NYBG 2017 Orchid Dinner

NYBG 2017 Orchid Dinner

Today we take a final look at more of the fantastic tables from the NYBG 2017 Orchid Dinner. And don’t forget, if you’re in the area, to stop by the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, open now through April 9th!

I loved the beautiful green and plum colorway at Kathleen Walsh‘s table, featuring a spectacular centerpiece from ZeZé’s Flowers. On a tablecloth of Kravet fabric, she layered several favorites –  Mottahedeh’s Lace service plate and Chelsea Botanicals dessert plate with under a Robert Haviland & C. Parlon Arc en Ciel dinner plate in between. Kim Seybert’s Molten Gold charger, Agate napkin ring and layered silk organza and linen napkins added to the table magic.…

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A Major Milestone – One Million Views!

A Major Milestone – One Million Views!

For those of you not on social media, I am thrilled to share that Susanna’s and my video series has recently passed over one million views on YouTube. A big thank you to all the talented designers and tastemakers who have so generously shared their homes with us, you, our loyal viewers, who encourage us to find new and fascinating subjects and our video sponsors who help to make it all possible. We appreciate every single one of you and are excited for the many installments we have coming throughout the year. If you don’t already, please consider subscribing so you never miss an episode!…

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Gone Fishin’

Gone Fishin’

Dear readers – I am taking a few days respite from the snow down south in Florida. You can follow along on Instagram if you’re in need of sunshine and warmth. I’ll be back in a few days with more updates from the world of design!

 

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At Home With Susanna Salk and Alexa Hampton

At Home With Susanna Salk and Alexa Hampton

Designer Alexa Hampton needs no introduction. With a successful interiors career since 1998 as owner and president of her father’s legendary firm, Mark Hampton Inc., multiple product licensing partners, two books under her belt, speaking engagements around the world, endless accolades and awards and now the Creative Director at ATGStores.com, Alexa is not only a well educated and accomplished talent but an articulate and entertaining one. With an expertly trained eye and exhaustive knowledge of classical design and decorative arts, Alexa can not only tell you what is good but exactly why. We are thrilled to invite you for our latest At Home With video visit at Alexa’s elegant, creative family apartment in New York City.…

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NYBG Orchid Dinner 2017

NYBG Orchid Dinner 2017

It may have been a week of frigid temperatures and snowfall but on Wednesday evening we went to the tropics for the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner 2017. This annual benefit, held for the second year in the The Plaza Grand Ballroom, helps to fund the development of the Garden’s orchid research collection and orchid preservation. With long time media sponsor, Veranda Magazine, the evening was also underwritten by Hearst, BNY Mellon and new participant Louis XIII, the legacy cognac label of Rémy Martin.

This year The Orchid Show celebrates its 15th year by acknowledging Thailand, home to over 1,200 native orchid species and a leading producer of cultivated orchids.…

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Shop Talk: The New KRB

Shop Talk: The New KRB

Kate Rheinstein Brodsky has design and shopkeeping in her blood. Her mother is celebrated designer Suzanne Rheinstein who also owns Hollyhock, the chic La Cienega shop, so perhaps it was destiny that Kate should one day have her own stylish design destination. A little over two years ago, KRB opened in a jewel box space on East 79th Street. But when a two story street front space opened up nearby on 74th Street, it seemed the perfect opportunity to expand. Tuesday evening I stopped by for a peek at the official celebration of the new KRB location.

From antiques and vintage furniture to custom new pieces, accessories and more, the offerings at KRB are chic, eclectic and covetable! 

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Eclectic Chic in Nashville

Eclectic Chic in Nashville

This past weekend was the annual Antiques & Garden Show in Nashville, where last year I was honored to moderate a great panel of talented designers. A favorite stop during my trip was to Jeannette Whitson‘s eclectic chic studio in the booming 12 South district.

Jeannette first popped up on my radar several years ago when her stylish home was featured in House Beautiful. You may remember her inviting blue on blue library with its fabulous tented ceiling and wall to wall sectional,

her airy and functional kitchen

and charming, rustic chic mud room.

House Beautiful photos by Simon Watson

I was enchanted by her effortless integration of charismatic antiques into her built interiors and her mantra of bringing the outdoors in, which not only breathed life into every room but is the credo of her business, Garden Variety Design.…

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Metallics and Geometry of the Cosmos

Metallics and Geometry of the Cosmos

In case you were puzzled by the title of this post, let me assure you it does not refer to new age crystals or advanced rocket science, but rather themes of geometric forms and metallic threads I noticed throughout many collections at Paris Deco Off. One place these qualities met with sophisticated style and outstanding craftsmanship was in the three collections that comprise Créations-Métaphores: Métaphores, Vérel de Belval and Le Crin. Taking inspiration from the sparkling sky, their new Cosmos collection embraces the mysteries of the universe with astral themes, and subtle metallics.

Discovery, above left and below, sets the tone with nebulae like forms sprinkled on a close-grained velvet, echoing the dazzling spiral galaxy of the Milky Way.…

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Paris Deco Off 2017 Color and Pattern

Paris Deco Off 2017 Color and Pattern

Of the colorful and pattern laden fabrics of the Paris Deco Off 2017 collections, many were conceived from travel and nature inspired sources. This was certainly the case at Pierre Frey, where Maoming evokes the ancient textile traditions of the Miao women in remote Chinese mountain villages. Ikats, embroideries and bold geometric patterns are interpreted in indigos and brights for a collection that continues the love of ethnic textiles. Below, indigo heaven in the left bank showroom with the batik-like linen Haikou on the walls, cotton embroidery Lan-Fish on the sofa, Helong ikat velvet (lots of velvets at Deco Off) and Baoji jacquard on pillows.…

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Paris Deco Off Preview

Paris Deco Off Preview

While I continue to edit my photos from Paris, I bring you a quick Deco Off preview. Among the showrooms I was able to visit during the show, an abundance of themes shone through. While bright colors and pattern are still driving forces, there was also a focus on neutrals, but with an emphasis on natural materials with noticeably more texture. Embroidery continues to be popular and metallics were included as both strong and subtle additions to textiles throughout.

Favorite collections included Pierre Frey, who covered all these categories in style throughout their lines (Pierre Frey above and new Natecru, below)

Dedar, who melds technology with craft in their fashion inspired fabrics,

Hermès, whose signature design excellence shows through everything they create

Manuel Canovas, whose vivid color sense drives their collection

and Creations Metaphores, whose three distinct lines encompass an exquisite range of traditional and modern textiles.…

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