First Peek Holiday House NY 2016

First Peek Holiday House NY 2016

It was one of those weeks of best intentions. I had hoped, among other posts, to bring you a fuller look at Holiday House NY 2016 which opened on Wednesday evening, but I just couldn’t make it happen. So enjoy today’s peek into the showhouse, at the new Soho location, and stay tuned for more from this year’s inspiring edition of the popular breast cancer fundraiser.

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Rooms with a View 2016

Rooms with a View 2016

This weekend marked the 22nd edition of one of Connecticut’s favorite design events with Rooms with a View 2016. Originally conceived by Albert Hadley, this destination designer showhouse transformed the Southport Congregational Church into twelve mini rooms created by select local and national designers. This year’s theme of Comfort & Joy seemed to come at just the right moment.

Christina Roughan wanted to create a room that spoke to you before you even entered. This dark sexy vignette was instantly inviting with glossy black walls and a glamorous mix of modern mid-century pieces with very traditional elements. A custom carpet anchored the room with a rare two toned Murano glass chandelier from AWK Antiques topping the space with sparkling style.…

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The Salon Art + Design

The Salon Art + Design

Monday is the final day to visit The Salon Art + Design at the Park Avenue Armory. In its fifth year, the show features 55 top galleries from around the world, exhibiting everything from ancient to contemporary classics. While I wish I could have stayed longer for a more comprehensive visit, I am including a few favorites that caught my eye on my whirlwind tour of this elegant show. British gallery Sarah Myerscough presents an innovative fusion of artists and materials including Masie Broadhead’s mixed media photographic Pearls series which explores classic 17th century female portraiture, reflecting on womens’ roles in society today.…

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What a Week!

What a Week!

No one needs to be reminded of what a week this was. But besides the election, there were many opportunities to experience the restorative power of beauty at events in New York and Connecticut, many of which I will circle back to revisit. On Monday, I visited Christie’s to do a little research for an upcoming project and see the preview for next week’s Impressionist & Modern Art Sale. An astounding collection of modern masterpieces, the sale includes important works of many of the heavy hitters from almost every major art movement from last 19th century through the first half of the 20th.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Ken Fulk

At Home with Susanna Salk and Ken Fulk

Memorable experiences are all about the story and for Ken Fulk, no matter what the project, there’s always a story in his head. Whether orchestrating  Sean Parker’s opulent Big Sur wedding, transforming a turn-of-the-century San Francisco building into The Battery, the 60,000 square foot private club, or designing dramatic interiors for many of the city’s movers and shakers, Fulk has the imagination and determination to bring his visions to life. Unlike many of his other lavish and often over the top projects, however, renovating his own Provincetown retreat was all about doing the least amount possible. Join Susanna Salk and me as we visit the creative entrepreneur in his charming seaside home.…

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Dialogues on Design

Dialogues on Design

For the past three years, the New York School of Interior Design has offered a series of talks moderated by Newell Turner, editorial director of the Hearst Design Group, with top designers in the field. These sessions include discussions on process and approach to work, inspirations and influences, feeling on trends as well as current state of the discipline of interior design. Following the conversations, there is a reception where attendees have the opportunity to meet and chat with the designers. It is a great way to hear from the top talent guided by an expert in the world of design.…

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Pamela Jaccarino at Mecox

Pamela Jaccarino at Mecox

All who follow the printed world of beautiful homes and interiors, know Pamela Jaccarino as the VP, Editor in Chief of LUXE Interiors + Design. As Luxe’s founding editor, Pam oversees one national and 13 local editions of the world’s largest network of architecture and design magazines, selecting all the projects they feature as well as managing the editors. And yet, as those who follow Pam on Instagram know, she miraculously also finds time to paint. This week, her debut exhibition, “Domestic Bliss,” opens to the public on November 3 at Mecox in New York City.

I had a chance to chat with Pam about her “other” career and was curious about when and why she began painting.…

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Ralph Lauren Home Spring 2017

Ralph Lauren Home Spring 2017

Twice a year, Ralph Lauren Home transforms their expansive Chelsea headquarters into livable vignettes to showcase their latest collections. Last month I visited to see the three distinct spaces they outfitted for Ralph Lauren Home Spring 2017. Having recently returned from my summer in Nantucket, I felt right at home in Half Moon Bay.

An eclectic beach lifestyle collection, it has a sun faded palette that suggests timeless summers and relaxed living.

 Perfect for either traditional or modern home

new pieces (available in mid-February) melded with many Ralph Lauren Home classics. Below, my favorite Joshua Tree dining chairs surround a Spring 2017 circular pine dining table in a new finish and slightly scaled down size.…

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Out and About from Christie’s to Castaing

Out and About from Christie’s to Castaing

Now in the full throttle of fall, it is always a challenge to visit all the wonderful events, openings and introductions on the calendar. This week I sneaked in a few especially worth noting. Tuesday night was hopping and I started at jeweler Mish‘s exquisite downtown shop to celebrate editor Mario López-Cordero’s Veranda Retreats,

featuring a selection of projects near and far that have been featured in the magazine.

Mish Tworkowski’s Bond Street studio is a work of art in and of itself where his elegant jewels represent his love of craft and nature.

Christie’s held a swank soiree in their Rockefeller Center Galleries celebrating the publication of Alberto Pinto Signature Interiors,

with a signing by Linda Pinto, Alberto’s sister who now heads the firm and authored the book’s introduction.…

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Peter Hone Collection at Christie’s Interiors Sale

Peter Hone Collection at Christie’s Interiors Sale

Of all the auctions this month, none could be more charming than the Christie’s Interiors Sale of the Hone Collection in their South Kensington outpost. Many of you will recognize the interiors of Christian House, Peter Hone’s Soane-like London home, as he and his home have been profiled many times over the years.

As he de-accesses his eclectic collection of “marble busts, architectural fragments, antiquities, early Coade stone sculptures, pictures, photography and porcelain,” a piece of history could have been yours (auction is ending as I write), with a backstory almost as interesting as the object.

Peter became a “master plaster caster” after a circuitous route, with a career including chef, barman, museum guard and antiques dealer.…

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