Patrick Mele The Store

Patrick Mele The Store

Since he was a young boy, designer Patrick Mele has always wanted to have his own store. And now he officially wears two hats – interior designer and shop owner, as Patrick Mele (the store) opened yesterday to much fanfare in Greenwich, CT.

Within a 500 square foot former neighborhood grocer owned by the same family for a century, the charming shop still features the original storefront windows, tin ceiling and a small garden in the back. Patrick transformed the jewel box space with gallons of white paint covering floor to ceiling and classic track lighting to “recall the straightforwardness of an old gallery space.”

Instead of opening a design office, Mele intends the shop to showcase his style, concepts and express what is on and in his mind.…

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More from Middlefield

More from Middlefield

Since Susanna’s and my video visit with Gil Schafer at his country house, Middlefield, seemed to resonate with so many, I thought, as we head into the weekend, you readers might enjoy seeing a few more shots from this gracious home.

In his new book, Gil speaks about the appeal of outbuildings and his garage is a perfect example of how an additional structure is not only functional but adds a simpler style to complement the formality of the main house.

The beautiful large windows not only add light but wonderful cross ventilation in Gil’s handsome master bedroom with Bennison’s Wheatflower on the walls.…

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The Authentics

The Authentics

In a world driven by speed, sameness and recycled imagery and content, where the word authentic is batted around as a generic adjective for the mundane and undeserving, it is a true pleasure to read photographer Melanie Acevedo‘s and Schumacher Creative Director Dara Caponigro’s new book, The Authentics.

As Dara expounds what so many of us can relate to in her introduction, “I’ve bemoaned the fact that so much of what is special in this world is disappearing…the quirky people who used to be everywhere in New York, … the intimate and interesting conversations that constantly bubbled up, uninterrupted by texts and selfies; the deep sense of discovery and wonder felt upon encountering a creative spark that felt utterly original.…

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At Home in the Country with Gil Schafer Video

At Home in the Country with Gil Schafer Video

I first became familiar with architect Gil Schafer when his own country home in upstate New York, Middlefield, was published well over a decade ago. Since then, he has become known as one of the country’s greatest proponents of classic residential architecture. Using the time honored principles of classicism in a contemporary manner, he fuses the best of old and new, designing homes that have the look and ambiance of an old house yet with all the comfort and conveniences of a modern lifestyle. As a long time admirer, I am thrilled to present our latest video with Gil at Middlefield.…

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The Spirit of Christmas at John Derian

The Spirit of Christmas at John Derian

Few places in New York City evoke the holiday spirit quite like Christmas at John Derian‘s enchanting east village shop. A veritable cabinet of curiosities, the store is even more magical at the holidays when John’s penchant for the past, the artisanal and the handmade transforms the space into a nostalgic and whimsical winter wonderland.

John’s passion for holiday decorating recalls his own family traditions. “We decorated the tree with well loved glass ornaments, the house with garlands and the porch with lights (we helped our dad with that). My mom loved it all and shared that with us. For a time she made these beautiful pine cone wreaths – labor intensive, all wired together.…

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Remodelista The Organized Home

Remodelista The Organized Home

Most of you readers know by now, I am not a minimalist. Living with what I love (all of it) is one of life’s great pleasures. That does not mean, however, I don’t like a perfectly organized pantry, laundry room or office (still working on that one). The authors of Remodelista: The Organized Home feel the same. In their handy new book, authors Julie Carlson (editor in chief and co-founder of Remodelista and Margot Gurlanick (Architecture and Interiors editor of Remodelista) offer tips for clever and practical ways to keep your home tidy yet still inviting.

While the book does have a section on how to divest your home of unused or unwanted items, the focus is on simple, stylish and environmentally friendly ways of making spaces more efficient and organized.…

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

There is always so much to be thankful not the least of which is having all my chicks home in the nest for Thanksgiving. Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are all celebrating somewhere today with loved ones and enjoy your meal, company and of course table! Cheers!!

 

 

And thanks to Flowers by Flowers with whom I worked on the pretty arrangement!

all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

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Highlights from Christie’s Sale of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller

Highlights from Christie’s Sale of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller

As you may remember from my post on the Rockefeller Homes and Gardens, next spring Christie’s will offer The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. In the meantime, a global tour begins next week in Hong Kong (marking the family’s longtime commitment to Asia) with highlights from the collection. Each subsequent stop on the tour – London, Los Angeles and New York – will share new items and aspects of the sale, benefiting 12 of Peggy and David’s favorite charities.

In the New York City townhouse library hung Picasso’s Fillette à la corbeille fleurie. From the artist’s Rose Period, the painting was originally owned by Gertrude Stein and brother Leo.…

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More from 2017 Rooms with a View

More from 2017 Rooms with a View

For the 2017 Rooms with a View, designer Robert Passal assembled a vignette entitled The Joy of Eating, celebrating the memories established from sharing meals with friends and family.

A backdrop of Blossom, from the Michael Berman for Fromental wallcovering collection, serves as a rich counterpoint for color, pattern and accessories from Passal’s Greenwich shop Putnam and Mason.

As Passal explains “I have always been attracted to non-traditional holiday tones.  Purple is a symbol of royalty and feels quite seasonal. In this scenario purple is actually my neutral.”

With fabric from Philip Gorrivan Collection for Baker Furniture, china from l’objet, glassware and fruit bowl from William Yeoward and all else available through Putnam & Mason, it is an “interested and approachable tablescape.”

Inspired by a recent trip to Copenhagen and this year’s Joy to the World theme, designer Krista Fox wanted to focus on how beautiful surroundings can be the impetus for sharing, connections and warmth.…

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The Salon Art + Design 2017

The Salon Art + Design 2017

Tomorrow marks the final day to visit The Salon Art + Design 2017 at the Park Avenue Armory. Including 56 of the worlds most influential galleries, this fair is marked by its wide ranging and inclusive nature. An impeccable mix of quality art and design, from historical to contemporary, including modern masters and emerging artists are all represented in this vibrant show. I stopped by on Thursday for a peek to share a few of my favorites.

For the first time ever, the fair invited an interior designer to created an exhibit. With her installation of “The New Nouveau,” Amy Lau envisioned a large room filled with work either specifically commissioned or picked to represent the artistic legacy of Art Nouveau.…

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