At Home with Susanna Salk and Hutton Wilkinson

At Home with Susanna Salk and Hutton Wilkinson

A multi-talented creative force, Hutton Wilkinson began his career at the age of 18 as apprentice to design icon Tony Duquette. He went on to collaborate with Duquette for the next thirty years on a myriad of projects including interiors for such clients as Norton Simon and Jennifer Jones, Doris Duke and John and Dodie Rosecrans. With his own interior design firm and now as creative director and president of Tony Duquette Inc., Hutton designs residential and commercial interiors, various collections and writes both fiction and coffee table books. He oversees the legendary Duquette estate, Dawnridge, in Beverly Hills, and several years ago built a residence for himself and wife Ruth next door. 

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Weekend Inspiration

Weekend Inspiration

Before it’s time for the many upcoming spring design events, I wanted to share some weekend inspiration I’ve been stockpiling over the last few weeks. Several months ago I received a snail mail invitation that was so beautiful, I saved it for future reference. On heavy creamy stock with handsome navy calligraphy and matching tissue liner in a custom crafted envelope, it was a statement of understated elegance.

After noting the blind embossed name of the stationer, I was delighted to discover the work of Ellen W. Weldon. A professional calligrapher who began her career at Cartier and Estée Lauder, Ellen is the founder and head of her couture invitation and calligraphy studio.…

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Inside Venice

Inside Venice

Celebrating the best of Venetian decorative arts, Inside Venice offers us a private view of the city’s most beautiful and rarely seen architectural and interior design jewels. Written by Toto Bergamo Rossi, the director of the Venetian Heritage Foundation, the book transports us to seventy-two mostly private apartments and palazzos, beautifully photographed by Jean-François Jaussaud.

In each chapter we travel vicariously to one of Venice’s seven neighborhoods. The quarter known as San Polo contains both the large public square, Campo San Polo, second only in size to Piazza San Marco, and the Rialto, one of the oldest and most characteristic areas in Venice.…

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Soane Britain Jumps the Pond

Soane Britain Jumps the Pond

While craft and the art of bespoke are experiencing a resurgence in appreciation, it’s always been the singular mission at Soane Britain. For the last 18 years, founder Lulu Lytle has been creating covetable furniture, lighting, fabrics, wallpapers and accessories that are the essence of “exquisite craftsmanship, elegant proportions and deliciously English sense of the exuberant.” With a strong following among select designers and architects in the area, Soane has finally opened a New York office.

As a longtime and admittedly obsessive admirer, I was thrilled to stop by this week to finally take a peek at all the beautiful products in person.…

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Orchidelirium: 2016 Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Orchidelirium: 2016 Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

It all started with the Victorians. Their 19th century obsession with orchids, Orchidelirium, became the foundation for our continuing infatuation with these exotic blooms today. These plants’ journey from the wild to cultivation took thousands of years, the first records dating back to Confucius, who called the orchid “King of Fragrant Plants”. But it was really the Victorians who inaugurated the modern craze for these exquisite flowers and it is their influence which is celebrated in the 14th New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show, Orchidelirium

In the splendid Victorian era Enid A Haupt Conservatory at the NYBG, below, the centerpiece of the show, above, is an homage to the similar glass enclosures monied Victorians built to house their burgeoning orchid collections in naturalistic environs.…

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Sneak Peek NYBG Orchid Show

Sneak Peek NYBG Orchid Show

This year’s NYBG Orchid Show is not only an overwhelmingly beautiful display of these exquisite exotic plants but an illuminating look at their history and those who searched throughout the world to capture elusive specimens. My apologies for this brief visual tease. I’ll be back next time to give you a more thorough peek into the fascinating and alluring world of these botanical gems.

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New York Botanical Garden 2016 Orchid Dinner

New York Botanical Garden 2016 Orchid Dinner

Once you see this year’s spectacular Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, you will appreciate how well so many of the tables captured the spirit of Orchidelirium. Here we take a final look at the 2016 Orchid Dinner before moving on to the actual show. Hutton Wilkinson and Brett Leemkuil for Tony Duquette Inc. teamed up to capture the exotic mania surrounding the search for unusual orchid specimens.

Set with service plates from the Tony Duquette Lapis dinnerware collection for Mottahedeh on a Tony Duquette for Jim Thompson silk Fireworks tablecloth, the table was very much in the fantastical Duquette more is more spirit.…

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The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner is always a favorite event of the season. This past Tuesday evening, in its new venue at the The Plaza Grand Ballroom, the event raised more than $600,00 for the development of the NYBG’s orchid research collection. With media host Veranda, a list of twenty five top designers were assembled to create tables celebrating this year’s Orchid Show theme of Orchidelirium with elegant tabletops and dramatic orchid centerpieces.

Cullman & Kravis‘ table was not only beautiful but layered with references to the history of orchids and the upcoming show at the Garden.…

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First Peek at the NYBG Orchid Dinner

First Peek at the NYBG Orchid Dinner

Last night was the NYBG Orchid Dinner, the annual tabletop fundraiser for the development of the New York Botanical Garden’s orchid research collection. I’ll be back shortly to share more details from this wonderful event but thought you’d like to have a first peek at a few of the glorious tables created by the group of this year’s talented designers.

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La Tuile a Loup

La Tuile a Loup

In the heart of old Paris, in the 5th arrondissement, La Tuile à Loup has been a go-to source for the best of artisanal French craftsmanship for over 40 years. When the original owners were retiring in 2006, private banker Eric Goujou was already a devoted customer. But a small “selling” sign on the shop’s door “Passion a transmettre” (passion to be passed on), proved to be a life-changing note for Eric, whose long time interest in interiors and the art of the handmade inspired him to take the plunge as shopkeeper.

For the past ten years Eric has continued the legacy of made-in-France art de vivre at La Tuile a Loup. …

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