14 April, 2016

New Reads Sure to be Amazing!

As if my library has any more space for new books.  But, these look like they'll be great additions to home or office!  Enjoy!

Bunny Williams NEVER disappoints and this one has the best of everything by the looks of the cover! Release date is Sept. 13th, preorder now here.

Domino has simply become the stylish go to hasn't it?  Due to be released Nov. 15th, preorder now here.

What can I say?  I love Julia Reed's style and wit.  Due to be released April 26th, preorder now here.

Saving the best for last.  My all time fav designer, he is flawless in everything he touches. Making his publishing debut with Beautiful. Due to be released September 20th, preorder now here.


How I'd Like to Get to Work!

Waiting for the weather to break and the sun to shine.  When it does, this is how I'd like to get to work! Enjoy!

XDS Nadine
XDS Nadine
Huffy Nassau Cruiser

Huffy Deluxe


07 July, 2015

Looking Forward to...

Summer is in full swing here on the Island!  July 4th was gorgeous weather and full of family fun. Now,  I'm looking forward to The Hampton Designer Showhouse, which opens July 26th.  Traditional Home always puts on a fabulous showhouse that benefits the Southampton Hospital this year and is always good to get the design juices flowing.  This year I'm really looking forward to the space designed by the gentleman from Madcap Cottage.  I follow these two and their fun lives and can't wait to see what they have in store for us here in the Hamptons. John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap have a design studio in Highpoint, NC (which they call their 'design laboratory') and their mantra is "We live and breathe ‘whimsy,’ but our projects are sophisticated and perfectly catered to our clients’ sensibility and ‘brand.’ They are also spectacularly livable.” Ok, who wouldn't love to work with these guys?! Cant wait! Now, whether or not to attend the Gala Preview Party? Hmmm...always a hot, humid evening, but fun to meet and mingle.  Enjoy!
Tickets at the door or in advance:
Check out the portfolio of John and Jason
John and Jason from Madcap Cottage

13 April, 2015

Homes of Distinction Tour 2015

Spring is in the air and showhouses, house tours, and other beautiful events abound! One that is near and dear to my heart this year is the Homes of Distinction house tour that benefits the children of 9/11 through a charity called Tuesday's Children.  The tour is a one day event that invites you to view five beautiful homes in Manhasset and East Hills here on Long Island, and ends the day with a wonderful 'Meet the Creators' cocktail party.  The event is being chaired by Barbara Dixon, founding Editor-In-chief of ELLE Décor and features truly talented architects, builders, designers, artists, and more.  Their invitation for the event says it all:  You are invited to be inspired...  Hope to see you there next Saturday, April 25th! Here is a tiny, little, sneak peak of some of the fabulous spaces -- there is so much more to see and enjoy. Purchase tickets for this event here: http://www.dbaofli.org/content/events/homes_of_distinction_tour_april_2015.   Enjoy!

Tuesday's Children provides direct services and continuous outreach to approximately 10,000 individuals, including bereaved families and individuals, families of first responders, veterans of post-9/11 military operations, and teenagers from around the world impacted by a traumatic loss due to terrorism.  http://www.tuesdayschildren.org/

Beautiful Spaces for a Beautiful Purpose.
'Built to Perfection' - Manhasset. Built from the ground up, this Georgian-style home overlooking the Manhasset Bay was a collaboration between Tom Fox of Fox Diehl Architects and McNulty Development Corp.  Key to their approach was to construct a home that while respecting the heritage of the village also offered a contemporary layout with every modern convenience.  Photo Fox Diehl Architects

 'The Art of Entertaining' - Manhasset.  Kitchen designed by John Starck of Showcase Kitchens - Calacatta Gold marble backsplash and countertops with custom-crafted hood and cabinets.  Decorative grey and white valences, stools and crystal and wrought iron pendant lighting are by Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors.  Photo Ric Marder Imagery

'Cosmopolitan Chic' – East Hills.  Designed by Lori Fleishhacker with TJ Costello of Hierarchy Architects, this family room was totally renovated and redecorated.  Open on 2 sides to the out of doors, sunlight drenches the space.  Custom-milled angled ceiling mimics the door style in the adjoining kitchen (not shown).  Blue and gray make up the color scheme of this new family room/kitchen renovation with a patchwork hide rug, gray fireplace 10” x 24” leather tiles and polished nickel accents.  Special detail was given to the wood work on ceiling along with the all the moldings throughout the house.  Holly Hunt end table, custom coffee table, Arteriors floor lamp.  Photo Keith Scott Morton Photography
 'Heavenly Garden Oasis' – Manhasset. The client’s request for an outdoor entertaining destination is exactly what contractor, Todd Mitchell of Mitco Associates and Sivilli Landscape Corp delivered. Outdoor kitchen complete with blue stone countertop under an inline heaters.  Landscaping includes netted basketball court and fire pit, augmented by natural plantings.  Photo courtesy Sivilli Landscape Corp.

 'Where Elegance Meets Whimsy' – This cream-colored kitchen is perfectly suited for the young family that wanted tradition design, yet easy to live with.  Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, granite countertop, elegant corbel and mantle carvings.  Interior design by Elle Baker Interiors and kitchen by Showcase Kitchens.  Photo courtesy Ric Marder Imagery
Thanks for sharing and hope you can attend! 


02 April, 2015

Design Showhouse Guggenheim Estate 2014

Call me a sucker for a good cause.  I swore I wasn't going to participate in this years design showhouse at the Guggenheim Castle at Sands Point Preserve.  It is a project that consumes a tremendous amount of time, energy and money.  But, when the executive director called a few weeks before the opening date, I caved and couldn't resist the draw of this historic estate that I love to drive to each day and be a part of its ongoing preservation.  The space I chose to design was the former office of Mrs. Gladys Guggenheim's personal assistant.  The office served as the hub of the estate, and since honey and the apiaries that produced and still produce over 100 pounds of Guggenheim Estate honey each year, were key to the estate, the name "Queen Bee's Gold Coast Study" seemed fitting. The executive director found a beautiful, historical reproduction wallpaper designed in 1881 by the true mother of interior design, Candace Wheeler. The paper is called "Honeybee" and was our jumping off point for the space.  As with all showhouses' there is always some last minute drama and ours was truly the wallcovering.  Due to the fact that there is only one printer in the nation of this paper and its being special order with only a few printings each year, we received and hung it within 48 hours of the grand opening celebration.  But, everyone loved the space as it was cozy and suited the historic nature of the home.  Although final numbers aren't in for attendance, we are hoping that we surpassed the 2,500 attendees we had for last years showhouse! If you are ever on the Gold Coast of Long Island, please visit the Guggenheim Castle at Sands Point Preserve.  It is worth the 30 minute trip out of the City.  Enjoy these before and after pics of our cozy study!
 The gorgeous Guggenheim Castle at Sands Point Preserve, Long Island. Where the world premiere of The Great Gatsby was held, along with the filming of my fav, Boardwalk Empire and dozens of other movies and shows occurs each week.
 The space had to be gutted from top to bottom, literally.
 New floors, new electrical, new walls, new space.
 But, the most important thing to remember was that it was going to be a functional office after the showhouse was completed. So, it had to be left in usable condition.
 Every radiator was reconditioned and that fireplace surround, well eeek!
 We had to be very careful with the old heavy window sills, handles and original glass. Windy days made dusting a daunting task as they didn't close all the way.  
 But, we did strip the old privacy plastic off and cleaned as best we could.  
 The Friends of Sands Point Preserve donated a neutral travertine for the fireplace surround to be in keeping with the other fireplaces in the home and functional for office afterwards.
 New doors, nice heavy wood doors too! That leaded window is to die for.
 Lots of windows, lots of light. Last minute window coverings were needed and simple too!  Our wallcovering is busy with fabulous patterns and colors!  
 View into the room from the outside atrium.
Our design plan for the Queen Bee Gold Coast Study
Our fabrics and wallcovering.  I wish you could see the golds and coppers that reflect off this paper.  Truly amazing, especially in the soft afternoon light that flooded the room.
 And, voila. Not bad for 4 weeks prep time and it was just perfect to relax and enjoy the space.
The horrid fireplace surround came out beautifully. You'd never believe how I hung that sunburst mirror. No holes, please.  And nothing heavy on the mantel either. 
 Layers, layers, layers.  Ya either love it or hate it. I wanted the look of an older estate that was a true working home, with the character of well loved, well traveled, well read people.
 Yes, the room is noticeably off center.  We had to allow patrons ample walking space.  And, yes it kills me. 
 I just love that Honeybee wallpaper.
 Our free reading table!  Years of design and shelter mags for the taking - Please!
 You know how there's always one funky thing about a showhouse room?  This covered radiator ran about a 1,000 degrees, even with the heat turned off!  My room was a true sauna.  But, it just added to the coziness. 

 My Ikea hack bookshelf! It was awsesome.

 Ah, this Calico sofa was heaven.  Down filled and softest velvet.

 This vintage mahogany console with rose marble was unbelievably heavy, but fit the space just right.
 Lucite, tortoise, gilt, and tiger stripes.  Heaven.
 My obsession with French brass scales kicks in.
 The starting point for it all. The Honeybee vintage wallpaper from 1881.
 Into the corridor where I placed old b/w photos of the Guggenheim family.

 The Palm Court inside the castle.  Many an event has been held here and filmed here.  History.
 Just a few shots from the grand gala event for the showhouse opening.  Love these gowns!
 Welcome to the castle!
 Palm Court by day.
 Lady in Red.
Was simply gorgeous in person!
There was so much more to look at and enjoy at this amazing showhouse for the 2nd year in a row.  I can only imagine how fabulous the 3rd year is going to be and can't wait.  What comforts me the most is that every penny goes to the renovations needed to keep this glorious gold coast home up and running.  Friends of Sands Point Preserve hosts so many great programs for families and the local community.  The castle is run by amazingly talented people who give so much more of their time and energy than is humanly possible.  They are truly to be commended for their efforts and I wish them the best of luck in keeping this amazing home going.  

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