Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse

Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse

Having debuted their inaugural designer showhouse last year, Sotheby’s took a giant leap forward with their second iteration this year. With the Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse, the auction house chose thirteen designers (up from six last year) to each transform a room on the fifth floor exhibition space of their NYC headquarters. With a beautifully designed mini printed catalogue and fantastic dedicated online access, everyone near and far will have the opportunity to meet the designers and experience the showhouse on some level.

Culminating in an auction on April 20, the showhouse features items from across many departments including English & Continental Furniture, 20th Century Design, Photography, African and European Sculpture, Carpets, Old Master Paintings, Latin American Paintings, Ceramics and Silver and more.…

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Lenox Hill Garden of Eden Gala Sneak Peek

Lenox Hill Garden of Eden Gala Sneak Peek

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House annual benefit is one of my favorite spring events. With 50 tables decorated by noted interior designers, it is a festive evening of stylish entertaining for a wonderful cause. Over the last severals years there have been many memorable tables, a few seen in the collage below.

While I will be sharing the finished tables after Wednesday’s event at Cipriani, I am delighted to offer you a sneak peek at the concepts for a few of this year’s tables. The Garden of Eden theme offered lots of leeway for interpretation!

Inspired by a 1977 Chervet snake lamp formerly owned by Elton John and Tony Duquette’s malachite patterned Gemstone fabric from Jim ThompsonHarry Heissmann‘s “Ssss” table is fashioned after his idea of a ‘circle of friends’ – his favorite illustrator, Robert de Michiell, who did the artwork above, artist Mark Gagnon, who created custom chargers for the table, and Emily Thompson, whose brilliant floral designs “evoke nature in magnificent style.”

David Duncan‘s classically themed “Paradise Lost” table is inspired by Milton’s monumental 17th century poem portraying the loss of innocence and “Man’s first Disobedience.” Illustrated by William Blake, the poem depicts how the Garden of Eden’s temptations proved impossible to resist, resulting in Adam and Eve’s fall from grace.…

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The Spirit of Water at the Antiques and Artisan Center

The Spirit of Water at the Antiques and Artisan Center

I have written many times about one of my favorite local haunts. The Antique and Artisan Center in Stamford is a not-so-secret source for all manner of wonderful antiques, accessories and vintage finds for your home. And for the next few weeks, it is also a destination for contemporary art. With the theme Spirit of Water, friends Penny Ashford and Victoria Brooks Melly are paired in a joint show. I attended the opening soiree Thursday evening and it was one of those amazing events where connections from overlapping circles of friends, colleagues and acquaintances converged in one place for a festive celebration.…

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Glamour Goes Bold in an ELLE DECOR Sneak Peek

Glamour Goes Bold in an ELLE DECOR Sneak Peek

This photo of designer Megan Winters says it all. With an infectious joie de vivre, love of gold, glamour and graphic design, she infuses her work with a fearless combination of bold statement, pattern, and frequently pink! Join me for an ELLE DECOR sneak peek.

In fact when she told her husband that their Lake Forest, Illinois home, in this month’s ELLE DECOR, was going to have no pink at all on the first floor, he looked at her askance. And sure enough, she couldn’t resist including the painting by Karina Gentinetta along with pink pillows and chairs in her family room, above, where everything pops against the Phillip Jeffries strié wall covering.…

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AERIN Fall 2015 Accessories

AERIN Fall 2015 Accessories

Previewing fall is always a challenge. Finally ecstatic to have spring in our back pockets,   we are ready to move on. But come August and September we’ll  be happy to have these bookmarked for fall entertaining, gifting and wearing. AERIN Fall 2015 has a great selection of both decorative accessories and fashionable footwear. As we’ve explored, Austria is reigning strong this season and is the muse for AERIN‘s extensive home accessories collection. The warm and rich palette of browns, gold and loden green is inspired by the architectural elegance  of Vienna’s regal Palais Liechtenstein. I stopped by the showroom last week to get a sneak peek.…

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The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

In the beautiful Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden, the 13th annual Orchid Show is a spectacle not to be missed.

With this year’s theme of chandeliers, an expanded venue within the Rain Forest Galleries and beyond shows off the bountiful beauty and endless variety of these exquisite flowers. From hanging baskets

to flowering columns

to floating islands

it is truly a tropical paradise. It is impossible to translate the experience of walking through the lush and fragrant exhibit.

You must look up, down and in each niche, for the profusion of orchids is everywhere, impossible to take in with a single glance.…

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Domino Magazine Shop House Video Tour

Domino Magazine Shop House Video Tour

Leave it to Domino Magazine to create the first-ever shoppable show house.  At 15 William, a modern state of the art condominium in the heart of the burgeoning Financial District (FiDi), Domino paired four young interior designers on the rise with four popular furniture brands to create four stylish and livable apartments. Focusing on approachable looks at affordable price points, it is a fresh and unique take on a designer showhouse. And for true accessibility, featured items from each residence will be for sale on domino.com now and even more in the coming months.  Join Susanna and me as we visit with the designers behind the scenes.…

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Woman in Gold at the Neue Galerie

Woman in Gold at the Neue Galerie

Yesterday’s opening of the film Woman in Gold brings to international attention the amazing story of Maria Altmann and her fight to reclaim five of her aunt’s Gustav Klimt paintings from the Austrian Government. While I have not yet seen the film, starring Helen Mirren as Ms. Altmann, I did visit the Neue Galerie for the press preview of their exhibit, “Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold.”

Including not only the subject of the movie and one of the museum’s prize possessions, Adele Bloch-Bauer I (otherwise known as Woman in Gold) above, the exhibit speaks to the close relationship between the artist and one of his most loyal patrons, below.…

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The Art of Remembering

The Art of Remembering

A piece by Walter Kirn on the T Magazine blog yesterday echoed to a T (no pun intended) my ruminations regarding the art of remembering. I too, after a recommendation from my older son, recently watched “The Entire History of You.” A thought provoking, disturbing and yet eerily prophetic episode from the British TV series “Black Mirrors,” it addresses the possibility, in the not-to-distant future, of having total video recall of our experiences through a “grain” implant in one’s neck. Not only does the technology enable recording of every minute of one’s life but also replay. The consequences are predictably complicated.…

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Bunny Williams On Garden Style

Bunny Williams On Garden Style

While some of you, like me, may still have your original 1998 edition of Bunny Williams On Garden Style, you will definitely want to update your library with this marvelous newly revised volume. In a much larger format with many new, bigger and brighter photos, Bunny inspires and informs us about style in the outdoor world.

And gardening neophytes, fear not, for Bunny is gentle and logical in her approach, assuring us that “some of the most comforting sanctuaries are simple, with limited plant material.” As she instructs, she includes beautiful examples from around the world to illustrate her points.…

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