Design Video Update

Design Video Update

I’ve been so busy trying to keep you up to date with my latest inspiration and finds, that I hadn’t realized how out of date the welcome reel was for Susanna’s and my design video series. We’ve been traveling from Connecticut to Los Angeles to Italy and back filming exciting people and places to share with you. There will be many opportunities in the coming weeks and months to tag along on insider visits with top designers and tastemakers.  So, take a peek at this short summary of where we’ve been and a bit of where we’re going – I think you’ll like what we’ve got in store.…

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A Day in Venice

A Day in Venice

Nobody knows how to give good travel recommendations better than a local. And when that local is the head of a prestigious third generation luxury hotel group and lives in a 17th century palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice, I pay attention. Monday in the Financial Times’ How to Spend It section, ran the final installment of  The Bauers Hotel Group CEO Francesca Bortolotto Possati’s five day diary tracking her life in the City of Bridges. While each day revealed favorite stops in her home town, the last day in Venice (actually a weekend) outlined special places she took out of town guests visiting from Hong Kong.…

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Summer Travel Inspiration from Italy

Summer Travel Inspiration from Italy

While it isn’t even officially summer, the Memorial Day weekend has clearly marked the onset of summer travel. Already I’ve been following friends on instagram dashing off to dazzling destinations and reading about ravishing new restaurants in Paris and Rome as well as fashionable new travel attire. For design denizens heading off to Rome, a reservation at the new Casa Coppelle seems to be in order. Designed by the inimitable Jacques Garcia, expert at crafting intimate spaces in public settings, the residential feel looks luxurious yet welcoming, rather like visiting an Italian friend’s cozy palazzo for dinner.

And for more Italian holiday inspiration, Ferragamo celebrates the season of travel for men with their new MTO (made to order) Driver.…

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Luxe Minimalism at Christian Liaigre

Luxe Minimalism at Christian Liaigre

Christian Liaigre has been busy. Several months ago I stopped by the stunning NYC showroom to see the new spring collection.

In keeping with Liaigre’s aesthetic of nature inspired luxe minimalism, the pieces are elegant, refined in their simplicity and executed with beautiful craftsmanship. Now designed in collaboration with his wife Déborah Comte-Liaigre, the collection’s interest often lies in the finishing and  juxtaposition of fine materials. The Consulat Arm Chair, for example, pairs a channeled fabric sling back and seat with leather arms anchored with tailored metal detailing and rich open grain Walnut frame. It’s just the right degree of handsome sturdiness tempered with a clean and modern casual chic.…

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A Video Journey of Four Rooms at the Kips Bay Showhouse 2015

A Video Journey of Four Rooms at the Kips Bay Showhouse 2015

The Kips Bay Showhouse 2015 edition is celebrating its 43rd year and the 100th year of its beneficiary organization, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. In a recently renovated townhouse in the heart of the upper east side, twenty-two top designers transformed rooms, entries and hallways of the elegant five story Arthur Sachs Mansion. Susanna Salk and I had the privilege of visiting, over the course of several weeks, four of the designers, behind-the-scenes in their offices, at the showhouse and out and about as they plotted, planned and shopped for their rooms in record time. Please join us and Alessandra Branca, Jamie Drake, Thom Filicia and Mark Sikes for an insider journey in design.…

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Pierre Frey Inspiring Interiors

Pierre Frey Inspiring Interiors

Since 1935, Pierre Frey has been inspiring interiors around the world with their exquisite fabrics and wallpapers. Known for successfully weaving past with present, they are now in their third generation of celebrating French style and savoir faire. Dedicated to both keeping alive the legacy of centuries-old craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques as well as looking forward with innovative design and technology, this French luxury company has thrived on its own terms.

In their recently released first book, Pierre Frey, Inspiring Interiors, A French Tradition of Luxury we are fully immersed in the world of Pierre Frey – from the history of the family and firm, to the amazing archives, to creative projects incorporating their products, to the techniques that reflect “a living tradition passed on through generations.” The company now also owns the French heritage houses of Braquenié and Le Manach (their silk velvet still made in France on wood hand looms, below) as well as Italian jewel Fadini Borghi and the more modern and technologically current Boussac.…

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Celerie Kemble and Bronson Van Wyck Set for Summer at Michael C Fina

Celerie Kemble and Bronson Van Wyck Set for Summer at Michael C Fina

Just in time to kick off summer entertaining this Memorial Day weekend, designer Celerie Kemble and event planner Bronson Van Wyck celebrated the season at Michael C. Fina last week. Co-hosted by Architectural Digest, where Van Wyck is a special projects editor, the event featured four fabulous thematic tablescapes set for summer by the talented duo.

Friends since boarding school days, with offices mere feet apart, Celerie and Bronson are old hands at creative collaboration. As Kemble explained, “It was so great creating the fantasy of these different dinner parties and picnics together. We had the fun of coming to Michael C.…

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Catching Up Out and About

Catching Up Out and About

When you have young children, May is always the busiest month with year end performances, sports championships and exams. And it seems not much has changed. As my brain is adjusting from being back and forth in too many time zones, I’ve been catching up on this month’s (well actually June’s) design issues. ELLE DECOR announced its annual A-list and with it published an issue packed with a plethora of fabulous projects. Right here in Connecticut, Emma Jane Pilkington‘s Greenwich house proves there’s more to our fair suburbs than cookie cutter colonials. With a three year renovation by architect Joel Barkley, the previously dark and confining rooms were transformed into gracious welcoming spaces.…

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Antique and Artisan Gallery opens its Garden

Antique and Artisan Gallery opens its Garden

With beautiful spring weather this weekend, it was the perfect time for the Antique and Artisan Gallery to open its garden gates. Through this Friday, their new outdoor garden area is filled with hard to find perennials, rare annuals, unique small trees and unusual exotics with of course a great selection of decorative furniture, garden antiques, architectural treasures and more.

Whether you are looking for stylish individual pieces

or a complete set, there is a wonderful range of vintage outdoor furniture.

Chic vignettes are arranged throughout, with creative ideas for using both functional and decorative pieces.

Urns, statuary and architectural elements are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles and eras.…

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Inspirations from Italy

Inspirations from Italy

What a whirlwind of a week! With not a moment to write a proper post, I wanted to at least share a few inspirations from Italy. Happily the weather cooperated and Susanna and I were able to enjoy much of what the lake region has to offer. With our wonderful hosts from Promemoria, we enjoyed spectacular scenery, delicious meals and of course discriminating design. After our business concluded in Milan, we were able to squeeze in a quick visit to the extraordinary Villa Necchi. More on all coming soon. Enjoy your weekend!

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