Last Looks at the Sotheby’s 2015 Showhouse

Last Looks at the Sotheby’s 2015 Showhouse

Continuing our pre-auction tour of the Sotheby’s 2015 Showhouse, we visit Eric Cohler‘s family room. Inspired by the family room in the NYC brownstone where he grew up, Eric created a room that is testament to his signature ability to mix styles and periods with a comfort factor perfect for today’s lifestyle. Successful rooms are all about making it personal and living with what you love and here Eric’s fictional family has a fabulous eclectic gallery wall with selections from Karsh’s photograph of Hemingway to a Picasso print to a Carlos Meria to an 18th century French portrait. Whether reading by the fire, watching TV or working at Neutra desk under the sexy gaze of Tom Wassermann’s Bedroom Blonde, you can be sure this family is living comfortably in style.…

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Last Call to See the 2015 Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse

Last Call to See the 2015 Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse

This weekend is the last chance to see the 2015 Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse. On Monday, April 20th, the auction will begin for the wonderful selection of antiques, decorative art and furnishings featured in the rooms. Although there unfortunately isn’t enough time to feature each room in detail, I wanted to at least show how effectively the designers curated their spaces with individual and innovative visions for incorporating the auction items. Now that you know how easy it is to navigate the dedicated site for the show, you can use these photos in coordination with the property list in each space.…

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Kinderhook Spring Home & Garden Day

Kinderhook Spring Home & Garden Day

I am excited to be participating this weekend in the historic town of Kinderhook, NY’s first Home & Garden Day. From the practical to inspirational, there will be talks and tours about design, gardening and lifestyle.

One of the most historically significant places in the Hudson Valley, Kinderhook, like other towns in Columbia County, is a growing community with both weekender home owners and full time transplants from New York City and beyond. With an impressive collection of notable homes, as below, the historic house tour in the afternoon is a highlight.

The keynote speaker is Barbara Pierson of the well known White Flower Farm in Litchfield, who will speak to container gardening.…

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Sotheby’s Showhouse Part II

Sotheby’s Showhouse Part II

When touring the Sotheby’s Showhouse, a fellow visitor paid it an enormous compliment, explaining that to him it felt like a gracious grand dame apartment. He was referring not to any particular style of decoration but rather to the fact that, overall, the connected rooms felt elegant and livable in the most timeless way. And that of course is exactly the point of the exhibit – to illustrate how Sotheby’s vast resources can be mixed and matched with a client’s own furnishings to create a chic, comfortable and harmonious home. As Andrew Ogletree, an English furniture specialist at Sotheby’s and one of the show organizers, said, “The pairing and juxtaposition of the pieces in the curated interiors not only reflects each designer’s own vision, but also illustrates the myriad types of objects Sotheby’s has to offer both the seasoned connoisseur and to those who are new to the auction world.”

I appreciated how Trey La Fave‘s design of the showhouse allowed for residence-like enfilades.…

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Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse

Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse

Having debuted their inaugural designer showhouse last year, Sotheby’s took a giant leap forward with their second iteration this year. With the Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse, the auction house chose thirteen designers (up from six last year) to each transform a room on the fifth floor exhibition space of their NYC headquarters. With a beautifully designed mini printed catalogue and fantastic dedicated online access, everyone near and far will have the opportunity to meet the designers and experience the showhouse on some level.

Culminating in an auction on April 20, the showhouse features items from across many departments including English & Continental Furniture, 20th Century Design, Photography, African and European Sculpture, Carpets, Old Master Paintings, Latin American Paintings, Ceramics and Silver and more.…

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Lenox Hill Garden of Eden Gala Sneak Peek

Lenox Hill Garden of Eden Gala Sneak Peek

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House annual benefit is one of my favorite spring events. With 50 tables decorated by noted interior designers, it is a festive evening of stylish entertaining for a wonderful cause. Over the last severals years there have been many memorable tables, a few seen in the collage below.

While I will be sharing the finished tables after Wednesday’s event at Cipriani, I am delighted to offer you a sneak peek at the concepts for a few of this year’s tables. The Garden of Eden theme offered lots of leeway for interpretation!

Inspired by a 1977 Chervet snake lamp formerly owned by Elton John and Tony Duquette’s malachite patterned Gemstone fabric from Jim ThompsonHarry Heissmann‘s “Ssss” table is fashioned after his idea of a ‘circle of friends’ – his favorite illustrator, Robert de Michiell, who did the artwork above, artist Mark Gagnon, who created custom chargers for the table, and Emily Thompson, whose brilliant floral designs “evoke nature in magnificent style.”

David Duncan‘s classically themed “Paradise Lost” table is inspired by Milton’s monumental 17th century poem portraying the loss of innocence and “Man’s first Disobedience.” Illustrated by William Blake, the poem depicts how the Garden of Eden’s temptations proved impossible to resist, resulting in Adam and Eve’s fall from grace.…

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The Spirit of Water at the Antiques and Artisan Center

The Spirit of Water at the Antiques and Artisan Center

I have written many times about one of my favorite local haunts. The Antique and Artisan Center in Stamford is a not-so-secret source for all manner of wonderful antiques, accessories and vintage finds for your home. And for the next few weeks, it is also a destination for contemporary art. With the theme Spirit of Water, friends Penny Ashford and Victoria Brooks Melly are paired in a joint show. I attended the opening soiree Thursday evening and it was one of those amazing events where connections from overlapping circles of friends, colleagues and acquaintances converged in one place for a festive celebration.…

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Glamour Goes Bold in an ELLE DECOR Sneak Peek

Glamour Goes Bold in an ELLE DECOR Sneak Peek

This photo of designer Megan Winters says it all. With an infectious joie de vivre, love of gold, glamour and graphic design, she infuses her work with a fearless combination of bold statement, pattern, and frequently pink! Join me for an ELLE DECOR sneak peek.

In fact when she told her husband that their Lake Forest, Illinois home, in this month’s ELLE DECOR, was going to have no pink at all on the first floor, he looked at her askance. And sure enough, she couldn’t resist including the painting by Karina Gentinetta along with pink pillows and chairs in her family room, above, where everything pops against the Phillip Jeffries strié wall covering.…

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AERIN Fall 2015 Accessories

AERIN Fall 2015 Accessories

Previewing fall is always a challenge. Finally ecstatic to have spring in our back pockets,   we are ready to move on. But come August and September we’ll  be happy to have these bookmarked for fall entertaining, gifting and wearing. AERIN Fall 2015 has a great selection of both decorative accessories and fashionable footwear. As we’ve explored, Austria is reigning strong this season and is the muse for AERIN‘s extensive home accessories collection. The warm and rich palette of browns, gold and loden green is inspired by the architectural elegance  of Vienna’s regal Palais Liechtenstein. I stopped by the showroom last week to get a sneak peek.…

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The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

In the beautiful Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden, the 13th annual Orchid Show is a spectacle not to be missed.

With this year’s theme of chandeliers, an expanded venue within the Rain Forest Galleries and beyond shows off the bountiful beauty and endless variety of these exquisite flowers. From hanging baskets

to flowering columns

to floating islands

it is truly a tropical paradise. It is impossible to translate the experience of walking through the lush and fragrant exhibit.

You must look up, down and in each niche, for the profusion of orchids is everywhere, impossible to take in with a single glance.…

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