ASHA Bespoke Fine Jewelry

ASHA Bespoke Fine Jewelry

While Ashley Dodgen-McCormick may have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, her  jewelry business, ASHA, owes some of its success to serendipity. During college at Georgetown, she had started making semi-precious beaded necklaces and while studying art history at the Sorbonne during a semester abroad, she met legendary jewelry designer Lorenz Bäumer, of Chanel and Louis Vuitton fame. Recognizing her drive and creative talent, he introduced her to a Parisian jewelry atelier with whom she made her first pieces. She launched ASHA, her Cuban grandparents’ nickname for her, while still in school and was well on her way, with major accounts, by the time she graduated.…

Read More »

Posted in fashion, jewelry | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments  

Greetings from the Dominican Republic

Greetings from the Dominican Republic

Greetings from the Dominican Republic! If you’ve noticed a little radio silence this week, it’s because I’ve been soaking up the pleasures of this amazing tropical island. From Casa de Campo to Punta Cana (with a visit to Bunny Williams’ and John Rosselli’s magnificent home), it’s been a week full of Caribbean delights. I’ll be back to report on everything. In the meantime, wishing you all a wonderful weekend and keep your fingers crossed for no snow!!

Read More »

Posted in travel | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments  

Quintessential Cooking with Miele

Quintessential Cooking with Miele

Miele always has a large presence at the AD Design Show with inventive and oft stylish displays. You saw their chic green fridge interior a few posts back and I also loved their wine refrigerator with room to cool a decanting carafe and glasses, below.

A wood wall with truffle brown appliances, showing how rustic and modern are not mutually exclusive, featured their sleek dishwasher with Knock2open technology. For a seamless, handle free look, these models open automatically by, you guessed it, simply knocking twice on the door.

And while Miele waited until last year to unveil a new series of ranges, it was because they spent years developing the technology so that these can do everything their sophisticated wall ovens can, combining top technology with ease of use.…

Read More »

Posted in food and drink, interior design, technology | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments  

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Spring is in the air! From my table to yours, wishing everyone who celebrates a very happy holiday.

It’s the perfect time for a light and happy vignette. Anchored by Pierre Frey’s classic Braquenié pattern Rivière Enchantée, I assembled old and new pieces with spring flowers for a grouping of pretty pastels. Cheers!

Read More »

Posted in holiday | Tagged , , | 10 Comments  

AD Design Show Part 2

AD Design Show Part 2

With such a wide and deep variety of categories, the AD Design Show makes picking just a few favorites a difficult task. Part two includes products across several sections. In art, a favorite from past shows, photographer Dagmara Weinberg, was again exhibiting. Her nature inspired photography translates into beautiful graphic imagery like the cheery blossoms print below.

Former publishing creative director Lisa Hunt began her career as a graphic artist and her love of geometry and form is seen in her bold and decorative screen prints.

In her Alchemy collection, above and below, the use of gold and gold leaf recalls the graphic era of Art Deco yet the repetitive forms find references in modern minimalism as well. …

Read More »

Posted in art, furniture, interior design | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments  

Favorite Finds at the Architectural Digest Design Show

Favorite Finds at the Architectural Digest Design Show

Nature is the ultimate backdrop for any vignette as we saw in our look at going green at the Architectural Digest Design Show and DIFFA Dining by Design last week. It was also perfectly utilized in Amy Lau‘s elegant area she designed as the Architectural Digest Design Studio with furnishings from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. A perfect place to rest weary feet and bleary eyes, it was like a breath of fresh air.

Moving on into the show, it was clear reinforcement that craft is back. From fashion and food to design and decorating, the art and appeal of the human touch can be seen everywhere, including last week at the show.…

Read More »

Posted in art, design, furniture, interior design | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments  

Past Perfect: Richard Shapiro Houses and Gardens

Past Perfect: Richard Shapiro Houses and Gardens

Enter Richard Shapiro’s new book Past Perfect and prepare to be transported. Dive into its pages of exquisite photography by Jason Schmidt, sensitively designed by Mary Shanahan, and you will enter another realm. Take a deep breath of air redolent of ancient eras and far off places and then exhale as you make your arrival into his homes full of “serenity, beauty and wonder,” as Mayer Rus so aptly describes it in his foreword.

The world of Richard Shapiro is not merely beautiful, it is a passionate evocation of beauty – a subtle yet meaningful distinction. The book encompasses his two homes, both highly personal romantic visions, or as he depicts, “fictions crafted and composed to allow for the suspension of your awareness of time and place.”

Created with an obsessive fervor for all that he loves – art, antiquities, architecture, travel – these houses contain a level of authenticity, details and brilliant juxtapositions that few would have the knowledge, patience or eye to complete.…

Read More »

Posted in architecture, art, books, furniture, garden, interior design | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments  

DIFFA Dining by Design 2016

DIFFA Dining by Design 2016

In several weeks of busy events, the DIFFA Dining by Design 2016 gala last night was a highlight. The annual tabletop fundraiser for this worthy cause featured 50 vignettes showcasing the talents of designers in collaboration with brands, publications and manufacturers. We’ll take a look at more of these creative dining environs, but first a quick peek at a few favorites. I was delighted to be sitting at the Henredon table designed by Mark Sikes.

Celebrating his upcoming collection for Henredon, Mark designed a freestanding dining pavilion tented in his signature blue and white stripes, accented with Samuel and Sons trim.…

Read More »

Posted in furniture, interior design | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments  

100 Years at New York School of Interior Design

100 Years at New York School of Interior Design

This year the New York School of Interior Design celebrates its centennial. Since 1916, it has been providing students of all ages with the education needed for a career in interior design. From its inception as a Home Study Course in the Decorative Arts, the school has grown into its current status as one of the top five interior design schools in the United States. An impressive alumni list and a high employment rate (92% for undergraduates and 94% for graduate students) enhance its ranking as a global leader in interior design education.

New York School of Interior Design class of 1923

Robust programs, from summer courses for pre-college teens, to a joint master’s program with Sotheby’s Institute of Art and an Institute for Continuing and Professional Studies including Online Learning, offer opportunities for a wide range of diverse students at all stages in their careers. …

Read More »

Posted in interior design | Tagged , , | 1 Comment  

Going Green at the AD Design Show and Dining by Design

Going Green at the AD Design Show and Dining by Design

Nature is in the air. And not just because it’s almost spring but because going green with natural themes seems to be a trend both on the runway and at home. While I will be back to report on favorites from both this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show and DIFFA‘s Dining by Design, here are a few picks from each showing that going green is a good (and stylish) thing.

Sasha Bikoff‘s installation for Luxe Magazine with LIAIGRE utilizes a living ceiling and de Gournay‘s exotic Le Eden wallpaper to evoke the lush landscape of a tropical rainforest.…

Read More »

Posted in design, interior design | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments