Back on Track

Back on Track

Immediately after the whirlwind of Thanksgiving, I left first thing on Monday to attend the Design Leadership Summit in Miami. Now that I’m back on track in the office, I’ll have some thoughts on this year’s conference to share soon. In the meantime, a little peek at a bit of the inspiration from a great group of speakers at the Nobu Eden Roc, an update of Miami architect Morris Lapidus’ iconic hotel.

Have a great weekend and stay tuned as Monday brings the latest installment of Susanna’s and my At Home With video series!

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Carolyne Roehm Watercolors at Mecox

Carolyne Roehm Watercolors at Mecox

Carolyne Roehm has proved herself in the atelier with a fashion collection, at home with beautiful interiors, in the garden, behind the lens and most recently with a paintbrush. It makes you wonder, really, what can’t she do. But Carolyne is an avid and dedicated student and once she decides on a new arena of creative output, chances are, she will master it. With nature as her muse, she is infinitely inspired and constantly looking for new ways to capture its beauty. In her latest book, At Home in the Garden, you got a glimpse of her latest endeavor, but now limited edition prints of Carolyne Roehm watercolors will make their debut at Mecox New York this Thursday.…

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Setting a Holiday Table with Christie’s

Setting a Holiday Table with Christie’s

Designer Alex Papachristidis and I share a love of tabletop so we were delighted when several weeks ago Christie’s asked if we would like to collaborate on setting a holiday table using lots from their upcoming Living with Art sales. Merging a wide range of categories and styles, the sale focuses on how both fine and decorative art live successfully together in our homes. After perusing the offerings, we decided on a mix of silver, china, crystal, furniture and rugs to create a warm and welcoming table for Thanksgiving and any other seasonal celebration.

Starting with the early 19th century Coalport china we also included more contemporary lots like the timeless Baccarat crystal, Alex’s own ikat napkins and gorgeous flowers from Zeze, to create a table comprised of elements old and new.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Mark D. Sikes

At Home with Susanna Salk and Mark D. Sikes

Those of you who follow Mark D. Sikes on his popular blog and Instagram feed know that he is all about classic style. Whether it’s his favorite blue and white stripes, red his way or timeless neutrals, his mantra is making it beautiful. And in his own house in Los Angeles, he walks the walk with a focus on easy elegance and an indoor outdoor approach to living. Join Susanna Salk and me for a special video visit with Mark as he takes us behind the scenes at his beautiful California home.

Antiques that Mark and partner Michael Griffin have collected over the years live comfortably with the designer’s signature mix of natural fibers, striped dhurries and chinoiserie.…

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First Peek Holiday House NY 2016

First Peek Holiday House NY 2016

It was one of those weeks of best intentions. I had hoped, among other posts, to bring you a fuller look at Holiday House NY 2016 which opened on Wednesday evening, but I just couldn’t make it happen. So enjoy today’s peek into the showhouse, at the new Soho location, and stay tuned for more from this year’s inspiring edition of the popular breast cancer fundraiser.

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Rooms with a View 2016

Rooms with a View 2016

This weekend marked the 22nd edition of one of Connecticut’s favorite design events with Rooms with a View 2016. Originally conceived by Albert Hadley, this destination designer showhouse transformed the Southport Congregational Church into twelve mini rooms created by select local and national designers. This year’s theme of Comfort & Joy seemed to come at just the right moment.

Christina Roughan wanted to create a room that spoke to you before you even entered. This dark sexy vignette was instantly inviting with glossy black walls and a glamorous mix of modern mid-century pieces with very traditional elements. A custom carpet anchored the room with a rare two toned Murano glass chandelier from AWK Antiques topping the space with sparkling style.…

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The Salon Art + Design

The Salon Art + Design

Monday is the final day to visit The Salon Art + Design at the Park Avenue Armory. In its fifth year, the show features 55 top galleries from around the world, exhibiting everything from ancient to contemporary classics. While I wish I could have stayed longer for a more comprehensive visit, I am including a few favorites that caught my eye on my whirlwind tour of this elegant show. British gallery Sarah Myerscough presents an innovative fusion of artists and materials including Masie Broadhead’s mixed media photographic Pearls series which explores classic 17th century female portraiture, reflecting on womens’ roles in society today.…

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What a Week!

What a Week!

No one needs to be reminded of what a week this was. But besides the election, there were many opportunities to experience the restorative power of beauty at events in New York and Connecticut, many of which I will circle back to revisit. On Monday, I visited Christie’s to do a little research for an upcoming project and see the preview for next week’s Impressionist & Modern Art Sale. An astounding collection of modern masterpieces, the sale includes important works of many of the heavy hitters from almost every major art movement from last 19th century through the first half of the 20th.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Ken Fulk

At Home with Susanna Salk and Ken Fulk

Memorable experiences are all about the story and for Ken Fulk, no matter what the project, there’s always a story in his head. Whether orchestrating  Sean Parker’s opulent Big Sur wedding, transforming a turn-of-the-century San Francisco building into The Battery, the 60,000 square foot private club, or designing dramatic interiors for many of the city’s movers and shakers, Fulk has the imagination and determination to bring his visions to life. Unlike many of his other lavish and often over the top projects, however, renovating his own Provincetown retreat was all about doing the least amount possible. Join Susanna Salk and me as we visit the creative entrepreneur in his charming seaside home.…

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Dialogues on Design

Dialogues on Design

For the past three years, the New York School of Interior Design has offered a series of talks moderated by Newell Turner, editorial director of the Hearst Design Group, with top designers in the field. These sessions include discussions on process and approach to work, inspirations and influences, feeling on trends as well as current state of the discipline of interior design. Following the conversations, there is a reception where attendees have the opportunity to meet and chat with the designers. It is a great way to hear from the top talent guided by an expert in the world of design.…

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