Nashville Bound

Nashville Bound

One of the most popular events of the season is the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville coming up on February 2-4. Celebrating its 28th year, it is the longest-running event of its kind. I am excited to be Nashville Bound next week to return to this very special show.

This year’s theme, A Sense of Place, resonates with so much I have been writing about here of late and I am honored to be moderating a panel (on Saturday at 2 pm) of notable design friends to discuss how to incorporate and tell our own stories at home with beauty and authenticity.…

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2018 Winter Antiques Show

2018 Winter Antiques Show

Kicking off the season with a bang, the 2018 Winter Antiques Show opened with what felt like a reenergized spirit. Many of the booths were more decorative, creating enveloping environments for their collections. This was nothing new for Elle Shushan, whose booth is always charming.

Their display of miniatures is a fetching ode to the power of collecting.

Robert Young Antiques from London, known for their thoughtful presentations, set a fitting stage for their collection of artisanal Folk Art,

and I thought Joan B. Mirviss created a lovely ambiance for their beautiful collection of Japanese fine art.

I especially liked this Ohara Koson Cockatoo woodblock print with its dramatic details and deep embossing.…

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At Home and in the Office with Miles Redd

At Home and in the Office with Miles Redd

With a love of timeless style from fashion to film, a deep knowledge of design and decorative arts and an uncanny ability to mix high and low with aplomb, Miles Redd is a designer whose rooms glow with glamour and creativity. And no matter the style, his sophisticated take on how to live is infused with a joy and often whimsy that is distinctively his. Tag along with me and Susanna as we visit Miles in his chic NYC townhouse and stylish new Chelsea office.

Miles is a great example of maximalist decorating brimming with inventiveness and personality. Always looking back to move forward, he has the knack of knowing how to combine colors, scale and unlikely elements to the greatest effect.…

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Deyrolle: A Parisian Cabinet of Curiosities

Deyrolle: A Parisian Cabinet of Curiosities

When the legendary Deyrolle was decimated by an electrical fire in 2008, everyone in France and beyond rallied to the rescue of the beloved French institution. From the government, to Hermès who reissued a limited edition of its famous Plumes scarf to raise funds, to artists around the world who donated works to sell. Thanks to this assistance and more, owner Prince Louis Albert de Broglie was able to reconstruct Deyrolle once again as a glorious study and celebration of nature for more generations to enjoy.

While not all of us are in Paris for the many design events this week, we can take a vicarious visit to one of the city’s most acclaimed destinations in this beautiful new book. …

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Chinese Export at Christies

Chinese Export at Christies

Not only is Chinese Export porcelain a visual feast but a fascinating lesson in the cross cultural exchange of art, ideas and commerce. Catering to western demand, this “china” (which is of course how the word originated) is an amazing melding of Chinese artisanship with Western themes, forms and decorations. Earlier this week, I stopped by Christie’s in New York to take a peek at the wonderful Chinese Export Art sale that goes on the block Thursday. A thank you to Carleigh Queenth, Christies VP, Specialist Head, European Ceramics and Glass who did a fun video walk through with me (hang in – it’s a slow start).

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What’s Next in Interiors for 2018

What’s Next in Interiors for 2018

With the advent of a new year, we are always tempted to predict what’s new and what’s next. And while I am not one for trends, they are often hard to escape. If you’re suddenly craving color and pattern, there’s a reason. Much of what you see, colors in particular, are predicted and orchestrated by forecasting companies years in advance. I once attended a talk about the process and it is fascinating – with micro adjustments made for different countries and cultures. But I digress.

photo Miguel Flores-Vianna for ELLE DECOR
photo Lucas Allen for House & Garden UK

What’s next in interiors is certainly not new.…

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Kicking Off a Year of Kitchens and Baths at KBIS

Kicking Off a Year of Kitchens and Baths at KBIS

This week found me on a quick trip to Orlando to attend KBIS. For you non-interior design professionals, KBIS is the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, presented in association with the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association). An enormous venue with over 600 leading brands, KBIS is the leading annual US platform for showcasing the latest industry products, technologies and learning opportunities.

Also unveiled was a new NKBA Insiders program, with seven design related professionals, each representing a sector of the market, from technology to wellness to materials etc.  I am delighted to share that I will be a part of the program for 2018, representing authentic luxury.…

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Dr. Zhivago: The Story Behind the Style

Dr. Zhivago: The Story Behind the Style

With the arctic weather producing feet of snow and sub zero temperatures here in New England and down the coast, there have, understandably, been numerous online references to Dr. Zhivago, David Lean’s 1965 classic.

Based on Boris Pasternak’s Russian Revolution love story, the film is not only one of the most beautiful epics ever filmed but one of the most fascinating. With its anti-Soviet views, the novel was censored in Pasternak’s own country but ultimately published in Europe in 1957.

The CIA evidently saw it as the perfect opportunity to discredit their Cold War enemy and covertly helped Pasternak win the Nobel Prize as well as smuggled a Russian language version of the novel into the Soviet Union, where it was a cult hit.…

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Ancien et Moderne 2018

Ancien et Moderne 2018

One of the most popular design destinations of the new year is always Paris Deco Off. And later this month Ancien et Moderne 2018 will be popping up in its signature left bank location for its third annual edition.

artwork by B. Russell

Celebrating the best of timeless style, the salon-style space brings together designers, artists and home furnishings companies who represent the melding of fine craftsmanship with impeccable quality and style.

This year, Ancien et Moderne creator, Beth Dempsey, and I were inspired by the French seaside, in particular Jean Cocteau’s amazing Villa Santo Sospir, above, in Cap Ferrat.…

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Cabana Comes to America: Ralph Lauren in Bedford

Cabana Comes to America: Ralph Lauren in Bedford

For the 8th issue of their biannual magazine, Cabana comes to America, choosing five of Ralph Lauren Home’s Navajo inspired fabrics (the first time wools have been used) for the covers. Over the years, Ralph Lauren has become such an iconic household name that we sometimes forget the original artistic vision behind the brand. But as a European publication that focuses on the “intense relationship between thought, place and the person,” Cabana knew Ralph Lauren was the perfect partner for their first American collaboration.

Not only did Cabana produce their regular fabric covered issues, but also 500 copies of a limited edition, presented in a handsome hand-tooled leather box that, in addition to the regular edition’s Double RL ranch feature, also includes an exclusive look at Ralph Lauren’s Bedford, New York home.…

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