Red Cross Red & White Ball 2014

Red Cross Red & White Ball 2014

Saturday night the Metro New York North Red Cross held its annual Red & White Ball, one of the largest fund raising events in Greenwich, CT. With hundreds of glamorous guests, they raise much needed monies to provide immediate humanitarian aid to those affected by emergencies and disasters. This year’s theme, Designs for Hope, brought out many top designers to contribute to the cause. 

Held in the NetJets Hangar at the Westchester Airport, local media sponsor was once again Cottages & Gardens, whose table for 2014 was designed by Kerry Delrose, above. Design chair Mary McDonald created a picnic inspired table with tabletop provided by Crate & Barrel

and flowers from The Flower Bar.…

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Kips Bay Showhouse 2014 Video Tour

Kips Bay Showhouse 2014 Video Tour

Almost everyone has agreed that this year’s Kips Bay Showhouse is one of the best in years. Set in the historic McKim Mead and White Villard Houses, the architecture and location lend to the timeless appeal. It is a great group of designers who all brought their A game to this prestigious event. Please join us as Susanna visits with many of the designers in their rooms.

As this was a rather impromptu visit, we weren’t able to speak with all the designers. Those not featured in the video are represented below. If you live in the area, I encourage you to make a pilgrimage to this landmark design event.…

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Sneak Peek at What’s New in Veranda Magazine

Sneak Peek at What’s New in Veranda Magazine

As the new May/ June Veranda Magazine is about to hit mailboxes and newsstands, I was delighted to recently meet with editor-in-chief Clinton Smith to discuss not only the beautiful new issue but also where Veranda is heading under his auspices.

Veranda has always featured beautiful homes across the country and will continue their focus on diverse geographic projects whether California or New York, Texas or Florida or even abroad. The new issue, for example, features projects by Victoria Hagan & Oscar Shamamian in Greenwich, Connecticut, Windsor Smith in Los Angeles, Anne Bass in Litchfield County (CT), O’hara Davies-Gaetano in Orange County (CA), Nestor Santa-Cruz in Palm Beach, Marston Luce in France, and Kelli Ford in Texas.

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Design on a Dime 10th Anniversary Edition

Design on a Dime 10th Anniversary Edition

While we ended yesterday looking at bold and bright rooms at this Design on a Dime 10th anniversary show, there were also the dark and rich variety. Ron Marvin‘s room showed him at his tailored handsome best. His masculine haven was the sort that a woman would be happy to lounge in.

If they ever remake Rear Window, Ron would be perfect for the set design. A modern day Grace Kelly would look fabulous in this room whipping her negligee out of that iconic Mark Cross bag.

And of course every man’s retreat should include a chic bar, or a spot that can accommodate one.…

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Housing Works Design on a Dime 2014

Housing Works Design on a Dime 2014

Design on a Dime 2014 marked the 10th anniversary of one of the most popular design events in the New York community. Benefiting Housing Works programs for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, the annual event features more than 50 (over 60 this year) top tier designers who create rooms with donated merchandise, which is then sold for 50- 70% off retail. Always a spectacular shopping opportunity, I was disappointed to miss the festive opening night, but did get a chance to see the rooms before they opened for the evening’s activities. Always a staunch supporter and frequent participant, designer Miles Redd this year received Housing Works’ Groundbreaker Award in honor of his advocacy for the cause.

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Lenox Hill Gala Finale

Lenox Hill Gala Finale

With all the design events lately, it’s been challenging to keep up and then when I saw Lilly Bunn‘s lovely feature in the new House Beautiful, I realized I had never shared hers and several other favorite tables from the Lenox Hill Gala. I loved her use of the brown and white gingham for her Picnic in the Park table.

It was lovely against the lilac and purple flowers in the centerpiece created by Renny and Reed.

Nina Campbell also used purple to great effect in her dramatic centerpiece for Asprey.

Beautiful plates, silver accoutrements and hand calligraphy by Bernard Maisner made for an elegant table.…

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Good as Gold at Tabletop Market

Good as Gold at Tabletop Market

Just as we saw the warmth of golden hues at High Point, gold at tabletop market was a continuing theme as well. At Lalique, their new Provence collection and limited edition Rayons, romance symbols of nature including wheat, bees and honeycombs. Expressing the abundance and richness of these natural resources, the use of gold leaf  enhances many of the pieces.

The timeless appeal of the honeycomb pattern can be seen in the stunning Rayons vases and bowls. Whether in clear crystal or the honey-like gold luster versions, the graphic quality of the pattern paired with Lalique’s signature satin and clear carving results in pieces of sculptural significance.…

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Tabletop Market Sneak Peek

Tabletop Market Sneak Peek

It’s been another busy week with spring design events in full bloom. Almost all of today was spent scouting new product at the Tabletop Market – below a sneak peek at some of what I’ll have to share very soon.

Then I was delighted to attend a wonderful evening at the Kips Bay President’s Dinner in a festive new location at Cipriani’s, below. Not only a wonderful cause, but the excitement is now building for the unveiling of the Kips’s Bay Showhouse next week, an annual industry highlight. It’s a great line up in the fabulous Stanford White designed Villard Houses – couldn’t ask for a better venue!…

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Setting a Stylish Table with Carolina Irving for Oscar de la Renta Home | Video

Setting a Stylish Table with Carolina Irving for Oscar de la Renta Home | Video

Carolina Irving has worn many stylish hats. But her most recent incarnation is that of Creative Director of Oscar de la Renta Home, where she will oversee the home collection, the furniture collection at Century, the fabric and wallpaper collections with Lee Jofa and the rug collection with Elson & Company. We were thrilled to catch up with Carolina and several of the other designers at the recent Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala, sponsored by Veranda Magazine. Tag along behind the scenes with Susanna Salk, Carolina and florist Raul Avila as they prepare their table, incorporating the latest beautiful collection from Oscar de la Renta Home.…

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Going for the Gold at High Point

Going for the Gold at High Point

Whether brass, gilt or gold leaf, tones of gold at High Point added a luxe touch to many showrooms. Charlotte Moss‘ new collection at Century included timeless decorative pieces such as the Beaufort chair and ottoman in a charming faux bamboo that would add instant chic to any room.

And I loved her tiered mirrored Memphis side table, a stylish and versatile piece with plenty of room for seatside accoutrements such as drink, snack cell or remote!

Alexa Hampton introduced her Laird coffee table at market. With brass trim and heft, it offered solid balance in spaces of intense color and pattern like her rooms at Hickory Chair, but would be equally effective with neutrals.…

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