Catching Up Out and About

When you have young children, May is always the busiest month with year end performances, sports championships and exams. And it seems not much has changed. As my brain is adjusting from being back and forth in too many time zones, I’ve been catching up on this month’s (well actually June’s) design issues. ELLE DECOR announced its annual A-list and with it published an issue packed with a plethora of fabulous projects. Right here in Connecticut, Emma Jane Pilkington‘s Greenwich house proves there’s more to our fair suburbs than cookie cutter colonials. With a three year renovation by architect Joel Barkley, the previously dark and confining rooms were transformed into gracious welcoming spaces.

emma jane pilkington in ELLE DECOR by simon uptonPilkington then added her own sophisticated flair with a cosmopolitan mix of old and new. Front hall above with 17th century limestone fireplace and her husband’s study below with a Directoire daybed upholstered in linen and mohair.

emma jane pilkington study

A house in Hampstead, London was the lucky recipient of Studio Peregalli‘s handiwork. With their signature effortless reimagining of the past, the design is a brilliant “sympathetic refurbishment to bring out all its glory.” Below the front hall with custom-painted wallpaper and reclaimed Burgundy stone

peregalli in elle decor

and a charming guest bedroom enveloped in a timeless Braquenié print.

studio peregalli braquenie in elle decorphotos above by Simon Upton

There’s much more in the issue to peruse if you haven’t yet. Architectural Digest included another favorite – the enchanting summer home of Sir Evelyn and Lynn Forester de Rothschild. Set on Martha’s Vineyard, it is a understated family home built by Hugh Weisman and decorated by Mark Cunningham. Below in the kitchen, copper pots and antiques mingle comfortably with an Ellsworth Kelly.

Rothschild Martha's Vineyard residence in AD

And beyond in the breakfast room, blue and white checks on antique Windsor chairs add to the country charm.

Oberto Gili for ADphotos by Oberto Gili

Veranda features a lovely vacation home in Costa Rica designed by friend Beth Webb. The kitchen is a tonal delight with a variety of wonderful textures.

beth webb in verandaphoto by Laura Resen

And a tropical oasis in Malibu by Martyn Lawrence Bullard had me ready for summer!

martyn lawrence bullard in verandaTheir front of book is consistently fabulous. Does it get any chicer than John Stefanidis‘ round up of stylish summer staples?

John Stefanidis in Veranda

And a grouping of artisan dinnerware led me to the site of La Tuile à Loup where I found a wonderful selection of Aptware that I have been searching for.

Tuile-à-loup aptware

While I can’t quite believe it’s almost June, I am looking forward to spending more time on Nantucket this summer. Susan Zises Green‘s lovely island home is featured in this month’s Traditional Home and I know I’ll be seeing her at the Design Panel at the Antiques Fair if not sooner – there’s a great line up this year! Maybe we’ll even get a further peek inside one of her homes. I’ll be sharing lots of fun insider ACK access over the summer months.

catching up with Traditional Home - Susan Zises Green by Eric Rothphoto by Eric Roth

And I’m still not quite done catching up over at T Magazine but for any of you going to London, be sure to stop by the newly opened private apartment of Sir John Soane. It looks wonderful!

Sir John Soane museum photo by Gareth Gardnerphoto by Gareth Gardner

And in the recent Travel Issue they featured a piece on one of my favorite hotels, the art filled La Colombe d’Or in Saint-Paul de Vence in Provence. While I have never stayed there, I stopped by years ago and have dreamed of returning ever since. The marvelous Fondation Maeght nearby is a must-see and a perfect reason to book a stay.

colombe d'orphoto by Céline Clanet

For those of you not on social media, I also shared a couple other pieces from the issue on Facebook – Phoebe Hoban’s wonderful article, Works in Progress, that profiles female artists in their 70s, 80s and 90s who “we should have known about decades ago” as well as as Alexandra Marshall’s look at artist Marie Christophe, below, who I wrote about last year here.

Marie ChristophePhotographs by Thibault Montamat. Chandelier and bee: Arnaud Meyer

Vogue featured the Normandy home of (new Oscar de la Renta designer) Peter Copping and floral designer Rambert Rigaud, who did the lovely flowers for Carolina Irving’s table for ODLR at the Lenox Hill Gala. We were both lusting after his chic YSL animal print shoes.

Peter copping and Rambert Rigaud house in voguePhoto: Pascal Chevallier

And lastly, I’ve been enviously following along on Instagram all of those attending the Chelsea Flower Show in London, including Flower Magazine Editor-in-Chief Margot Shaw (her shot below)

margot shaw instagramtraveling with Charlotte Moss (her shot from the show below), among others, on a special Nancy Lancaster themed trip.

charlotte moss on instagram at the chelsea flower showIn the meantime at home, I am anxiously awaiting the imminent opening of my peonies!

peoniesWishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend! I’ll be sharing lots of great fresh original content next week.


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6 Responses to Catching Up Out and About

  1. franki says:

    ALL of the ABOVE but especially the Braquenié print. Wonderful colors, etc. all!! franki

  2. Karena says:

    Stacey thank you for all of this fresh, crisp, and unique eye candy…you have made my day!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

  3. A wonderful post! What a way to start the weekend!
    Happy Memorial Day to you :)

  4. There is so much great information in this post that I’ll bookmark it to return to for inspiration. Hoping your peonies open for you soon and Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  5. Deb says:

    I can practically smell the flowers from those gorgeous photos…hurry up summer!

  6. Fabulous post! So uplifting and beautiful ~ loving all the color!
    Trudy

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