Behind the Scenes Video at the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

Behind the Scenes Video at the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

Sometimes it indeed takes a village and this is often the case when the talented designers are creating tables for the annual New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner sponsored by Veranda Magazine. We were delighted to tag along with Philip Gorrivan for the day as his vision for his Key West Contemporary table came together. Follow Susanna Salk as she learns how he creates the fantasy along with some tips for fashioning fantastic tabletops at home.

From initial concept to final fruition, Philip’s table was a true creative collaboration. The dramatic centerpiece by Olivier Giugni and Ryan Reid Zoeller of l’Olivier Floral Atelier and the art-inspired tablecloth by decorative painter Sylvie Michel Bilger of Metamorfaux were integral elements in the overall design.…

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Veering Toward Velvet

Veering Toward Velvet

Many of the design developments from 2013 are still going strong for the coming year including a love of brass, blue, nature inspired pattern and print and the appealing tactile quality of velvet. And like the return of flowering fabrics, velvet offers a plethora of possibilities for updates on tradition. With some final picks from Paris Deco Off, here a few favorites spied in my all too brief visit to the showrooms. Dedar introduced a full line of opulent options. The star of the show was their spectacular Coup de Foudre cupro velvet.

A gorgeous hand woven jacquard inspired by Persian designs, the two toned pattern is available is five luscious colorways including the eye popping pink and orange above and a rich blue variation below.…

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New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Preview

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Preview

One of my favorite events of the winter design scene is The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Dinner. Serving as a fundraising prelude to the annual Orchid Show, the Garden has continued its collaboration with Veranda in bringing together over 25 top NYC designers (see this year’s list below) to create spectacular orchid centerpieces and tabletops.
The theme of this year’s show, Key West Contemporary, opening March 1, should provide plenty of tropical inspiration.
Inspired by a modern garden originally designed by landscape architect Raymond Jungles for Susan Henshaw Jones, President of the Museum of the City of New York, and Judge Richard K.…

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An Invitation to the Garden from Michael Devine

An Invitation to the Garden from Michael Devine

With our recent Siberian-like weather, An Invitation to the Garden arrived at my door like a welcome breath of spring. Authored and photographed (with John Gruen) by multi talented friend Michael Devine, the volume transports you to his charming garden in upstate New York where he has created twelve enchanting seasonal events with 50 approachable recipes. An entertaining guide with both inspirational and practical information, Michael shares menu, floral and presentation tips that can be adapted to any  space. Whether you have an ample country garden or grow herbs on an apartment windowsill, you’ll be chomping at the bit to plan your next dinner party with all the creative ideas inside.…

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Updating Pretty in a Classic 1930s Revival

Updating Pretty in a Classic 1930s Revival

There was a time when pretty didn’t have such a positive connotation in the world of design. But no longer – pretty is most definitely back with a fresh new spin on tradition. And the upcoming March/April Veranda showcases a lovely example with designer Rob Southern’s timeless take on a classic 1930s revival gracing the cover of the issue.
While it may seem that Southern started with an embarrassment of riches – a light filled 6,000 square foot NYC pre-war apartment with river views – he was intent on restoring the space to its original 1930′s lines. So after raising the ceilings and staining the floorings a deep lustrous walnut, he then approached the task of creating an ageless interior that could grow with the owners and their young family.…

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Creative Collaboration at Chesney’s

Creative Collaboration at Chesney’s

Since 1983 Chesney’s has made creative collaboration the core of their business. Initially joining forces with the past, the firm focused on restoring antique fireplaces but it was when they began creating historically accurate reproductions as well as bespoke designs that their business really boomed. Since then, they have become the luxury leader in their field with a wide range of designs and collaborative collections with The Soane Museum, The Lutyens Foundation and distinguished contemporary interior designers.

In their spacious new showroom in the D&D building above, creative collaborations enhance the space. The contemporary glamour of lighting and hardware by Ochre is a wonderful contrast to the wide plank limed oak flooring by Rode Brothers (the firm who installed the floors in the White House). …

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Paris Chic at the Dior Home Boutique

Paris Chic at the Dior Home Boutique

When several of your chicest design friends all mention the same Paris shop as a must visit, it is duly noted. So although my recent trip was a short whirlwind visit, meeting with Doris Brynner at the Dior Home Boutique was a stop not to be missed. The Dior flagship store, at its legendary Avenue Montaigne address, is well known for its couture creations. But within this bastion of fashion, is a secret source for all things chic for the home.

Presiding over this space is the inimitable Doris Brynner, well known in all the right circles for her impeccable taste and discerning eye.…

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Style in Motion with Hock

Style in Motion with Hock

Finding motivation to exercise is hard enough. So when German product developer Kristof Hock got tired of working out with unattractive and institutional looking dumbbells, he decided to create a company of exceptional fitness products. Combining form and function into environmentally friendly and über chic products is not a goal I normally associate with exercise equipment. But with sophisticated designs and outstanding craftsmanship of natural materials, HOCK is the very welcome exception. I was thrilled to learn about this elegant alternative to the pedestrian norm that is already finding fans in upscale homes and spas in Europe, such as the renowned Brenners Park Hotel and Spa in Baden-Baden.…

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New Outdoor Fabrics Blur the Boundaries

New Outdoor Fabrics Blur the Boundaries

As the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living continue to dissolve, the choices for new outdoor fabrics are inversely multiplying. At Paris Deco Off, we saw the addition of several chic new collections from upscale lines. Like many of Dedar‘s fabrics, their new outdoor collection has sartorial roots. With a Saville row tailoring, these weather resistant textiles are user friendly and long lasting.

Coordinating geometrics such as the diamond Basquette and rope-like stripe Summertime are available in black and white, neutrals and brights. These deliver not only in the design department but also in performance. While they are resistant to light, mildew and inclement weather, their easy washing and stain removal properties make them equally appealing for high traffic areas such as family rooms.…

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Building a Business on Teamwork with Cullman & Kravis

Building a Business on Teamwork with Cullman & Kravis

I am delighted to be moderating the upcoming Architecural Digest Design Files lecture at the D&D building on Tuesday, February 25. As Cullman & Kravis celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, our discussion on Building a Business on Teamwork will investigate how Ellie Cullman and her team have developed a successful formula for in-house collaboration resulting in both an effective work flow and a nurturing environment. From how to divide work responsibilities, to organizing visual project folders to establishing budgets, anyone in a design related job can learn from the best. In writing this blog, I have dealt with many design offices and can personally attest to the friendly and incredibly efficient operation at Cullman & Kravis.…

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