The People’s Project: The Main House

The People’s Project: The Main House

Beyond the foyer, which I have shown before, is a reception area, linking both the front and back entrances and the living and dining rooms on either sides. Previously dark and unattended, it is now a cheerful graphic segue between the other spaces. Jamie Drake, in a somewhat toned down palette from his signature exuberance, achieves this successfully by combining the Vallier Vine table skirt from his collection for Schumacher with a Safavieh rug and elegant platinum walls.

The living room is a classically elegant space and yet Susan Bednar Long has infused it with youthful touches reflecting the current residents.…

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Creative Collaboration: The People’s Project – An Introduction

Creative Collaboration: The People’s Project – An Introduction

I recently had the privilege of previewing the spectacular renovation of the historic Connecticut Governor’s Residence in Hartford. What an incredibly generous outpouring of creative collaboration this project is!! As I toured the beautiful home with Connecticut Cottages and Gardens editorial director DJ Carey, I was truly overwhelmed with a sense of pride – not only for our now beautiful state residence but also for the amount of time and effort selflessly devoted to this endeavor. All of the Connecticut based or related designers, manufactures and artisans donated their talent and wares to create an impressive home for our governor and showplace for both the public and visiting dignitaries.…

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Rooms with a View Inspiration

Rooms with a View Inspiration

In anticipation of the Rooms with a View Gala Preview next week, I thought it might be fun to meet each designer, see their original sketches and learn the answer to the question: “In your design, what is it about Mr Albert Hadley that inspires you?”


Michael Adams opened his own design firm following a decade of working for some of the most respected designers in New York. His specialty are “warm, livable, modern spaces that are personal to their owners. Recent projects have ranged from a large traditional upper East Side brownstone to three loft renovations, to a modern Palm Beach home and a residence in the Hollywood Hills.…

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Rooms with a View

Rooms with a View

Rooms with a View is one of my favorite design events in Connecticut. Conceived by iconic designer Albert Hadley 17 years ago, the popular fundraiser transforms the Southport Congregational Church into a showhouse featuring 5′ x8′ mini rooms by today’s top and up and coming designers. Last year’s show featured a start-studded who’s who in design, all of whom had worked directly with or for Hadley.

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Current design chair, local interior designer Melissa Makris, above, explained that this year’s theme, “The Next Generation,” continues to pay homage to the legendary Parish-Hadley partner. Last year’s distinguished designers have all personally recommended the group for the current show, which includes Michael Adams, Olga Adler, Sam Allen, James Andrew, John Todd Bishop, Connie Cooper, Allison Hennessy, Melissa Marcogliese, George Marshall Peters, James D.

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Royal Oak Timeless Design

Royal Oak Timeless Design

Last week I had the honor of being invited to attend the Timeless Design Gala for the Royal Oak Foundation. I love their mission and have written before about this very worthy organization. In addition to free entry to the over 300 historic houses in England, the Royal Oak also offers wonderful programs in several cities here in the states, which are so popular, many sell out well ahead of time.

The event took place at the spectacular Metropolitan Club. Formed in 1891 by J. P. Morgan, the club was designed by McKim, Mead and White in classic Renaissance Revival style.…

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Decorex Delights – Part 2

Decorex Delights – Part 2

One of the singular pieces that I was excited to see in real life at Decorex was Boca do Lobo‘s spectacular Heritage cabinet. This limited edition piece represents the Portuguese company’s artistic craftsmanship inspired by its country’s heritage. This firm is another perfect example of the merging of past and present, of respecting history and interpreting it through modern design in both style and technique.

How exquisite is the inside of this piece! Boco do Lobo has distinguished itself through excellence – their motto is “Passion is Everything” and it shows!

There were quite a few distinctive Portuguese companies exhibiting at Decorex and another of my favorites was Delightfull.…

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Decorex Delights – Part 1

Decorex Delights – Part 1

Although it has been several weeks since my BlogTour trip to London, there just hasn’t been enough time to cover all that we saw. I will be moving on here, but would feel totally remiss if I didn’t share with you at least some of the fabulous finds from the grande dame of the shows, Decorex. I’m afraid this will have to be a bit of a whirlwind tour without the normal back stories but I hope you will enjoy the view nonetheless.

With the theme of “Cherished Places”, the show included a show stopping entrance by Nicky Haslam and creative director Colette van den Thillart of NH Design.…

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Thank You Elle Decor

Thank You Elle Decor

Photo: Courtesy of the MCNY

Thank you Elle Decor for asking me to contribute to your Design Insiders’ Weekly Finds! I was thrilled to be included!…

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Gilting the Home

Gilting the Home

I would imagine most of you readers are already familiar with Gilt and probably Gilt Home. But as of this past Tuesday, Gilt Home is a whole new place. Although it still features its famous flash sales, it now has so much more. As I mentioned yesterday, on Monday I attended a press preview for the new Gilt Home where General Manager Jason Goldberger and Editorial Director Tom Delavan walked us through the site. Shane Reilly, in the position of Lead Design Advisor, was also on hand. As the founder of Decorati, acquired earlier this year by Gilt, she is well versed with interior design portfolios as well as products.…

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In the Works

In the Works

The last few days I’ve been out and about – so much so that it has left me little time to write about these interesting events. So let me just leave you a little teaser for now until I get caught up!

Have you seen the new Gilt Home site? Do stop by – it’s live. I’ll tell you more the terrific new relaunch and what you can expect to see soon!

I was honored to be invited to see the spectacular refurbishing of the Governor’s Residence here in Connecticut. Dubbed The People’s Project, this beautiful renovationwas led by a special design team hand picked by Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, and completed through a partnership with the Governor’s Residence Conservancy, a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the preservation, restoration and renovation of the home. …

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