New York Botanical Garden Celebrates 125 Years

New York Botanical Garden Celebrates 125 Years

This year the New York Botanical Garden celebrates 125 years. One of New York City’s most prized cultural institutions, the Botanical Garden is not only an urban oasis of breathtaking beauty, but also a a world-renowned leader in plant research and conservation and an educational facility that attracts both science scholars from around the globe as well as children, deepening the connections between plants and people.

In celebration of the Garden’s 125th anniversary, a newly revised edition of the original encyclopedic resource book, The New York Botanical Garden, documents the many aspects of the institution, with updated text and over 200 new images by Larry Lederman.…

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The Return of the Woody

The Return of the Woody

As I’m Nantucket bound, excited to be getting ready for an extended stay, I was thinking of past journeys and what images connoted the summer ritual of packing up and heading out for the season and one immediately came to mind – that of the classic Jeep Wagoneer. You may remember the Tommy Hilfiger ad from five or six years ago for his “The Hilfigers” campaign that featured a classic woody. Packed to the gils with vintage tartan and wicker baskets, the car symbolized the essence of all-American family road trips.

Other vehicles may fall into the summer island beach category – the Land Rover Defender is another classic that comes to mind – but nothing has quite the same all-American appeal as the beloved woody.…

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Tony Duquette | Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry at Kentshire

Tony Duquette | Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry at Kentshire

The brilliant and multi-talented Tony Duquette was a creative force whose designs extended from from painting and sculpture to stage sets and interiors to costumes and jewelry. After creating the famous “Floral Wreath” necklace, below, commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for his wife in the early 1950’s, Duquette went on to complete jewelry commissions for special clients through his career until his death in 1999.

Protégé and eventual business partner, Hutton Wilkinson, who worked with Duquette for almost thirty years, has carried on the design legacy with custom interiors, fabric (his Gemstone fabric for Jim Thompson seen at Duquette’s home Dawnridge below)

lighting, decorative home products and of course jewelry.…

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design & Decoration

Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design & Decoration

“I am lucky. I wake up each morning knowing that whatever that day brings, I will have been creative, designed something new, and somehow made something beautiful.” So states designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard in the introduction of his new book Martyn Lawrence Bullard: Design & Decoration.

In this, his second book, he shows how his signature sense of luxury and glamour translates to a wide variety of projects, from the lush interiors of not only private residences but also hotels and restaurants around the globe. For a house in Malibu, the clients wanted to emphasize their beautiful gardens and indoor/outdoor lifestyle.…

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Weekend Travels

Weekend Travels

This weekend took me to two favorite New England destinations. For those of you considering some shorter stints this summer, my weekend travels might just yield some inspiration.

On Saturday, I was honored to participate in the third annual Day of Design at the Mayflower Grace, above and below, in Washington, CT. Sponsored by John-Richard with media partner New England Home, the program included four informative and entertaining panels, a lovely terrace luncheon as well as day end drinks and book signing.

An idyllic country retreat, the Mayflower Grace is a mere two hours from New York City. A member of the distinguished Relais & Chateaux group, the boutique inn, on 58 acres with beautiful grounds and gardens,

includes 30 luxurious rooms, delicious dining, pool, tennis and its renowned spa, below.…

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Out and About

Out and About

While I’ve been busy out and about, I’ve been bookmarking a few interesting tidbits to circle back around with to take a closer look. Let me share a few. Belgian antique dealer Jean-Philippe Demeyer’s 13th century estate, Rooigem, just outside of Bruges is a statement in bold and irreverent style.

Functioning as a gallery, everything in this colorful contrast of color, geometry and styles is for sale.

To see the entire house tour, you can visit Vogue Living here.

photos by Kasia Gatkowska for Vogue Living

I have been looking longingly at the new iPad Pro with its amazing ability to draw with the new Apple Pencil among many other impressive features. …

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24 Hours in New Orleans

24 Hours in New Orleans

Early last month, Susanna and I flew down to spend a quick 24 hours in New Orleans. With a little help from our video subjects, Jane Scott Hodges and Sara Ruffin Costello, as well as our usual on-foot exploring, we definitely got a taste for the unique flavor of The Big Easy.

Walking down Julia Row in the Lafayette Square Historic District, architect James Dakin’s thirteen identical 19th century row houses, while reminiscent of northern Federal and Greek Revival structures, have a distinctly New Orleans charm.

Our first shoot was at, author and owner of Leontine Linens, Jane Scott Hodges’ chic garden district home.…

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More Patina Farm Style

More Patina Farm Style

Thank you to so many of you who stopped by and left such lovely comments about Susanna’s and my video visit to Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s beautiful Ojai farm. With such an idyllic setting and photogenic home, it was hard to stop snapping shots. So today I take you back for a little bonus look at more Patina Farm Style. On Brooke’s Instagram feed, she recently mentioned how she loved the “transparency” of their house. It’s a beautifully designed enfilade that I noticed and loved immediately upon arriving.

Thanks to the California climate, it took only about a year for the back doors to be fully covered with ivy.…

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Final Look at Kips Bay 2016

Final Look at Kips Bay 2016

Today (Thursday) is the final day to tour the Kips Bay 2016 Decorator Show House. While there is never time to tour all the rooms here on the site, today we take a look at the three bathrooms and powder rooms in the house. With projects spanning retail, corporate and hospitality as well as residential, Groves & Co. is generally known for their clean modern aesthetic. Inspired by the classic black and white bathrooms found in pre-war New York buildings, their master bath effortlessly references the romance of these timeless designs while maintaining a fresh contemporary look.

A luxurious combination of materials and accessories lend the room a feeling of sumptuous indulgence.…

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Garrow Kedigian Ode to an Emperor at Kips Bay 2016 Show House

Garrow Kedigian Ode to an Emperor at Kips Bay 2016 Show House

I find I often have an affinity for those designers who also have architectural backgrounds. They frequently structure their spaces with distinctive defining elements and in many cases have a strong working knowledge of design history. This certainly holds true for Garrow Kedigian in his dramatic Kips Bay 2016 Show House space.

His Napoleon Lounge is an ode to the emperor, whose imperial style extended even to his temporary spaces during military campaigns. Think of Napoleon’s classic campaign chair with its stylish portability, his private railway car with its custom Braquenié carpet (see the original model in the Pierre Frey archives here) or the toile fabrics he commissioned to commemorate and spread the word about his victories in Egypt.…

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