I have been insanely lucky this year in finding myself in amazing destinations at the same time of incredible showhouses and art exhibitions. There is nothing better than seeing the talents of other creatives to expand one’s owns minds and stimulate new ways of imaginative thinking. The Kips Bay showhouse is the like the Oscars for our interior design profession. For the first time in 45 years, the organization did a Palm Beach iteration of the showhouse which supports the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. The Honorary Show House Chair is Bunny Williams and the Design Chairs are Ellie Cullman and Pauline Pitt.
Villa Belmonte is the home of this year’s showhouse in the El Cid neighborhood. The 1920s Meditteranean Revival house is the perfect backdrop for 20 insanely creative designers to showcase their talents. I was delighted to see so many favorite designers as well as beloved old and new design friends participate in this year’s first Palm Beach showhouse. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of an annual design event. Click HERE to get tickets before the house closes on December 19. Enjoy the tour….
Dining Room: Amanda Lindroth
How is it possible the Christmas is just 25 days away? With the temperatures still being in the 70s in Charlotte, I am having a hard time getting motivated to put up the tree. As I mentioned in my last post, (click HERE to read Part One) going to a holiday showhouse helps me to get in the spirit. I am always preaching to my clients that details make the design. It shows that extra dose of imagination and love has been devoted to taking a piece of furniture, lampshade or window treatment from ordinary to extraordinary. I was BLOWN AWAY by the impeccable attention to detail that every designer mastered in their rooms at the Home for the Holidays Showhouse. From the selection of treats left for Santa and brilliantly curated art to the unique floral arrangements and interesting holiday color schemes, every detail was beautifully thought out and executed. Congratulations to all of the designers that pulled off this amazing feat!
Nothing gets me into the Christmas decorating spirit more than visiting a Holiday Showhouse. Seeing how interior designers incorporate brilliant colors including chartreuse, aubergine, midnight blue, and fuchsia into stunning holiday interiors gets my creative juices flowing for how I want to deck my own halls at home. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine recently opened its 9th annual Home for the Holidays Showhouse benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Click HERE to purchase tickets to the beautiful home on view through December 10th.
Nestled on a two acre private wooded hillside, the new home evokes a stately English country home. The 5-bedroom, 8,800-square foot Showhouse features custom-made brick and locally sourced and aged granite for the exterior and integrates structured, classical design with more modern, casual living space. Twenty of Atlanta’s top interior designers have transformed the estate designed by Atlanta architecture firm Harrison Design and built by Sheehan Built Homes.
“I stood agog in Lafayette Square in Savannah, amid brick paths, trickling fountains and dark trees hung with Spanish moss. Before me rose up a cathedral of linen-fresh whiteness with twin Gothic spires, and around it stood 200-year-old houses of weathered brick, with hurricane shutters that clearly were still used. I did not know that such perfection existed in America.” -Bill Bryson
Traditional Home’s 2017 Southern Style Now Designer Showhouse opened this past weekend in Savannah to enthusiastic accolades from all who visited. The Greek Revival Home overlooks Monterey Square and was built in 1854. The house is set in the middle of Savannah’s Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A bevy of Southern design talent brought the house back to life from four apartments into one 5,500 square foot single family home. Charming architectural details such as heart of pine floors and plaster moldings provided a stunning backdrop for the designers to work their magic on this historic gem of a house. I could not have been more proud of so many design friends that brought their A game to this house to showcase their incredibly distinctive and unique talents. Congratulations to all of the designers, sponsors, Robert Leleux, Matthew Allan, Wall Von Enck, SCAD, The Historic Savannah Foundation, and Traditional Home for a spectacular showhouse!
There is nothing I love more than an antiques show. Gone are the days of booth after booth of brown furniture. Today’s shows provide the catalyst for vendors and designers to showcase their creative brilliance and highlight the very best they have to offer including everything one can imagine. I was delighted to attend the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Opening Gala last week. In honor of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love, the theme was FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. Interior designer Suzanne Tucker chaired the brilliant show and Paris fashion designer Andrew Gn joined as honorary chair for the prestigious event that benefits Enterprise for Youth, a nonprofit organization supporting underprivileged students through educational programs.
With the Miami art fairs just a month away, I was delighted to see the December issue of Architectural Digest is devoted to collectors and how they live with their favorite pieces. The Brooklyn home of art world rock star KAWS artist Brian Donnelly reflects his family’s joy being surrounded by artists they admire and find inspiring. The works range from 1950-the present and there is a visual treat around every corner.
An array of artworks covers a wall in the living room. An Ettore Sottsass cabinet and a Pratt chair by Gaetano Pesce help partition the space. Wyethsofa covered in custom linen. Pillows by KAWSand Alexander Girard pillows from Maharam. Child’s chair by Gaetano Pesce. KAWS BFF plush chair by Fernando and Humberto Campana.
My sophomore year in college, I took “History of Photography” that began my love of art history. My alma after, Washington and Lee , was located in Lexington, Va which was the home of the iconic photographer Sally Mann and legendary abstract expressionist Cy Twombly. Despite the fact I was studying these great talents in class, I did not fully comprehend their brilliance as artists until decades later. Cy Twombly received his doctorate of letters with my graduating class which to this day still completely bows my mind! To be perfectly honest, I never quite understood the medium of photography as an art form until I took this class. Through the lens of an eccentric professor, I came to love photogrpahy and comprehend the nuances and difficulty involved with the medium. Capturing a moment in time artistically is truly a gift.
Model and girl-on-the-go Poppy Delevingne puts down roots in a chic, light-filled house in a leafy London neighborhood
Poppy, wearing a dress by Huishan Zhang, in the sitting room. A custom sofa by Joanna Plant is upholstered in a garnet velvet by designers guild. Lightning mirrors by Bride and Wolfe; Hans Koegl Palm-tree Lamps.
I love it when Architectural Digest publishes interiors articles online before the actual magazine hits the stands. It is the perfect teaser to anticipate what lies ahead in the upcoming issue. The November issue will feature the light filled London home of “It-Girl” Poppy Delavigne and her debonair husband James Cox. The home beautifully reflects the couple’s personalities with its eclectic mix of objects ranging from neon art and lighting shaped mirrors to banana leaf wallpaper and peacock chairs…also with a dash of pink mohair and beloved DeGournay wallpaper thrown in the mix.
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- ATLANTA HOME & LIFESTYLES’ HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS SHOWHOUSE (PART TWO)
- ATLANTA HOME & LIFESTYLES’ HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS SHOWHOUSE (PART ONE)
- TRADITIONAL HOME’S 2017 SOUTHERN STYLE NOW DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE IN SAVANNAH
- FLOWER POWER: THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ART & ANTIQUES SHOW
- ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST VISITS THE ART-FILLED HOME OF KAWS ARTIST BRIAN DONNELLY
- KAREN KNORR: INDIA SONG & METAMORPHOSES AT JACKSON FINE ART
- STEP INSIDE POPPY DELAVIGNE’S LONDON HOME VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
- MISSING MARRAKECH: THE BRILLIANT BILL WILLIS
- ANTHROSCENERY: AURORA ROBSON AT THE NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART
- GIO_GRAPHY: GIOVANNA BATTAGLIA AT BERGDORF GOODMAN
- CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL AT THE DANIEL STOWE BOTANICAL GARDEN
- COLOR ME HAPPY: THE TECHNICOLORED WORLD OF CHRISTINA JUAREZ
- TORY BURCH TAKES AD INSIDE HER SOUTHAMPTON HOME
- ART OF THE INTERIOR: MARIANNE BOESKY AT HOME
- ELLIOTT PUCKETTE AT SOCO GALLERY
- CHRISTIAN DIOR: COUTURIER DU RÊVE
- DAMIAN HIRST: TREASURES FROM THE WRECK OF THE UNBELIEVABLE AT THE VENICE BIENNALE
- ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL’S DESIGNER DINER AT ADAC
- THE NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART PRESENTS LUXURY BY STEPHEN WILSON
- 2017 ATLANTA HOMES AND LIFESTYLES SOUTHEASTERN DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE & GARDENS
- THE NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART PRESENTS STEPHANIE HIRSCH: AFTER THE STORM
- INSPIRATIONAL ICON: PEGGY GUGGENHEIM (PART 2)
- INSPIRATIONAL ICON: PEGGY GUGGENHEIM (PART 1)
- FASHIONISTA: LA DOUBLE J IN MILAN