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Rooms with a View 2012 Part 2

Part of the fun of Rooms with a View is discovering the story behind the spaces, especially when they have personal resonance. As Helen Koch said of business partner John Murphy, both below, “John was thrilled to learn he had been chosen for Rooms with a View but even more so when he heard the theme was ‘Design on a Shoestring.’ Rooms with a View 2012John is a hunter gatherer at heart and has trouble passing up a yard sale, fleamarket or antique mart, so he was excited to recently acquire a barrel game table set from a childhood friend in Barrington, RI whose parents had sold their house and were downsizing.…
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Rooms with a View 2012

One of my favorite design events here in Connecticut is Rooms with a View. Originally conceived by Albert Hadley 18 years ago, the popular fundraiser transforms the Southport Congregational Church into a showhouse featuring twelve 5′ x8′ mini rooms created by local and NYC designers.…
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Holiday House 2012 | Inson Dubois Wood

While I enjoy a wide spectrum of design, wild and chaotic is not normally on my list. But Inson Dubois Wood‘s dramatic ode to Venice’s Carnevale really hit a chord. Rather like the circus performer who can keep all the plates spinning in his act, this room successfully maintains the momentum of a variety of vignettes.…
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Hearst Designer Visions | Antony Todd for Veranda

This year’s Hearst Designer Visions takes place in the landmark building 250 West Street in Tribeca, renovated by Gal Nauer Architects, where the spacious residences are apartments with a loft-like appeal and spectacular views overlooking the Hudson River. Hearst Designer Visions at 250 West StreetAntony Todd said the corner unit he designed for Veranda spoke to him immediately.…
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2012 Holiday House | Javaras Kennally

I’m sure many of you readers are familiar with Holiday House, the breast cancer fundraiser founded and chaired by Iris Dankner. Now in its fifth year, the much anticipated annual event on the design circuit is again taking place in the commanding 1921 20,000 square foot limestone townhouse at 2 East 63rd Street.…
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Hearst Designer Visions | Matthew Patrick Smyth for ELLE DECOR

Hearst Magazines’ 6th annual Designer Visions is a marvelously conceived showcase (for more information, see this earlier post). It’s not surprising that the three apartments, one sponsored by each of the Hearst design group magazines, are beautiful but when attending a preview last week, I was impressed with the incredibly detailed back stories created by each of the designers for their imagined muses.…
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2012 International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show Finale

The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show had a sensational selection of jewelry and I could certainly have written on that alone. In my rush to get through the show in our one hour window, I missed visiting many of my favorite dealers but this amazing aquamarine and pearl suite by William Ruser of Beverly Hills caught my eye at Sandra Cronan‘s booth.…
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International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show

Browsing events like the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show isn’t just for potential buyers. Anyone interested in art and design should consider attending such shows. It hones your eye, educates you about the marketplace and helps put things in perspective across the board.…
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Art and Antiques at the Armory

I have written before about the good work that The Fund for Park Avenue does for the community. In honor of the avenue’s annual tree lighting ceremony coming on the first Sunday in December, they, with support from First Republic Bank, recently held a private reception at The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show with directors Brian and Anna Haughton that I was delighted to attend.…
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High Point Picks | Keeping Tradition Fresh at Thibaut

While Thibaut is the oldest continuously operating wallpaper company in the country, that doesn’t keep them from pushing the envelope of tradition. Ever since I got a sneak peek at their new furniture line almost a year ago, I had been wanting to see it in person.…
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