The Art of the Story at the 2017 Kips Bay Show House

The Art of the Story at the 2017 Kips Bay Show House

The most successful interiors effectively tell the stories of their owners. But at a show house with no client is when the art of the story becomes even more paramount. At the 2017 Kips Bay Show House, some of the narratives were especially compelling.

Ken Fulk is a master storyteller, creating experiences in homes, restaurants, hotels and at events that give spaces vibrant life. In his Kips Bay dining room, the mise en scene was Madame F’s upper east side dining room circa 1968.

A free-spirited aging grande dame, originally from New Orleans who has survived three husbands, our gracious hostess was well known for her colorful dinner parties and entertaining elan.…

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Global Chic at the 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Global Chic at the 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Continuing our look at the 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, we go upstairs to Nick Olsen‘s stylish Salon du Beau Monde (titled with a wink). From the moody glamour of a dark mirrored vestibule,

you enter the sunnier sitting room. Inspired by the great French salons of the 30s and 40s, Nick created an informed and merry melange of styles and eras. Channeling the sophisticated global mix in Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s Paris apartment, there are references to Jean-Michel Frank for Nelson Rockefeller (the birch marquetry walls),

the French curves of Elsa Schiaparelli and trompe l’oeil of Christian Berard (those pelmets!…

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Join Us in Boston, Around the World and At Home

Join Us in Boston, Around the World and At Home

In addition to actually shooting our videos, Susanna Salk and I have been sharing our behind the scenes experiences of making the series at various venues around the country. This Tuesday, May 2, we hope those in the area will join us in Boston, as we share our talk (with video and images of course), Around the World and At Home, at the Boston Design Center.

To attend the event, you can register for free here. Hope to see you then!

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First Look 45th Kips Bay Decorator Show House

First Look 45th Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Opening on May 2, the 45th Kips Bay Decorator Show House brings the creativity of eighteen top designers and architects to 125 East 65th Street, a five story 1905 Georgian townhouse by Charles Platt. For years the headquarters of the China Institute, the building is now on the market and the designers give an idea of the versatility of the spacious rooms.

The entryway gallery by Canadian design firm Powell & Bonnell echoes the classicism of the building with a black and white theme, adding contemporary elements for a fresh mix.

In the front hall, they continued the theme with a reverse color scheme.…

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Sneak Peek Charleston

Sneak Peek Charleston

Those who follow along on Instagram know that I have been in Charleston this week, shooting with Susanna Salk. Stay tuned for new video episodes including one celebrating Susan Walker’s Ibu Movement and her new collection with Ali McGraw. You’ll also tag along with us at Carolyne Roehm‘s glorious Charleston home. And thanks to old friends (Olivia Brock) and new (John Pope), we have had a fantastic few days out and about exploring a bit of this charming southeast city. Stop back on Friday for a closer look!!

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Setting the Table with Marian McEvoy – A New Video Series

Setting the Table with Marian McEvoy – A New Video Series

Regular readers know my longstanding love of tabletop so I am especially thrilled to announce the debut of a new video series – Setting the Table With! As we initiate the series just in time for spring/summer entertaining, my video partner, Susanna Salk, and I are excited to take you behind the scenes with notable tastemakers, who will be sharing their tips and advice on how to set a stylish table at home. And who better to kick it off the series than the inimitable Marian McEvoy, whose passion for entertaining can be seen regularly on her intimate Instagram feed.…

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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala 2017 Part II

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala 2017 Part II

With so many beautiful tables, it was impossible to fit them all in a single post so today I bring you the finale of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala 2017. Cathy Kincaid Interiors‘ Lemon Drop table featured one of my favorite fabrics, Schumacher’s Citrus Garden on the table,

coordinating beautifully with Parish Hadley for Lee Jofa‘s Mingo on the chairs. Sebastian Li created the enchanting centerpiece tree.

Bunny Williams’ versatile Campbell dinnerware for Ballard sat on charming wooden chargers.

Inspired by beautiful blooms, Sam Allen‘s table was the essence of spring. Christopher Spitzmiller‘s platinum luster ginger jar held a centerpiece of beautiful faux quince branches from Diane James Home with fragrant hyacinths in his faux bois cachepots.…

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2017 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

2017 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

One of my favorite tabletop fundraisers, the much anticipated 2017 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala, was held Tuesday evening at Cipriani 42. Benefitting the wonderful work Lenox Hill NH does to improve the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in need, this year’s event honored longtime Board member John Manice and designer and member of the Spring Gala Design Committee Geoffrey Bradfield. As always, the designers pulled out all the stops creating their tables, with this year’s theme, “All That Glitters.”

Stepping out of her more signature neutral palette, Paloma Contreras created a Jewel-Toned Fantasy. Anchored by Tom Borgese‘s spectacular floral arrangement, Paloma featured Schumacher’s colorful Samarkand Ikat II.…

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Cabana Magazine for Paperless Post

Cabana Magazine for Paperless Post

Martina Mondadori, founder and editor-in-chief of Cabana Magazine has been very busy. Immediately on the heels of the magazine’s creative collaboration with Caesarstone at Salone, she has now partnered with Paperless Post, as part of their Spotlight Series, to create a series of online and printed invitations and stationery that fully embody the Cabana mood of timeless design, pattern and color.

Translating Cabana’s sophisticated globetrotting world of layered, lived-in interiors, timeless textiles and moody poetic visual narratives, the collection sets the tone for elegant entertaining and events.

As Martina explains, “Entertaining and celebrating are central to the Cabana philosophy, so partnering with Paperless Post was a natural fit.…

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Bunny Williams Lighting for Currey & Company

Bunny Williams Lighting for Currey & Company

Next week is the spring edition of High Point Market and while I won’t be attending, one of the debuts I will be sorry to miss is the new Bunny Williams Lighting collection for Currey & Company. Bunny has often incorporated Currey fixtures in her work and when designing the 2015 Southern Living Idea House in Charlottesville, VA, Currey generously donated all the lighting fixtures. It was then they started a dialogue about creating a collection together.

You are likely familiar with the beautiful table lamps in the Bunny Williams Home line and the new collection is intended to work with and enhance those.…

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