World Tour

World Tour

World Tour is a tribute to travel. Not the travel of today with long lines and frequent frustrations but the civilized voyages of the early 20th century aboard stately ocean liners and legendary trains – a time when elegant passengers journeyed around the globe visiting grand hotels across the continent and exotic locales beyond.

This marvelous tome, stylishly packaged with embossed leather cover and fabulous  printed page edges, presents for the first time over 900 hotel luggage labels from the vast collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton, each helping to tell the story of the art of travel in this Golden Age.…

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NYBG Orchid Dinner Finale Redux!

NYBG Orchid Dinner Finale Redux!

Today we will take our final look at the tables of the NYBG Orchid Dinner. This event always immediately precedes the Orchid show at the Botanical Garden which is the largest of its kind in the country. This year’s show, designed by Francisca P. Coelho, transforms the conservatory into an abundant rainforest, incorporating some of the garden’s 300 trees destroyed or uprooted by hurricane Sandy. There are also many special programs, demonstrations and events (including evening viewings with cocktails, music and even dinner at a local restaurant).

LMD Lewis Miller Design created a table of sumptuous allure. The old world charm of the festooned hot air balloon contrasted perfectly with the more modern appeal of the dark tabletop.…

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New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Finale

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Finale

Today we are starting to wrap up coverage of the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner, where, to use our new favorite phrase, there was a delightful embarrassment of riches. I had planned on bringing you the remainder of the tables in this posting, but due to nagging and time-consuming technological issues, we will extend into the weekend.

Stephen Elrod created a chinoiserie reverie for Brunschwig with fun graphic slipcovers in the Lhasa Print from the new Le Jardin Chinois Collection. A spectacular centerpiece hung gracefully over the table like a scene from a Chinese painting and the table setting was a fun mix of pattern and plain with the coordinating Clouds Embroidery from the same collection.…

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Stylish Shopping Dividend | Bunny Williams Home at John Rosselli

Stylish Shopping Dividend | Bunny Williams Home at John Rosselli

Just as Alexa Hampton described the John Rosselli showroom as an embarrassment of riches in Susanna Salk’s and my stylish shopping episode with her, so was our video with the dynamic designer.

I was reminded of when I was college touring with my eldest and some of the top tier schools explained they could fill their freshman class three times over with equally qualified applicants. The same held true for our footage with Alexa – I could have made three videos. One of the segments included a particularly elucidating piece about the Azure Chair from Bunny Williams Home - a little art history and design lesson in one! …

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Thank You Design Bloggers Conference

Thank You Design Bloggers Conference

This week in Los Angeles has been the Design Bloggers Conference, a two day event for “interior design bloggers, new media innovators, and interior design industry leaders.” I attended last year and it was a terrific venue for learning, networking and meeting many online friends in real life. Although I couldn’t make it out this time, there has been a great line up of speakers offering sage advice to those in our corner of the blogosphere.

As you may remember, I was nominated for their Design Bloggers Hall Fame awards and was thrilled to learn that I won for Best Overall Design Blog.…

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NY Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Continued

NY Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Continued

As we continue with coverage of the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner hosted by Veranda, I am always amazed by the wide range of flowering plants that belong to the orchid family. And equally awe-inspiring is how, each year, the participating designers find such creative and impressive ways of incorporating these beautiful flowers into their tabletop compositions.

James Rixner‘s dramatic table for Saint-Louis and Puiforcat was stunning in its height as well as tabletop. I loved seeing one of my favorite Hermes patterns, the Balcon du Guadalquivir in the black version for a change. It looked so smart against the Chevron presentation plates.…

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New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

One of my favorite events of the season is the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner, held at the Mandarin Oriental in New York. Featuring exceptional orchid centerpieces by leading designers, it was underwritten this year by founding sponsor Tiffany & Co, principal sponsor Karen Katen Foundation and major sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Davidson.  All proceeds go toward the development of the Garden’s orchid research collection, whose work you will be able to see when the annual Orchid Show opens this weekend.

Long time sponsor of the dinner, Veranda Magazine, was again involved, with Editor-in-Chief Dara Caponigro co-chairing the event along with Fernanda M.…

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Rachel Laxer Paris Design Finds | Avant-Scène

Rachel Laxer Paris Design Finds | Avant-Scène

All of Rachel Laxer’s interiors are marked by a sophisticated and often unexpected edge, due in great part to her inclusion of both fine and functional art. While many these days are comfortable with collecting fine art, the category of functional art is one that seems to be only now fully coming into its own. This schism between art forms was the subject of a discussion with Murray Moss and Susan de Menil in the Fortuny showroom I wrote about last year.

photo by Matthew Millman

Needless to say, Rachel is a huge proponent of functional art and one of her sources in Paris is the Avant-Scène gallery where Elisabeth Delacarte curates an impressive collection.…

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Rachel Laxer | Favorite Paris Design Finds

Rachel Laxer | Favorite Paris Design Finds

With offices in the States and London, Rachel Laxer is a design star on the rise. After a successful career in finance at the firms of investment legends George Soros and Michael Steinhardt, a relocation to Tokyo took her career in another direction. Fascinated with Japanese architecture and the country’s design aesthetic, Rachel studied there privately with an art historian and architect. She was soon hired by British designer Kelly Hoppen who valued her “East meets West” approach, eclectic eye and amazing sourcing abilities.

Never one to start slow, Rachel’s first personal design project was a 14,000 square foot Ski Chalet in the French Alps.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Alexa Hampton

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Alexa Hampton

In the world of design, Alexa Hampton needs no introduction. Armed with all the right credentials, including an honorary doctorate, Alexa (or should we say Dr. Hampton) has built her own successful career since assuming the role of president of her father’s eponymous firm in 1998. Alexa can not only tell you what is good but also why. As she explains in her book, “While there is no question that the best designers have innate talent and creativity, the language of interior design can be taught, and anyone can benefit from learning it. Training your eye is a life-long process.” We are thrilled to have Alexa as our guest today to shop with Susanna in our latest episode of Stylish Shopping.…

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