Veranda Remembers Albert Hadley

Veranda Remembers Albert Hadley

I never wrote about the passing of Albert Hadley because as much as I admired the legendary decorator, I had never really had any personal dealings with him. I thought I should leave that to those who knew him well and had worked with him throughout the years. So I was pleased to learn that Veranda will be honoring him in their upcoming issue, appropriately dedicated to American style.

In her editor’s letter, Dara Caponigro writes of her meeting with him a few years ago, “He was a design king without an ounce of pomposity in him.” Although the magazine had already gone to press when they learned of Hadley’s death, they felt his inclusion was a must.…

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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala Finale

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala Finale

Kudos to all the designers who created tables for this amazing event. Today is the last grouping of inspiration for this talented team of creatives.

Design chair David Duncan, in creating his dramatic Set Sail for Spring table designed a Sere Roche-inspired centerpiece, incorporating a crystal-beaded galleon that he had found in Belgium. It’s a bit hard to discern in this photo but on top is a plaster dolphin with sprays of crystal beads pouring from its mouth capped with a lush display of orchids.

The table continued the water theme with a custom marbleized silk in shades of blue and silver toned “netting” chargers.…

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More Tabletop Inspiration from the Lenox Hill Gala

More Tabletop Inspiration from the Lenox Hill Gala

Welcome to part two of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala, featuring more of the spectacular designer tables. It was almost impossible to narrow it down, although my camera, which mysteriously switched its settings in my bag, made some of the decisions for me. As spring entertaining is now upon us, you’ll find an abundance of aspirational ideas for your own festivities at home!!

I don’t think there was a happier, more colorful table than Lindsey Coral Harper‘s Bright Lights Big City. The cheerful Lulu DK fabric and amazing flowers by Sebastian Li Designs offered an upbeat optimistic look at spring in the Big Apple.…

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Thank You Traditional Home

Thank You Traditional Home

A big thank you to the entire editorial team at Traditional Home – thrilled to be mentioned in the May issue with my talented and beautiful design partner Allison Hennessy as well as the nine other fabulous blogger/designer teams who will be featured in the second edition of TradHome debuting online this Friday. Don’t worry – I’ll remind you!

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Spring Fever at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

Spring Fever at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is one of the most well respected and popular nonprofit organizations in New York City. Since 1894, they have been serving over 20,000 New Yorkers in need through various venues, from education to “Meals on Wheels” programs to helping the homeless. This admirable association affects every aspect of these individual’s and families’ lives and their annual spring gala is always a much anticipated event.

This year’s event, honoring Diana Ronan Quasha and Sydney Roberts Shuman for their longtime leadership and devotion, was again held at the dramatic Cipriani 42nd St, where design chairs Bunny Williams and John Rosselli hosted a who’s who of designers, creating spectacular “Spring Fever” themed tabletops for the occasion.…

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Made in MA with Merida

Made in MA with Merida

Merida is my kind of company. Not only are they a leader in the field of natural fiber flooring, seriously dedicated to sustainability and innovation, but they are all about doing business with a conscience. In an age where bottom line and profits rule, it was refreshing to discover a company, with a mantra of “beauty and innovation with integrity,” which cares as much about ethical practices as it does product. When I attended an open house last week to learn more about their new designs, many people from the Merida team attended, eager to hear our opinions and suggestions. It was immediately apparent that their corporate culture is one of respect, relationships and creative collaboration.…

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An Evening at the Antique and Artisan Center

An Evening at the Antique and Artisan Center

With 22,000 square feet featuring over 80 of the hottest dealers in America, the Antique & Artisan Center is the anchor for the preeminent local design district in an industrial section of Stamford, CT. I don’t know of anywhere else where there is such a concentrated wealth of so many distinguished dealers in a single venue. Ever changing stylish vignettes from a wide variety of high quality proprietors have made the center a longstanding not-so-secret source for discerning designers, collectors and retail customers in the know. Last week I attended a party celebrating a renewal and refreshening of the popular locale’s brand and web site (still receiving some finishing touches).…

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Creative Collaboration: Pierre Frey & Hutton Home

Creative Collaboration: Pierre Frey & Hutton Home

I have long been a fan of Pierre Frey and their beautiful line of fabrics and home furnishings. From their own esteemed signature line, to the gorgeous Braquenie collection of document patterns, the Italian luxury of Fadini Borghi and the modern cheerful prints at Boussac, the house represents a distinguished provenance of timeless design and craftsmanship.

I was excited to learn that, for the first time in the company’s history, they have launched a creative collaboration bringing an outside firm into their flagship US showroom in New York. What a treat to see the inclusion of the well respected Hutton Home Collection, beautifully upholstered in Pierre Frey’s latest fabrics, in their lovely space!…

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Seeing the Light at Illumé

Seeing the Light at Illumé

Someone reminded me recently of the Charles Eames quote, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” It is so true and is one of the hallmark differences between good and great. As projects come to a close, sometimes final finishing touches can be lost, as interest wanes or budgets bulge. One detail that can be overlooked is the lampshade, but it is like the jewelry in the room, the final dressing detail.

Perhaps one reason it is an under appreciated asset is that it is difficult to find a good source. Well no longer. With the recent opening of Illumé in New York City, the search is over.…

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Creative Collaboration: Poggenpohl and Blanco

Creative Collaboration: Poggenpohl and Blanco

Along with a few other alumnae of the original BlogTour in London last September, I was invited by Modenus to participate, when the British and some new US bloggers recently convened, for BlogTourNYC.  On our first morning, we visited the showroom of luxury kitchen company Poggenpohl. As you may remember we had been to their fabulous Waterloo space in London last fall. One of the many aspects of Poggenpohl I love is their collaborative nature – in this case with upscale sink and faucet manufacturer Blanco – the perfect symbiotic relationship!!

Beginning with a tour of products and the showroom, Blanco presented some of their latest and greatest, which indeed are, and work beautifully within the handsome Poggenpohl framework.…

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