James de Givenchy at Simon Teakle

James de Givenchy at Simon Teakle

It’s almost an embarrassment of riches. As if the jewel box shop of Simon Teakle in Greenwich wasn’t already tempting enough, this week he will be hosting over 100 pieces from James de Givenchy, whose exquisite Taffin collection is on every jewelry maven’s lust list. Longtime friends and colleagues, the two met at Christie’s in the early 1990’s when Teakle was brought in to head the jewelry department where de Givenchy was on staff. After subsequently heading up Christie’s West Coast Jewelry Department and later serving as vice-president of Verdura, de Givenchy opened his New York boutique in 1996, working primarily on special commissions.…

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2013 Designer Showhouse of Westchester

2013 Designer Showhouse of Westchester

After our break for the latest Stylish Shopping episode yesterday, we continue with a look at some more rooms at the 2013 Designer Showhouse of Westchester. One of my favorite rooms last year at this event was Carey Karlan’s sophisticated space with gorgeous black Venetian plaster walls. This year she wanted an all out feminine room with uninhibited yet comfortable glamour.

Carey’s designs frequently reference the past in an updated way. Here the pink and gray color scheme is retro yet fresh, anchored by the Pearson sofa and amazing Venetian plaster walls with inlaid mother of pearl by Heidi Holzer Design.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Carolyne Roehm

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Carolyne Roehm

Carolyne Roehm has an exquisite eye for beauty and a passion for perfection. No wonder everything she touches is divine. Even the inception of her career started sublimely as a house model and designer at Oscar de la Renta for ten years. After a stint heading her own fashion house and firmly established as a much admired tastemaker, her love of  flowers, entertaining, garden design, and interiors led to her next career as author with her first book, A Passion for Flowers, in 1994. Following her journey since has been a vicarious tour of beauty in all its forms. We are thrilled today to feature Carolyne as our latest guest on Stylish Shopping.…

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Designer Showhouse of Westchester First Peek

Designer Showhouse of Westchester First Peek

From North Carolina to NYC to Westchester, each location has welcomed a designer showhouse this spring. On the heels of my Kips Bay coverage, we’ll take a first look at the third annual Designer Showhouse of Westchester. Benefitting Cerebral of Westchester, this year’s event is hosted in a beautiful 1915 colonial in the heart of the estate section of Scarsdale, NY.

Upon entry and a few steps, you are greeted by Gideon Mendelson‘s super chic “Martini Alley.” In a small foyer area, the designer created a timeless sophisticated space, perfect for cocktails and a quick repose.

Driven by the coloration of the house’s original Gracie wallpaper, Mendelson infused the room with an elegant palette of aqua and grey, warmed by the tonality of the wood and brass.…

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Kips Bay Decorator Show House Finale

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Finale

It’s always takes time for me to work my way through sharing a show house, especially one like Kips Bay with so many stellar spaces. But today we will wrap up with a look at a final few rooms. On the top floor, it’s hard to imagine that Barbara Ostrom’s lovely sitting room was once a gym. She wisely tore out everything and started from scratch, installing beautiful paneling lacquered white.

The room is an elegant tonal mix with glamorous glints of gold and bold strokes of black.    Casually chic layers of sisal and zebra rug and the fun Fufu Noa stool that I instagrammed at the AD Home Show add a youthful appeal to the refinement of French antiques and silk drapery.…

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More From Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2013

More From Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2013

As I start to continue my coverage of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2013, I am longingly looking at shots of Stephen Mooney‘s charming room for the lady of the house. This quaint space on the fourth floor of the townhouse received the appropriate moniker La Petite Writing Room. I would be delighted to be composing my scribblings in this cozy space.

Although a mere 6′ x 12′ room, Mooney managed to make the space feel spacious rather than cramped. The Scalamandre wallpaper cocoons the room with a pretty palette and pattern while classic pieces such as the Louis XVI table desk from Newel and elegant Jansen bookcase from Jean Karajian offer practical storage with bolder neoclassic styling.…

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Kips Bay Kathryn Ireland Bedroom

Kips Bay Kathryn Ireland Bedroom

One of the few oddities of the Kips Bay show house is that there is only one bedroom. But Kathryn Ireland‘s beautiful design incorporating her new wallpapers and fabrics for Scalamandre more than makes up for it.

British heritage meets California cool in this perfectly appointed example of Ireland’s style of comfortable elegance. With a balanced yin yang of feminine and masculine, this room’s updated traditional feel has move-in appeal. Any trepidation one may have had initially about Scalamandré’s choice for their new collection was immediately assuaged by this beautiful bedroom. Swathed in the lovely Duden Lodge wallpaper, named after the house she was born in and a former hunting lodge of Henry V111th, the room breathes an elegant gentility.…

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Magni Modernism

Magni Modernism

James Magni’s new volume, Magni Modernism, celebrating his 25 years of design, is a testament not only to the longevity and relevance of modern design but to Magni’s particular refined and soulful version. The power of glamorous simplicity, elegant open spaces and harmonious connectivity mark the fourteen projects that fill the volume.

Trained as an architect, Magni found his true calling in interiors, offering him the opportunity to find soulful connections between all elements of a residence – architecture, furniture, art and landscape. His interest resides in the holistic entity of design, creating thoughtful environments that enhance their owners’ lives.…

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Kips Bay Decorator Show House Part 3

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Part 3

Finishing off the main floor at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is James Huniford‘s dramatic atrium. With the feel of an artist’s studio, Huniford included a creative mix of antique and custom furniture, art and accessories.

In the stunning Maison Jansen brass mirror from Bernd Goeckler, you can see the double story windows and overhang connecting the room to both the garden and other interior spaces. The geometric angularity effortlessly connects a lacquered wood Jacques Quinet chair from 1949 with the mirror and the Huniford Collection oak side table.

Another successful mix of eras is evident in this view where Huniford’s custom sofa offers a contemporary take on a wingback juxtaposed with Josef Hoffman’s Viennese Secessionist chair from Kimcherova.…

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Kips Bay Showhouse Continued

Kips Bay Showhouse Continued

While I am still catching up with all the recent design events this spring, the Kips Bay Showhouse is one I know is high on readers’ lists. I was hoping to get through more of the rooms for you today, but with a college graduation this weekend, I’m afraid work took a back seat. On the first floor, Andrew Suvalsky‘s foyer and powder room packed a bold and colorful punch.

With a Mad Men meets Vegas vibe, his playful and upbeat room featured an eye popping mix of art, finishes and color. The trend toward Moorish elements was boldly expressed in this glamorous gold based table.…

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