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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Nina Campbell at Greystone Mansion Maison de Luxe

Nina Campbell at Greystone Mansion Maison de Luxe

At the Greystone Mansion Maison de Luxe showhouse, Nina Campbell designed a luxurious bedroom suite suitable for a modern day Mr. Doheny, patriarch of the legendary estate. Stately and sophisticated yet appropriate for modern day living, it is a stylish statement of elegance and aplomb.

“We set out to create a comfortable, classic but contemporary bedroom for a modern day Mr. Doheny.” Adding a touch of authenticity, a 1925 portrait of Edward Doheny, which originally hung in the living room, was lent by his great granddaughter for the room. “In a fabled house with many a haunted tale, he seems quite happy to be back in the house and approving of our room.…

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A Visit to Weatherstone

A Visit to Weatherstone

Thank you all for the many comments and shares here and across social media for Susanna’s and my video visit with Carolyne Roehm. We are so thrilled you enjoyed tagging along. Clearly you, like we, are inspired by her many talents and beautiful home. Our visit was on a sunny (if not sweltering) day in July and while Carolyne’s book and photography skills are the ultimate source for Weatherstone magic, I thought you might enjoy some of my many shots of our visit.

Even a simple lunch chez Weatherstone is set with style. I have long coveted blue aptware and Carolyne’s classic set was the perfect vehicle for a delicious light repas.…

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At Home in the Garden with Carolyne Roehm Video

At Home in the Garden with Carolyne Roehm Video

Carolyne Roehm is as at home in the couturier’s atelier as she is in the kitchen, in the studio or behind the lens, but nowhere is she more passionate than in the garden. In her 12th book, At Home in the Garden, Carolyne shares her lifelong love of nature as expressed in her glorious gardens at Weatherstone, her magnificent Connecticut home. Including all seasons and every aspect of the gardens, from the planning to planting to reaping the results, the book also features Carolyne’s latest accomplishment, her remarkable watercolors. And for all her many talents, she is an entertaining, down to earth and gracious hostess, eager to share a meal, a funny story and a good laugh.…

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Catching Up on the Road

Catching Up on the Road

I am on the road again and despite my best intentions, time did not allow for a full post. I am honored to be speaking today with Ellie Cullman at the lovely Sulgrave Club in Washington DC. A beautiful Beaux Arts building, the club is housed in the historic Wadsworth House, one of only two mansions left on Dupont Circle and listed in the National Register of Historic Places  For those of you who are readers and attending, I look forward to seeing you. I hope to bring you more from the outstanding Greystone Mansion Maison De Luxe Showhouse but in the meantime, I am including a selection of my shots of some of the rooms.…

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