Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Traditional Georgian with a Twist

This 1920s Greenwich, Connecticut Georgian may look traditional from the outside, but the inside is full of colorful fun and whimsy. The homeowners, a young couple with two small children, worked with architect Cormac Byrne to create an expansion while maintaing the home's historical integrity. Interior designer Eugenie Niven Goodman also looked to the past for inspiration, putting a fresh new spin on the home's traditional roots. Photography by Keith Scott Morton and Eric Richards for the March 2016 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens...

Lime trellis wallpaper from Quadrille and Designtex parsley-colored pleather cushions on the Jardin dining chairs from Bungalow 5 mimic the colors of the landscape. Care was taken during renovation to maximize the waterfront views.

Remains Lighting pendants light the kitchen island. A custom Rangecraft hood complements a La Cornue range. Custom cabinetry is by Parish Millwork. Statuary white marble countertops are from Alise Marble & Granite.

In a powder room, a West Elm mirror reflects the glow of the high gloss paint by Significant Homes.

The dining-room chairs, refreshed with Ralph Lauren velvet, surround a family heirloom table. The vintage Russian crystal chandelier is from Nicholas Antiques. Wallpaper is Osborne & Little.

In the great room, a sectional in neutral cotton linen balances a sofa covered in a Lee Jofa chevron pattern. Both are custom by HB Home. The dragon lamps are from Lillian August, and the seagrass carpet is Stark.

A silk and wool rug from Stark inspired the Benjamin Moore Hunter Green walls in a high gloss lacquer by Heidi Holzer in the library. The game table is from Scully & Scully, and the chairs wear Stanmore felt from Zimmer + Rohde.

Hand-painted palm trees enliven walls in the living room, with a pair of sofas in Quadrille velvet. The faux bamboo étagères are from Bungalow 5, and the corner chairs boast a Cowtan & Tout print.

Zelaya Interiors crafted the guest bedroom headboard upholstered in a bright linen cotton from Quadrille. The turquoise lamp is from One Kings Lane.

In lieu of decorator rounds as side tables in the master bedroom, skirted rectangles in Brunschwig & Fils silk were introduced. The antique French desk chair from Lillian August is upholstered with a Pierre Frey cotton. Window treatments are in a Cowtan & Tout fabric. Chandelier is Vaughan.

In the master bathroom, a classic Lefroy Brooks tub has a Herbeau Royale tub filler. The polished chrome wall lights are from Suffolk Lighting. The Lucite chair is from Design Within Reach, 

The hand-painted wall treatment in the powder room is by Flӧe Painting. The Parson bone inlay mirror is from West Elm, and the gilded iron sconces are from Suffolk Lighting.

Because the home’s expansion required additional stone, Matt and Whit Matthews of Significant Homes opted to mix the old stone with new locally sourced granite for a seamless finish. There’s no hint of mismatch anywhere. 

To read more about this fabulous home, please see the March 2016 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CeAnn’s Vieux, Palm Beach

The next time you are in Palm Beach, you simply must visit CeAnn's Vieux, a fabulous new antiques and home accents store. An attorney by trade, CeAnn Carney’s passion is collecting one-of-a-kind items and decorating beautiful homes. Last fall, she followed her heart and moved from Massachusetts to Palm Beach where she opened CeAnn’s Vieux to channel her spirit and creativity.

CeAnn's Vieux is an exquisite collection of antique furniture, shell encrusted chandeliers, mirrors, lighting, porcelain animals, fabrics, accessories, table wares, and gifts. Vieux, which is the French word for old, is also a playful reflection of CeAnn's vision. She enjoys gathering treasures from around the world and mixing old and new to create both elegance and whimsy.








CeAnn’s Vieux nestled in a jewel box space at 205 Seaview Avenue.  You can learn more at www.ceannsvieux.com. From luxurious antiques to hostess gifts, there it truly something for everyone.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Carelton Varney for Frontgate + Giveaway!

Have you seen the new Carleton Varney collection for Frontgate? It is an absolute dream come true, and I want one of everything!  Each piece in the collection - which includes outdoor furniture, umbrellas, tabletop, rugs, and planters - is custom designed with Carleton's signature style of vibrant colors, unique prints, and theatrical flair.

The furniture ranges from a bistro table to deep seating to traditional dining. The Hillandale Rose collection presents whimsy in a unique bistro table, Ibis Isle gives a fashion-forward take on Chippendale design, and Giverny updates traditional neoclassic motifs. "I am particularly delighted with the melamine Caning Dinnerware that appears at first viewing to be fine porcelain," said Carleton.


















To celebrate this exciting partnership, Frontgate is generously giving away one set of Carleton Varney Caning Dinnerware valued at over $280! The prize includes:
  • Carleton Varney Appetizer Plates (Set of Four)
  • Carleton Varney Caning Cereal Bowls (Set of Four)
  • Carleton Varney Caning Dinner Plates (Set of Four)
  • Carleton Varney Caning Double Old Fashioned Glasses (Set of Six)
  • Carleton Varney Caning Highball Glasses (Set of Six) 
  • Carleton Varney Caning Salad Plates (Set of Four)
  • Carleton Varney Serving Bowl (One) 
  • Carleton Varney Caning Serving Platter (One) 
Enter below... the winner will be announced next Monday! 

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Exclusive to Frontgate, the Carleton Varney Caning Dinnerware features a jade Chinoiserie caning motif with hibiscus flower on the appetizer plates, small bowls, serving platter, and serving bowl. Ideal for outdoor entertaining, this chic collection is crafted of shatter-resistant and dishwasher-safe melamine.

Click here to shop the entire Carleton Varney for Frontgate collection. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Style Icon: Rebecca de Ravenel

Ever since her New York apartment was featured in Vogue in 2013, I have admired the tres chic style of Rebecca de Ravenel. Rebecca spent her childhood in the Bahamas and then moved to Paris with her family, where her father was an antique dealer. From the incredible clothes in the streets of Paris to the extraordinary furniture in her parents' shop, she developed a love for both furniture and fashion. "In my eyes they go hand in hand,” she said.

Rebecca has since moved to Los Angeles, and Domino magazine has featured her new home, filled with photo keepsakes, family heirlooms, and a soothing palette of soft blue and white. Photography by Amy Neunsinger...

“My parents’ home in the Bahamas is entirely blue and white and I never seem to tire of that combination,” Rebecca said

The vintage chandelier is from Palm Beach Regency

 “Clouds” by Paule Marrot, available through Natural Curiosities

The giraffe head and huge canvas palm trees in Rebecca’s living room are her favorite pieces in the apartment.

A majority of her pieces are collectibles—either via scouring flea markets or gifts from her parents—and her love of storied objects goes beyond an aesthetic appreciation. "Objects have to have a history," said Rebecca. "Every painting, book, and object in my apartment has meaning."


"I was lucky enough to study in the most beautiful city and grow up surrounded by incredible homes, architecture, and glamorous people," she said

Used as a bedroom side table, this wicker elephant was sent by Rebecca's mother as a birthday gift last year.

Rebecca found the large Gio Ponti needlepoint ottoman at Hollywood at Home, one of her favorite Los Angeles shops.

And from 2013, here are a few of my favorite images of Rebecca's New York apartment from Vogue. Photographs by Jeremy Allen... 

The living room began with an antique sofa Rebecca found in Stamford, Connecticut and had recovered in a fabric by Raoul. The rest of the room evolved from there. 

Most of the things in Rebecca's apartment are items she has collected over the years, or came from her parents or friends. The lamps are from a local artist in the Bahamas. 

The silver rabbits belonged to her godfather, the decorator Alberto Pinto. 

Rebecca found the adorable giraffe at John Derian.

The pictures above Rebecca's desk are of her great-grandmother Baba d'Erlanger, la Princesse Jean-Louis de Facingy-Lucinge. The chair was purchased in Maine as a gift from her mother. 

The Ritz plate complements a blue and white container from her former apartment in Paris. 

The powder room features Quadrille wallpaper and fixtures from Water Works. 

The idea for a canopy came from decorator Amanda Lindroth. Rebecca's bed features D. Porthault linens and a darling needlepoint pillow made by her grandmother. The wallpaper is from Quadrille. 



In 2015 Rebecca turned her passion for design and unique jewelry and accessories into a business. Her fabulous new earrings, Les Bonbons, were created as a result of her never finding the perfect lightweight wearable earring... and they are well on their way towards iconic status, selling out after just three weeks of launch. 

Rebecca in Les Bonbons

Les Bonbons are a collection of cylindrical earrings with whimsical island style. They are lightweight, and hand made in silk thread in India. Les Bonbons are available for purchase through Moda Operandi, Domino, and Rebecca de Ravenel. I want a pair in every color!!!
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