More Patina Farm Style

More Patina Farm Style

Thank you to so many of you who stopped by and left such lovely comments about Susanna’s and my video visit to Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s beautiful Ojai farm. With such an idyllic setting and photogenic home, it was hard to stop snapping shots. So today I take you back for a little bonus look at more Patina Farm Style. On Brooke’s Instagram feed, she recently mentioned how she loved the “transparency” of their house. It’s a beautifully designed enfilade that I noticed and loved immediately upon arriving.

Thanks to the California climate, it took only about a year for the back doors to be fully covered with ivy.…

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Final Look at Kips Bay 2016

Final Look at Kips Bay 2016

Today (Thursday) is the final day to tour the Kips Bay 2016 Decorator Show House. While there is never time to tour all the rooms here on the site, today we take a look at the three bathrooms and powder rooms in the house. With projects spanning retail, corporate and hospitality as well as residential, Groves & Co. is generally known for their clean modern aesthetic. Inspired by the classic black and white bathrooms found in pre-war New York buildings, their master bath effortlessly references the romance of these timeless designs while maintaining a fresh contemporary look.

A luxurious combination of materials and accessories lend the room a feeling of sumptuous indulgence.…

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Garrow Kedigian Ode to an Emperor at Kips Bay 2016 Show House

Garrow Kedigian Ode to an Emperor at Kips Bay 2016 Show House

I find I often have an affinity for those designers who also have architectural backgrounds. They frequently structure their spaces with distinctive defining elements and in many cases have a strong working knowledge of design history. This certainly holds true for Garrow Kedigian in his dramatic Kips Bay 2016 Show House space.

His Napoleon Lounge is an ode to the emperor, whose imperial style extended even to his temporary spaces during military campaigns. Think of Napoleon’s classic campaign chair with its stylish portability, his private railway car with its custom Braquenié carpet (see the original model in the Pierre Frey archives here) or the toile fabrics he commissioned to commemorate and spread the word about his victories in Egypt.…

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Kati Curtis at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

Kati Curtis at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

Design Kati Curtis leads us up the staircase at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House with a spiritual metaphor. For her “Path to Enlightenment,” she collaborated with de Gournay, creating a custom hand painted wallpaper representing the beauty and color of the journey.

The pattern becomes more intricate and elaborate as we ascend the stairs, with the constant element of the butterflies guiding us through the enchanted garden. Offsetting the delicate nature of the traditional paper, Kati emphasized the contemporary architectonic curve of the staircase by painting it in Farrow & Ball‘s bold Hague Blue, a chameleon color perfect for the transcendental journey as it changes with the light. …

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David Collins Studio at the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

David Collins Studio at the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

This is the final week of the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, with Thursday, June 9th, marking the last opportunity to visit the amazing rooms created by this year’s group of 21 talented designers. Today and tomorrow we follow the staircase from bottom to top starting with the dramatic entry. It is over 16 years ago since David Collins Studio created the famous Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel in London. That iconic mix of vibrant color and contemporary design with classical details is the inspiration for their Collins Room at this year’s Kips Bay.

David Collins Creative Director Simon Rawlings has reinterpreted the design for a residence with a luxurious yet ebullient combination of colors, materials and furnishings.…

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Hope to See You!

Hope to See You!

Before we all start to wind down for summer, there are still quite a few local design events on the horizon, a couple of which I will be participating in. Next Wednesday marks the 2016 Spring Market at the D&D Building in NYC. With three keynote panels, open houses and showroom programs, it’s a day not to missed for both industry folks and design aficionados  in the New York area. I am delighted to be moderating a panel at Pierre Frey (at 11 am in Suite 1611) on one of my favorite topics – the art of bespoke. I’ll be speaking with designers Caleb Anderson of Drake/Anderson, Rena Sarant of Peter Pennoyer Architects and Douglas Hutton of Hutton Collections about the allure, advantages and process of creating one-of-a-kind products for the home.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Brooke & Steve Giannetti on Patina Farm

At Home with Susanna Salk and Brooke & Steve Giannetti on Patina Farm

Patina Farm is the realization of a dream that many only fantasize about. Living on a small lot in suburban Santa Monica, California, Brooke and Steve Giannetti had already recognized their love of land, natural materials and fine old world craftsmanship. As Brooke got the itch to have a farm, documented on her popular blog, Velvet and Linen, they tore out the front yard to put in a vegetable garden, then got chickens, finally realizing they needed to buy something bigger. On a trip north to Ojai for a client project about six years ago, they fell in love with the area and found a beautiful piece of property that was the beginning of the dream.…

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Happy Memorial Day and Sneak Peek

Happy Memorial Day and Sneak Peek

Wishing everyone a very happy Memorial Day weekend. While we celebrate the unofficial start of the summer season, let us also recognize who this holiday commemorates and take a moment to remember those who sacrificed their lives serving our country.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for new At Home with video visit – sneak peek below!

 

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Drake Anderson Kips Bay Bedroom

Drake Anderson Kips Bay Bedroom

Inspiration for the Drake Anderson Kips Bay bedroom began on a trip the design partners took to London, where a state bed at the Victoria & Albert Museum captured their attention. Featuring the classic upholstery technique of gainage, the bed had all its intricate furniture details wrapped in fabric.

Wanting to interpret this traditional technique in a contemporary way, Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson worked with Jouffre to swathe their room in quiet elegance, using a single Romo fabric to cover the moldings, upholster the walls and as drapes, bed hangings and valance.

The luxury of bespoke elements fills the room.…

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Sotheby’s Fine Jewels Auction

Sotheby’s Fine Jewels Auction

As with furniture, fine and decorative art, buying jewelry at auctions is a great way to learn as well as often secure great pricing. Sotheby’s Fine Jewels Auction in New York City on June 10, preceded by a three day exhibition, has a marvelous selection of stylish examples from such distinguished names as Tiffany’sDavid Webb, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdura.

Beginning with pieces estimated at $5,000, it provides a great opportunity for those starting or augmenting a fine jewelry collection. Since the preview isn’t for a couple of weeks and Sotheby’s did such a beautiful job staging the pieces, I am sharing their photos.…

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