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French Watercolors for Sale

A selection of watercolored gouaches on hand made paper and traditional lacquers signed by the naturalist painter La Roche Laffitte

Information on the artist and studio:

Born in 1943 in « Maisons Laffitte » France.

Contemporary artist specialized in watercolor gouaches.
An artist who finds his inspiration in the treasures of the nature and transcribes his vision of the animal and vegetal world.
All his works are unique, precious of a remarkable accuracy, the fruit of a minute observation. Framed in hand made beautiful parchment paper wrapped around wood.

La Roche Laffitte :
Education : Académie André Lhote 1960 – 1961

FL-8- Bright and happy – this can be hung as a pair with the below print or separately.

17″ x 21″

On sale for: $429.00 + shipping

FL-13- I love the bright wild petals of this flower. Its size makes it perfect for a bedroom, bathroom, or smaller space

17″ x 21″

On sale for: $429.00 + shipping

FOU-13- This is a beautiful print. The size lets you see all the details of the brush strokes. This would be a great piece for a living room, study, or hallway.

29″w x 42″h

On sale for: $1,200.00 + shipping ( retail price $2,000.00)

MOL-4- These shells are so realistic. The colors are beautiful.

21″ x 27″

On sale for: $612.50 + shipping

MOL- 8 – The soft curve of the nautilus shell in pale neutrals with deep chocolate brown accents.

21″ x 27″

On sale for $612.50 + shipping

POI-15- I love the soft blues, vibrant coral, acid green, and charcoal grey in this piece.

17″ x 21″

On sale for: $429.00 + shipping

POI-17 – The lanvin blue and acid yellow are so pretty.

17″ x 21″

On sale for: $429.00 + shipping

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French Antiques and Silk Ikat Fabrics…

Say no more…I am hooked. One of my favorite stores combines my two loves and is completely perfect. I would buy everything in this store if I could. I visit this store for the perfect table, lamp, fun lamp shade, or just to be inspired. It is located on Antique Row ( 243 East 60th Street) on the Upper East Side. They sell to The Trade only so please email me for inquiries. I have posted a few of their pieces to whet your appetite:

Louis XVI French Arm Chair – early 19th century. Upholstered in a fabulous rich ikat.

Art Deco style 4-panel linen screen with nail head trim

French 1940’s- set of four cerused oak chairs. So unique!

Folding french campaign chair circa 1870. I love these as desk chairs.

James Mont 3 panel screen – USA 1940s. I love the red paint with gilt touches. The circles over the antique mirror are beautiful.

Empire Style Bench- French 1920’s



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Crosby Street Hotel- SoHo NYC

My new favorite hotel in New York City. Color combinations, furniture styles, custom wallpaper…. droooooool, heavy breathing. The 11 floor Crosby Street Hotel is part of an existing chain, Firmdale Hotels, whose six other properties, all in London, have an avid following of transatlantic types from New York and Hollywood.

The hotels lobby welcomes you from the outside with towering steel framed windows and doors that create a greenhouse like feel on the inside. Walking by the hotel on Crosby Street, you can see into the lobby for an eyeful of art that belongs in the MOMA.

Stone dogs and a garden table with an assortment for flower pots welcomes you as you step into the lobby. A bright pair of suzani upholstered wing chairs flank the entrance to the hotel bar and restaurant on your left.

The hotel lobby features a 10 foot high Jaume Plensa steel sculpture of a human head created from letters of the alphabet.

Crosby Street is part of an existing chain, Firmdale Hotels, whose six other properties, all in London, have an avid following of transatlantic types from New York and Hollywood.

Kit Kemp ( owner and designer of the hotel) and I see eye to eye on how color should be used in design. She loves rich fabrics, patterns, and colors. Each of the 86 rooms is individually decorated and styled in a traditional manor with a modern twist. The fabrics, antiques, and art have been collected from all over the world. My amazing upholsterer made many of the drapes that hang on the lead casement style windows. Kit has used all of my favorite textile makers: Raoul Textiles, Van Der Hurd, Robert Kime, etc to create a warm and stimulating environment.

In the hotel’s basement is a screening room, one of Firmdale’s signature touches. The walls are upholstered in a purple felt and the seats are bright orange leather.

Bar Crosby will serves food in a casual, private club-like atmosphere. Antique tables play host to piles of fruit at breakfast.

The chairs in the restaurant are all upholstered in red wool with cutout wool animal silhouettes stitched onto the backs. ( the animal theme is a recurring one- this is a pet friendly hotel!) Bright colors and fun patterns fill the rest of the bar/ dining room and vintage glass lights from the 1950’s hang overhead.

There is an outdoor terrace which is for hotel guests only and is not available for private rentals. After seeing the space I know why they have specified this. It is gorgeous! Set right outside the bar and dining room the large terrace has beautiful antique lanterns and root ball lanterns strung across it. On a warm summer or fall night they light up all the perforated metal lanterns that are set on the ground and the space just glows. The perfect spot to unwind after a day of hitting the streets of SoHo.

The Drawing Room is also a private room only accessible to guests of the hotel. Kit has outdone herself in this space as well. With the warm red walls, various pieces of art hung all over the walls, the suzani print drapes by Robert Kime, and eclectic oversize mirrors, this room feels like the living room of your most fabulously stylish friend. In the evening they set up an “Honesty Bar” on one of the long consoles in the room.

Two large oil painting of Jack Russell’s by Francois Bard:

I love the magenta/ plum tufted sofa and am still dying over the large knotted wood antique mirror on the left wall. What a find Kit! There are so many patterns throughout the hotel but it does not feel overwhelming. Just well traveled and collected.

Event Spaces:

For those of you who are looking for a space to rent for a board meeting, small wedding ceremony/ reception, or private dinner the Crosby Street Hotel offers 3 beautiful rooms located on the lower level of the hotel. Each one is designed differently.

Layfeyette Room: A break from all the color that Crosby Street offers. This room is filled with greys and browns, upholstered walls, a world map that has been broken up into segments and framed in lucite hangs on the wall, rows of stone inset in the large wooden table, and an Argentinean ceiling fixture. Perfect fr a dinner or board meeting.

Spring Room: Bold orange wallpaper with white white fruits and flowers packs a punch while the farmhouse table and white wicker chairs take on a more relaxed vibe. The massive gilt sunburst mirror on the wall adds a dash of glamour. This room would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower.

Prince Room: This room is the largest and was being set up for a wedding ceremony and reception while I was touring. What a fun location to have a wedding. With all the beautiful fabrics and wallpaper the space all ready has such personality you can bring in your floral arrangements and be done. It is normally set up as you see in the image above and is more of a lounge than the other two rooms. A great spot to have a fundraiser or party.

If you are interested in renting any of the above 3 spaces you can contact Olivia Taylor for pricing and additional information.

Email Olivia Taylor and mention Travel For Design

Outside of the screening room and the event spaces lives Joe The Polar Bear bookshelf. He is an endangered species! There were only 50 made and 2 of them live in the United States. Click on the website below to see where his relatives are living.

Joe The Polar Bear website:

The Kemp’s commissioned british artist Peter Rocklin to do a series of paintings that hang on the wall surrounding Joe the polar bear. He painted images of the surrounding restaurants, people. and pets that can be found in the area surrounding the hotel. See all images on his website:

I viewed the following bedrooms and LOVED them all. Each one is unique so you can stay in a differently designed room every time you visit. They range in size and price but all have amazing views of SoHo.

10th Floor- suite 1007 The Crosby Suite

At 1,100 square feet this room is enormous. This suite is their top of the line room. Being on the 10th floor the view is amazing. There are not many tall buildings in SoHo so you can see quite a bit through the enormous steel cased windows. There seems to be more glass than wall. With walls upholstered in purple linen, wooden and lucite table lamps, large sofas, a card table, a white wire chandelier, and a terrarium in the living room you cannot believe there is more in store. The bedroom is off to your right with an oversized horizontally channeled headboard upholstered in a floral fabric. Vanderhurd Cut Flower Pattern in violet adorns the windows in long plush drapes with a fabulous tape trim detail.

11th Floor- Room 1106

700 square feet is quite spacious for a hotel room. This room is furnished with a large antique hutch that holds china. Upon entering you feel like you are in the apartment of a friend. The walls are upholstered in tan linen and the rest of the room has bursts of watermelon, red, and beige. A patterend raoul textile pillow and a beautiful white cotton quilt make the bed very inviting

8th Floor – Room 809

This suite has a vertically channeled headboard, a beautiful silver demi-lune with a silver elephant head and trunk as the middle leg, upholstered magenta linen walls, framed sari’s in lucite boxes on the walls. This was my favorite headboard. The fabric was hand embroidered and the antique mirror detail at the top was beautiful. The little framed prints were also very pretty. The small lucite dress maker models are available for purchase through the front desk.

Below are views from junior suite 809.

8th Floor- Standard Room 803

This is the smallest room and they still managed to fit a nice sized seating area. The walls are painted a soft dove grey with one accent wall painted acid yellow. THe oversize headboard is upholstered in a wide striped fabric in acid yellow, dove grey and ivory. The soft blue green gustavian chests of drawers bring it back towards traditional.

All rooms have huge bathroom with a grey and purple swirled granite, double sinks, a shower and a tub.

You get all of this and the hotel is also one of the most environmentally friendly hotels built in the United States and hopes to be one of the very first certified GOLD LEED hotels in New York. Guest rooms provide all the usual amenities found in a deluxe hotel including luxury linens, WiFi, flat screen tv and i-pod docking station.


Vanderhurd: VANDERHURD is a bespoke textile design studio serving a global clientele for over twenty-five years. Vanderhurd’s commitment to the unique vision of each of our individual clients is reflected in the entirely custom-made textiles that we produce. Vanderhurd is constantly perfecting new constructions and developing new designs, which speak to our trademark aesthetic and superior quality; simultaneously, we endeavor to create textiles for our clients that are perfectly suited to their needs, preferences and the designs they have envisioned. In the last three decades we have sought out the finest manufacturers in India (Varanasi, Jaipur and Delhi and their surrounding areas), Nepal (Kathmandu), the Philippines, New York and Europe, who understand our commitment to the precise specifications of our clients.

Flower cut Out – Lilac/ Cream drapes in The Crosby Suite #1007

Medallion– mint/ cream

Tulips- magenta/ coral used as drapes in Suite 809 (see image under Suite 809)

Flower Cut Out – Indigo / Cream – we used this to upholster an oversized headboard in a beach house.

Raoul Textiles- hand printed belgian linen fabrics in delicious colors. I use at least one of their fabrics in every project.

Robert Kime:

Robert Kime, uniquely among decorators, has risen to eminence in the profession via antique dealing, textile collecting and an abiding passion for putting rooms together. His three strands of expertise run side by side as he creates decorating schemes for an illustrious, discreet and world-wide clientele. The current Robert Kime fabric range is acknowledged to be the UK’s most inspired, varied and beautiful, by the public and his peers alike.

Barley Twist

Palmette Red- A new embroidered fabric

Susani yellow – We just upholstered an indian daybed in this fabric for a client’s beach house- beautiful!

Field poppy- on sheer- this fabric is delicious and I want it in a guest bedroom someday

Termez – silk ikat

Opium Poppy Strong- The lilac, soft yellow, and deep cherry reds are amazing. I would love a deep down sofa upholstered in this fabric.

Ottoman Lampas Blue – Printed on velvet. This would be amazing on a club chair. Great texture.

Kit Kemp has designed an “Instant Room” in the March 2010 Issue of House Beautiful using fabrics from Crosby Street- be sure to check it out!

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Elle Decor March 2010 favorites

What’s Hot: D. Porthault has introduced a new pattern and I love it! My grandmother had D. Porthault linens all over her Rhode Island summer home and i have loved them since I was a little girl. They can be fresh and modern depending on the rest of the room. The patterns below are from the Delices Indiens collection. Both patterns are from archived 1970s designs with a palette inspired by the colors and spices of India.

“Team Players” – by Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle. I love the library. The clustered art work creates a cozy vibe in the library. Dark blue (Farrow and Ball’s Off Black) glossy paint always sets art off nicely. This room does it for me- comfortable and elegant. Ticking stripe on the settee, a simple tufted arm chair on wheels, the brass tables, lamp, and ceiling fixture, ikat throw pillow, all resting on a sisal rug. Perfection. The huge arrangements of peonies is also stunning. Great propping!

“Classic Training” New York City Apartment. The family room carpet is beautiful. Made by Shyam Ahuja, you can customize the colors. The bold graphic pattern is so sharp and clean with an element of fun. I go long on fun and am all for this carpet! Perfect for a new client of mine. The 19th century Russian chandelier, chocolate brown glazed Christopher Spitzmiller lamps, and Warhol make this a warm and inviting room.



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Voltz Clarke Gallery

Blair Clarke, the stylish southern gallery owner fills her New York City apartment with the work of the artists she represents and after looking at the images below you will know why. Blair has an eye for talent. I look to Blair to supply pieces that my client’s will love. She stages pop-up shows throughout the year at various Manhattan venues. The interiors of her apartment are quite classic in style thus setting off her collection of art very nicely. Blair’s home will be on the Armory VIP tour this year so you will be able to take a peak!

Focusing on the exposure of contemporary artists through private consulting and public exhibitions, the company has a particular emphasis on introducing international artists to the US market. Clarke’s experience combines over nine years of East coast gallery associations, curatorial projects and a consulting relationship with Sanford L. Smith & Associates.

Voltz Clarke maintains a roster of international artists whose works are available to view online and by appointment. Clarke who loves to travel believes that one should cast the net wide in order to identify new talent. In a market which is increasingly globalized, she is intrigued by the rich diversity in work found often in unexpected places.

The below works are for sale through Blair Voltz Clarke:
Email Blair Voltz Clarke and mention Travel For Design

Natasha Law:

An english painter, Law’s signature style is bold, high-gloss paintings. The high gloss is reminiscent of lip gloss, a polished nail, a shiny new car, or patent leather high heel. So glossy it almost looks wet. Multiple layers of high gloss paint on aluminum creates this effect. Her subjects are usually semi-clothed, cropped and fragmented, and distinctly feminine. She reduces the shapes of her subject and uses bold colors to create a minimalist style. Law graduated from Camberwell college in 2000 and has grown internationally with shows on both sides of the Atlantic: Eleven Gallery in London, Rivington Arms Gallery and Voltz Clarke in Manhattan. And yes, she is Jude Law’s sister.

**Natasha Law will also do custom paintings. You can sit for her or provide her with an image. I have commissioned several for clients ( of them, their children, and their dogs!)

Natasha Law, Pink Bikini on Coffee, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge, 60 x 48 inches

Natasha Law, Sitting H, 2007, Gloss on Aluminum, 24×24 inches

Natasha Law, Grey Vest on Blue, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge

Natasha Law, Green Bikini on Green, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge

Pink Vest on Pink, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge, 60 x 48 inches and 51.5 x 63 inches

A recently finished client’s apartment with their new Natasha Law

Me in front of my Natasha Law

Chrstina Burch:

Christina Burch’s recent body of work entitled “Garland of Skulls” includes twelve paintings commissioned by New York private collector Alberto Mugrabi. These are a play on the traditional natur morte combined with anatomical references from buddhist and taoist texts. These will be on exhibition in 2010 along with new works available through Voltz Clarke. Having recently relocated from New York City to Ann Arbor, Michigan, Burch’s new work is inspired by the full moon and natural surroundings in Michigan. Beginning this summer, she will be serving as the president of Copper Colored Mountain Arts. Set on over 20 acres of lush gardens in rural Ann Arbor, CCMA is an arts community offering workshops as well as exhibitions and events – visit Currently Burch is curating a show of sculpture and outdoor installation by young contemporary artists scheduled to open this July. I love the colors and the style of Burch’s art. Her paintings combine propaganda, cartoons, printed and digital media, landscape and figurative imagery. She is particularly inspired by Japanese prints, as is reflected in her work.

Sea of Marrow 30″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas

Garland of Lotus 32″ x 32″ acrylic on canvas

Sea of Blood 24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas

I would love to use ” Sea of Blood” as a jumping off point for a dining room:

Walls painted in that dusty peach color (Farrow and Ball Cinder Rose) with high gloss deep blue trim (Farrow and Ball Drawing Room Blue). Soft french blue stried silk drapes unlined hung on lucite rods with gold leaf bamboo rings. Chinoiserie style dining chairs with ivory linen velvet seats. The table would be set with Imari china throwing in a punch of orange.

Sun K. Kwak

Sun is amazing! Her work appears to be paint but is actually masking tape.

She had a huge show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art recently:

The above two images are an installation Sun did in Blair’s apartment. I love the modern “paint splash” effect on the classic architectural detail.



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Treillage- finds at 75th Street

As I said in an earlier post, Treillage is one of my favorite stores. The space itself is beautiful- with two massive green painted doors that welcome you into the store. John Rosselli and Bunny Williams own it ( Bee Line home, John Rosselli antiques) and with their eyes searching for each piece you know you will find a special piece. Bunny Williams book “An Affair with a House” was one of the first design books I purchased. It chronicles her romance with her country home. Like the store, her country home is filled with beautiful possessions but the overall feeling is one of comfort. The store carries both antique and new pieces, indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, and garden-wares.

A few picks from Treillage 75th street:

Chinoiserie Pilow

seat height:

Finely-crafted handmade vintage textile pillow

A neoclassical style carved and painted bench with overscaled scrolling arms above a platform seat supported by balls on platform bases

seat height:

Painted in an antique gray distressed finish.

Pair of Steel and Upholstered Stools

seat height:

Bamboo Fretwork Center Table


Hexagon center table with a black lacquer top.

Bronze Grille Table


Deco Drinks Table


Treillage painted wood conservatory table with a painted lattice top and slatted bottom shelf


Copied from the original as purchased in France.

OBR 5905
Kennsington Console with Marble Top


*For both indoor and outdoor use.

Trumeau a Coquille Mirror


This beautiful treillage work hand made mirror is finished in Luxembourg Green. Custom colors and sizes are available upon request.

Handcrafted Cotton and Jute Basket

Handcrafted Cotton and Jute Basket Handcrafted in India by a collective of women’s self help groups that is instrumental in reviving and enriching craft-traditions and techniques that result in the sustenance of many craft based livelihood initiatives and employment opportunity in villages in India

A few of my favorite pieces from Bunny’s new line of furniture:

Regale Arm Chair – Painted

As the Italians did in the 18th century, this regally proportioned character chair has hand-carved details and an upholstered pop in box back (held by decorative metal clips) and slip seat. These versatile features make seasonal upholstery changes simple. Available in painted antique white or medium stained walnut finish. Fabric options: Taupe and moss linen twill, sable linen or customer’s own material (COM).

26 ¾ ”W x 25”D x 40”OAH x 16 ½” SH

Eglomise Coffee Table

The couture of coffee tables, strutting a 1940’s forged base of gilded iron with an inset, Verre églomisé, (reverse gilt and painted glass) Fortuny inspired design interpreted by Miriam Ellner, on sea green ground.

40”W x 24”D x 15 ½”H

Hourglass Table

This sensuous table with an hourglass figure is reminiscent of 1940’s Paris. An octagonal pedestal base of hand-applied reeded mahogany pieces finished in old gold patina support a honed, Tulung Agung stone top.

32”OAD x 28”H, 23” (Diameter base)

Palladian Partner’s Desk

Inspired by architect Palladio of the Neoclassical Period, this piece has hand- carved details and a flame crotch Mahogany inlay top. It is supported by bold arched ends and columnar legs with dual drawers and sectioned dividers on each side allowing this piece to be used as a console or desk. I believe every room needs a strong piece of furniture of architectural proportions.

60”W x 28”D x 30”H

Chicken Feather Pottery Lamp

Baluster formed ceramic lamp with lattice incised pattern inspired by Peruvian pottery in warm earth tone glazes. Hand-carved gadrooned base in gilt finish. Their ceramic lamps are hand-crafted in Jingdezhen where the secret of traditional Chinese porcelain was discovered 1700 years ago.

10”W x 6 ½” D (base) x 19” H (vase height) x 34 ½” OAH (with shade). Recommended shade size is 20” B x 11” T x 14” S.

Nailhead Sofa

Don’t you love the shape of the base of this sofa?! Fully upholstered tight-back sofa with three loose seat cushions is proportioned for comfort. The apron boasts a whimsical curve and is trimmed in French nailheads. Sinuous spring construction. Available in taupe and moss linen twill, olive cotton velvet, or customer’s own material (COM).

74”W x 39”D x 37 ” H (back) x 16 ½ SH x 24 ½ SD


418 East 75th Street, New York, NY Phone: (212) 535-2288

“An Affair With A House” :

“Point of View”:

Bunny’s new line of furniture Bee Line Home:



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Getting Sporty At Christie’s – The Thrill Of The Hunt

The Old Master & 19th Century European Art sale at Christie’s New York on January 27th contains two important collections of Sporting Art. The collection of Mr and Mrs Montgomery Fisher, from California, (lots 181-200) includes many superlative examples by renowned English equestrian painter Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959). Paintings from the well-known racing enthusiast Thomas J. Carroll from Middleburg, Virginia include excellent examples by Munnings as well as works by key 19th century English artists J.F. Herring Senior and Thomas Blinks. Estimates in the sale start from $10,000+ and the collections epitomize sophisticated English country house style.

Lot 189

Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (Mendham 1878-1959 Dedham)

The Start

oil on artist’s board

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)

Painted circa 1950

Estimate: $300,000-500,000

Lot 191

Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (Mendham 1878-1959 Dedham)

A Park Meeting

signed ‘A.J. MUNNINGS’ (lower right)

oil on canvas

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)

Estimate: $400,000-600,000

Designers Note: I LOVE Lot 189 and Lot 191. The soft brush strokes lend a wonderful movement to both works. ” A Park Meeting” immediately draws me into the world of british equestrian society. I love the man and woman on the right – perhaps the owners of the horse? I love the combination of sport and fashion. Lot 189 would look amazing in a library with deep rusty red or chocolate walls to really make the jockey’s colors pop off the page. I see Lot 191 in a living room with soft yellow or pale green walls.

Lot 200

Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (Mendham 1878-1959 Dedham)

Millicent Baron on `Magpie’

signed ‘A.J. MUNNINGS’ (lower left)

oil on canvas

30.1/2 x 38 in. (77.5 x 96.5 cm.)

Estimate: $800,000-1,200,000

You do not have to be at the auction to place a bid ( though raising the paddle is half of the fun!). You can watch items as they come up and bid on line. As Clare says, “Trust your own eye but don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

For inquiries contact:

Clare McKeon – Vice President

Email Clare McKeon

(p) 212 636 2084


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