Nina Campbell at Greystone Mansion Maison de Luxe

Nina Campbell at Greystone Mansion Maison de Luxe

At the Greystone Mansion Maison de Luxe showhouse, Nina Campbell designed a luxurious bedroom suite suitable for a modern day Mr. Doheny, patriarch of the legendary estate. Stately and sophisticated yet appropriate for modern day living, it is a stylish statement of elegance and aplomb.

“We set out to create a comfortable, classic but contemporary bedroom for a modern day Mr. Doheny.” Adding a touch of authenticity, a 1925 portrait of Edward Doheny, which originally hung in the living room, was lent by his great granddaughter for the room. “In a fabled house with many a haunted tale, he seems quite happy to be back in the house and approving of our room.…

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A Visit to Weatherstone

A Visit to Weatherstone

Thank you all for the many comments and shares here and across social media for Susanna’s and my video visit with Carolyne Roehm. We are so thrilled you enjoyed tagging along. Clearly you, like we, are inspired by her many talents and beautiful home. Our visit was on a sunny (if not sweltering) day in July and while Carolyne’s book and photography skills are the ultimate source for Weatherstone magic, I thought you might enjoy some of my many shots of our visit.

Even a simple lunch chez Weatherstone is set with style. I have long coveted blue aptware and Carolyne’s classic set was the perfect vehicle for a delicious light repas.…

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At Home in the Garden with Carolyne Roehm Video

At Home in the Garden with Carolyne Roehm Video

Carolyne Roehm is as at home in the couturier’s atelier as she is in the kitchen, in the studio or behind the lens, but nowhere is she more passionate than in the garden. In her 12th book, At Home in the Garden, Carolyne shares her lifelong love of nature as expressed in her glorious gardens at Weatherstone, her magnificent Connecticut home. Including all seasons and every aspect of the gardens, from the planning to planting to reaping the results, the book also features Carolyne’s latest accomplishment, her remarkable watercolors. And for all her many talents, she is an entertaining, down to earth and gracious hostess, eager to share a meal, a funny story and a good laugh.…

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Catching Up on the Road

Catching Up on the Road

I am on the road again and despite my best intentions, time did not allow for a full post. I am honored to be speaking today with Ellie Cullman at the lovely Sulgrave Club in Washington DC. A beautiful Beaux Arts building, the club is housed in the historic Wadsworth House, one of only two mansions left on Dupont Circle and listed in the National Register of Historic Places  For those of you who are readers and attending, I look forward to seeing you. I hope to bring you more from the outstanding Greystone Mansion Maison De Luxe Showhouse but in the meantime, I am including a selection of my shots of some of the rooms.…

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Patrick Dragonette at Maison de Luxe 2015

Patrick Dragonette at Maison de Luxe 2015

When Patrick Dragonette was assigned his “Room without a View” for Maison de Luxe, he thought about what kind of room he would like to have. Knowing that it was originally a guest suite, he thought it could be interesting to create a space where you could have a bit of fun in such a formal house.

It all started with “wouldn’t it be great if we could get a ping pong table.” Showhouse sponsor Caesarstone was immediately on board with the idea and built one for Patrick with their new Vanilla Noir product. Behind the table, below, are silver prints of xray bulbs from a 1930’s Hollywood photographer represented at mptv that Patrick had printed oversized as a triptych.

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Timothy Corrigan at Maison de Luxe 2015

Timothy Corrigan at Maison de Luxe 2015

With a breathtaking setting overlooking Beverly Hills, Greystone Mansion is the spectacular location for the 2015 Luxe Magazine Maison de Luxe Designer Showhouse. A magnificent example of gilded age architecture, the estate has weathered the years with distinction thanks to the efforts of the city of Beverly Hills and Friends of Greystone. This year’s designers have taken the opportunity to update the stately rooms with style.

In the entry and upper landing, designer Timothy Corrigan has honored the legacy of the estate and the city with a dramatic and colorful mix of old and new. An original shot of the entry below for comparison.…

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Luxe Magazine Greystone Mansion Showhouse Sneak Peek

Luxe Magazine Greystone Mansion Showhouse Sneak Peek

This week designers have been putting the finishing touches on their rooms in the Luxe Magazine Greystone Mansion Showhouse. The magnificent 46,000 square foot Tudor Revival estate, built overlooking Beverly Hills in 1928 for oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny, took over three years to complete at a cost of over three million dollars (a vast fortune at the time).

Now owned by the city and designated a National Register of  Historic Places, the mansion and stunning formal gardens on the 18.5 acre property are overseen by Friends of Greystone, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the estate.…

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Design Leadership Summit in Los Angeles

Design Leadership Summit in Los Angeles

Last week the Design Leadership Summit marked its tenth anniversary with an impressive line up of events in Los Angeles. Now over 300 strong, the Design Leadership Network‘s growing group of top design professionals traveled from across the country to learn, (re)think, connect and share. With the overarching theme of “The Ultimate Master Class,” the focus was on our host city as a flourishing international epicenter for art and design. Wednesday evening, dinner and the DLN award presentation took place appropriately at one of LA’s most significant architectural moments – Frank Gehry’s monumental and seductive Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Here the event’s keynote brought architect Frank Gehry and architectural critic and author of the new Gehry biographyPaul Goldberger, together for an illuminating and entertaining conversation on his life and work.…

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Eddie Ross Modern Mix

Eddie Ross Modern Mix

As Bunny Williams says in her foreword to Eddie Ross‘ entertaining new tome, Modern Mix, “Eddie takes the hunt to a new level.” And it’s true – I can’t think of anyone else who has elevated the art of sourcing and styling hidden treasures quite like Eddie. Not only is the book a great guide to navigating the overwhelming world of flea markets, tag sales and other affordable haunts, but it shows how to use your finds to create colorful and winning interiors, tablescapes, gifts and more.

Divided into approachable and practical chapters, the book opens each with visually delicious spreads, styled to inspire!…

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Back to School

Back to School

I am going back to school for my daughter’s Parents’ Weekend. Nothing makes me happier than learning something new! While some things have not changed in this little village for centuries, the classic brick and clapboard facades hide a bounty of sophisticated technology and a far reaching global community, celebrating the best of old and new. And since it’s my birthday (sh…), I’m playing a little hooky. So wish me luck in following along and wishing you all a happy Friday and great start to your weekend! It’s going to be a beautiful few days here in New England!

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