Tis the Season

Tis the Season

December is not only the time for making your list and checking it twice but tis the season for gatherings galore. The first half of this week alone started by celebrating Christopher Spitzmiller‘s one year anniversary in his new space with a book signing with Jeffrey Bilhuber.

Orange you glad Chris has expanded his palette to include the Q’s signature color?

Tuesday evening was the glamorous AD100 party at the Whitney Museum, celebrating a select group of 100 international tastemakers whose work represent’s the magazine’s vision of the best in global design. Editor-in-chief Margaret Russell looked radiant in red Giambattista Valli as she offered the evening’s remarks.

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Parish-Hadley Tree of Life Celebration at the Antique and Artisan Gallery

Parish-Hadley Tree of Life Celebration at the Antique and Artisan Gallery

There is no question that Parish-Hadley Tree of Life is a must-have volume for any interior design aficionado. Authored by distinguished alumni Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams, the volume is a rich and colorful history told through informative and entertaining chapters from thirty designers and architects who worked at the legendary firm. If there is one thread running through the book, it is how influential their individual experiences at Parish-Hadley have continued to be throughout each of their careers.

And while there have been many celebrations of this important design tome this fall, one of the most festive was last week at my favorite local haunt, the Antique and Artisan Gallery in Stamford, where endless inspiring and tempting vignettes seemed a perfect backdrop for this special event.…

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Winter Antiques Show 2016

Winter Antiques Show 2016

While our focus may be on the upcoming holidays, treats in the new year will include the prestigious Winter Antiques Show 2016. This year’s Honorary Design Chairs are a stellar group including Nate Berkus, Ellie Cullman, Alexa Hampton, and Markham Roberts. Supporting this year’s show, they will be on hand to welcome the more than 70 experts exhibiting at the show. 

Each year, a special loan exhibition is front and center, celebrating the best of American art. I am excited that this year, that the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, a local Connecticut jewel was chosen.…

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A Milan Townhouse Mix of Old and New

A Milan Townhouse Mix of Old and New

The holiday festivities have begun and while I certainly enjoy celebrating with the design community, it doesn’t always leave time for working behind the scenes. So while I catch up, I thought I would share a favorite project that has been in my files for years. I am interested in anything that Studio Peregalli touches. Their sophisticated sensibility is, as the title of their book revealed, an impressive Invention of the Past.  But in few projects is the melding of old and new as dramatic as in the Milan townhouse of Kartell owner Claudio Luti and wife Maria. I first saw the house in House & Garden almost a decade ago, where the emphasis was on the design firm’s remarkable recreation of a fabricated past as in the entry below.…

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Mathilde Nivet and the Art of Paper

Mathilde Nivet and the Art of Paper

With the holidays upon us, window displays are front and center. From Bergdorf’s legendary masterpieces to the many brands that spare no expense to make their products shine, there are legions of art directors and set designers behind the scenes who make it all possible. One such artist is Mathilde Nivet, whose brilliant works of paper are not only exquisite but intricate and innovative.

Based in Paris, she has produced displays, illustrations and editorials for all the most pretigious names, from Hermès to Vuitton to Bulgari and many more. Her paper clock for Hermés, above and below, is one of my favorites.…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

There are many reasons to be thankful this year but I am always especially appreciative to have my family together for this special holiday. It’s not so often nowadays to have all four children home at the same time. Sometimes it feels more like a revolving door with one coming as another is leaving and while it’s a challenge to keep the kitchen stocked and stay awake for all the late night games, I am fully cognizant of just how fortunate we are. So, whether you are home, visiting friends or family, or perhaps traveling for a much needed break, from our table to yours, wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.…

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Carolyne Roehm for Baccarat Holiday

Carolyne Roehm for Baccarat Holiday

In our video with Carolyne Roehm at her beautiful Connecticut home, you may remember one moment showing a spectacular crystal chandelier hanging in the greenhouse, below. From a shoot at Weatherstone, the image is from a catalogue that Carolyne styled for Baccarat holiday.

Throughout the book are exquisite vignettes that show both Weatherstone and Baccarat at their glimmering finest. As we all prepare to think about the holidays, both in terms of tabletop, gifting and decor, these pages offer an elegant vision of “La Vie en Baccarat” chez Weatherstone.

Baccarat’s signature red looks regal and festive for a holiday table. Above, the shade on the Harcourt candlestick by Philippe Starck and small Véga glass as well as champagne flutes with large Eye vase, below, echo the beautiful roses.…

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Beth Webb at Greystone Mansion Maison de Luxe

Beth Webb at Greystone Mansion Maison de Luxe

Adjoining Nina Campbell’s bedroom for Mr. Doheny, designer Beth Webb of Beth Webb Interiors created a tranquil retreat for the woman of the house. “The minute I walked into the Greystone Mansion I felt as if I’d been in this house for a lifetime. For me the 1920’s remain a benchmark for all that is good and true in both interior design and architecture in America. I’ve been drawn to iconic properties from the 20’s the whole of my aesthetic life.”

I think many of us can relate to the appeal of the classic homes in these interwar years. Built with proportion and stature, they offered opportunities for gracious living, which Beth addressed in her lovely bedroom.…

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Villa Santo Sospir

Villa Santo Sospir

Sometimes, as you’re falling down a rabbit hole, you happen upon a rare gem. Hence this weekend treat. Jean Cocteau’s amazing Milly La Forêt, now a museum a short trip from Paris on the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau, is his oft published residence. But less known and yet another tour de force from the prolific genius is the artwork he created for friend Francine Weisweiller at her summer home, Villa Santo Sospir in Cap Ferrat. With interiors by Madeleine Castaing, it is almost an embarrassment of riches.

Brazilian designer and editor Fabrizio Rollo was lucky enough to visit this summer.…

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Nina Campbell Mr. Doheny Suite at Greystone Mansion

Nina Campbell Mr. Doheny Suite at Greystone Mansion

While Nina Campbell‘s vision for the Mr. Doheny Suite at Greystone Mansion was certainly befitting a successful captain of industry, it is not without her signature sense of wit. In creating a “haven away from the hassle of everyday life,” Nina transformed an adjoining space into a private massage room. Because who needs a closet or dressing room when you could segué from a hard day at your desk to this relaxing retreat?

The soothing pale palette from the bedroom continues with Nina’s Montacute wallpaper for Osborn & Little and Holland & Sherry terry cloth dressing the massage table. But as Nina says, “Doesn’t everyone need a martini after a massage?” so in the back is Soane’s elegant Nuryev Trolley with a Rita Konig lacquer tray, Asprey decanters and martini glasses from Dragonette.

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