At Home with Dogs and Their Designers

At Home with Dogs and Their Designers

When Susanna first suggested that I shoot the photos for her book At Home with Dogs and Their Designers, I dismissed her idea out of hand. While I have always had an interest (photography classes at RISD during college and a few since) and a long career as an art director, I am not a professional photographer. But after years of traveling and shooting our videos together, Susanna and I have an implicit trust factor and know how to work seamlessly together. So I decided, as Susanna writes in her very generous acknowledgment, to “embrace this major challenge.” I bought a “real” camera, spent untold hours researching and relearning and we were on our way.…

Read More »

Posted in books, design, gifts, interior design, photography | Tagged , , , , | 22 Comments  

Shelter

Shelter

Over the course of the past year while making the book At Home with Dogs and Their Designers, Susanna and I were privileged to visit the beloved dogs of 21 top interior designers. As we sought to capture the incredible bonds they have with their humans and the amazing lives they live together, we couldn’t help but think of all the dogs out there that haven’t yet found a forever home. We hope this little short film will inspire people to consider welcoming a dog in need into their lives. Special thanks to all the designers and dogs from the book who participated!…

Read More »

Posted in interior design, Stylish Shopping, video | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments  

Rockefeller Homes and Gardens

Rockefeller Homes and Gardens

When you grew up, as I did, on the Hudson River, in the vicinity of Pocantico Hills, the Rockefeller name loomed large. In addition to their own stately homes, the family was largely responsible for so many generous gestures in the area, from the charming Union Church with its Matisse and Chagall windows, to the amazing Stone Barns Center to the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.  Every year in grammar school we would visit the estate farm, excited to milk the cows and jump from the hayloft. When David Rockefeller died earlier this year, the legacy came to a certain closure.…

Read More »

Posted in architecture, art, auctions, books, Christie's, interior design | Tagged , , , , , | 13 Comments  

At Home in Connecticut with John Robshaw

At Home in Connecticut with John Robshaw

With a background in fine arts and painting, John Robshaw caught the textiles bug when traveling to India in the 1990’s. There he discovered his passion for fabric making and the handcrafted beauty of their artisan traditions. Working with makers throughout Asia, he developed his signature look of color and pattern rich global chic that was to become the hallmark of his thriving company. Join Susanna and me for a visit with John at his 19th century Connecticut country house where he has infused his home with the worldly spirit of his travels and aesthetic.

John explains his process. “I want all the colors, techniques and designs from each culture to blend.

Read More »

Posted in art, At Home with, design, furniture, interior design, Stylish Shopping, video | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments  

Haute Bohemians

Haute Bohemians

Miguel Flores-Vianna’s photographs are more than merely beautiful. They are poetic, instinctively capturing the spirit of place and the essence of lives that are lived within. In his new book, Haute Bohemians, Miguel gives us intimate entree into the homes and gardens belonging to many of the most stylish designers, aesthetes and creative talents around the world. Covering four continents and an extraordinary selection of homes and homeowners, it is a rare and captivating journey to places of timeless majesty, winsome charm and inspiring creativity.

Filtered through Miguel’s experienced lens, these environments speak volumes about their owners. As Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley writes in her glowing foreword, “Miguel has the rare ability to intuit the soul of a house, and to reveal – gently, wth great sensitivity – its secrets.”

Even the grandest of homes, such as Joseph Achkar’s and Michel Charriere’s elegant seventeenth century Paris residence, above and below, clearly reflect, as Miguel puts it, the “geography of a life.”

And it is this authentic expression of the owners, seen through their interiors, that is recorded so exquisitely in Haute Bohemians.…

Read More »

Posted in architecture, art, books, design, interior design, photography | Tagged , , , , , , | 14 Comments  

The Versailles You’ve Never Seen

The Versailles You’ve Never Seen

You’ve made the requisite pilgrimage to Versailles and seen the storied chateau, in all likelihood with throngs of others. The Hall of Mirrors was glorious, the magnificent gardens sublime but in truth, you saw only a small portion of the great and hidden splendors of the Sun King’s Palace. Now in a gorgeous oversize new volume, you can enjoy an unprecedented tour of the palace, behind the scenes with the four official palace photographers.

With an introductory preface by Catherine Pégard, president of the Château du Versailles’ supervisory board, the book not only celebrates the more well known public spaces but provides unparalleled access into the private chambers and apartments in the upper floors.…

Read More »

Posted in architecture, art, art history, design, garden, history, interior design, photography, travel | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments  

The Timeless Attraction of Toile

The Timeless Attraction of Toile

Another story in the 30th anniversary issue of Veranda that resonated with personal relevance was the icon selection in the style section celebrating the timeless appeal of toile. Ever since 1760 when Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf founded his textile factory in Jouy-en-Josas outside of Paris, Toile de Jouy has been a mainstay in the world of design. With designs celebrating not only scenes of bucolic life but the scientific and political accomplishments of France, toile became the ultimate storytelling tool.

I have always loved toile for its visual narrative and several years ago when I was searching for a wallpaper for my powder room, below, immediately fell in love with one David Netto used in Gil Schafer‘s magnificent update of Boxwood.…

Read More »

Posted in design, history, interior design | Tagged , , , , , | 13 Comments  

Behind the Scenes of Final Portrait with Christies

Behind the Scenes of Final Portrait with Christies

Talented and charismatic, Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti was also obsessed, possessed and a perfectionist. And it is this last characteristic which is the focus of the Stanley Tucci’s new film, Final Portrait. Based on the book by American writer and art lover James Lord, it follows the writer and artist’s friendship and, the period in 1964, when Giacometti invited Lord to sit for a portrait in his Paris studio. What was promised to be a few hours turned into weeks as Lord became witness to Giacometti’s tortured genius.

Starring Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer, above, the film was shot, not in Paris, but rather at Twickenham studios where Giacometti’s studio was painstakingly reproduced by production designer James Merifield.…

Read More »

Posted in art, film | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments  

2017 What’s New What’s Next

2017 What’s New What’s Next

A big thank you to all who came to Kindel for my chat at the with designers Sasha Bikoff, Phillip Thomas (at home in pajamas below in the new Tuxedo Park Poster Bed) and Senior VP of Marketing Amy Wolbert. We had such fun conversation about color, design and of course Dorothy Draper.

 

As always, it was a hopping afternoon/evening at the New York Design Center as the season kicked off in style. I did a quick cruise through the building to catch a bit of what’s new for you. Crosby Street Studios debuted Cullman & Kravis‘ new “Essence & Evolution” rug collection.…

Read More »

Posted in art, design, furniture, interior design | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment  

Delvaux Brillant

Delvaux Brillant

When you think of Belgium, french fries, beer, chocolate and Brussel sprouts may come to mind, their famous decor style, or their international position as capital of the European Union and home to NATO. Or perhaps you think of them as the center of the world’s diamond trade, or home to the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts, famous artists such as Rene Magritte and fashion icons such as Dries van Noten. But what you may not know is that Belgium is also home to the oldest fine leather goods house in the world. Founded in 1829, a year before Belgium declared their independence from the Netherlands and became a nation, the House of Delvaux quickly became known for their quality, craftsmanship and innovation, which continues to this day.…

Read More »

Posted in art, bags, design, fashion, film | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments