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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Feeling Blue at High Point Market

Feeling Blue at High Point Market

While other shades have come and gone, the staying power of blue at High Point this spring market proved the universal popularity of the hue. Whether fashion forward Yves Klein cobalt, classic navy or the pop of peacock, blue was prevalent in almost every showroom I visited. Within Alexa Hampton‘s stunning suite of rooms at Hickory Chair was this beautiful blue bedroom, featuring her Tompkins bed and Simon bench customized with a Martyn Lawrence Bullard marbleized fabric from Schumacher.

Classical allusions abounded, including her own “cobaltized” version of the Winged Victory surrounded by a series of Caesar intaglios and her Kina console.…

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More Tabletop Creativity from the Lenox Hill Gala

More Tabletop Creativity from the Lenox Hill Gala

Each year, in anticipation of the Lenox Hill Gala, I wonder how designers will top their creations from previous seasons. And each year I am amazed at the innovative ingenuity displayed. From towering to (not quite) tiny, the table decorations ranged in size and extravagance but none lacked creativity. Patrick Mele’s stunning centerpiece was a festive weeping willow of colorful ribbons. Pierre Frey‘s new Arty linen dressed the table, inspiring a fresh and primary take on spring with simple yet lush arrangements of daffodils, blue votives and red and yellow place setting accoutrements.

Talent finds talent, and collaborating with long time friend, Haley Sarno, Mele commissioned charming placecards

and Matisse-like paper flowers to adorn each chair.…

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Springing into Great Design

Springing into Great Design

As I was looking at my calendar today, I realized they should probably rename spring the season of great design. From High Point Market, to the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala to the semiannual upcoming Tabletop Market, to Design on a Dime and Kips Bay in April, there will clearly be a lot of noteworthy design news to share. And following right on the heels of all these events, at the beginning of May, is the Wakefield Design Center To The Trade Day, where I’ll be speaking with Thom Filicia about Defining Americanism, the Red Cross Ball in Greenwich with more tabletop splendor and my favorite West Coast design gathering, La Cienega Design Quarter’s Legends, where I am excited to report, I will be participating as a Legends Ambassador.…

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