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A Little Taste of Chinoiserie

My post about Harrison Howard made me think about some of my favorite chinoiserie themed rooms and the designers that created them. There are so many details in each photo so take your time, they are not to be missed!

Billy Baldwin:

Design at Winterthur

Billy Baldwin designed Diana Vreeland’s “Garden in Hell” living room

Billy Baldwin- Salon for Marie-Laure de Noailles

Scalamandre Billy Baldwin Bamboo Collection

Kelly Wearstler:

Restaurant on the 7th Floor of Bergdorf Goodman: Antiqued mirror, brass, pale blue, green, and acid yellow leather, de Gournay wallpaper, and cerused oak floors.

Tony Duquette: The below images are from Tony and Elizabeth Duquette’s two properties: “Dawnridge” in a Los Angeles canyon and “The Empire”, 150 acres in Malibu. What I wouldn’t give to have been able to visit these residences. Total and utter magic.

Tony Duquette for Jim Thompson: These fabrics are amazing!

Gemstone- looks just like malachite. Would be amazing as wall upholstery or drapes.

Royal Ermine

Spinach Leopard

Tony Duquette Lighting for Remains:

California Sunburst Sconce

http://www.remains.com/item_DS4410.24.aspx

Splashing Water Sconce

http://www.remains.com/item_DS4300.3.aspx

Mary MacDonald:

Ruthie Sommers:

This is a favorite Ruthie room: color scheme, fabric, sofa shape, and best of all… the pagoda style woodwork above the door.

A nook turned nursery

Charlotte Moss:

Me:

Chinoiserie Panels

xo,

S

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Greenwich Village- Antony Todd

Antony Todd’s store is a beautiful space located on 11th street just off University. The space has high ceilings and walls filled with art. I can always find a unique piece weather it is a lamp, table, chair, or throw pillow. The ground floor is arranged in vignettes that show how his finds can all work together in a space, while the basement level holds all of the remaining treasures. Some pieces are awaiting reupholstery and some are waiting their turn to make their debut on the ground floor. I like seeing pieces in both settings. The ground floor has pieces that are ready to snap up and place in my client’s homes immediately and the basement offers me a place where my mind can wander and I can dream up fabrics for pieces upholstered in muslin.
While visiting the store yesterday I snapped some photos so you could all be inspired by his beautiful collection. Enjoy!

He usually goes with a neutral linen on furniture with throw pillows in a bright saturated color for interest.

Lovely deep chocolate velvet

Chocolate linen serves as a neautral against this beauti

xo,
S

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Adirondack Style- Lake Placid Lodge

We had to cancel our big trip out to Aspen due to the incredible amount of snow the East Coast was receiving last week. With it being Valentine’s Day and a long weekend we had to get something on the books. With all of this snow and the winter olympics we decided to drive to a snowy winter wonderland… The Adirondack Mountains! We looked at Whiteface Lodge as well as a few other places but decided on The Lake Placid Lodge.

Lake Placid Lodge is a Relaid and Chateaux property and the original lodge was built as a family residence in 1882. In 1946, the Garrett Hotel Group purchased the lodge and turned it into a hotel. In the winter of 2005 a massive fire burned the lodge to the ground and the Garrett Hotel group set about rebuilding the Lodge with a team of architects and local artisans. The new Main Lodge is a majestic Arts and Crafts style building impressive in scale yet feels totally warm and cozy inside

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Above: The bar is more of a large living room with small tables for two, large sofas and cocktail tables for groups, a roaring fireplace, a bar, and bookshelves crammed with board games, books, and the only television you will find in the Lodge.

Almost every piece of furniture, rug, and lighting source was custom made by a local artisan for the lodge. I spent hours pouring over every detail. The above chair is just one of the hundreds of unique pieces. Truly beautiful and very comfortable.

The bar itself is adorned with hand-carved and painted leaves, branches, and pines cones.

In the main dining area all tables, chairs, and pendant lights are custom made.

A detail shot of the chairs and tables. ails were not used in making these pieces. They were all put together with pegs by hand.

This beautiful birch tree grew up through the center of the staircase leading from the bar and restaurant to the bedrooms in the lodge.

I love the color combination used in the stairwell. The warm reds and oranges in the custom carpet really pop against the softly raged green walls. Local artists paintings hang on many of the walls.

This fireplace outside the bar was my favorite. The artist was given free reign to do whatever he wanted and he carved trees, branches, leaves, pine cones, chipmunks, owls, and pheasants. This was amazing!

Detail shots of the pine cones, chipmunks, and owl. You can see all of the little hatch marks he made on the chipmunk to make it look like fur.

Below: The map room. A hand painted map of the local area and birch trees used as columns. This room overlooks the lake and can be used for conferences or private dinners.

Our bedroom: We stayed in Hearthside, one of the few rooms located on the second floor in the main lodge. With a large balcony overlooking Lake Placid and a huge fireplace, this room was very cozy. The most amazing feature in the room was the bed. A local artisan carefully selected branches from trees and fit them together. He fit similar branches all around the top of the walls and they met and twisted around an oval shape full length mirror. The room felt like a forrest.

The cowhide rugs with zebra print on them were a fun playful addition. Theheavy linen used for the duvet and shams is from Andrew Martin.

Bedside table lamps were hand made from branches and had birds nests at the top. Great detail.

The moose head is carved from wood and there were two large club chairs upholstered in a deep red and green plaid on either side of the fireplace. The perfect place to snuggle up and read in the afternoons.

The bathrooms were enormous with Kohler “tea-for-two” bathtubs. The showers had large rain heads. Both the shower and the bathtub had views of the lake.

Durning the day there are a ton of activities: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, downhill skiing at Whiteface mountain. It snowed every day we were there. You truly feel a million miles away from the city! In the summer they have their own boat that you can take out on the lake. There is also fly fishing, swimming, and shooting.

When snowshoeing/ cross country skiing over the lake you have a chance to take a peak at all of the beautiful adirondack style boat houses and homes that surround Lake Placid. This is a place we will definitely be returning to!!

http://lakeplacidlodge.com/#/

A few picks for your Adirondack Camp:

Elk hair and antler stools

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=179993

Rustic brach chandelier:

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_search.php?i_keyword=antlers&stype=1&type=2

Horn Lamp from the Black Forrest circa 1880

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=255089

Moose Antler sconces with antique paisley shades

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=313093

Vintage widemouth bass mounted on birch bark frame – USA 1940’s

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=344425

Peter Dunham- fig leaf fabric for wall upholstery

http://peterdunhamtextiles.com/textiles/view/Fig+Leaf

19th century american sofa in homespun linen

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=378744

1930’s navajo weaving pillow

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=369043

Moroccan Marmoucha rug circa 1950-1970

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=332071

xo,

S

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Great Fashion Designers Homes

It’s Fashion Week her in NYC we have seen some amazing pieces for Fall 2010. In the midst of the fashion madness I have found myself turning to some of the great designers homes as well as the runways for inspiration. Below are a few of my favorites.

Carolina Herrera: Just as classic and chic as her designs on the runway. Lots of stripes and yummy velvet.

I had to throw in these images of Carolina Herrera Jr’s home– both mother and daughter love red, stripes, and bold classic statement pieces. I love all the suzani! This is one of my favorite apartments of all time.

YSL: A legend who surrounded himself with exquisite objects. His home is a jewel box. You want to pick up and examine everything. He had an exceptional collection of paintings and art including works by: Picasso, Mondrian, Matisse, Goya, Ingres; and furniture from the Renaissance period to Art Deco period.

There is barely any room on the cocktail table…this man was a collector.

I love the above library

Marc Jacobs: Below are images of his three-story garden apartment on the Champ de Mars. Beautiful traditional moldings and paneling coupled with modern furniture makes for a fabulous apartment!

Lanvin: “Lanvin Blue” a cornflower shade of blue was the designers favorite color. The below rooms have been recreated in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

The bathroom below is very glamorous- I love the floor and the pedestal sink.

Coco Chanel: Her home was above her boutique in Paris. Her home is used for photo shoots and press interviews. She had many black lacquered chinoiserie screens. Her home is quite opulent with glistening chandeliers and gleaming mirrors and lacquer but still feels intimate and comfortable. Coco Chanel did not have a bedroom her…she slept across the street at The Ritz- of course!

The tan suede sofa was one of Coco’s favorites and would sit on it while interviewing. The color and fabric were some of her favorites.

Valentino’s Capri Home 1971: I love all of this blue and white. Crisp and cool with beautiful patterns.

Oscar De La Renta’s home in Kent, CT: Gardens are perfection and I love the living room. The reds, greens, and creams keep the grand scale feeling intimate.

Oscar De La Renta: table setting 1971: this is so much fun- one of my favorites.

Christian Louboutin: Would you expect the man who makes the most fabulous shoes to live in a lack-luster home? The vibrant orange walls with the classic molding and vibrant rug- Love it!

xo,

S

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3.1 Phillip Lim- Fall 2010

I have never been disappointed with Phillip Lim’s collections. Fall 2010 was another great one! He showed amazing outerwear staples mixed with some 70s disco glam.

Lim’s mood board:

Tough leather with soft fluffy fur and high waisted mustard yellow pants.

Collarless camel coat- staple

Keeping the sparkle alive for another season mixed with a soft lavender- yum. This is reminiscent of a room I just finished. Lavender grasscloth with lots of soft sparkly gold antique mirror.

Pow! Love this gold suit. The drape of the pants is fab as is the blazer. I would probably wear one piece at a time but love the impact.

The classic trench with warm rabbit lining.

xo,

S

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Michael Kors- Fall 2010

Simple (tans, golds, blacks, greys), yet sexy (furs, suede boots) was the look at Michael Kors. Each piece is easy to wear and he keeps his sporty American dream alive.

Kors’ mood board:


This coat is outstanding.

These boots and the Isabel Marant boots are killing me. Must….have.

The shimmering gold dress with the brown leather wrap around belt is so easy to wear and looks fabulous.

Love the camel blazer, trousers and white button down.

xo,

S

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Oscar de la Renta- Fall 2010

The Oscar show is always breathtakingly beautiful. He is a master of detail and he showed that once again this collection. The models showcased big 80s hair and make-up and the jewel toned pieces followed suit.

I love this little green jacket.

This long glimmering jacket is the perfect piece for fall – check out the tights!

Ruby red jacket with plum colored fur collar.

I love this whole outfit. Slinky black pants with the white wooly jacket with tight red sleeves poking through.

The staple trench again with furrrrrrrrr.

I love the proportions of this little red jacket- the tie collar and short wrist baring sleeves is so chic.

This dress is skewed towards the younger side- perfect party dress.

This could easily be an Oscar ( red carpet) dress. Totally timeless- would love to find this in my closet!

The beadwork on this dress is amazing. The light catches with the wearer’s every move.

I LOVE this dress. Simple in black but look in the photo below for the back….To Die For. Another Oscar ( red carpet) dress for sure!

The drape of this is gorgeous. Simple and stunning…and behind her you can see the back of my black dress.

xo,

S

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Carolina Herrera- Fall 2010

This collection has touches from the 40’s 50’s, and 70’s. Fierce clean lines with elegant embellishments. You can easily picture Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Faye Dunaway, Ingrid Bergman, or Lauren Bacall in one of these outfits ready for her close up. The colors ( crimson and camel) and textures ( sable) are evocative of autumn. Though, not many of us are rushing out to splurge on Carolina Herrera outfits at this time her collection is always one to drool over.

xo,

S

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Belvedere via 1st dibs

Glamorous is the word that immediately comes to mind when browsing the inventory at Belvedere. With an emphasis on elegant mid-20th century furniture and decorations, pieces range from classic modernist basics to those of understated glamour, all with a focus on beauty, comfort, and function. Their inventory highlights the work of many of the period’s better known designers, as well as those who are just now being rediscovered. Finally, Belvedere features a selection of contemporary offerings that compliment our vintage aesthetic; these designs are destined to be the treasures of the future.

Handmade table in bronze with ivory shagreen top.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=320514

USA 1950’s- Copper glazed ceramic lamp. I would love this on a table next to a deep scarlet linen velvet sofa.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=259708

USA 1950’s- button-tufted slipper chairs. The shape and scale is so chic. With a small cocktail table between them this would be the perfect spot for cocktails with a friend. I would love to upholster them in a lavender mohair.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=333239

USA 1940’s scrolled mirror finished in gold and silver leaf- the lines are beautiful. This could be hung anywhere and would be particularly fun in a powder room.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=358540

USA 1950’s- Pair of Foo Dog Lamps. There are many reproduction foo dog lamps on the market right now and I think they are all fun in their own way. The below pair are stunning. The silver leaf with the soft brown patina brings the carvings to life. The carvings have a high visual impact- very intricate and three dimensional. The lucite bases add some feminine glamour.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=358561

USA 1960’s- Fabulous hexagonal side tables in silver gilt- just plain pretty.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=326831

Petite dresser/ bedside tables wrapped in parchment. The scale of these tables is perfect for a manhattan bedroom. The curve of the bottom and the nickle plated key hole makes these tables special.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=271252

USA 1950’s wave dresser- Va- Va- Voom…look at those curves!! The deep espresso stain still allows the grain of the wood to show through making this a bit more sophisticated than a straight lacquer. The pulls are equally unique. This would be a statement piece in a dining room but is versatile enough to sit anywhere.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=283308

Contact me with inquiries.

xo,

S

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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

xo,

S

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