Markham Roberts Notes on Decorating

Markham Roberts Notes on Decorating

As designer Markham Roberts explains in his inspiring new book, Notes on Decorating, “There are thousands of moving parts that need to come together cohesively for a successful outcome.” In his first book he addressed the basics of design (although I would hardly classify anything in his interiors as basic) and now he features all those aspects that help to make his work so memorable – from sussing out the client’s deepest desires to the practicality of challenges and solutions, the crucial addition of layers and the final touch of something unexpected.

It is all these considerations that make Markham’s rooms stick with you, not only for their beauty and comfort but their extraordinary symbiosis of client, place and originality.…

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Thank You to The Local Vault

Thank You to The Local Vault

Based in Greenwich, CT, The Local Vault is a valuable new design resource for those living in the Tri-State area. With an inventory of both high-end consignment furniture as well as pieces from local retailers, designers, artists and artisans, they personally vet each private client  and take care of all details from listing to arranging for pick up and/or delivery. In addition they have a special to-the-trade program and invite design industry locals to participate as guest curators. I am delighted to be featured as the latest in the series.

Please make the hop over to read a few thoughts I shared on design and shopping for vintage furniture and some of my picks.…

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At Home in the Office with Michael Aiduss and Houlès

At Home in the Office with Michael Aiduss and Houlès

It all started at Villa Kerylos. From the moment designer Michael Aiduss serendipitously discovered the celebrated house in Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the French Riviera, he was enthralled. With a passion for history, architecture and fine craftsmanship, Michael found Kerylos a source of enduring inspiration. So when French heritage brand Houlès tapped him to create their first designer trim collection since the company’s founding in 1928, Kerylos became his muse. Join Susanna and me in Michael’s stunning Montclair, New Jersey design studio to see his inspiration, a peek at the collection and his creative design aesthetic.

In what was once the world’s largest lacrosse netting factory, Michael renovated the large industrial space into a stylish studio for his design firm.…

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At Home in Tangier with Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani

At Home in Tangier with Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani

World travelers, collectors and sophisticated shopkeepers, Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani, the duo behind the chic NYC design destination Creel and Gow, were instantly smitten by Tangier, the magical North African port city that has seduced generations of writers, artists and designers. After years of visiting friend and world renowned interior designer Charles Sevigny at his historic Moroccan home, Dar Zero, they purchased the house with the unique arrangement that Charles stay on for his lifetime – he passed away last year at 101. Please join me and Susanna for a special visit with Jamie and Marco in their stylish Tangerine home.…

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At Home in Brooklyn with Fawn Galli

At Home in Brooklyn with Fawn Galli

Take a deep love of nature, mix in a healthy dose of disco and fashion and add a passionate dollop of luxury and you have the Fawn Galli design cocktail. Unpredictable, witty and whimsical is how she likes it and so do her clients who appreciate her ability to perceive their deepest design desires even if they don’t know what they are. Join us for a behind the scenes visit with the designer in her eclectic Brooklyn town house where her fearless approach to design proves that everything works in the “surreal sparkle of (her) clashing worlds.”

Growing up in the wilds of Northern California (first a houseboat and then a cabin in the woods), Fawn developed “a deep sensitivity to space and environment, and the notion that a home can be a magical place.”…

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My French Country Home Magazine

My French Country Home Magazine

Over the last ten years Sharon Santoni has been sharing her life in France on her popular blog My French Country Home. From her beautiful country home in Normandy, she has chronicled everything from food, home and garden. And over the years, she has expanded her wide reach to include a subscription box, tours, a podcast and most recently a bimonthly magazine dedicated to authentic French living.

I was honored when one of her contributors, long time blogging friend, author and style writer, Tish Jett, asked to include me in a piece on entertaining, l’Art de Recevoir, along with Marian McEvoy (be sure to check our video visits with her) and Vicki Archer.…

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Nantucket by Design 2020

Nantucket by Design 2020

Each summer here on Nantucket, August marks a special focus on design. And celebrating its fifth year as the main summer fundraising event for the Nantucket Historical Association, the ever-popular Nantucket by Design 2020 is going virtual! As always, it will be celebrating the island’s unique influence on American design with engaging lectures, an on-line antique show, panel discussions, house tours and a virtual dance party! And as a bonus benefit of keeping health and safety as our priority, we are excited to be able to welcome visitors from around the world to experience this special event from the comfort of their homes!!…

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At Home in Connecticut with Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry

At Home in Connecticut with Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry

With a long history in the world of design and retail, Michael DePerno has been designing spaces and owned well regarded shops on both coasts. But it was in 2013, when living in northern California, that he longed for the east coast again. Settling in Litchfield County, he found the perfect old house to renovate and make his own. It was then that he met Andrew Fry, whose background in fashion echoed the same aesthetic qualities Michael cherished in interiors – quality, craftsmanship and an understated refinement. Together they have created a home of simple, elevated country elegance. Please join Susanna and me at home in Connecticut with Michael with Andrew at their charming country home.…

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At Home in London with Beata Heuman

At Home in London with Beata Heuman

While Swedish born interior designer Beata Heuman brings a streamlined Scandinavian sensibility to her interiors, it’s her playful irreverence that sets her apart. Perhaps it should come as no surprise after almost a decade of working for legendary British designer Nicky Haslam, known for his witty, worldly and well heeled interiors. After going out on her own six years ago, Beata has become a rising design star, putting her fresh spin on both commercial and residential projects.  Please join me and Susanna for a visit with Beata in her delightful London abode!

Beata’s own London home serves as a perfect example of how she effortlessly melds international influences, from African flags to Viennese patisseries, with color and pattern for an upbeat melange of past and present.…

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At Home in Los Angeles with Johnson Hartig

At Home in Los Angeles with Johnson Hartig

While Johnson Hartig’s talents and interests have always been extensive and wide ranging, he found his calling in 2001 with his celebrated fashion brand Libertine. Hartig and his then business partner Cindy Greene, brought a fresh and inventive vibe to fashion, melding punk street fashion references with high art and culture by repurposing vintage pieces with creative and sometimes controversial embellishment. After only four months, Vanity Fair called to do a piece and six months later they both had to quit their jobs to focus exclusively on Libertine. Since 2009, Hartig has helmed the label on his own, furthering his unique and visionary quest of revolutionizing the industry.…

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