Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fabulous Madcap Cottage!

Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke

I just had the distinct pleasure of meeting Jason and John, the founders and inspiration behind the fast growing home fashion brand,  

Madcap Cottage at MP Interiors, Miromar Design Center
Thanks to a marvelous collaboration, Mark Fanta and Jason and John have created a stunning visual extravaganza in suite 302...just FABULOUS !!!!

More Madcap Cottage
Madcap Cottage has just launched their sheets collections on Home Shopping Network (August 18th) and have also relocated the corporate offices to High Point, NC - check out the site here 
Enjoy!  Cheers!  DF *****


Monday, August 18, 2014

Fantasy in Decoration VII

Tony Duquette

RR Corniche 

Billy Baldwin AD

Mary Wells Lawrence, Great Book!

Mary Wells Lawrence

La Villa Fiorentina when the Lawrences owned it

Mr. Baldwin's role in Mrs. Lawrence's domestic education was inestimable. ''Billy was very naughty, but so amusing,'' she said. ''He'd say things like: 'You don't know anything about this -- I'm going to tell you how to do it. This is how you sit in this chair. This is how you eat at this table.' He'd tell us how to live in a certain room. He thought dining rooms were boring, and you should eat everywhere.''

Blonde beach boy


Mr. Baldwin had already left for Nantucket, the secretary said, when my chaperone for my grand tour, Robert Morring, an antiques dealer from Atlanta, phoned his office.  So, we left our hotel and went to a very smart party at the Sutton Place apartment of Joseph Braswell~ this was back in 1977 or so...three years later I was back from Europe, and living in Manhattan, studying interior design with the old Parsons faculty !  My life was terribly exciting, dangerous even~

Billy Baldwin

New painted brick masonry, made to look old
I adore the fantasy look of this house~ A lot of the older homes in Winston-Salem, where I grew up, look like this one- only with more vines attached.  
When Mary Berg, later to become famous as Mary Wells Lawrence, was growing up in the small town of Poland, Ohio (near Youngstown) she had a recurring dream about a white house perched on a cliff above an ocean~ thirty-five years later she purchased La Villa Fiorentina, on the French Riviera and spent the next thirty years entertaining there.  
But it was ten years of work before she got to spend even a two week holiday in the house, since she had become the top advertising executive in the United States, as head of Wells, Rich, Greene. (NYSE)  I've always been intrigued by her Pygmalion-like success story.  Inspiring!  Cheers!  DF *****


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dean Featured in Luxe Living

Dean at home in Naples

My good friend and colleague, Deborah Hamilton, recently asked me to be interviewed for Florida Weekly "Luxe Living"~ and the writer, Kelly Merritt, did an outstanding job of capturing the essence of what I have to offer, through the firm MP Interiors~ 
Read all about us here and enjoy!  Cheers!  DF *****


Mary Boland, in The Women publicite', la publicite'


More Celerie, Please

CK fabrics for Schumacher

"Betwixt" CK for Schumacher

Celerie is her own best advertisement!

CK fabric on pair chairs, SCHUMACHER

Mimi McMakin, CK's mother

Celerie Kemble and Kemble Interiors, have created some of the most beautiful rooms imaginable. Mimi, her mother, is also a brilliant designer, and I've seen her work at the Port Royal Club, Naples, and the stunning, elegant old Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande...where Sister Parish once worked her magic.  
MP Interiors, (formerly Webster and Company Florida) represents the CK line for Schumacher- and we'd love for you to pop in and see the full range.  
Celerie's sister, Phoebe, has a catering business- so, it would seem that there is nothing but talent and more talent in the family!  Click here to go straight to the Kemble Interiors site for more on this amazing trio of talented ladies.  Enjoy!  DF *****


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Editor at Large > NYSID exhibition to celebrate nine decades of McMillen Inc.

The Editor at Large > NYSID exhibition to celebrate nine decades of McMillen Inc.

Betty Sherrill 

McMillen, Inc. New York

McMillen, Inc. New York
Congrats!  There's nothing like a shot of New York adrenaline to get the old blood flowing! RACING! We're INSPIRED by the classics!  (and ANOTHER trio of talented ladies!)
DF *****

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fantasy in Decoration VI

Palacio Queluz, Portugal

Each of inverted pear shape, the lobed body pierced with trellis and applied allover with flowering and fruiting vines
20½ in. (52 cm.) high (4)

This stunning, tall, pair of decorated vases sold four years ago at Christie's for + $21,250.00 ~U.S. I still recall seeing a similar (smaller) pair on the mantel at Bella Vista, in Southport, CT~ when I worked as an assistant to the decorator George Clarkson back in the fabulous 1980's...

Celerie Kemble
Sunny von Bulow
This frog was one of my favorite things I saw on a recent trip to the east coast with Billy!
Iris Barrel Apfel. AD
Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel NYC Apartment
German High Baroque Style
Many of these images have very personal and wonderful associations for me- the frog is something that just delights with its many fun colours and the way it's hiding in the garden~
Some of the things we like are often the most simplistic and easy to understand!

Celerie Kemble

Who wouldn't adore this gorgeous, up to date room by Kemble Interiors, New York, Palm Beach and London?  We represent her fabrics and wallpapers for Schumacher as well as
representing Iris Barrels Old World Weavers fabrics (sold to Stark) in our showrooms at the Miromar Design Center- Suite 348, MP Interiors (formerly Webster and Company Florida) ~ and now, dear readers, here is our selected "quote de post" Enjoy!  DF *****

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” 

― Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fantasy in Decoration V

Cecil Beaton 1949

Hotel Hermitage, Monte Carlo

Maharani of Jaipur, Cecil Beaton

Dorothy Draper

De Grisogono

Dean Farris Interior Design

Marisa Berenson

18th c Russian chandelier

Pilar and Juan Molyneux

Juan Pablo Molyneux

Meissen figure of a Marquis, 1757

Valentino chez Diana Vreeland 

Angelo Donghia, 1973
I can still vividly remember being in the room shown above, the upstairs drawing room of the Manhattan townhouse apartment of the late Angelo Donghia- it was the exact same feeling I had when I toured Versailles~ I almost actually fainted! Opposite the fireplace was a stunning, tall, black Coromandel screen, which was supposed to have come from the estate of Coco Chanel.  The Richard Giglio gouache paintings contrasted wildly- and this country boy had never seen satin upholstery nor glossy blue-green highly lacquered walls, which we were told required something like 22 coats! Those walls fairly dripped with lacquer glimmering like a huge jewel!   The Bagues' looking chandelier glittered against the silvery squares of tea paper on the ceiling...the three tall windows were bare, and in front of them was a table with a huge green philodendron plant!  It read like sculpture in the space.  For as long as I live, I'll always cherish my visit to this now sacred place~ a memory that comforts me with the fabulous vibe of the 1970's!  Disco fever!  Ball gowns at 54 !

Diana Vreeland
So, enjoy the day!  And be inspired, have imagination, and give it all you've got baby! DF