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.

Rich gold and malachite from l’Objet set a fashionable table

 with fun polish-filled jars containing the latest shades from the brand.…

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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. Venson’s signature works are lively, original and charismatic, full of movement and life.…

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First Look at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Show

First Look at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Show

The 2014 Architectural Digest Home Show features fresh finds from old favorites as well as new design discoveries. In the MADE section, exhibiting artists, artisans and custom as well as limited edition works, there is always new talent to be found. And I often admire the displays and their ability to effectively enhance the products. Furniture company Seventeen/20 was noteworthy

as was the creative booth at workworking firm Palo Samko.

Swiss born Patrick Weder‘s honeycomb sculptural lighting melds his background in art, design and architecture, yielding structured yet somehow anthropomorphic forms.

Dramatic and distinctive, the oversized pieces would be fabulous in a large loft or high ceilinged space.…

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Out and About and Catching Up

Out and About and Catching Up

As the spring season approaches, there is much to look forward to besides just the warming weather, from actually seeing my lawn to the many design happenings on the horizon. Later this week, an industry favorite arrives. DIFFA Dining by Design launches at the Architectural Design Home Design Show on Thursday evening with its annual cocktail reception. It’s an inspiring evening for a great cause. Leading up to the event, social media mavens can join the fun tagging @DIFFANational and the hashtags #showusyourtable and #dbd2014. Help promote this worthwhile event with photos of your favorite personal tabletops, styling tips or installations from past Dining by Design years such as this elegant Maya Romanoff (who will be participating with a special tribute to their founder who recently passed away) setting from 2012
this dramatic colorful statement from Tilton Fenwick in the same year
or this natural tabletop from Ralph Lauren last year with a water wall cascading behind.…

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The House of Odiot

The House of Odiot

My eyes are always open for the beautiful. Beauty may be inherent in function, design, craftsmanship or mere essence but when it encompasses all, there is a story to be told. From the first time I saw Odiot in the NYC showroom of Julia Watts, I was intrigued. So when in Paris this past January, I arranged to visit the showroom on the chic and historic place de la Madeleine.

Founded in 1690, it wasn’t until the reign of Louis XV that silversmith Jean-Baptiste Gaspard Odiot established the debut of a dynasty. It was, however, his exceptionally talented grandson, Jean-Baptiste Claude, who put Odiot on the world map.…

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Back from a Quick Spring Break

Back from a Quick Spring Break

Followers on Instagram know that this past week our family took a quick spring break together to escape the polar vortex. So sorry if I forgot to give other readers a heads up to explain my absence in these parts. For those of you live in areas affected by our unrelenting winter weather, who haven’t had the opportunity to head to warmer climates, please enjoy a vicarious visit to the sunny south through some shots of our few days in Florida.

Our idyllic view for most of our stay was across the pool to the river, where boat watching became a major activity,
and cocktail hour witnessed glorious sunsets.…

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