sang Hans and my song “You Belong to Me” in the style of the Patsy Cline version.  Then after dinner they got us all up and dancing with songs from early Jazz to Edith Piaf to Latin classics from the Buena Vista Social Club.   Just amazing!!

Jonathan of David Ellis Events was our amazing caterer and also provided the flowers on the buffet table.  The food was absolutely incredible and had touches such as seasonal popcorn as a dessert to play off the theatre theme.  Our menu by The Laughing Owl Press was set up like a playbill.  Our wedding cake was by the amazing The Hudson Cakery, and was delicious.  The cake topper was by Jolie En Rose Vintage from Etsy, and showed a 1920s couple.

 

The favors were such fun!  Guests picked up scones, marmalade, and tea for their breakfast the following morning.  They then had a choice of classic movies separated by genre.   On the table was a sign that said “Breakfast and a Movie, the Makings of a Perfect Sunday”.

It was an unbelievable night!!  It truly felt as if you walked through the doors of the theatre and were transported back to the 1920s which is exactly what Hans and I wanted.

 

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SETTLING ON THE RIGHT SETTLE 03/30/2012

Settle benches are high-backed wooden seats, often with side panels and storage under the seat.  The high backs and sides were designed to block drafts.  By adding a compartment under the seat, it creates such a multi-functional piece.

A settle bench is wonderful in an entryway as additional seating for putting on your shoes on your way out the door.  There is no upholstery to get dirty in such a high traffic area.  I love wooden seating elements combined with upholstery.  It shakes-up a room, and you can never get tired of the fabric.  If you have a settle, but want a little padding, having a custom seat cushion made to fit the size in a neutral linen or ticking stripe.  A tailored cushion is an easy way to achieve a higher comfort level.  Also, a less expensive alternative would be to add a few miss-matched throw pillows for comfort, and to breakup the wood.

Above is a beautiful traditional Six-Panel-back Oak Settle, UK, circa 1720s from Barley Twist in Illinois. This piece’s sides are not solid so it would work well as a banquet in a dining area.  This would be amazing with an ebonized rectangular trestle dining table across from some lower back antique captain’s chairs with a double billiard light hanging over the table.

I love this rare Georgian Tavern Settle, UK, circa the 18th C, from a great shop called Uniquities in Calgary.  Uniquities also has their pieces on 1stDibs.  This is another high backed version but with more closed in sides.  I love the old repair in the seat.  Some people run from any signs of repairs, but those moments make a piece that much more special.  This settle has a curved back making it very unique.  I love this in the center of a room facing a fireplace with a cushy ottoman or two perched in front of it.  It would work best in a room that you enter from the side (if you enter the room facing the fireplace it would be blocked by the high back).

I adore this Pair of Robin’s Egg Blue Painted Settle Benches, US, circa 1885-1895, from Jeff Bridgman Antiques in Historic York County, PA.  Jeff Bridgman also has a storefront on 1stDibs.  They have one solid rectangular side and one curved side.  The color is so beautiful and the wear due to of years of being exposed to the elements makes the patina so desirable.  The two sides could be pushed together to make a single large statement, or they can be split and put at opposite sides of a symmetrical room.  They could also be put at a 90-degree angle in a corner for an intimate seating arrangement with a torchere in the resulting corner or with a hanging pendant light above that moment.  I could see these in a mudroom with the family’s boots lined up underneath the seats.  It is such a beautiful set, and do not be afraid of the color!  Robin’s egg blue will add an instant airiness and light to a room.  Mix it with creamy neutrals or whites and you will feel cheery every time you walk by!

I cannot miss out on mentioning Beekman Lane’s resident Antique Pine Settle!  This piece has storage under the seat.  It is a more rustic option but can be again dressed up with a throw pillow or structured cushion, and has a beautiful weathered patina to the wood.  This would be magic in an entryway or a difficult corner that needs some livening up.  You could even add a mirror to the back or hooks to make it even more functional in an entry. Settles are such a great fix for adding height visually in a room with a tall ceiling.  If you have such a precious asset like a high ceiling, a settle is a perfect way to highlight the height of a room.

Settles can seem dauntingly difficult to incorporate into a home, but they are really an early practical piece that can be used in a myriad of ways to add form and functionality to your space.

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Second Annual Live Valentine's Day Window Display 02/16/2012

If you’re countin’ on me like I’m countin’ on you,
Old cupid just gave us a shove

 

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Our Tiniest Client; Welcome to Violet’s Nursery 01/17/2012

This is Violet, a recent client of ours.  We decorated her nursery, and we knew we needed to make it very special for a very special little girl!

Amy & Chris, Violet’s mom and dad, had just moved into their new home.  This is an image of the nursery when we first visited their beautiful space.  They are an amazing couple that wanted a functional space for their daughter.  We went with a pale neutral blue paint color in the room.  The blue acted as a softening neutral that we could play off of with brighter color touches in the accessories.  So when Violet is a tween she won’t be embarrassed by a hot pink room with a wallpaper border of princesses.  As she gets older she can pick out new accessories as she comes into her own style.  This blue is great because it changes in feeling when put with other colors.  When it is next to yellows and whites it looks more blue, when it is next to blacks and intense blues it looks more gray.

We fell in love with the large window, and decided to keep the area in the window painted white to keep it as the bright focal point in the space.  We did a seating area in the window that will be functional, as Violet gets older.  It will be a great nook for reading down the road.  The bench in the window area is made up of four separate ottomans so they can pulled aside as stools or a tray could be added on top for a table (perfect for future tea parties!).  The lovely and playful pennants were handmade by Amy’s best friend Hannah.  They are so sweet and they catch the amazing light that floods in that window so well.

We decided to do a layer of sheers behind the patterned curtains.  The sheer can be drawn for privacy or to shield some of the light and the heavier outer curtains can be drawn together to block the light for naptime.  When Violet is old enough, she can also have a bit of privacy in her reading nook by closing the curtains.

The crib, bookshelf and changing table are all dark wood.  The changing table is an antique chest of drawers, the perfect size to fit the changing pad on top of it.   This way when Violet is potty trained it will be a great storage piece in her bedroom.

It is a space that can grow as Violet grows.

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Traditional Furnishings Can Be Fun and Edgy Too! The Traditionalist with A Dose of Whimsy, Todd Richesin 12/14/2011

OK, so very traditional furniture is not normally my thing.   I think I have an aversion because if it is not done right it can tend to come off stuffy and the space does not seem warm and inviting.  I had to include Todd Richesin of Todd Richesin Interiors from Knoxville, Tennessee because he makes his designs fun and fresh while working in mainly period estates.  The room above is too cool for words.  I love the bobbin chair with that funky bright fabric which circle pattern imitates the turning in the frame of the chair.  If I had to choose between a skirt on a sofa and a stick in the eye I would normally choose the stick, but the flirty fringe on that vivid blue sofa makes me smile.  He is channeling the traditional sense and folk art approach of the country homes by Cullman & Kravis and Diamond Baratta’s use of bold color choices in this space.

Sometimes more is more.   The neutral color and geometric patterns created by the walls make a crucial base to allow all these whimsical patterns and colors to work.  If the walls were fabric covered in an intricate pattern or Tartan or Toile your head would explode because there would be no place to rest your eyes.  It is Todd’s give and take that makes this such a successful room.  Not to mention the quality of the furniture.  I love the chunky turned legs on the green farm coffee table, and the beautiful sideboard in the back adds a serious touch.

This is a different project that has a higher focus on texture than pops of color.  The  use of many natural materials add such a wonderful layering quality to the space.   I adore this slate fireplace, and the pale yellow thin rug to make the darker colors pop.   Todd did a wonderful job of finding a case piece that works in that tight space. The glass doors on that piece paired with the landscape over top relate to the window and brighten up that corner without throwing a bright colored into the mix.  He knows when to add a pop, and when to brighten an area subtly.  I love me a patriotic pillow and this one is gorgeous.  I mean how lovely is that over-scaled pillow on that beautiful small rush seat chair?

I love this dining room.  I so enjoy the use of these natural wicker chairs at the dining table.  It makes it look so comfortable but it does not feel too informal for an entertaining space.  His pairing that, with the Windsor chairs at the ends is so smart with that gorgeous farm table. It is so lovely how all the textures play off each other in the space, and the room is grounded with another layer of texture based in the sisal rug.  This room is very approachable for how traditional in sensibility it is.   When there is not too much color in a space it is important for the textures to make your eye travel and to notice all the details.  I absolutely adore this!!

Todd Richesin knows how to add a hint of whimsy and a touch of the unexpected to make his spaces interesting.  Todd has two retail antique shops in Tennessee.  He owns Bobby Todd Antiques with co-owner Bobby Brown and also recently opened retail space called Upstairs above his interiors studio in Knoxville.

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Shop Late! Shop Local!!! 12/06/2011

Please stop by BEEKMAN LANE for Shop Late, Shop Local!!  We will be open until 10pm on Thursdays in December.  We will be offering great discounts on selected items, and refreshments.  Shop by!!

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