The Salon Art + Design 2018

The Salon Art + Design 2018

This past week marked the opening of the Salon Art + Design 2018 show at the Park Avenue Armory. Including some of the world’s finest dealers, this show brings a wide and high quality range of fine and decorative art from ancient to contemporary, with an emphasis on distinctive 20th century and contemporary design. And if you’re in the NYC area, tomorrow is the final day to visit this always interesting and stylish show.


I stopped by the very well attended press preview and opening evening for a peek. It was a social madhouse with a who’s who in design and art aficionados, marked by robust sales reported by many of the exhibitors.…

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At Home with Timothy Corrigan at Chateau de la Chevallerie (the before)

At Home with Timothy Corrigan at Chateau de la Chevallerie (the before)

There are few people who could not only imagine but are capable of bringing an 18th century French chateau back to life. Designer Timothy Corrigan is not only capable but enthusiastic and experienced, having expertly renovated his former French home, Château du Grand-Lucé. Since then he has found a new love in the northern Loire, the Château de la Chevallerie. Susanna and I were thrilled to visit Tim there this spring just as he was embarking on bringing this exquisite jewel into the 21st century. Please join us as Timothy explains his vision for his beautiful new French country home!…

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TEFAF New York Fall 2018

TEFAF New York Fall 2018

This weekend marked the opening of the TEFAF New York Fall 2018 show. The third edition of this prestigious art fair continued to wow its audience with a focus on the creme de la creme in fine and decorative arts from ancient times through early twentieth century.

With a glamorous venue, the preview on Friday included a sophisticated group of collectors, interior designers, museum representatives, art connoisseurs and aficionados. One of the first booths I visited was the always impressive Galerie Kugel. I find automatons fascinating, walking the line between mechanized wonders and works of art. The gilt brass one above includes a lion that rhythmically sticks out its tongue as its tamer taps in time to a chime.…

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At Home with Carolyne Roehm – Design & Style: A Constant Thread

At Home with Carolyne Roehm – Design & Style: A Constant Thread

We have celebrated Carolyne Roehm’s many talents here before – in the garden, setting the table, the renovation and decoration of her beautiful Charleston home. With the publication of her new book (her 13th !!) Design & Style A Constant Thread, we can now marvel at the constant thread that has been at the core of all her creative endeavors throughout the years. Whether designing fashion or jewelry, decorating homes or growing, photographing and painting flowers, Carolyne has always explored her passions with both studiousness and zeal. Please tag along with Susanna Salk and me behind the scenes at Weatherstone, Carolyne’s beautiful Connecticut home for a peek at how, as she says, “magic is made when the thread of character becomes entwined with one’s desires and dreams.”

Carolyne’s lifelong love of learning, artistry and the natural world have over the years been woven into a tapestry of beauty and impressive accomplishments.…

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San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show

San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show

This week I was honored to speak at the San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show on a panel about collecting with designers Suzanne Kasler and Jay Jeffers. A big thank you to show chair Suzanne Tucker who invited me and helped organize a glamorous opening night gala as well as many marvelous talks and events during the week.

One of the signature elements of the show is the display of designer vignettes created with and sponsored by de Gournay. Following this year’s theme of The Sun, the Moon & the Stars: Celestial Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design, the designers incorporated pieces from this year’s exhibitors and worked with de Gournay to show both what they do and what they are capable of creating for their spaces.…

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Out and About Here and Across the Pond

Out and About Here and Across the Pond

For all of you who may have been wondering (or not) about my recent absence in these parts, let me take you along behind the scenes of what has been a whirlwind past few weeks. Before leaving for a trip across the pond, Susanna Salk and I were busy filming new episodes for our At Home With video series. We visited Thomas O’Brien at his extraordinary Long Island home (actually two houses), below, and charming shop, Copper Beach.

We also filmed with Carolyne Roehm at Weatherstone, her Connecticut country home,

to celebrate her new book, Design & Style: A Constant Thread.…

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At Home in Connecticut with Bunny Williams

At Home in Connecticut with Bunny Williams

Over the years, I have had the privilege of documenting many aspects of celebrated designer Bunny Williams‘ talents. And while Susanna and I have shared several video visits with Bunny, we  have never visited her inside her beautiful Greek Revival home, immortalized in her first book, An Affair with a House. So we are especially delighted for you to tag along with us now at home in Connecticut with Bunny Williams!

From her designs to products (Bunny Williams Home is celebrating 10 inspiring years!) to books, Bunny’s world is one of comfort, gracious living and effortless style.…

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Château de Villette

Château de Villette

With design attributed to François Mansart (architect to Louis XIV) and gardens inspired by, if not actually designed by Le Nôtre himself, Château de Villette has stood, almost unchanged, since the late 17th century. It was, however, in the next century, that the château shone, serving as a hub for influential intellectuals and elite, supporting ideals of the Enlightenment.

In an elegant new tome, we are first guided through the history of the chateau followed by an intimate look at the recently refurbished interiors. New owners, who purchased the chateau in 2011, undertook an ambition restoration of the entire estate, guided by Pierre-André Lablaude, chief architect to the Monuments Historiques and for the Domaine National de Versailles.…

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The Power of Pattern

The Power of Pattern

Not only is my talented video partner Susanna Salk an insightful interviewer on our YouTube series, but a creative and prolific author. In her latest must-have tome, The Power of Pattern, just out from Rizzoli, she shows us the endless possibilities that pattern can bring to our spaces. As Susanna explains in her introduction, “it eventually became clear that the common element in a fabulous room, besides fearlessness and function, was, more often than not, pattern.”

Whether wallpaper or fabric, floral, stripe or chinoiserie, pattern is frequently both the life and the personality in a successful room. And in the book, Susanna gives the patterns she has picked (such as Pierre Frey’s amazing Pitaya, below – hand embroidered in India on a base fabric of a handmade ikat jacquard) their proper due, often running them as full pages, interspersed with many examples of how designers have successful incorporated pattern in their rooms.…

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Last Days of Summer

Last Days of Summer

As we are enjoying the unofficial last days of summer, I wish you all a very happy Labor Day weekend. It’s always a little bittersweet as the luxurious long days slowly start to shorten and fall’s long light creeps in. But I have an exciting and busy season coming up, so I am, like you I hope, soaking it all in for now and looking back at a few highlights of this Nantucket summer that has yet again gone too fast.

From long sunny walks to misty gray days,

from July’s flowers

to epic sunsets

to memorable meals with friends out and about

and family ones in at home,

it’s been another glorious summer to remember.…

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