Friday, September 30, 2016


The latest and greatest from Judith Auclair, progress shot, courtesy, MAISON AUCLAIR, NAPLES

While I've posted many times before about my friend, the decorative artist and antiquaire, Judith Auclair, I had to share this image her firm just sent over~a work in progress, but love the grand and massive scale.  Judith has done many large scale installations, including a grotto bathroom in the Caribbean, an over mantel in a 19th century Old Naples cottage, and chandeliers for a new palace in Russia.  Click here to read an article about her and her work! 



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Friday, September 23, 2016

STYLE: Collector's Aerie, Bonita Bay at NAPLES

4851 Bonita Bay Boulevard, 302
Alluring, elegant, enchanting!  When a New York collector arrives in Naples, via Birmingham, what you get is style, style and more style!  We assisted this client who is also now a friend, with the d├ęcor of her very spacious third floor condominium.  Jane had also worked with the NYC decorator Clare Fraser...

Sisal by STARK


Perfect for entertaining family and friends!

Porcelains from the Mary Wells and Harding Lawrence estate, LA FIORENTINA

Ralph Lauren lamps, STARK carpet

Ralph Lauren lamps

Large west facing terrace!

Quality, elegance, casual Florida living, and a stunning location in an award winning country club community await the fortunate new owners of 302 !  Click here for further information and the listing via Zillow!



My wonderful friend, the dealer, Charles Robert Mills, has recently updated his site .  Check it out.  Charles is a French decorative arts specialist, but is also very knowledgeable in many other areas of the decorative arts.  DF *****

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CHIC NOW: Alan Campbell

Alan Campbell through MP Interiors
I've always been a huge fan of Alan Campbell, China Seas, and Quadrille....and especially am fond of this "Mojave" wallpaper.  One of my professors at FIT was Albino Cimonetti, who, along with Harry Hinson, Jay Hyde Crawford, and Anthony Tortora founded Quadrille Fabrics. 

Sister Parish and Albert Hadley promoted Alan when he was first starting out, experimenting with batiks and tie dyes, which he used to make in his bath tub!  Follow him on Instagram!  DF *****

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Style-Off - Waterside Shops

The Style-Off - Waterside Shops

Join us to celebrate!  All proceeds benefit The United Way of Collier County.

via The Garden District, Naples

Saturday, September 3, 2016

WELCOME BACK ! Checking in

Seen at a boutique in Highlands, NC this summer
Yes !, Summer is coming to an end...(first day of Fall is the 22nd) and so, welcome back to DFS all my friends and followers!  One of the high points of my summer was while visiting my family, we all made a sojourn up to Cashiers and Highlands...two charming towns in the remote and hard to reach mountains of southwest North Carolina...oh and finally I'm on Instagram... as @farrisdean...!

One of the many beautiful natural falls near Highlands
Mere words can't describe the beauty and peace of the lovely countryside, some of which is 4,600 feet above sea level...and we had lunch in Highlands at The Ugly Dog Public House, and dessert at Cornucopia in Cashiers...after visiting old friends Hal Ainsworth and Winton Noah at Aerie Manor their elegant home which has been featured in Veranda...

View from Aerie Manor, Cashiers, NC

It was a cloudy day so we couldn't see all four states from the terrace, but on a clear day you can see forever...

Foyer shot I took, Aerie Manor

One of many bars set up in the house, Aerie Manor

Dining Room, Aerie Manor

We had such fun, it was all part of celebrating my dear Dad's (Poppy) 83rd year of living his extraordinary life.  Stay tuned for more later!  (c) DF *****

Aerie Manor Dining Room, via Sotheby's