At the Movies | Proof

At the Movies | Proof

Yesterday evening was back to school night at my younger daughter’s school and I was reminded that I never did an At the Movies segment to celebrate the onset of the academic year. I have written about other school related favorites in the past such as Goodbye Mr. Chips, To Sir with Love and The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. I would encourage you to see them if you haven’t already. But as I sat in my daughter’s geometry class, marveling at both the incredible technology that teachers are now equipped with and the fact that I actually used to understand all those theories and formulas, I was reminded of an impactful movie about the subject at hand.…

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The Detailed Interior | Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis

The Detailed Interior | Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis

We all know that the devil is in the details and in The Detailed Interior, Elissa Cullman and Tracey Pruzan of Cullman & Kravis, share the magic of the vital smaller elements and detailed components that contribute to the success of the bigger decorating picture. From elegant New York City apartments to spacious country estates to sophisticated ski houses, you’ll learn how the talented team at Cullman & Kravis assembles this tapestry of coordinated details to create beautiful and balanced spaces.

Sometimes it’s the geography, fabric or emotion that inspires the details but in this stunning New York City pied-a-terre, it was the owner’s passion for vintage photography.…

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In the Works

In the Works

September means not only back to school but the onset of many great events, design books in anticipation of the holiday season and in my family, a slew of birthdays and celebrations. So while there is lots in the works I can’t wait to share, my niece’s beautiful weekend wedding and my husband’s birthday today meant I just didn’t get as much done as I had anticipated. As a consolation prize of sorts, I offer you patient readers a little peek at some of what’s on the docket. I have a stack of stunning books to review, news to share, as well as many exciting new videos to edit.…

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Branca at Bergdorfs

Branca at Bergdorfs

Not only has Alessandra Branca launched her fabulous new fabric line with Schumacher, but she also partnered with Bergdorf’s to transform the always tempting seventh floor with her new fabric and home collection. Last week I stopped by for the official launch party – a festive evening well attended by a who’s who crowd of NY design.

It was the perfect venue for Branca, above, to show how her bold take on classically inspired color and pattern makes for an über stylish environment. Below, her gorgeous Bosco porcelain collection, embroidered Stag’s head cocktail napkins and striped iPad cover sit in front of an antique chair upholstered in her Alexander Tartan Rouge and walls dressed with her fabulous faux bois cotton.…

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Gary McBournie Living Color

Gary McBournie Living Color

How could I not be won over by designer Gary McBournie, whose favorite color is orange and cites Auntie Mame as a movie that continues to provide him with design inspiration? Looking through his book Living Color is like joining a celebration of colorful interiors and the designer’s contemporary twist on tradition.

Opening with a charming chapter filled with personal photos and paintings, it is immediately apparent that he has had a lifelong love of the visual and a thoughtful eye for connections between art, nature and design.

But it was his first visit to Nantucket in the late 1980’s, where his interests in history, gardening and life came together.…

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In the Spirit of New Orleans at What’s New What’s Next

In the Spirit of New Orleans at What’s New What’s Next

What is it exactly about the seemingly symbiotic relationship between New Orleans and New York? As author Debra Shriver’s phrase “New-New” expresses, there is for many a push me pull you magnetism between the two cities. On Thursday in the John Richard Showroom at New York Design Center’s What’s New What’s Next, Susanna Salk (who needs no introduction in these parts) will be moderating a panel on just this subject. Three chic women in design, all of whom have New-New connections, will be chatting about the NOLA/NYC lifestyle and how each city inspires them. I’m so looking forward to hearing this talented trio of smart, interesting, opinionated women, who will, no doubt, have many entertaining insights to share.…

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Central Park NYC | An Architectural View

Central Park NYC | An Architectural View

Ever since the 2008 publication of their superb volume on Chinoiseries, many have been eagerly awaiting the next publication from Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams. Happily, Central Park NYC: An Architectural View is finally here. Following years of exacting research, this lavish and unprecedented volume traces the history, creation and beauty of this National Historic Landmark from their very visual point of view.

As architects, voracious historians, skilled writers and talented artists, the authors possess the unique skill sets to deliver projects of delightful discovery and extravagant beauty. Celebrating the “fortuitous intersection of architecture and gardens,” this volume, through the author’s exquisite watercolors accompanied by contemporary and archival photographs, explores the rich diversity and design of Central Park and its architecture, sculpture and ornament. …

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Peter Dunham

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Peter Dunham

It’s hard to precisely pin point the style of designer Peter Dunham. The LA Times used the term “Merchant Ivory modern,” which is certainly apt but doesn’t quite tell the whole story. With a background almost as eclectic as his designs, Dunham’s aesthetic encompasses quite a bit of territory. A childhood spent galavanting around the globe with stylish sophisticated parents honed his eye and whet his appetite for both travel and design. With a series of pedigrees including an Oxford education and internship at David Hicks, Dunham has both the knowledge and sixth sense for creating distinctive interiors that marry exotic influence with LA comfort.…

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Global Design Inspiration in House Beautiful

Global Design Inspiration in House Beautiful

Design inspiration from around the globe is the theme for October’s House Beautiful. With the debut of its new pop-up series, this month features guest editor Chesie Breen as our guide to the homes of Americans abroad. From London to Oslo to Rome and beyond, we get to scratch our travel itch with vicarious visits to fabulous flats and follies. I am delighted to share a sneak peek at the colorful restoration of a 16th century French estate by conductor and harpsichordist William Christie.

Having moved to France after college, Christie discovered the Vendée region, southwest of Paris almost 40 years ago, loving the “unspoiled, deep country not far from the sea.” He rented for several years until he found Le Bâtiment, a ruin from 1630 that still retained its aristocratic bones.…

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Picture Perfect Parties

Picture Perfect Parties

Even though it’s not officially fall, the “season” seems to have already gotten underway with invitations flowing in. How convenient that Picture Perfect Parties is coming from Rizzoli on October 1 to solve all our entertaining needs.

Stylist and entertaining expert Annette Joseph‘s motto is “make it simple and make it gorgeous” and you will clearly see how she achieves her results in her terrific new book. Chock full of recipes, advice and tricks of the trade, you’ll be party-ready in no time. I love how everything in the book is unintimidating and approachable. Even novice cooks and hosts will feel confident that they can put together a delicious, beautiful and fun event.…

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