Bunny Williams — one of America’s best known and most acclaimed decorators — and I have something in common. We both love rescue dogs.
I learned about this connection at a book signing Bunny attended in November for the launch of IDMC, and her latest book from ‘A House By The Sea’ (Abrams). As it turns out she and her husband John Rosselli have been rescuing dogs for decades — several of which live exclusively at their home in the Dominican Republic. It’s a dog’s life! Continue reading “Books: Bunny Williams’ ‘A House By The Sea’”
“I want a project to be as great as it can possibly be, and I really work to push the client to attain quality. Things needn’t be expensive, but materials must exude honesty. They must be a true representation of what the client wants, whether a simple basket or a gilded bronze statue. Honesty in materials and purity of objects is very important.
Aspiration, when it succeeds, promises the client something beyond good taste. It invests the daily tasks of decoration with meaning, pleasure, and vision, elevating interior decoration to the place of high art it deserves.”
In keeping with this blog’s focus on education, it’s my plan to write about anything and everything that advances an understanding of design. And what better place to start than with a great book on color?
Textile designer Lori Weitzner’s Ode To Color (Harper Design) is just such a volume. I’ve had the privilege of getting an advance copy, and can enthusiastically say that Lori’s approach to the subject is beyond the basics of the color wheel. Some of the words that come to mind? Sophisticated, romantic, nuanced and poetic. It’s a treasured glimpse into Lori’s thought process, linking her understanding of color to her textiles and wall coverings.
So here’s the thing: I’ve heard preservationists scoff at the stark juxtaposition between the newly constructed townhouses on Sullivan street just north of Broome, and the quaint 19th century houses across the lane. But I find such contrasts exciting; they are part of the DNA of New York’s architectural landscape, metaphorically linked to the city’s much respected multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-religious panorama.
Inside #40 and #50 Sullivan Street, Holiday House New York founder Iris Dankner has orchestrated a group of talented designers for a two-for-one show house event benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. And in keeping with the streetscape, diversity is the order of the day… Continue reading “Holiday House 2016”
Thank you Amy Astley, and Lindsey Mather who writes “When faced with a blank space in need of some decorating love, how many times have you wished you could call up a design legend for advice? The next best thing: a flip through the pages of the new book Interior Design Master Class.”
Thank you Vogue.com for the wonderful piece featuring #IDMC in which Madeleine Luckel writes “Discussing topics within the realms of theory, structure, style, process, elements, and inspiration, this tome has the makings of a modern-day classic.”
The post highlights five great “lessons” that really capture the editorial direction of the book. You can follow this link to see for yourself.
Thank you Elle Decor for includingInterior Design Master Class in the November 2016 issue roundup of library-worthy books on design. I’m thrilled to be in such great company with Bunny Williams, François Catroux, and Katie Ridder & Peter Pennoyer.
I was especially grateful to Michael Boodro for including the book in his letter from the editor. I’m very honored.
The premier issue of the new Design magazine, just out from the New York Metro Chapter of ASID, features both the cover and a grouping of pages from Interior Design Master Class.
A word of thanks to the new chapter president (and my friend) Glenn Gissler for the coverage in this exciting new shelter publication. Glenn has worked tirelessly in elevating ASID to a new stature; follow the organization on Facebook and check the calendar of events on their website to stay abreast of the changes.
I was thrilled to be able to be in Houston on October 11th when #IDMC was released. The Houston Design Center hosted a marvelous event, organized by Alton LaDay. Thank you to everyone who came out to see me.
The October issue of PaperCity covered the event, and shared a lovely write-up for the book. Thank you!
Writer Louis Hart singled out 10 of her favorite essays in the book and the lesson’s within them, including Brad Ford’s piece on ‘Craft’; Stephen Shadley’s piece on ‘Film’ (which features a photo of Diane Keaton’s home); Victoria Hagan’s poetic piece on ‘Light’; and Tom Scheerer’s piece on ‘Luxury’ — along with 6 more highlights.