Timothy Corrigan at Maison de Luxe 2015

Timothy Corrigan at Maison de Luxe 2015

With a breathtaking setting overlooking Beverly Hills, Greystone Mansion is the spectacular location for the 2015 Luxe Magazine Maison de Luxe Designer Showhouse. A magnificent example of gilded age architecture, the estate has weathered the years with distinction thanks to the efforts of the city of Beverly Hills and Friends of Greystone. This year’s designers have taken the opportunity to update the stately rooms with style.

In the entry and upper landing, designer Timothy Corrigan has honored the legacy of the estate and the city with a dramatic and colorful mix of old and new. An original shot of the entry below for comparison.…

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Luxe Magazine Greystone Mansion Showhouse Sneak Peek

Luxe Magazine Greystone Mansion Showhouse Sneak Peek

This week designers have been putting the finishing touches on their rooms in the Luxe Magazine Greystone Mansion Showhouse. The magnificent 46,000 square foot Tudor Revival estate, built overlooking Beverly Hills in 1928 for oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny, took over three years to complete at a cost of over three million dollars (a vast fortune at the time).

Now owned by the city and designated a National Register of  Historic Places, the mansion and stunning formal gardens on the 18.5 acre property are overseen by Friends of Greystone, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the estate.…

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Design Leadership Summit in Los Angeles

Design Leadership Summit in Los Angeles

Last week the Design Leadership Summit marked its tenth anniversary with an impressive line up of events in Los Angeles. Now over 300 strong, the Design Leadership Network‘s growing group of top design professionals traveled from across the country to learn, (re)think, connect and share. With the overarching theme of “The Ultimate Master Class,” the focus was on our host city as a flourishing international epicenter for art and design. Wednesday evening, dinner and the DLN award presentation took place appropriately at one of LA’s most significant architectural moments – Frank Gehry’s monumental and seductive Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Here the event’s keynote brought architect Frank Gehry and architectural critic and author of the new Gehry biographyPaul Goldberger, together for an illuminating and entertaining conversation on his life and work.…

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Eddie Ross Modern Mix

Eddie Ross Modern Mix

As Bunny Williams says in her foreword to Eddie Ross‘ entertaining new tome, Modern Mix, “Eddie takes the hunt to a new level.” And it’s true – I can’t think of anyone else who has elevated the art of sourcing and styling hidden treasures quite like Eddie. Not only is the book a great guide to navigating the overwhelming world of flea markets, tag sales and other affordable haunts, but it shows how to use your finds to create colorful and winning interiors, tablescapes, gifts and more.

Divided into approachable and practical chapters, the book opens each with visually delicious spreads, styled to inspire!…

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Back to School

Back to School

I am going back to school for my daughter’s Parents’ Weekend. Nothing makes me happier than learning something new! While some things have not changed in this little village for centuries, the classic brick and clapboard facades hide a bounty of sophisticated technology and a far reaching global community, celebrating the best of old and new. And since it’s my birthday (sh…), I’m playing a little hooky. So wish me luck in following along and wishing you all a happy Friday and great start to your weekend! It’s going to be a beautiful few days here in New England!

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2015 International Show Sneak Peek with Michael Boodro

2015 International Show Sneak Peek with Michael Boodro

This Thursday marks the 27th Annual Opening Night of the 2015 International Show (formerly known as The Preview Party for the International Fine Art and Antiques Show). Hosted annually by The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering since the inception of the show, the glamorous event routinely raises over $500,000 to benefit The Society’s patient care, research, and education programs at MSKCC.

This year’s Design Committee Chair of the popular Opening Night is the very knowledgeable ELLE DECOR Editor in Chief Michael Boodro. Along with his comprehensive editorial experience, Michael also worked extensively in the non-profit art world and holds a degree from the prestigious art history department at Yale.

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Suzanne Rheinstein Rooms for Living

Suzanne Rheinstein Rooms for Living

Suzanne Rheinstein is a self proclaimed champion of the limited palette. That is not to say her palettes are not interesting because they lack a cornucopia of color. Just the opposite – her rooms sing with a refined sophistication. Attention to subtle detail, proportion and texture are evident in all her designs and result in spaces that have “the graciousness of an earlier era but not the formality and folderol.” Her new book, Rooms for Living, A Style for Today with Things from the Past, outlines, in chapters organized by room, how she achieves harmonious homes for her clients, all different and individualized yet unified by themes of beauty and comfort.…

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A Flagship for Bunny Williams Home

A Flagship for Bunny Williams Home

Bunny Williams has long had tempting outposts to purchase her chic products and finds. Whether shopping for Bunny Williams Home collections through the trade or directly online or seeking unique vintage selections at her former Treillage stores, you were always assured of finding something special for your home. But now the new Bunny Williams Home Flagship Showroom in The Fine Arts Building at 232 East 59th Street in NYC is a one stop shopping treasure trove for all things created or curated by Bunny’s eye. 

At the launch event this week, I had a chance to take a peek. Classic pieces such as the Acanthus Mirror and Swedish Server, above, mix beautifully with blue and white accessories.…

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Lake Como and Beyond | Italy Redux

Lake Como and Beyond | Italy Redux

There is only so much I can put in a post without it becoming overwhelming and unwieldy. While I hope you enjoyed the full view of Romeo Sozzi’s world in Susanna’s and my recent video, there were so many other moments and images I was unable to include. So consider this a bonus post with a bit more back story of our trip. We stayed in the lovely small city of Lecco, at the base of the southeastern branch of Lake Como, minutes from Promemoria’s workshops in Valmedrera and on the way to Romeo’s villa in Varenna. From our hotel, you could see across the lake to the central town.…

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The World of Romeo Sozzi and Promemoria

The World of Romeo Sozzi and Promemoria

Designer Romeo Sozzi sees the world through a lens of beauty, passion and creativity. Continually curious, endlessly inspired, he carries a notebook and pen wherever he goes, never knowing when the creative spark will ignite. Living is an art and Romeo is a master of translating its essence. Whether the color of a cloud, the profile of a petal, the scent of cedar, or the juicy ripeness of a grape no sense is overlooked, no detail too trivial. The expression of his vision is Promemoria, the furniture company he founded in 1988, born from his family’s 19th century legacy of restoring carriages for the local aristocracy.…

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