First Look at the Sotheby’s Showhouse 2016

First Look at the Sotheby’s Showhouse 2016

This week, At Home, the Sotheby’s Showhouse 2016 opened. Running through next Saturday, the third annual Designer Showhouse and Auction features twelve design firms who, using works from a variety of Sotheby’s departments, have created a diverse selection of chic and eclectic rooms. With a special focus on young collectors, these spaces show how timeless works of fine and decorative art not only have stylistic relevance but meaning in today’s interiors.

Starting at the connected foyer and gallery, designer and art advisor Richard Rabel‘s goal was to create a space that is “monastically simple and yet embraces a modern vision of the Baroque.” Richard’s years at Christie’s and global experience lend his spaces a worldly and polished sophistication.…

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AERIN Fall 2016 Accessories Sneak Peek

AERIN Fall 2016 Accessories Sneak Peek

As we are still waiting for spring-like temperatures, it’s also time to look ahead to the fall collections. This year AERIN‘s fall 2016 accessories include a new fashion collection of bags and shoes.

As you may remember from our video visit to Aerin’s beautiful Southampton home, she considers leopard a classic neutral for interiors and it clearly holds true for fashion as well. From chic clutches and pouch to top handle or shoulder bag to leopard pony ballet flat, there are a myriad of choices to add a little exotic animal vibe to your wardrobe come fall.

One of the strong color stories for her fall 2016 accessories was “brown rose,” a color derivative of Aerin’s favorite floral that adds a feminine touch to any fashion statement.…

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Oomph Greenwich has Arrived!

Oomph Greenwich has Arrived!

I have followed the trajectory of Oomph ever since they established their stylish Connecticut based brand over seven years ago. After selling exclusively online and to the trade in their High Point showroom, Oomph Greenwich brings their colorful tailored style to the public. Now everyone in the area can easily add a little Oomph to their homes.

In a generous space accessed from the rear parking lot in between Circa Lighting and Waterworks, almost all the Oomph products are on display. Displayed in lifestyle settings, it is easy to see how so many of these pieces could work at home. Decked out in a very quintessential color combo, the Chelsea Desk and Edgartown rectangular tray show off their signature lacquer colors in style.…

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Ralph Lauren Home Fall 2016

Ralph Lauren Home Fall 2016

Yesterday evening Ralph Lauren Home celebrated their fall 2016 collections and new dedicated Instagram feed at their expansive Chelsea headquarters. Here, in evocatively styled rooms, three new lifestyle collections were beautifully presented. Gold Creek Lodge represented the dark glamour of fall.

 Thoughtful melding of rough luxe

with baronial elegance yielded rooms full of textural interest

and luxurious layers.

with seductive lifestyle details that completed the picture.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the winter wonderland of Modern Chalet.

With lifelike backdrops of snowy landscapes, this ethereal collection is like a contemporary cocoon, swathing you in a blanket of winter white.…

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ASHA Bespoke Fine Jewelry

ASHA Bespoke Fine Jewelry

While Ashley Dodgen-McCormick may have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, her  jewelry business, ASHA, owes some of its success to serendipity. During college at Georgetown, she had started making semi-precious beaded necklaces and while studying art history at the Sorbonne during a semester abroad, she met legendary jewelry designer Lorenz Bäumer, of Chanel and Louis Vuitton fame. Recognizing her drive and creative talent, he introduced her to a Parisian jewelry atelier with whom she made her first pieces. She launched ASHA, her Cuban grandparents’ nickname for her, while still in school and was well on her way, with major accounts, by the time she graduated.…

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Greetings from the Dominican Republic

Greetings from the Dominican Republic

Greetings from the Dominican Republic! If you’ve noticed a little radio silence this week, it’s because I’ve been soaking up the pleasures of this amazing tropical island. From Casa de Campo to Punta Cana (with a visit to Bunny Williams’ and John Rosselli’s magnificent home), it’s been a week full of Caribbean delights. I’ll be back to report on everything. In the meantime, wishing you all a wonderful weekend and keep your fingers crossed for no snow!!

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Quintessential Cooking with Miele

Quintessential Cooking with Miele

Miele always has a large presence at the AD Design Show with inventive and oft stylish displays. You saw their chic green fridge interior a few posts back and I also loved their wine refrigerator with room to cool a decanting carafe and glasses, below.

A wood wall with truffle brown appliances, showing how rustic and modern are not mutually exclusive, featured their sleek dishwasher with Knock2open technology. For a seamless, handle free look, these models open automatically by, you guessed it, simply knocking twice on the door.

And while Miele waited until last year to unveil a new series of ranges, it was because they spent years developing the technology so that these can do everything their sophisticated wall ovens can, combining top technology with ease of use.…

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Spring is in the air! From my table to yours, wishing everyone who celebrates a very happy holiday.

It’s the perfect time for a light and happy vignette. Anchored by Pierre Frey’s classic Braquenié pattern Rivière Enchantée, I assembled old and new pieces with spring flowers for a grouping of pretty pastels. Cheers!

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AD Design Show Part 2

AD Design Show Part 2

With such a wide and deep variety of categories, the AD Design Show makes picking just a few favorites a difficult task. Part two includes products across several sections. In art, a favorite from past shows, photographer Dagmara Weinberg, was again exhibiting. Her nature inspired photography translates into beautiful graphic imagery like the cheery blossoms print below.

Former publishing creative director Lisa Hunt began her career as a graphic artist and her love of geometry and form is seen in her bold and decorative screen prints.

In her Alchemy collection, above and below, the use of gold and gold leaf recalls the graphic era of Art Deco yet the repetitive forms find references in modern minimalism as well. …

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Favorite Finds at the Architectural Digest Design Show

Favorite Finds at the Architectural Digest Design Show

Nature is the ultimate backdrop for any vignette as we saw in our look at going green at the Architectural Digest Design Show and DIFFA Dining by Design last week. It was also perfectly utilized in Amy Lau‘s elegant area she designed as the Architectural Digest Design Studio with furnishings from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. A perfect place to rest weary feet and bleary eyes, it was like a breath of fresh air.

Moving on into the show, it was clear reinforcement that craft is back. From fashion and food to design and decorating, the art and appeal of the human touch can be seen everywhere, including last week at the show.…

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