AD Home Design Show 2015 Part II

AD Home Design Show 2015 Part II

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing more from the AD Home Design Show 2015 in several shorter installments. As a reminder, the easiest way to receive updates is, of course, to subscribe directly (by entering your email in the box above the blue subscribe button on the right) or through bloglovin – the blue heart icon under follow the Q.

One of my favorite discoveries last year at the show was Voutsa, George Venson’s colorful handpainted wallpaper line. As he continues to grow his lifestyle brand, he finds new and original ways to express his creative vision. This year, his exhibit, entitled Voutsa Model Home, featured a dollhouse sized series of rooms wallpapered with the new collection.…

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Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2015

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2015

Last week Pier 94 was home to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2015. As DIFFA Dining by Design moved next door, the 14th annual edition of this luxury show for the design market expanded to fill the entire space. From large international brands to small artisanal craftsmen, the show offers a wealth of sources. As always, there were returning favorites to see and new exhibitors to discover. Some booths combined talents such as where the creative folks from Calico Wallpaper joined forces with Chen Chen & Kai Williams and Brendan Ravenhill. Below, Ravenhill’s Grain Family of lights, so named for the pattern of the spinning tool left and enhanced on the underside of the shades, sit against Calico’s Willow for a vignette of dark modern elegance.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Laura Slatkin

At Home with Susanna Salk and Laura Slatkin

Whether at home, at work as founder and CEO of NEST Fragrances or contributing to philanthropic causes of autism and mental health, Laura Slatkin is always drawing on her interconnected worlds for inspiration. Since launching her line of home fragrances in 2008, Laura has built NEST into an enormously successful luxury lifestyle brand. And at home, her close family, including talented interior designer brother-in-law Howard Slatkin and creative entrepreneur husband Harry, has helped shape her glamorous New York City townhouse into a chic haven for family living and extensive entertaining. Join us for a visit and delicious lunch with Laura as we take a peek at her stylish and inspiring domain.…

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A Week’s Worth of Inspiration

A Week’s Worth of Inspiration

With a whirlwind of activities, I haven’t had a chance to edit photos and share this week’s worth of inspiration. Between a special evening at New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and the DIFFA Dining by Design tables, my camera is full and my feet exhausted. So here is a little preview of what’s to come.

And don’t forget to check back on Monday for an exciting new episode of our video series.…

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Lisa Perry + Schumacher

Lisa Perry + Schumacher

While Schumacher has had their share of designer collections in recent years, their most recent collaboration harkens back to their illustrious history of pairings with the likes of Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli. When Dara Caponigro joined Schumacher as Creative Director in 2013, I thought it the perfect opportunity for the distinguished fabric house to branch out a bit more into lifestyle. Clearly fashion designer Lisa Perry thought so as well.

Her connection with Caponigro goes back to Domino days when Dara featured Lisa’s Hamptons house in September 2007, following the launch of the designer’s eponymous label. After a renovation, Dara, then at the helm of Veranda, published the updated version.…

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Spring Entertaining

Spring Entertaining

Since we finally have had signs of warmth and sun, we can start looking forward to time outdoors and spring entertaining. Products from the fall tabletop show are now available, so it is a good time to consider what you might want to add to your collections. One of the most exciting updates has been the reinvigoration of Richard Ginori. Taken over by Gucci in 2013, the 270 year old porcelain brand represents a distinguished history of Italian excellence and creativity that deserves to be protected and rediscovered.

Gio Ponti was the artistic director in the 1920’s and many of his timeless designs are still produced today.…

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Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

What a change a week makes! With sudden temperature rises, we are actually seeing signs of spring poking through the melting mounds of snow. It is also school vacation this week, so instead of working on my planned post, there was a lot of this going on.

But nonetheless, there were other activities as well. Tuesday evening was the splendid gala for the New York School of Interior Design Benefit Dinner honoring Edmund Hollander (Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design), the New York Restoration Project (Green Design Award), John Rosselli and Bunny Williams (Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award) as well as the school’s current exhibit, Celebrating Landmark Interiors.…

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Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch

Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch

In the Slim Aarons era of Palm Beach life, potter Dodie Thayer was a name known to all fashionable hostesses. Self taught and using a second-hand kiln in her garage, she hand-made ceramics molded from lettuce and cabbage leaves, many pieces taking up to two weeks to complete. Sold at the exclusive Au Bon Gout shop on Worth Avenue, they quickly became must-have staples on every stylish table.

Her Lettuce Ware was soon collected by the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,the Duchess of Windsor and Brooke Astor, whose over-200 piece collection sold at Sotheby’s several years ago for over $75,000. The quintessential combination of artisanal craftsmanship with unpretentious yet distinctive style, Dodie Thayer’s work appealed to those who loved bringing the the fresh color and shapes of the garden to the table like Bunny Mellon and C.Z.…

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Geoffrey Bennison Master Decorator

Geoffrey Bennison Master Decorator

Designer Mark Hampton perhaps described legendary decorator Geoffrey Bennison best. “Like some Proustian arbiter of taste and manners, he knew exactly how to get it right, while at the same time he left a tingling impression of mystery. How did he do it? Where did it all come from? The decorator magician. That’s what he was.”

Long before I even knew what a blog was, I was a devotee of Geoffrey Bennison and his iconic fabrics. In this first book on the designer’s work, we are immersed in the magical and theatrical world of the renowned British designer, whose unconventional approach changed the way we look at decor.…

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Penny Morrison Then and Now

Penny Morrison Then and Now

Several years ago I wrote a piece about Guy and Penny Morrison’s charming house in Wales, below.

Since then, I have come to know Penny’s beautiful line of fabrics, and her chic collaboration with Carolina Irving, Irving & Morrison, below.

So I was delighted to see the marvelous cover feature on her home in the April ELLE DECOR beautifully captured by Miguel Flores-Vianna. The house has been updated since I last wrote about it with a marvelous sense of color and pattern. While it certainly has at its roots an English country sensibility, it is made personal and unique with bold hues and a stylish international mix of textiles, accessories and art.…

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