5.31.2013

Markham Roberts

 I love Markham Roberts.  His rooms are the epitomy of chic and always so well thought out with out great layering, a wonderful mix of patterns and amazing art.   Hailing from Indianapolis, he attended Culver Military Academy and Northfield Mount Hermon School before graduating from Brown University with Honors in the History of Art and Architecture. And talk about an impressive design resume: Mr Roberts also worked for the legendary decorator Mark Hampton for six years.  His fresh but classical approach to design is inspiring -- he embraces some trends but his room are timeless and are so well decorated that, just like his mentor, you know they will still look good 10 or 20 years from now.   Most of the images below are from his portfolio which you can see in its entirety here.
Markham Roberts 

Wow. Look at these grasscloth panels.  Markham Roberts (from Costal Living)

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5.28.2013

An Art Confession

   I love abstract and modern art.  I have been looking for the right abstract piece, but cannot find one that I love. Call me pedestrian and anti-intellectual, but I need pretty in my life -- and lots of it.  While wandering around the net, I stumbled on plain air painter, Paul Bachem.  His works are little gems full of beauty. My newest acquisition was his "Red Right Return", which is the area off Caumsett, just outside our little harbor.  Mr. Bachem is a wonderful artist, his color palette and brush strokes are masterful. I gave my mother a painting he did of Centerport Harbor for mother's day and she adored it.  Anyway,  his work is well priced and small enough that you can find a little spot for it, so check out his website http://paulbachem.com/...


http://paulbachem.com/workszoom/1107403


5.27.2013

Memorial Day 2013






                                    
                                                                                                                                                  




MEMORIAL DAY 2013 is such a happy occasion in our small town that  we sometimes  forget the meaning and solemnity of the holiday.

My family is one of recent immigrants, we came here from South Africa forty years ago and I think often how lucky we are to live in this wonderful country.  We are truly blessed and grateful to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us from harms way and secure the freedoms we all enjoy.  Hope you all had a meaningful memorial day and a restful weekend.

From Our Nation's Capital:

  • Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid, they have earned our undying gratitude.  
  • America will never forget their sacrifices.





5.26.2013

The fabulous Richard Keith Langham

I have to thank my boss and friend for introducing me to the work of Alabama born Richard Keith Langham (known to his peers as "Keith" Langham).  Langham, who was named a top AD100 designer in 2012,  is designer in the Anglo-Southern vein.  His refined, to the manor born, English country-house style melds bold colors, lush fabrics, fantastic designer upholstery and unique antiques.  He was a favorite designer of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and it is easy to see why...




















5.25.2013

Lily Pads Hand Painted Wall covering

 Whilst flipping through  the 2013 May edition of Town and Country, I spotted this fabulous lily pond wall covering that I have become obsessed with.  I even tried to subtly pitch it to my boss to use in a home she is doing (the owner went with beautiful, but standard, DeGournay).  Problem is I can't find any other images but this. . . smashing, don't you think?

In a Paris Townhouse photoshoot by photographer Jonathan Becker,  a model  clad in a Chanel gown, is posed against a gorgeous backdrop.  Photo Courtesy of Town and Country, May 2013.
Here is a lily pond version from Paul MontgomeryStudio

5.15.2013

White House Decorator Michael S. Smith

Michael S. Smith is a master of  blending European classicism with American modernism.   Smith was tapped to the prestigious post of White House Decorator in 2009 and is well known for his use of high end antiques and art in his stunning, well layered rooms.   Surprisingly, as revealed in a recent Vanity Fair article, he  also knows how to mix in a bargain.  In discussing his forth and most recent book, Building Beauty: The Alchemy of Design, Smith talks about his talent for blending high and low: 
I think it’s about having a smart editorial eye and understanding what there is out there. There are great things at flea markets; there are great things at Crate & Barrel; there’s great stuff on eBay. CB2, Room & Board, and Anthropologie have made really good design accessible. One of my jobs is to understand when to use something that’s not expensive. In the case of this house, there are some curtain fabrics that are like $20-a-yard fabric, or remnants that I bought at a fabric store in England, Indian fabric that I made into Roman shades in some of the bathrooms. Part of it is to look at things for their inherent beauty and quality and not necessarily be tripped up by their cost, high or low.
Krista Smith, Interior Decorator Michael S. Smith..., Vanity Fair, May 7, 2013

When you have the eye, you can make it all look good.  Glad to know the White House has been in such good hands style wise.  Some photos of his work (but not from his most recent book)

Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton




Michael S. Smith, courtesy of Architechural Digest 2012,  Photo: Pieter Estersohn
Willow Grace Farm, the Millbrook, New York, home of Debbie and Jim Burrows, decorated by Michael S. Smith, courtesy of Elle Decor