Friday, April 17, 2015

The Pleasures of Home

Don't get me wrong~ I enjoy going out just as much as anyone, but often, after a long day, I truly relish my apres' work cocktail, while enjoying the soft ambiance of my flat in the Moorings section of many of my furnishings hold fond associations, such as the small Michael Aram box shown at the bottom of the above image, which was recently given to me by artist friend, Mally I would love to fill it with Marlboro's, or Gitanes, but alas, the doctor says no more smoking for me!  So, sometimes I will  burn incense just to have some smoke around me, since supposedly smoke follows beauty!
That little box, which I'm crazy for, is topped with silver coral, which reminds me of the beach, not far away~and it sits on a purple faux alligator tray, which sits on the small Parsons table I was given by the late Dean of American Decorating, Mr. Albert Hadley.  He also gave me the Louis XV chair shown above (he allowed me to buy it out of his Naples cottage guest house) and as you know, it's one of my favorite things.

Above, I've created a very Van Day Truex inspired grouping, using things I had and some newer things sourced locally from Chesterdale's Antiques Market...including the pair tole planters from Box Woods, and the pair engravings from Maison Auclair.  The simple glass hurricane was given to me by an old friend who once worked at Sean Johnson Atelier (Naples) and I've enjoyed owning it for many years~Yes, I have considered changing the silk plaid table skirt, possibly to the "Les Touches" pattern in blue, which I had posted about recently...however, you will probably agree, with that bold ikat rug, I probably don't need another ikat looking pattern?  Only time will tell!  Stay tuned!  Enjoy!  
DF *****

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Modern Muse: Patricia Dey Altschul

Beautiful Patricia Altschul
Not unlike Lady Gaga, I've become delightfully obsessed with the fabulous Mario Buatta client, Patricia Altschul.  I think the picture of her above, pretty much sums up why I am so inspired by her~and I first saw it in my Buattapedia on one of MB's bulletin boards...and thought it was Candy Hamm! (I also have worshiped at the altar of Candy, after learning about her from my Stephen Salny book, Michael Taylor Interior Design...(see earlier posts on DFS)

With Mario Buatta
In Charleston
In New York
On Southern Charm, Bravo
With son, Whitney
Charleston with Cooper Ray
Nobody can work a pair of shades like Patricia!
In her boudoir, (BRAVO)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

That Collected Look We Love

Kate Rheinstein Brodsky, Elle Decor, via Mark D. Sikes blog

I was excited to see this new Elle Decor feature, while perusing Mark D. Sikes~this totally stunning room, belonging to the daughter of famous Suzanne Rheinstein, has many, many elements that I'm very, very partial to...the chairs, the fabrics, the lacquered ceiling, the Kent table, the sisal carpet, (or is it wool?) and the chartreuse festoon shade...very smart, up to date, and yet oh so trad! Thanks Mark!  Love!  DF *****

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"A collected look in a room gives the feeling of it having evolved over a long period of time, which in turn, gives the people in it a great sense of permanence and comfort..."

Your quote for the day, by Dean Farris !

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lemon Yellow Inspiration, Schumacher

MP Interiors, located in the Miromar Design Center, represents F. Schumacher, and here is one inspiring image for Spring 2015 ! Enjoy! Tel 239-498-9074  
10800 Corkscrew Road, Estero FL
Suite 348 

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Tommy Tune at The Royal Room

Colony Hotel Pool View From Polo Lounge
This weekend, Billy and I visited Palm Beach, as we had tickets to see Tommy Tune perform at The Royal Room...I had a pre-theater manhattan while contemplating this excellent view of the Colony pool...
Colony Hotel, recently redecorated by Carleton Varney
 It was my first time back, since the re-decoration by our friends, Carleton Varney and Brinsley I was excited to see the new decor for myself, which I liked very much...

The famous Royal Room, where Rob Russell presides

Bill Rain, Tommy Tune, Dean Farris
Our new friend, Mr. Peter Glebo, was kind enough to take this quick snap for our 15 seconds of fame! :) He also very kindly gifted William with an original, signed work of art by famous Tommy! (a belated birthday gift)...

Billy with his new Tommy Tune art
 Needless to say, we had a wonderful evening, and saw some wildly attractive people.  There were even some very well behaved children in the audience!  Afterwards, we took a short walk along fabulous Worth Avenue, then headed back to Fort Lauderdale for the remainder of the weekend.  Fun!  DF *****
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Friday, April 3, 2015

Trending Classic, Les Touches

Geoffrey Beene
All of us have always loved the way fashion designer, Geoffrey Beene, used the now famous "Les Touches" from Brunschwig and Fils~ in his dining room in Connecticut, many, many years ago...and I do recall the text saying that the pattern had been hand painted on the walls, to match the festoon fabric shades...brilliant!

Brunschwig and Fils "Maisonette" Collection 2015
Recently, perhaps due to the popularity of ikat patterns, this BF classic has become super trendy, especially with friend Louise Cronan is planning to use it in the less seen aqua colorway with Kelly green in her new Palm Beach cottage.

Kevin Steffanni Design Group, photo: Dean Farris
via Palm Beach Daily News
Mark D. Sikes for Legends of La Cienega

Michael S. Smith, via AD
When I saw this stunning guest room in the Rancho Mirage home of designer Michael S. Smith, I knew I had to post about the fabric! He also got the cover of the new AD~and what a sensational tour de force that house is! See Architectural Digest...DF*****
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Have a very happy Passover and Easter! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Casa Apava in Palm Beach sells for $71M; total sale is $116M

Casa Apava in Palm Beach sells for $71M; total sale is $116M

 With its Mediterranean-style architecture, Casa Apava was designed by architect Abram Garfield, son of President James Garfield. His clients were Chester Bolton, a congressman from Cleveland, and his wife, Frances Payne Bingham Bolton, who served in Congress for almost three decades after her husband died.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

You Decorated My Life

Lions Gate, 1938, Paul R. Williams, Bel Air, CA
I was most interested to hear that singer Kenny Rogers, had recently sold his Bel Air house, called Lions Gate, completely furnished~and for a mere $46 million!  Adding an extra sheen of polish to this property is that it was a Paul R. Williams design...

One of the many books about and by Paul R. Williams
 You must read up on this iconic California architect, for his life and work were truly amazing...
Lions Gate foyer
Living Room
Master Bedroom Suite (3,000 sq feet)
Paul Revere WilliamsFAIA (February 18, 1894 – January 23, 1980) was an American architect based in Los AngelesCalifornia. He practiced largely in Southern California and designed the homes of numerous celebrities, including Frank SinatraLucille Ball and Desi ArnazLon Chaney, and Charles Correll. He also designed many public and private buildings.[1][2] 

via Wikipedia

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Southern Style, McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier

via the MBF site
How brilliant to see the Nashville home of Ray Booth, and his partner, John Shea, in the April 2015 Architectural Digest!
Having followed their work for many years, I had never actually taken the time to review their site  ~which is beautiful, and inspiring...with offices in New York, Nashville, and Atlanta, they present a multi faceted approach to architecture and interior design. Enjoy! DF ***** 
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PS, See Susan Ferrier's Atlanta home 
in the latest Veranda here

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Steven Stolman

by Steven Stolman
Was just reading about Steven Stolman's new book, "Confessions of a Serial Entertainer" and thought how great it is~he also has just finished another, on the famous Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, which surely will be a big seller.  His cookbook, shown above, is very disarmingly written, in a fabulous kind of personal language that just oozes warmth, and gracious hospitality.  
Books are such fun to have around, and make great gifts too.  Let's just hope that books always have a place in our lives.  A book is your friend, one who never complains, and is always there for you!  Enjoy! 
DF *****
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Doug Meyer for DIFFA Dining by Design

Echo Design at DIFFA Dining by Design 2015 NY
One of the many benefits of blogging, is having virtual experience, and connecting with old friends and new ones as well~Doug Meyer, the designer and artist, created an installation, called "Heroes"-for the 2015 DIFFA fundraiser, and included my mentor and friend, Tice Alexander, along with John Duka, Tina Chow, Angelo Donghia, and Kalef Alaton.  Thanks Doug for a job well done! DF
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The Heroes’ Gallery pays homage to the artistic fallen heroes who were some of the first victims of AIDS. The installation provides a moment of reflection and creativity while honoring the design icons that lost their lives to AIDS. The installation’s nineteen portraits will be displayed in vitrines along the gallery walls. “My desire was for our space to convey a sense of creativity and thoughtfulness in design while also staying true to the mission of DIFFA,” said Luxe Interiors + Design Editor in Chief Pamela Jaccarino. “Doug Meyer executed a space that echoes that sentiment.”

Designed by Meyer, with furnishings provided by Flexform, the space is centered by the company’s Gipsy dining table, along with armless “Betty” chairs upholstered in the Italian manufacturer’s navy velvet (which also lines the installation’s vitrines). “We are pleased to bring great Italian design for a great cause. It is very important to have a beautiful room where you can create long-lasting memories,” explained David Levy, CEO of Flexform New York.

The portraits are influenced by medallions, cameos, intaglios and sculpted and carved busts, and are accompanied by historical didactic panels and labels. Some of the heroes include: Angelo Donghia, Jay Spectre, Alan Buchsbaum, Franklin D. Israel, Tina Chow, Leigh Bowery, Jacques Demy, Sam Wagstaff, Tice Alexander, John Duka and Kalef Alaton. “This space and these portraits were a labor of love; I hope that by creating this space that some of these innovative pioneers’ contributions and existence will become known to a younger generation of talent,” said Meyer.

Edward Celata and Robert Passal via Mon Oncle, by Rio Hamilton
courtesy Doug Meyer
portrait by Doug Meyer
portrait by Doug Meyer

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tory Burch

Dodie Thayer - Tory Burch lettuce ware, via Tory

Recently, I purchased some of the new "lettuce ware" from the collaboration between Palm Beach ceramicist, Dodie Thayer, and fashion guru, Tory Burch.  Well, let me tell you, those people at TB really know how to wrap a gift !  All I can tell you is, it's over the top fabulous~ so much so, that my designer friend, Louise, who lives in Palm Beach, flipped when she got her delivery.  It's quite beautiful and elegant in the presentation ~so, I've decided to save mine and give it to some friends for a house-warming! Thanks to TB and her company for such excellent service!  DF ***** 

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