Catching Up at Christies

Catching Up at Christies

As I was catching up at Christies, I went down the rabbit hole and thought I’d share a few favorites from the many upcoming auctions. The decorative arts covers such an incredibly wide range of objets that reflect the history, tastes and lifestyles of their time. One such genre I have always found fascinating is boxes. And while this is a broad category, which the Metropolitan Museum covered with a charming exhibit several years ago, the upcoming Opulence sale at Christies in London offers an enormous selection in the singular category of snuff boxes, the required accessory du jour in fashionable 18th and 19th century circles.…

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Valextra x Dedar

Valextra x Dedar

The long time love affair between fashion and interiors seems to only be getting hotter lately with more collaborations coming to the forefront of design. During a recent trip to Bergdorf’s, I noticed a very chic marriage of high style that has somehow stayed under the radar. It seems Valextra x Dedar, two of my favorite Italian luxury brands, were destined to tie the knot.

The result of their I-do’s are three mini versions of Valextra’s Spring ’17 Superbag. The limited edition Iside Mignons, clad in Dedar’s Serpentino, Funky Stripes and Viva, are reminiscent of Italian graphics and patterns from the 50’s, emphasizing the shape and geometry of the bag.…

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A Day to Celebrate and Remember

A Day to Celebrate and Remember

Nothing quite says welcome to summer than Memorial Day weekend. While the official start to the season isn’t for almost another month, this is a day to celebrate the imminent sounds, smells and sights of warm weather living. And for me it’s now the count down until my departure for my annual summer destination of Nantucket.  As we all plot, plan and dream of our upcoming holidays, I pulled together a little visual inspiration from my photo files of recent summers on Nantucket.

all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

But of course this is also a day to remember and honor those who have made sacrifices serving our country, which includes my father, a decorated officer and reconnaissance pilot in the WWII Army Air Corps.…

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Highlights of a Busy Week in Design

Highlights of a Busy Week in Design

While there have been a plethora of industry events, I am catching up here with a few highlights from a very busy week in design. Monday evening was a reception for the most recent installation at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery. In their stunning Fifth Avenue space, select works from represented artists were paired with bold nature themed wallpapers from Pierre Frey for a beautiful and thoughtful intersection of art and design.

I remember being blown away (pun intended) when first seeing an incarnation of Studio Drift’s amazing Fragile Future dandelion chandelier several years ago in their Paris gallery. Exploring “the relationship between nature, technology and mankind,” the light sculptures are made of bronze electrical circuits enhanced by light emitting dandelions, all hand picked and individually glued to LED lights (detail below).…

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Join Me with Marshall Watson at D&D Spring Market

Join Me with Marshall Watson at D&D Spring Market

This Wednesday, May 24, is Spring Market at the D&D Building. Marketing Director Liz Nightingale has lined up a blockbuster day of keynotes, showroom events, cocktail receptions and open houses around the theme ART x DESIGN. I am delighted to be a part of this informative and inspiring day where designer Marshall Watson and I will be having a conversation, “Enduring Elegance” in the Ferrell Mittman showroom.

Known for his classic approach to elegant, light-filled interiors, Marshall has always embraced the time honored principals of design to create interiors that are balanced, comfortable,  liveable and suited specifically to each client.…

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Historic Charleston by Bike

Historic Charleston by Bike

Concluding this week’s look at Charleston, I am bringing you a pictorial peek (since I don’t have the back story on most of these residences) at historic Charleston seen by bike as Susanna and I did a quick tour of the central historic district. Not only do we brake for Instagram, we sometimes actually disembark!

For those of you not familiar with the city, there are several neighborhoods defining historic Charleston with South of Broad (“below” Broad Street, at the southern end of the peninsula) generally considered the most exclusive residential neighborhood, including prime examples of historic Charleston’s glorious residential architecture.…

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48 Hours in Charleston

48 Hours in Charleston

On the heels of our latest video with Carolyne Roehm, I thought I would finally share some glimpses of Susanna’s and my trip to Charleston last month. We were honored to visit Ibu founder Susan Walker at her beautiful home and to document the debut of her collaboration with Ali McGraw (look for that video coming very soon!). With the new Dewberry Hotel as our base – their brasserie Henrietta, below,

we had a little time to explore, mostly via bike which the hotel generously supplies. My first call was to friend Olivia Brock. Originally from Connecticut, she designs at Torrance Mitchell, blogs and (more often) instagrams at Lacquered Life and with a masters in Historic Preservation, is in the know about all of Charleston’s great architectural heritage and design folks.…

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Setting the Table With Carolyne Roehm in Charleston

Setting the Table With Carolyne Roehm in Charleston

When Susanna and I decided to launch our new Setting the Table With video series, filming Carolyne Roehm in Charleston at her historic home was at the top of our list. Among her endless list of accomplishments, her talent and passion for entertaining and setting a beautiful table is legendary. From flowers to flatware, no matter the season nor locale, her tablescapes have filled books, inspiration folders and Pinterest boards the world over. Please tag along behind the scenes as Carolyne shares her tips and advice for setting a stylish table.

On our recent visit to Charleston, Susanna and I were lucky enough to be welcomed into Carolyne’s new home (look for a full video visit this fall) where, when not at her beloved Weatherstone in Connecticut, she is now spending much of her time.…

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Dark Glamour at the 2017 Kips Bay Show House

Dark Glamour at the 2017 Kips Bay Show House

Within the classic Charles Platt house of the 2017 Kips Bay Show House, not all the rooms are airy architectural gems. A dark, windowless basement space with a multitude of sprinkler pipes, odd angles and center column was the ultimate challenge for architecture and interior design firm Lichten Craig. But by infusing the dim space with the dark glamour of a bar and lounge area, they rose to the task in style.

Tactile walls of de Gournay silk became the perfect backdrop for vintage Charles Ramos chairs, with their sleek lines accentuated by Jim Thompson’s luxurious “Vesper” in Savory Cream silk velvet and pillows of a custom colored Dedar brocade.…

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It’s a Dog’s Life with Jonathan Adler – a New Video Series!

It’s a Dog’s Life with Jonathan Adler – a New Video Series!

It’s no secret that many of us who have a passion for the world of beauty and design are also totally devoted to our dogs. Living well is about sharing the love and who better to celebrate with than our faithful four legged family members. Today I am thrilled to announce the debut of my and Susanna’s new video series, It’s a Dog’s Life, where we will be celebrating how dogs and their tastemaker owners share a stylish life together. And we are delighted to be kicking off the series with none other than Jonathan Adler – potter, designer and author who brings Modern American Glamour to our lives with his rescue pup FoxyLady by his side.…

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