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''my father is the quintessential magic man''
Style and Design: Nature or Nurture?
Meg Ruggiero Ovikian
As the daughter of a design icon, Joseph Ruggiero, I am often told, "Well, no wonder you have such style!" The thing is, on one hand, I do feel incredibly grateful to have grown up around such an enthusiastic and talented artist. But, on the other, I try to humbly convey that I simply have a "trained eye." One that anyone can obtain with the right amount of effort.
My father is the quintessential magic man. He was someone "us kids" followed around like groupies and we never even considered that he actually had true fans from his many television appearances. Dad is the son of Italian immigrants, uber-charming, full of elegance and always in the know of everything trendy and hip.
Luckily, every weekend he made his family a priority. Every Saturday throughout my childhood, he took it upon himself to give my stay-at-home mother a much-needed break. My brother, sister and best friend would all pile into the station wagon early in the morning and head out with father at the wheel as our fearless leader. There were always errands we ran but more importantly we would also add in antique stores, consignment shops and the newest hotspots in our local town of Westport, Connecticut.
We learned so much on these trips. Our main focus was continually on "adventure" and to seek out all the beauty and inspiration we could find around us. Whether it was a bookshop in a historic house with creaking floors or a restaurant with high ceilings and skylights or a clothing boutique that had you winding around elegantly hanging masterpieces of fabric, we absorbed every bit of it into our hearts and minds.
On Sunday, Dad took us on a 1-2 hour "power hike," depending on which course we chose. We'd run to put our walking shoes on to skim the front yards of the most beautiful estates that peppered sparingly amongst the rolling hills of Fairfield. We'd talk about the day before, our thoughts for the future, and take massive amounts of plant clippings from the lilacs bushes that were falling over from abundance or the various wildflowers that were in the wooded patches.
Another huge part of my "design schooling" came from going into my father's library, which holds every design book imaginable, along with tall piles of National and International design and fashion magazines. He ships me boxes of his "extras" out to the Midwest, where I now call home. I can never get enough of sitting in my own library and turning the pages that reveal the most stunning images of the world. These magical photographs and experiences have filled me with the knowledge of how to create a beautiful home for me and countless others. They also remind me that the pursuit of this kind of artistry of forever endless.
So if you wish you had grown up knowing exactly what to do with a living space, then just get studying. Let your imagination go wild, but don't just sit behind the computer. What's most important is that you go with open eyes, touching hands, and adventurous feet. Happy Hunting!
Meg Ruggiero Ovikian
With over 20 years of television production experience, both in the field and post, this recent Los Angeles transplant enjoys the quality of life offered here in Minnesota. Meg has enjoyed traveling the world and being closed inside numerous edit bays, equally, for shows on such networks as ABC, NBC, FOX, MTV, and many more. She believes all the hard work has taught her to appreciate the little things of life -- like the warmth of a hot chocolate in winter or the glare of sunshine on any 1 of the 10,000 lakes. Her goal in television has always been to help share good and inspiring stories.
Style and Design - Nature or Nurture?
Meg Ruggiero Ovikian
Repeats are for the Birds!
This finished cornice project appears fairly straightforward, but looks can be deceiving . The client and I fell in love with this beautiful linen fabric from JF Fabrics. Within the pattern, there were a couple of vignettes we could focus on, but when I saw the bird and vine motif, I envisioned a shaped cornice with the focus on shaping to the curve and the point of the vine. I always go online to research the fabric in a full width and repeat. This photo illustrates what I printed out for the client as they needed to see what the cornice shape would be.
It was at this time I realized the pattern was offset so my seams would not be centered on the cornice, and the pattern also drifted up 2" from the left to right selvage.
In addition to the irregularities of the fabric, each cornice was a different width. Keeping the pattern and shape worked for the two of larger cornices, but not for the smaller one. However, I had to keep each curve similar, so the smallest cornice has the sharpest curve but not too distracting to the eye. There was a difference of 3" for seaming, so the larger cornices have more fabric on the left facing half-width than on the right.
The fabric layout was printed with the medallion centered, but that would not have worked with the design of the cornice. As I was making the cuts, I had to stretch the fabric square in order to have the leaves straight across the top. The result: birds and vine are centered and the client and I were both happy!
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Tammy Le Nair of L'Interieur Le Nair has been fabricating couture window fashions for the past 26 years. Both a workroom to the trade as well as a retail business, her emphasis is on couture and hand detailing. In addition to being on the Advisory Board for WFCP, she speaks to area WCAA chapters and will be teaching an upcoming webinar for the virtual chapter of the WCAA. Her work has been published in various trade journals. While her business is based in Lancaster County, PA, she travels all over the country. When not in the workroom, she can usually be found eating delicious cuisine and enjoying a glass or two of wine on her backyard patio with her cats.
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Using Tableaux in Window Treatments
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