Soane Spring 2018

Soane Spring 2018

Twice a year, it has been my privilege to share with you sneak peeks from the beautiful new offerings of one of my favorite companies. For the Soane Spring 2018 collections, a combination of new furniture and fabrics shows off their handmade manufacturing expertise and historically based sensibilities.

The vignette is a welcome sign of spring to come. Against the lovely large scale Scrolling Fern Frond wallpaper in the new cream on duck egg blue colorway, the new Rattan Nasturtium Hanging Light echoes its wall light sibling, below, and the Rattan Carousel Chair (the pared back version of The Carousel Chair), all handmade in their Leicestershire workshop.…

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2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner Continued

2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner Continued

Today we continue our look at more of the beautiful tables from the 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner.

For her lovely table, friend Beth Webb collaborated with Julia B, using her vintage inspired Quattro Mani tabletop collection as well as hand embroidered and hand appliquéd linens. She also partnered with Kravet, celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, for the beautiful embroidered seat cushions in GP & J Baker Willoughby.

Colombian woven placemats from Creel and Gow added an additional layer of global chic.

Two years ago, Beth worked with floral designer Zezé on her Orchid Dinner table and reached out to him again, this time with a request to include hydrangeas and sweet peas along with orchids and other exotic blooms to echo the tabletop mix.…

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First Look at the NYBG Orchid Dinner 2018

First Look at the NYBG Orchid Dinner 2018

How delightful during the midst of frigid temps and freezing rain to step inside the Plaza Hotel for an evening surrounded by the most glorious table settings enhanced by a profusion of exquisite orchids. Wednesday evening was the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner 2018, the much anticipated annual event that benefits the Garden’s orchid research collection and orchid preservation. Sponsored by Hearst, VERANDA and Louis XIII cognac, the event was chaired by editor in chief Clinton Smith with Director of Decoration and Special Projects Carolyn Englefield serving as Decorations Chair. There was a plethora of pretty tables, including CeCe Barfield‘s, below.…

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NY Now Spring 2018

NY Now Spring 2018

If you can’t get to John Derian‘s charming east village emporiums, seeing his booth at the NY Now Spring 2018 show was certainly the next best thing.

From his myriad of decoupage collections, to charming furniture, above, bedecked in Nathalie Farman-Farma’s beautiful Decors Barbares fabrics.

These new florals, above, and ferns below, almost have us feeling spring in the air,

and I loved the new series of constellations and astronomy.

New paperweights are detailed with a beautiful scalloped edge

and of course John’s enchanting collaboration with Astier de Villatte is always a winning combo.

I have been a fan of les-Ottomans ever since discovering their chic east meets west sensibility.…

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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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