As a design enthusiast, I love volunteering for the Greenwich Historical Society because (among other things) we host some rather accomplished and engaging designers who impart their approach to the craft, share gorgeous slides of their extensive portfolios, sign copies of their beautiful books and enchant the crowd with their soigné sense of style. By design, these events are meant to be a feast for the senses as guests step into the designer’s world for a brief little while. In recent years, the Historical Society has hosted a spring luncheon honoring Jeffrey Bilhuber:
A très chic cocktail party for Miles Redd:
A power breakfast featuring design dynamo Mary McDonald:
And -in mid November- an autumnal luncheon toasting Markham Roberts.
I was thrilled to Co-Chair the luncheon with my friends Samantha Moro and Tiffany Burnette.
The event was held at the venerable Belle Haven Club…
Which -in recent years- has received a plaque from the Greenwich Historical Society, designating it as a Greenwich Landmark.
The luncheon took place on a glorious fall day…
With guests enjoying Markham’s signature cocktail of champagne, Crème Yvette and pear nectar on the deck…
before finding their seats for the lecture and luncheon.
The primary design feature for the room was a Carleton V fabric that Markham had selected and had dyed in a custom brown color way before Artistic Upholstery fashioned it into lovely overlays. It it a fabric that Markham is particularly fond of and has used on gorgeous chairs — such as this one which appears in his book:
and on the walls of this sweet bedroom to create a cozy intimacy:
…as a little wink to the smart python cover that lies in wait under the book jacket for Decorating the Way I See It. Speaking of which, each guest took home a copy of Markham’s debut design tome.
The lecture was relaxed, funny and educational, and the audience came away thoroughly charmed by Markham’s approachable manner. C’est moi avec Markham:
One of my favorite parts of the luncheon was the drawing we held, sending a few lucky guests home with amazing prizes. The winners received: a Juliska tulipiere, a classic Charlotte Barnes Collection mirror and the grand prize was a stunning pair of Christopher Spitzmiller lamps — a design collaboration with Markham.
The luncheon helped kick off an array of exciting events for the Historical Society which -collectively- are known as “Antiquarius.” Tonight marks another with the heavily anticipated “Antique Show Preview Party.” Last year’s theme was “Meet Me at The Beverly Hills Hotel”
and this year guests will be treated to “Sugarplums and Snowflakes” — a Nutcracker themed soirée. It promises to be a fun filled night of catching up with friends and antiquing. Among my favorite stops are at the vintage and estate jewelry, the American flags, the sweet monogrammed handkerchiefs and the small porcelain collectibles. The Antique Show runs through the weekend at the Old Greenwich Civic Center.
Next week, the fun continues with a fabulous Boutique -which is always one of my holiday shopping stops- held at Christ Church on Tuesday evening (6-8:30pm) and during the day on Wednesday. And, of course, the Historical Society’s House Tour, which takes place on Wednesday, December 10th. In recent years, the homes on the tour have served as “cover girls” for some high profile design mags, including this Jeffrey Bilhuber designed home that graced the cover of his latest book as well as the cover of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens:
This Lee Ann Thornton designed beauty, which we admired on the cover of House Beautiful:
And, a gorgeous estate from last year’s tour, which we just spied on the cover of the current issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. Swoon!
If you would like to attend any of these events, be sure to contact the Greenwich Historical Society — with the exception of the Boutique, where reservations are not required.
Finally, on the subject of antiques, I wanted to share a few photos of my visit to the Bunny Mellon Estate Sale Preview at Sotheby’s a few weeks back. Among the many events celebrating Bunny’s awe inspiring collection of furniture and personal effects was a spectacular dinner co-hosted by Architectural Digest. I did not attend the dinner, but -in case you missed the photos- feast your eyes on this setting that was intended to mimic the arbor at the Mellon’s residence in Virginia. Wow!
I did, however, attend the cocktail party on the following night where I spied some of the chic blue and white porcelain centerpieces on the bar:
and admired Bunny’s extensive collection of furniture:
and designer luggage!
A girl after my own heart. Out with the new and in with the old!
Photos: CT unless otherwise noted.
|SAFARI SO GOOD||CHRISTMAS AT OUR HOUSE!|
|SAFARI SO GOOD|
|CHRISTMAS AT OUR HOUSE!|