Report from Los Angeles

Report from Los Angeles

It’s been a very busy few days here in Los Angeles (did I tell you I was coming?). From filming three high profile interior designers for Susanna Salk’s and my “At Home with” video series, to checking out the windows at this year’s La Cienega Design Quarter Legends, to attending a special dinner at Dragonette, there hasn’t been a second to spare for a post. But I offer you a little peek at some of the chic places, people and homes visited with more information and posts coming very soon!!

Read More »

Posted in interior design, travel | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments  

Gardens at First Light

Gardens at First Light

In the past several years since her beautiful first book, In the Garden, celebrated 18 spectacular gardens here in the Northeast, photographer Stacy Bass has continued to explore the lush domain of private landscapes. Her new volume, Gardens at First Light, represents the first title for athome books, a new division of regional Moffly media. Offering an exclusive peek at twelve glorious gardens, all photographed at dawn, the special aura of daybreak is her muse for the portrayal of these special spaces. You will discover, as Stacy has, that whether bright and clear or enigmatic and overcast, the quiet calm of early morning produces a light like no other.…

Read More »

Posted in books, garden, photography | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments  

A Video Visit to Mercanteinfiera | the Parma Antiques Fair

A Video Visit to Mercanteinfiera | the Parma Antiques Fair

Twice a year, in spring and fall, Italy’s largest antiques fair, the Mercanteinfiera, takes place in the historic and gastronomic city of Parma. With over one thousand exhibitors and tens of thousands of shoppers from around the globe, this popular event represents a treasure trove of unique finds in copious categories for individual collectors, dealers and interior designers. Since 2008, Toma Haines, aka The Antiques Diva® has been leading antique tours throughout Europe, including visits to Marcanteinfiera. When Toma asked if Susanna and I would like to join her as guests of the fair’s VIP program last October, we jumped at the chance.…

Read More »

Posted in art, furniture, gifts, interior design, Stylish Shopping, travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments  

The Chic Table | Hermès Voyage en Ikat

The Chic Table | Hermès Voyage en Ikat

While many of the recent introductions from tabletop market will not be out until late summer, one stellar debut is available now for setting a chic table. Even those of you who are feeling jaded from the proliferation of ikat in the design marketplace will be enchanted by Hermès’ new Voyage en Ikat, proving that in the right hands a classic can be reinvented and reinterpreted into something fresh and exciting.

I was immediately smitten when I initially saw it at Hermès’ first-ever DIFFA Dining by Design table during the AD Home Show. Benoît-Pierre Emery, artistic director of tableware at Hermès, with Damian O’Sullivan, inspired by the timeless Indonesian weaving and dyeing technique, celebrate the enduring “dialogue between East and West.”

The brand’s iconic equestrian origins were represented by a magnificent Asian themed horse overseeing the space.…

Read More »

Posted in design, interior design | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments  

Final Tabletop Inspiration from the Lenox Hill Gala

Final Tabletop Inspiration from the Lenox Hill Gala

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala is always full of fabulous tabletop inspiration. Whether ideas for floral arrangements, textiles for tablecloths, mixing and matching dinnerware or fun table accoutrements, each year the designers come up with new inventive visions for entertaining with style. Christopher Spitzmiller, a longtime design chair for the gala, creates beautiful tables with a strong dose of whimsy. This year he featured his new bug and butterfly themed dinnerware and ginger jars. The tall blossoming centerpiece was topped with fluttering butterfly balloons.

photo by Chris Delaney

On the table, his new pattern mixed with cobalt glasses, lush roses, Suzanne Rheinstein’s Indian Zag for Lee Sofa and butterfly masks – perfect for his “Spring Butterflies” table.…

Read More »

Posted in interior design | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments  

More Designer Tables from the Lenox Hill Gala 2015

More Designer Tables from the Lenox Hill Gala 2015

With over 50 tables at the Veranda Magazine sponsored Lenox Hill Gala 2015, it was a visual feast with endless entertaining inspiration. Carolina Irving created a casually chic table for Oscar de la Renta Home.

Their charming new artichoke plates, combined with red striped tablecloth and ODLR Home Indigo Ikat Dot napkins, proves that unpredictable pairings makes for a visually interesting and inviting table. Wonderful florals by Rambert Rigaud reinforced the  smart country style. Whether in Connecticut or Punta Cana, any guest would be delighted to sit at the understated chic of this table.

Kate Rheinstein Brodsky (whose impeccably stylish apartment is in ELLE DECOR this month) for KRB designed an enchanting “In the Beginning…” table that evoked the alluring lush greenery of the Garden of Eden.…

Read More »

Posted in design, interior design | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments  

Thank You Domino | 24 Best Design Blogs of 2015

Thank You Domino | 24 Best Design Blogs of 2015

Domino Magazine has just announced its round up of the 24 Best Design Blogs of 2015 and I am thrilled to once again be included.

While many of us create our blogs out of a passion for what we love, it’s always nice to receive industry recognition. So thank you Domino – much appreciated!

Read More »

Posted in design, interior design | Tagged , , , | 22 Comments  

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala 2015

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala 2015

Last Wednesday evening, crowds turned out for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala 2015. Honoring long time board member Juan A. Sabater, the event grossed more than $1,070,000 for the organization’s social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness programs which, each year, serve over 20,000 of those in need who live, work or attend school on the Upper East Side. It’s another busy week but I wanted to start to share a few of the beautiful tables created by the many interior designers involved.

As we saw in last week’s sneak peek, this year’s theme was the Garden of Eden.…

Read More »

Posted in art, design, interior design | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments  

Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse Auction

Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse Auction

Tomorrow (Monday) is the Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse auction. Whether you are attending in person or considering an online bid, I share with you the last three rooms so you can see the items in situ. A classicist at heart, Trey LaFave created an elegant master bedroom that would be a civilized retreat for a couple.

Against a background of strié blue, a German neoclassical sécretaire à abattant anchors a comfortable seating area with custom pieces. Trey designed the ottoman with tailored details including this clever tray pull out.

On the opposite wall, an elegant Louis XVI bureau à cylindre sits between a fabulous large pair of George III revival sconces.…

Read More »

Posted in art, auctions, design, furniture, interior design | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments  

Last Looks at the Sotheby’s 2015 Showhouse

Last Looks at the Sotheby’s 2015 Showhouse

Continuing our pre-auction tour of the Sotheby’s 2015 Showhouse, we visit Eric Cohler‘s family room. Inspired by the family room in the NYC brownstone where he grew up, Eric created a room that is testament to his signature ability to mix styles and periods with a comfort factor perfect for today’s lifestyle. Successful rooms are all about making it personal and living with what you love and here Eric’s fictional family has a fabulous eclectic gallery wall with selections from Karsh’s photograph of Hemingway to a Picasso print to a Carlos Meria to an 18th century French portrait. Whether reading by the fire, watching TV or working at Neutra desk under the sexy gaze of Tom Wassermann’s Bedroom Blonde, you can be sure this family is living comfortably in style.…

Read More »

Posted in art, auctions, design, furniture, interior design | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments