Timeless Design at Versailles

Timeless Design at Versailles

I was somehow surprised that my girls voted a visit to Versailles as their favorite part of our week in Paris. It just shows the timeless relevance of classic French design and the memorable impact of the palace, gardens and splendor of 18th century court life. I’m sure many of you have made the pilgrimage to the estate. I hadn’t been for years (in fact decades) and was overwhelmed yet again at the magnificence of the architecture and grounds. Even on a gray day the palace is impressively resplendent. Many of the buildings have been restored in a massive renovation project that began in 2003 and will continue through 2020, touching almost every one of the 700 rooms.…

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Small Space Big Style

Small Space Big Style

Every city dweller’s primary design concern is optimizing the small space big style ratio. Perhaps that’s why House Beautiful‘s annual Small Spaces issue is so popular. And in the upcoming July/August issue, Philip Gorrivan shows how it’s done as he transforms a 1,200 square foot NYC apartment into a dramatic jewel box of a space.

From the minute you enter the apartment every surface is maximized for visual interest and spatial enhancement. The spectacular entry just oozes glamour with a sophisticated mix, evoking images of Nick and Nora sauntering in with Madeleine Castaing. Saturated color balances the graphic walls of antiqued hand cut mirror inlaid with brass.…

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Thank You Luxe Magazine

Thank You Luxe Magazine

What a lovely welcome back this evening from my week in Paris. Firstly, a thank you to Luxe Magazine for including me in the Spotlight section of their summer issue. Floral Finesse features my comments on the beautiful new Dedar About Flowers fabric that I had seen at Deco Off in January.

It’s a terrific issue with an absolutely beautiful Houston project by designer Ginger Barber and architects Russell Windham and William Curtis that alone is worth the price of the magazine – pantry below.

And as I drove into my house upon my return, I was delighted to see that the hydrangea had bloomed in my absence!…

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Postcard From Paris

Postcard From Paris

I had hoped to post this yesterday but since we have been very busy out and about, this little postcard from Paris was delayed. As this is my girls’ first trip to the French capital, we of course had to indulge in a bit of classic sightseeing. I must admit, that I hadn’t been up the Eiffel Tower in years

and had forgotten how truly amazing the views of the city are.

To get a quick overview of the sights, we took a relaxing ride on a bateau mouche. We had beautiful weather yesterday and caught glimpses of the many landmarks from the Seine.…

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Why Don’t You | Travel in Style

Why Don’t You | Travel in Style

Taking my cue from the inimitable Ms. Vreeland and a page from J.J. Martin’s piece in today’s Off Duty section of the Wall Street Journal, I’m hoping more people realize how easy it is to travel in style. While I certainly see my fair share of well-dressed men and women flying the friendly skies, there is also a preponderance of those who feel that comfort cannot be synonymous with stylish or even neat attire. That is of course their prerogative, but as someone who is always on the lookout for the aesthetically appealing aspects of life, my inspiration lies with those who do make the effort.…

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Off to the City of Lights

Off to the City of Lights

So I’ve been waiting to tell you that tomorrow I am off to Paris for the week. My sister and I have been plotting for months and are excited to be taking my girls for their first visit to the city of lights. We hope we’ve concocted an entertaining mix of culture and fun with plenty of free time for exploring.

I hope to be reporting in next week with some short travelogue posts for you armchair travelers. And you can of course always follow along on instagram for a little dose of francophile fun. There might even be a little stylish shopping involved.…

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Ronald McDonald House Long Island Project Design 2013

Ronald McDonald House Long Island Project Design 2013

Last week Newel Gallery hosted a pre-construction celebration of The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Project Design 2013. In partnership with Kravet and New York Cottages & Gardens, this is a very special sort of showhouse – one that is permanent and directly affects the lives of the many families who make extended stays at the facility while their seriously ill children are receiving medical treatment at area hospitals.  The project focusses on updating the original 18 bedrooms of the House, culminating with a Designer Showcase Gala on October 10th. Creative Director of the project, Anthony Baratta, who has been involved with the House for decades, spearheaded the concept and together with Kravet and NYC&G has pulled together an outstanding group from the design community to participate.…

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Aerin Lauder for Lee Jofa

Aerin Lauder for Lee Jofa

Aerin Lauder has been very busy. In addition to her furniture collection for EJ Victor, she has also completed a fabric collection and select exclusive furniture styles for Lee Jofa. Yesterday evening Veranda hosted the launch for the collection at the Lee Jofa showroom in the D&D Building, where the front room is totally outfitted with products from the AERIN collections.

Lee Jofa Creative Director Stephen Elrod and Aerin Lauder

While I can’t fully share the furniture, I can give you a sneak peek at one of my favorite pieces, the Lockwood Day bed, upholstered in a classic cut velvet, Shoridge.…

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EJ Victor | Home to AERIN, Ralph Lauren and more

EJ Victor | Home to AERIN, Ralph Lauren and more

As some of you may remember EJ Victor kindly sponsored my latest trip to High Point Market. Their big news this spring was the addition of Aerin Lauder‘s beautiful furniture collection to their line. Presented in a fabulous built out apartment-like structure with custom doors, millwork and hardware, I wanted to move right in. And while I had hoped to be able to share it with you earlier, I’m afraid a publishing exclusive means you’ll have to wait til later in the summer. However, I can tell you that if you have loved images of Aerin’s apartment and Hampton’s home in such places as Vogue’s APT with LSD and ELLE DECOR, as featured below,  you will adore the line.…

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A Grand Greek Revival Relives its Former Glory

A Grand Greek Revival Relives its Former Glory

As soon as I read “jubilant restoration of an iconic Greek Revival,” I was hooked. And it only got better when I viewed the interiors of this beautiful project that will appear in the July/August Veranda. The Pillars, a late 19th century architectural grande dame, was from an era when first families came to the spa town of Hot Springs, Virginia for the season. But abandoned for years, the house had fallen into severe disrepair. New owners hired architect Allan Greenberg to restore the home to its former glory and an extensive two year renovation involving replacement of the plumbing, electric, roof and even the celebrated pillars that gave name to the manse ensued.…

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