Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala Tables Part II

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala Tables Part II

As I know everyone enjoys the originality of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala tables, today we’ll take a final look at a few more of these creations. Gala Leadership Committee member Lindsay Coral Harper celebrated the Ming Dynasty with a colorful tablecloth of Robert Allen Fabric with fun Samuel and Sons tassel trim.

The table featured accessories from her own Lamshop, menus from Ginna Dunlap and fabulous forsythia centerpiece (above) from Sebastian Li.

The Kapito Muller team represented Chintz in the 80s. On a tablecloth of Soane’s charming new Dianthus Chintz, a classic mix of wicker, rattan and blue and white updated the vintage theme with fresh appeal.…

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2016 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

2016 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

While last week was chock full of design happenings, I was thrilled to be able to at least sneak a peek at the glorious tables for the 2016 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala. Always a favorite event of the season, this year the gala honored long time board member Audrey Gruss for her leadership and generosity. In addition to, most importantly, raising a total of $1.15 million dollars for this worthy organization, the spectacular tables offer an abundance of inspiration for spring entertaining. Alex Papachristidis with David Monn created a scene for an Enchanted Chinoiserie Evening.

With a stunning hand painted tablecloth Alex designed with Gracie, porcelain flowers by Vladimir Collection (see our video visit to Vladimir’s studio), Blue Shou dinnerware from Mottahedeh, William Yeoward glassware, monogrammed napkins from Leontine linens, blue and white porcelain and accessories from John Rosselli and beautiful dinner menus and place cards from Glorie Austern at The Calligraphy Company ([email protected]),

it was a lush and layered example of timeless elegance.

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Laura Kirar

At Home with Susanna Salk and Laura Kirar

Laura Kirar is a designer who approaches her work with the heart of an artist. Known for her artistic approach to interiors and products for the home, she brings both innovation and an artisanal appreciation of craft to everything she touches. Laura melds her academic background of sculpture and interior architecture with inspiration from nature and her extensive travels to create designs with soulful and authentic results. Join Susanna and me as we visit Laura in her Brooklyn loft where work and life are seamlessly integrated.

Laura Kirar’s Brooklyn loft represents a dream. Having started her business at a desk in her living room, she often found herself working in her pajamas at four in the afternoon.…

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A Whirlwind Week of Design

A Whirlwind Week of Design

While spring is always bustling with events, this has been a particularly action packed week of design. I hope to be back to fill you in more fully on the stellar Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse. Since the auction is this Sunday, below find a peek at several more of the outstanding rooms, all filled with distinctive decorative items from the sale.

And to provide sustenance while you decide what to bid on, you can pop upstairs to the chic new Sant Ambroeus café, where the food and coffee is as delicious as the design.

If you follow along on Instagram, you know that Tuesday I was at 41 Madison for the tabletop show.…

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First Look at the Sotheby’s Showhouse 2016

First Look at the Sotheby’s Showhouse 2016

This week, At Home, the Sotheby’s Showhouse 2016 opened. Running through next Saturday, the third annual Designer Showhouse and Auction features twelve design firms who, using works from a variety of Sotheby’s departments, have created a diverse selection of chic and eclectic rooms. With a special focus on young collectors, these spaces show how timeless works of fine and decorative art not only have stylistic relevance but meaning in today’s interiors.

Starting at the connected foyer and gallery, designer and art advisor Richard Rabel‘s goal was to create a space that is “monastically simple and yet embraces a modern vision of the Baroque.” Richard’s years at Christie’s and global experience lend his spaces a worldly and polished sophistication.…

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AERIN Fall 2016 Accessories Sneak Peek

AERIN Fall 2016 Accessories Sneak Peek

As we are still waiting for spring-like temperatures, it’s also time to look ahead to the fall collections. This year AERIN‘s fall 2016 accessories include a new fashion collection of bags and shoes.

As you may remember from our video visit to Aerin’s beautiful Southampton home, she considers leopard a classic neutral for interiors and it clearly holds true for fashion as well. From chic clutches and pouch to top handle or shoulder bag to leopard pony ballet flat, there are a myriad of choices to add a little exotic animal vibe to your wardrobe come fall.

One of the strong color stories for her fall 2016 accessories was “brown rose,” a color derivative of Aerin’s favorite floral that adds a feminine touch to any fashion statement.…

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Oomph Greenwich has Arrived!

Oomph Greenwich has Arrived!

I have followed the trajectory of Oomph ever since they established their stylish Connecticut based brand over seven years ago. After selling exclusively online and to the trade in their High Point showroom, Oomph Greenwich brings their colorful tailored style to the public. Now everyone in the area can easily add a little Oomph to their homes.

In a generous space accessed from the rear parking lot in between Circa Lighting and Waterworks, almost all the Oomph products are on display. Displayed in lifestyle settings, it is easy to see how so many of these pieces could work at home. Decked out in a very quintessential color combo, the Chelsea Desk and Edgartown rectangular tray show off their signature lacquer colors in style.…

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Ralph Lauren Home Fall 2016

Ralph Lauren Home Fall 2016

Yesterday evening Ralph Lauren Home celebrated their fall 2016 collections and new dedicated Instagram feed at their expansive Chelsea headquarters. Here, in evocatively styled rooms, three new lifestyle collections were beautifully presented. Gold Creek Lodge represented the dark glamour of fall.

 Thoughtful melding of rough luxe

with baronial elegance yielded rooms full of textural interest

and luxurious layers.

with seductive lifestyle details that completed the picture.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the winter wonderland of Modern Chalet.

With lifelike backdrops of snowy landscapes, this ethereal collection is like a contemporary cocoon, swathing you in a blanket of winter white.…

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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.…

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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!!

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