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Final Look – 2018 Kips Bay Show House

Today we start our final look at the 2018 Kips Bay Show House on the fourth floor with Alexa Hampton‘s living room, aptly titled Olympia’s Folly. It’s no secret that Alexa has a long standing love for the classics from Greco Roman antiquities to neoclassic art and architecture (watch At Home with Alexa Hampton for more evidence).…
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Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2018 – Part II

Walk up to the second floor of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2018 edition and you are met with designer Sasha Bikoff‘s smashingly ebullient staircase. With a color and pattern fantasy inspired by Ettore Sottsass’ Memphis movement, the combination of custom Rug Company carpets with friend George Venson’s Voutsa wallpapers is a mind boggling act of masterful coordination.…
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First Look – 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Tomorrow marks the opening of the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Now in its 46th year, the annual event benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, a wonderful organization which provides after school and enrichment programs for New York City children.…
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Housing Works 2018 Design on a Dime

The 2018 Design on a Dime, one of the most popular design events in the New York community, opens tonight. Benefiting Housing Works‘ programs for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, the annual event features more than 50 designers who create rooms with donated merchandise, then sold for 50- 70% off retail.…
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Putting on the Ritz

There are so many wonderful upcoming auctions, it’s difficult to keep up. First on my calendar is French house Artcurial‘s mammoth sale from the Ritz Paris. Since 1898, the beautiful Place Vendôme has been home to this iconic hotel. The Ritz ParisFounded by César Ritz, the hotel became “the ambassador of French luxury.” The entrance to one of the old Ritz suites below.…
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Out and About in Florida and Around the World

This past week I was happily out and about in Florida, visiting family and escaping the unseasonable weather. It was refreshing to see green and color in both nature Florida palm trees and bougainvillea and the tropical exteriors. tropical Florida arched entry with bougainvillea blue shutters against gray Florida exterior And while I was away, there was also an abundance of inspiration online from some favorite publications, reinforcing an oft-favored theme in these parts of looking back to move forward.…
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At Home with Carolyne Roehm in Charleston

Ever since watching Gone with the Wind as a child, Carolyne Roehm has long had a predilection for the South. As she matured, her interests turned more to European history, particularly that of France, where she spent many years on and off.…
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Frank de Biasi x Christie’s Rockefeller Collection Auction

The next Christie’s collaboration celebrating the upcoming Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection auction is with designer Frank de Biasi. The Christie’s alumnus creatively reimagined the Lobby Gallery at the auction house incorporating items from the sale. A brilliant Mongiardino-like solution for the walls of the blank-box-of-a-space, using a cut and paste collage of Doug and Gene Meyer (Gene is Frank’s partner) wallpapers for Holland and Sherry, set the stage for a stylish interpretation of the collection.…
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Lunch with Martha Stewart & Kevin Sharkey at Christie’s

While the latest nor’easter blew through with a vengeance last week, causing event cancelations and delays, I was delighted to still be able to attend a marvelous luncheon at Christie’s hosted by chairman Marc Porter and Martha Stewart with co-author Kevin Sharkey, celebrating their new book, Martha’s Flowers, and the upcoming Peggy & David Rockefeller Collection auction.…
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The Return of Poiret

While today we are accustomed to the close connection between fashion and decor, with designers often crossing the divide, a century ago, these relationships were not so intertwined. But there was one creative couturier who embodied the modern concept of lifestyle, encompassing clothing, interiors and even beauty.…
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