Exotic Chic

Exotic Chic

There is so much theses days, in fashion and in our homes, reflecting a love for exotic chic. Even long before these far off places were easily accessible, westerners have been adopting styles as they envisioned life in these cultures. In Turquerie, a book from last year that I have been meaning to share, author Haydn Williams thoroughly explores this fascinating area of fine and decorative art that still influences us today.

As early as 1453, when the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople, Europeans became curious about this exotic domain. Artists such as Pieter Coecke van Aelst, whose works from his travels there attempting to sell his tapestries, offered glimpses of the Near East.…

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Stylish Entertaining at the NYBG Orchid Dinner

Stylish Entertaining at the NYBG Orchid Dinner

The tables at the Veranda NYBG Orchid Dinner were amazing in their diversity and creativity. Some designers focused on the splendor of the floral centerpieces while others chose to exhibit their talents for stylish entertaining. Veranda contributing editor Danielle Rollins has long had a passion for the latter as seen in her pieces for the magazine and her book Soirée.

Her table was a study in spirited and layered eclecticism. With a navy underskirt of SFERRA linen, she used one of my favorite Brunschwig patterns, Samarkand, as a topper, edged with Samuel & Sons’ bold Aristotle Greek Key – a wonderful pairing.…

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New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner 2015

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner 2015

Tuesday night at the Mandarin Oriental in New York marked the New York Botanical Garden‘s Orchid Dinner 2015. One of my favorite annual events, organized by media sponsor Veranda Magazine, it is always a treat to see the creative designer tables fashioned with unusual orchid centerpieces. All the proceeds from the evening help to fund the Garden’s very impressive orchid research collection.

Before dinner, there are always exquisite plants for sale, including very unusual specimens such as the Cattleya Park Ridge ‘Thornridge’  in front below.

While there was no specific theme for this year’s tables, the Botanical Garden’s 2015 Orchid Show, opening at the end of the month, is entitled Chandeliers.…

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Sneak Peek at a World of Color in House Beautiful

Sneak Peek at a World of Color in House Beautiful

With the current state of white out this winter, I am delighted to share a sneak peek at a fresh project full of color in House Beautiful. Lindsey Coral Harper is a young designer who knows how to put an updated spin on tradition. With bold pattern and unabashed use of saturated hues, she has transformed a young family’s large house in Charlotte, North Carolina into a stylish, comfortable abode, perfect for the magazine’s annual color issue.

The statement-making entry offers a glamorous yet grounded welcome. The bold pattern of Jim Thompson’s Duquetterie linen is balanced with the geometry of Phillip Jeffries’ Rivets wall covering in the back, which in turn echoes the gold tones of the fabric, Bunny Williams’ classic Hourglass table and a custom light fixture.…

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The Exquisite World of Sevan Biçakçi

The Exquisite World of Sevan Biçakçi

Earlier this week, at the Sotheby’s Important Jewels preview, I dropped my business card in a bowl for a chance to win a group of fabulous books. What an unexpected surprise when I received an email informing me I had won.

When I posted the photo of my spoils, above, on Instagram, the Sevan Biçakçi volume in particular elicited several excited responses from followers who were thrilled to see a book on his work. It was not surprising, as the master jeweler has a strong cult following around the globe among sophisticated collectors and design mavens in the know.…

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Springing into Color at NY Now 2015

Springing into Color at NY Now 2015

With the wild winter weather this week, it was encouraging to get a glimpse of spring at this edition of NY Now 2015. While we looked at the influence of black, white and gold, color was clearly on everyone’s mind. Oscar de la Renta‘s small booth was like a big breath of fresh air. Oscar’s Hedges wallpaper for Lee Jofa was the perfect backdrop for the new spring offerings. Like Bunny Mellon, it seems the chicest people understand the understated appeal of straw and wicker, including Creative Director Caroline Irving. The new tray below with a wipeable resin insert is just oozing with charm.…

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Important Jewels Auction at Sotheby’s

Important Jewels Auction at Sotheby’s

Paddles ready! On Thursday at 10:00 AM in New York, bidding for Sotheby’s Important Jewels auction will begin. Last night (Tuesday), Sotheby’s held a “Come Try It On” cocktail preview for the show. From legendary houses to unknown artists and from Victorian to contemporary, the pieces include a wide range of price points and styles.

With many specialists on hand, attendees were invited to take selected pieces for a spin to become familiarized with them before perhaps adding them to their provided wish list.

While there is certainly a plethora of diamond jewelry, I seemed to gravitate toward the larger more colorful pieces, and as those who follow along on Instagram saw, I was particularly smitten with this spectacular statement making Spritzer & Fuhrmann bracelet. …

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Black and White at NY Now

Black and White at NY Now

While there was certainly quite a bit of color to be found at NY Now (we’ll get to that soon), I noticed a fair amount of black and white entering the mix, the former often paired with gold tones or brass. One of the chicest introductions was the new Flair collaboration at The Lacquer Company. In keeping with their carefully curated modern meets vintage style, George Nunno and Jon Maroto have created a capsule collection of sophisticated and timeless furniture and accessories. With a nod to their shop’s Italian roots, these pieces have European 70’s flair with go anywhere appeal.…

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Sneak Peek at NY Now 2015

Sneak Peek at NY Now 2015

In anticipation of yet another big snow storm, I rushed into the city to see a bit of NY Now 2015. I was perhaps a bit overambitious thinking I could get home, edit my photos and report back to you. So, in the meantime, take a look at this sneak peek and I’ll be back shortly!

 

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Winter Antiques Show 2015

Winter Antiques Show 2015

The Winter Antiques Show 2015 is, as always, a great way to kick off the year. The 61st edition of this prestigious vetted show opened last week at the Park Avenue Armory with a gala and a roundup of surrounding design events. I had a chance to stop in last Friday for the sponsored 1stDibs Designer morning. With a wide range of offerings from art and antiques to jewelry and decorative arts, it’s always difficult to narrow it down to share a few favorites. I think best booth entrance has to go to Elle Shushan out of Philadelphia, known for their collection of portrait miniatures. …

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