Out and About and Catching Up

Out and About and Catching Up

As the spring season approaches, there is much to look forward to besides just the warming weather, from actually seeing my lawn to the many design happenings on the horizon. Later this week, an industry favorite arrives. DIFFA Dining by Design launches at the Architectural Design Home Design Show on Thursday evening with its annual cocktail reception. It’s an inspiring evening for a great cause. Leading up to the event, social media mavens can join the fun tagging @DIFFANational and the hashtags #showusyourtable and #dbd2014. Help promote this worthwhile event with photos of your favorite personal tabletops, styling tips or installations from past Dining by Design years such as this elegant Maya Romanoff (who will be participating with a special tribute to their founder who recently passed away) setting from 2012
this dramatic colorful statement from Tilton Fenwick in the same year
or this natural tabletop from Ralph Lauren last year with a water wall cascading behind.…

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The House of Odiot

The House of Odiot

My eyes are always open for the beautiful. Beauty may be inherent in function, design, craftsmanship or mere essence but when it encompasses all, there is a story to be told. From the first time I saw Odiot in the NYC showroom of Julia Watts, I was intrigued. So when in Paris this past January, I arranged to visit the showroom on the chic and historic place de la Madeleine.

Founded in 1690, it wasn’t until the reign of Louis XV that silversmith Jean-Baptiste Gaspard Odiot established the debut of a dynasty. It was, however, his exceptionally talented grandson, Jean-Baptiste Claude, who put Odiot on the world map.…

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Back from a Quick Spring Break

Back from a Quick Spring Break

Followers on Instagram know that this past week our family took a quick spring break together to escape the polar vortex. So sorry if I forgot to give other readers a heads up to explain my absence in these parts. For those of you live in areas affected by our unrelenting winter weather, who haven’t had the opportunity to head to warmer climates, please enjoy a vicarious visit to the sunny south through some shots of our few days in Florida.

Our idyllic view for most of our stay was across the pool to the river, where boat watching became a major activity,
and cocktail hour witnessed glorious sunsets.…

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See You at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

See You at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Next week the world of design convenes for the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Along with Architizer, Apartment Therapy and its companion site theKitchn, The New Potato, FashionSnoops, TRNK, Stylebeat and HGTV Front Door, I am proud to be a blog ambassador partner for this premier design show geared toward the luxury market.

Hosted by Architectural Digest and co-sponsored by The New York Times, the show includes not only a wide array of innovative products divided into several categories, but seminars, design series and the popular DIFFA Dining by Design, celebrating the worthy organization’s 30th anniversary. From keynote session with AD editor in chief Margaret Russell speaking with Alexa Hampton and Jamie Drake about the business of design to publisher, editor and book consultant Jill Cohen moderating a panel of design talents Laura Bohn, Elissa Cullman, Suzanne Kasler, and Brian McCarthy, the days are packed with illuminating and inspiring programming.…

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NY Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Finale

NY Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Finale

Although we took a little break last week to travel to France, I wanted to bring you a brief finale of the beautiful tables from the Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner. Hilary Pereira referenced the Key West theme with her “Roadmap for Writers” table.

Celebrating such authors as Hemingway, Shel Silverstein, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost (who wintered there) and Tennessee Williams, she included vintage first editions from the Shire Bookshop in Franklin, Massachusetts.

The tropical locale came to life with her place setting including a fresh graphic mix of blue and green with fun cork mats.

Carolyn Gregg and Steven De La Torre teamed up for a boho chic literary table that I caught during their  set up.…

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International House Guest Video with Susanna Salk and Timothy Corrigan

International House Guest Video with Susanna Salk and Timothy Corrigan

As the indomitable Ms. Vreeland taught us, the eye indeed has to travel, so today we are delighted to introduce a new video series, International House Guest. Our first episode takes us to the Loire Valley where designer Timothy Corrigan has meticulously renovated Château du Grand-Lucé, transforming this estate of impressive stature and significance into his chic french home. Susanna and I were thrilled to pay Tim a visit in January and even the dreary winter weather couldn’t dampen our spirits as we settled into chateau life. Join us for a visit to this remarkable residence.

While Chateau du Grand-Lucé is a national landmark in France, representing one of the purest examples of 18th century architecture, comfort reigns supreme and it’s truly a testament to Tim’s talents that, at 40,000 square feet, it is also one of the coziest and welcoming abodes I have ever visited.…

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Thank you Design Bloggers Conference and Stay Tuned

Thank you Design Bloggers Conference and Stay Tuned

A big thank you to all who came to hear Susanna Salk and me speak at the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta yesterday. We were honored to be part of such a great line up. While it was wonderful to see so many friends and meet some new members of the blogosphere our special treat was running into Timothy Corrigan, who had spoken the day before, on our way to the airport.
 

And what a coincidence, since we will be debuting our new video series “International House Guest” based on our recent stay at Timothy Corrigan’s Chateau du Grand-Lucé  on Thursday (tomorrow).…

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NY Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Continued

NY Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Continued

For those of you who aren’t normally weekend readers, please take a moment to look back at the last post covering Gloria Vanderbilt’s new exhibition. It is a testament to the power of creativity and that age is merely a number not a limitation. Moving on, today we continue our look at this year’s beautiful tables at the Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner. One of the most creative arrangements was orchestrated by Aamir Khandwala for Robert Couturier in which a halo of orchids was suspended over the table. In a clever play on negative space, a hand sculpted metal ring by artist Roque Rey functions as the centerpiece, with the overhanging florals offering an embracing yet spacious surround.…

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Gloria Vanderbilt | The Left Hand is the Dreamer at 1stDibs

Gloria Vanderbilt | The Left Hand is the Dreamer at 1stDibs

Gloria Vanderbilt may not be left handed, but as her latest painting exhibit at 1stDibs, “The Left Hand is the Dreamer” references, she perhaps wishes she were. Alluding to mythology and palmistry, she explained the left ring finger, the only one on which she wears polish, is a direct conduit to the heart and her imagination, from which the new works emanate.
Seeing her the other evening at the opening for the show, above with 1stdibs editor Tony Freund, it was hard to imagine that she is 90 and that the 50 + paintings, mostly pastels, were all completed in the last year.…

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NYBG Orchid Dinner Tables

NYBG Orchid Dinner Tables

While perhaps challenging in its specificity, the Key West Modernism theme at the NYBG Orchid Dinner couldn’t have been more welcome in a city that has lately felt more like Siberia than Gotham. A great crowd assembled to celebrate the table designers’ creativity, perhaps purchase one of the coveted rare specimens for sale before dinner
and of course to support the New York Botanical Garden. In choosing the participating designers, Veranda Magazine brought together a group whose concepts of warm weather entertaining each expressed a separate and distinct vision.

Thomas Burak and Michael Devine (whose new entertaining book I recently reviewed) looking dapper below, created a whimsical confection of tropical hues, above.…

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