When Help Can’t Wait: the Red Cross Red & White Ball

When Help Can’t Wait: the Red Cross Red & White Ball

On April 28th, the Metro New York North Red Cross held its annual Red & White Ball, one of the largest fund raising events in town. With over 460 guests, they raised more than $760,000 to help the Red Cross provide immediate humanitarian aid to those affected by emergencies and disasters.

Held in the NetJets Hangar at the Westchester Airport, it is always fun to see the tablescapes generously created by local designers, organized with local media sponsor Cottages & Gardens.

Local retailer Hoaglands, about whom I have written on several occasions, designed two stunning tables. Their first was one of my favorites of the evening.…

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High Point Picks – Meet Wesley Hall

High Point Picks – Meet Wesley Hall

As many of you know, I attended High Point through a co-sponsorship between the market and upscale furniture manufacturer Wesley Hall. Kudos go to Cheminne Taylor-Smith, Vice President of Marketing at High Point Market Authority, for facilitating this marvelous match.

I wasn’t familiar with Wesley Hall before this trip.  As a to-the-trade company, they are a bit under the radar for many of us in the retail market. But they deserve to be known by consumers as well. A family owned and operated made-in-America business, they are involved in every aspect of their 20 year old company, with an unwavering commitment to quality and attention to detail that is second to none in the industry.…

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Spring Has Sprung at the Park Avenue Armory Arts & Antiques Show

Spring Has Sprung at the Park Avenue Armory Arts & Antiques Show

The Art and Antique Dealers League of America Spring Show at the Park Avenue Armory is the best of the best. A completely vetted show, every single item is examined by panels of experts for authenticity and accurate labeling. Including the best of furniture, art and decorative arts, it is a wide ranging show for both content and periods. From ancient antiques to contemporary creations, there is truly something for every collector.

Opening night was a fun event for both socializing and previewing the show. I ran into many friends including Allison Hennessy, James Andrew and Tania Vartan (in a dress of her own fabric) above.…

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New Trads at the Armory Art and Antique Show

New Trads at the Armory Art and Antique Show

Yesterday evening was opening night at the Art and Antique Dealers League of America Spring Show at the Park Avenue Armory. Among a who’s who in NYC art and social circles, the best dealers in fine and decorative arts presented selections from their collections. Benefitting the ASPCA, the evening was generously sponsored by 1st Dibs and media sponsor Traditional Home, who featured two tables, created by NYC New Trad designers Allison Hennessy (my nomination) and Christina Murphy (nominated by Marisa Marcantonio) – a peek at their projects from the magazine below – Allison’s on the left, Christina’s on the right.…

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Hopping Over to Bunny’s Pop Up

Hopping Over to Bunny’s Pop Up

Many of us are ardent fans of Bunny Williams‘ refined yet oh so livable style. She has had an office, where clients visit since 1988 when she struck out on her own after 20 some years at Parish Hadley. Then in 1991, while attending the Chelsea Flower Show in London with (now husband) John Rosselli, they realized there was a lack of truly wonderful garden shops in New York. Treillage was born shortly thereafter and is consistently filled with special selections that catch the duo’s eyes at antiques shows, flea markets and trips to Europe as well as new accessories.…

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More Style from Design on a Dime

More Style from Design on a Dime

Flair Home designers George Nunno and Jon Maroto have a distinctive super sophisticated eclectic style I adore. With a mix of vintage and new Italian and American pieces, it is impossible to put a chonronological or geographic stamp on their creations. One can easily imagine some timeless cosmopolitan luminary like Luchino Visconti or Cary Grant in the space.

The Tilton Fenwick girls were lucky enough to snag the gorgeous 1950’s Dassi table from the room.

David Duncan‘s eponymous antiques store has been a go-to source for designers for decades. For fine furniture, lighting and accessories, the selection is always stellar.…

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Ravishing Rooms at Design on a Dime

Ravishing Rooms at Design on a Dime

Design on a Dime is one of the most popular design events in the New York community. Benefiting Housing Works‘ programs for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, it attracts more than 50 top tier designers who create rooms with donated merchandise, which is then sold for 50- 70% off retail. Opening night is always a packed affair and Thursday evening was no exception. This spring’s vignettes were fabulous and judging by the lines at checkout, the evening was a huge success.

Media sponsors were the Hearst Design Group publications Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Veranda.…

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High Point Picks – Wind Rose

High Point Picks – Wind Rose

Thanks to friend Liz Morten who led me to the Wind Rose showroom in Market Square. She has written about her friends’ Ned White and Cary Wright’s business several times on her blog and I was delighted to finally see the space in person. Their room features classic European antiques and accessories in beautiful styled vignettes.

In addition, they have also developed another aspect of their business. With years of experience of refinishing and restoring their antiques, they also create decorative painted patterns and designs on both new and old pieces. This English cottage chest from 1820 received a fabulous faux bamboo finish.…

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High Point Picks – Eclectic Elements

High Point Picks – Eclectic Elements

Natural Curiosities strikes just the right creative note with its eclectic and somewhat eccentric collections encompassing the “beautiful, historical and educational.” I have featured them before and am totally captivated each time I visit. Founder Christopher Wilcox and his crew do not fit neatly into a single category. At the intersection of art and intellect, the team of over 15 creatives serve as artists, curators and conservationists, pooling their talents for a gallery, production studio and think tank rolled into one. With a Made in America ethos and environmental directive, they believe “that art is the backbone of culture; nature is inspiration for art.”

To celebrate the art of currency, the studio is setting themselves an ambitious objective – to collect banknotes from every country in the world.…

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High Point Picks – Day One!

High Point Picks – Day One!

Where oh where to start! My first visit to market was an incredible two days of whirlwind activity – from visiting vendors, to seeing old friends and meeting many online connections for the first time! Many thanks to Cheminne Taylor-Smith, VP of Marketing at High Point and the entire Wesley Hall family for sponsoring my trip and for your amazing hospitality!

Many of you are probably familiar with Currey & Company, the well known manufacturer of distinctive home furnishings. Always reliable for a wide variety of stylish products, their lighting is a particularly strong category. I found their new industrial collection especially appealing including the Lumley Pendant in French black/pyrite bronze and the Sage Pendant in dark blackened steel above.…

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