Category Archives: Inspiration

Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

All of these snowstorms are getting old. Time to lift your spirits and plan an island getaway (or spend some time gazing at your computer screen taking a mental vacation!). I have gone through photos of trips we have taken over the last 2 years and will be posting some standouts . Just looking at these photos inspires me and gets me through these cold snowy months!

In the midst of February, we headed south to the Parrot Cay Resort, a private island with 1000 acres of forests, marshes, and beaches. There are direct flights from New York City to the capital Providenciales. Flight time is just 3 hours. From there you are picked up at the airport and whisked off to a dock via private shuttle. The staff greats you with coronas and water and then you get aboard the resorts boat.

Once you arrive via boat the staff is waiting with golf carts to transport you to the main building on the island for check in.

The views from the pool are stunning. It is elevated at dune height so you see out over the pool to the beach below.

The Lotus Restaurant is set up above the pool with indoor/ outdoor dining. The wooden structure is beautiful. At Lunch they serve up carribean inspired dishes and at night the cuisine has a japanese and thai flair. You can order off the COMO Shambhala menu ( the very healthy spa menu) at both restaurants as well as for room service. The restaurants were never crowded and the dress code is casual.

Below is the path from the main building and rooms down to the beach and gym. The outdoor stone shower below the pool is enormous. The gym is housed in a large wooden structure opposite the pool.

The Terrace Restaurant serves modern Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is attached to the main building and looks out over the gardens below, tennis courts to the right, and the ocean.

Ocean facing room: These rooms look out over gardens to the pool and beach below. each room has it’s own private deck with a sofa and chairs where you can have breakfast. Terra-cotta tiled floors, balinese furniture, and white cotton fabric and walls give the room a relaxing Caribbean vibe. The resort also has beach villas with up to 4 bedrooms. The largest residence on the property is made up of two homes ( each with 4 bedrooms) and belongs to Donna Karan but is available to rent.

At the poolside bar we would grab the backgammon set and settle down for cocktails before dinner. Some of the locals ( those lucky enough to have built homes on the island- Bruce Willis and Keith Richards) stop in for drinks at the bar as it is the only watering hole on the island.

The spa is incredible. The yoga and pilates rooms have large sliding doors that open up one entire side of the rooms to the marsh and ocean below. There are separate hot tubs and steam rooms for both men and women as well as one hot tub that is set out in a garden under the stars where men and women are both welcomed. There are complimentary yoga, pilates, and beach yoga sessions offered daily.

The scuba diving and bone fishing is exceptional. While on the island it is great to get out on a boat and see the reefs, flats, and the change in the color of the water. From the beach you can take out a catamaran and snorkel and mask for excursions.

Every evening you can walk the mile long beach with drinks in hand and watch the sunset… ahhhh I want to go back!

Book your trip: http://www.parrotcay.como.bz/

xo,

S

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Sakonnet Vineyards- Little Compton, Rhode Island


A once in a lifetime opportunity to own vineyard lands in Rhode Island’s most beautiful seaside community. Bucolic 12+ acre fully permitted lot. Beautiful vistas, miles of New England stone walls, and idyllic water views. Abutting over 100 acres of conserved vineyard land of which 45 acres are planted producing close to 10,000 cases of “Estate Grown” nationally and internationally acclaimed wine. Own a slice of heaven and enjoy all the character and charm of vineyard life.

The lot next door is also for sale with a post and beam country cottage on a private lane with commanding views of water, vineyards and fields abutting over 100 acres of conservation land. 14+ acres of stone wall laced landscape present many possibilities. A one of a kind, first ever offering.

Sakonnet Vineyards was named “Best Winery in New England” for 2006. Visit their website below:

http://www.sakonnetwine.com/

For inquiries email Chan Lyle and mention Sara Gilbane Interiors
xo,

S

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West Village- Elizabeth Bauer Design

I was flipping through Vogue and saw much to my delight that they wrote an article about Elizabeth Bauer and her fabulous store. A girl after my own heart, Elizabeth loves the vintage find, french artists, and color, color, color! I stop in her store regularly to find that last minute, “must-have” for my clients. I snapped a few photos of some of her more irresistible finds while shopping a few days ago.

A pair of night stands with interlocking brass rings

Console table wrapped in navy leather and nail head trim

Ceramic Buddha Lamp

Black lacquered chest of drawers with large brass rings

A beautiful painting of a street in Paris- This reminds me of an illustration from Madeline

An original Charles Cobelle painting hung behind beautiful glass bottles with large stoppers

Another beautiful bottle perched on a Dorothy Draperesque swag wall mount

A pair of vintage ikat pouf from the estate of David Barrett

A collection of vintage prints by French artist SEM- these are always fun hung in a power room

1960’s Etagere with tassel motif and light

A pair of black and gold side tables with x bases- Dorothy Draper for Henredon

Red Lacquer chinoiserie style plug in sconces

Shagreen and brass cocktail table- sleek and stylish

Gorgeous pair of faux malachite side tables- low in height but beautiful!

Shop Elizabeth’s Store: http://elizabethbauerdesign.com/shop/

xo,

S

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Net-A-Porter Wednesday’s Picks

Miu Miu – Raffia Cross Body Bag: What a great looking carry all. The shoulder sling is a great addition. I love the classic black and white chevron print.

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/61408#

Isabel Marant- Turquoise multi-strand drop earrings:

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/66936#

Stella McCartney- White raw silk blazer: Perfect to throw on over a spring/summer dress:

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/79628#

Isabel Marant: Lapis lazuli chandelier earrings: I love these

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/66923#

Alice By Temperly- Striped jersey dress

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/62695#

Happy Shopping!

xo,

S

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Eric Cohler’s New Collection at Lee Jofa

Eric Kohler’s new line of fabrics is out and on display at Lee Jofa in the D and D building in NYC. Lee Jofa always sets up an amazing room displaying their latest collaborations. This feels like the perfect bachelor’s pad to me. The neutral linen fabric used as wall upholstery, the handsome chandelier and long dining table make this a multi-purpose room.

I love his modern take on zebra print. They grey is the perfect shade. I plan on using this for a new client!

Please email me with inquiries on any fabrics.

xo,

S

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John Robshaw Textiles

One of my favorite fabric designers, John Robshaw, has come out with his new collection of blockprinted linens and cotton voiles. His fabrics are totally inspiring and the color combinations are fresh. I have used his fabrics, duvets, bed linens, bathrobes, napkins, and throw pillows in many projects and in many different ways.

John’s forays in Asia have taken him to the villages of Gujarat and Rajasthan to work alongside artisans and study their traditional printing methods; he has made court batiks in Yogakarta, Indonesia; block printed sarongs alongside a family who has been printing for four generations; he has vegetable-dyed ikats in Thailand. In India, John found that he could apply a painterly aesthetic to the traditional method of block-printing by mixing up patterns and overlapping them in a more formally artistic way. There, his signature dynamic look was crafted: an updated spin on the exotic, handmade object; a vibrant mix of sophistication and romantic allure. “I want all the colors, processes and designs from each culture to blend. I redesign them and mix up the processes in ways no one has ever done before. I try to edit them, learn from them, make them my own but retain their essence. In piggybacking these designs and techniques with each other or with my own ideas, what emerges is new and fresh, and yet retains that sense of tradition, of the handmade. When I need to hire someone to help, I pick the old printers. Their hands are shaky and their eyesight is poor, so the pattern comes out slightly off. I want to feel that human touch,” says John.

“By producing my textiles abroad, I get to become a minor character in the lives of the people I work with, and I can take inspiration from what I see and do there. I go to their weddings, celebrate their festivals, I get sick with them, I develop relationships with the people who are teaching me. When you look at my textiles, its like you’ve been on the world tour along with me.”

Algiers Lotus

JRL 77-58

Alhambre Coral

JRL 75-61

Vintage Stripe Coral- I would love to use this as wall upholstery in a library or bedroom.

JRL 21-61

Petra Cobalt- This would look beautiful as drapes or on a sofa.

JRL 39-21

Anar Charcoal – for you black and white lovers. This can go anywhere but would be fun on an upholstered headboard.

JRCV 11-22

I used the above pattern in red and white for two twin headboards in a client’s beach house:

Another client’s beach house- John Robshaw euro squares, sheets and quilt.

A showhouse up in Rhode Island- John Robshaw crane pillow on the bed

Two rope chairs upholstered in John Robshaw’s blue on blue stripe.

More of John Robshaw: http://www.johnrobshaw.com/shop.htm

xo,

S

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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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The Colorful World of Harrison Howard

I have a serious thing for chinoiserie. I am also a great lover of color. Harrison Howard started his career as a decorative painter and worked for various well known firms all over the country. While he will still paint wonderful murals for your home he has also been putting his work down on paper, canvas, and panels.
Inspired by 18th century painter Jean Pillement, he paints whimsical and vibrantly colored chinese men painting crabs, floating through clouds in wonderful boats, and looking through telescopes. His series of flower and shell people remind me of children’s book illustrations- truly magical. His shell series are also beautiful. His pieces work anywhere- a living room, dining room, hallway, or bedroom and I would love to see his shell and flower people framed in a nursery. If you look closely in Lonny issue 3 I have two of his watercolors hanging in my dining room. They are special pieces and made by someone who is passionate about his work. I have attached some examples of his work below:

Chinoiseries:

The Astronomer

The Fisherman

The Two Gardeners- I love that their garden is inside the yellow gazebo

The Two Workmen- Hanging a shell inside the pagoda while the lobster pulls another large clam shell up.

The Butterfly Keeper- I love his robes!

The Yellow Sail- Reminds me of the children’s book “The Owl and The Pussy Cat”. The peacock tail feathers as a rudder are amazing.

Arranging Drapery – I love her pet hermit crab and the large red sea urchin

The Dowery

Flower and Shell People: Their hats are fabulous! These prints are perfect for a little girls bedroom. Think how many bedtime stories you could weave from a few of these hanging on your little girl’s wall.

Parasol In The Air

The Reader

The Letter Writer – I love her wicker desk, black shawl, the blue and white ginger jar holding her hand fan and architectural plans, and most of all her broad flower petal hat. It reminds me of a fabulous hat you would wear to the Kentucky Derby.

Shells: These are screaming beach house!

Shells with Seagrass

Shells By The Sea

Red Angaria White Coral- I love the tiny painted shells with the blue background. This is a great jumping off point for a beach house room- soft aqua, pale lavender, bright pink, yellow, white, and a touch of black. It would also be fun to use this as a design running across a painted white floor.

Visit Harrison Howard’s website to see more of his work and to purchase: http://www.harrisonhoward.com/mainframe4.htm

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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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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