Monthly Archives: February 2014

NYBG Orchid Dinner Tables

While perhaps challenging in its specificity, the Key West Modernism theme at the NYBG Orchid Dinner couldn’t have been more welcome in a city that has lately felt more like Siberia than Gotham. A great crowd assembled to celebrate the table designers’ creativity, perhaps purchase one of the coveted rare specimens for sale before dinner rare orchids at the NYBG Orchid Dinner Specialty orchids for sale at the NYBG Orchid Dinnerand of course to support the New York Botanical Garden.…
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Behind the Scenes Video at the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

Sometimes it indeed takes a village and this is often the case when the talented designers are creating tables for the annual New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner sponsored by Veranda Magazine. We were delighted to tag along with Philip Gorrivan for the day as his vision for his Key West Contemporary table came together.…
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Veering Toward Velvet

Many of the design developments from 2013 are still going strong for the coming year including a love of brass, blue, nature inspired pattern and print and the appealing tactile quality of velvet. And like the return of flowering fabrics, velvet offers a plethora of possibilities for updates on tradition.…
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New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Preview

One of my favorite events of the winter design scene is The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Dinner. Serving as a fundraising prelude to the annual Orchid Show, the Garden has continued its collaboration with Veranda in bringing together over 25 top NYC designers (see this year’s list below) to create spectacular orchid centerpieces and tabletops.…
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An Invitation to the Garden from Michael Devine

With our recent Siberian-like weather, An Invitation to the Garden arrived at my door like a welcome breath of spring. Authored and photographed (with John Gruen) by multi talented friend Michael Devine, the volume transports you to his charming garden in upstate New York where he has created twelve enchanting seasonal events with 50 approachable recipes.…
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Updating Pretty in a Classic 1930s Revival

There was a time when pretty didn’t have such a positive connotation in the world of design. But no longer – pretty is most definitely back with a fresh new spin on tradition. And the upcoming March/April Veranda showcases a lovely example with designer Rob Southern’s timeless take on a classic 1930s revival gracing the cover of the issue.…
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Creative Collaboration at Chesney’s

Since 1983 Chesney’s has made creative collaboration the core of their business. Initially joining forces with the past, the firm focused on restoring antique fireplaces but it was when they began creating historically accurate reproductions as well as bespoke designs that their business really boomed.…
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Paris Chic at the Dior Home Boutique

When several of your chicest design friends all mention the same Paris shop as a must visit, it is duly noted. So although my recent trip was a short whirlwind visit, meeting with Doris Brynner at the Dior Home Boutique was a stop not to be missed.…
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Style in Motion with Hock

Finding motivation to exercise is hard enough. So when German product developer Kristof Hock got tired of working out with unattractive and institutional looking dumbbells, he decided to create a company of exceptional fitness products. Combining form and function into environmentally friendly and über chic products is not a goal I normally associate with exercise equipment.…
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New Outdoor Fabrics Blur the Boundaries

As the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living continue to dissolve, the choices for new outdoor fabrics are inversely multiplying. At Paris Deco Off, we saw the addition of several chic new collections from upscale lines. Like many of Dedar‘s fabrics, their new outdoor collection has sartorial roots.…
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