At Home with Susanna Salk and Lela Rose

At Home with Susanna Salk and Lela Rose

Lela Rose is not only an acclaimed fashion designer, with eponymous ready-to-wear and bridal collections, but, as seen in her new book, Prêt-à-Party, a passionate and creative party-giver. In fact, her Tribeca apartment, where Lela lives with her husband and two children, was custom built around her love for entertaining. Join Susanna and me behind the scenes for a visit with Lela at home as she shares a peek of her chic and unique entertaining venue, ready for the holidays.

Just as Lela imbues each of her collections with an ebullient elegance based on a masterful mixture of textures and patterns, so she has decorated her home.…

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The Legacy of Luxury Linens at E. Braun and Jesurum

The Legacy of Luxury Linens at E. Braun and Jesurum

Luxury linens are a pleasure that easily enhance your life every single day. Especially as the winter days get short, it can be such a simple extravagance to climb into a beautifully appointed bed at night. One of the most elegant sources in New York is the lovely E. Braun boutique. Founded in 1893 in Vienna, the firm is now in only its second family ownership. Continuing the legacy of the finest classic designs from around the world, E. Braun now also includes a roster of chic contemporary linens and accessories in their light-filled Park Avenue space. Last week, I stopped by to see their latest introduction.…

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The Exciting New Drake + Anderson

The Exciting New Drake + Anderson

While I am frequently touting the stylish mix of the well established with the new, I am not normally referring to firms. But in this case the mix is indeed a stylish pairing of people, as acclaimed designer Jamie Drake and rising star Caleb Anderson have joined forces to create the new firm Drake + Anderson in 2016.

photo: Brittany Ambridge

This merger of talents represents an exciting new entity where each designer will be co-principals of the firm, combining staffs and businesses into a new brand, offering a full range of design services. Known for his vivacious use of color and glamorous interiors, Drake has designed homes for a wide range of clients from Michael Bloomberg to Madonna.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Windsor Smith

At Home with Susanna Salk and Windsor Smith

Windsor Smith embraces a style that melds modern living with old fashioned values. While she crafts luxurious homes with elegant interiors, she is ever conscious of how her clients will live in them. As practical as they are personal, her spaces encourage a harkening back to tradition and the kind of human interactions much needed in our harried world of technology and anonymity. Kitchens are designed around family dinners, cocktail tables are ready to receive guests in style, game tables invite convivial competition. Her recent book, Windsor Smith Homefront: Design for Modern Living, celebrates her “lifestyle architect” approach to modern living with interior inspiration and down-to-earth advice.…

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Tis the Season

Tis the Season

December is not only the time for making your list and checking it twice but tis the season for gatherings galore. The first half of this week alone started by celebrating Christopher Spitzmiller‘s one year anniversary in his new space with a book signing with Jeffrey Bilhuber.

Orange you glad Chris has expanded his palette to include the Q’s signature color?

Tuesday evening was the glamorous AD100 party at the Whitney Museum, celebrating a select group of 100 international tastemakers whose work represent’s the magazine’s vision of the best in global design. Editor-in-chief Margaret Russell looked radiant in red Giambattista Valli as she offered the evening’s remarks.

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Parish-Hadley Tree of Life Celebration at the Antique and Artisan Gallery

Parish-Hadley Tree of Life Celebration at the Antique and Artisan Gallery

There is no question that Parish-Hadley Tree of Life is a must-have volume for any interior design aficionado. Authored by distinguished alumni Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams, the volume is a rich and colorful history told through informative and entertaining chapters from thirty designers and architects who worked at the legendary firm. If there is one thread running through the book, it is how influential their individual experiences at Parish-Hadley have continued to be throughout each of their careers.

And while there have been many celebrations of this important design tome this fall, one of the most festive was last week at my favorite local haunt, the Antique and Artisan Gallery in Stamford, where endless inspiring and tempting vignettes seemed a perfect backdrop for this special event.…

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Winter Antiques Show 2016

Winter Antiques Show 2016

While our focus may be on the upcoming holidays, treats in the new year will include the prestigious Winter Antiques Show 2016. This year’s Honorary Design Chairs are a stellar group including Nate Berkus, Ellie Cullman, Alexa Hampton, and Markham Roberts. Supporting this year’s show, they will be on hand to welcome the more than 70 experts exhibiting at the show. 

Each year, a special loan exhibition is front and center, celebrating the best of American art. I am excited that this year, that the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, a local Connecticut jewel was chosen.…

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A Milan Townhouse Mix of Old and New

A Milan Townhouse Mix of Old and New

The holiday festivities have begun and while I certainly enjoy celebrating with the design community, it doesn’t always leave time for working behind the scenes. So while I catch up, I thought I would share a favorite project that has been in my files for years. I am interested in anything that Studio Peregalli touches. Their sophisticated sensibility is, as the title of their book revealed, an impressive Invention of the Past.  But in few projects is the melding of old and new as dramatic as in the Milan townhouse of Kartell owner Claudio Luti and wife Maria. I first saw the house in House & Garden almost a decade ago, where the emphasis was on the design firm’s remarkable recreation of a fabricated past as in the entry below.…

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Mathilde Nivet and the Art of Paper

Mathilde Nivet and the Art of Paper

With the holidays upon us, window displays are front and center. From Bergdorf’s legendary masterpieces to the many brands that spare no expense to make their products shine, there are legions of art directors and set designers behind the scenes who make it all possible. One such artist is Mathilde Nivet, whose brilliant works of paper are not only exquisite but intricate and innovative.

Based in Paris, she has produced displays, illustrations and editorials for all the most pretigious names, from Hermès to Vuitton to Bulgari and many more. Her paper clock for Hermés, above and below, is one of my favorites.…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

There are many reasons to be thankful this year but I am always especially appreciative to have my family together for this special holiday. It’s not so often nowadays to have all four children home at the same time. Sometimes it feels more like a revolving door with one coming as another is leaving and while it’s a challenge to keep the kitchen stocked and stay awake for all the late night games, I am fully cognizant of just how fortunate we are. So, whether you are home, visiting friends or family, or perhaps traveling for a much needed break, from our table to yours, wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.…

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