Paris Deco Off Preview

Paris Deco Off Preview

While I continue to edit my photos from Paris, I bring you a quick Deco Off preview. Among the showrooms I was able to visit during the show, an abundance of themes shone through. While bright colors and pattern are still driving forces, there was also a focus on neutrals, but with an emphasis on natural materials with noticeably more texture. Embroidery continues to be popular and metallics were included as both strong and subtle additions to textiles throughout.

Favorite collections included Pierre Frey, who covered all these categories in style throughout their lines (Pierre Frey above and new Natecru, below)

Dedar, who melds technology with craft in their fashion inspired fabrics,

Hermès, whose signature design excellence shows through everything they create

Manuel Canovas, whose vivid color sense drives their collection

and Creations Metaphores, whose three distinct lines encompass an exquisite range of traditional and modern textiles.…

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A Visit to Ancien et Moderne

A Visit to Ancien et Moderne

Last week in Paris, my colleague Beth Dempsey and I unveiled this year’s version of Ancien et Moderne, the second edition of our Pop Up Salon during Paris Deco Off. What a wonderful week of creative collaboration it turned out to be! Inspired by the iconic tapestries of French artist Jean Lurçat, Fromental set the stage with Bruyère, their bold and dramatic new hand painted silk wallcovering.

Named for the city of Lurçat’s birth, Bruyère blends the abstract and the figurative for a lush, layered and lively scene. Its abundant multi-dimensional detail references Lurçat’s themes of nature and the poetry of the human spirit, as his signature sun shines as a source of life and hope.…

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Paris Peek

Paris Peek

As always Paris Deco Off has been a whirlwind week. Our Ancien et Moderne pop up has been hopping and I’ve been getting to as many other spaces as I can! There hasn’t been time yet for editing photos or thoughts so I leave you for now with a Paris peek with more to come!!

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Bonjour from Paris

Bonjour from Paris

A quick bonjour from Paris. It was a beautiful sunny but FREEZING day as I arrived yesterday. The city is already showing signs of the festivities for Paris Deco Off, with the signature lanterns adorning the streets in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

And signs of Thursday’s opening of the event were seen with the large framed posters being delivered throughout the quarter.

First stop was the obligatory visit to the iconic Café de Flore

for a quick breakfast

And a marvelous afternoon was spent at my favorite La Tuile a Loup making final selections for the Pop Up!

Apologies for the brevity – do follow along on Instagram for more timely action.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Nathan Turner & Eric Hughes

At Home with Susanna Salk and Nathan Turner & Eric Hughes

While both California natives, it took designers Nathan Turner and Eric Hughes years before they would have a Malibu beach home together. Always a west coast boy at heart, Nathan built a successful career in southern California as a designer, shop owner and entertaining expert. Eric in the meanwhile had bounced back and forth between coasts, first as a movie executive and then ultimately finding his calling in design, based in New York. Their place in Malibu effortlessly blends their east coast meets California surf styles. Tag along with Susanna and me as we visit the two talented designers in their welcoming beach retreat!…

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Prepping for Paris

Prepping for Paris

Next week marks the start of the design shows in Paris as well as the second edition of our Ancien et Moderne Pop-Up. As I am prepping for Paris, I thought I would share a few finds for any of you planning a trip to the City of Lights. Meals are of course an essential element of any trip and the new volume Must Eat Paris includes a list of unconventional culinary addresses, each with their ‘must eat’ and history.

From the cult wine bar Le Verre Volé (the Rue de Lancry location)

to Guy Savoy’s elegant new location at La Monnaie de Paris, the 18th century building that once houses the Paris Mint Institute, each restaurant is chosen for its “authenticity, devotion, genuinely top ingredients and a non-nonsense attitude.”

My new favorite guide to Paris has to be Astier de Villatte’s Ma Vie à Paris.

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Puntacana Resort & Club

Puntacana Resort & Club

As we endure these tundra-like temperatures here in the northeast, it’s the perfect time to dream about a tropical destination. High on my list is the Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic. Last March was my first visit to the DR and while I didn’t have the pleasure of staying at Puntacana, I was lucky enough to be escorted there for a day of lunch and learning more about the resort.

The entity of the Puntacana Resort & Club encompasses over 26 square miles, including a variety of accommodations, spa, two championship golf courses, full service marina, restaurants, shopping village, the Puntacana Ecological Foundation and the incredible convenience of their own Punta Cana International Airport – an easy direct flight from JFK and many other locations.…

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Foraged Flora – A New Vision for the Art of the Arrangement

Foraged Flora – A New Vision for the Art of the Arrangement

As we enter the new year, it seems the perfect time to share Louesa Roebuck’s wholly original and fresh vision on plants and floral arranging in her recent book, Foraged Flora, written with Sarah Lonsdale, co-founder of Remodelista. Organized by month, the book takes us through a year of inspiring, organic floral installations and arrangements, all created using local and foraged plants and flowers.

Beautiful and poetic with an organic point of view, the book will not only open your eyes to a new way of approaching floral artistry, but encourage you to fully appreciate and learn to see the natural beauty that surrounds you.…

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Planet Earth II – Living Wonders of our Natural World

Planet Earth II – Living Wonders of our Natural World

It is not often that you can find amazing, visually stunning and fascinating content that is mostly appropriate for the entire family. But Planet Earth II is exactly that. Over the holidays, our family was riveted watching some of the new BBC documentary series that is a sequel to the original from ten years ago. The trailer, below, gives you a sense of the dramatic scenery, wildlife and incredible quality.

This version takes us even closer to the wildlife in breathtaking locations using new technology such as 4K high definition footage, low light and thermal cameras and drones that can capture close-up imagery of animals such as this sword-billed hummingbird, below, the only bird in the world whose beak is longer than their body.…

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Ancien et Moderne 2017 – the Paris Pop Up Returns

Ancien et Moderne 2017 – the Paris Pop Up Returns

Now that the new year is here, the biggest design destination on everyone’s calendar is Paris for Maison et Objet and Deco Off later this month. I am thrilled to announce that Beth Dempsey and I will be presenting  Ancien et Moderne 2017, our unique Paris Pop Up that debuted last year. Representing the fusion of time-honored craftsmanship with 21st century lifestyle, the space will feature an international cadre of talent.

illustration by B. Russell Melzer

In our same charming left bank location as last year, in the heart of the Paris Deco Off action, will be a space celebrating the best of timeless style.…

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