Thursday, October 20, 2016

Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts Presents Lilly Pulitzer Island Cars

It's that time of year! Neiman Marcus has announced its 2016 Fantasy Gifts, and I am positively swooning over the His & Hers Island Cars. I have had a longtime obsession with the vintage Fiat Jolly, and Neimans has created a modern update of the surrey-topped little runabouts that zipped around Monaco, Nice, and Cannes in the 1950s and '60s.

His Island Car comes in crisp green. Hers is pretty in pink. The seats and removable fabric tops are covered in authentic Lilly Pulitzer prints, and matching totes, towels, his swim trunks, and her caftan are also included. Features include tough composite bodies, stainless steel fittings, powerful and clean electric motors, long-range batteries, built-in charger, and a sound system with Bose speakers and Bluetooth capabilities. It's the perfect island-inspired car for turning any jaunt into a tropical getaway!

Neimans photographed the Fantasy Gifts at The Breakers, Palm Beach.  Island cars are very popular in Florida. 

The price is $65,000 each, and you'd better move fast as only 10 of each color was built. For additional information, please visit Neiman Marcus. And to learn more about the history of the Fiat Jolly, which was originally carried aboard the yachts of princesses, playboys, movie stars, and tycoons to use as onshore transport, please click here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Colorful and Traditional Southern Home

Thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled upon an old Traditional Home feature that caught my eye. Located in Richmond, Virginia, this home is loaded with chintz, buffalo check, toile, cheerful color, blue and white, and traditional southern charm. It is the style that first made me fall in love with interior design years ago, and it is the style I have recently re-embraced. With all of the chaos and ugliness in the world today, there is something so soothing and comforting about pretty, traditional design, and this beautiful home is like chicken soup for the soul!

A cheerful bright yellow floral and bird pattern sets the tone in the entry hall.

The homeowners enjoy entertaining, and their spacious dining room is often comfortably filled with friends and family, including six grandchildren.

Beautiful chintz draperies and a trellis-print rug grace the living room. 

The walls in the breakfast room are covered in blue and white toile. Buffalo plaid frames the windows, and a painted yellow corner cabinet displays a collection of blue and white ceramics.

Hand painted tile adds a pop of color to the all-white kitchen.

Buffalo plaid, toile, and chintz create a lively game room. 

The pale green master bedroom provides a serene refuge, and floral drapes add a romantic touch. 

No detail is overlooked.

Green and white sheers hang from an arched window in the master bath.

An inviting green and white guest room.

Cowtan & Tout toile wallpaper covers the guest room, providing a complementary backdrop to tufted slipper chairs upholstered in plaid from Scalamandré and a table skirt from Brunschwig & Fils.

This classic home is warm and inviting and so timelessly traditional. Do you love it as much as I do? To read the entire feature, please visit Traditional Home.

Architectural design by J. Charles Burton, interior design by Anne Page, and photography by Gordon Beall.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Former Astor Tea House at Ferncliff Restored

What was once the Astor family's garden pavilion in the Hudson River Valley was transformed into an exquisite country retreat for fashion magnate Robert Duffy - founder and deputy chairman of Marc Jacobs International - and his family.

Thirty years ago, Duffy had a weekend home across the river.  An acquaintance showed him an uninhabited folly on the grounds of Ferncliff, the old Astor estate near Rhinebeck. The Astors would retreat - via miniature railroad - to this neoclassical brick pavilion, which they called their "teahouse" when they needed a break from the formality of their main residence. Duffy said he and his friends would go there to "hang out and have fun."

The estate later sold the teahouse to a couple who expanded it into a residence but never lived there. The home sat empty for seven years until Duffy came along to rescue it. There was considerable work to do, so Duffy turned to his decorator Richard McGeehan, with whom he had collaborated eight times, to create a masterpiece.

Photography by James Merrell. Images and captions via Elle Decor.

A cabinet is topped with ginger jars, platters, and bowls from Duffy's extensive collection of 18th- to 20th-century blue-and-white ceramics; the curtains are of a Scalamandré damask.

In the living room, the 18th-century English Chippendale sofa and George II–style antique library chairs are covered in a Brunschwig & Fils damask; the mahogany library table is from the late 19th century, the lacquered chinoiserie secretary is 18th-century English, and the bone-inlaid armoire is from Morocco; the antique Persian rugs are from Rug & Kilim, the circa-1910 portraits are by Charles Webster Hawthorne, and the wall color was mixed on-site.

A hallway showing the original front wall and doorways of the Astor teahouse; the 19th-century brass lantern is from Morocco, and the silk wallcovering is by Fromental.

McGeehan designed the walnut bookshelves in the library; the brass library ladder is from the 19th century.

The kitchen's wine refrigerator and vent hood are by GE Monogram; the Regency-style mahogany dining chairs are from the 1940s, and the collection of copper cookware includes antique and vintage pieces.

In the master bedroom, the lacquered canopy bed is from Fernworks Antiques, the Chinese Art Deco bench is covered in a Clarence House velvet, and the hand-painted wallpaper is by de Gournay; the curtains and pelmet are of Lelievre damasks, and the 1920s painting is signed Constant; the 20th-century Persian rug was shaved to make it look older.

Bluestone surrounds the swimming pool, while the adjacent pavilion is faced in limewashed brick and has a copper roof; the limestone table and benches are from Elizabeth Street Gallery.

The landscape design by Michael Trapp features a path flanked by boxwood balls and an iron arbor original to the Astor estate, now covered in New Dawn roses.

The Tea House at Ferncliff was built by Vincent Astor and designed by architect David Pleydell-Bouverie in 1948. (source)

So beautiful! Click here to read the original feature from the October issue of Elle Decor. You can read more about the intriguing history of Ferncliff via New York Social Diary.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Elegant Kentucky Charm by Matthew Carter Interiors

Recently I was introduced to designer Matthew Carter's work via Pinterest, and my heart skipped a beat. Intrigued to learn more, I visited Matthew's website and fell head over heels for his traditional, southern style.

Based in Lexington, Kentucky, Matthew is known for breathing new life into antiques and heirlooms, and for designing houses and spaces that respect history but feel fresh and relevant for today. In 2005, he was named among House Beautiful’s “America’s Top Young Designers.” More recently, his work has appeared in books such as Fortuny Interiors by Brian Coleman, Linens: For Every Room and Occasion by Jane Scott Hodges, Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms of Bluegrass Country by Pieter Estersohn, and publications such as Keeneland Magazine, C Magazine, and House Beautiful.

Let's take a tour of a beautiful home he designed in Ashland Park, a historic early 20th century neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky.

Isn't this home divine? And it is complete with so many of my favorite things... hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper, chintz, antiques, pinks, greens, and blue and white. It is elegant and traditional, yet warm, cozy, and inviting. This beautiful, classically designed home will stand the test of time.

To learn more about Matthew Carter, please visit his website and follow him on Instagram. While based in Kentucky, his work can be found in Napa Valley, Vail, Washington D.C., Palm Beach, and Lyford Cay, Bahamas.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Inside The Private World of Lyford Cay

The gated enclave of Lyford Cay, located on the island of New Providence, Bahamas, is considered one of the world's most exclusive and posh communities. In this private haven renowned for its understated style and beautiful white sand beaches, the Lyford Cay Club serves as the social hub of the community.  Town & Country was granted exclusive access to photograph the Lyford Cay Club after a seven-year overhaul by Tom Scheerer.  "Lyford, to me, is all about pink. I think it stems from all the old colonial buildings downtown," said Scheerer. Let's take a virtual trip to pink paradise! Photography by Pieter Estersohn.

Painted palms nearly 20 feet tall pop against chocolate brown walls.

The entrance hall features "pickled "cypress" wallpaper, a dramatic corner mirror, and a fig leaf sofa.

Scheerer had white-painted tole palm fronds made for the entrance hall. 

The Cabana Bar has the most fabulous pink tented ceiling. A painting in the style of Orville Bulman hangs above the pink sofa.

"Jackets are required after 7 p.m. Persons under 18 years of age are not permitted in this room."

The pool dining area is a favorite place for breakfast.

Mobile devices are prohibited in common areas, and a land line remains in the entrance hall.

A seating area in the Yacht club.

The heart of Lyford life, the Little Club is one of two restaurants where dinner is served. Dancing follows under the pink and white tent.

An evening at Lyford often begins with meeting friends on the loggia at the Little Club.

The Yacht Club features tavern chairs and blue and black striped linoleum.

The club has its own lodgings, also newly refurbished. Only members and their guests may stay here.

The guest suites, where guests of members stay.

Pineapples are another theme of the redecoration.

More pineapples above the Cabana Bar.

To read this feature in Town & Country, please click here. Other interesting articles on Lyford Cay can be found via New York Social Diary and The Bahamas Investor. For more on Tom Sheerer, please check out his website and book. And if you are interested in purchasing a home in Lyford, this one by Amanda Lindroth simply could not be more perfect!
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