AERIN Fall 2015 Accessories

AERIN Fall 2015 Accessories

Previewing fall is always a challenge. Finally ecstatic to have spring in our back pockets,   we are ready to move on. But come August and September we’ll  be happy to have these bookmarked for fall entertaining, gifting and wearing. AERIN Fall 2015 has a great selection of both decorative accessories and fashionable footwear. As we’ve explored, Austria is reigning strong this season and is the muse for AERIN‘s extensive home accessories collection. The warm and rich palette of browns, gold and loden green is inspired by the architectural elegance  of Vienna’s regal Palais Liechtenstein. I stopped by the showroom last week to get a sneak peek.…

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The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

In the beautiful Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden, the 13th annual Orchid Show is a spectacle not to be missed.

With this year’s theme of chandeliers, an expanded venue within the Rain Forest Galleries and beyond shows off the bountiful beauty and endless variety of these exquisite flowers. From hanging baskets

to flowering columns

to floating islands

it is truly a tropical paradise. It is impossible to translate the experience of walking through the lush and fragrant exhibit.

You must look up, down and in each niche, for the profusion of orchids is everywhere, impossible to take in with a single glance.…

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Domino Magazine Shop House Video Tour

Domino Magazine Shop House Video Tour

Leave it to Domino Magazine to create the first-ever shoppable show house.  At 15 William, a modern state of the art condominium in the heart of the burgeoning Financial District (FiDi), Domino paired four young interior designers on the rise with four popular furniture brands to create four stylish and livable apartments. Focusing on approachable looks at affordable price points, it is a fresh and unique take on a designer showhouse. And for true accessibility, featured items from each residence will be for sale on domino.com now and even more in the coming months.  Join Susanna and me as we visit with the designers behind the scenes.…

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Woman in Gold at the Neue Galerie

Woman in Gold at the Neue Galerie

Yesterday’s opening of the film Woman in Gold brings to international attention the amazing story of Maria Altmann and her fight to reclaim five of her aunt’s Gustav Klimt paintings from the Austrian Government. While I have not yet seen the film, starring Helen Mirren as Ms. Altmann, I did visit the Neue Galerie for the press preview of their exhibit, “Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold.”

Including not only the subject of the movie and one of the museum’s prize possessions, Adele Bloch-Bauer I (otherwise known as Woman in Gold) above, the exhibit speaks to the close relationship between the artist and one of his most loyal patrons, below.…

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The Art of Remembering

The Art of Remembering

A piece by Walter Kirn on the T Magazine blog yesterday echoed to a T (no pun intended) my ruminations regarding the art of remembering. I too, after a recommendation from my older son, recently watched “The Entire History of You.” A thought provoking, disturbing and yet eerily prophetic episode from the British TV series “Black Mirrors,” it addresses the possibility, in the not-to-distant future, of having total video recall of our experiences through a “grain” implant in one’s neck. Not only does the technology enable recording of every minute of one’s life but also replay. The consequences are predictably complicated.…

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Bunny Williams On Garden Style

Bunny Williams On Garden Style

While some of you, like me, may still have your original 1998 edition of Bunny Williams On Garden Style, you will definitely want to update your library with this marvelous newly revised volume. In a much larger format with many new, bigger and brighter photos, Bunny inspires and informs us about style in the outdoor world.

And gardening neophytes, fear not, for Bunny is gentle and logical in her approach, assuring us that “some of the most comforting sanctuaries are simple, with limited plant material.” As she instructs, she includes beautiful examples from around the world to illustrate her points.…

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New York Design Center at DIFFA Dining by Design 2015

New York Design Center at DIFFA Dining by Design 2015

This year’s DIFFA Dining by Design was held at Pier 92, a short yet brisk walk from the AD Home Show at Pier 94, allowing for more participants and a more spacious venue. There were many creative and beautiful tables this year that I will be sharing with you very soon, but as it has been an exceptionally busy week both out and about as well as behind the scenes, I will whet your appetite with just one. I was lucky enough to sit with the New York Design Center at their spectacular table designed by the talented Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz of Marks & Frantz Design.…

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A Fifth Avenue Masterpiece for Sale

A Fifth Avenue Masterpiece for Sale

I was a bit surprised when Howard Slatkin shared on Instagram that his magnificent Fifth Avenue masterpiece was up for sale. New to the market, some lucky buyer will be able to enjoy the fruits of Howard’s incredible labor for their own. And while they may not be able to furnish the apartment in the same lavish style, the amazing bones will still be there. The entry will hopefully remain intact with its old French limestone floors, antique French wallpaper panels, ornamental plaster ceiling and doors from the Wrightsman Palm Beach estate.

Many of you own the apartment’s monograph, published in 2013 but if not, add it to your list of must-have volumes. …

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Final Favorites from the AD Home Design Show

Final Favorites from the AD Home Design Show

One of the best aspects of the AD Home Design Show is that it covers the full gamut of design. As the leading US luxury design fair, it features an international array of offerings from art to appliances. In this final segment on this year’s show are picks from a variety of categories.  Eric Trine describes himself  “inside the middle of a triple venn diagram of art, craft, and design.” Through furniture, sculpture and decorative objects, he is an active contributor to the growing made in America studio movement. I loved his beautiful leather and metal frame Rod+Weave Chair in the handsome copper finish that is having its moment.…

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Floral Finds at the AD Home Design Show

Floral Finds at the AD Home Design Show

It’s not new news that florals have been making a comeback everywhere from runway to interiors. At the AD Home Design Show they were seen in a variety of iterations.  It could be perennially spring in your rooms with Thomas Long‘s beautiful hand blown glass sculpture. His Fontainebleau, below, is a dream in aquamarine, key green and seafoam.

Tyramin Design has closed the circle between fashion and interiors. From jewelry to furniture and accessories, artist Jenna Wetmore infuses her hand crafted work with personality and environmental responsibility.

Her Succulent Mirrors are cast in resin with incredibly lifelike detail.

I always make a point to stop at Pennoyer Newman whose distinctive garden containers and accessories are exceptional additions to any outdoor environment.…

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