In the Works

In the Works

September means not only back to school but the onset of many great events, design books in anticipation of the holiday season and in my family, a slew of birthdays and celebrations. So while there is lots in the works I can’t wait to share, my niece’s beautiful weekend wedding and my husband’s birthday today meant I just didn’t get as much done as I had anticipated. As a consolation prize of sorts, I offer you patient readers a little peek at some of what’s on the docket. I have a stack of stunning books to review, news to share, as well as many exciting new videos to edit.…

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Branca at Bergdorfs

Branca at Bergdorfs

Not only has Alessandra Branca launched her fabulous new fabric line with Schumacher, but she also partnered with Bergdorf’s to transform the always tempting seventh floor with her new fabric and home collection. Last week I stopped by for the official launch party – a festive evening well attended by a who’s who crowd of NY design.

It was the perfect venue for Branca, above, to show how her bold take on classically inspired color and pattern makes for an über stylish environment. Below, her gorgeous Bosco porcelain collection, embroidered Stag’s head cocktail napkins and striped iPad cover sit in front of an antique chair upholstered in her Alexander Tartan Rouge and walls dressed with her fabulous faux bois cotton.…

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Gary McBournie Living Color

Gary McBournie Living Color

How could I not be won over by designer Gary McBournie, whose favorite color is orange and cites Auntie Mame as a movie that continues to provide him with design inspiration? Looking through his book Living Color is like joining a celebration of colorful interiors and the designer’s contemporary twist on tradition.

Opening with a charming chapter filled with personal photos and paintings, it is immediately apparent that he has had a lifelong love of the visual and a thoughtful eye for connections between art, nature and design.

But it was his first visit to Nantucket in the late 1980’s, where his interests in history, gardening and life came together.…

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In the Spirit of New Orleans at What’s New What’s Next

In the Spirit of New Orleans at What’s New What’s Next

What is it exactly about the seemingly symbiotic relationship between New Orleans and New York? As author Debra Shriver’s phrase “New-New” expresses, there is for many a push me pull you magnetism between the two cities. On Thursday in the John Richard Showroom at New York Design Center’s What’s New What’s Next, Susanna Salk (who needs no introduction in these parts) will be moderating a panel on just this subject. Three chic women in design, all of whom have New-New connections, will be chatting about the NOLA/NYC lifestyle and how each city inspires them. I’m so looking forward to hearing this talented trio of smart, interesting, opinionated women, who will, no doubt, have many entertaining insights to share.…

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Central Park NYC | An Architectural View

Central Park NYC | An Architectural View

Ever since the 2008 publication of their superb volume on Chinoiseries, many have been eagerly awaiting the next publication from Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams. Happily, Central Park NYC: An Architectural View is finally here. Following years of exacting research, this lavish and unprecedented volume traces the history, creation and beauty of this National Historic Landmark from their very visual point of view.

As architects, voracious historians, skilled writers and talented artists, the authors possess the unique skill sets to deliver projects of delightful discovery and extravagant beauty. Celebrating the “fortuitous intersection of architecture and gardens,” this volume, through the author’s exquisite watercolors accompanied by contemporary and archival photographs, explores the rich diversity and design of Central Park and its architecture, sculpture and ornament. …

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Peter Dunham

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Peter Dunham

It’s hard to precisely pin point the style of designer Peter Dunham. The LA Times used the term “Merchant Ivory modern,” which is certainly apt but doesn’t quite tell the whole story. With a background almost as eclectic as his designs, Dunham’s aesthetic encompasses quite a bit of territory. A childhood spent galavanting around the globe with stylish sophisticated parents honed his eye and whet his appetite for both travel and design. With a series of pedigrees including an Oxford education and internship at David Hicks, Dunham has both the knowledge and sixth sense for creating distinctive interiors that marry exotic influence with LA comfort.…

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Global Design Inspiration in House Beautiful

Global Design Inspiration in House Beautiful

Design inspiration from around the globe is the theme for October’s House Beautiful. With the debut of its new pop-up series, this month features guest editor Chesie Breen as our guide to the homes of Americans abroad. From London to Oslo to Rome and beyond, we get to scratch our travel itch with vicarious visits to fabulous flats and follies. I am delighted to share a sneak peek at the colorful restoration of a 16th century French estate by conductor and harpsichordist William Christie.

Having moved to France after college, Christie discovered the Vendée region, southwest of Paris almost 40 years ago, loving the “unspoiled, deep country not far from the sea.” He rented for several years until he found Le Bâtiment, a ruin from 1630 that still retained its aristocratic bones.…

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Picture Perfect Parties

Picture Perfect Parties

Even though it’s not officially fall, the “season” seems to have already gotten underway with invitations flowing in. How convenient that Picture Perfect Parties is coming from Rizzoli on October 1 to solve all our entertaining needs.

Stylist and entertaining expert Annette Joseph‘s motto is “make it simple and make it gorgeous” and you will clearly see how she achieves her results in her terrific new book. Chock full of recipes, advice and tricks of the trade, you’ll be party-ready in no time. I love how everything in the book is unintimidating and approachable. Even novice cooks and hosts will feel confident that they can put together a delicious, beautiful and fun event.…

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Escapade | A Parisian Love Affair by La Maison Pierre Frey

Escapade | A Parisian Love Affair by La Maison Pierre Frey

La Maison Pierre Frey is a family firm that continues to straddle past and present with chic Parisian flair. From the historic document fabrics of Branquenié to its contemporary prints and weaves, the house combines its love for French heritage with an innovative modern vision. And it’s their willingness to think out of the box that led them to a stunning creative collaboration with director Martial Schmeltz – a film to discover, through an evening of evocative romance, the recently renovated Hotel Costes and two other special Parisian haunts swathed in the luxury of Pierre Frey. This small and sexy artistic jewel speaks volumes about the power of our surroundings, the sensuous allure of the City of Lights and the mysteries of passion.…

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Christie’s Interiors

Christie’s Interiors

Sometimes you have to go with the flow. I had a different post planned for today but then my very market-savvy sister sent me the latest issue of Christie’s Interiors. Finishing up her thesis for her Decorative Arts Masters, she faithfully follows all the auctions and knew this was one I would love. Christie’s Interiors is a marvelous source for collectibles and more reasonably priced fine and decorative art in almost every category. I love how it’s presented in a magazine format with all the information at your fingertips in an easy to read and enlarge format. No challenging fine print here!…

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