About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham

About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham

Rather like his own personality, Richard Keith Langham’s interiors never take themselves too seriously. Yet they all possess an easy elegance and livable congeniality with an updated sense of tradition that isn’t afraid to include a good dose of wit and whimsy.

And like many of the designs in his first book, About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham, Sara Ruffin Costello’s text is fluent, easy-going and accessible with a wink. Covering work from Langham’s esteemed thirty year career, the volume includes a wide range of projects from Florida to New England, country houses to city apartments, rural retreats to waterfront estates.…

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Thank You

Thank You

A big thank you to Lillian August for hosting me and Susanna Salk for a hopping At Home with Dogs and Their Designers book signing as well as to those who came out to the Greenwich Design District inaugural Taste and Tour event to see us. It was a happening evening with fun meet and greets in many of the area’s shops. I’m already looking forward to future events with all of these great design brands!

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Sotheby’s Collections and Curiosities

Sotheby’s Collections and Curiosities

Please excuse the brevity of this post but I wanted to make readers aware of a marvelous auction tomorrow at Sotheby’s. The first of two October sales celebrating the art of collecting, this includes a wide range of collectible objects brought together as a cabinet of curiosities. A few favorites include a fantastic Italian silver marine-theme oyster platter as well as overflowing centerpiece by Buccellati, shown below with a set of our (two pictured) Odiot shell shaped tazze.

A large set of Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica pieces is presented in various separate lots so those only interested, for example, in cups and saucers or fruit plates can bid for those pieces alone.…

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Introducing the Greenwich Design District

Introducing the Greenwich Design District

While Greenwich, CT has long been known for its strong retail presence, with luxury fashion boutiques lining the avenue, over the past several years, design related businesses have been popping up, particularly along Putnam Avenue (the continuation of the Boston Post Road). PR and marketing strategist friend and colleague Beth Dempsey of Images and Details (the brainchild of our Ancien et Moderne Paris Pop Up) had (yet another brilliant) idea of forming an official alliance, the Greenwich Design District, uniting these brands as a group, with a fun map for designers and consumers to navigate the area – the cover highlighting the area’s town landmarks

and the inside with a numbered guide to the participants.…

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Special Shopping for the Chic and Unique

Special Shopping for the Chic and Unique

Last week was an insanely busy week of design and although I was under the weather and missed many fun events, I managed to sneak in a couple special shopping opportunities! Highlights included friend Eric Goujou’s La Tuile a Loup NYC debut at KRB – two favorites together that I am thrilled was a smashing success. And while the Pop Up is officially over, there are a few items still available – check the KRB Instagram Stories for more info.

Regular readers know how much I admire the products and mission of Susan Hull Walker’s Ibu Movement. You can watch our video visit with Susan in Charleston to learn more about the company and their last collection with Ali McGraw.…

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Petal It Forward

Petal It Forward

Flowers really do make you happy. Not only do nature’s bountiful blooms enhance any setting but bring beauty and lift spirits on any occasion. In fact, many studies find that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and a long-term positive effect on moods for both givers and recipients. Of course the floral industry already knew this and decided to embrace the positive power of flowers with a wonderful pay it forward concept. Initiated by the Society of American Florists, Petal It Forward started with a small idea that grew into a plan that the entire floral industry wanted to embrace.…

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At Home in New Orleans with Jane Scott Hodges

At Home in New Orleans with Jane Scott Hodges

As the founder and owner of Leontine Linens, Jane Scott Hodges is credited with reviving the art of couture linens for everyday use. With a contemporary spin on timeless traditions, her custom linens and bespoke monograms pair luxury with real life. And nowhere is this lifestyle more evident than in Jane Scott’s own stylish home. Please join Susanna and me for a trip to New Orleans, where Jane Scott has transformed her 19th century Greek Revival house into a color and art-filled family home that enthusiastically expresses her contagious joie de vivre!

Not only does Jane Scott’s company espouse updating tradition with bold scale and color, but she walks the walk in her own home.…

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At Home with Dogs and Their Designers

At Home with Dogs and Their Designers

When Susanna first suggested that I shoot the photos for her book At Home with Dogs and Their Designers, I dismissed her idea out of hand. While I have always had an interest (photography classes at RISD during college and a few since) and a long career as an art director, I am not a professional photographer. But after years of traveling and shooting our videos together, Susanna and I have an implicit trust factor and know how to work seamlessly together. So I decided, as Susanna writes in her very generous acknowledgment, to “embrace this major challenge.” I bought a “real” camera, spent untold hours researching and relearning and we were on our way.…

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Shelter

Shelter

Over the course of the past year while making the book At Home with Dogs and Their Designers, Susanna and I were privileged to visit the beloved dogs of 21 top interior designers. As we sought to capture the incredible bonds they have with their humans and the amazing lives they live together, we couldn’t help but think of all the dogs out there that haven’t yet found a forever home. We hope this little short film will inspire people to consider welcoming a dog in need into their lives. Special thanks to all the designers and dogs from the book who participated!…

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Rockefeller Homes and Gardens

Rockefeller Homes and Gardens

When you grew up, as I did, on the Hudson River, in the vicinity of Pocantico Hills, the Rockefeller name loomed large. In addition to their own stately homes, the family was largely responsible for so many generous gestures in the area, from the charming Union Church with its Matisse and Chagall windows, to the amazing Stone Barns Center to the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.  Every year in grammar school we would visit the estate farm, excited to milk the cows and jump from the hayloft. When David Rockefeller died earlier this year, the legacy came to a certain closure.…

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