ELSIE DE WOLFE AND TONY DUQUETTE INSPIRE A DINNER PARTY IN PARIS VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

“Each of us has an enchanted vision that we carry around in the treasure house of our minds….your personal approach to your own magic.”-Tony Duquette

When the opportunity arose to host an event in Paris during Deco Off and Maison et Objet, I thought what could be better than to have a celebration of creativity surrounded by the most talented people I know? In searching for a theme for the evening, I decided to take a cue from two of the most fascinating figures in design…Elsie de Wolfe and Tony Duquette. Gay Gassman of Architectural Digest captured the magic of the evening in the lovely article below…

The table setting for Cathy Austin’s Elsie de Wolfe and Tony Duquette-themed dinner party in Paris. Photo: Kelly Marshall

CHARLOTTE DESIGNER CATHY AUSTIN HOSTED THE FESTIVE AFFAIR AT THE HOME OF FRANK DE BIASI AND GENE MEYER/ TEXT BY GAY GASSMAN

Design has taken over Paris this week with the 10th anniversary of Paris Deco Off and the opening of global trade fair Maison + Objet. Besides the massive fair, this means more than 100 fabric and furniture showroom open houses, countless pop-ups and special events, and streets festooned with oversize lampshades swinging from the buildings in the City of Light. It also means every night is jam-packed with cocktails and dinners hosted by the big industry showrooms, but there are also smaller private events. One of the most intriguing invitations of the season was the beautifully designed one for “An Unforgettable Romp in Paris: An Evening Inspired by Elsie de Wolfe and Tony Duquette,” hosted last night by Charlotte, North Carolina–based interior designer Cathy Austin of Catherine M. Austin Interior Design at the Paris home of AD 100 designer Frank de Biasi and designer Gene Meyer.

SECOND ANNUAL KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE IN PALM BEACH

The second annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House opened in Palm Beach this past weekend showcasing the work of 21 talented designers. Overlooking Lake Worth, the Mediterranean-style villa provided a beautiful backdrop for the designers to work their magic. The house is open until February 20th and tickets may be purchased by clicking here. See below for a tour and if you are headed south, do not miss seeing these spectacular spaces in person!

LUXE RED AWARDS: WE NEED YOUR VOTE BY FRIDAY!

 

We are excited to be up for the LUXE Red Awards this year in the 3 categories below. The Reader’s Choice Voting is open and we need your vote!

Please click on the image below to cast a vote in the three categories before THIS FRIDAY January 25th. 

CLASSIC INTERIOR DESIGN

MAJOR RESTORATION OR RENOVATION

BATHROOM

I would be so grateful for your vote. Thank you in advance for your consideration!

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SOCO GALLERY PRESENTS AUSTIN EDDY: TUR TIL TURTLE ISLAND

“Mere color can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”-Oscar Wilde

This week SOCO Gallery presented its first exhibition of 2019 with Austin Eddy’s vibrant abstract works. The joyful compilations reflect fantastical moments from his travels where he was working in various studios around the world and interpreted through his colorful imagination. I have included a few favorites here, but pictures do not do these justice.  The juxtaposition of colors, composition of forms, and layering are much better seen in person!

DESIGNERS SHARE THEIR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

2019 kicked off with this fun article in Architectural Digest asking interior designers about their New Year’s resolutions. We were thrilled to be included with some of our favorite design talents. Scroll down to discover our resolutions and click HERE to see more inspiration for the upcoming year. Happy New Year!

DESIGNERS SHARE THEIR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS/ TEXT BY HADLEY KELLER
From more sketching to less Instagramming, these are the goals creatives are setting for 2019

As we round the corner of 2018 with the promise of a clean slate in 2019, the possibilities for the new year seem infinite. Rather than setting some utterly uninteresting goal, like reorganizing our closets, we’re looking to be inspired by resolutions with a more creative spin. We reached out to a slew of designers to hear what their goals are for 2019. Their answers range from the practical to the philosophical—and everything in between. 

GOODBYE 2018!

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come / Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” ― Alfred Lord Tennyson


2018 has been quite a year of milestones.  I do not think I have ever worked harder or been more exhausted! We participated in our largest showhouse to date in Atlanta, completed our first retail boutique for Trina Turk, persevered though another year living with a teen and tween, and celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary.  It was a sprint to get to the finish line of the holidays, deadlines, and end of year projects. I am incredibly grateful to the wonderful clients, artists, vendors, workrooms, colleagues, family, and friends that support me and allow me to do what I love everyday. 

New Year’s Day always brings with it a clean slate. I typically share my intentions on the first day of the year.  Looking back through past years, they stay pretty consistent so I here is a look back at some of my favorites!

Click HERE to see a fun video of the year’s adventures.

HOW THIS CHARLOTTE DESIGNER SPOTLIGHTS RISING ARTISTS: CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGN VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

I am delighted to share this lovely article that appeared in Architectural Digest this past week about my passion for working with artists and connecting them with clients. Using original art and educating clients is a cornerstone of my design aesthetic. I am so grateful I found a profession that allows me to combine all of my desired careers (artist, art history professor, curator, and designer) into one! Thank you to Katy Olson for sharing our story and to all the artists and galleries I have had the privilege to work with over the years!

CATHY AUSTIN SHARES HOW PROMOTING EMERGING TALENT CAN BENEFIT YOUR PROJECTS, TOO/ TEXT BY KATHERINE OLSON

Austin works with artist Charlie Havanich, pictured here, who is represented by Hidell Brooks Gallery. “I adore Charlie and I just acquired one of his works,” Austin tells AD PRO. “The image in the picture is a commission for one of my clients that bears an uncanny resemblance to a young Jackie.” / Photography: Charle Hanavich

Cathy Austin began her career not in design, but in art, working at Sotheby’s across departments including European Porcelain, American Paintings, and American Furniture. “I assisted the experts cataloguing the works for the auctions, handling archives, client contracts, condition reports, and arranging presale exhibitions. I began as an intern and archivist and also worked as an administrator,” recalls Austin. When she transitioned into interiors, Austin kept connected to the art scene, attending shows like Maison et Objet and TEFAF—but also in a more tangible way, sourcing local Southern talent for her interior-design projects.

THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING: PRIZE WINNING DOCUMENTARY ON HBO NOVEMBER 12

“There are a lot of people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” -Oscar Wilde

I happened upon an interview this weekend on National Public Radio with Nathaniel Khan, the director of the acclaimed documentary, “The Price of Everything” that appears November 12th on HBO. Garnering accolades from every film festival imagined, the documentary breaks down the boundaries in the art world between artists, collectors, auction houses, galleries, art critics, and more. As a self professed art addict and Sotheby’s alumnae, I cannot wait to see this look behind the curtain. When I introduce works of art to clients, I always address what makes it special and why it is valuable. I am excited to hear their answers to the same questions on a much grander scale. 

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