Arriving in Style with Quintessence

Arriving in Style with Quintessence

Over the course of the year, Susanna and I are always busy filming design friends across the country and around the world. You never know what awaits you behind every door, gate or threshold! So for even those who are faithful readers in these parts, I encourage you to subscribe to our Quintessence At Home With video series on YouTube because I know you’ll never want to miss a thing. Here’s a fun little clip I prepared to show a few places we’ve been recently and a few sneak peeks of what’s coming soon.

In case you’ve missed any shown above, here are the links to At Home with Brooke and Steve Giannetti on Patina Farm, At Home and in the Office with Miles Redd, At Home in Charleston with Carolyne Roehm, At Home with Alexa Hampton, At Home in the Country with Gil Schafer, At Home in New Orleans with Jane Scott Hodges, At Home in Los Angeles with Lulu Powers, At Home in Los Angeles with Mark D.

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In Auction News – Pierre Bergé at Sotheby’s

In Auction News – Pierre Bergé at Sotheby’s

This year has seen some amazing auctions unfold and the action will continue this October in Paris as Sotheby’s just announced it will be offering the contents from the four homes of Pierre Bergé, who died last year at the age of 86. A sophisticated polymath who was equally at home and accomplished in the board room and the political arena as at a museum, the opera or in the library, Bergé amassed overwhelming and eclectic collections of everything from ancient and modern art to furniture and objets to books and manuscripts (an entire sale dedicated to his library set for December).…

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At Home in New York City with Frank de Biasi

At Home in New York City with Frank de Biasi

In a bland box of a lower Park Avenue pre-war, designer Frank de Biasi and partner, fashion and textile designer Gene Meyer, have fearlessly transformed their high rise rental into a personal, maximalist space. Timidity has no place here as family heirlooms, treasured collections and inventive decorative treatments live together in layered idiosyncratic harmony. Tag along with Susanna Salk and me to the inspiring home of these two creative talents.


While some may be reticent to so lavishly embellish a rental apartment, Frank never held back in designing an imaginative backdrop for his and Gene’s art filled rooms. Clever visual solutions and an elevated-meets-eccentric aesthetic yields an apartment brimming with personality and a distinctive narrative.…

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Rosario Candela – Elegance in the Sky

Rosario Candela – Elegance in the Sky

In early 20th century New York City, as many affluent residents were gradually abandoning their mansions and townhouses for apartments, few created the allure of luxury high rise living as did architect Rosario Candela. In the stylish interwar era, Candela played a major role in transforming the skyline and key neighborhoods of NYC such as Park and Fifth Avenues as well as Sutton Place. His now legendary first building at this east side enclave, One Sutton Place, below, for example, includes a generous porte cochère and understated articulation and ornamentation, including the elegant address.

Photo by Michel Arnaud, 2016, courtesy of the photographer

In a jewel of a new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, curated by Donald Albrecht and designed by architect Peter Pennoyer, the genius of Rosario Candela is revealed.…

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Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

Wishing everyone a very happy Memorial Day! While this weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, it was also a bittersweet personal moment as my youngest graduated from high school.

The whole crew flew in to celebrate and it was great to acknowledge this landmark moment (our final day – after 16 years – at the school all my kids attended) together as a family.

And while we celebrate commencements and the coming season, let us also recognize who this holiday commemorates and take a moment to remember those who sacrificed their lives serving our country.

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72 Hours in France!

72 Hours in France!

As mentioned in my last post, I spent 72 hours in France this week with Susanna Salk, filming two new video episodes. We were so incredibly lucky with the weather – a little rain on one day and the rest was what we all imagine as the proverbial springtime in Paris! Our home away from home for the week, and the subject for one of our upcoming videos, was designer Timothy Corrigan‘s stylish Paris apartment – the view from my bedroom, below.

On our first day, we all made an outing to the Picasso museum to see the latest exhibits.…

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Catching Up Out and About

Catching Up Out and About

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind and while I am just about on my way to Paris (more about that in a minute), I wanted to spend a moment catching up a bit. I’m sure many of you have been watching the record breaking Rockefeller auction at Christie’s. The incredible sales total of $832.6 million set 22 world auction records in all including the highest total for a private collection in history, and the most significant charitable auction ever held. Every single item sold. (You can see my tour of the auction preview with Susanna here.)

Some of the individual records were – the highest ever for a Matisse – $80,750,000 for the Odalisque, above and the record for a Monet – $84,687,500 for the Nymphéas en fleur, below.…

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At Home and at RW Guild with Roman and Williams

At Home and at RW Guild with Roman and Williams

It’s challenging to describe the style of Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch – the celebrated design duo behind Roman and Williams. Their work encompasses everything from set design (where they met, on the production team for Michael Tolkin’s “The New Age” in 1992) to high end residential interiors for such notable clients as Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow to a myriad of stylish hotels and restaurants as well as the new British Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum opening next year. And now there is Roman and Williams Guild, their first brick and mortar venture – a lifestyle adventure thoughtfully conceived and curated by the couple.…

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Bow Wow Blitz

Bow Wow Blitz

For all of you in the Boston area, Susanna and I will be participating in a fun event at the Boston Design Center this Wednesday, May 9th. As part of the design center’s Spring Showcase, the Bow Wow Blitz is a dog extravaganza benefitting Second Chance, a local no-kill animal shelter.

We will be speaking at 4 pm in the Ann Sacks showroom, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of At Home with Dogs and Their Designers: Sharing a Stylish Life.

Below, Susanna subbing in for Kelly Wearstler’s rescue dog Willie as I planned the shot

and the final with Willie in place.…

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Final Look – 2018 Kips Bay Show House

Final Look – 2018 Kips Bay Show House

Today we start our final look at the 2018 Kips Bay Show House on the fourth floor with Alexa Hampton‘s living room, aptly titled Olympia’s Folly. It’s no secret that Alexa has a long standing love for the classics from Greco Roman antiquities to neoclassic art and architecture (watch At Home with Alexa Hampton for more evidence). Here she references the tradition of campaign tents, collaborating with Chuck Fischer and De Gournay on a faux draped ceiling and walls.

The most brilliant conceit is on the opposite wall where faux painted drapes are pulled back by ropes to reveal a scene of Greek temples, an idealized Acropolis of Alexa’s dreams.…

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