2017 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

2017 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

One of my favorite tabletop fundraisers, the much anticipated 2017 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala, was held Tuesday evening at Cipriani 42. Benefitting the wonderful work Lenox Hill NH does to improve the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in need, this year’s event honored longtime Board member John Manice and designer and member of the Spring Gala Design Committee Geoffrey Bradfield. As always, the designers pulled out all the stops creating their tables, with this year’s theme, “All That Glitters.”

Stepping out of her more signature neutral palette, Paloma Contreras created a Jewel-Toned Fantasy. Anchored by Tom Borgese‘s spectacular floral arrangement, Paloma featured Schumacher’s colorful Samarkand Ikat II.…

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Cabana Magazine for Paperless Post

Cabana Magazine for Paperless Post

Martina Mondadori, founder and editor-in-chief of Cabana Magazine has been very busy. Immediately on the heels of the magazine’s creative collaboration with Caesarstone at Salone, she has now partnered with Paperless Post, as part of their Spotlight Series, to create a series of online and printed invitations and stationery that fully embody the Cabana mood of timeless design, pattern and color.

Translating Cabana’s sophisticated globetrotting world of layered, lived-in interiors, timeless textiles and moody poetic visual narratives, the collection sets the tone for elegant entertaining and events.

As Martina explains, “Entertaining and celebrating are central to the Cabana philosophy, so partnering with Paperless Post was a natural fit.…

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Bunny Williams Lighting for Currey & Company

Bunny Williams Lighting for Currey & Company

Next week is the spring edition of High Point Market and while I won’t be attending, one of the debuts I will be sorry to miss is the new Bunny Williams Lighting collection for Currey & Company. Bunny has often incorporated Currey fixtures in her work and when designing the 2015 Southern Living Idea House in Charlottesville, VA, Currey generously donated all the lighting fixtures. It was then they started a dialogue about creating a collection together.

You are likely familiar with the beautiful table lamps in the Bunny Williams Home line and the new collection is intended to work with and enhance those.…

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Spring is finally here and for Easter we are expecting highs near 80°! This week was my eldest’s birthday and everyone came home to surprise him but with all the comings and goings, we are just going acknowledge Easter with the colors of the season and a simple lunch in the kitchen. So wishing all of you who celebrate, a very happy holiday!

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Where Art Tells the Story

Where Art Tells the Story

When writing the art of trompe l’oeil piece last week, my research took me full circle to a firm I have been meaning to write about for several years. VISTO is a remarkable art consultancy in Paris whose mission is right up my alley – marrying “discerning taste with a deep understanding of the historical and cultural identity of each property” they work on. Originally founded as a firm dedicated to discovering, printing and providing access to rare maps, the company has grown into one which focuses on providing art for bespoke hospitality and commercial projects as well as residential interiors.…

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Corian Cabana Club at Salone del Mobile

Corian Cabana Club at Salone del Mobile

Of all the FOMO inducing moments at Salone del Mobile last week, one of the most inspiring was the Corian Cabana Club. Celebrating the sensory world of maximalism that the magazine espouses, Cabana Magazine and Corian Design collaborated on a mythical and muticultural journey into an imaginary village with seven cabanas, each inspired by a different culture and created by noted design personalities, all members of the extended Cabana family.

Enter this idyllic Shangri-La through The Gateway. Designed by Cabana creative director Christoph Radl (who art directed the exhibit with Cabana editor-in-chief Martina Mondadori Sartogo), the portal sets the tone with a trellis structure constructed of Corian, which, like the magazine, bridges old and new, evoking character, personality and memories.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Hunt Slonem

At Home with Susanna Salk and Hunt Slonem

There are few places where inspiration and art are so fluidly connected as in the former Chelsea loft of Hunt Slonem. Here, in some 15,000 square feet, he worked, occasionally slept and often entertained.  And while he is best known as a painter, it is difficult to find a single title to aptly describe this talented polymath. A passionate collector of both inanimate and living things, he amasses everything from historic houses, Gothic furniture (he has an in-house restorer) to busts to a rather large flock of rescued exotic birds.  Several seasons ago, Susanna and I visited Hunt and were likely the last people to document the loft. …

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The Art of Trompe l’Oeil in Sicily

The Art of Trompe l’Oeil in Sicily

In the May Architectural Digest, Mitch Owens’ engaging story on the Sicilian Palazzo di Lorenzo Castelluccio details the remarkable lengths the owner went through to recreate what research and imagination determined to be its original decor. Of the impressive achievements, the trompe l’oeil artistry stands out.

In the dramatic pink entrance hall, above, local decorative painter Alexandrine Stordeur restored the original murals to their original majesty. What is perhaps an even more notable example is Delphine Nény‘s handiwork in creating the tented room below.

two photos above by Armando Rotoletti for AD

Her site features additional views of this remarkable room.…

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The Always Right Blue and White Table

The Always Right Blue and White Table

No matter the season, the enduring power of blue and white shines through. This is certainly the case at the table where the ultimate color power play is a perennial favorite. Richard Ginori proves the point with its new introduction, Aurea. A modern reinterpretation of an iconic Gio Ponti design, this new collection is inspired by the geometry of perspective drawings.

Available in a wide variety of shapes, the repeating patterns of Aurea have a timeless appeal, walking the line between pop culture pattern and nautical flair.

You can see the level of thoughtful detail on this close up of the stunning tureen.…

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Spring 2017 Tabletop Market

Spring 2017 Tabletop Market

While many of the products I am sharing from the Spring 2017 Tabletop Market at 41 Madison won’t be available until August or September, it’s always good to have them on your radar as you start to think of fall gifting or upgrading at home later in the year. Those already procurable could be great additions as we approach spring/summer entertaining.

One of the most striking installations was at Christofle. Their 41 Madison showroom never looked better with printed velvet trompe l’oeil walls by Koziel. The classic architectural backdrop against the modern Graphik, completely hand cut mouth-blown crystal, expanded with new colors, perfectly expressed the essence of the brand.…

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