At Home with Carolyne Roehm – Design & Style: A Constant Thread

At Home with Carolyne Roehm – Design & Style: A Constant Thread

We have celebrated Carolyne Roehm’s many talents here before – in the garden, setting the table, the renovation and decoration of her beautiful Charleston home. With the publication of her new book (her 13th !!) Design & Style A Constant Thread, we can now marvel at the constant thread that has been at the core of all her creative endeavors throughout the years. Whether designing fashion or jewelry, decorating homes or growing, photographing and painting flowers, Carolyne has always explored her passions with both studiousness and zeal. Please tag along with Susanna Salk and me behind the scenes at Weatherstone, Carolyne’s beautiful Connecticut home for a peek at how, as she says, “magic is made when the thread of character becomes entwined with one’s desires and dreams.”

Carolyne’s lifelong love of learning, artistry and the natural world have over the years been woven into a tapestry of beauty and impressive accomplishments.…

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San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show

San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show

This week I was honored to speak at the San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show on a panel about collecting with designers Suzanne Kasler and Jay Jeffers. A big thank you to show chair Suzanne Tucker who invited me and helped organize a glamorous opening night gala as well as many marvelous talks and events during the week.

One of the signature elements of the show is the display of designer vignettes created with and sponsored by de Gournay. Following this year’s theme of The Sun, the Moon & the Stars: Celestial Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design, the designers incorporated pieces from this year’s exhibitors and worked with de Gournay to show both what they do and what they are capable of creating for their spaces.…

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Out and About Here and Across the Pond

Out and About Here and Across the Pond

For all of you who may have been wondering (or not) about my recent absence in these parts, let me take you along behind the scenes of what has been a whirlwind past few weeks. Before leaving for a trip across the pond, Susanna Salk and I were busy filming new episodes for our At Home With video series. We visited Thomas O’Brien at his extraordinary Long Island home (actually two houses), below, and charming shop, Copper Beach.

We also filmed with Carolyne Roehm at Weatherstone, her Connecticut country home,

to celebrate her new book, Design & Style: A Constant Thread.…

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At Home in Connecticut with Bunny Williams

At Home in Connecticut with Bunny Williams

Over the years, I have had the privilege of documenting many aspects of celebrated designer Bunny Williams‘ talents. And while Susanna and I have shared several video visits with Bunny, we  have never visited her inside her beautiful Greek Revival home, immortalized in her first book, An Affair with a House. So we are especially delighted for you to tag along with us now at home in Connecticut with Bunny Williams!

From her designs to products (Bunny Williams Home is celebrating 10 inspiring years!) to books, Bunny’s world is one of comfort, gracious living and effortless style.…

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Château de Villette

Château de Villette

With design attributed to François Mansart (architect to Louis XIV) and gardens inspired by, if not actually designed by Le Nôtre himself, Château de Villette has stood, almost unchanged, since the late 17th century. It was, however, in the next century, that the château shone, serving as a hub for influential intellectuals and elite, supporting ideals of the Enlightenment.

In an elegant new tome, we are first guided through the history of the chateau followed by an intimate look at the recently refurbished interiors. New owners, who purchased the chateau in 2011, undertook an ambition restoration of the entire estate, guided by Pierre-André Lablaude, chief architect to the Monuments Historiques and for the Domaine National de Versailles.…

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The Power of Pattern

The Power of Pattern

Not only is my talented video partner Susanna Salk an insightful interviewer on our YouTube series, but a creative and prolific author. In her latest must-have tome, The Power of Pattern, just out from Rizzoli, she shows us the endless possibilities that pattern can bring to our spaces. As Susanna explains in her introduction, “it eventually became clear that the common element in a fabulous room, besides fearlessness and function, was, more often than not, pattern.”

Whether wallpaper or fabric, floral, stripe or chinoiserie, pattern is frequently both the life and the personality in a successful room. And in the book, Susanna gives the patterns she has picked (such as Pierre Frey’s amazing Pitaya, below – hand embroidered in India on a base fabric of a handmade ikat jacquard) their proper due, often running them as full pages, interspersed with many examples of how designers have successful incorporated pattern in their rooms.…

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Last Days of Summer

Last Days of Summer

As we are enjoying the unofficial last days of summer, I wish you all a very happy Labor Day weekend. It’s always a little bittersweet as the luxurious long days slowly start to shorten and fall’s long light creeps in. But I have an exciting and busy season coming up, so I am, like you I hope, soaking it all in for now and looking back at a few highlights of this Nantucket summer that has yet again gone too fast.

From long sunny walks to misty gray days,

from July’s flowers

to epic sunsets

to memorable meals with friends out and about

and family ones in at home,

it’s been another glorious summer to remember.…

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At Home in Los Angeles with Richard Shapiro

At Home in Los Angeles with Richard Shapiro

Enter Richard Shapiro‘s extraordinary home and it’s difficult to believe you are in the center of Los Angeles. Created with a passion for all that he loves – art, antiquities, architecture, travel – his home contains a level of authenticity, details and brilliant juxtapositions that few would have the knowledge, patience or eye to complete. Here references to ancient eras and far off places offer a romantic and very personal vision of home. Please join me and Susanna for a behind the scenes visit to Richard’s very special Los Angeles home.

As a true renaissance man – collector, designer, artist and shop owner – Richard’s goal, as he explains in his book, Past Perfect, was to create “fictions crafted and composed to allow for the suspension of your awareness of time and place.”

Even upon entering, you are immediately transported and the illusion has begun.…

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Sneak Peek – Veranda Wanderlust

Sneak Peek – Veranda Wanderlust

Ask any designer to name their favorite source of inspiration and many will cite travel. Nothing quite refreshes and expands one’s point of view as immersion in new geography and culture. Veranda Magazine quite agrees and so coming next month is their first-ever Wanderlust issue with a world of treasures from around the country and globe.

And it’s not just the interiors that inspire. I always think Veranda has one of the best front of book sections and this issue will have you coveting a bevy of beautiful furnishings and fashion inspired by legendary journeys like The Nile, below.

I was delighted to see friend, designer, design historian and author Maureen Footer‘s new home in the issue.…

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Nantucket Friday Favorites – Oldest House Reimagined

Nantucket Friday Favorites – Oldest House Reimagined

For the third year, as part of Nantucket by Design, NYSID students were invited to reimagine the front rooms of Nantucket’s Oldest House. Overseen by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at NYSID, Ellen Fisher, the project is a great hands-on collaboration with the NHA, spotlighting the island’s historic property and showcasing the talent and creativity of the students.

Built as a wedding gift in 1686 for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner by their fathers, what is also known as the Jethro Coffin House, is not only the oldest home on island but the sole surviving structure from the Nantucket’s original English settlement.…

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