Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2018 – Part II

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2018 – Part II

Walk up to the second floor of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2018 edition and you are met with designer Sasha Bikoff‘s smashingly ebullient staircase. With a color and pattern fantasy inspired by Ettore Sottsass’ Memphis movement, the combination of custom Rug Company carpets with friend George Venson’s Voutsa wallpapers is a mind boggling act of masterful coordination.

Not only did Sasha further prove her design chops by completing all her pattern picks in a single day, but dedicated her “technicolor dream” to the kids of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club who she hoped would appreciate the creative energy her space emanates.…

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First Look – 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

First Look – 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Tomorrow marks the opening of the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Now in its 46th year, the annual event benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, a wonderful organization which provides after school and enrichment programs for New York City children. This year, the show house is an inspiring mix of 22 returning and new designers.

Michael Herold‘s stylish foyer is a transportive welcome, anchored by a lush Iksel wallcovering played against a crisp black and white Schumacher stripe to keep it fresh.

It was the perfect segue into Dan Fink‘s handsome stair hall space. With the beautiful wrought iron balustrade as inspiration, he worked with Gracie on a graphic wall treatment that walks the line between classic and modern.…

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Housing Works 2018 Design on a Dime

Housing Works 2018 Design on a Dime

The 2018 Design on a Dime, one of the most popular design events in the New York community, opens tonight. Benefiting Housing Works‘ programs for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, the annual event features more than 50 designers who create rooms with donated merchandise, then sold for 50- 70% off retail.

Last night I attended the Groundbreaker Awards dinner, honoring Robert Chavez, President and CEO of Hermès USA (who received the Hearst Design Group’s Heart of Design Award), actor, singer, activist Javier Muñoz and Bunny Williams. It was a moving evening with speakers eliciting sentiment, humor and gratitude – below, founding chair James Huniford during his talk.…

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An Invite and What’s on the Agenda!

An Invite and What’s on the Agenda!

This is a very busy time of the year for design, with tons of events and lots on the agenda. Firstly, for all designers in the area, you are invited to the spring To the Trade Only Market Day at the Wakefield Design Center right here in Connecticut. I’ll be chatting with Charlotte Moss all about her new book and how setting the table is everyday decorating. You can RSVP here. And for a preview, you can watch Susanna’s and my recent video with Charlotte.

This week holds much in store with previews and events on almost every day of this week, including a first look at the Rockefeller auction at Christie’s and the Kips Bay Showhouse.…

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End of an Era – Madeline Weinrib is Closing Shop

End of an Era – Madeline Weinrib is Closing Shop

So many of us involved in the world of design were saddened to learn that Madeline Weinrib is closing shop. Her iconic designs were some of the very first to promote a global view and celebrate the work of artisans around the globe. She put pink rugs on the map and made ethnic polka dots chic. And along the way, she has collaborated with a variety of creative people and places such as the Neue Galerie, BAM, Manolo Blahnik, the IFPDA Print Fair, Soledad Twombly, Sebastian + Barquet, Barneys and many more. I’m sure it was not an easy decision for her, but in an age of commercial copycats, I so respect Madeline’s decision to stay true to her mission.…

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Spring 2018 Tabletop Market

Spring 2018 Tabletop Market

While the Lenox Hill gala has provided inspiration for warmer weather entertaining, the Spring 2018 Tabletop Market offers a glimpse of what will be available in the coming months as we start to think about entertaining later in the year. Market always starts for me at Lalique, where they are celebrating the 130th anniversary of the Maison. The latest collection, Hirondelles, honors the swallow, a harbinger of spring and a motif often referenced in Lalique’s work – the limited edition (130 pieces) vase below.

The swallow is also celebrated on many other works including medium sized vases in four colors (clear and sapphire not shown)

lamps

paperweights (also occasionally used as car ornaments)

as a beautiful gold stamped stopper on the Hirondelles decanter

and small sculptures, which, with a clever double-sided magnetic attachment, can be used as a decorative element on walls, in floral arrangements etc.…

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Lenox Hill Gala 2018

Lenox Hill Gala 2018

Today we’ll take a last look at more of the tables from the Lenox Hill Gala 2018 before we move on to see what was new at Tabletop Market. A hint of spring was seen at Cathy Kincaid‘s table where a centerpiece by Sebastian Li set the tone

with a tablecloth in Sister Parish Design‘s Titania, Ginori plates and Charmajesty  monogrammed napkins completing the pretty picture.

Designer Kristin McCory worked with Stellar Style Events to create her amazing centerpiece.

A tablecloth of Schumacher’s Brighton Pavillion by Miles Redd mixed beautifully with Pottery Barn chinoiserie dinnerware (sadly no longer available).…

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2018 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

2018 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

It’s that time of year, and even though the weather hasn’t been particularly springlike, we are having the usual spate of seasonal design events. Monday evening was the wonderful Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Presidents Dinner, honoring NYC’s five interior design education institutions and the lifetime achievement award going to David Easton. Stay tuned for sneak peeks of the showhouse at the end of next week! And then this week has also been tabletop market – those who follow along on Instagram got a glimpse – full post coming soon.

And then last night was the 2018 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala. …

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Setting the Table with Charlotte Moss

Setting the Table with Charlotte Moss

Charlotte Moss is not only a celebrated decorator and prolific author but a consummate and creative hostess. And although the title of her tenth book, out this week, may be Charlotte Moss Entertains, she actually eschews the term in favor of something less formal, less intimidating and definitely more fun. For what is more pleasurable and satisfying than hosting a meal or party for friends and family. As Charlotte espouses, “setting the table is everyday decorating” and we heartily agree! So please join Susanna and me for a behind the scenes video visit with the accomplished, wise and always resourceful author in her beautiful NYC home, as she shows us how, with minimal effort, we can make every day an occasion.…

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The Timeless Appeal of Plain English

The Timeless Appeal of Plain English

Plain English is appealing in any form. Whether language, or in this case traditional bespoke kitchens, we like it straight forward with proper and enduring construction, gracious yet utilitarian style and a certain personal flair. Plain English kitchens checks all the boxes with the debut of their beautiful new Greenwich Village, NY showroom.

Over 25 years ago, Plain English was founded, like many of the best firms, to fulfill its owners unmet needs and desires. Tony Niblock and Katie Fontana wanted a traditional, painted kitchen for their house in Suffolk, England. When they couldn’t find what they envisioned, they hired a local carpenter to make it, painted it themselves and then of course Plain English was born.…

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