It has been an interesting week, filled with great finds, wonderful stories and lovely spring weather. I spent my Sunday visiting a few open houses in our neighborhood and although we’re not really on the market to buy (since we’re only going to be staying around for a few more months) it’s fun to see what’s available in our price range. Anyway, I found a little gem that has a ton of potential, a charming home that with a “little” work can be transformed into something stunning. If all goes well and I’ll snap more pictures, I’ll write a blog post about it and share some design ideas. In the meantime, here are my favorite links this week.
Earlier this week the grand dame of fashion, Carolina Herrera, stepped down as creative director of her eponymous fashion house. After 37 years at the helm, during which she had built a billion dollar brand with notable fans such as Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lady Diana, Michelle Obama and Renee Zellweger, Mrs. Herrera handed over the creative reins to Wes Gordon and the news has rippled through the fashion world as the end of an era. She will still be involved with brand diplomacy but the 79 years old Venezuelan designer is ready to worry less about skirt lengths ?and spend more time with her family. She will be missed but it’s also a new beginning and I look forward to Gordon’s first solo show with an exited Carolina Herrera in the front row! Thank you for all the beauty!
“Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style. “
— Billy Baldwin
The first gentleman of American décor, Billy Baldwin is a legend in the interior design world. His work was inspired by French furniture maker Jean-Michel Frank and fellow American decorator Frances Elkins (she designed the now infamous loop chair for one of her clients and started a trend that endures to this day). Moving from his hometown of Baltimore to New York proved to be the best career decision possible. Within a couple of years, his clientele included most of New York’s social elite. Taste-makers like Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Nan Kempner, Babe Paley, Diana Vreeland and Bunny Mellon relied on Baldwin’s discerning, clean eye for décor.
His love of clear hues was inspired by French painter Henri Matisse and was a departure from “Victorian color prejudices”, as Baldwin often used to say. Another Matisse inspired touch was the design of a black-and-white fabric for one of his clients, matching a Matisse painting above the sofa (pictured bellow).
If you’ve been keeping an eye on spring fashions, you might recognize one collection that is not only utterly feminine and pretty, but immediately transports to warmer days spent on exotic islands. The American fashion label Badgley Mishka released its Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection and I love and want every piece of it! Inspired by the Italian island of Capri, the collection covers the needs of every girl spending a luxurious day on the island. Fun daytime dresses, bathing suits and cocktail wear to fabulous ball gowns, they’ve got you covered. The vibrant colors and floral prints were inspired by Capri’s landscape – abundant in fragrant gardenias, bougainvillea and fields of poppies… What a wonderful summer dream!
I don’t know about you, but I adore my grandmother! The woman is a saint, a force of nature and she practically raised me.
My grandfather passed away the day before I was born and I never got the chance to meet him. Just like that, with no warning, my grandmother was a widow at 47. All alone, she somehow found the strength and the grace to start again. She created her own business, she built her dream home from the ground up, and still managed to be there for me and my mom, always. Every step of the way. Always kind, always funny. She never remarried.
I remember how I couldn’t wait for school to be over so I can spend the summer at her house. I think so much of what I love about interiors today was shaped by those early years we spent together. She specialized in the restoration of 18th and 19th century antiques and through her work, I got to see some of the most beautiful estates in our county (to this day, my heart skips a beat at the sight of a Biedermeier). Her work ethic, determination and good cheer through it all have been a blessing to our family and I have always strived to live up to her example.