Modern Romance with Miles Redd for Danielle Rollins

Modern Romance with Miles Redd for Danielle Rollins

The March/April issue of  Veranda is all about Modern Romance and that’s exactly what contributing editor Danielle Rollins was looking for when she hired Miles Redd to decorate her expansive 1920s Philip Shutze house in Atlanta.

Who better to create a sumptuous manse perfect for stylish entertaining and gracious living than the man whose signature look is a Fred Astaire Top Hat fantasy come to life in his vintage David Adler mirrored bathroom. And Rollins’ house has a throw back feel to it as well. As Redd explains, “To me, there’s a ’50s sensibility to the decorating, with nods to Babe Paley, Brooke Astor, and the Duchess of Windsor.” Quite the pedigree!…

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Winter in Connecticut

Winter in Connecticut

This year’s winter in Connecticut is how I remember the season growing up – when my mother would escort me to the neighbor’s house in fear that a drift would consume me. Or when older spending hours with our flexible flyers on the neighborhood hill, endlessly making the long trek to the top for the quick thrill of the ride to the bottom. But the cold was worth it, knowing we would come home with pink cheeks and frozen mittens to a lunch of tomato soup and grilled cheese.

I was happily ensconced inside yesterday, remembering those days and admiring the snowscapes in my yard, the blanket of white creating endless graphic photo opps.…

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High Point Market Style Spotters

High Point Market Style Spotters

I am pleased to share that I will be one of the nine Style Spotters for High Point Market this April.

This award winning social media program, created by Cheminne Taylor-Smith, VP of Marketing at High Point is now in its fourth season. A group of bloggers, editors and designers are recruited to showcase their favorite products at market. As we peruse the showrooms, we each pick and and post our finds on Pinterest pinboards, offering a wide variety of style choices. You’ll be able to see what we all choose and then vote for your favorite style spotter. I’m delighted to be participating with a great group including several blogging friends.…

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 | Veronica Beard

New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 | Veronica Beard

Do you know the charming story of Veronica Beard? Of two sisters-in-law, both named Veronica, who married brothers? With backgrounds in fashion and finance, it was clearly destiny for the two to form their mutually eponymous line, a lifestyle label for busy women who love fashion but not fuss. The line started, in the fall of 2010, with iconic jackets with zip in half linings that could easily change the look without the bulk, a clever idea that originally brought me to their collection.

Each season since, the sisters-in-law, above, have branched out, adding pieces until they are now a full fledged collection.…

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The Sophisticated Chic of Dedar at Deco Off

The Sophisticated Chic of Dedar at Deco Off

In an old house in Paris, not covered with vines, I fell in love with the new Dedar fabric collection. The charming Raffaele Fabrizio and his chic sister Caterina carry on the tradition of their parents who founded the fabric house in 1976. This is a team that totally gets IT – the synthesis of old and new, the relationship of fashion and interiors and the rendering of classic tradition into modern luxury.

They understand how the fantastic flow of a duchesse satin ball gown could translate into an impossibly elegant fabric for interiors, below. Or how the sartorial splendor of a man’s tuxedo becomes a merino wool satin with a perfect drape and subtle sheen for a masculine alternative.…

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Holland & Sherry Hosts New Collections at Deco Off

Holland & Sherry Hosts New Collections at Deco Off

One of the most appealing aspects of Paris Deco Off is the conviviality of seeing the collections in the showrooms. Whether during the day or in the evening, when many hosted cocktail events (although drinks often seemed to flow at all hours) everyone seemed particularly welcoming on their own turf.

The smaller left bank showrooms felt especially cozy and more intimate, well suited to convivial gatherings. Holland & Sherry‘s evening of fun festivities was well attended despite the snow. Their window, decked out in a terrific tizzy of tartan seemed perfect for the occasion!

A dazzling display of delectable treats was offered

to celebrate the publication of Fortuny Interiors and their latest collection in their new Parisian home.…

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BEHIND THE Q | Introducing Lalique Maison

BEHIND THE Q | Introducing Lalique Maison

One of the most striking booths at Maison et Objet was that of Lalique with their introduction of a full range of Lalique Maison products. From beds and bars to linens and lacquered accessories, the presentation of the new lifestyle line was impressive.

I was lucky enough to arrive when Lady Tina Green, the creator of the Lalique Maison line, in collaboration with designer Pietro Mingarelli, was on hand. She was kind enough to walk me through the collection and explain the concept of the new line.

Several years ago Green and Mingarelli had designed a yacht incorporating Lalique into furniture they created for the interiors.…

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Out and About in Paris

Out and About in Paris

While out and about in Paris between the shows, it’s a miracle I wasn’t hit by a pedestrian-loathing Belmondo look-alike, sneering as I tried to elude his cab’s path while snapping a shot. It was hard not to look like a charm-struck tourist, admiring every enchanting vignette. But charmed I was. So pride took a backseat for a week while my iPhone and I got cozy in the city of lights. Take a little stroll avec moi.

Staying in the 6eme was a treat. Surrounded by galleries and restaurants, this is the Paris of poster perfection. Much of Paris Deco Off took place walking distance from my hotel.…

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Young Collectors Night at the Winter Antiques Show

Young Collectors Night at the Winter Antiques Show

Young Collectors Night at the Winter Antiques Show focusses on a new generation of art and design enthusiasts. It was a hopping evening with music blasting, bubbles flowing and a fashionable decked-out crowd meandering the aisles. I was so busy chatting that I neglected to take any shots of the many friends and design mavens who joined the festivities. But I thought we could take a look at a few more dealers who carry some more unusual and/or youthful items.

One of the more unexpected collections is presented by Didier Ltd, a gallery in London specializing in artists’ jewels. With works from the 1940’s to the 80’s, you will find pieces from a who’s who of modern masters.…

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1stDibs Designers Preview at the Winter Antiques Show

1stDibs Designers Preview at the Winter Antiques Show

Before the throngs arrived on opening morning at the Winter Antiques Show, I was delighted to attend the Designers’ Preview sponsored by 1stDibs. For a quiet hour, we were able to leisurely peruse the offerings at one of the most respected antique shows in the country and the only major show in New York that donates all of its profits to its beneficiary charity, the East Side House Settlement.

This year’s loan exhibition, Newport: The Glamour of Ornament, celebrates the Preservation Society of Newport County with selections from eight of the historic Newport Mansions.

This year’s show is beautifully designed, with handsome architectural elements and a fresh, clean look.…

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