Hi lovelies.  I’ve missed you!  There’s so much to catch up on and I’m thrilled to be back at my post.


Alas, this isn’t the view from my office but it would certainly make a lovely command post for the summer!  Let’s dive right in with a little furniture makeover.  I spied these funky malachite inspired benches at Dovecote’s after Christmas sale,


and my designer – Brooke Crew – helped me rehab them with this gorgeous Peter Dunham fabric. They’re now tucked at the foot of my bed and will hopefully live happily ever after.


Where are we with summer hostess inspiration?  At the top of my list is a “Make Your Own Farmer’s Market Cocktail” station.


Fresh and chic…oui oui?


I’ll be sipping my creation from one of these adorable monogrammed mason jars, natch!


How sweet would it be to use these jars in lieu of place cards at your next dinner party?  They could also double as a fab party favor.  Just be sure to head to Terrain and stock up on your BFFs’ first initials!


Continuing with the table talk…


I adore these lilac napkins from Furbish Studio,


The latest in paper cocktail napkins and guest towels from Lulu DK’s Collection for Caspari,



…and the new Hermès Voyage en Ikat Tableware.


 Simply stunning!
And certainly my cup of tea!
I also have a few notes to share with you from my recent visit to the West Coast.  While I was in LA I swooned over Sugar Paper’s petite outpost in the Brentwood Country Mart,
and Irene Neuwirth’s recently opened flagship store on Melrose.
Speaking of Irene, did you happen to see her purse collaboration with of-the-moment clutch handbag designer, Edie Parker, for the CFDA Awards?
I capped off my LA visit with a fabulous dinner at the stylish and delicious Ivy At The Shore,
where the punchy interiors and rainbow colored roses heaped around the restaurant set an undeniably cheerful tone.
This was my first visit to Ivy At The Shore, which is a terrific compliment to its perennially chic sister restaurant — The Ivy.
Back in the Big Apple, I made my way to the Kip’s Bay Decorator Show House earlier this week where I was delighted by designer Mark D. Sikes‘ dining room loaded with gingham, whicker, blue and white porcelain and pattern play perfection.
I couldn’t help but feel that the LA based Sikes was giving a little wink and nod to the cozy chic of The Ivy with his dining room interpretation! Other favorites at Kip’s Bay were this serene David Phoenix bedroom upholstered in tartan:
…and set off with little surprises like Damien Hirst butterflies on the walls and this amazing bench — covered in a camo inspired print.
I also decided that I need a game table for my family to play cards around like this one in the sitting room designed by Alessandra Branca,
and I marveled at the gallery of art that Phillip Mitchell assembled on the staircase.
Isn’t it funny how sometimes we leave walls bare for years — struggling with where to hang even one piece of art?  Mitchell’s interpretation is a wonderful reminder to be fearless and to just make it all work!  Certainly in this case the end result is a feast for the eyes.
Finally, I capped off my Show House afternoon with a stop at Ladurée for a few macarons.  It was there that I stumbled upon Ladurée’s new collaboration with Emilio Pucci.
Together, the two “Maisons” have formed a beautiful marriage of fashion and food.  Pucci’s prints are splashed on boxes of 8 macarons made in a special blend of rose and lemon — intended to capture “La Dolce Vita!”
Hurry in to pick up a box for yourself or for your favorite summer hostess.  These babies are only available for a limited time and when they’re gone — they’re gone.  That’s how the couture cookie crumbles!
PS: If you have not been yet, you have to make a reservation at the Polo Bar.  Both the “dine” and “design” elements are divine.
Don’t miss the popovers, Ralph’s Coffee Ice Cream or the exquisite emerald green tiled bathrooms!
Photos: CT, Brooke Crew, Annie Campbell, Irene Neuwirth, Nicole Gibbons, AD, Vogue, House Beautiful, Terrain, Anthro Blog, Furbish Studio, Hermès, Ladurée, The Ivy, Mark D. Sikes, Sugar Paper.


Comments to “THIS AND THAT…”

  1. I loved all the fresh ideas for spring and summer! The colors and all the florals were great. I especially loved the idea of the mason jars as place holders and party favors. I definitely will use that idea. Hope you are having in a great spring.