The Luxe Lynne Scalo

When I saw the cover image of Luxe Magazine’s New York edition I fell in love.  I am having an “all white” moment with rooms- I tend to every summer- because of how crisp, fresh and above all COOL they look.  I’ve admired designer Lynne Scalo’s work before, but this house is a new favorite of mine by her! A self-proclaimed “Kelly Wearstler meets Ralph Lauren” her decoration of this Greenwich, CT home is an interesting mix of traditional and modern, statement making pieces.

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I love that Lynne used one of my favorite chandeliers of all time, the Danneli by Neirmann Weeks, which I put in a dining room in a beautiful house I’m working on. It is SO stunning in person and such a wonderful transitional style- the perfect blend of modern and traditional.

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Love the crisp apple green accents in this bright white kitchen. For some reason I can picture Gwyneth Paltrow in here.

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The lantern grouping above the kitchen dining table is unexpected and really fun.

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I tend to not like dark wood at all- but this dark den is made lighter and lovely with the Imperial Trellis drapes, metallic ceiling and pale rug and furniture.

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Light blue and apple green look fresh and new in the master because they are set off by a dramatic dark bed. That bananas inlay dresser helps too.

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A metallic wallpapered powder room is as glam as you can get.

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What a dump. :)

Here are some more affordable items to get a look like the one Lynne created here:


Design Crush: Lawson Fenning

I have been designing some custom furniture for clients over the last two years and have found a new love for the process. It’s scary and wonderful at the same time to make something of your own design.  I have such respect for those that do it well, such as the guys at Lawson Fenning.  Their line of furniture is simple, classic yet clearly influenced in subtle ways my the mid-century style but also many others as well.  I am mad for s many of their pieces- just take a look:

This sofa has tufting (like crack to me) but also the sweetest, slightly Asian influenced woodwork at the foot:

We saw this amazing chaise in Jordana Brewster’s home in pink. Still LOVE it to death. (Again, with the tufting. I may have to find a 12 step program.)

This tufted wingback is such a fave of mine, as is the nursery rocker version they designed for Nurseryworks!

Check out their wares on 1st Dibs– a mix of their own designs and great vintage finds.

My Review of Kips Bay

Part of my last few days in New York for Blogfest included a trip to see the famous Kips Bay Decorator’s Show House.  I’ve heard about this show house for many, many years and was excited to finally get to GO to one featuring some of my favorite designers like Mary McDonald and Celerie Kemble.  Joined by my fabulous pals and fellow interior junkies Shannon Wollack and Kyle Knight , in we went.  I had not seen any images of the show house so I had no idea what to expect. Kyle and Shannon however had seen some and seemed a little apprehensive.

And they were right to be.

What I came away asking was, what happened to things just being PRETTY?  Why does everything have to be a statement or offbeat or thought provoking? Is there something wrong with décor for beauty’s sake? Now, everyone has their own definition of beauty, for sure, I may find something hideous that another finds soul stirringly gorgeous and vice versa.  But in a gorgeous old New York townhouse displaying the best of the best of American design I began to wonder if design is getting just a little bit CRAZY?

THE GOOD:

The entrance by Mary McDonald was glamorous and quintessentially her with red shagreen walls and high gloss red paint and a great little console vignette that seemed appropriate  yet modern within the walls of the historic space. Mary always seems to kill it.

This dressing room was rather sweet- despite this really strange large tv screen that was hooked up to a camera showing you in the space (is this instead of a mirror? I would hate that.)

The staircase had walls upholstered in yellow, black and white ikat fabric. While dizzying, it was pretty rad.

Celerie’s room in it’s entirety falls into a different category, but the to die for Lucite coffee table was something all three of us would have sold our ovaries for.

Details like INSANE antique floors and some gorgeous and unique hardware.

The outdoor spaces were INSANE and the best part of the show house! Look at this crazy deep daybed (starring Kyle and Shannon) on the highest of the decks! AMAZING! That light! The stripes! I die! Can you imagine sipping some wine with friends here???

Looking down on the garden level patio.

And all the neighbors have sweet patios and decks too. All I could hear playing in my head was “MoneyMoneyMoneyMoooooooney….MONEY!”

The SO-SO

Brad Ford’s lounge had some good looking items and a great overall feel but it was too hipster for me (kind of like the Ace Hotel, where I stayed). A record player built into a coffee table? Huh? Can you believe I also had a set of turntables IN MY HOTEL ROOM (as well as a built in pencil sharpener)? Maybe I’m just not hip enough to “get” this…

Oh Celerie. I love you, I do, but something about this room did not work so well for me. The ceiling was cool, as was the double settee, the chandelier and we know I liked the coffee table- but it felt so heavy and so crazy BUSY, and I dare say, overdecorated! The amazing original woodwork almost got lost amongst all the pattern and color.

Such pretty color and detail though

Glossy turquoise trim? YES. Studded ottoman? YES Vintage Louis style chair? YES. Yet something felt off. I can’t put my finger on it.

This dining room could fall into the “good” category but I personally was super distracted by the drapes around the fireplace. Seems like one hell of a fire hazard, no? Also not big on skirted dining tables or that chandelier ( a crystal Empire style chandy would be my pick).  But that original scenic wallpaper was beyond beautiful!

Another room that had me torn- the pink patterned wallpaper by Amanda Nisbet was a really interesting choice with the wood trim. I loved the mirror above the fireplace and the little tufted chair but see below as to what ruined it for me….

THE BAD

GAH! That photo! Way too freaky and porn-esque for me.  I love the dichotomy of modern art in traditional settings, but this photo made us all a little queasy and felt WAY outta whack.

Don’t even get me started on this entry. The geometric wall appliques look like they belong in a daycare center and not a bajillion dollar home. And the pink table just adds insult to injury. Look at that beautiful old staircase! It must be so sad.

Crazy train, destination MARS. All aboard.

Do I need to get into this? Maybe I should tell you those floors were padded (huh?) I would see spots for a week after doing a load of whites in here.

Welcome to the creepiest little girl’s room ever. I dig unexpected colors in rooms, but the dark brown almost black high gloss textured walls were way to mature for this space- but what really got us was the cobra lamp and scariest ET doll ever on the chair (maybe it was just Kyle and I who were terrified of ET?)  I mean, it kind of looks like a nightmare/bad acid trip? I cannot imagine a child wanting a glowing red life size snake as a roommate. The giraffe, totally.

The style of the Richard Mishaan room was just not my style at all-  80’s influenced color scheme mixed with ornate old school details and some wacky art above the fireplace that freaked me out (most of the art in the house did). I walked out of here pretty quickly.

No. Just, no.

And then going 180 degrees the other way was this froufy bedroom with a ceiling mural featuring ivy vines that reminded me of bad country stenciling. This look was just too old and powdery for me.

All and all I left bummed out and really questioning the direction high end decorating is going.  I’ve never been a person who likes shock value just for the sake of shock value, you know? What do you think?

Pictures via me, Martha Stewart

Raw and Rad

I have long been obsessed with the very pricey work of Hudson Furniture.  The raw edge slab dining table is on my “hope to have it by the time I die” list.  After quoting it out for a client, it may remain on there long after I’m six feet under. However, I came across the work of Marsia Holzer Studio and it’s quite similar and more affordable. The mix of the beauty of natural wood and sleek metals is one I simply adore.  I’m REALLY loving the brass/gold legs on the first slab table too!

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Some lovely natural but modern coffee tables too…

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How about this bar top??? I’d happily sip some vino saddled up to this baby. Who am I kidding, I’d happily sip some vino saddled up to just about anything.

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These bar stools would look amazing at a stainless steel island or soapstone counter top!

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Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover…

If you drove by this house in Bedford, NY renovated by Alisberg Parker Architects you’d probably expect the interior to be chock full of traditional classics, right?

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WRONG.

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I really do enjoy a home that has a traditional architectural exterior (and interior- notice all thought molding and trim painted over glossy white) paired with really modern furniture.  It’s so unexpected.  And that pool house? I die.

But I alos love that this design team is capable of doing funky traditional decor as well.  I’m loving this modern rustic look they crafted (the mismatched chairs and that wicker bar? Hello.)

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