Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design & Decoration

Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design & Decoration

“I am lucky. I wake up each morning knowing that whatever that day brings, I will have been creative, designed something new, and somehow made something beautiful.” So states designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard in the introduction of his new book Martyn Lawrence Bullard: Design & Decoration.

In this, his second book, he shows how his signature sense of luxury and glamour translates to a wide variety of projects, from the lush interiors of not only private residences but also hotels and restaurants around the globe. For a house in Malibu, the clients wanted to emphasize their beautiful gardens and indoor/outdoor lifestyle.…

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Weekend Travels

Weekend Travels

This weekend took me to two favorite New England destinations. For those of you considering some shorter stints this summer, my weekend travels might just yield some inspiration.

On Saturday, I was honored to participate in the third annual Day of Design at the Mayflower Grace, above and below, in Washington, CT. Sponsored by John-Richard with media partner New England Home, the program included four informative and entertaining panels, a lovely terrace luncheon as well as day end drinks and book signing.

An idyllic country retreat, the Mayflower Grace is a mere two hours from New York City. A member of the distinguished Relais & Chateaux group, the boutique inn, on 58 acres with beautiful grounds and gardens,

includes 30 luxurious rooms, delicious dining, pool, tennis and its renowned spa, below.…

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Out and About

Out and About

While I’ve been busy out and about, I’ve been bookmarking a few interesting tidbits to circle back around with to take a closer look. Let me share a few. Belgian antique dealer Jean-Philippe Demeyer’s 13th century estate, Rooigem, just outside of Bruges is a statement in bold and irreverent style.

Functioning as a gallery, everything in this colorful contrast of color, geometry and styles is for sale.

To see the entire house tour, you can visit Vogue Living here.

photos by Kasia Gatkowska for Vogue Living

I have been looking longingly at the new iPad Pro with its amazing ability to draw with the new Apple Pencil among many other impressive features. …

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24 Hours in New Orleans

24 Hours in New Orleans

Early last month, Susanna and I flew down to spend a quick 24 hours in New Orleans. With a little help from our video subjects, Jane Scott Hodges and Sara Ruffin Costello, as well as our usual on-foot exploring, we definitely got a taste for the unique flavor of The Big Easy.

Walking down Julia Row in the Lafayette Square Historic District, architect James Dakin’s thirteen identical 19th century row houses, while reminiscent of northern Federal and Greek Revival structures, have a distinctly New Orleans charm.

Our first shoot was at, author and owner of Leontine Linens, Jane Scott Hodges’ chic garden district home.…

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More Patina Farm Style

More Patina Farm Style

Thank you to so many of you who stopped by and left such lovely comments about Susanna’s and my video visit to Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s beautiful Ojai farm. With such an idyllic setting and photogenic home, it was hard to stop snapping shots. So today I take you back for a little bonus look at more Patina Farm Style. On Brooke’s Instagram feed, she recently mentioned how she loved the “transparency” of their house. It’s a beautifully designed enfilade that I noticed and loved immediately upon arriving.

Thanks to the California climate, it took only about a year for the back doors to be fully covered with ivy.…

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Final Look at Kips Bay 2016

Final Look at Kips Bay 2016

Today (Thursday) is the final day to tour the Kips Bay 2016 Decorator Show House. While there is never time to tour all the rooms here on the site, today we take a look at the three bathrooms and powder rooms in the house. With projects spanning retail, corporate and hospitality as well as residential, Groves & Co. is generally known for their clean modern aesthetic. Inspired by the classic black and white bathrooms found in pre-war New York buildings, their master bath effortlessly references the romance of these timeless designs while maintaining a fresh contemporary look.

A luxurious combination of materials and accessories lend the room a feeling of sumptuous indulgence.…

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Garrow Kedigian Ode to an Emperor at Kips Bay 2016 Show House

Garrow Kedigian Ode to an Emperor at Kips Bay 2016 Show House

I find I often have an affinity for those designers who also have architectural backgrounds. They frequently structure their spaces with distinctive defining elements and in many cases have a strong working knowledge of design history. This certainly holds true for Garrow Kedigian in his dramatic Kips Bay 2016 Show House space.

His Napoleon Lounge is an ode to the emperor, whose imperial style extended even to his temporary spaces during military campaigns. Think of Napoleon’s classic campaign chair with its stylish portability, his private railway car with its custom Braquenié carpet (see the original model in the Pierre Frey archives here) or the toile fabrics he commissioned to commemorate and spread the word about his victories in Egypt.…

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Kati Curtis at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

Kati Curtis at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

Design Kati Curtis leads us up the staircase at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House with a spiritual metaphor. For her “Path to Enlightenment,” she collaborated with de Gournay, creating a custom hand painted wallpaper representing the beauty and color of the journey.

The pattern becomes more intricate and elaborate as we ascend the stairs, with the constant element of the butterflies guiding us through the enchanted garden. Offsetting the delicate nature of the traditional paper, Kati emphasized the contemporary architectonic curve of the staircase by painting it in Farrow & Ball‘s bold Hague Blue, a chameleon color perfect for the transcendental journey as it changes with the light. …

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David Collins Studio at the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

David Collins Studio at the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

This is the final week of the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, with Thursday, June 9th, marking the last opportunity to visit the amazing rooms created by this year’s group of 21 talented designers. Today and tomorrow we follow the staircase from bottom to top starting with the dramatic entry. It is over 16 years ago since David Collins Studio created the famous Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel in London. That iconic mix of vibrant color and contemporary design with classical details is the inspiration for their Collins Room at this year’s Kips Bay.

David Collins Creative Director Simon Rawlings has reinterpreted the design for a residence with a luxurious yet ebullient combination of colors, materials and furnishings.…

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Hope to See You!

Hope to See You!

Before we all start to wind down for summer, there are still quite a few local design events on the horizon, a couple of which I will be participating in. Next Wednesday marks the 2016 Spring Market at the D&D Building in NYC. With three keynote panels, open houses and showroom programs, it’s a day not to missed for both industry folks and design aficionados  in the New York area. I am delighted to be moderating a panel at Pierre Frey (at 11 am in Suite 1611) on one of my favorite topics – the art of bespoke. I’ll be speaking with designers Caleb Anderson of Drake/Anderson, Rena Sarant of Peter Pennoyer Architects and Douglas Hutton of Hutton Collections about the allure, advantages and process of creating one-of-a-kind products for the home.…

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