NY Now 2018

NY Now 2018

I hadn’t been to the gift show for a couple of years so I decided it was time for a revisit. If you have never been, it is difficult to explain the vast enormity of this venue. I didn’t really have much of an organized agenda, and I’m sure missed many booths I would have liked, but let me share some of my favorite finds from the NY Now 2018 Spring edition.

You have probably seen Amanda Lindroth‘s island inspired products – they have been a hit every since she launched the line (you may remember seeing my fun summer bags here and here).…

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2018 Antiques & Garden Show Nashville

2018 Antiques & Garden Show Nashville

If possible, the 2018 Antiques & Garden Show in Nashville seemed even bigger and more packed with endless finds than when I attended two years ago! And with a great line up of speakers (that I was honored to be a part of) and events, it was a must-visit destination of the design season.

Setting the tone with drama and finesse, the elegant entrance display, above, was designed and executed by Cheekwood, the local botanical garden and art museum, that is a beneficiary of the show. While it is an enormous show and we had a busy agenda, I managed to capture a few favorites.…

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Sneak Peek from Nashville

Sneak Peek from Nashville

While I will be sharing a more comprehensive post from here at the wonderful Antiques & Garden Show, I thought you might like a sneak peek from last night’s hopping Preview Party. You can see more if you follow along on Instagram!

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Prussian Blue – The Art and Science of Color

Prussian Blue – The Art and Science of Color

As I was scrolling through Instagram the other morning, I stopped to “like” and admire a post on Charlotte Di Carcaci’s artful feed.

The gorgeous saturated color in the detail of this portrait (of Maria de los Dolores Collado and Echague by Vicente Palmaroli, 1870, that hangs in the Prado) reminded me how much I love Prussian blue.

I am constantly tempted by both fashion and decor items I encounter in this shade, such as Christopher Spitzmiller‘s handsome Alexander lamp I spied in his showroom. But did you know that Prussian blue was the link between art and science that truly transformed the world of paint?…

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Tuscan Dream

Tuscan Dream

This is a busy week filled with obligations as well as preparing for my trip to Nashville. I didn’t want to leave you without any inspiration so in case you haven’t seen it, I am sharing an enchanting project from the final pages of this month’s Architectural Digest.

In the hills of Maremma, along the southern Tuscan coast in Italy, is the medieval town of Capalbio. Here, in a converted convent that Jacaranda Caracciolo di Melito Falck inherited from her grandfather, she has made a comfortable family home.

Having spent her very early years traveling around Africa with her mother and then in a Mongiardino decorated Milanese home, Jacaranda’s style at the house is a worldly bohemian mix.…

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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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