Orchidelirium: 2016 Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Orchidelirium: 2016 Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

It all started with the Victorians. Their 19th century obsession with orchids, Orchidelirium, became the foundation for our continuing infatuation with these exotic blooms today. These plants’ journey from the wild to cultivation took thousands of years, the first records dating back to Confucius, who called the orchid “King of Fragrant Plants”. But it was really the Victorians who inaugurated the modern craze for these exquisite flowers and it is their influence which is celebrated in the 14th New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show, Orchidelirium

In the splendid Victorian era Enid A Haupt Conservatory at the NYBG, below, the centerpiece of the show, above, is an homage to the similar glass enclosures monied Victorians built to house their burgeoning orchid collections in naturalistic environs.…

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Sneak Peek NYBG Orchid Show

Sneak Peek NYBG Orchid Show

This year’s NYBG Orchid Show is not only an overwhelmingly beautiful display of these exquisite exotic plants but an illuminating look at their history and those who searched throughout the world to capture elusive specimens. My apologies for this brief visual tease. I’ll be back next time to give you a more thorough peek into the fascinating and alluring world of these botanical gems.

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New York Botanical Garden 2016 Orchid Dinner

New York Botanical Garden 2016 Orchid Dinner

Once you see this year’s spectacular Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, you will appreciate how well so many of the tables captured the spirit of Orchidelirium. Here we take a final look at the 2016 Orchid Dinner before moving on to the actual show. Hutton Wilkinson and Brett Leemkuil for Tony Duquette Inc. teamed up to capture the exotic mania surrounding the search for unusual orchid specimens.

Set with service plates from the Tony Duquette Lapis dinnerware collection for Mottahedeh on a Tony Duquette for Jim Thompson silk Fireworks tablecloth, the table was very much in the fantastical Duquette more is more spirit.…

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The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner is always a favorite event of the season. This past Tuesday evening, in its new venue at the The Plaza Grand Ballroom, the event raised more than $600,00 for the development of the NYBG’s orchid research collection. With media host Veranda, a list of twenty five top designers were assembled to create tables celebrating this year’s Orchid Show theme of Orchidelirium with elegant tabletops and dramatic orchid centerpieces.

Cullman & Kravis‘ table was not only beautiful but layered with references to the history of orchids and the upcoming show at the Garden.…

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First Peek at the NYBG Orchid Dinner

First Peek at the NYBG Orchid Dinner

Last night was the NYBG Orchid Dinner, the annual tabletop fundraiser for the development of the New York Botanical Garden’s orchid research collection. I’ll be back shortly to share more details from this wonderful event but thought you’d like to have a first peek at a few of the glorious tables created by the group of this year’s talented designers.

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La Tuile a Loup

La Tuile a Loup

In the heart of old Paris, in the 5th arrondissement, La Tuile à Loup has been a go-to source for the best of artisanal French craftsmanship for over 40 years. When the original owners were retiring in 2006, private banker Eric Goujou was already a devoted customer. But a small “selling” sign on the shop’s door “Passion a transmettre” (passion to be passed on), proved to be a life-changing note for Eric, whose long time interest in interiors and the art of the handmade inspired him to take the plunge as shopkeeper.

For the past ten years Eric has continued the legacy of made-in-France art de vivre at La Tuile a Loup. …

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Rajiv Surendra Letters in Ink

Rajiv Surendra Letters in Ink

If you have received your March issue of House Beautiful, you have no doubt noticed the amazing artwork of Rajiv Surendra. On the first page of the well (the editorial section of the magazine) is Garrow Kedigian‘s fantastical writing room, embellished (in chalk!) by the amazing artistry of Rajiv Surendra, below. And be sure to see the rest of Kedigian’s handsome Montreal abode – it proves the seductive power of a dark palette.

photo Paul Raeside

I have had Rajiv’s work on a long list of potential posts for a couple of years and this article offered the impetus to push him to the top.…

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Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville

Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville

The Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville is a much anticipated event of the season. A highlight of not only Nashville but antique, garden and design aficionados across the country, the show features over 150 dealers from far and wide as well as between 10,000 and 15,000 visitors. Vintage Millworks set the tone with their Chatsworth inspired bench.

I was honored to be a part of the illustrious lecture series that is overseen by both the Antique Show and a national advisory committee of prestigious names in design. With a huge range of antiques, art, and horticultural offerings, I thought I would share a few of my favorites.…

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Quick Peek at Nashville

Quick Peek at Nashville

I’ve just arrived back from a whirlwind trip down south and wanted to at least give you a quick peek at what I saw in Nashville. It’s clearly a city on the rise, with a burgeoning young population, redevelopment and building everywhere and a strong cultural core. Southern hospitality is not a myth and I felt truly welcomed every place I went. I’ll certainly have much more to share once photos are edited and thoughts collected. In the meantime, a big thank you to my Nashville friends and hosts, to the Antiques and Garden Show and my talented panelists. Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day and relaxing long weekend!…

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2016 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

2016 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

I am very excited to be heading south this weekend to the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville where I will be moderating a panel on Saturday with designers Brian Murphy, Suzanne Rheinstein, Mark Sikes and Windsor Smith.

It will be my first visit to Music City and the Antiques and Garden Show there has been on my short list for years. With Bunny Williams as Honorary Chair, this year’s show features Gwyneth Paltrow in a conversation with Windsor Smith on design and lifestyle kicking off the Keynote Program.

The largest show of its kind in the country the Antiques and Garden Show features more than 150 fine antiques and horticultural vendors.…

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