Friday, February 17, 2017


Elsie de Wolfe

Michael Greer

Joseph Braswell

Cedric Dupont

Angelo Donghia

Dean Farris

Tom Britt

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Monday, February 13, 2017


Gaspard Ulliel as Yves Saint Laurent, SAINT LAURENT, 2014

This 2014 biopic by Bertrand Bonello inspired me, and is a perfect treat for a loved one on St. Valentine's Day.  My good friend, Mary, had recorded it for me from STARZ, and I adored it!



Do check out this film, if you can, there was another one made, which I haven't seen yet, but I hear this one is more jazzy and interesting from the point of view of having a most attractive young French actor portray the fabulous, volatile, and mercurial YSL in the sixties and seventies.  Look for Lou Lou and Betty Catroux too!  So chic! (in French with English translation).  DF ***** bonne fete de Saint-Valentin

Friday, February 10, 2017

PINK-ST VALENTINES: Decorator Scrapbook

Naples, Fla. Architect, Kasimir Korybut

William R. McLure, Birmingham, AL

Bill Rain, Miromar Design Center, mirror- Maison Auclair

Boca Grande, Fla.

Naples, Fla.

Blair House, Wash. D.C. Mario Buatta


First Lady, Melania Trump

Naples, Fla.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017


"Augusta" armchair, Highland House, at MP Interiors, Miromar Design Center, Estero, FL

Loving this "Augusta" model by Highland House- 27" wide, 30.5" deep, and 38.5" high- model number is 1293- and it requires 4-1/2 yards COM or use a lovely HH fabric such as we show here, in suite more about the Augusta here!  DF ***** (MP Int. tel 239-498-9074)

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

MORE ARTIE: designer interview

Designer Artie Vanderpool
I'm excited to be presenting my FIRST designer interview- inspired by the others I've read, on various design blogs- and the one that Andrea did on me on The Glam Pad recently-

Here, I found a jewel of a gent, via blogging- Mr. Artie Vanderpool.  I kept reading his blog, Color Outside The Lines, and thinking how much I enjoyed his talent, humor, and lack of pretense.  AND he has two of the cutest French Bulldogs, Louna and Arlo.  With this explosion of charm and creativity, Buffalo, New York, will never be the same, and neither will I !  Check out Artie's Instagram here-

Strangely, both Andrea and Artie are from the great state of TEXAS.  Just thought you might like to know that!  I am reminded of Todd Romano, and my late department chair at FIT, Stanley Barrows, as well as an early design mentor, Mr. Bob Waldron, (decorator to Lady Bird Johnson)- all of whom hailed from the lone star state.

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DFS:  Where were you from originally?  Are you from a large family? 

AVI was born and raised in a small West Texas town called San Angelo.  I moved to Western New York about ten years ago.  I have a younger brother.

DFS:  What is the source of your creative inspiration?  

So many things inspire me, really.    I am a voracious reader of interior design magazines and books, and have gleaned some wonderful insight and inspiration from those.  I also routinely read blogs by other designers and enjoy learning from their successes and mistakes.  I think that you can find inspiration anywhere you look, if you're willing to take the risk and allow your mind to appreciate and enjoy everything around you.

DFS:  Why do you think you like to change your décor so frequently?

I've asked myself that one hundred times or more.  I think that I get bored. I see something in my mind, and after I 've accomplished it, I'm ready to move onto something different, hopefully better.  I think that we evolve in our aesthetics, just as we do in our lives, every time we are exposed to more things, different things, beautiful things.  The more I work towards finishing one look, the more inspired I am to start another.

DFS:  Do you go into NYC much?

I try to go to NYC at least four times a year.  The creatives that drive the city are awe inspiring, and I never leave without feeling wholly recharged, with a bank of inspiration.

DFS:  Is Cross Bottle Guy your main occupation?

It is not.  Cross Bottle Guy  is something that I do when I have the lucky opportunity to sit down, and create.  For many people I know, when they have a break they tune into television, read a book, or take a nap!  But when I'm lucky enough to carve out some much needed free time, I spend it creating these one of a kind pieces of art.  They're really the best kind of art, I think.  They come from my WANT to create them, and not for my need to survive the stresses of bills, etc.

Cross Bottle Guy

DFS:  What is your favorite book now besides Beautiful by Mark D. Sikes?

If I can't find specific inspiration in Mark's book, I immediately go to Mary McDonald Interiors, or Jeffrey Bilhuber's Defining Luxury.  Both of those are older titles, but the designers are truly inspiring and create beautiful, layered rooms that are timeless!  Plus, the photos are styled perfectly, which proves wonderfully inspiring when you have a blog and have to photograph your own house!        

DFS:  Who are some other inspirations besides Mark Sikes?

Mary McDonald, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Barbara Westbrook,  Michelle Nussbaumer, Bruce Budd, and artist William Rankin McLure.

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MICHAEL DEVINE: here next week!

via his site
MORE exciting news! Author , designer, textile creator, Michael Devine will be here next week, at the Miromar Design Center, Naples, Fla. for a presentation and book signing!  An Invitation To The Garden is a look into the Kinderhook, NY based designer's world... and what a magnificent world it is!  See his Instagram too!  DF *****

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


DFID 2017
Here's where I turned the new smaller ikat rug, and I like the "chock a block" look- notice I changed the table skirt to a gauffraged brown velvet- ( a Williams-Sonoma online find).  I like the way the strong ikat breaks the boring banality of this shoebox of a room- with its low ceiling, and lack of millwork.  I was also excited to see my rug choice ( on page 45 of the September issue of House Beautiful!

DFID 2017
Looking back towards the small dining area- living with the existing beige carpet for now...that Trowbridge sailboat is covering the little "pass-through" -

DFID 2017
Some day when I have a nice LARGE bedroom, I'll put this small settee at the foot of the bed- until then it's creating a second seating group in the living room!  The porcelain bust creates another focal point, and is by Theodore and Alexander. DF *****

Saturday, January 28, 2017

ARTFUL: Artie Vanderpool

Artie Vanderpool, sofa, Kravet
One of my favorite blogs, and favorite people, is the very creative decorator, Artie Vanderpool.  Shown (above) his own chic new living room, recently featured on Cote de Texas.

Artie Vanderpool

Like a New York version of the California based Mark Sikes,  Artie shares with his vast readership and Instagram following- his tips for creating a successful décor.  His wedding chest above, is so similar to one that Mark Sikes used for his line of reproductions recently introduced at High Point.  Artie used a Stickley table for his dining area, and so, I suggested to him that he create a collection for Stickley.

Artie Vanderpool, table, Stickley

Artie Vanderpool

No designer's home is complete without dogs, and Artie has two- Frenchies Arlo and Louna!
Perhaps this fact could lead to a partnership with Martha Stewart also?

Artie Vanderpool for Cross Bottle Guy

Last, but not least, Artie has this incredible collection he created, called Cross Bottle Guy- check out all of his creations and his site Color Outside The Lines here  DF *****

Friday, January 27, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

RUSSIAN STYLE: Kirill Istomin

Kirill Istomin

I was mightily INSPIRED ~ by my friend Andrea of The Glam Pad, posting about this Russian decorator- who had been associated with Parish-Hadley at some point.  Click here to read more!  DF *****

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FRAGRANCE: Frederic Malle

via Alexis Bittar
I get a lot of interesting ladies coming in, and today I met Nancy, who was trailing this divine fragrance- "portrait of a lady" by Dominique Ropion for Frederic Malle ... I followed her out to ask her what she was wearing- and she was delighted to share her secret with me.  Enchantee' ! DF *****