Sneak Peek at a World of Color in House Beautiful

Sneak Peek at a World of Color in House Beautiful

With the current state of white out this winter, I am delighted to share a sneak peek at a fresh project full of color in House Beautiful. Lindsey Coral Harper is a young designer who knows how to put an updated spin on tradition. With bold pattern and unabashed use of saturated hues, she has transformed a young family’s large house in Charlotte, North Carolina into a stylish, comfortable abode, perfect for the magazine’s annual color issue.

The statement-making entry offers a glamorous yet grounded welcome. The bold pattern of Jim Thompson’s Duquetterie linen is balanced with the geometry of Phillip Jeffries’ Rivets wall covering in the back, which in turn echoes the gold tones of the fabric, Bunny Williams’ classic Hourglass table and a custom light fixture.…

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The Exquisite World of Sevan Biçakçi

The Exquisite World of Sevan Biçakçi

Earlier this week, at the Sotheby’s Important Jewels preview, I dropped my business card in a bowl for a chance to win a group of fabulous books. What an unexpected surprise when I received an email informing me I had won.

When I posted the photo of my spoils, above, on Instagram, the Sevan Biçakçi volume in particular elicited several excited responses from followers who were thrilled to see a book on his work. It was not surprising, as the master jeweler has a strong cult following around the globe among sophisticated collectors and design mavens in the know.…

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Springing into Color at NY Now 2015

Springing into Color at NY Now 2015

With the wild winter weather this week, it was encouraging to get a glimpse of spring at this edition of NY Now 2015. While we looked at the influence of black, white and gold, color was clearly on everyone’s mind. Oscar de la Renta‘s small booth was like a big breath of fresh air. Oscar’s Hedges wallpaper for Lee Jofa was the perfect backdrop for the new spring offerings. Like Bunny Mellon, it seems the chicest people understand the understated appeal of straw and wicker, including Creative Director Caroline Irving. The new tray below with a wipeable resin insert is just oozing with charm.…

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Important Jewels Auction at Sotheby’s

Important Jewels Auction at Sotheby’s

Paddles ready! On Thursday at 10:00 AM in New York, bidding for Sotheby’s Important Jewels auction will begin. Last night (Tuesday), Sotheby’s held a “Come Try It On” cocktail preview for the show. From legendary houses to unknown artists and from Victorian to contemporary, the pieces include a wide range of price points and styles.

With many specialists on hand, attendees were invited to take selected pieces for a spin to become familiarized with them before perhaps adding them to their provided wish list.

While there is certainly a plethora of diamond jewelry, I seemed to gravitate toward the larger more colorful pieces, and as those who follow along on Instagram saw, I was particularly smitten with this spectacular statement making Spritzer & Fuhrmann bracelet. …

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Black and White at NY Now

Black and White at NY Now

While there was certainly quite a bit of color to be found at NY Now (we’ll get to that soon), I noticed a fair amount of black and white entering the mix, the former often paired with gold tones or brass. One of the chicest introductions was the new Flair collaboration at The Lacquer Company. In keeping with their carefully curated modern meets vintage style, George Nunno and Jon Maroto have created a capsule collection of sophisticated and timeless furniture and accessories. With a nod to their shop’s Italian roots, these pieces have European 70’s flair with go anywhere appeal.…

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Sneak Peek at NY Now 2015

Sneak Peek at NY Now 2015

In anticipation of yet another big snow storm, I rushed into the city to see a bit of NY Now 2015. I was perhaps a bit overambitious thinking I could get home, edit my photos and report back to you. So, in the meantime, take a look at this sneak peek and I’ll be back shortly!

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Winter Antiques Show 2015

Winter Antiques Show 2015

The Winter Antiques Show 2015 is, as always, a great way to kick off the year. The 61st edition of this prestigious vetted show opened last week at the Park Avenue Armory with a gala and a roundup of surrounding design events. I had a chance to stop in last Friday for the sponsored 1stDibs Designer morning. With a wide range of offerings from art and antiques to jewelry and decorative arts, it’s always difficult to narrow it down to share a few favorites. I think best booth entrance has to go to Elle Shushan out of Philadelphia, known for their collection of portrait miniatures. …

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The Irrepressible Charm and Chic of La DoubleJ

The Irrepressible Charm and Chic of La DoubleJ

For those of you who suffered through my recent technological issues – thank you for your patience! Many subscribers wrote to say they weren’t able to see the last post when it arrived in their mailboxes. It is now securely online so if you missed it, you can revisit now here.

Today we move north in Italy to Milan where fashion and design journalist J.J. Martin lives. Known for her enviably chic vintage wardrobe, Martin knows it’s all about the mix, which can also be seen in her Milan apartment, documented by Elle Decor, above, and The Selby. …

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Looking Back to Move Forward

Looking Back to Move Forward

Having just immersed ourselves in the dazzling world of Duke Fulco di Verdura, it was fortuitous to learn that a new luxury edition of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s 1958 novel, “The Leopard” is being published. Including 32 photographs by Giovan Battista Poletto, below, from the set of Visconti’s 1963 film, looking back at the Sicilian setting for this novel offers insight into the early life of the master jeweler that so informed his work.

Lampedusa was in fact a second cousin and friend of Verdura and the novel chronicles the lifestyle of Sicilian aristocracy that was their legacy. In the book, Villa Falconeri, with its cascading bougainvillea, was clearly based on the floral laden facade of Villa Niscemi, Verdura’s childhood home, below.

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Behind the Scenes at Verdura at 75

Behind the Scenes at Verdura at 75

2014 was a big year for Verdura and the iconic jewelry house celebrated in singular style with an unprecedented exhibit last fall. In a beautiful Daniel Romualdez designed space adjacent to their salon, The Power of Style, Verdura at 75, commemorated their landmark anniversary, noting 75 years since Fulco di Verdura opened the doors to his Fifth Avenue boutique. Including over 200 of Verdura’s original pieces, the story of the legendary master jeweler unfolded, highlighting his revolutionary style, international coterie of clients and wide ranging influences. Susanna and I had the privilege of walking the exhibit with Verdura owner and CEO Ward Landrigan who shared insights of the fascinating man and his work.

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