Setting the Table with Marian McEvoy – A New Video Series

Setting the Table with Marian McEvoy – A New Video Series

Regular readers know my longstanding love of tabletop so I am especially thrilled to announce the debut of a new video series – Setting the Table With! As we initiate the series just in time for spring/summer entertaining, my video partner, Susanna Salk, and I are excited to take you behind the scenes with notable tastemakers, who will be sharing their tips and advice on how to set a stylish table at home. And who better to kick it off the series than the inimitable Marian McEvoy, whose passion for entertaining can be seen regularly on her intimate Instagram feed.…

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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala 2017 Part II

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala 2017 Part II

With so many beautiful tables, it was impossible to fit them all in a single post so today I bring you the finale of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala 2017. Cathy Kincaid Interiors‘ Lemon Drop table featured one of my favorite fabrics, Schumacher’s Citrus Garden on the table,

coordinating beautifully with Parish Hadley for Lee Jofa‘s Mingo on the chairs. Sebastian Li created the enchanting centerpiece tree.

Bunny Williams’ versatile Campbell dinnerware for Ballard sat on charming wooden chargers.

Inspired by beautiful blooms, Sam Allen‘s table was the essence of spring. Christopher Spitzmiller‘s platinum luster ginger jar held a centerpiece of beautiful faux quince branches from Diane James Home with fragrant hyacinths in his faux bois cachepots.…

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2017 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

2017 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

One of my favorite tabletop fundraisers, the much anticipated 2017 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala, was held Tuesday evening at Cipriani 42. Benefitting the wonderful work Lenox Hill NH does to improve the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in need, this year’s event honored longtime Board member John Manice and designer and member of the Spring Gala Design Committee Geoffrey Bradfield. As always, the designers pulled out all the stops creating their tables, with this year’s theme, “All That Glitters.”

Stepping out of her more signature neutral palette, Paloma Contreras created a Jewel-Toned Fantasy. Anchored by Tom Borgese‘s spectacular floral arrangement, Paloma featured Schumacher’s colorful Samarkand Ikat II.…

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Cabana Magazine for Paperless Post

Cabana Magazine for Paperless Post

Martina Mondadori, founder and editor-in-chief of Cabana Magazine has been very busy. Immediately on the heels of the magazine’s creative collaboration with Caesarstone at Salone, she has now partnered with Paperless Post, as part of their Spotlight Series, to create a series of online and printed invitations and stationery that fully embody the Cabana mood of timeless design, pattern and color.

Translating Cabana’s sophisticated globetrotting world of layered, lived-in interiors, timeless textiles and moody poetic visual narratives, the collection sets the tone for elegant entertaining and events.

As Martina explains, “Entertaining and celebrating are central to the Cabana philosophy, so partnering with Paperless Post was a natural fit.…

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Bunny Williams Lighting for Currey & Company

Bunny Williams Lighting for Currey & Company

Next week is the spring edition of High Point Market and while I won’t be attending, one of the debuts I will be sorry to miss is the new Bunny Williams Lighting collection for Currey & Company. Bunny has often incorporated Currey fixtures in her work and when designing the 2015 Southern Living Idea House in Charlottesville, VA, Currey generously donated all the lighting fixtures. It was then they started a dialogue about creating a collection together.

You are likely familiar with the beautiful table lamps in the Bunny Williams Home line and the new collection is intended to work with and enhance those.…

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Spring is finally here and for Easter we are expecting highs near 80°! This week was my eldest’s birthday and everyone came home to surprise him but with all the comings and goings, we are just going acknowledge Easter with the colors of the season and a simple lunch in the kitchen. So wishing all of you who celebrate, a very happy holiday!

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Where Art Tells the Story

Where Art Tells the Story

When writing the art of trompe l’oeil piece last week, my research took me full circle to a firm I have been meaning to write about for several years. VISTO is a remarkable art consultancy in Paris whose mission is right up my alley – marrying “discerning taste with a deep understanding of the historical and cultural identity of each property” they work on. Originally founded as a firm dedicated to discovering, printing and providing access to rare maps, the company has grown into one which focuses on providing art for bespoke hospitality and commercial projects as well as residential interiors.…

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Corian Cabana Club at Salone del Mobile

Corian Cabana Club at Salone del Mobile

Of all the FOMO inducing moments at Salone del Mobile last week, one of the most inspiring was the Corian Cabana Club. Celebrating the sensory world of maximalism that the magazine espouses, Cabana Magazine and Corian Design collaborated on a mythical and muticultural journey into an imaginary village with seven cabanas, each inspired by a different culture and created by noted design personalities, all members of the extended Cabana family.

Enter this idyllic Shangri-La through The Gateway. Designed by Cabana creative director Christoph Radl (who art directed the exhibit with Cabana editor-in-chief Martina Mondadori Sartogo), the portal sets the tone with a trellis structure constructed of Corian, which, like the magazine, bridges old and new, evoking character, personality and memories.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Hunt Slonem

At Home with Susanna Salk and Hunt Slonem

There are few places where inspiration and art are so fluidly connected as in the former Chelsea loft of Hunt Slonem. Here, in some 15,000 square feet, he worked, occasionally slept and often entertained.  And while he is best known as a painter, it is difficult to find a single title to aptly describe this talented polymath. A passionate collector of both inanimate and living things, he amasses everything from historic houses, Gothic furniture (he has an in-house restorer) to busts to a rather large flock of rescued exotic birds.  Several seasons ago, Susanna and I visited Hunt and were likely the last people to document the loft. …

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The Art of Trompe l’Oeil in Sicily

The Art of Trompe l’Oeil in Sicily

In the May Architectural Digest, Mitch Owens’ engaging story on the Sicilian Palazzo di Lorenzo Castelluccio details the remarkable lengths the owner went through to recreate what research and imagination determined to be its original decor. Of the impressive achievements, the trompe l’oeil artistry stands out.

In the dramatic pink entrance hall, above, local decorative painter Alexandrine Stordeur restored the original murals to their original majesty. What is perhaps an even more notable example is Delphine Nény‘s handiwork in creating the tented room below.

two photos above by Armando Rotoletti for AD

Her site features additional views of this remarkable room.…

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