Join Me with Marshall Watson at D&D Spring Market

Join Me with Marshall Watson at D&D Spring Market

This Wednesday, May 24, is Spring Market at the D&D Building. Marketing Director Liz Nightingale has lined up a blockbuster day of keynotes, showroom events, cocktail receptions and open houses around the theme ART x DESIGN. I am delighted to be a part of this informative and inspiring day where designer Marshall Watson and I will be having a conversation, “Enduring Elegance” in the Ferrell Mittman showroom.

Known for his classic approach to elegant, light-filled interiors, Marshall has always embraced the time honored principals of design to create interiors that are balanced, comfortable,  liveable and suited specifically to each client.…

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Historic Charleston by Bike

Historic Charleston by Bike

Concluding this week’s look at Charleston, I am bringing you a pictorial peek (since I don’t have the back story on most of these residences) at historic Charleston seen by bike as Susanna and I did a quick tour of the central historic district. Not only do we brake for Instagram, we sometimes actually disembark!

For those of you not familiar with the city, there are several neighborhoods defining historic Charleston with South of Broad (“below” Broad Street, at the southern end of the peninsula) generally considered the most exclusive residential neighborhood, including prime examples of historic Charleston’s glorious residential architecture.…

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48 Hours in Charleston

48 Hours in Charleston

On the heels of our latest video with Carolyne Roehm, I thought I would finally share some glimpses of Susanna’s and my trip to Charleston last month. We were honored to visit Ibu founder Susan Walker at her beautiful home and to document the debut of her collaboration with Ali McGraw (look for that video coming very soon!). With the new Dewberry Hotel as our base – their brasserie Henrietta, below,

we had a little time to explore, mostly via bike which the hotel generously supplies. My first call was to friend Olivia Brock. Originally from Connecticut, she designs at Torrance Mitchell, blogs and (more often) instagrams at Lacquered Life and with a masters in Historic Preservation, is in the know about all of Charleston’s great architectural heritage and design folks.…

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Setting the Table With Carolyne Roehm in Charleston

Setting the Table With Carolyne Roehm in Charleston

When Susanna and I decided to launch our new Setting the Table With video series, filming Carolyne Roehm in Charleston at her historic home was at the top of our list. Among her endless list of accomplishments, her talent and passion for entertaining and setting a beautiful table is legendary. From flowers to flatware, no matter the season nor locale, her tablescapes have filled books, inspiration folders and Pinterest boards the world over. Please tag along behind the scenes as Carolyne shares her tips and advice for setting a stylish table.

On our recent visit to Charleston, Susanna and I were lucky enough to be welcomed into Carolyne’s new home (look for a full video visit this fall) where, when not at her beloved Weatherstone in Connecticut, she is now spending much of her time.…

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Dark Glamour at the 2017 Kips Bay Show House

Dark Glamour at the 2017 Kips Bay Show House

Within the classic Charles Platt house of the 2017 Kips Bay Show House, not all the rooms are airy architectural gems. A dark, windowless basement space with a multitude of sprinkler pipes, odd angles and center column was the ultimate challenge for architecture and interior design firm Lichten Craig. But by infusing the dim space with the dark glamour of a bar and lounge area, they rose to the task in style.

Tactile walls of de Gournay silk became the perfect backdrop for vintage Charles Ramos chairs, with their sleek lines accentuated by Jim Thompson’s luxurious “Vesper” in Savory Cream silk velvet and pillows of a custom colored Dedar brocade.…

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It’s a Dog’s Life with Jonathan Adler – a New Video Series!

It’s a Dog’s Life with Jonathan Adler – a New Video Series!

It’s no secret that many of us who have a passion for the world of beauty and design are also totally devoted to our dogs. Living well is about sharing the love and who better to celebrate with than our faithful four legged family members. Today I am thrilled to announce the debut of my and Susanna’s new video series, It’s a Dog’s Life, where we will be celebrating how dogs and their tastemaker owners share a stylish life together. And we are delighted to be kicking off the series with none other than Jonathan Adler – potter, designer and author who brings Modern American Glamour to our lives with his rescue pup FoxyLady by his side.…

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NYBG Antique Garden Furniture Fair

NYBG Antique Garden Furniture Fair

In a busy week of art and design events, another stands out as a must-visit this weekend. The NYBG Antique Garden Furniture Fair is the country’s most renowned venue specifically sourcing garden related art and antiques for the home inside and out. Through this Sunday, May 7th, the New York Botanical Garden will host a wide variety of dealers presenting their unique wares as well as a specialty plant sale featuring an extensive selection from the finest growers. Thursday evening I attended the preview party where I picked out a few items that caught my eye.

Barbara Israel always creates such evocative settings for her collectins of period antiques including the impressive carved marble tiger, above, from England circa 1890.…

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TEFAF New York Spring 2017 Art Fair

TEFAF New York Spring 2017 Art Fair

TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair), established in Maastricht in 1988, is widely regarded as the crème de la crème of art fairs. This fall, TEFAF came to New York for the first time with great fanfare and now their second visit this week represents the inaugural TEFAF New York Spring event. Open May 4 – 8 at the Park Avenue Armory with a focus on art and design from the 20th century through today (although there are certainly booths that include older works), it brings top international dealers from both New York and around the world to present museum quality works of all eras and genres.…

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Introducing Schuyler Samperton Textiles

Introducing Schuyler Samperton Textiles

Known for her low-key lived-in style with flair, Schuyler Samperton has a knack for making rooms look like they’ve always been that way. She is an unabashed fan of color, pattern and spaces with a touch of idiosyncratic character. Patina and charm generally trump sleek and modern in her book, with a signature style that is a layered, comfortable West Coast mix of classic and modern with a bohemian twist.

Fabrics have always played a critical role in Schuyler’s work and now she is designing a line of her own! I asked Schuyler what inspired her to take the plunge. “I’ve always been fascinated by fabrics, and have collected textiles since I was a teen, from antique French Chintz remnants to native American chief’s blankets.…

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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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