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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.

Austin complemented her space at a recent Traditional Home show house with a portrait, left, by artist Kate Long Stevenson and a large abstract, right, by David Paul / Photography: Dustin Peck

The designer, who tells AD PRO that she has “always been an art history student at heart,” makes it a priority to educate clients. “Since art is very subjective, I encourage my clients to collect works that they respond to emotionally. Original art elevates every interior and reflects the personalities that inhabit the space. By attending art fairs at home and abroad, I seek out emerging artists to introduce to my clients. Getting to know the artists personally and learning about their process and what inspires them is very important to me to pass along that knowledge.”

An interior by Cathy Austin with artwork by Amanda Talley, above the fireplace/ Photography: Gordon Beall

As principal of Catherine M. Austin Interior Design, of Charlotte, North Carolina, one of those talents Austin has gotten to know on a deeper level is a New Orleans–based SCAD graduate named Amanda Talley, whose work she discovered in a local showroom. “I fell in love with her abstract, gestural works and designed my first living room around one of her paintings that I did not even own…knowing that one day I would add her work to my own personal collection.” The designer-artist duo’s first commission together was for a couple who were newbies to art collecting and just beginning their collection; their second commission was for Austin’s home. For each project, Austin sends Talley “inspiration images” as well as examples of her art that Austin’s clients like. Then, Talley “takes over and works her magic! I have loved watching her style evolve, yet still being able to recognize her brushstrokes knowing it is her work.”

What should designers know about sourcing art, particularly from emerging talents? In addition to the perhaps obvious exposure (“See as much as you can. Go to as many museums, galleries, auctions, and art fairs as you can to train your eye and be exposed to what is available in the marketplace”), Austin also advises having an open mind. “Do not be intimidated by price point. Even established artists can be within reach if you look at their complete body of work, including studies and works on paper. You can research artists through wonderful websites like Artsy which can also lead to discovering new artists and art galleries. It has been thrilling to watch the careers of artists I befriended years ago soar through their values increasing and being acquired by museum collections.”

Painting by Brad Thomas through SoCoGallery / Photography by Emily Followill

Another tip? Keep your eyes peeled; sometimes discoveries unfold on one’s downtime. Austin met a valuable collaborator during a volunteer commitment with the Mint Museum in Charlotte. “I was serving as the head of the Mint Museum Auxiliary and working closely with Brad Thomas, our curator of modern and contemporary art, selecting possible acquisitions for the museum’s permanent collection that our organization would underwrite. He was already an established artist, as well as art consultant and artist mentor—but his work was taking a new direction,” she explains, which “combined mixed media, collage, and his distinctive handwriting that became abstract lines when intertwined on the canvas. The words in his works examine the influence writers have had on shaping his worldview.”

The artist’s works are now found in Austin’s collections—and in her clients’. “We recently collaborated on a work for the Atlanta Southeastern Showhouse this spring. I asked him to create a work inspired by a Southern author. He used the Flannery O’Connor quote, ‘To know oneself is, above all, to know what one lacks. It is to measure oneself against truth, and not the other way around. The first product of self-knowledge is humility.’ The abstract work was the perfect finishing touch to my bedroom, that made the space more personal and provided a contemporary juxtaposition to the more traditional elements in the room.”

And for up-and-coming artists? For their part, recommends Austin, “artists can share their portfolios with designers whose work they admire and offer to lend their work for various show houses and charity events,” says Austin. “Attending events at the major design centers and other industry events is a great way to connect with designers. Every city from Atlanta to Los Angeles now seems to have its own design week full of opportunities for networking.”

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ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST VISITS THE ART-FILLED HOME OF KAWS ARTIST BRIAN DONNELLY

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.

STEP INSIDE POPPY DELAVIGNE’S LONDON HOME VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

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. 

TRAVEL DIARY: THE GRITTI PALACE IN VENICE

 “Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.” – Ernest Hemingway

I am not sure where Ernest Hemingway wrote this, but I would like to think it was on his terrace overlooking the Grand Canal while staying at the legendary Gritti Palace in Venice. We were fortunate enough to stay in this beautiful palace on our recent trip to Venice with the Rubelli Group who had supplied many of the fabrics for the restoration overseen by Donghia’s creative director Chuck Chewning in 2013. My pictures and words did not do this masterpiece justice so I found these wonderful articles from Architectural Digest detailing the process. My own candids follow at the end. 

PREVIEW THE 2015 ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST OSCARS GREEN ROOM

Article and images via Architectural Digest…

While you are watching Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, be sure to take note of the fabulous Architectural Digest Green Room! Over one billion film buffs, fashionistas, and design lovers will be tuned in as well….ENJOY!

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Created by the L.A. design studio Commune, with assistance from actress Julianne Moore, the Architectural Digest Oscar Greenroom is floored with Antium brushed limestone tile by Walker Zanger. The tile complements brick walls painted in a Sherwin-Williams Emerald interior acrylic latex in alabaster and neutral Shepperton and Neves carpets from Stark. Furnishings include seating by Holly Hunt, including a Holly Hunt Studio Haka director’s chair and Christian Astuguevieille Ilorg armchair. A Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet lies on a Holly Hunt Caste Bridger bronze table. A custom-designed banquette lining the main wall is upholstered in a Clarence House fabric and accented with pillows in velvets and velours.

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With a nod to the iconic designs of the 1950s and ’60s, the Greenroom features a picture window composed of 16 Samsung LED displays that stream a sweeping view of L.A. from atop the Hollywood Hills as the city changes from day (shown) to night.

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Banked with tropical plants, an Oscar statue stands in a niche beside the Greenroom’s Samsung LED display picture window (here showing a night scene).

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A geometric-shaped bar crafted of Caesarstone’s Calacatta Nuvo is flanked by Holly Hunt Studio’s Marteau barstools.

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The Greenroom’s custom-made doors are inspired by the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright and are accented with Emtek hardware. This section of the Greenroom is outfitted with a Holly Hunt Studio table, a custom-designed chandelier from Remains Lighting, and Bernardaud porcelain on the console table.

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In keeping with Commune’s indoor-outdoor concept, the patio area features a built-in banquette with seat cushions and pillows covered in Perennials outdoor fabrics. Sutherland’s 500-pound African table by John Dickinson is complemented by the firm’s Salão lounge chair.

OSCAR FUN FACTS

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Number of competitive Oscars won by a host of high-profile actors, actresses, and filmmakers, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Ian McKellan, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Bette Midler, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and George Lucas, among many others.
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Number of dollars for which an Oscar winner or his estate must offer to sell his statuette back to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences before selling the statuette on his own. Oscars awarded after 1950 are bound by this agreement, and statuettes are considered property of the Academy unless it waives its ownership. Oscar Welles’s 1941 Oscar for “Citizen Kane” was sold at a 2011 auction for over $800,000.
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Number of words in the shortest Oscars acceptance speech ever, delivered by Patty Duke in 1963 after winning the Best Supporting Actress statuette for “The Miracle Worker.” Her message? Simply, “Thank you.”
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Number of films that have won all of the “Big Five” awards (picture, director, actor, actress, and screenplay). They are: “It Happened One Night” (1934), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991).
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Number of animated features that have been nominated for Best Picture. 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast” was the first to earn this distinction, followed later by “Up” (2009) and “Toy Story 3” (2010).
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Highest number of acting Oscars won by a single person, a record held by Katharine Hepburn. She won Best Actress statuettes for: “Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), and “On Golden Pond” (1982).
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The most Best Director wins by one person, a record held by John Ford since 1953, when he won his last statuette for “The Quiet Man.”
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Length in minutes of the longest Oscar acceptance speech ever given, a distinction held by Greer Garson, who won Best Actress in 1943 for “Mrs. Miniver.”
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Highest number of acting nominations without a win, a record held by the late Peter O’Toole. He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2002.
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Number of musicals that have won Best Picture. The last one to do it was 2002’s “Chicago,” which ended a 34-year drought. 1968’s “Oliver!” preceded “Chicago”‘s win, but the Academy took a hard turn away from song-and-dance features with its subsequent Best Picture selection: “Midnight Cowboy” (1969), which remains the only X-rated film to claim Oscar’s biggest prize.
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Highest number of Oscars won by a single film. Three movies are tied for this distinction: “Ben-Hur” (1959), “Titanic” (1997), and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003). “Return of the King” won all 11 awards for which it was nominated, another Academy Awards record.
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Highest number of nominations for a film that did not win any Oscars. Two films share that dubious distinction: “The Turning Point” (1977) and “The Color Purple” (1985).
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The highest number of Best Director nominations received by one person. William Wyler holds that record, converting three of those nominations into wins.
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The number of Oscar categories that have been eliminated over the years. They include Best Dance Direction, Best Short Film — Live Action — Two Reels, and Best Unique and Artistic Quality of a Production. (That latter wordy category was part of the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, and ditched the following year.)
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Length in minutes of the first — and to this day, shortest — Academy Awards ceremony, held on May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Awards (the nickname “Oscar” didn’t come into being for several years) were handed out in 12 categories. Today, Oscars are awarded in 24 categories, and ceremonies typically run three hours on average. (Many far exceed that running time.)
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Highest number of hosts for one Oscars telecast. For several years, the Academy used a gimmick dubbed “Friends of Oscar” that featured a roster of rotating hosts for each ceremony. The broadcast featuring the most “Friends” took place on April 7, 1970, and included stars like Bob Hope, John Wayne, Barbra Streisand, Fred Astaire, Clint Eastwood, James Earl Jones, and Elizabeth Taylor. Packing in so much star power paid off for the Academy: the broadcast was the Awards’ highest-rated telecast of all time.
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Highest number of acting nominations for a single person, a record held by Meryl Streep. Streep broke the previous record of 12, set by Katharine Hepburn. Jack Nicholson is the most nominated male actor, currently tied with Hepburn’s 12.
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Highest number of Oscar ceremonies hosted by one person. Bob Hope is the champ (he also hosted the first televised Oscars in 1953), with Billy Crystal a distant second with nine hosting gigs.
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Most nominations for a single person in any category without a win. Sound re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell began his unsuccessful quest for an Oscar with his first nomination in 1983; his most recent letdown came in 2007.
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Composer Victor Young has O’Connell beat in the most depressing distinction category: Young was nominated 21 times before finally winning an Oscar for 1956’s “Around the World in 80 Days,” earning him the title of most nominations before a win. Unfortunately, Young died before the Oscar ceremony took place, and the award was granted posthumously.
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Number of times that the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars have gone to different films. The most recent split came in 2013, when Ang Lee won Best Director for “Life of Pi” and “Argo” (directed by non-nominee Ben Affleck) took Best Picture. For more analysis of this Oscar anomaly, check out Moviefone’s extensive coverage here.
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Total number of Oscars won by Walt Disney, the most ever for a single person. He was also awarded an additional four honorary Oscars, and holds the record for most Oscars won in one year by a single person (four). The most Oscars won by a living person is eight, with composer Alan Menken claiming the title.
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Highest number of nominations earned by a woman in any category. Costume designer Edith Head holds that title; she won eight statuettes throughout her career.
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Number of seconds that Academy rules stipulate acceptance speeches must not run over. (This rule, established in 2010, is broken multiple times every year.)
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Highest number of nominations for a single person in any category. Over-achiever Walt Disney holds that title. Composer John Williams is the most-nominated living person, with 49 nods under his belt.
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Length in minutes of the shortest Best Picture winner ever, “Marty” (1955). Brevity seems to be a theme for this classic flick: the 1956 ceremony where it claimed the top prize was the second-shortest Oscars ever, lasting just 90 minutes.
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Length in minutes of the longest Best Picture winners ever: a tie between “Ben-Hur” (1959) and “Gone With the Wind” (1939). But the latter has a slight edge when its score is factored in: including its overture, intermission music, and exit music, “Gone” clocks in at 238 minutes.
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Length in minutes of the longest Academy Awards ceremony ever, which took place on March 24, 2002. The historic night — hosted by Whoopi Goldberg — saw Halle Berry become the first African-American to win Best Actress (for “Monster’s Ball”), while fellow black actors Denzel Washington and Sidney Poitier also picked up statuettes for Best Actor and an honorary Oscar, respectively.
2,894
Number of total Oscar statuettes awarded from 1929 to 2011, in 1,853 categories.
6,000
The approximate number of voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines the Oscar nominees and winners. It’s made up of separate branches composed of different film disciplines, including acting, writing, and directing. 276 people were invited to join the Academy in 2013, though the number of new members changes annually.
31.76 million
Number of viewers for the lowest-rated Oscars telecast ever, which took place on February 24, 2008. Despite the Academy celebrating its 80th awards, the show pulled in a dismal 18.66 share of the ratings, thanks in part to its low-wattage winners. (Best Picture champ “No Country for Old Men” wasn’t a big box office draw, prompting fewer viewers to tune in.)
57.25 million
Number of viewers for the second-highest rated Oscars telecast ever, when “Titanic” took home Best Picture and Billy Crystal hosted on March 23, 1998. The exact number of viewers for the highest rated ceremony — which took place on April 7, 1970, when “Midnight Cowboy” won the top prize — are not available, but the program pulled in a whopping 43.40 share of the Nielsen ratings. (In comparison, 1998’s ceremony had a 35.32 share.)
1 billion
Number of worldwide viewers that the Academy has claimed in the past watch the Oscars every year. This number has been widely disputed, though, and with the recent trend in waning viewership, it seems even more suspect today

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IN ADMIRATION OF ALBERT: KIP’S BAY

Two months ago, the design world lost one of their most beloved legends, Albert Hadley.  Much has been written about his legacy over the past several weeks and the impact he had on the design community.  He was known most of all for being a gentleman and a scholar. Mr. Hadley had an immense knowledge of design history which he graciously shared with all of his clients and colleagues. Despite being a classicist, he was also a bold risk taker and not afraid to mix modern and innovative materials and designs. This brave and original creativity elevated him to saint like status and will forever be known for his unprecedented contribution to 20th century design.

The most delightful attributes of Mr. Hadley were his sincere modesty, kindness and generosity. He was constantly encouraging young designers, sharing his wisdom with them and making sure they were being recognized for their talent and participation in his client’s projects. Many celebrated designers began their careers with Mr. Hadley such as Bunny Williams, Thomas Jayne, Mariette Himes Gomez, David Easton, David Klienburg, and Brian McCarthy. He was known for telling them, “Kiddo, give them what they never knew they wanted.” 
This past week, I had the privilege of seeing the Kip’s Bay Show House where Mr. Hadley’s proteges, Bunny Williams,  David Kleinberg and Brian J. McCarthy dedicated their room to “ALBERT HADLEY: Our mentor, our teacher, and our dear friend.” Below you can see some of his most famous rooms and quotes. Next you can see how these brilliant designers created a room in his honor.
Photgraphy by Fernando Bengoechea
Mr. Hadley in His Living Room
Domino Magazine
Inspiration Board
Veranda Magazine
Mr. Hadley’s Apartment
Mr. Hadley’s Modern and Spare Bedroom
Photography by Fernando Bengoechea
A Fine Romance: Mr. Hadley and Ms. Parish
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Druckman
Sutton Place, New York City
Photography by Fernandoe Bengoechea
Residence of Frederic R. Courdet III
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Residence of Nancy “Princess” Pyne
New Jersey
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Mrs. Astor’s Famous Library
New York City
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Photo via Habitually Chic

Architectural Digest sponsored the kick off party for Blogfest 2012 at the Kip’s Bay Show House.The  Great Room was designed by Bunny Williams, David Kleinburg and Brian McCarthy in honor of Mr. Hadley.  Their blend of modern art, clean lines and a few red touches with have made their mentor very proud. The Corbusier tapestry from Jane Khan Gallery was the focal point for the room. The other artwork was from Gerald Bland. You can see one of Mr. Haley’s trademark zebra hooked rugs in the foreground of the image. The rug along with the kuba cloth and vintage ikat pillows belonged to Bunny Williams to add an ethnic vibe to the space.

Please note that the images of the show house are from  Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic.  You can see her blog on the space by clicking on the link above.

The two images above show a few of Mr. Hadley’s favorite things. He apparently lived on gin and cigarettes and could care less about fine wine and food according to his old client, Siri Mortimer mentioned in Veranda’s tribute to Mr. Hadley. His “DON”T FORGET” pads where always on his desk.  All party guests received an identical pad in our bag of swag as we left the party.

Another highlight was meeting Margaret Russell from Architectural Digest. She was kind enough to let a few Charlotte designers take our picture with her.  Here, Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room, Beth Keim of Lucy and Company and myself learn a few tips on how to pose for a picture. You can also check out their blogs to read about our NYC adventures this past week.

When I arrived back in Charlotte, I had a lovely surprise waiting on my my front stoop.  The interior drawings I had purchased from the Albert Hadley sale on One King’s Lane had arrived! I am thrilled to have these historic mementos from such an amazing man. Happy Memorial Day to ALL!

BIG APPLE BLOGFEST: DAY 1

Next week design blogs will be blowing up with editorial commentary from Blogfest 2012.  The event has been organized specifically for interior design bloggers by host sponsors Kravet, Lee Jofa, and Brunschwig and Fils. The fabric houses have partnered with the industry’s top design magazines to plan 3 days of programs in stunning settings with today’s interior design icons.

Architectural Digest’s Editor in Chief Margaret Russell welcomes the designers to Blogfest at the Kips Bay Decorator Show house.  I do not know if I am more excited to see the show house or to meet the charming Ms. Russell!  I became a huge fan of hers during her early days at Elle Decor and more so watching her as a judge on Bravo’s Top Design with Kelly Wearstler and Johnathan Adler.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the show house which benefits the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. Typically the show house takes place in a townhouse or brownstone. The 2011 show house will be in two 6000 plus square foot penthouse units above the Penn Station rail yards at the Aldyn overlooking the Hudson. The designers have been faced with the monumental task to turn these empty rooms with little architectural detailing and massive windows into aesthetically pleasing and breathtaking spaces. In today’s New York Times, Bunny Williams, the show house chair and design guru, comments that visitors come to see the show house, “for the fantasy, the playfulness, and the flair of artistry.” Guests can escape the reality of everyday life and appreciate the time and talent these designers have donated all to raise money for a wonderful cause.

After the kick off event at the Aldyn, we will then head to SoHo to Savant to have cocktails with the dashing Thom Filicia. Thom designed their massive showroom which integrates Apple based technology into beautiful room settings as seen below. As a self diagnosed I-Phone and I-Pad junkie, I cannot wait to see how this technology can streamline everything in the home from the lights and thermostat to becoming a personal media player and sound system.

The evening wraps up with an after party at Savior Beds, started by London’s Savoy Hotel in 1905. This luxury brand has only recently established a presence in the US after opening showrooms in Paris, London, Berlin and Shanghai. These bespoke beds were the favorites of Sir Winston Churchill, Giacomo Puccini and Marilyn Monroe.  Then, we are literally off to bed to rest before the festivities the next morning….More to come on Day 2 tomorrow!