2015 International Show Sneak Peek with Michael Boodro

2015 International Show Sneak Peek with Michael Boodro

This Thursday marks the 27th Annual Opening Night of the 2015 International Show (formerly known as The Preview Party for the International Fine Art and Antiques Show). Hosted annually by The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering since the inception of the show, the glamorous event routinely raises over $500,000 to benefit The Society’s patient care, research, and education programs at MSKCC.

This year’s Design Committee Chair of the popular Opening Night is the very knowledgeable ELLE DECOR Editor in Chief Michael Boodro. Along with his comprehensive editorial experience, Michael also worked extensively in the non-profit art world and holds a degree from the prestigious art history department at Yale.

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Suzanne Rheinstein Rooms for Living

Suzanne Rheinstein Rooms for Living

Suzanne Rheinstein is a self proclaimed champion of the limited palette. That is not to say her palettes are not interesting because they lack a cornucopia of color. Just the opposite – her rooms sing with a refined sophistication. Attention to subtle detail, proportion and texture are evident in all her designs and result in spaces that have “the graciousness of an earlier era but not the formality and folderol.” Her new book, Rooms for Living, A Style for Today with Things from the Past, outlines, in chapters organized by room, how she achieves harmonious homes for her clients, all different and individualized yet unified by themes of beauty and comfort.…

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A Flagship for Bunny Williams Home

A Flagship for Bunny Williams Home

Bunny Williams has long had tempting outposts to purchase her chic products and finds. Whether shopping for Bunny Williams Home collections through the trade or directly online or seeking unique vintage selections at her former Treillage stores, you were always assured of finding something special for your home. But now the new Bunny Williams Home Flagship Showroom in The Fine Arts Building at 232 East 59th Street in NYC is a one stop shopping treasure trove for all things created or curated by Bunny’s eye. 

At the launch event this week, I had a chance to take a peek. Classic pieces such as the Acanthus Mirror and Swedish Server, above, mix beautifully with blue and white accessories.…

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Lake Como and Beyond | Italy Redux

Lake Como and Beyond | Italy Redux

There is only so much I can put in a post without it becoming overwhelming and unwieldy. While I hope you enjoyed the full view of Romeo Sozzi’s world in Susanna’s and my recent video, there were so many other moments and images I was unable to include. So consider this a bonus post with a bit more back story of our trip. We stayed in the lovely small city of Lecco, at the base of the southeastern branch of Lake Como, minutes from Promemoria’s workshops in Valmedrera and on the way to Romeo’s villa in Varenna. From our hotel, you could see across the lake to the central town.…

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The World of Romeo Sozzi and Promemoria

The World of Romeo Sozzi and Promemoria

Designer Romeo Sozzi sees the world through a lens of beauty, passion and creativity. Continually curious, endlessly inspired, he carries a notebook and pen wherever he goes, never knowing when the creative spark will ignite. Living is an art and Romeo is a master of translating its essence. Whether the color of a cloud, the profile of a petal, the scent of cedar, or the juicy ripeness of a grape no sense is overlooked, no detail too trivial. The expression of his vision is Promemoria, the furniture company he founded in 1988, born from his family’s 19th century legacy of restoring carriages for the local aristocracy.…

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Anthony Lawrence Home Comes to Greenwich

Anthony Lawrence Home Comes to Greenwich

With a little Thomas Wolfe pulsing through their piping, Anthony Lawrence proves that you can indeed go home again. The esteemed custom upholstery, furniture and curtain workroom began in a small space in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1976. After building a well respected business that grew to include many of the top names in the design industry, Anthony Lawrence moved their workroom to New York City on West 23rd Street. During this time, they acquired the acclaimed Belfair Drapery company, becoming Anthony Lawrence – Belfair. Fast forward to 2012, and a booming business had them yet again seeking a larger space which they secured in Long Island City.…

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October Inspiration Overload

October Inspiration Overload

The lazy days of summer seem long gone as fall has shifted into high gear. October inspiration is already on overload as shoots are accumulating, events start to overlap and the book arrivals are ensuring my UPS man a daily workout! So as the videos are being assembled, photos edited and thoughts sorted through, here is a sneak peek at a bit of the October inspiration board – some shots mine and some from terrific new tomes (top left, middle right and bottom middle and right) to be covered here soon! Make sure you don’t miss a thing!

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Tabletop for Fall 2015

Tabletop for Fall 2015

Now that we’re officially in October, thoughts start to turn to entertaining for the season. For those looking for some inspiration or perhaps something new to augment their collection, here are a few items, most of which are new tabletop for fall 2015, seen at 41 Madison in the spring.

This new version of Royal Crown Derby Darley Abbey in black and gold is a stunning classic colorway that could mix with both traditional or modern table settings. Think how dramatic it could look as a decorative accent with an all black contemporary scheme or anchoring a pretty holiday table of all white.…

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Palm Beach Chic

Palm Beach Chic

Just in time for the weekend, we can all take a vicarious visit to that tropical bastion of sunny style in Jennifer Ash Rudick’s lush new book Palm Beach Chic! Within its pages of four hundred beautiful color photos by Jessica Klewicki Glynn, we gain entrée to the architecture, interiors and gardens of not only classic grand dames estates but also stylish apartments, glamorous post modern houses and bohemian cottages. For such a tiny barrier island, Palm Beach offers a big dose of style. Welcome to a privileged peek behind the hedges.

Perhaps no other structure is more associated with timeless Palm Beach splendor than Villa Artemis.…

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Outstanding American Gardens | A Celebration 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy

Outstanding American Gardens | A Celebration 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy

In 1988 “horticultural enthusiast” Frank Cabot had a vision. So inspired by a visit to Ruth Bancroft’s unusual garden of succulents near San Francisco, Cabot and his wife Anne wanted to ensure that a place of such overwhelming creativity and beauty would never disappear after the owner could no longer look after it. The following year The Garden Conservancy was born and for the past twenty five years it has been preserving and sharing exceptional American gardens for the enjoyment and education of the public. Outstanding American Gardens is a celebration of that achievement.

Not only does the Conservancy work on preservation projects, eight of which are featured in part one of the book, but is also the sponsor of Open Days, the only national program for visiting private gardens.…

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