To make room for baby brother I cleared out some bookshelves in our room and came across this Elle Decor spread on D.C. designer Darryl Carter’s 19th-century farmhouse in The Plains, Virginia. I really like the way he uses antiques in a modern way and love the rustic overtones. He recently opened a shop in the Shaw neighborhood in D.C. that I can’t wait to check out soon.
My friend Gwynne McCue’s interior design projects are full of creativity. I thought I’d share her latest project, a tri-plex apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan designed for a single woman with a love of Japan.
The dining room cleverly converts from Western- to Eastern-style dining. Love that idea. And the pillows throughout were made from vintage Asian textiles.
The slipper chair in the bedroom looks like it’s floating on a cloud.
In the media room, the recessed shelf was a smart way to add light to a room with few windows.
See the full project on Gwynne’s site.
The husband-and-wife design team Roman and Williams have designed some of the coolest spaces in New York, like The Ace Hotel and Standard Hotel. They’re working on the upcoming Viceroy in Midtown, which I can’t wait to see. As former set designers, their design aesthetic is hard to pin down, but it’s always surprising and full of great details. The couple commutes from Montauk and their home offers some great inspiration for its primitive/natural/vintage decor — a perfect fit for that laid back surf town on Long Island’s east end.At top: That sofa and giant sheepskin are great (you’ll find lots of skins at The Ace). The accessories give this room a ’70s feel, which seems fitting for Montauk. Above: I love the collage of ocean folk art and that wild light fixture. That industrial table on the right is very cool, too.
They painted the windows glossy black giving the home instant history. I want to do that in our house. Continue reading
The book I worked on with interior designer Charlotte Moss came out and it looks fantastic! (Hint, hint if you’re looking for any last-minute Christmas gifts…) A Visual Life is about Charlotte’s passion for scrapbooking, which may sound hokey and crafty, but she elevates the topic, as only Charlotte can, with the previously unpublished scrapbooks of famous women such as Gloria Vanderbilt and Jackie O. My favorite part is the essays by contemporary women, like Vogue editor Candy Pratts Price, who talk about how and why they scrapbook. Pinterest is great but books last. My daughter probably won’t ever see my Pinterest boards but she will inherit our family albums.
I have a serious girl crush on Jemima Kirke from HBO’s hilarious new series, “Girls.” She plays this totally sexy, bohemian. The kind of girl with amazing vintage clothes, a French boyfriend and beyond-her-years coolness. And turns out in real life she’s kinda badass, too. Kirke’s an artist, mama, and daughter of Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke. Here are few shots taken of Kirke and her daughter, Rafa, in their Brooklyn Heights home. Love that blue rug…
Photos from TheGlow.com and Purple.Fr.
Never have I been so excited to see a book cover in my life! I’m thrilled to share the news about Charlotte Moss’s upcoming book – her eighth – which I worked on with the legendary interior designer. And I’m in good company: Wall Street Journal Magazine editor Deborah Needleman, Vogue editor Candy Pratts Price, former Town & Country editor Pamela Fiori, interior designer Alexa Hampton and Washington philanthropist Deeda Blair all contributed essays. The subject is Moss finding inspiration from her personal scrapbooks and notebooks, as well as those of stylish women throughout history including Jackie Kennedy and Elsie de Wolfe. As with anything I’ve done for Charlotte, I walked away with a wealth of new knowledge and deepened respect for this hard-working, intelligent and creative woman.
“A Visual Life” hits bookstores on Oct. 9 but is available for pre-order now.
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Last night I attended an elegant book signing for prolific interior designer Charlotte Moss’ latest book, “Charlotte Moss Decorates,” her seventh to date.
Moss is one of those inspirational women who seems to do it all, well. She has a thriving career with big-name clients such as Michael Bloomberg, she writes, lectures, licenses products and is a dedicated volunteer to several arts organizations including the New York City Ballet. I got to know Charlotte when I wrote about her for Richmond Home.
Moss’ new book is a gorgeous, 200-pager examining 11 of the rooms she created for designer showhouses. Since there were no clients involved, these may be her most personal projects. She walks the reader through her inspiration from Lee Raziwell’s multi-patterned living room to West Wycombe Park, a Palladian country house in England. Moss is an avid scrap-booker so she also shows spreads of the clippings, photos and other elements that inspired her rooms.
Here’s a peek into the party…
I’m always looking for great prints — whether I have the wall space or not. The archives of Condé Nast and The New York Times always seem like great resources, but daunting! I don’t have the patience to go through all those photos. So I was excited to see The Times has asked five interior designers to pick their favorite 10 photos. Here are two of my favorites from Thom Filicia’s picks. Love him!
The top photo was taken in Central Park and the above photo was taken over Bryant Park.
Want to see the rest of Thom Filicia’s picks? Continue reading
Just a quick post to announce that I’ve been contributing to Aol’s fantastic interior design site, ShelterPop, lately and wanted to share some of the house tours.