Friday, September 30, 2016

September Musings

Did you hear? Jackie Kennedy's childhood summer home - Lasata - is for sale! Currently owned by fashion designer Reed Krakoff, the the 11-acre East Hampton estate has been updated to perfection... 

Lasata, East Hampton

And speaking of high-profile real estate listings, Susie Hilfiger's Nantucket estate is also for sale... Which one would you choose... East Hampton or Nantucket?

The Hilfiger estate for sale.

Do you follow The Peak of Chic? I love Jennifer's blog, and I especially loved her recent post referencing The Beautiful People: A Candid Examination of a Cultural Phenomenon - The Marriage of Fashion and Society in the 60's. Written by Marylin Bender in 1967, the book states, "American fashion is flower-printed sheets and towels by Porthault, fine French 18th-century furniture, English silver, baby pillows, silver-framed photographs and a clutter of small objects all over the place." Just a few of my favorite things! My interest was piqued, so I purchased the book via Amazon, and I have not been able to put it down.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of D. Porthault linens click here.

Joan Kennedy's bedroom, via The Peak of Chic.

The other book I have been reading is the aptly named Beautiful, by Mark D. Sikes. What are your thoughts? It truly is beautiful!

I am delighted to announce my latest sponsor, Huff Harrington, a fine art and a home furnishings store with a French twist. The fabulous owners, Meg Huff and Ann Harrington, also offer design services and personally hosted trips to Paris and Provence for buying, shopping, and sightseeing. Sign me up! And I have fallen in love with this gorgeous oil painting by artist Nancy Franke from the Huff Harrington art gallery... 

Dreaming in Color, by Nancy Franke, via Huff Harrington.

Last month, I announced that I am now accepting sponsors, please contact me for additional information. Current sponsors include... 
  • Sequins & Lipstick offers fun, sassy, shiny, personalized items that make you smile when you use them.  So wear your favorite lipstick (or sequins), use your personalized napkins, burn the fancy candle, send a handwritten note on your pretty stationery! This is my new one-stop destination for party supplies and gifts.
  • Best Prices for Furniture has assembled a network of furniture dealers who discount mid-to-high-end home furniture. The dealers have been in business for many years and all offer white-glove, in-home delivery. More than 100 brands are represented including Brown Jordan, Hickory Chair, Lane Furniture, Maitland Smith, and Visual Comfort. 
  • Sukhi Rugs: Sukhi provides high quality handmade rugs that are only made when you order, so they’re customizable.  Sukhi works directly with the artisans, ensuring they receive excellent working conditions. This allows lower prices for the consumer. In Nepali, Sukhi means happy!
  • Annechovie: I have followed artist Anne Harwell McElhaney, founder of Annechovie, for years, and I was thrilled to welcome her as a sponsor. Anne also lives in Florida, which inspires her beautiful work. Read more about her fabulous new Palm Beach inspired series here
  • JingleNog: Christmas is just around the corner and it is not too early to start shopping now. Each of JingleNog's unique and exquisitely detailed Christmas ornaments and tree toppers are carefully handcrafted by artisans in Italy and Poland using the old world methods of mouth blowing and hand painting glass. 
Town & Country has published a brief history of the uber-trendy palm print. Little did I know when I wrote about Brazilliance vs. Martinique in 2012 how insanely popular these prints would become! 

Brazilliance wallpaper at the Greenbrier Hotel, decorated by Dorothy Draper, via Town & Country.

And finally, "cheeky needlepoint" is all the rage, and this darling needlepoint pillow from Furbish is currently on sale. Needlepoint is one of my favorite hobbies, but if you don't have the time or interest, this is the next best thing...

Needlepoint pillow from Furbish.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Celerie Kemble for Henredon

Celerie Kemble's fabulous furniture collection for Henredon is now available via One Kings Lane, and it is so good I want one of everything!  The collection is a playful mix of Chinoiserie, Hollywood Regency, Palm Beach Chic, and Art Deco, all with the superior craftsmanship of Henredon furniture. Luxe finishes such as ebonized mahogany, bone inlay, rosewood, stitched leather, and whimsical shapes give the collection a fresh yet timelessly chic look. Here are a few of my favorite pieces...

You can shop the entire collection via One Kings Lane here, and click here to learn more about Celerie Kemble, one of my favorite designers.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Traditional Elegance in Palm Beach

The September issue of Luxe Palm Beach features the exquisite home of New Jersey-based interior designer Suzy Moran on the cover. Although it is new construction, Suzy worked diligently with the architects and builder to create a home that would blend seamlessly with the surrounding "old Palm Beach" homes in the neighborhood. Honoring aspects of British Colonial and Regency architecture, the 7,000 square foot home looks as though it has been among the old estates for years. It also provides the perfect backdrop to antiques, collectibles, art, and family treasures.

"The interior is meant to be comfortable, elegantly sophisticated, not trendy and, most importantly, a home where family and friends can truly relax..." said Suzy.

Let's take a tour! Photography provided by Brantley Photography.

Paneling by Woolems with trim by Child Brothers channels Regency-style architecture. The loveseats are upholstered in Brunschwig & Fils fabric. The brass cocktail table is vintage Maison Jansen. The sisal rug is Stark. 

A Vaughan chandelier lights the entry, and the walls are hand-painted by Maria Gugliuzza in a leafy design. The doors were custom-fabricated by Child Brothers. 

The living room sofa is upholstered in Scalamandré and is flanked by chairs in Brunschwig & Fils... the pattern matches the fabric of the nearby love seats. Green garden seats from Mecox, a black lacquered Chinoiserie coffee, and an antique French landscape painting complete the elegant look.

The accent pillows on the Scalamandré sofa were custom made using Braquenié fabrics. 

Corian countertops provide durability in the classic white kitchen.

Built-in benches serve as storage and feature cushions in a Brunschwig & Fils fabric. The custom-painted green lanterns are by Coleen & Company. 

Woodwork by Artistry Masters of Woodcraft and trim by Child Brothers. The curtains, shades, and chairs feature Old World Weavers fabric. 

A Brunschwig & Fils chintz graces the master bedroom.

Whitecraft by Woodard chaises covered in Sunbrella surround the pool. 

I simply could not love this house more! It is such a timeless classic, designed to last a lifetime. Click here to read more in Luxe

Interior design: Suzy Moran, Greenfield Grange, Inc.
Architecture: Mark Finlay and Jay Valade, Mark P. Finlay Architects, AIA.
Home Builder: Jim Woolems, Woolems Inc.
Landscape Architecture: John E. Lang, Lang Design Group
Photography: Brantley Photography (follow on Instagram)

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Hilfiger Estate On Nantucket For Sale

It may officially be fall, but I'm still dreaming of this iconic Nantucket summer home owned by Susie Hilfiger (former wife of Tommy Hilfiger), which happens to be for sale. The 10 bedroom, eight bathroom home was built in 1915 and was designed by the amazing Todd Alexander Romano.  Poised on over one acre, "Point of View" offers 180 degree views over the Harbor, Jetties, and Nantucket Sound. It is truly amazing!

Click here for a video featuring the history of this home and a tour. 

I posted this image of the Hilfiger home on Instagram over the summer... So incredibly charming! Photo credit msmimmy.

Here is another virtual tour!

According to Zillow, the home was listed in July 2013, and the price has been dropped from $26.95M to $19.5M. Click here for the listing and to see additional pictures.... sadly the pictures are rather blurry and do not do the home justice. It is definitely worth taking the virtual tours listed above.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Suellen Gregory Designed Home For Sale!

Richmond, Virginia is home to some of the most beautiful old homes in the United States. Not only is the architecture amazing, but they are most always exquisitely decorated... and this grand Georgian, built in 1925, is a perfect example. Located on one of Richmond's best streets, it was designed by Suellen Gregory. I featured Suellen's work in August, and her work was on the cover House Beautiful's September issue. This stunning home has not been featured in a magazine, so you can see it first here!

Located at 210 Virginia Avenue, this 1925 home features 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and 5,946 square feet.

It has tall ceilings, gorgeous millwork, and wonderfully proportioned rooms. 

The cool blue living room is so elegant and serene! 

A romantic dining room.

The Solarium. 

The family room features soaring ceilings, handsome walnut paneled walls of bookcases, and a sophisticated wet bar.

Such a pretty powder room! 

Elegant living space off the kitchen features beautiful exposed brick.

The beautiful lot (almost one acre) boasts meticulously restored gardens, an expansive slate terrace, partiers centered with bronze working fountain, limestone pathways, and a spacious play area beyond. 

This home truly has it all! Absolute perfection, I just love Suellen's work!! To see the listing, please click here. You can learn more about Suellen Gregory via her website, and here and here at The Glam Pad.
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