Friday, September 23, 2016

STYLE: Collector's Aerie, Bonita Bay at NAPLES

4851 Bonita Bay Boulevard, 302
Alluring, elegant, enchanting!  When a New York collector arrives in Naples, via Birmingham, what you get is style, style and more style!  Stylist Mark Fanta assisted this client who is also now a friend, with the décor of her very spacious third floor condominium.  Jane had also worked with the NYC decorator Clare Fraser...

Sisal by STARK


Perfect for entertaining family and friends!

Porcelains from the Mary Wells and Harding Lawrence estate, LA FIORENTINA

Ralph Lauren lamps, STARK carpet

Ralph Lauren lamps

Large west facing terrace!

Quality, elegance, casual Florida living, and a stunning location in an award winning country club community await the fortunate new owners of 302 !  Click here for further information and the listing via Zillow!



My wonderful friend, the dealer, Charles Robert Mills, has recently updated his site .  Check it out.  Charles is a French decorative arts specialist, but is also very knowledgeable in many other areas of the decorative arts.  DF *****

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CHIC NOW: Alan Campbell

Alan Campbell through MP Interiors
I've always been a huge fan of Alan Campbell, China Seas, and Quadrille....and especially am fond of this "Mojave" wallpaper.  One of my professors at FIT was Albino Cimonetti, who, along with Harry Hinson, Jay Hyde Crawford, and Anthony Tortora founded Quadrille Fabrics. 

Sister Parish and Albert Hadley promoted Alan when he was first starting out, experimenting with batiks and tie dyes, which he used to make in his bath tub!  Follow him on Instagram!  DF *****

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

WELCOME BACK ! Checking in

Seen at a boutique in Highlands, NC this summer
Yes !, Summer is coming to an end...(first day of Fall is the 22nd) and so, welcome back to DFS all my friends and followers!  One of the high points of my summer was while visiting my family, we all made a sojourn up to Cashiers and Highlands...two charming towns in the remote and hard to reach mountains of southwest North Carolina...oh and finally I'm on Instagram... as @farrisdean...!

One of the many beautiful natural falls near Highlands
Mere words can't describe the beauty and peace of the lovely countryside, some of which is 4,600 feet above sea level...and we had lunch in Highlands at The Ugly Dog Public House, and dessert at Cornucopia in Cashiers...after visiting old friends Hal Ainsworth and Winton Noah at Aerie Manor their elegant home which has been featured in Veranda...

View from Aerie Manor, Cashiers, NC

It was a cloudy day so we couldn't see all four states from the terrace, but on a clear day you can see forever...

Foyer shot I took, Aerie Manor

One of many bars set up in the house, Aerie Manor

Dining Room, Aerie Manor

We had such fun, it was all part of celebrating my dear Dad's (Poppy) 83rd year of living his extraordinary life.  Stay tuned for more later!  (c) DF *****

Aerie Manor Dining Room, via Sotheby's

Thursday, June 2, 2016

SUMMER, taking off

Summer dahlias

Taking the summer off...enjoy, and see you in September!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SUMMER, re-arrangement!

DFID (c) 2016

In yet another incarnation of my personal living space, I wanted to switch out some furniture and accessories to give a more "Summer" look...

DFID (c) 2016

I simply switched the placement of the chesterfield sofa with the white matelassé' covered settee....then I decided to center the bust in the window, between the two topiary you can see I'm still using things I've had for years now.  The chesterfield now functions as a chaise, which I like for watching television or reading, and creates an asymmetric look...and in a nod to Sister Parish, I used my grandmother's quilt as a throw.

DFID (c) 2016

Looking west, towards the small dining area, still pretty much the same as it was...

DFID (c) 2016

All pictures were taken with my phone.  In this shot, to the left of the floor lamp, you can see a collage I made way back in 1978 !   DF *****

My concept sketch DFID (c) 2016

Credits: Walls - Benjamin Moore, mirror-, settee- Jessica Charles,  jute rug- Feizy.  Garden seat- Naples Lamp Shop, parsons table- Albert Hadley.  Chandelier- Wilshire Lighting.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

SIXTIES CHIC: Howard Perry Rothberg, II

Howard Perry Rothberg's personal residence, House and Garden, 1966

So, my blogging friend, Andrea (The Glam Pad) and I were recently conversing about designers of the past, who became iconic, and I started wondering who some of the old guard decorators of Miami (where Andrea lives) might be...and recalled my friend and one time mentor, Maurice Bernstein, (see AD) mentioning Howard Perry Rothberg, II.  I think I even recall seeing a stunning yacht interior in AD by HPR...

Click here  to see a fascinating 1966 story on his personal Coconut Grove residence, a charming small cottage, done in a classic modern style, that still looks fresh, 50 years later! DF
See here for how this house has been restored and updated! 

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Monday, May 23, 2016


Tilda Swinton stars in A Bigger Splash

Every once in a while, you catch a film that you knew nothing about...and get completely blown away by it.  
This was my experience of A Bigger Splash...and with an Italian director, a superb cast, and a setting on an island off of Sicily, it would be hard to go wrong.  I was reminded of an obscure old novel "The Grotto" - by Grace Zaring Stone, and also of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (Patricia Highsmith)...but I would urge you to see this film as it transports you into another world, beautifully shot (think A Single Man by Tom Ford) - just stunning and so inspiring.  

The next day I treated myself to some new Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior (I had drenched myself in it when I was in Nice years ago) and an herbal shower gel from L'Occitane, with my favorite eucalyptus oil.  Enjoy!  DF *****   

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Image via Bo-Ty florist, Winston-Salem, NC

Detail of a vintage chandelier in the residence of my client Charles Fleck, Naples, FL

One of my favorite rooms by mentor Thomas Britt, Napa, CA

An Andrew Martin fabric, Fitzroy, I favor

My friend, the designer, Kevin Steffanni, (L) Cleveland, OH

One of my pet projects, Fair Play, SC (c) DFID
While we all have endless things that resonate with us, as designers, we must always remember that people are more important than the rooms they occupy.   Am I known for stating the obvious? Yes.  Was Albert Einstein considered a genius? Yes. 

Sometimes the simple things in life are the most profound...but we do love to be mesmerized by an unusual arrangement of objects on a table, or a fabulously eclectic interior, exhibiting taste, a high level of imagination, and a wonderful sense of fantasy.  These are my thoughts for the day. Enjoy! DF *****

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016



If one picture is worth a thousand words, then this one is worth a million!  The history, the excitement of old New York is summed up here.  The new film and the new book are fabulous too!  I gave the book to my own mother for Mother's Day this year.


Above, the famous Rose Cumming chintz was used called "Carisbrooke" in the Beekman Place flat of Ms. Vanderbilt.  I love the accoutrement displayed on the table, especially the silver flask!  Michael Taylor placed a large order for Carisbrooke, at a time when the Rose Cumming firm was underperforming, and as the story goes, saved the day for them...
The decorator Billy Baldwin also used this chintz - similar to another one from Brunschwig and Fils...the brass "pharmacy" lamps aimed at the screen remind me of his studio apartment in the east 60's with the lacquered brown walls.  Enjoy!  DF *****   

Monday, May 9, 2016


Winton Noah, Steve and Brooke Gianetti, Hal Ainsworth

Forty years ago, I met the wonderful team of Hal Ainsworth and Winton Noah...who back then, had a small shop on Peachtree Street, with housewares and table top linens...a boutique if you will, with le bon gout ...and while all these years later, the dynamic duo has now sold the ADAC showrooms they created, after closing the little shop~ they're still forging ahead and enjoying life. 
Not long after they moved into the decorative arts center, my mother and I ventured there to buy some things for our house in North Carolina.  My old friend, Nicholas, also worked there at that time, around 1976 or so.   
Here they are posing with Brooke and Steve, of Velvet and Linen (blog) and Patina Farm.  Enjoy!  DF *****

Patina Farm, Ojai, CA

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