CHAIRISH SHOWHOUSE SALE LIVE TODAY!

Chairish is one of my favorite resources to find vintage pieces for client projects.  This month, I am delighted to have been selected to participate in their exclusive Designer Showhouse sale, a curated collection of pieces hand-picked by designers from some of the country’s most prestigious Showhouses! See all of the beautiful finds, available now on Chairish by clicking HERE for my shop and HERE for the rest of the sale. The sale goes live TODAY (Saturday, March 2nd) at 12 noon EST.

I have included items from the Southeastern Designer Showhouse presented by Atlanta Home and Lifestyles and the Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse.  There are some incredible finds in the sale that are marked well below the wholesale prices. Happy hunting!

THE LAST SWAN: MARELLA AGNELLI

“There is good taste—and then, in a stratosphere all its own, there is Agnelli taste…Marella Agnelli is the goddess of style.” –Vogue

Marella Agnelli at Home, Horst P. Horst, 1967

Regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most glamorous and cultured women, Marella Agnelli led an incredibly fascinating life married to Gianni Agnelli, also known as “the rake of the Riviera,” for his love of fast cars, sailboats, clothing, and beautiful women. Gianni’s sisters introduced him to the stunning Marella and thought she was the only lady suitable for their brother. The famous Agnelli fortune was made In the early 19th century when their father Giuseppe planted mulberry trees for silkworms on his estate in Villar Peroso. This incredibly successful venture led him to launch Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili Torino, aka Fiat. which his son Gianni ran for 30 years.

Richard Avedon nicknamed her “The Swan” in 1953 after taking this iconic portrait of her below. Throughout her lifetime, Marella collaborated with the best artists and designers of her day, offering her gardens and residences as their canvases that spread throughout Turin, Rome, Milan, New York, St. Moritz, and Marrakech.  The projects range from classic to ultramodern filled with amazing art and groundbreaking decorating innovations.

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.

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  • Spring break sunset🌅 So sad it is over 🌅Missing @weaustin1967! #springbreak #familytime
  • 🌸Happy Spring 🌸 It is always blooming in my own dining room under the whimsical cherry blossom mural painted by the late great artist Terry Reitzel 🙏🏻#cherryblossom #mural #springinthesouth
  • The epic super moon rising above the Atlantic last night during the spring solstice 🌕Swipe left for more🌕#awestruck #supermoon2019 #springsolstice #springsolstice2019 #mothernature
  • Enchanted by the whimsical photography of @karen1knorr🦒Brief Encounter, Palazinna Cinese, 2018🦒#photography #contemporaryart #interiors #trompeloeil
  • Collaborating with artists is my absolute favorite part of my job 🎨Working with @stephenwilsonstudio @thenewgallery has been pure joy🎨This embroidered and appliquéd #Hermes box is just one of 28 pieces for a wall installation for a favorite fashion loving client🎨#stephenwilsonstudio #ngma #catherinemaustindesigns #startwithart #contemporaryart

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