At Home with Carolyne Roehm in Charleston

At Home with Carolyne Roehm in Charleston

Ever since watching Gone with the Wind as a child, Carolyne Roehm has long had a predilection for the South. As she matured, her interests turned more to European history, particularly that of France, where she spent many years on and off. But after a fruitless search for a house in the country there, her thoughts turned back here to the States. And after several trips visiting friends in Charleston, she found and fell in love with Chisholm House, a historic 19th century Greek revival house. Please join me and Susanna for a behind the scenes visit with the multi-talented and ever evolving Carolyne Roehm in Charleston.…

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Frank de Biasi x Christie’s Rockefeller Collection Auction

Frank de Biasi x Christie’s Rockefeller Collection Auction

The next Christie’s collaboration celebrating the upcoming Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection auction is with designer Frank de Biasi. The Christie’s alumnus creatively reimagined the Lobby Gallery at the auction house incorporating items from the sale. A brilliant Mongiardino-like solution for the walls of the blank-box-of-a-space, using a cut and paste collage of Doug and Gene Meyer (Gene is Frank’s partner) wallpapers for Holland and Sherry, set the stage for a stylish interpretation of the collection.

Two large cherry blossom filled 17th – 18th c. Asian storage jars flank the entry and a go-with-everything 19th c. Bakshaish carpet anchors the space.…

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Lunch with Martha Stewart & Kevin Sharkey at Christie’s

Lunch with Martha Stewart & Kevin Sharkey at Christie’s

While the latest nor’easter blew through with a vengeance last week, causing event cancelations and delays, I was delighted to still be able to attend a marvelous luncheon at Christie’s hosted by chairman Marc Porter and Martha Stewart with co-author Kevin Sharkey, celebrating their new book, Martha’s Flowers, and the upcoming Peggy & David Rockefeller Collection auction.

photo above courtesy of Christie’s

Coordinating with the much-anticipated sale coming in May at Christie’s, Kevin created six spectacular floral arrangements incorporating porcelain pieces from the legendary collection. But even before entering the dining room we were greeted by several gorgeous bouquets.

Kevin worked with Dutch Flower Line who helped him obtain exquisite fresh flowers from around the world. …

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The Return of Poiret

The Return of Poiret

While today we are accustomed to the close connection between fashion and decor, with designers often crossing the divide, a century ago, these relationships were not so intertwined. But there was one creative couturier who embodied the modern concept of lifestyle, encompassing clothing, interiors and even beauty.

Courtesy: The artist and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Photo: Hollandse Hoogte / Rogier Viollet, Paris
photo: Kunst and Decoration 1913 via University of Heidelberg

Paul Poiret was a designer who changed the course of fashion, not only for his innovative style and techniques but his all groundbreaking creativity – an interior he designed for one of the boats in the Seine, during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, Paris 1925.…

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentices Work Their Magic in Milan

The Sorcerer’s Apprentices Work Their Magic in Milan

It is a special treat whenever a new project from the extraordinary Studio Peregalli is unveiled. And when it is a project in Milan originally designed by Renzo Mongiardino, Laura Sartori Rimini’s and Roberto Peregalli’s celebrated mentor, it deserves special attention.

In the March ELLE DECOR, we learn this Milanese apartment, originally designed in the 1950’s and near disrepair, was suggested by Peregalli to Italian clients looking for a new home. Keeping as many of the original Mongiardino touches as possible, Studio Peregalli updated the apartment to function for today’s lifestyle. And just as Mongiardino was a sorcerer able to conjure up the most elusive environments, so are his apprentices adept at inventing interiors redolent with magical memories and dazzling details.…

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On the Move with a Busy Week in Design

On the Move with a Busy Week in Design

With a busy week in design, I am just catching up with a few highlights I thought you might enjoy. Stay tuned for lots of great videos coming your way. This week, Susanna Salk and I visited Charlotte Moss at her beautiful townhouse to shoot an upcoming Setting the Table episode to coincide with the publication of her new book.

I’m including a sneak peek at just a couple of the glorious spreads Charlotte designed – be prepared to be wowed with beautiful settings as well as great tips and ideas! You can watch our “taxi talk” video while we were on our way to Charlotte’s to hear about other upcoming episodes and more!…

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Pomellato: Since 1967

Pomellato: Since 1967

The 60’s ushered in an era that would change forever the cultural and social landscape, particularly for women who discovered a new independence and liberation. And 1967 seemed to be the year that tipped the scales, from the Monterey Pop Festival to Twiggy to the summer of love. And it wasn’t just in America. Things were changing in Europe too. In Italy, Milan was bustling in the Brera district with creativity and artistry. It was also the year that Pino Rabolini, a young Milanese from a family of goldsmiths and habitué at Brera’s Bar Jamaica, a legendary hangout for artists, founded Pomellato as a forward looking jewelry brand for this new generation of women.…

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The Art, Science and Beauty of Time

The Art, Science and Beauty of Time

While seemingly at odds, art and science are often inextricably intertwined. And perhaps no place is this more evident than in the instruments that capture the beauty of time. I am hardly alone in my fascination with timepieces, those form meet function wonders that combine artistic expertise, engineering and amazing craftsmanship.  In a new volume, published in partnership with the prestigious Fondation Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie, collectors, lovers of history and decorative art enthusiasts will find elucidating text along with almost two hundred stunning timepieces throughout the ages that capture the beauty of time.The first mechanical clocks were found in cathedrals, serving the practical function of announcing the time for mass etc but also decorated as Gothic period works of art.…

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The Mystique of the Circus in Art

The Mystique of the Circus in Art

In the days before film, television, technology and other modern day distractions, the circus was a popular and egalitarian form of entertainment, especially in Europe, where it had a centuries long history. Affordable and available to all, people looked forward to these traveling troupes that would perform seasonally. You may remember last year, the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum,“Seurat’s Circus Sideshow, ” which focused on the artist’s famous “Circus Sideshow,” a jewel in the Met’s permanent collection.

In 19th century Paris, the mystique of the circus, with its vibrant visual appeal and ever changing scenes, inspired many artists, from Daumier (below) with his frequent caricatures, to Renoir, Degas, Lautrec and others.…

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At Home in Los Angeles With Lulu Powers

At Home in Los Angeles With Lulu Powers

While celebrity chef and author Lulu Powers is primarily known for her entertaining expertise, her creativity known no bounds. With a passion for parties, culinary creations and spirited styling, Lulu’s home is the perfect expression of her fearless joie de vivre. Tag along with me and Susanna Salk as we visit Lulu in her colorful and lush Los Angeles home!

As The Entertainologist, Lulu is celebrated as a fun and inspiring source for accessible and easy entertaining with flair. And it is the same spirit in her home, where her effortless style finds expression with bold color choices and layered collections, making for personal and distinctive interiors.…

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