The Scottish Country House

The Scottish Country House

The Scottish Country House counts as one of my favorite volumes this season. While I am dreadfully behind in my book reviews this year, I wanted to be sure to squeeze this wonderful title in before the holidays. More than merely a book on glorious interiors, this appeals to any who also love Scotland, art, architecture, history, and the people whose stories unite them.

This book is indeed a story, of ten extraordinary houses and castles, all but one still occupied by the families who built them. These homes are not only representative of Scottish history and its corresponding decorative styles, but of the people who inhabit them, expressing personalities from the traditional to eccentric.…

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Lake Como Charm | Villa del Balbianello

Lake Como Charm | Villa del Balbianello

Lake Como is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots I know, having visited on several occasions, including my honeymoon. Despite its popularity, and oglers trying to catch a glimpse of George Clooney at his villa, it still remains a place of exquisite natural beauty dotted with amazing architectural specimens. So when friend, photographer John Simoudis, mentioned that he had just returned from Italy and had some nice shots of a villa on the lake, I couldn’t wait to see. As it turned out, it wasn’t just any villa, but Villa del Balbianello, one of the most beautiful on the lake.…

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NIBA Rugs Where Custom is Key

NIBA Rugs Where Custom is Key

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of being introduced by friend Patrick Hamilton to NIBA rugs who were visiting New York from Miami where they are based. Founded in 2005 by owner Beth Arrowood, they are a wonderful to-the-trade resource offering an enormous selection of beautiful designs and high level of customization possibilities. With thousands of choices, NIBA rugs prides themselves on their personalized customer service to walk clients through the entire process from sorting through the vast options of composition, design and price points to same day quotes and on-time delivery. Looking through the samples was like being in a candy store of visual temptation.…

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Graphic Design and Architecture | a 20th Century History

Graphic Design and Architecture | a 20th Century History

How often do you think about the connection between graphic design and architecture? My guess is not that frequently. And yet the two have been inexorably linked since the beginning of the built environment. Think of the Egyptian pyramids covered in hieroglyphics or the inscriptions in the stone of the Parthenon.
A fascinating new book, Graphic Design + Architecture: A 20th Century History, by award winning multidisciplinary designer Richard Poulin examines the relationship between the two, investigating at how typography, image and symbolism coexist with and enhance the structures in the world around us. Looking at the the last hundred years, he shares a wealth of examples, connecting the dots between concepts, technological developments, designers and more.…

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Splendor on Park Avenue

Splendor on Park Avenue

Designer Eric Hilton must have felt like he won the trifecta with this client  - a wonderful Park Avenue location, original Renzo Mongiardino interiors and an impressive collection of A-list artwork. The theme of Veranda‘s January/February issue is the Best of the Best and this apartment certainly qualifies.

Dealing with works from such masters as Degas, Bonnard, Modigliani and Maillol, Hilton needed to create settings that were formal enough to properly showcase the artwork yet relaxed enough in which to live and entertain comfortably. As the designer explained, “Even though they own museum-quality pieces, they don’t want to live in period spaces.”

Replacing a dark tobacco damask on the living room walls, above, with a pale aqua linen from Holland & Sherry, Hilton created an elegant yet understated background that serves as a gracious foil for the artwork and furniture.…

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Fortuny y Madrazo | An Artistic Legacy

Fortuny y Madrazo | An Artistic Legacy

It wasn’t until I saw the exhibit Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute that I realized what an incredibly rich family history was behind this legendary talent. While we think of Fortuny as a name primarily associated with Venice, it is actually the strength of his familial Spanish heritage that fueled his passions. Conceived by and curated with Oscar de la Renta, chairman of the Institute’s Board of Directors, with the cooperation of Fortuny,  the exhibit not only looks at the influences that shaped Fortuny’s career but is an art history lesson in and of itself.…

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Coming Soon

Coming Soon

I’ve been out and about and will have lots to share but until I have a chance to catch up, here’s a peek at just a bit of what’s coming. Wishing you all a happy weekend. I’ll be escorting some young ladies to celebrate my youngest’s entrance into the world of teenage-dom.…

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Tis the Season at Treillage

Tis the Season at Treillage

I may be a bit lagging in my holiday preparations but it most definitely tis the season at Treillage. I made a stop at Bunny Williams’ and John Rosselli’s charming shop the other evening on my way to the Decorators Club Holiday Party. I knew it would be full of taunting temptation but I couldn’t resist. I have been under the weather for the last week, in a downward spiral of congestion and coughs and knew that would lift my spirits. So since I didn’t quite have the energy today to do the required research for what I had intended to post, I thought I’d share a little holiday spirit with you.…

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The Decorators Club NYC

The Decorators Club NYC

The Decorators Club, founded in 1914, was organized by 38 original members. Meeting in the home of Gertrude Gheen Robinson, who served as the first president, they established an organization “to encourage the promotion and advancement of the standards of education, for and of the practice of the profession of interior decoration and design; to establish and maintain such rules of ethical and professional practice as will serve as a guide for the decorator, the client and the trade; to maintain a spirit of friendly relationship among those who must work competitively.”
Monday night was the annual Christmas party, held at the lovely and genteel Colony Club.…

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Interior Design 2012 Hall of Fame Awards

Interior Design 2012 Hall of Fame Awards

Wednesday evening I was thrilled to join Kohler Interiors‘ table at the Interior Design Hall of Fame awards at the Waldorf Astoria. Rather like the Oscars for the interior design industry, a packed house of over 900 glamorous guests gathered to honor the five new inductees.
Since 1985, the prestigious black tie event has been held to “recognize the individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and prominence of the design industry.” Hosted by Mark Strauss, President, Interior Design Media Group and Cindy Allen, the very entertaining Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design, the event featured insightful documentary videos introducing each of the talented honorees, each of whom was present to accept their award.…

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