Wednesday, July 6, 2022

SUMMER READ: Growing Up Getty

Looking forward to this vicarious ride through the adventures of "Growing Up Getty" - a fabulous new book by author James Reginato...Enjoy! DF

Wednesday, June 1, 2022


Although currently am working on 8 houses plus one restaurant...will still find time to say cool this Summer ! DF

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

GIVENCHY: decorative

Exciting news... June 8th Christies will be selling off some goodies from the collection of Hubert de Givenchy

Saturday, May 7, 2022

MAY: Decoration by Otto

My mothers' decorator often mentioned the fabulous Otto Zenke, who was a decorator in Greensboro, North Carolina...he (Otto) still inspires me with his love of English antiques, good fabrics, and attention to detail - both in the interior architecture and the furnishings...

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Saturday, March 5, 2022

CHARITY: Kips Bay Palm Beach 2022

Looking forward to attending the fundraiser KBPB Decorator Showhouse this month...image via "Town and Country"

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Anniversary: DFID Dean Farris Interior Design 40th !

Some highlights: Working on the Fifth Avenue (NY) penthouse of Teddy Forstmann at 2 East 70th Street. Assisting Decorator George Clarkson with the completion of "Bella Vista" the Fairfield, CT estate of David and Shirley Johnston. Decorating for Mrs. Martha Hanes Womble, at her country house "Windy Hill" , Roaring Gap, North Carolina. Complete renovation and decoration for the Gant Residence, Number 6, Saint Michael's Alley, Charleston, SC. Furthering my formal education at The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath, Avon, United Kingdom. Assisting with the design of numerous palaces in Saudi Arabia with designer Carol Lascaris, Abu Dhabi. Spending time with the late eminence grise, Albert Hadley, in his Old Naples, Florida cottage. Decoration for "Westhaven" the old naples cottage of Tom Roberts and David McChesney, Naples, Florida. Designing my own New York pied a terre, at 11 East 66th Street, Manhattan. Work for the Breen Residence, River Oaks, Houston, Texas with Parish-Hadley decorator, Tice Alexander. Complete decoration for Dr. and Mrs. Shapiro, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

CLASSIC: Albert + Brooke

One of my favorite rooms, from the New York apartment of the late philanthropist, Brooke Astor...decorated by Albert Hadley, Mrs. Astor received guests here to award them with various charitable donations. A true inspiration and a great lady too! DF

Friday, December 10, 2021

GIFT : Pearls of Palm Beach, by Holly Holden

A book is always a nice gift, and so I thought how timely to post about this one, which I don't own yet... Enjoy! Happy Holidays ! Kudos to dear Holly Holden, a truly lovely lady! DF

Thursday, November 18, 2021

SCALE: Proportion is Everything!

Often, in designing for myself, I tend to go with a strong preconceived notion, perhaps trying to adhere to a furniture plan I'd recently, you can see here where I switched out the small American Empire console for this mirrored bachelor's chest... a vast improvement- and wanted to share it with you! Small collage by David Ferlito...lamp, RLH...mirror, vintage. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday ! DF

Friday, November 5, 2021

STYLE: Cabana Boy Deluxe

Having a great time re-decorating this cute pool cabana on Marco Island, Florida...Thibaut wallcoverings, chic stripes, and fun twig lamps from AERIN for Visual Comfort !

Thursday, October 21, 2021

STYLE: Decorator Meg Braff

Loving this image from Meg Braff, Locust Valley and Palm Beach, where the decorator used the classic chintz, "Le Lac" by brunschwig and fils...inspiring for real life! Check out Meg's new collection for Wildwood too..!