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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What’s Next in Interiors for 2018

What’s Next in Interiors for 2018

With the advent of a new year, we are always tempted to predict what’s new and what’s next. And while I am not one for trends, they are often hard to escape. If you’re suddenly craving color and pattern, there’s a reason. Much of what you see, colors in particular, are predicted and orchestrated by forecasting companies years in advance. I once attended a talk about the process and it is fascinating – with micro adjustments made for different countries and cultures. But I digress.

photo Miguel Flores-Vianna for ELLE DECOR
photo Lucas Allen for House & Garden UK

What’s next in interiors is certainly not new.…

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Kicking Off a Year of Kitchens and Baths at KBIS

Kicking Off a Year of Kitchens and Baths at KBIS

This week found me on a quick trip to Orlando to attend KBIS. For you non-interior design professionals, KBIS is the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, presented in association with the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association). An enormous venue with over 600 leading brands, KBIS is the leading annual US platform for showcasing the latest industry products, technologies and learning opportunities.

Also unveiled was a new NKBA Insiders program, with seven design related professionals, each representing a sector of the market, from technology to wellness to materials etc.  I am delighted to share that I will be a part of the program for 2018, representing authentic luxury.…

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Dr. Zhivago: The Story Behind the Style

Dr. Zhivago: The Story Behind the Style

With the arctic weather producing feet of snow and sub zero temperatures here in New England and down the coast, there have, understandably, been numerous online references to Dr. Zhivago, David Lean’s 1965 classic.

Based on Boris Pasternak’s Russian Revolution love story, the film is not only one of the most beautiful epics ever filmed but one of the most fascinating. With its anti-Soviet views, the novel was censored in Pasternak’s own country but ultimately published in Europe in 1957.

The CIA evidently saw it as the perfect opportunity to discredit their Cold War enemy and covertly helped Pasternak win the Nobel Prize as well as smuggled a Russian language version of the novel into the Soviet Union, where it was a cult hit.…

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Ancien et Moderne 2018

Ancien et Moderne 2018

One of the most popular design destinations of the new year is always Paris Deco Off. And later this month Ancien et Moderne 2018 will be popping up in its signature left bank location for its third annual edition.

artwork by B. Russell

Celebrating the best of timeless style, the salon-style space brings together designers, artists and home furnishings companies who represent the melding of fine craftsmanship with impeccable quality and style.

This year, Ancien et Moderne creator, Beth Dempsey, and I were inspired by the French seaside, in particular Jean Cocteau’s amazing Villa Santo Sospir, above, in Cap Ferrat.…

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Cabana Comes to America: Ralph Lauren in Bedford

Cabana Comes to America: Ralph Lauren in Bedford

For the 8th issue of their biannual magazine, Cabana comes to America, choosing five of Ralph Lauren Home’s Navajo inspired fabrics (the first time wools have been used) for the covers. Over the years, Ralph Lauren has become such an iconic household name that we sometimes forget the original artistic vision behind the brand. But as a European publication that focuses on the “intense relationship between thought, place and the person,” Cabana knew Ralph Lauren was the perfect partner for their first American collaboration.

Not only did Cabana produce their regular fabric covered issues, but also 500 copies of a limited edition, presented in a handsome hand-tooled leather box that, in addition to the regular edition’s Double RL ranch feature, also includes an exclusive look at Ralph Lauren’s Bedford, New York home.…

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New Year’s Movies

New Year’s Movies

Since we have a long weekend (and a freezing snowy one here in New England), it offers ample opportunity for staying in to watch some New Year’s Movies. I have posted selections of holiday movies in the past and thought I would create a mix of old and new entries here today. I shared a short clip of Indiscreet in my last post.

Directed by Stanley Donen (Singing in the Rain, Funny Face, Charade, Two for the Road etc), this 1958 romantic comedy is light entertainment with witty dialogue, chic interiors

and fabulous fashion by Dior, all of which is an expression of the era.…

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Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2017

Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2017

It’s always hard to believe when a year comes to a close. And as the new one approaches, it also means it’s time for the Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2017 edition. While I believe champagne is wonderful at any time of the year, there is no more traditional time to indulge than on New Year’s Eve. Let’s kick off New Year’s Eve in style with Cary Grant popping some bubbly for Ingrid Bergman (waiting in the bedroom beyond) in her fabulous London flat in Indiscreet. If you’ve ever wondered the how and why of champagne, read on and if you’ve visited this discussion in the past, you can hop to the end for some drinking suggestions with several new additions for this year.…

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Merry Merry

Merry Merry

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you all a very merry merry! This year for my table, I had a vision of a woodland scene, like a mini indoor forest with flowers and greens dancing down the table in a natural array. I called Karen Legan of Lemon Dahlia who a friend had used this fall to send me a lovely arrangement. Karen and I met at the house and once I explained my concept and showed her my linens and china, she immediately grasped the theme with enthusiasm.

Yesterday Karen arrived armed with gorgeous blooms and several boxes of greens and accoutrements and within a short time, had assembled my woodland dream.…

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