Rooms

An Eclectic Mix

This American couple’s Belgian apartment, in the March issue of Elle Decor, caught my eye. Or rather, pulled my heart strings. I grew up in homes with a similar aesthetic– Eames, Knoll, Mies van der Rohe, and George Nakashima furniture mixed with antiques and Oriental rugs. When my oldest daughter was a toddler, I gave away my Barcelona chairs fearing the sharp edges. Today, a Mies chair would shake up my living room nicely.

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Rooms

Like A Magpie

When I spy with my little eye something gilded, I’m like a magpie and want to make it mine. This gilded grapevine, in the dining room of 1rstdibs founder Michael Bruno’s Tuxedo Park home featured in the WSJ. magazine, is divine. The Eero Saarinen chairs are pretty good too, as are the animal dioramas.

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Garden

Dreaming Of Spring

The snow has melted and thankfully we are having a brief respite from the deep freeze. Seed catalogues are stacked next to the fall issues of fashion magazines that honestly, need to be tossed. When I saw this image in Vogue from a story on my neighbor Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler’s weekend home in Locust Valley, my first thought was, time to consider the garden.

It’s certainly too early to put anything in the ground, but it’s never too early to plan and dream about what to plant come spring.

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It’s in the details

© W magazine

White, black, grey, and navy may be my sartorial preferences, but in my home, I love color. However, it’s the details that I appreciate the most. Piping and scalloped edges make me very happy.

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Change of Scenery

Courtesy of September Elle Decor

I don’t need a vacation. And this is a good thing since my younger daughter refuses to leave her horse for even a day so we can go away. Honestly, I spend so much time at horse shows here and upstate, being home is actually nice.

What I do need is to shake-up my work space. Working from the kitchen table is getting old, fast. So, I am reclaiming our formal dining table that seats 12 (and is currently folded up and being used as a side table) and putting it in the den. It will provide a large surface area to put out all the magazines, news papers, and other bits and bobs that are inspiration for future posts. My scanner can be out and ready too.

In the process I will need to do a major, and long overdue, clean out. And that’s not a bad thing either.

I gave away all my Mies van der Rohe chairs from my office at Harper’s Bazaar, kind of wish I had them now…

Garden

Garden Envy

David L. Culp’s cottage and garden © The New York Times

A small, fun fact about yours truly, I don’t have house envy. I have never coveted a friend’s or neighbor’s home and have been fortunate to have rented or owned the perfect apartment or cottage that suited our needs at the time.

But I do have serious garden envy. Our garden is lovingly maintained by my husband (I tend the potted plants), and we grow mostly vegetables and wildflowers. Roses were not a huge success and the ones that remain drowned in the early June rains. David L. Culp, whose garden was featured recently in The New York Times, said that his heirloom roses did not do well in the wet spring either. Despite that, he has over 3,000. varieties of plants at his home in Downington, PA. Along with a 1790s farmhouse, this is worthy of envy.

I keep toying with putting out a bench like the one below.

Interior Designer

Leta Austin Foster

An early KiC follower and dear friend, interior designer Leta Austin Foster is one of my work ethic idols. Although she founded her eponymous design firm over 35 years ago, Leta is currently busier than ever. With interior design jobs all over the globe, an adorable Palm Beach shop, and a line of custom linens, Leta is constantly on the go. And the best bit? She’s a blogger! Leta’s site Decorating with Sheets is a fun read.

Lucky for me, Leta is up here hosting a linens trunk show tomorrow and Saturday. Beautifully embroidered linens are the ultimate hostess gift, and the fastest way to spruce up a summer rental is gorgeous hand towels and bedding.

96 Forest Avenue, Locust Valley, NY
Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June 22nd, 11 am to 5 pm both days
showcasing beautiful printed and embroidered European linens for the home.
516.671.1620

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Green with Ivy

The May issue of Lonny hit my inbox last week and these are my favorite images. The new Lonny team has kept the best of the founders’ ideas and edited the length of the home stories, a huge improvement.

I know that ivy is invasive and destructive, but I still love it. It makes a house look cozy and one with nature.

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‘The Gardener’s House’

© T magazine

I am completely besotted with this glorious house in Tangier, it overlooks the Straight of Gibraltar, and belongs to garden designer Madison Cox. T magazine covered Cox’s home and gardens in the men’s fashion issue out last weekend, and both my husband and I fell hard for this idyllic hideaway.

We are especially inspired by the gardens and will research more of Cox’s design work.

Lee Radziwill Covers T Mag

It’s magazine launch week. Not just the WSJ. and Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, but T Magazine, newly helmed by Deborah Needleman (formerly of WSJ.), has Lee Radziwill photographed at home in Paris by Francois Halard, on the debut cover.

I am besotted with the botanical prints, chinoiserie fabric and naturally, the gilt mirror. Trés jolie.

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