Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Musings: From The Crown to Princess Diana's Perfume

Who else has fallen hopelessly in love with The Crown, Netflix's $100 million production about the life of Queen Elizabeth? I have always been drawn to the British sensibility and passion for chintz when it comes to interior design, and I simply cannot get enough of the of The Crown's fabulous sets. Fortunately, Joni at Cote de Texas loves them too, and she has written thorough analyses, which you can enjoy here, here, and here.

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown

Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in The Crown via Cote de Texas. Note the fabulous chintz upholstery, "Alicia" by Colefax and Fowler. 

Joni, will you please do Jackie next? Oh my goodness, what a fabulous movie! My mother and I went to see it over Christmas, and I cannot wait to watch it again so I can obsesses over the exquisite interiors! 

Natalie Portman as Jackie via Domino. More chintz! 

Back to British style... have you read the book On the Fringe: A Life in Decorating by Imogen Taylor yet? Imogen joined interior design firm Colefax and Fowler in 1949 and when John Fowler (known as the Prince of Decorators) retired in 1971, he passed on to her all his clients. Imogen, the Queen of Chintz, combines style bible with social memoir.  I have already read it three times... it is that good!


Imogen Taylor. Photography via Alun Callender Photography

Town & Country has published a fascinating article revealing 14 Famous Women - from Audrey Hepburn to Jackie Kennedy - and their favorite perfumes. I was so excited to learn that Princess Diana wore my two favorite scents, Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris and 24 Faubourg by Hermès. Another of my favorites, Fracas by Robert Piguet, was favored by Ava Gardner. For Valentine's Day, I'm asking my husband for Creed Fleurissimo, which was commissioned by Prince Rainier for Grace Kelly to wear on their wedding day.  Do you have a signature scent?   

Princess Diana's two favorite perfumes were Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris and 24 Faubourg by Hermès. Via Town & Country

You may recall the childhood home of Grace Kelly, located in her hometown of Philadelphia, was on the market last year... I was delighted to learn that it was purchased by her son, Prince Albert of Monaco, and will be open to the public in 2018, possibly sooner. 

Grace Kelly's childhood home, via Curbed.

Princess Grace with Prince Albert

Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love heart-shaped objects, cherubs, flowers, candy, and chocolate... and of course the color pink! It also provides a wonderful excuse to indulge your loved ones... and yourself with a special treat. Below, I have compiled some of my favorite gift ideas, which you can also shop through my side bar. Just click the right arrow to scroll through and enjoy!


Friday, January 27, 2017

An Elegant Orangerie by Cathy Kincaid

Everything designer Cathy Kincaid does is perfection, and the orangerie she designed at her client's home in the Highland Park neighborhood of Dallas is truly magical.

Orangeries became popular amongst fashionable European residences from the 17th to the 19th centuries, as they were used to protect orange and other fruit trees during the winter, similar to a greenhouse or conservatory. They also serve as a lush and aromatic extension of the home.

Dallas architect J. Wilson Fuqua took inspiration from several orangeries including the 17th century model on the grounds of Versailles and the orangerie designed by Edwin Lutyens at Hestercombe House in England. Cathy furnished the interior with a classical scheme, using a neutral palette and plenty of blue and white.

Slipper chairs are upholstered in Link Outdoor fabric. The walls are painted All White and the ceiling in Skylight by Farrow & Ball. The flooring is Chateau Dominigue. 

Antique paintings are complemented by Christopher Spitzmiller lamps and planters from Lambert's. 

To make watering the trees easy, the periphery of the main room's antique limestone floor was lined with drains.  Wilson laser-cut the bronze grates with very small openings so high heels would not get stuck. The table cloth is a Claremont fabric and the pendant is Jamb. 

So beautiful, now I will be dreaming of orangeries! To see more, please pick up a copy of the January-February 2017 issue of Veranda magazine or visit online.  And to see more of Cathy Kincaid's work with J. Wilson Fuqua, please click here. Photography by James Merrell. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Amanda Lindroth's Palm Beach Style

Florida-born designer Amanda Lindroth currently lives in the Bahamas, but in 2015 she returned to her roots to open a boutique in Palm Beach. There she purchased a small 1920s Worth Avenue apartment designed by famed architect Addison Mizner, which she promptly transformed from an empty white box into a trompe l'oeil fantasia. Inspired by the Cecil Beaton watercolor of Mona and Harrison Williams in their Palm Beach living room, which appeared in Vogue in 1937, she turned to English artist Aldous Bertram to work his magic upon the 16-foot ceilings.  Amanda then scoured Palm Beach's treasure trove of resale and antiques shops to find pieces that weren't "overly precious" to infuse her signature comfortable and breezy island style.

From the February 2017 issue of House Beautiful with photography by Jonny Valiant...

To create these exquisite walls, artist Aldous Bertram actually moved into the apartment for about eight weeks. The rococo faux plasterwork makes the entrance door grand, and a chair rail was added with faux-pecky cypress wallpaper below it.

A custom cabinet provides architectural presence while also serving as a hospitable bar. The tulipieres and oversize ginger jars are from F.S. Henemader. Aldous embellished the mirrored niches with trompe l'oeil renderings of plasterwork from the historic English manor Claydon House. 

Many of the furnishings are sold through Amanda's nearby store, Lindroth Design. Vintage Bielecky Brothers wicker chairs were found at the Church Mouse, a beloved local resale shop. "Palm Beach Revisited" collages by Lindroth's friend Jean-Charles de Ravenel hang from a picture rail inside a painted faux frame. 

Aldous painted scrolls to frame the original Addison Mizner windows, which help break up the large expanses of wall. 

The hallway is sheathed in Quadrille's Rio wallpaper, and a vintage settee's cushions are in Schumacher's Beckford.

A portrait of Amanda's mother holding her dog, Ribbons, hangs over the master bed. 

Walls in Benjamin Moore's Clearlake are overlaid with a white-palm motif. A vintage chaise with cushions in a Schumacher cotton rests atop a Stark leopard-print carpet. "It feels very C.Z. Guest in Palm Beach," Amanda says. 

In daughter Eliza's room, walls in Benjamin Moore's Salmon Peach contrast with curtains in a green Norbar Fabrics linen and a Dash & Albert rug. 

A console holds a Ralph Lauren Home for Circa Lighting lamp. 

To see more of this stunning Palm Beach apartment, along with before pictures, please visit House Beautiful. An interview with Amanda on the transformation can be found here. To learn more about Amanda's tips for island style decorating, click here. You can also tour a fabulous Bahamas home she transformed here, and a Lyford Cay home she designed is currently for sale here. To learn more about Amanda Lindroth Interior Design, please visit Amanda's website, and be sure to follow her on Instagram for daily inspiration. 

Lastly, Amanda has graciously shared with me her fabulous tips for creating Palm Beach/Island at home... they are as follows: 
  • Open the doors and windows, get some fresh air and breeze in the house. 
  • Bring the outdoors in. Make sure you have orchids, leaves in vases, and some indoor ferns and palms. 
  • Use natural rugs and cotton fabrics. 
  • Play Island-y music. 
  • Remember that Island Style is a bit elemental, don’t get too fancy. 
  • Give your house a name, all island houses have names!  
Mona and Harrison Williams in their Palm Beach living room, by Cecil Beaton. The image that inspired it all! 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Design Profile: Kirill Istomin Interior Design & Decoration

Mesmerizing, breathtaking, and enchanting... That is how I would describe the exquisite portfolio of designer Kirill Istomin, and today I am thrilled to share a few highlights of his work. After earning a fine arts degree in interior design and decoration from Parsons School of Design, Kirill began his career with the legendary interior design firm Parish-Hadley in New York, where he collaborated with the patriarch of American design, Albert Hadley.  In 2002, he founded Kirill Istomin Interior Design & Decoration, based in Moscow. The company manages projects in France, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan, the United States, and Great Britain.

“He’s no doubt the most important Russian decorator,” Aleksey Dorozhkin, editor in chief of Elle Decoration Russia, said in an interview with 1stdibs. “His interiors are a refined mix of historical quotes, bold designs, outstanding craftsmanship and made-to-measure objects.”


Recently featured in American Elle Décor, Istomin reimagined an 18th-century pavilion in the park town of Tsarskoe Selo, near St. Petersburg, as a luxe weekend retreat. The sofa and armchair are custom while the iron shell chairs are from the 1950s. (via 1stdibs)

In a large European villa, Istomin created an exotic Chinoiserie dressing room with plaster palm columns inspired by the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England. The gilt-metal side table and floor lamp, both from the 1940s, were found in London. (via 1stdibs)














Kirill reinterpreted Tony Duquette‘s aesthetic by coordinating a marine-themed chandelier with an elaborate cornice. The 1950s sconces on the mirrored wall are Italian; the vintage cachepot on the table is from Paris. (via 1stdibs)

Nancy Lancaster inspired the silk citron-colored dressmaker curtains with bishop-sleeve jabots in this master bedroom. Both sides of the room are anchored by mirrored fireplace mantels that riff on a Serge Roche console. The 19th-century bedside table lamps are French. (via 1stdibs)


Positively breathtaking, yes?! To learn more, please visit Kirill Istomin Interior Design & Decoration. You can also read more about Kirill via 1stdibs, and for a fabulous Q&A, please visit The Style Saloniste

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Beaux Arts Beauty by Tucker & Marks

There is so much to love about this gorgeous San Francisco home by Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks of Tucker & Marks. I have had many of these images saved in my Pinterest files for years, but I had never seen the house in entirety. So after recently finding the home tour via Houzz, I had to share my favorite highlights...
















Isn't it lovely? Elegant and timeless! To see the entire home, please visit Houzz, and to learn more about Tucker & Marks, please visit their website.
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