The Spirit of Christmas at John Derian

The Spirit of Christmas at John Derian

Few places in New York City evoke the holiday spirit quite like Christmas at John Derian‘s enchanting east village shop. A veritable cabinet of curiosities, the store is even more magical at the holidays when John’s penchant for the past, the artisanal and the handmade transforms the space into a nostalgic and whimsical winter wonderland.

John’s passion for holiday decorating recalls his own family traditions. “We decorated the tree with well loved glass ornaments, the house with garlands and the porch with lights (we helped our dad with that). My mom loved it all and shared that with us. For a time she made these beautiful pine cone wreaths – labor intensive, all wired together.…

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Remodelista The Organized Home

Remodelista The Organized Home

Most of you readers know by now, I am not a minimalist. Living with what I love (all of it) is one of life’s great pleasures. That does not mean, however, I don’t like a perfectly organized pantry, laundry room or office (still working on that one). The authors of Remodelista: The Organized Home feel the same. In their handy new book, authors Julie Carlson (editor in chief and co-founder of Remodelista and Margot Gurlanick (Architecture and Interiors editor of Remodelista) offer tips for clever and practical ways to keep your home tidy yet still inviting.

While the book does have a section on how to divest your home of unused or unwanted items, the focus is on simple, stylish and environmentally friendly ways of making spaces more efficient and organized.…

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

There is always so much to be thankful not the least of which is having all my chicks home in the nest for Thanksgiving. Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are all celebrating somewhere today with loved ones and enjoy your meal, company and of course table! Cheers!!

 

 

And thanks to Flowers by Flowers with whom I worked on the pretty arrangement!

all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

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Highlights from Christie’s Sale of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller

Highlights from Christie’s Sale of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller

As you may remember from my post on the Rockefeller Homes and Gardens, next spring Christie’s will offer The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. In the meantime, a global tour begins next week in Hong Kong (marking the family’s longtime commitment to Asia) with highlights from the collection. Each subsequent stop on the tour – London, Los Angeles and New York – will share new items and aspects of the sale, benefiting 12 of Peggy and David’s favorite charities.

In the New York City townhouse library hung Picasso’s Fillette à la corbeille fleurie. From the artist’s Rose Period, the painting was originally owned by Gertrude Stein and brother Leo.…

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More from 2017 Rooms with a View

More from 2017 Rooms with a View

For the 2017 Rooms with a View, designer Robert Passal assembled a vignette entitled The Joy of Eating, celebrating the memories established from sharing meals with friends and family.

A backdrop of Blossom, from the Michael Berman for Fromental wallcovering collection, serves as a rich counterpoint for color, pattern and accessories from Passal’s Greenwich shop Putnam and Mason.

As Passal explains “I have always been attracted to non-traditional holiday tones.  Purple is a symbol of royalty and feels quite seasonal. In this scenario purple is actually my neutral.”

With fabric from Philip Gorrivan Collection for Baker Furniture, china from l’objet, glassware and fruit bowl from William Yeoward and all else available through Putnam & Mason, it is an “interested and approachable tablescape.”

Inspired by a recent trip to Copenhagen and this year’s Joy to the World theme, designer Krista Fox wanted to focus on how beautiful surroundings can be the impetus for sharing, connections and warmth.…

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The Salon Art + Design 2017

The Salon Art + Design 2017

Tomorrow marks the final day to visit The Salon Art + Design 2017 at the Park Avenue Armory. Including 56 of the worlds most influential galleries, this fair is marked by its wide ranging and inclusive nature. An impeccable mix of quality art and design, from historical to contemporary, including modern masters and emerging artists are all represented in this vibrant show. I stopped by on Thursday for a peek to share a few of my favorites.

For the first time ever, the fair invited an interior designer to created an exhibit. With her installation of “The New Nouveau,” Amy Lau envisioned a large room filled with work either specifically commissioned or picked to represent the artistic legacy of Art Nouveau.…

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Rooms with a View 2017 First Look

Rooms with a View 2017 First Look

Friday marks the opening of Rooms with a View 2017 – the 23rd year of the annual fundraising showhouse originally conceived by Albert Hadley. This year 12 designers transformed their small 6′ x 8′ spaces into vignettes with the theme Joy to the World. We’ll start with a quick look at three of this year’s rooms as you enter the showhouse.

Designer Grace Rosenstein‘s inspiration for her space began with a quote from Eban Alexander, “Laughter and irony are at heart reminders that we are not prisoners in this world, but voyagers through it.” The positivity of the message and the reference to both figurative and literal travel inspired Grace to commission her sister Annie Havlicek de Sanchez to paint a mural commemorating a shared trip to Portugal, celebrating both her love of travel and her joy of home.

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Roomscapes

Roomscapes

For those of you who just can’t get enough of the masterful vision of Renzo Mongiardino, add the reissue of Roomscapes to your list. Originally published in 1993, the new version, edited by his granddaughter, Francesca Simone, came out somewhat quietly last year.

Quite different from the new Mongiardino book we looked at last time, this volume is more a treatise on design, written by Mongiardino himself, with new research and imagery that helps to explain the maestro’s process. As art historian Giovanni Agosti explains in his preface, “This time all of Mongiardino’s collaborators are mentioned, in other words, it is an archive for the history of the decorative arts of the second half of the twentieth century.”

Part one explains the genesis of a room including sketches and maquettes, detailed analysis of space, function, decoration, inspiration and the appeal of the exotic.…

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Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision

Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision

The current return to maximalism can, in all likelihood, be traced to a single source – Renzo Mongiardino. Even those who didn’t know or couldn’t pronounce his name, have been unwittingly influenced by his lush and layered interiors. Redolent of eras long gone and faraway places, Mongiardino magically melded his many influences into elegant, moody and timeless spaces. And who better to present a new book on the master architect and interior designer than Martina Mondadori Sartogo and her compatriots at Cabana, a magazine so clearly influenced by his vision.

Having grown up in a Mongiardino designed home, below, Martina is intimately familiar with the man and his work.…

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If It’s Tuesday…

If It’s Tuesday…

This week felt a bit like the 60s comedy, If It’s Tuesday It Must be Belgium. With a plethora of events in both New York and Connecticut, it was impossible to catch them all, but I did attend several brimming with inspiration and holiday shopping opportunities. On Monday evening I joined VERANDA and Mish Tworkowski to celebrate The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. For over 35 years, this worthy organization has given millions of dollars for the preservation and restoration of historic Palm Beach properties. With additional missions of education and recognition, they advocate for the cultural and environmental legacy of Palm Beach, recognizing architects, owners and properties for their work.…

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