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DESIGNERS DECORATE ROOMS FOR CHARITY AT HOLIDAY HOUSE NYC
November 15 2019
Mariem Horchani of MHM Interiors in Manhattan had a pink theme for her downstairs powder room, but it wasn't related to breast cancer. She was inspired by the International Day of Pink, an anti-bullying initiative that started in 2007 after a student in rural Canada was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Horchani depicted various incarnations of pink, from feminine to female empowerment, with framed photographs and a display of Barbie dolls.
DIY TIP Horchani had to chase down Barbies from various time periods online, but it was a relatively inexpensive way to make an artistic statement. "Collections are great,” Horchani says. “Anything from plates to Barbies, it can be done in a quirky, eclectic and fun way."
POWDER ROOM BY MHM INTERIORS
November 14 2019
For the garden level powder room, Mariem Horchani charts the historical progression of pink, from the epitome of Renaissance femininity to a rallying hue for modern social movements such as anti-bullying and, of course, breast cancer research. A display wall of Barbies similarly charts the doll’s evolution from demure girl to powerful woman, while rich textures and dark sage tones make the light-handed use of pink pop.
KITCHEN AND BATH BUSINESS
THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN
November 18 2019
GOALS: “I wanted to pay tribute to the color pink, and what better way to feature pink than in a powder room?”
INSPIRATIONS: “While walking from Union Station in Washington, D.C., to a friend’s birthday bash a few months ago, I came across a bridal party in beautiful blush tones walking up the steps of the Supreme Court. The soft elegance of their dresses fluttering in the breeze against the backdrop of the striking white Neoclassical building was a real moment. It made me reflect on justice and the significance of the color pink, from feminine and traditional to powerful and political. I was lucky to get a shot, which I posted on my MHM Interiors Instagram.”
PENN LIVE PATRIOT NEWS
COOL SPACES: CAN YOU SPOT ALL THE BEN FRANKLINS? CHEZ BEN (NOW FRANKLIN SOCIAL) IS FILLED WITH NODS TO THE FOUNDING FATHER
Updated January 29 2019
Benjamin Franklin is everywhere.
Hundreds of portraits of Founding Father fill the restaurant Chez Ben (now Franklin Social) in Philadelphia -- but the portraits aren't necessarily obvious, at first. They're found within pictures of his wife and alleged mistresses. Chez Ben (now Franklin Social) takes its namesake historical figure seriously. In addition to a wall dedicated to the loves of Franklin's life, it also has the shape of his signature eyeglasses immortalized in iron railings. Binary code that fills one wall is the text of the Declaration of Independence, which Franklin famously helped edit and sign.
RISING STARS IN DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE: MARIEM HORCHANI
From Finance to Finesse
After 10 years working as a credit derivatives trader for major investment banks in London and New York, Bedford Corners resident Mariem Horchani changed course to pursue her longtime passion in interior design...