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Amanda Talley

I have fallen in love with New Orleans artist, Amanda Talleys circular paintings. Her works show movement, light, and the colors speak to me. I have just purchased a pair for a client. Her walls are a soft lacquered sea foam blue and the yellow and orange circles will sing off of it. And at 38″ wide and 52″ high they will be a focal point in the room.

Adding a piece of two of abstract modern art is a great way to add personality to a space. I am dying to get my hands on one of her pieces for my new apartment. A few of my favorites:

Pair of Framed Drawings
30″ x 44″
Peach, Pink, Seafoam in White Frames

Pair of Framed Drawings
38″ x 52″
Grey, Black and Light Blues in White Frames

“THISTLE”
2007
72″ x 48″

“LAUREL STREET” – 2009
48″ Square
Acrylic on Birch Panel

See more of Amanda’s beautiful work at: http://www.amandatalley.com/


To purchase contact me or Amanda directly and mention Sara Gilbane Interiors

xo,

S

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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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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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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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