Living Room Vignette

Living Room Vignette
Dean Farris Interior Design 2011

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Decorator Scrapbook July 2014 !

AERIN at MP Interiors, (formerly Webster and Company) Naples
Culloden lamp AERIN, MP Interiors
LEE dining chairs, MP Interiors, Naples
Lobby vignette, MP Interiors, Miromar Design Center
Seen at ARHAUS, Naples
Pillows in Duralee fabric we recently had made for a client
My living room, Naples
Random Summer images- loving AERIN home collections, the LEE furniture line, and Duralee, all available through super chic MP Interiors, Naples (Miromar Design Center) - the design center was built about eight years ago, and Juan Montoya did the interiors!  Also liked this chic octagon mirror, from Arhaus, Naples.  Enjoy!  Cheers!  DF *****

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mid Summer Musings 2014

Amanda Lindroth
Inspiring use of blue and white Quadrille fabrics, with blue and white porcelain lamps...

Quadrille Malaya Lilac
This linen and cotton fabric is pure Quadrille

Helen Fioratti
I adore this pair of 18th century chairs...


Loving this moody, romantic shot of my Positano Place apartment from a few years ago...

Here, I played with mixing a miniature potted rose with some dried topiary balls on selenite holders...

More roses... Fresh market
My RL custom leopard car mats...

My table-scape

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” 
― Henry David ThoreauWalden: Or, Life in the Woods

Bruce Weber

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nick Olsen in House Beautiful!

I was very excited to see that Emily Evans Eerdmans had posted about designer Nick Olsen.  Nick is a protege' of Miles Redd- and I found this entry hall Nick created to be something I could really fall for-

New York, New York, it's a hell of a town!  (see the current issue of House Beautiful)
Congratulations to Nick- he deserves this coverage- and we wish him all the luck and success in the world! Nick Olsen has created Manhattan magic in a 1,000 square foot one bedroom apartment.
The visual excitement of this flat is something else.  The photography is very good also!  The painted stripes on the living room walls reminded me of what Albert had done for his young friend, the model Robert Yoh- only with black stripes.  Ditto the bright violet leather on the open arm chair. So, what do YOU think of this entry hall?  I love it!  I feel that all the strong colour can make up for those very long, dreary winters that many New Yorkers are forced to endure.  Kudos to Nick Olsen!  Congrats!
DF *****

Nick Olsen House Beautiful

Albert Hadley for Brooke Astor


"I deeply believe that a beautiful decor can have a beneficial influence on our lives"

Albert Hadley

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fantasy in Decoration III

Anouska Hempel

Ann Getty


Carolyne Roehm

Casa Battlo by Gaudi'

Celerie Kemble


Renzo Mongiardino


Maharaja of Jaipur

Widcombe Manor Bath

Widcombe Manor

I felt compelled to add to my mood board for inspiring images...these all resonate for me.  I see a recurring motif in these images- a love of grandeur and beauty!  I never knew that my old friend, Lord Fry, who lived to be 81, had owned and lived in the manor house shown above.  When I was introduced to his lordship, he was living in the royal crescent...he was quite a dashing figure- see here for more on Jeremy Fry.  Stay tuned for more inspiring images to come!  Cheers!  DF *****


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

125th Anniversary, Schumacher!

Find all Schumacher products at MP Interiors - (formerly Webster and Company FL) Suite 340 
Cheers!  DF ***** click here for more...

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Flowers of La Grenouille

One of my favourite books Clarkson potter 1994

It was only in March, that, after 40 years of devoted work, Charles Masson has finally left his family owned establishment.  I met Charles back in 1994 when he was promoting this small and very charming book of his. He was kind enough to autograph it too.  The book's full of useful information on the art of flowers- and living.  Click here  for a visit to this fabulous site for Grenouille.

There has been some media drama surrounding his departure- read here - but, Mr Masson, being the gentleman that he is, has avoided it mostly.  As his late father had said so well "Bois de la vie" (drink life)  !

Anemones, my favourite flower

It seems that one day, after the paying guests had left, the Massons sat down in the dining room to have their own lunch, and Mr Masson, pere  noticed a ray of sun coming in and shining right in his face.  This is how he got the idea to make a huge arrangement for that window, thus solving the problem, and furthering the tradition of many lavish bouquets in the restaurant.

La Grenouille New York
The arrangement shown above has huge branches of quince that extend out over six or seven feet!

La Grenouille New York

According to Charles, the big secret about Grenouille, is that it's not this grand, haughty (his word) French salle a manger - but the most friendly and affable place in town!  That is one reason why he decided to translate the menu, and open the upstairs room to patrons with smaller purses.  He now plans to open a new place, what he calls the pret a porter to the couture of La Grenouille.  Bon chance Charles!  All the best to you in your new venture! ***** DF

Definition: The word Grenouille is the French word for frog, and in the culinary arts, the term Grenouilles refers to frog legs. The classic French preparation of frog ... 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Le Grand Vefour and the Velvet Slippers

Le Grand Vefour, 1st Arr Paris

My friend Troy is on his way to Paris for Bastille Day, so I recommended this very old, and elegant restaurant next to the Palais Royal, Le Grand Vefour.

My late mentor and friend, Tice Alexander often went there when he was in Paris.  Tice always preferred to stay at the Hotel Ritz, "on the Vendome side" as he would always request.

This languostine (lobster)  course is probably somewhere in the 112 to 119 euro range or higher- be prepared for the check to be in four figures! :) A BLACK Am Ex might be nice to bring along. Here is the menu click here ***** ( a simple lunch is offered for only 98 euro)

Pierre Casiraghi
This handsome devil is the son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover.  His grandmere was the American born Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco.  I spied him sporting a pair of Stubbs and Wooton "Screw U" velvet slippers, in the May 2014 issue of Town and Country.  I only had noticed this tiny detail because I was reading with a magnifying glass!  A new film about his famous grandmother was shown at Cannes in May.  Look for it in a theater near you!

Pierre Casiraghi
  I love that he is smoking a cigarette here.  Smoking, done by certain people, and in the right places, is still extremely elegant, in my humble opinion.  Check out these shoes he was wearing with a tuxedo.

How cool are these?  On him ! I saw these at the trunk show here that SW had at the Naples branch of Maus and Hoffman.  I think I prefer the ones below, called "Loyal"  (The screw U ones are called "College")

They are both the same price - ($495.00)   J Crew has some slightly less expensive ones, and a place in Dallas, called Stanley Korshak.  Wouldn't it be FUN to wear these to Le Grand Vefour, and dine with the Grimaldis, or maybe just Pierre?  Now, that would be a night to remember!  Just call me Walter Mitty :)
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Here's a funny story for you before I turn back the Porthault.  I was boarding a commercial flight many years ago, forget where I was off to , probably L.A. - and I looked over and there was ROBIN LEACH !  Do you remember him?  He hosted an outlandish television program called ""Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"-
Well, I guess I didn't know that he hated gawking fans or the merely curious- since he stared holes through me with the most WICKED, hateful and baleful look I have ever seen on a mans face!  It was brutal.  He must have gotten bumped off of a private plane, and had to resort to flying COMMERCIAL.  Ghastly, simply ghastly!

Robin Leach
 Well Nancy, that's all for now.  If you happen to be in Paris, try and get a table at Le Grand Vefour.   I think even in the Summer you need to book far in advance.  And, if you are in Monaco, say hello to Pierre for me.  But, if you are in L.A., and see Robin, just stare really hard at him, will you? :)

Robin Leach
 This post is dedicated to Taki Theodoracopulos, author of Princes, Playboys, and High Class Tarts.