We are Joe and Vivian and this is our story:
From January 2000 to April 2001, we embarked on a journey that changed our lives. We quit our corporate jobs in New York City, sold our belongings and traveled, with not much more than a large backpack, through 21 countries on six continents. The places we saw, the adventures we had and the people we met taught us one important lesson: we are all the same. Regardless of culture, religion, or economic status, we all want love and happiness for ourselves, family and friends as well as the the opportunity to lead productive important lives.
Besides our spiritual epiphanies, we also saw LOTS of great stuff and how they were made and distributed to the world. The seed for Global Home was planted.
Upon our return from this life-altering journey, we resumed our careers.(Joe as Executive Marketing Director of Vogue Magazine, Vivian as an art director with clients such as Assouline Publishing and Martha Stewart Omnimedia). Being in Manhattan on September 11, 2001, we realized that life was too short and our next adventure had to start immediately. We bought an old country house in Sullivan County, New York, fixed it up and got married there. We fell in love with country living and saw the chance to follow another dream. While living a quiet life in the country, we could hop around the world and curate the best & most interesting items in home design as a way to make a living.
That was when Global Home was born. Nestled in our small resort town in upstate New York, we began selling imported furniture and home decor from around the world. Our aim is to capture the feeling of what we discover during our travels and reinterpret it into an environment in which our customers can easily see how to incorporate it into their own homes. We sell a style that is internationally inspired yet fresh. We like to call it "Modern Exotic".
In April 2015, we spread our wings and open our first shop in NYC. Come visit us in the Flatiron district while we embark on our next adventure.
Our design aesthetic is also available for hire. We have designed the country homes and apartments of many busy executives and celebrities who want our style for their homes. View our interior design portfolio by clicking here. Enjoy.
Meet our incredible Global Home team. We would not be able to do this without them.
Interior Design Associate & Coordinator
Aiko N. originally studied painting, and her love of colors, light, positions, shapes, atmospheres and objects led her to the world of interior architecture and design. She earned her MFA in interior design at Parsons, where she became interested in the intersection between fine arts and interior spaces. She has worked in architecture and interior design and continues to enjoy her explorations in fine arts and occasional artist residencies.
Sales & Design Consultant - FLATIRON NYC
Denise C. received her BS in Textile Design from The Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science (now Philadelphia University) and has traveled extensively to some of the world’s finest textile mills. She has significant experience in luxury fabric development including a position as Creative Director for iconic Italian cashmere source Loro Piana. More recently she has held visual & sales positions at Gracious Home, Crate & Barrel and Saks Fifth Avenue.She has worked with clients from Bill Blass, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren to Betsey Johnson & Barbara Tfank.
In-Store Sales Associate – JEFFERSONVILLE
Connie B., a resident of Jeffersonville, the East Village in NYC, and sometimes Paris, discovered Global Home almost the first day they opened and has been a fan ever since. Her background is editorial and theatrical. Her series of World Classics Performed in Part by Pets at the 6th Street and Avenue B Garden is still critiqued in some circles. (Her life as an egg was short-lived, even though it occurred long before salmonella was an issue.)
Bespoke Furniture Maker
Born and raised in Greenwich Village, Joncy B. designs and builds furniture for Global Home
interior projects as well as New York's 'top drawer' from a barn in Callicoon Center.
Gardening, fishing and maintenance of his professional wiffle ball field consume his free time.
Matthew M. started his design career in New York over 15 years ago, first in advertising, then for several years as a menswear designer, translating his creative abilities into a new medium. Upon his return to advertising and design, Matthew turned his focus to digital, specializing in design and development of e-commerce, portfolio and news sites. Now living in Los Angeles, he's the co-founder and creative director of West Hollywood Magazine, bringing his interest in art, fashion, architecture and interiors into one place. http://westhollywoodmag.net
After years of a successful career in marketing in New York & Los Angeles, Thomas R. took the leap to follow his college passion for ceramic arts, and launched Renaud Ceramic. Based in Portand, OR, Renaud Ceramic focuses on handcrafted functional and decorative objects for
everyday living and enjoyment. Each piece is thrown on the wheel and finished using simple tools or further manipulated by hand. http://www.renaudceramic.com
Hardly a day goes by at Global Home that doesn't involve a panicked phone call to former underwear model and Olympic table-tennis silver medal winner Cima B. Be it roof repair, tree removal, fine furniture making, a fireworks show or a sofa delivery, he has got it covered. An accomplished wood sculptor and competitive mountain biker, he somehow always finds time to help us out.