Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Interieurs as Featured in Garden Design Magazine (July/August 2011)

 In our industry, the support of editorial is critical. I am an avid (borderline neurotic gardener) and have been reading Garden Design for years. My house was published a few years ago in the magazine, the story was about our new Interieurs collection. As a result, a new client called on me to redesign and furnish her nearby week end residence.  I was thrilled when Katie Mendelson contacted me about our terrace which she had seen during one of our parties. Here is our outdoor space styled by Garden Design.



 If you find the time to read it, here is the transcribed text:
City Style
When I refer to the deck of my Brooklyn apartment, I use the term loosely;in truth, it is a dirty patch of tar roof. But after a trip to the design firm INTERIEURS on New York City's East 58th Street, I realized that with a few smart choices, even the most sharp-edged cityscapes can become an urban oasis.
When INTERIEURS'owner Francine Gardner relocated her showroom in 2010, she knew what she was after: "I wanted a place to meet with clients, to eat lunch, and to relax and entertain," she says. Inside, the breezy duplex showcases finds from four-poster beds to egg shaped lamps. But the piece de resistance is its 1,000 square foot terrace. Even penned in by office buildings, the terrace's currated mix of furniture and greenery is ripe for casual entertaining."it's quite unexpected in midtown manhattan,"Gardner notes.
Gardner's design philosophy, favoring relaxation over perfection and melding periods and styles-an indonesian petrified wood side table topped with artist Jose Esteves'contemporary bird sculpture , for instance-results in an inspiring but serene environment of vignettes.A sleek white dining table dressed with a colorful runner is the site of dinner parties; two sitting areas, one with ample handwoven fiber chairs, the other arranged arounfd tables set with eclectic conversation pieces, invite guests to sink in, enjoy a cocktail, dream and chhat.
The details that give this terrace its inviting ambiance can be replicated even in the smallest of spaces.Furniture-wise,comfort should reign supreme:gardner's sofas and chairs, chosen for thier high design and cushiness, are  by italian manufacture Unopiu. But the real mood comes from personalized accents:Vierkant concrete planters,nautically inspired tekna lighting fixtures,and plenty of warm touches."What comes to mind when i think odf an outdoor retreat," she says "are great fabrics,blankets for cool evenings, scented plants and soft colors"With these few principles as a guide, Gardner's goal-tot turn her piece of nature into a relaxing space that fostersher guest 's enjoyment-is achieveable for any city dweller,whether their outdoor space ia an expansive terrace or a rooftop.
Katie Mendelson.

A Bientot,


  1. What a marvelous write up Francine. I would think INTERIEURS urban oasis in midtown Manhattan brings you delight on any given day? Your vision of what that terrace could bring to your showroom has materialized and has been such a positive for your business. A lovely outdoor room which was styled just as I thought a Gardner Designed space would,..perfect!

  2. Francine, congratulations! You work so diligently to create amazing environments. No one is more deserving than you!

  3. Congratulations Francine. What a fabulous feature. Your terrace really looks wonderful!

  4. BRAVO< Francine ! MAGIFIQUE! quel bonheur d'avoir un espace comme ca dans New York. A bientot.

  5. Felicitations pour l'article! C'est une terrasse tres sympa et acceuillante! Ca donne vraiment envie d'y passer de longues journees d'ete...

  6. Francine, an absolutely gorgeous space, and an inspiration to those with small terraces!

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  7. What a fabulous feature. Your terrace really looks wonderful! Congratulations!

    Silver MLM

  8. As always, what you do is perfection. Congrats on the beautiful editorial. And, what a gem to have right in the city. Sending a big hug....

  9. I still need to post about our fun evening. The website has kept me busy, and our business is good! I wanted to give you a heads up: We are so excited to be included in HGTV's Freebie Friday blog giveaway tomorrow. We are giving away a cool Asian lacquer coffee or low side table in one of 5 color options, so come on by for a chance to win!! Its worth upwards of $500.00 so its our biggest yet. Give us a tweet or a thumbs up on our FB page! Come stay at the house.
    Good Luck!

  10. How much talent can a person have? Congratulations and applause for you Francine.
    I am very happy for your write up.
    I in turn am fighting Slugs in my garden. Ugh.
    Makes you appreciate the city huh?
    yvonne at La Petite Gallery

  11. Fantastic terrace, congratulations to you.
    Hugs from Brasil

  12. A fabulous terrace Francine, and a great feature as well. I love the lanterns!

  13. Congratulations Francine, So happy for you!Your terrace looks marvelous....You have worked hard and this is recognition you deserve!I'll go and grab a copy!Maryanne ;)

  14. Hi Francine,
    Just wanted to let you know that the story is now online: http://www.gardendesign.com/entertaining/city-style!

    Thanks! People have been having a great response to the story!

  15. Congratulations on the article. I agree with the writer, Francine you have the most marvelous roof deck that I have ever seen in a retail location. It is more like a high end 5 star Hotel or luxurious penthouse pied-a-terre.


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