Drake Anderson Kips Bay Bedroom

Drake Anderson Kips Bay Bedroom

Inspiration for the Drake Anderson Kips Bay bedroom began on a trip the design partners took to London, where a state bed at the Victoria & Albert Museum captured their attention. Featuring the classic upholstery technique of gainage, the bed had all its intricate furniture details wrapped in fabric.

Wanting to interpret this traditional technique in a contemporary way, Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson worked with Jouffre to swathe their room in quiet elegance, using a single Romo fabric to cover the moldings, upholster the walls and as drapes, bed hangings and valance.

The luxury of bespoke elements fills the room.…

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Sotheby’s Fine Jewels Auction

Sotheby’s Fine Jewels Auction

As with furniture, fine and decorative art, buying jewelry at auctions is a great way to learn as well as often secure great pricing. Sotheby’s Fine Jewels Auction in New York City on June 10, preceded by a three day exhibition, has a marvelous selection of stylish examples from such distinguished names as Tiffany’sDavid Webb, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdura.

Beginning with pieces estimated at $5,000, it provides a great opportunity for those starting or augmenting a fine jewelry collection. Since the preview isn’t for a couple of weeks and Sotheby’s did such a beautiful job staging the pieces, I am sharing their photos.…

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24 Hours in Boston

24 Hours in Boston

With many projects in the works, the last few months have been busy with filming, photographing and travel. I have a few favorite destinations to share, starting with the most recent. Last week, Susanna and I spent 24 hours in Boston for several events. We were incredibly lucky with the weather and took the opportunity to walk, primarily in the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, whenever we had time.

I hosted a fun book signing for Susanna’s latest title, It’s the Little Things, at the beautiful Frette store on Boylston Street.

The elegant airy shop is the perfect setting to show off the brand’s luxurious linens,

including chic offerings for the upcoming season.…

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Timothy Whealon Kips Bay Show House White Orchard Room

Timothy Whealon Kips Bay Show House White Orchard Room

Inspired by great English country houses of the 1920’s, the Timothy Whealon Kips Bay Show House White Orchard Room is an updated version with a crisp American tailored sensibility. As Timothy explained, “I think bedrooms should be peaceful spaces. We created this airy and light filled refuge to escape from city life.  The room is layered with references from all around the world including English, Swedish, Danish, Asian and French Art Deco pieces.”

In thinking of how to reinterpret the classic English tester in a fresh modern way, Timothy chose a Jennifer Shorto textile (available in the States through Claremont) that features the geometry he loves while subtly referencing American quilts.

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Olasky & Sinsteden Kips Bay Guest Bedroom

Olasky & Sinsteden Kips Bay Guest Bedroom

I have been tracking Catherine Olasky and Max Sinsteden of Olasky & Sinsteden ever since spying their stylish Sotheby’s Showhouse drawing room a couple of years ago. Young designers with pedigreed pasts (aka design experience), they draw on the classics to create fresh new interpretations of tradition. Their Kips Bay guest bedroom is just that – a chic modern spin on what might have been a top floor space in a stately home.

The beds are custom designs that nod to the past with comfort, practicality and updated style. Scalloped tops are reminiscent of a classic tester, yet they feel airy and open with flat upholstered surfaces in a small custom cotton print from Fermoie in lieu of endless yards of hanging fabric.…

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Sawyer Berson Kips Bay Show House Petit Salon

Sawyer Berson Kips Bay Show House Petit Salon

Influenced by one of the great examples of 1930’s Italian residential architecture, the Sawyer Berson Kips Bay Show House Petit Salon is a jewel of restrained elegance. The design vocabulary of Sawyer Berson is a wide ranging one, including both traditional and modern styles encompassing architecture, interiors and landscape projects. Referencing the extraordinary Villa Necchi in Milan offered the firm the opportunity to show off their multidisciplinary talents.

I finally visited Villa Necchi last year and was awed by the brilliance of architect Piero Portaluppi’s masterpiece. The garden room in particular, below, is the muse for Sawyer Berson’s fresh modern vision.…

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Alex Papachristidis Kips Bay Show House Dining Room

Alex Papachristidis Kips Bay Show House Dining Room

Enter Alex Papachristidis‘ Kips Bay Show House dining room and you are transported to a tour de force of enchanting elegance. Shades of such early 20th century design titans as Elsie de Wolfe and David Adler and the high style of Mona von Bismarck are evident but you never completely lose sight that you are enveloped in a luxurious lair of modern living.

The room began with the bold graphics of the painted chevron patterned floor, partially covered by a Beauvais rug made of Turkish tent panels sewn together to form a stripe. Some may see the world through rose colored glasses but I’ll take the divine tonal beauty of this room enveloped in custom Gracie wallpaper.…

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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

While in Ojai to film Brooke and Steve Giannetti at Patina Farm, Susanna and I were fortunate enough to stay at the beautiful Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. It was such a stunning spot that I had to share a little glimpse of our overnight visit.

The well acknowledged father of the glass industry, Edward Libbey, moved to Ojai, from Toledo (where in addition to Libbey Glass, he also founded the Toledo Museum of Art) in the 1920’s. He fell in love with the beauty of the valley and not only helped to develop downtown Ojai but hired legendary architect Wallace Neff to design a private country club and golf course, which became the core of the original Ojai Valley Inn Resort. …

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To Los Angeles and Back

To Los Angeles and Back

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles and back with Susanna Salk that left us, as she describes it, “elated and exhausted.” In addition to filming several exciting At Home with videos, including Brooke and Steve Giannetti‘s magical Patina Farm in Ojai,

we were also working on an exciting new project – a book collaboration. Dogs and Their Designers will be published by Rizzoli next fall (2017) with Susanna as author and me contributing principal photography. A celebratory ode to the stylish lives that top designers share with their beloved four legged family members, it will be a fun and entertaining volume for all those who love design and their pets.…

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LCDQ Windows for Legends Sneak Peek

LCDQ Windows for Legends Sneak Peek

If you’re following along on Instagram, you know that it’s been a busy few days in Los Angeles. In between our shoots, I managed to get a quick peek at a few of this year’s LCDQ Windows for Legends featuring this year’s theme One of a Kind. An instant favorite was designer Tammy Connors‘  Flora meets Fauna: A Study in Paper for Hollyhock.

Here Tammy marries inside and out with a lush scene incorporating Beth Scanlon’s beautiful Audubon bird boxes. I have been lusting after the William Yeoward amethyst hurricanes ever since I saw them at tabletop market.…

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