Carolina Herrera’s 2016 Spring Collection had me swooning! Set in the Beaux Arts courtyard of the Frick Collection, the show delighted guests with its pink palette of couture confections.“This is my rose period,” Herrera said during a preview. “Fashion should be optimistic.”
I have never encountered a pink I did not adore…from Chery Blossom to Schiarapelli , the hue always lifts my spirits and makes me want to surround myself with any shade whenever possible in how I dress and how I decorate. Take a peek at my favorite looks from the Spring 2016 Collection along with gorgeous pink interiors from my favorite designers and a few of my own…
JACQUES GRANGE FOR MARIA AGOSTENELLI
BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN
INES DE LA FRESSANGE
CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGN
*Images of the Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 Fashion Show via the New York Times
Being an interior designer is like having multiple personality disorder…one day I am obsessed with Nancy Lancaster’s yellow drawing room and the next I dreaming about my sleek and contemporary imaginary beach house filled with blue chip art, pedigreed furnishings, a dash of humor and my own built in disco. When I opened the pages of the March Elle Decor, it looked like my dream had become reality in the Palm Beach penthouse of Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. Designed by Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts, the high style 5,900 sqaure foot pied a terre is colorful, glamorous, and edgy…much like the Tischs themselves.
A large scale pink feather polar bear holds by Paola Pivi holds court over the barrel vaulted living room featuring a who’s who of important artists and designers. A pair of Andy Warhols hang above an Edward Wormley sofa upholstered in hot pink tiger Scalamandre velvet. Two tone armchairs by Pierre Guariche and curved sofas by Milo Baughman mix beautifully with Louis XVI stools and a custom made silk shag ombre rug by Beauvais carpets. The sculptural lines of each piece add the the stunning composition of the space.
The Tisches with a photograph by Thomas Ruff.
Five Italian pendants fill the vertical space in the spacious dining room above a custom resin table. A bold painting by Christian Marclay punctuates the room with color.
The designers prefer pale finishes and neutrals to offset the intense color used in each space. The result is like a blank canvas in each room with vivid brushstrokes such as the mustard colored barrel back chairs by Harvey Probber in the media room.
Custom designed bookcases and carpet in the sitting room complement a pair of 1953 chairs by Pierre Guariche and a 1970 desk by Maurice Calka.
The palette of the master suite is inspired by the view. A custom lucite headbaord and Karl Springer bedside tables rest on another gorgeous custom rug from Beauvais. The owner remarks, “It’s so peaceful and serene, high above the water. You feel like you’re on a boat.”
Being able to translate a client’s tastes into a successful interior can be a bit daunting at times, but Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts created a masterpiece turning even the obstacles into opportunities. A bright pink rug was requested for the living room. The designers confess they were “a little horrified” , but suggested “a sort of fading out of color” instead. The 900 square foot silk shag rug is raspberry hued at the edges and fades to white at the center… a brilliant solution and sleight of hand for this design duo.
To read the complete article, please click here. More to come on the whimsical world of Paola Pivi this weekend…
When my friends at Set, Sip Serve invited me to share an event, I thought it was a perfect excuse to celebrate with my favorite ladies from my tennis team. Set, Sip, Serve, is a delightful entertaining site where you can find everything you need to create the perfect gathering. Founders Benton Jordan Weinstock and Annie Berlanger Wehrle have researched and brought you the best style experts, taste makers, and chefs in the home entertaining industry. Click here to read more about this wonderful resource.
It is no secret how much I love tennis and my team…It is the one activity I do completely for myself that brings me a ridiculous amount of joy. We celebrated our winning season with a round robin and lunch on the lawn. They even indulged me by wearing tennis whites with a touch of pink for the photo shoot. Lucky for me they even chose the right shade of pink!
I wanted to select a color palette that would pop against the glorious green backdrop. The hot pink ballroom chairs and the navy geometric tablecloth were the starting point for the design. Dizzy Daisy Designs helped me with a customized invitation, menu and place cards that also tied in the color scheme. Floral designer extraordinaire John Lupton worked his magic with spectacular flowers of peonies, roses, ranunculus, and orchids in a variety of pink shades. Pink hand blown glasses from Branca,Inc, bamboo flatware, pink chargers, and blue and white porcelain monkeys from Furbish added to the whimsy of the table. See below for more images from our photo shoot and recipes from our luncheon…
2 oz. Strawberry Infused vodka
2 oz. Simple Syrup
2 oz. fresh lemon juice or pink lemonade
Fresh mint to garnish
3 ripe avocados
2 cups low fat buttermilk
1/3 cup walnut halves
1/3 cup fresh dill springs
1/3 cup diced red onion
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Garnish with edible flower or diced avocado
Halve and pit 2 avocados. With a spoon, scoop out flesh and transfer to a blender. Add buttermilk, walnuts, dill, red onion, vinegar, salt and 1 cup water and puree until smooth. Cover the blender and refrigerate until the soup is well chilled, at least one hour.
2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup powdered sugar
1 cup of butter softened
1 tsp grated lemon peel
2 cups granulated sugar
¼ cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablepoons lemon juice
NOTE: You will need about 2 lemons for the juice/peel in this recipe. If you don’t have enough lemon juice left for the glaze, use water for the right consistency.
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat flour, sugar, butter and peel on low speed until crumbly. Press mixture in bottom of ungreased 13 by 9 pan. Bake 20-30 min until golden brown.
2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl with wire whisk, lightly beat eggs. Beat in remaining filling ingredients except lemon juice and lemon peel until well blended. Finally, beat in ¼ cup of lemon juice and peel.
3. Remove partially baked base from oven. Pour filling evenly over warm base.
4. Return to oven; bake 25-30 min. until top is golden brown. Cool completely (1 hour)
5. In small bowl, mix 1 cup powdered sugar and enough lemon juice for desired spreading consistency until smooth. Spread glaze over cooled bars. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator, but allow bars to come to room temperature before serving.
The A-Ha moment is one of clarity. It is a defining moment when you gain real wisdom that can be used to change your life. This moment can be inspiring, surprising, original, deeply personal and worth sharing. It often arises when there is an obstacle that needs to be turned into an opportunity.
Last week at Blogfest 2012, the editors from House Beautiful encouraged us to share an A-Ha moment from our design work. Up and coming designers Michael Herold, Jill Goldberg, and John Call shared their A-Ha moments with the group and challenged us to do the same.
My A-Ha moment came while working on the Pink House, a unique respite for breast cancer survivors and the Carolina Breast Friends organization. The Pink House serves breast cancer survivors in numerous ways: Wellness Education, Library and Computer Research Center, Fitness and Nutrition Centers, Self-Image Services, Arts & Crafts Workshops, and Counseling Services.
When I first saw the house, it was a beautiful historic home that had recently been renovated, but there were no funds to furnish the interior. What seemed like an insurmountable obstacle at the time turned into the most wonderful and fulfilling opportunity.
|The Living Room
Upholstery from Charles Stewart
|The Living Room
Accessories donated by Circa Interiors and Antiques
The organization wanted us to create a sophisticated, calming and feminine atmosphere. This was a haven where women would come together for fellowship, support and inspiration.
|The Living Room
Re-upholstery donated by Design Services, Inc.
Albert Hadley said, “Decorating is not about making stage sets,…it’s really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.” We wanted the survivors that entered this space to feel like their spirits had been lifted and their souls nourished.
|Painting donated by Kate Long Stevenson
in honor of her friend Neil Maddux Miller
We found several pieces at local flea markets and tag sales. With some refinishing, new paint and re- upholstery, we were able to turn others people’s cast off furnishings into beautiful pieces for the Pink House.
Window Treatments donated by
Custom Window Treatments
|The Sun Room
Carpet donated by Stark
When we first began this project, I honestly did not know if we would be able to pull it together. We had several different rooms that needed to flow together along with random assortment of found items and upholstery that needed some unifying element. I finally understood the expression “making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear!” Fortunately, we ended up with our A-Ha moment and we were all thrilled with the final product.
Renovations donated by J.E. Dunn Construction
|Yours truly with Newell Turner, Editor in Chief of House Beautiful
and Beth Greene, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Branding
for Kravet, Lee Jofa and Brusnchwig & Fils
|Renovations donated by J.E. Dunn Construction|
Last September, a dear friend invited me to visit the Pink House, a unique respite for breast cancer survivors and the Carolina Breast Friends organization. Inspired by CBF founder Kristy Adams-Ebel, this vision became the passion of more than 200 Charlotte women who are breast cancer survivors and members. The Pink House serves breast cancer survivors in numerous ways by providing Wellness Education, a Library and Computer Research Center, Fitness Center, Nutrition Center, Self-Image Services, Arts & Crafts Workshops, and Counseling Services. When I saw the Pink House for the first time, they were in the midst of the renovation that had been donated by J.E. Dunn Construction. They had done a magnificent job renovating this beautiful historic home, but had no funds to furnish the interior. We held a ladies only “Pink Party” in November to raise money for the interior. The generosity of the Charlotte community was incredible. In one evening, we raised enough to furnish the first floor of the house. From there, we approached several vendors and workrooms to see if they would donate their time and talent to help with the cause. Thanks to the donations of the design community, we were able to complete the entire house which opened its doors in May of the this year. We held another “Pink Party” this spring to celebrate the opening and raise funds to help CBF hire an executive director. We were completely humbled by everyone’s kindness and generosity. Not a single person we asked declined to help.
|Painting donated by Kate Long Stevenson|
We approached Kate Long Stevenson to see if she would be willing to do a painting in memory of a friend she had lost to breast cancer. Kate created the most beautiful abstract work and dedicated it to “memory of my extraordinary friend, Neil Maddux Miller. May her vibrancy, grace, and incredible resilience continue to inspire us all. “ The painting resides above the mantel that is now the focal point of the living room where Carolina Breast Friends will hold their monthly meetings. Neil’s law firm donated her office furniture for use in the Executive Office which was designed by local designer Lee Cooney. To see more of Kate’s work go to www.studiokate.net.
|Upholstery donated by Design Services, Inc.
Discounted fabrics provided by Cowtan and Tout, Schumacher, Lee Jofa, Kravet and Karen Saks.
Mike and Sabrina Polly of Design Services of Charlotte agreed to donate all of the labor for re-upholstery. We found several pieces at local flea markets and tag sales (such as the Mint to be Yours Tag Sale last fall). I had worked with Mike for years, but did not know that his wife was also a breast cancer survivor. It was incredible to see how his workshop turned other people’s cast off furniture into beautiful pieces for the Pink House.
|Drapery donated by Custom Window Treatments
New upholstery from Charles Stewart through Darnell and Company
Sharon Coppede of Custom Window Treatments is a breast cancer survivor herself. She agreed to donate all of the labor, lining, and inner lining for all of the window treatments in the house. The ladies that work in her design studio all donated their time to make the beautiful drapery in the above image. Sharon has joined Carolina Breast Friends and has started mentoring ladies who have recently been diagnosed.
|Lampshades donated by Lux Lampshades
Accessories donated by Circa Interiors and Antiques
|Needlepoint Rug donated by Stark Carpet
Blinds through Fine Designs, Inc.
|Orchids donated by Pamela Lovett|
For more information on the Pink House and Carolina Breast Friends, please go to www.carolinabreastfriends.org.