At the Movies

At the Movies

Yes it’s back!! At the Movies took a little break over the last few months but is back today with one of my all time favorite classics. I thought about featuring a Thanksgiving related film but decided to wait til next week when we’re all just recovering from our tryptophan induced lethargy. If you’re in the mood, please do visit two of my favorites of the season here.

I can’t recall the segue in my mind that led me to my movie choice today – no doubt some obscure circuitous route – but was quite surprised to realize I had never featured Alfred Hitchock’s Rebecca.…

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Tania Vartan: Coming Full Circle

Tania Vartan: Coming Full Circle

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting John Rosselli’s showroom to see the new fabric line from Tania Vartan. What a delightful morning! Not only did I get to spend some time with several friends I don’t often see, but Tania’s tale was so inspiring and fascinating that we were all entranced by her incredible talent and creative life.

The designer, above, is wearing one of her creations, surrounded by Ronda Carman, Carolyn Sollis, Christina Juarez and Linherr Hollingsworth.

A southern debutante from Kentucky, Tania’s creative spirit has taken her on an amazing journey of incredible experiences around the world, leading an enviable life that is the stuff of young girls’ dreams.…

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Coming Soon

Coming Soon

I must say that time got the better of me this week. There just wasn’t enough of it to get all the work done and also get some sleep!! So here’s a sneak preview of what’s to come.

The Keno brothers’ new collection for Theodore Alexander.

Talented Tania Vartan’s new collection at John Rosselli.

And if you have time, be sure to check out Martin Lawrence Bullard’s gorgeous new collection for Schumacher. I recently attended a market day at the ever resourceful Wakefield Design Center where representative Dennis Reck presented the collection along with the rest of the beautiful new Schumacher line.…

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Talbots Treats for Spring

Talbots Treats for Spring

A couple of weeks ago I attended a preview of Talbots‘ spring 2012 line. Although it was gray and rainy outside the hydrangea were in full bloom in the bright and sunny showroom. What a fun line-up is coming. Talbots continues the trend we saw on the spring runway shows – lots of color, florals and pattern mixed with geometrics and bright accessories.

See the mix of the rose floral jacket with the brushstroke rose-print blouse? You will see quite a bit of this type of coordination come spring.

But best of all? Lots and lots of orange!! See it mixed with other brights

Or in fun tailored accessories.…

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Katie Ridder Rooms

Katie Ridder Rooms

My local independent bookstore, Barrett’s, asked if I would write the design book reviews for their holiday newsletter again this year. As I am thrilled to have a brick and mortar location nearby where I can actually look and feel before I buy, I of course happily agreed. As always, there are many tempting volumes this season but as soon as I opened Katie Ridder Rooms I knew it was something special.

As a former publishing art director, I appreciate when the actual production of a book is as beautiful as the designs it features. Many are attractive with fabulous photographs but very few show the attention to detail that this volume does.…

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Pimlico Premiere

Pimlico Premiere

I had actually intended a different post for today but after attending  a festive event celebrating the reopening of New Canaan, CT design destination Pimlico in its fabulous new location, I knew you would enjoy seeing some shots of the space. I had mentioned this chic outpost of style in my very first Behind the Q when the Tilton Fenwick team and I visited the store in its previous home.

Owners Melissa Lindsay and Jill Saunders have been the sole proprietors of the business for the past three years, bringing this small shop to the attention of all local design mavens.…

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Rooms with a View Finale

Rooms with a View Finale

Featured today are the last 4 vignettes from the wonderful Rooms with a View show house. For those of you who haven’t been following, these rooms are last merely because the designers’ names fall at the end of the alphabet!

George Marshall Peters‘ refined vignette was inspired by a trip to Asia he took last year.

photograph by MANUFOTO

Peters worked the vignette around the spectacular piece of art which is part of his personal collection. The space included a sophisticated eclectic mix of Asian pieces mixed with American 20th century interwar period table and chairs. The fabulous architectonic ceiling also reflects this sensibility.…

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Rooms with a View – Reveal continued

Rooms with a View – Reveal continued

Connie Cooper‘s elegant vignette was intended as a media free space for the next generation.

Bombarded by electronics all day long, Connie felt it was important for these young adults to have somewhere to relax and connect as people in real life without texting, emailing or talking on Facebook.

Connie felt, as many of us do, that it was important to express the personality of the owner in the space. Obviously a girl who loves a good martini, Connie had a charming drinks tray ready for guests.

The eclectic yet glamorous touches, such as the vintage Murano lamps and distinctive bookcase expressed Connie’s love of travel.…

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Rooms with a View – Reveal #2

Rooms with a View – Reveal #2

I had intended to share 4 rooms a day as I did for the previews, but due to technological issues (leaving my charger at the Apple store), there will be only one room today – that of John Todd Bishop, who is next in line.

Viewing Bishop’s room was a bit like like being on Freud’s couch (in a beautiful Viennese office of course). A handsome and intellectual vignette, Bishop’s space, entitled The Room Beyond, made you think as well as see. It was almost like being inside the head of the occupant. It reminded me of a Hitchcock film, with multiple layers of mystery veiled in beautiful veneers, challenging you to look beyond the surface.…

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Rooms with a View Gala & First Reveal

Rooms with a View Gala & First Reveal

The Rooms With a View Gala last Thursday was a roaring success. In a festive venue, crowds gathered to see the designers’ inspiration. Many familiar faces perused the rooms.

Above designer Leslie Allen with son, Rooms with a View designer Sam Allen and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens editorial director DJ Carey convene outside of Sam’s vignette.

Ceramic lamp designer Christopher Spitzmiller, Rooms with a View designer Olga Adler and past Rooms with a View interior designer Harry Heissmann.

Rooms with a View designer James Andrew, marketing executive Janice Langrall and Scalamandré president Steven Stolman.

Connecticut photographer Ben Larrabee with wife Trudy.…

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