A new Tabletop line and pop-up at Bergdorf Goodman
J.J. Martin, founder of the fab online shop La Double J, has been a busy bee recently with a newly launched tabletop line and an upcoming pop-up shop in Bergdorf Goodman. I look forward to catching up with my dear friend when she’s in NYC later this month.
Emma ruffled leather slides
Peak-lapel tie-waist coat
Alissa mid-rise slim-leg boyfriend jeans
I-Dior leather point-toe bootie
Tangerine gold-plated necklace
Flor embroidered espadrille
Campbell ribbed-knit cardigan
The Army Nerd cropped stretch-twill skinny pants
D'Orsay canvas espadrilles
Cordelia floral-print silk crepe de chine midi dress
J'Adior leather slingback flat
On My Mind
Top of my April to-do list is the Irving Penn exhibition at the Met. I worked with Mr. Penn often when I was at Vogue, an honor to say the least. The Whitney Biennial is up, but with spring break, I have yet to go. Date night drinks at the recently opened Whitby Hotel sounds fun. And readying the garden (just herbs this year) and tucking into Elizabeth Strout’s new book, which will be released April 25, are also on my list.
The California Issue
Issue N° 379 of Holiday, which is all about California, is on newsstands. I can’t wait to see the stories by Inez and Vinoodh and Lachlan Bailey, they look amazing.
Ben Pentreath’s London living room © AD
The map in the English architect-decorator Ben Pentreath’s London home made me think of a map of Paris that I waffled on a few years ago.
Meg Braff’s shop in Locust Valley.
I have a bunch of Oriental rugs that I inherited from my mother and the one in the kitchen has seen better days. So, when my friend Mark D. Sikes offered me a rug from his new collection with Merida, I didn’t hesitate. A modern take on vintage dhurries, the California Stripes line is completely fab. I chose the one in red and natural and it instantly updated my kitchen–thanks, Mark!
I’m looking forward to Karen Elson’s new album Double Roses. She released her fantastic first album The Ghost Who Walks, which was produced by her then-husband Jack White, in 2010. I read in W that Double Roses is “inspired by sounds of 1970s Laurel Canyon.” Can’t wait.
Architectural Digest, now AD, photographed Karen in her English-inspired Nashville home, below.
On My Mind
March = spring break and this year we are doing college tours. I’ve already booked a hotel in Boston for the first leg of the trip and we will stay with family for the second leg.
Before we get on the road, I’m eager to see the Julian Schnabel exhibition at Pace Gallery, which features paintings of the garden at Auvers-sur-oise, France. The two books that I’ll tuck into my suitcase are Joan Didion’s “South and West: From a Notebook” and “The Drifter” by my one-time Harper’s Bazaar colleague, Christine Lennon. And to try some new recipes–my husband made this cod casserole last night–it was unusual and delicious.
Vogue photographed interior designer Rose Uniacke in her stunning London town house. Decorated with antiques and furniture from Uniacke’s own line, the house is a study in “restrained elegance.”
Sittings Editor Hamish Bowles Photography by Francois Halard
The Paris pied-à-terre of the late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani is in the March issue of Architectural Digest. The 17th-century prints in gilded frames and black floors are beyond chic.
Text by J.J. Martin Photography by Matthieu Salvaing
The Wall Street Journal
Last weekend The Wall Street Journal ran the story, ‘Mad Maximalism’, in the Off Duty section and it confirmed something that I’d already suspected–I may wear minimalism-leaning clothing, but my house is decorated in a riot of patterned fabrics–and I’m not alone. No concrete floors, raw wood beams, or steel (except in the kitchen) here. I’m so obsessed that I bought the URL Palais-Home with thoughts of starting another blog.
But, there are a daunting number of great sites, magazines, and Instagram feeds already dedicated to “old-world sumptuousness.” @cabanamagazine, @aliceinherpalace, @markdsikes, @ladolcevitablog, @habituallychic, @theglampad, and @quintessence by my friend Stacey Bewkes are just the tip of an enormous iceberg.
Image Hannah de Gournay’s London apartment © Elle Spain, bottom @cabanamagazine