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 *****

Monday, January 16, 2017


DFID 2017
I always enjoy the holidays- but I like even more the chance to clean up house after all the spruce needles have dropped, all the gifts lavishly unwrapped., and all the dishes and serving pieces used and now needing to be put away again. 

The charming painting (above) was given to me by William (Billy), after we cleaned out his storage unit- and I really do love it and enjoy living with it.  His mother, Ann, did it in 1965 !

DFID 2017

I decided to order another ikat rug- to replace the old damask pattern one that was previously in the "dining area" - (shown above) - and after all this cleaning and dusting, I made a nice dinner for the two of us, from a recipe I found on the Domestic Daddy blog- a pot roast recipe.  Dessert was vanilla ice cream with pineapple, fresh mint, and a Pepperidge Farm cookie.  It was great to have a whole weekend to relax, and work on my apartment.  Stay tuned for more!  DF *****

Friday, January 6, 2017

LINDEN HILL, Dodo and Tory on the Main Line

1543 Monk Road, Gladwyne, PA
Here's another beauty, offered by Sotheby's - click here to read more...once the home of Campbell's soup heiress Dodo Hamilton, and later designer Tory Burch and family- price is now reduced- I adore the Prussian blue shutters, the landscape, and the provenance!  Enjoy!  DF

"Linden Hill"

Dorrance "Dodo" Hamilton - has also been known to restore old cottages from the 20's and 30's in Naples and on Boca Grande- and one can read more about her fabulous life here !

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

JACKIE, a film to see

Recently, during the holidays, I caught the new film with Natalie Portman portraying Jacqueline Kennedy.  It was fantastic!  Director Pablo Larrain caught the mood of the 1960's~ and Natalie Portman became Jackie.  While the subject may seem a bit sad, it is really an insight into Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley too- as they were also assassinated.  See the film and judge for yourself.  Brava to Miss Portman!


Read my previous post here about Jackie and her use of Rigaud candles in the White House.  DF

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

JANUARY: Interior Design Inspirations 2017

Albert Hadley in Naples, via House Beautiful

DFID, using a vintage Michael Greer steel table, Naples

Todd Romano, Naples, via House Beautiful

DFID, Naples, with vintage Albert Hadley low table

Andrew Racquet, Lyford Cay, via Veranda

DFID, Naples, Brunschwig and Fils pillows, Walfab raffia headboard

Bethany O'Neil, Naples

Thomas Britt, via Veranda

DFID, Bonita Beach, FL Kravet fabric on sofa, ikat pillow, Pottery Barn

William McLure, Birmingham, AL via Instagram

Happy 2017 ! Enjoy these interior images I've curated just for you!  DF *****

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


The French architect-decorator, Robert Couturier, whom my old dear friend and mentor Tice Alexander jokingly called "Bob Taylor" said something about paradise being a place where you go when you are dead- and we all know what he meant- he had a Naples client when he was quoted as making this very Gallic acerbic remark- and it is funny. 

These snap shots capture a tiny glimpse of Christmas in Naples- where opulence is making a huge comeback- it's only just beginning. 

I so enjoyed the visit from my family this year, and we made the rounds from the Ritz Carlton, to Tarpon Lodge, to Third Street South.  I saw many, many old friends and acquaintances and was so happy to see them.  One's true wealth is measured in health and friends and family. 

Trusting that all of my readers and followers had an enjoyable holiday and will have an even better New Years Eve and New Year!  Here comes 2017!  Ready or not!  DF *****

Monday, December 19, 2016

TROPICAL Holiday: Naples

Fun places to shop downtown: Paper Merchant (for wacky cards, gifts and wrapping paper) A Mano (higher end gifts) J. McLaughlin (tropical colored clothing) and my personal fave, since they have a bar with complimentary rum runners- ISLAND COMPANY, (fun clothing items for men and women and cute tropical themed gifts) (Palm Beach, Nantucket, Naples, Martha's Vineyard, Grand Cayman) Check out their site- ! XOXO Dean. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

KRAVET, Candice Olson

With Candice Olson and Kevin Steffanni

Designer Candice Olson, was the celebrity guest for the 2016 Kravet Naples holiday party- she was kind enough to let us appear with her in this image- and Candice has partnered with Kravet for new lines - exciting! 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

PATINA, Naples

Patina, Naples

Inspired and pleased to see this gorgeous new space in Naples- Patina, with Karen and Wanda- click here !

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

THINK GREEN: Holiday Color Inspiration

MP Interiors
December has me thinking about, and seeing, GREEN everywhere!  One can see it, touch it, and smell it- and it sums up a lot about the holiday season for me.  Green, in all of its many incarnations, is a fabulous and uplifting color!  Think Green!  Happy Holidays! 

Kevin McNamara

Kevin McNamara

Mark Sikes

Mark Sikes

Angelo Donghia

Dean Farris


Mario Buatta
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

BRANDING: Dann Foley Lifestyle

Designer, Dann Foley

I was just browsing the printed copy of the new HOME ACCENTS TODAY, and found this interesting SoCal designer, Dann Foley .  Since I can't resist a pretty face and the fact that we share similar initials- thought I'd feature him for December first!  He's in the midst of growing his business from just interior design to product design.  Good luck Dann!

Amato lamp by Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort

  In the same issue of HAT, I read with interest about Visual Comfort lighting.  President Andy Singer mentioned that the Amato lamp, by Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler, is a hot item.  It comes in white also and there's a shade option too- (fabric versus metal).  available through MP Interiors ! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

MOOD BOARD: Decorative Inspirations

Mark D. Sikes

via the Glam Pad

Thomas Britt, via Veranda

Andrew Raquet, via Veranda

Countess Brandolini (in Pierre Cardin)


Angelo Donghia, 1971

One of my FIT renderings, "Salon for Cecil Beaton" 1981

What fun- to post images that inspire me right now! (Including one of my very own last-but-not-least design school sketches!)  Enjoy!  DF *****

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