The Sorcerer’s Apprentices Work Their Magic in Milan

The Sorcerer’s Apprentices Work Their Magic in Milan

It is a special treat whenever a new project from the extraordinary Studio Peregalli is unveiled. And when it is a project in Milan originally designed by Renzo Mongiardino, Laura Sartori Rimini’s and Roberto Peregalli’s celebrated mentor, it deserves special attention.

In the March ELLE DECOR, we learn this Milanese apartment, originally designed in the 1950’s and near disrepair, was suggested by Peregalli to Italian clients looking for a new home. Keeping as many of the original Mongiardino touches as possible, Studio Peregalli updated the apartment to function for today’s lifestyle. And just as Mongiardino was a sorcerer able to conjure up the most elusive environments, so are his apprentices adept at inventing interiors redolent with magical memories and dazzling details.…

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On the Move with a Busy Week in Design

On the Move with a Busy Week in Design

With a busy week in design, I am just catching up with a few highlights I thought you might enjoy. Stay tuned for lots of great videos coming your way. This week, Susanna Salk and I visited Charlotte Moss at her beautiful townhouse to shoot an upcoming Setting the Table episode to coincide with the publication of her new book.

I’m including a sneak peek at just a couple of the glorious spreads Charlotte designed – be prepared to be wowed with beautiful settings as well as great tips and ideas! You can watch our “taxi talk” video while we were on our way to Charlotte’s to hear about other upcoming episodes and more!…

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Pomellato: Since 1967

Pomellato: Since 1967

The 60’s ushered in an era that would change forever the cultural and social landscape, particularly for women who discovered a new independence and liberation. And 1967 seemed to be the year that tipped the scales, from the Monterey Pop Festival to Twiggy to the summer of love. And it wasn’t just in America. Things were changing in Europe too. In Italy, Milan was bustling in the Brera district with creativity and artistry. It was also the year that Pino Rabolini, a young Milanese from a family of goldsmiths and habitué at Brera’s Bar Jamaica, a legendary hangout for artists, founded Pomellato as a forward looking jewelry brand for this new generation of women.…

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The Art, Science and Beauty of Time

The Art, Science and Beauty of Time

While seemingly at odds, art and science are often inextricably intertwined. And perhaps no place is this more evident than in the instruments that capture the beauty of time. I am hardly alone in my fascination with timepieces, those form meet function wonders that combine artistic expertise, engineering and amazing craftsmanship.  In a new volume, published in partnership with the prestigious Fondation Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie, collectors, lovers of history and decorative art enthusiasts will find elucidating text along with almost two hundred stunning timepieces throughout the ages that capture the beauty of time.The first mechanical clocks were found in cathedrals, serving the practical function of announcing the time for mass etc but also decorated as Gothic period works of art.…

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The Mystique of the Circus in Art

The Mystique of the Circus in Art

In the days before film, television, technology and other modern day distractions, the circus was a popular and egalitarian form of entertainment, especially in Europe, where it had a centuries long history. Affordable and available to all, people looked forward to these traveling troupes that would perform seasonally. You may remember last year, the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum,“Seurat’s Circus Sideshow, ” which focused on the artist’s famous “Circus Sideshow,” a jewel in the Met’s permanent collection.

In 19th century Paris, the mystique of the circus, with its vibrant visual appeal and ever changing scenes, inspired many artists, from Daumier (below) with his frequent caricatures, to Renoir, Degas, Lautrec and others.…

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At Home in Los Angeles With Lulu Powers

At Home in Los Angeles With Lulu Powers

While celebrity chef and author Lulu Powers is primarily known for her entertaining expertise, her creativity known no bounds. With a passion for parties, culinary creations and spirited styling, Lulu’s home is the perfect expression of her fearless joie de vivre. Tag along with me and Susanna Salk as we visit Lulu in her colorful and lush Los Angeles home!

As The Entertainologist, Lulu is celebrated as a fun and inspiring source for accessible and easy entertaining with flair. And it is the same spirit in her home, where her effortless style finds expression with bold color choices and layered collections, making for personal and distinctive interiors.…

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Soane Spring 2018

Soane Spring 2018

Twice a year, it has been my privilege to share with you sneak peeks from the beautiful new offerings of one of my favorite companies. For the Soane Spring 2018 collections, a combination of new furniture and fabrics shows off their handmade manufacturing expertise and historically based sensibilities.

The vignette is a welcome sign of spring to come. Against the lovely large scale Scrolling Fern Frond wallpaper in the new cream on duck egg blue colorway, the new Rattan Nasturtium Hanging Light echoes its wall light sibling, below, and the Rattan Carousel Chair (the pared back version of The Carousel Chair), all handmade in their Leicestershire workshop.…

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2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner Continued

2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner Continued

Today we continue our look at more of the beautiful tables from the 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner.

For her lovely table, friend Beth Webb collaborated with Julia B, using her vintage inspired Quattro Mani tabletop collection as well as hand embroidered and hand appliquéd linens. She also partnered with Kravet, celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, for the beautiful embroidered seat cushions in GP & J Baker Willoughby.

Colombian woven placemats from Creel and Gow added an additional layer of global chic.

Two years ago, Beth worked with floral designer Zezé on her Orchid Dinner table and reached out to him again, this time with a request to include hydrangeas and sweet peas along with orchids and other exotic blooms to echo the tabletop mix.…

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First Look at the NYBG Orchid Dinner 2018

First Look at the NYBG Orchid Dinner 2018

How delightful during the midst of frigid temps and freezing rain to step inside the Plaza Hotel for an evening surrounded by the most glorious table settings enhanced by a profusion of exquisite orchids. Wednesday evening was the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner 2018, the much anticipated annual event that benefits the Garden’s orchid research collection and orchid preservation. Sponsored by Hearst, VERANDA and Louis XIII cognac, the event was chaired by editor in chief Clinton Smith with Director of Decoration and Special Projects Carolyn Englefield serving as Decorations Chair. There was a plethora of pretty tables, including CeCe Barfield‘s, below.…

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NY Now Spring 2018

NY Now Spring 2018

If you can’t get to John Derian‘s charming east village emporiums, seeing his booth at the NY Now Spring 2018 show was certainly the next best thing.

From his myriad of decoupage collections, to charming furniture, above, bedecked in Nathalie Farman-Farma’s beautiful Decors Barbares fabrics.

These new florals, above, and ferns below, almost have us feeling spring in the air,

and I loved the new series of constellations and astronomy.

New paperweights are detailed with a beautiful scalloped edge

and of course John’s enchanting collaboration with Astier de Villatte is always a winning combo.

I have been a fan of les-Ottomans ever since discovering their chic east meets west sensibility.…

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