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!

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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Last Call to See the 2015 Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse

Last Call to See the 2015 Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse

This weekend is the last chance to see the 2015 Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse. On Monday, April 20th, the auction will begin for the wonderful selection of antiques, decorative art and furnishings featured in the rooms. Although there unfortunately isn’t enough time to feature each room in detail, I wanted to at least show how effectively the designers curated their spaces with individual and innovative visions for incorporating the auction items. Now that you know how easy it is to navigate the dedicated site for the show, you can use these photos in coordination with the property list in each space.…

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Kinderhook Spring Home & Garden Day

Kinderhook Spring Home & Garden Day

I am excited to be participating this weekend in the historic town of Kinderhook, NY’s first Home & Garden Day. From the practical to inspirational, there will be talks and tours about design, gardening and lifestyle.

One of the most historically significant places in the Hudson Valley, Kinderhook, like other towns in Columbia County, is a growing community with both weekender home owners and full time transplants from New York City and beyond. With an impressive collection of notable homes, as below, the historic house tour in the afternoon is a highlight.

The keynote speaker is Barbara Pierson of the well known White Flower Farm in Litchfield, who will speak to container gardening.…

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Sotheby’s Showhouse Part II

Sotheby’s Showhouse Part II

When touring the Sotheby’s Showhouse, a fellow visitor paid it an enormous compliment, explaining that to him it felt like a gracious grand dame apartment. He was referring not to any particular style of decoration but rather to the fact that, overall, the connected rooms felt elegant and livable in the most timeless way. And that of course is exactly the point of the exhibit – to illustrate how Sotheby’s vast resources can be mixed and matched with a client’s own furnishings to create a chic, comfortable and harmonious home. As Andrew Ogletree, an English furniture specialist at Sotheby’s and one of the show organizers, said, “The pairing and juxtaposition of the pieces in the curated interiors not only reflects each designer’s own vision, but also illustrates the myriad types of objects Sotheby’s has to offer both the seasoned connoisseur and to those who are new to the auction world.”

I appreciated how Trey La Fave‘s design of the showhouse allowed for residence-like enfilades.…

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Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse

Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse

Having debuted their inaugural designer showhouse last year, Sotheby’s took a giant leap forward with their second iteration this year. With the Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse, the auction house chose thirteen designers (up from six last year) to each transform a room on the fifth floor exhibition space of their NYC headquarters. With a beautifully designed mini printed catalogue and fantastic dedicated online access, everyone near and far will have the opportunity to meet the designers and experience the showhouse on some level.

Culminating in an auction on April 20, the showhouse features items from across many departments including English & Continental Furniture, 20th Century Design, Photography, African and European Sculpture, Carpets, Old Master Paintings, Latin American Paintings, Ceramics and Silver and more.…

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Lenox Hill Garden of Eden Gala Sneak Peek

Lenox Hill Garden of Eden Gala Sneak Peek

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House annual benefit is one of my favorite spring events. With 50 tables decorated by noted interior designers, it is a festive evening of stylish entertaining for a wonderful cause. Over the last severals years there have been many memorable tables, a few seen in the collage below.

While I will be sharing the finished tables after Wednesday’s event at Cipriani, I am delighted to offer you a sneak peek at the concepts for a few of this year’s tables. The Garden of Eden theme offered lots of leeway for interpretation!

Inspired by a 1977 Chervet snake lamp formerly owned by Elton John and Tony Duquette’s malachite patterned Gemstone fabric from Jim ThompsonHarry Heissmann‘s “Ssss” table is fashioned after his idea of a ‘circle of friends’ – his favorite illustrator, Robert de Michiell, who did the artwork above, artist Mark Gagnon, who created custom chargers for the table, and Emily Thompson, whose brilliant floral designs “evoke nature in magnificent style.”

David Duncan‘s classically themed “Paradise Lost” table is inspired by Milton’s monumental 17th century poem portraying the loss of innocence and “Man’s first Disobedience.” Illustrated by William Blake, the poem depicts how the Garden of Eden’s temptations proved impossible to resist, resulting in Adam and Eve’s fall from grace.…

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The Spirit of Water at the Antiques and Artisan Center

The Spirit of Water at the Antiques and Artisan Center

I have written many times about one of my favorite local haunts. The Antique and Artisan Center in Stamford is a not-so-secret source for all manner of wonderful antiques, accessories and vintage finds for your home. And for the next few weeks, it is also a destination for contemporary art. With the theme Spirit of Water, friends Penny Ashford and Victoria Brooks Melly are paired in a joint show. I attended the opening soiree Thursday evening and it was one of those amazing events where connections from overlapping circles of friends, colleagues and acquaintances converged in one place for a festive celebration.…

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