Splendor on Park Avenue

Splendor on Park Avenue

Designer Eric Hilton must have felt like he won the trifecta with this client  – a wonderful Park Avenue location, original Renzo Mongiardino interiors and an impressive collection of A-list artwork. The theme of Veranda‘s January/February issue is the Best of the Best and this apartment certainly qualifies.

Dealing with works from such masters as Degas, Bonnard, Modigliani and Maillol, Hilton needed to create settings that were formal enough to properly showcase the artwork yet relaxed enough in which to live and entertain comfortably. As the designer explained, “Even though they own museum-quality pieces, they don’t want to live in period spaces.”

Replacing a dark tobacco damask on the living room walls, above, with a pale aqua linen from Holland & Sherry, Hilton created an elegant yet understated background that serves as a gracious foil for the artwork and furniture.…

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Fortuny y Madrazo | An Artistic Legacy

Fortuny y Madrazo | An Artistic Legacy

It wasn’t until I saw the exhibit Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute that I realized what an incredibly rich family history was behind this legendary talent. While we think of Fortuny as a name primarily associated with Venice, it is actually the strength of his familial Spanish heritage that fueled his passions. Conceived by and curated with Oscar de la Renta, chairman of the Institute’s Board of Directors, with the cooperation of Fortuny,  the exhibit not only looks at the influences that shaped Fortuny’s career but is an art history lesson in and of itself.…

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Coming Soon

Coming Soon

I’ve been out and about and will have lots to share but until I have a chance to catch up, here’s a peek at just a bit of what’s coming. Wishing you all a happy weekend. I’ll be escorting some young ladies to celebrate my youngest’s entrance into the world of teenage-dom.

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Tis the Season at Treillage

Tis the Season at Treillage

I may be a bit lagging in my holiday preparations but it most definitely tis the season at Treillage. I made a stop at Bunny Williams’ and John Rosselli’s charming shop the other evening on my way to the Decorators Club Holiday Party. I knew it would be full of taunting temptation but I couldn’t resist. I have been under the weather for the last week, in a downward spiral of congestion and coughs and knew that would lift my spirits. So since I didn’t quite have the energy today to do the required research for what I had intended to post, I thought I’d share a little holiday spirit with you.…

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The Decorators Club NYC

The Decorators Club NYC

The Decorators Club, founded in 1914, was organized by 38 original members. Meeting in the home of Gertrude Gheen Robinson, who served as the first president, they established an organization “to encourage the promotion and advancement of the standards of education, for and of the practice of the profession of interior decoration and design; to establish and maintain such rules of ethical and professional practice as will serve as a guide for the decorator, the client and the trade; to maintain a spirit of friendly relationship among those who must work competitively.”

Monday night was the annual Christmas party, held at the lovely and genteel Colony Club.…

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Interior Design 2012 Hall of Fame Awards

Interior Design 2012 Hall of Fame Awards

Wednesday evening I was thrilled to join Kohler Interiors‘ table at the Interior Design Hall of Fame awards at the Waldorf Astoria. Rather like the Oscars for the interior design industry, a packed house of over 900 glamorous guests gathered to honor the five new inductees.

Since 1985, the prestigious black tie event has been held to “recognize the individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and prominence of the design industry.” Hosted by Mark Strauss, President, Interior Design Media Group and Cindy Allen, the very entertaining Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design, the event featured insightful documentary videos introducing each of the talented honorees, each of whom was present to accept their award.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

Last weekend my husband happened upon an old favorite on TCM that is rarely on. It’s a classic yet somewhat under the radar movie – just the kind I love to share. And with its wintery alpine setting, it seemed somehow apropos.

The Mortal Storm actually features an all star cast with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan headlining in their fourth and final film together. Made in 1940, it was one of the few films to chronicle the evil effects of Hitler’s rise to power before the US entered the war. The blatant anti-Nazi sentiment resulted in Goebbels’ banning the film along with all other MGM movies in Germany.…

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Fashion Friday | Holiday Wish List

Fashion Friday | Holiday Wish List

As many of you know, I moonlight as the co-style editor for the non-profit Women’s Voices for Change. This week I am kickstarting a fun new series for the holidays, where we will be asking some stylish tastemakers to select five fashionable picks for their holiday wish lists.

Pop over in the morning to read a few items I’d like to see under the tree this year! Cheating with just one more above – love these fabulous YSL black patent gloves, dressy or casual, but always chic!

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The Exceptional Silver of Puiforcat

The Exceptional Silver of Puiforcat

While the house of Puiforcat was founded in 1820, it was fourth generation visionary Jean Puiforcat who really established the firm in the forefront of modern design. A sculptor, artist, painter and mathematician, he was more interested in pure form and function than the fancy finery of flatware that had preceded him. Stripping away all excess, he immersed himself in Art Deco, producing such masterpieces as this exceptional chess set. From 1927, the combination of silver, ivory and Macassar ebony was a notable feature of his work. Aside from its obvious beauty, the shape of each piece was designed with both its possible path and personality in mind – again the merging of art and mathematics.…

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A Fashionable Day | Valentino and Monique Lhuillier

A Fashionable Day | Valentino and Monique Lhuillier

Despite the dismal weather, yesterday was one of those days that involved a lot of pretty. First the Valentino team visited our local fashion outpost, Richard’s, in Greenwich. A portion of the store was cordoned off and transformed into a spring-like day

Beautiful bouquets

and an artfully presented lunch were all composed with spring in minc.

Young editors from W were on hand to present selections from the Valentino 2013 resort collection with commentary on trends for spring. Look for fresh colors and pretty with more pretty.

I love how Valentino is interpreting its luxurious legacy for a fresh new look, still respectful of the traditions of the house.…

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