The Designer Showhouse at Sotheby’s | Part II

The Designer Showhouse at Sotheby’s | Part II

As we continue to look at the Designer Showhouse at Sotheby’s, the middle room, created by Ryan Korban, was designed as a grand hall.

photo courtesy of Sotheby’s

As a transitional room, it packs a glamorous punch. While filled with elaborate period pieces, the space still feels modern with its dramatic contrast of black and gilt. Each vignette is thoughtfully composed for color, composition and an artful mix. Below, a luxe pairing of gilt regency mirror and Louis XV japanned commode are balanced by the saturated colors of the George III Axminster carpet and Louis XVI gilt wood marquise. The strong flat colors and signature outlining of Jean-Pierre Cassigneul’s Femme au bouquet complete the scene.…

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Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse

Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse

Last week, Sotheby’s debuted its inaugural Designer Showhouse, partnering with its 1744 Young Collectors Club, targeted toward those just starting to build collections. To illustrate how art and antiques can successfully add to the mix, the auction house invited six interior designers to comb their inventory for pieces featured in upcoming spring auctions for inclusion in their individually designed spaces. Showing how fine and decorative art can “not only allow the viewer an opportunity to reflect upon the pieces’ historical and art historical importance, but also give these pieces new meaning and significance in the world of today,” each designer’s vision offered a different perspective.…

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Final Favorites from the AD Home Design Show

Final Favorites from the AD Home Design Show

March went out like a lion not just in terms of the weather but also with the intensity of the design calendar. With so many events on the horizon, I’m feeling the pressure to share all that I’ve seen lately before I’m overwhelmed with even more! Starting today with a few final picks from the AD Home Design Show, we’ll finish up the week with more recent finds and future plans.

Grey Area is the self proclaimed “undefined space between art and design where art is made functional and the functional is made art.” With a wide range of artists, several of their exhibits at the AD Show caught my eye.…

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Stamford Antique & Artisan Center 2nd Annual Garden Show

Stamford Antique & Artisan Center 2nd Annual Garden Show

Chic and unique is the moniker for the always fabulous finds at the Stamford Antique & Artisan Center. As they’ve been adding great design events to their calendar (see the marvelous treats they pulled together for their first ever holiday boutique), this week marks the opening of their 2nd Annual Garden Show. From April 2nd – 6th, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm, a huge variety of garden antiques and plant materials from 100 antiques and horticulture dealers will be on display for sale. In addition to the one stop shopping regularly available in their stylish booths and upholstery center, the indoor areas and entire parking lot will be transformed to a giant garden fantasy with tons of temptation to enhance your home and garden.…

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l’Art de Vivre at Gaggenau

l’Art de Vivre at Gaggenau

A celebration of luxurious creative collaboration marked the debut of the new Gaggenau showroom and intimate JCB Lounge last week. Bringing together the best of l’art de vivre, the cutting edge German brand, along with the Boisset Collection and Caesarstone partnered with event sponsors Bernardaud and Baccarat for a truly marvelous experiential evening. As the increasing intermingling of luxury and lifestyle has defined the high end market, developing collaborative events like this between like-minded brands is a brilliant way to express their true value in an immediate, intimate and tangible way.

Two heavy hitters in the world of food and wine provided gastronomic treats for the evening.…

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Thank you Wall Street Journal Off Duty and Dining by Design Finale

Thank you Wall Street Journal Off Duty and Dining by Design Finale

The Wall Street Journal Off Duty section is one of my favorite weekend treats. So I was especially pleased to be able to contribute a little something to today’s piece on the DIFFA Dining by Design gala, which I attended last Monday evening. Even though they got the credit wrong online, I was still delighted to have my photo of designer Kati Curtis‘ table for the NYDC featured. Perhaps next time I’ll be able to include some words as well.

As we take a final tour through Dining by Design, I begin with the Flexform table by Soren Rose Studio for Manhattan Magazine because I especially liked and try to personally prescribe to their message of buy less but better.…

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Stylish Shopping Video with Susanna Salk and Mary McDonald

Stylish Shopping Video with Susanna Salk and Mary McDonald

Who wouldn’t want to spend the day with the stylish, vivacious and always entertaining Mary McDonald? With old fashioned style sensibilities updated with a daring dose of modern glamour, the designer’s world is a seductive vision of bold color, pattern and layer upon layer of fashionable flair. Tag along as Susanna meets Mary on East 10th St. in NYC to shop the European chic of Maison Gerard for furniture, accessories and a little bling.

Alum of Million Dollar Decorator and Property Envy, Mary McDonald creates rooms of timeless classics, sumptuous elegance and wonderful whimsy. Infusing a sense of old Hollywood grandeur into everything she touches,

the designer’s mix of fearless color, grand gestures and couture details is de rigeur.…

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Part II of DIFFA Dining by Design 2014

Part II of DIFFA Dining by Design 2014

While I won’t have time to cover all of the marvelous tables at this year’s Dining by Design, this second part includes a number of particularly noteworthy vignettes. The sister team of 2Michaels designed a serene Japanese inspired vignette for Beacon Hill, using the company’s new Floating World collection.

Depicting a tea ceremony on top of Mount Fuji, the designers cleverly constructed a simple bamboo enclosure giving the space an enveloped yet airy feel.

The 70s are definitely having a fashion moment and stylist guru Robert Verdi was thinking glamorous retro with his 70’s penthouse dining room for Essie.…

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DIFFA Dining by Design 2014

DIFFA Dining by Design 2014

DIFFA Dining by Design is always one of the most anticipated events associated with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. And this year holds special meaning as the organization celebrates thirty years of the design industry’s mission to help those living with HIV and AIDS. Co-chairs Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design Magazine and chairman of DIFFA’s board of trustees, and Alfredo Paredes of Ralph Lauren welcomed everyone Monday night to the gala dinner. Today and tomorrow we’ll take a look at the tables created for this worthy cause. One of my favorite installations was Philip Gorrivan‘s worldly chic design for Fendi Casa and Luxe Magazine.…

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Favorite Finds from the AD Home Design Show

Favorite Finds from the AD Home Design Show

Wallpaper is a wonderful way of imbuing spaces with instant pattern appeal. Whether textural grounds, simple stripes or more elaborate scenes, people have been recently rediscovering the power of this design medium. One of my favorite finds at the AD Home Design Show was Voutsa, a lifestyle and interiors brand fulfilling Texan-born, NY artist George Venson’s mission of “bringing life to our walls and our walls to life.” Full of imaginative imagery and creative expression, his whimsical wallpapers “generate fantasy through brush strokes, abstraction and bold coloration.”

Originally inspired by cave paintings, he produces both digitally printed and hand-illustrated designs.…

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