A Fountainhead Fantasy by Doug Meyer at Legends

A Fountainhead Fantasy by Doug Meyer at Legends

The best gathering at Legends was no doubt in Doug Meyer’s brilliant window installation for Dragonette, sponsored by the Palos Verdes Art Center, where Meyer is working on a major design overhaul. Howard Roark’s Enright House of The Fountainhead, as envisioned by the multifaceted designer, was the chic epicenter for legendary luminaries of the 20′s, 30′s and beyond. Long fascinated by little worlds, Meyer created an incredibly intricate and creative universe where “many of the world’s most revered architects, designers and artists of the 20th century worked.”

Where else could Alfred Barr, Arshile Gorky, George Stacey, Gio Ponti, Piero Fornaseti and more congregate to collaborate on “one of the most important buildings of the 20th century, designed by one of the biggest architects of our time.” Thanks to mutual friend Susanna Salk, I met Doug for drinks in LA to discuss my obsession with his mind bender of a creation.…

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Thank You Domino Magazine

Thank You Domino Magazine

Those of you on social media may have seen the article Domino Magazine published yesterday.

They put out their first ever list of their 26 favorite design blogs and I was thrilled to see Quintessence included, along with several blogging friends. Stop by to see the wide range of inspiring sites that Domino loves. And speaking of inspiration, I am currently in St. Louis for a couple days and loved taking a stroll to see the charms of this mid west city. From the stately residential architecture

to the impressive public spaces.

The Saint Louis Art Museum, above, designed by celebrated American architect Cass Gilbert in 1904 for the World’s Fair stands majestically at the top of “art hill,” overlooking the basin in Forest Park, below.…

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The Art of Vintage and Modern at Dragonette

The Art of Vintage and Modern at Dragonette

What do resourceful designers do when they can’t find what they want? Why they make it themselves of course. Befitting the emphasis on the unique and bespoke at Legends, that’s exactly what Patrick Dragonette has done at his eponymous La Cienega showroom. Known for his über stylish mix of predominantly mid 20th century furniture, accessories and jewelry, he has been producing an expanding collection of pieces under his private label as well. Patrick’s shop is always a dangerous stop for me. With his chic vignettes, echoing a time of high style in fashion and decor, I had visions of Cary Grant bringing me a martini at a poolside pavilion. …

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Making the Rounds at La Cienega Legends 2014

Making the Rounds at La Cienega Legends 2014

Every year the word spreads wider. La Cienega Legends 2014 was hopping with packed standing-room-only venues for all three days. And with good reason. There is definitely something special about the design community in Los Angeles. The charming indoor/outdoor setting enhanced by the Southern California climate is certainly alluring. But it’s also the fact that it feels like a community. And this event, with its focus on education, creativity and camaraderie, brings design aficionados from both coasts, and some in between, out in force. Following opening night at the elegant Thieren showroom, we were treated to a plein air blogger breakfast on the sunny terrace of the Sherle Wagner showroom.

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La Cienega Design Quarter Legends

La Cienega Design Quarter Legends

It’s been a whirlwind few days here at the La Cienega Design Quarter Legends 2014 edition. In the beautiful California weather, we have been whisked from one beautiful showroom to another for interesting talks, delicious meals, convivial networking, a bevy of book signings and of course festive partying. There have definitely been some consistent themes throughout and wonderful connections both made and reinforced. I look forward to sharing more from this “legendary” event but for now wanted to leave you with a quick peek.

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First Peek at LCDQ Legends Windows

First Peek at LCDQ Legends Windows

I am excited to be reporting from Los Angeles as a Legends Ambassador for one of my favorite annual design events. The La Cienega Design Quarter is hard to beat for its charming array of shops. The participating stores, sponsors, editors, bloggers, not to mention packed schedule of informative events make this a not to be missed extravaganza. And the LCDQ Legends Windows are always an inspiring display of creativity. This year’s theme, Novel Interors, Storytelling by Design is right up my alley. For me, it’s always all about the story, and the translation of words into visuals is how I spent the majority of my career.

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Red Cross Red & White Ball 2014

Red Cross Red & White Ball 2014

Saturday night the Metro New York North Red Cross held its annual Red & White Ball, one of the largest fund raising events in Greenwich, CT. With hundreds of glamorous guests, they raise much needed monies to provide immediate humanitarian aid to those affected by emergencies and disasters. This year’s theme, Designs for Hope, brought out many top designers to contribute to the cause. 

Held in the NetJets Hangar at the Westchester Airport, local media sponsor was once again Cottages & Gardens, whose table for 2014 was designed by Kerry Delrose, above. Design chair Mary McDonald created a picnic inspired table with tabletop provided by Crate & Barrel

and flowers from The Flower Bar.…

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Kips Bay Showhouse 2014 Video Tour

Kips Bay Showhouse 2014 Video Tour

Almost everyone has agreed that this year’s Kips Bay Showhouse is one of the best in years. Set in the historic McKim Mead and White Villard Houses, the architecture and location lend to the timeless appeal. It is a great group of designers who all brought their A game to this prestigious event. Please join us as Susanna visits with many of the designers in their rooms.

As this was a rather impromptu visit, we weren’t able to speak with all the designers. Those not featured in the video are represented below. If you live in the area, I encourage you to make a pilgrimage to this landmark design event.…

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Sneak Peek at What’s New in Veranda Magazine

Sneak Peek at What’s New in Veranda Magazine

As the new May/ June Veranda Magazine is about to hit mailboxes and newsstands, I was delighted to recently meet with editor-in-chief Clinton Smith to discuss not only the beautiful new issue but also where Veranda is heading under his auspices.

Veranda has always featured beautiful homes across the country and will continue their focus on diverse geographic projects whether California or New York, Texas or Florida or even abroad. The new issue, for example, features projects by Victoria Hagan & Oscar Shamamian in Greenwich, Connecticut, Windsor Smith in Los Angeles, Anne Bass in Litchfield County (CT), O’hara Davies-Gaetano in Orange County (CA), Nestor Santa-Cruz in Palm Beach, Marston Luce in France, and Kelli Ford in Texas.

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Design on a Dime 10th Anniversary Edition

Design on a Dime 10th Anniversary Edition

While we ended yesterday looking at bold and bright rooms at this Design on a Dime 10th anniversary show, there were also the dark and rich variety. Ron Marvin‘s room showed him at his tailored handsome best. His masculine haven was the sort that a woman would be happy to lounge in.

If they ever remake Rear Window, Ron would be perfect for the set design. A modern day Grace Kelly would look fabulous in this room whipping her negligee out of that iconic Mark Cross bag.

And of course every man’s retreat should include a chic bar, or a spot that can accommodate one.…

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