Category Archives: Interior Design

Equestrian Chic

I was referred to this article in Garden & Gun ( don’t you just love the name of this magazine?) by one of my cousins and I had to get this out there.

If you’re looking for an original piece of Kentucky Thoroughbred history, chances are George Gatewood of Longwood Antique Woods has it. Based in Lexington, Gatewood specializes in reclaiming horse barns slated for demolition or no longer in use. But these aren’t just any old horse barns. Gatewood’s collection includes such finds as original stall doors from Faraway Farm, the birthplace of Triple Crown winner War Admiral, and hoof-worn paving bricks from Hamburg Place, the stomping grounds of multiple Kentucky Derby winners since its founding in 1898.

Gatewood’s mission began when he watched a bulldozer barrel through his family’s 200-year-old farmhouse in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, to make room for an industrial park. “It was just awful to watch,” he says. Since then, his team has meticulously pulled some two million nails from 500 structures, preserving wood and other materials that otherwise would have been lost to history.

For do-it-yourselfers, Gatewood will ship the materials directly to you, or his team can also install antique flooring, beams, and mantels, or even create one-of-a-kind furniture. “These barns are not being used,” he says. “They will expire and fall back into the earth. It’s nice to know you can sacrifice those buildings and someone will honor them for a long time to come.”

You can see the magazine and the above article on Garden & Gun’s website: www.gardenandgun.com

Visit the Longwood website and look for everything from salvaged beams, to doors, to log cabins: http://www.longwoodantiquewoods.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2&Itemid=5

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Memorial Day Getaway

In need of a break? Is there weather still a bit too cool for you? Get on Jetsetter and book yourself a vacation at a deep discount!

Hotel Luca- Napa Valley

Perfectly situated in Yountville, this boutique hotel offers you access to their Italian restaurant on site with a complimentary breakfast as well as a spa for that much needed massage after a long day of vineyard hopping. Yountville is also home to a few of my favorite spots: Maisonry, Bouchon, Bistro Jeanty, and French Laundry.

Round Hill- Jamaica

The interiors were designed by Ralph Lauren so you can expect a high end but relaxed vibe. Amazing views of the Caribbean from the restaurant, your room, and the infinity edge pool. You will also get a discount on your jet blue flight!

Fairmont- Southampton, Bermuda

Sink your toes into the warm pink sand f Bermuda’s beaches will sipping a Dark and Stormy. This 100 acre plantation estate boasts an ocean-view golf course, tennis center, and nine restaurants and bars.

El Bulli Hotel – Seville, Spain

Food and wine, a gourmet paradise. The 44 room Andalusian hotel is built around a 1,100-year old farmhouse. Bedrooms boast soaring ceilings with hand painted murals. Stroll among gardens carefully lined with orange trees and Mediterranean herbs, lounge by the pool on a luxurious day bed, or consider a massage in the spa. The hotel is quite but you can make the 25 minute drive into Seville for shopping, museums, and nightlife.

The Osprey- Beaver Creek

Is your idea of a getaway wide open spaces in the wild west? The Osprey is right on the mountain at Beaver Creek allowing their guests access to hiking, biking, fly fishing, golf, etc.

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Happy Travels.

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Deborah Sharpe Bed Linens On Sale at One Kings Lane

For all you linen lovers the talented Deborah Sharpe is featured on One Kings Lane.

An erstwhile art-gallery owner and editor, Deborah Sharpe brings a strong sense of color and design to her eponymous line of linens.

It all began twenty years ago, when she discovered a Florentine company founded in 1912 by three Italian sisters with a shared passion for embroidery. The company produced exactly the type of bedding she desired, with an extraordinary diversity of

What Feels Like Summer To You?

This streak of gorgeous weathers feels more like August than the middle of May…but I will take it. We are heading up to Rhode Island for the weekend to get in on this summer fun.

Does summer bring out your arsenal of brightly colored clothing? Does it remind you of popsicles, beach balls, sun tan lotion, and wild fun? The below rooms are packed with color, whimsy, and do not take themselves to seriously, just like you!

Do you like your white linen dress to be crisp, not a wrinkle in your slacks, navy and white stripped bow tie to sit just so? These cool clean rooms may be a great jumping off point for you:

Is summer your time to kick back, relax, and let the sand fall where it may? If so, the rooms below are for you with their sparse furniture plans, slip covers, and sisal carpets.

Happy Friday!!

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S

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One King’s Lane Sale

One King’s Lane is featuring sales from Stark today! I turn to stark when I need a special fabric, wall covering, or carpet. They are a high quality vendor with gorgeous merchandise. Don’t miss the sale….

Fabrics designed by Oscar De La Renta, Missoni, Old World Weavers, Fonthill, and more. Whether you’re looking to re-cover a pillow, the sofa, or create brand-new ceiling-to-floor drapes to add drama and height to a room, you’ll find the fabric of your dreams here! Come get inspired by a sensational selection of cottons, silks, damasks, jacquards, multidimensional modern blends, traditional toiles and more, sold in two-yard increments for all your do-it-yourself projects!

Paint: 57 beautiful shades of Colours by David Oliver—an exciting, eco-friendly new paint line created for Stark by David Oliver, design director of London’s noted Paint & Paper Library Each is available in your choice of Velvet Emulsion, Porcelain Shell and Lacquer Gloss finish.

Wall Coverings: Traditional and contemporary, solid and patterned, in a range of textures, colors and finishes.

Sisal Carpets: Flat-woven from tough natural fibers like sisal and seagrass, these rugs are a perfect choice if you’re looking for elegant, low-maintenance floor covering for almost any room in your home. More durable than many synthetic carpets, these flatweave rugs are inherently stain-resistant, static-free, and require less vacuuming than both wool and synthetic fiber rugs. Stark offers an assortment, in chic textures from diamond-check to herringbone to chic neutrals. We use sisal all the time. It helps make a more formal room approachable and when used wall to wall can make your small soace feel bigger. Layer carpets on top for a relaxed feel.

The sale starts at 11 am today: http://www.onekingslane.com/Events.aspx

Happy Shopping!

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S

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American Woman- The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit

I design a home with the client in mind. I want their personality to shine through rather than mine. Their friends should walk in and know who lives there rather than ask “who designed your home?” The same goes with fashion, and last nights Met Ball had a number of personalties dressed by the best designers in the world. Some of my favorite modern American looks below:

Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa created simple, classic, and timeless gowns for Zoe Saldana and Diane Kruger.

Mr America himself, Michael Kors escorted Brooke Shields in one of his creations.

Another Kors masterpiece.

Rachel Weisz in Oscar De La Renta ( Oprah was also wearing Oscar)

Country singer Taylor Swift couldn’t look more all-American in Ralph Lauren

American model, Amber Valetta in RM by Roland Mouret. I love the clean classic lines.

America’s sweetheart, Kate Hudson glams it up in Stella McCartney. Glimmering gold, clean lines, and a tan.

Kerry Washington wore a bold red Thakoon number ( one of the First Lady’s favorite designers).

Though this may not be a dress I would wear…who looks better than Gisele and Tom Brady??

Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenburg. I love that she wore stars!

Nicole Richie paired her darker locks with a Marc Jacobs gown.

Not all were in gowns… Alexa Chung wore Philip Lim. Perfection.

How stunning does Camilla Belle look in her Jason Wu gown?

Sienna Miller wore Pucci. I love the low cut top with the fuller bottom.

Naomi Watts in Lanvin. I love the color, the shoulder, and her clutch.

The ladies of Marchesa and Eva Longoria. Georgina Chapmans feathers may have been a bit warm for last night but the dress is still stunning.

America’s Gossip Girl, Blake Lively looked gorgeous in Marchesa as well. I love the shoulder and the hem of the dress. Her Christian Louboutin shoes are also fabulous.

Channeling her inner Betty Draper, January Jones donned an embroidered YSL dress with more modern make-up.

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S

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Spring Into Summer Party

The soaring temperatures in New York City (85 degrees today!) make me want to have a rooftop party. Whether you have an apartment in the city, a beach house on the coast, or a place in the country all you need is a little space and your closest friends gathered under one of these fabulous tents!

Available for rent or for sale these tents are exquisite. Instant atmosphere. They provide a place to hide from the sun or the rain. The tents are also perfect for a dinner party ( think glowing floor and table lanterns and lots of bright fabrics.)

The above table setting featured in Elle Decor October 2009 is a perfect pairing:

Clockwise from top left: Gooseberry pierced bowl by Michael Aram. Glasgow tumbler by Theresienthal. Trocadero glass by Nasonmoretti from Seguso Viro. Golden Morning cup from Neue Galerie Design Shop. Chevrons Gold presentation plate by Hermès. Perl dinner plate by Nymphenburg. Dhara lunch and bread-and-butter plates by Philippe Deshoulières. Troia flatware by Pampaloni from Bergdorf Goodman. Rice bowl by Jaune de Chrome from Takashimaya New York. Background of Cherry Satin Jam fabric by Madeline Weinrib.

Why not have this pergola tent set up permanently in your yard for afternoon reads or lunches. A magical spot for grown-ups and children to gather under for an Alice in Wonderland tea party.

Above photographs were shot by Annie Liebovitz for Vogue December 2003

I love both table settings above for an Alice and Wonderland themed party. Playful and whimsical.

Being a New England girl, I flipped for these beach tents. I would love to have a clambake on the beach with these fun tents as spots to change for a dip in the ocean!

Red, white, and blue table setting featured in Elle Decor October 2009 is a fun twist on Americana for a 4th of July bash:

Red, white, and blue table setting: Clockwise from top right: Sag Harbor Stripe water glass by Kate Spade New York. Wonki Ware’s Organic dinner plate from Bergdorf Goodman. Diamond lunch plate and Dot dessert plate by Ellen Evans for Terrafirma Ceramics. Alain Saint-Joanis’s Mistral flatware from Bergdorf Goodman. Napkin by Madeline Weinrib. Bubble double old-fashioned glass by Kim Seybert. Vine plate from Dandelion. Background of Malabar fabric by Bennison

For more information on these tents visit: http://www.rajtentclub.com/

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Holland And Sherry Showroom NYC

One of my favorite showrooms in the D and D Building is Holland and Sherry. They carry high quality lines that pack a punch with color and pattern. As some of you know, the Holland and Sherry line of fabrics is supplied to tailors and luxury brands all over the world for jackets, pants, and coats (I have spied Holland and Sherry’s book in my husband’s tailors shop). They supply various materials from cotton, wool, and cashmere, to worsted Vicuna! These beautiful tweeds, plaids, and solid fabrics have come in handy when the need arrises for a dapper sofa or a sharp pair of drapes.

Holland and Sherry Fabrics:

The above two images are of a sampling of their Spring line of fabrics you may find at your tailor as well as in the showroom.

Above fabrics are also part of Holland and Sherry’s line (from left to right): mohair velvet, heavy wool herringbone, and seersucker.

C & C Milano:

I have a penchant for linen and C C Milano makes some of the finest. I love their colors and patterns. Some of the linen is heavier (think upholstery- sofas, chairs, etc) and some is light as air ( perfect for sheers or a bed canopy).

Above are various patterns you will find in the showroom

Above are two examples of C & C Milano linens- warm and inviting fabrics that age beautifully.

Above are bed linens for C & C Milano by Karim Rashid

View the entire collection on their website: http://www.cec-milano.com/we/press/elementview.php?ref=element1259063165

Embroidery Collection:

Their embroidery collection is gorgeous. Haute couture interior design. Fabrics, threads, and designs can all be customized.

They keep a supply of pillow cases and throws in the showroom. The perfect finishing touch at the end of a project.

All of the above designs can be customized and used for anything. We have used them for the edge of drapes, benches, sofas, club chairs, headboards, and wall upholstery.

Below is an example of a wall we upholstered with one of these custom designs:

View all of their embroidery designs on their website: http://hollandandsherry.com/interiors/embroidery.aspx

1. Christopher Farr Cloth’s line of fabrics on linen. Seen below on a headboard designed by Daryl Gordon.

Another Christopher Farr Cloth fabric – Peonies. Seen below in a beach house bedroom designed by us.

Visit their website to view the rest of the collection: http://www.christopherfarrcloth.com/indoor.php

2. A few samples of fabric from Muriel Brandolini’s line. Below are two images from different beach houses we did.

Visit their website to view the rest of their collections: http://www.murielbrandolini.com/

3. Katie Ridder’s fabric line

4. Katie Ridder’s fabric line

View the rest of her line at: http://www.katieridder.com/

1. Katie Ridder’s fabric: Beetlecat

2. Katie Ridder’s fabric: Peony

I am eyeing both of these fabrics for a nursery.

How much fun are these! With painterly brushstrokes in beautiful rich hues I am dying to use these silks as drapes for a client. Amanda Nisbet’s fabrics are all beautiful my these are definitely my favorites.

Visit her site to see the entire collection: http://www.amandanisbetdesign.com/

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S

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Divine Living With Michael Devine

I love Michael Devine’s fabrics ( found in the john Rosselli showroom at the D and D) and have used them for everything (drapes, headboards, wall upholstery, sofas, chairs, etc). If you are not in the market for new fabric but want a bit of fun, take a look at these goodies he sells. Upholstered in fabric from his line he makes trays, picture frames, notebooks, and catchalls.

A laminated tray made from his Garden Folly fabric in sea

Laminated trays made from his Pinwheel fabric in azure and leaf

Laminated trays made from his Venice fabric

shown in: Blue, chocolate, and scarlet

Picture frames:

soft aqua: made from his Bagatelle fabric in sea

yellow: made from his Dottie fabric in straw

Napkins rings that are summer ready- made from his hand painted Ashley fabric

A notepad and pencil cup made from his Dottie fabric in graphite- so chic!

View more of his collection and purchase online at: http://www.michaeldevinehome.com/shop/index.php

xo,

S

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