Posted on October 26 2018
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Posted on September 28 2018
From puffy to layered, from dense ripples to small shapes floating gently by, clouds are almost always on view in Palm Beach that range in colors from deep slate to light gray, not to mention those bright white puffs.
Clouds also have made their way into the home of many Palm Beachers, whether they’re depicted on ceiling and wall murals or on fabric and wallpapers.
Posted on September 22 2018
Posted on September 14 2018
I was so saddened to learn last week of the death of painter Ralph Wolfe Cowan, a friend who was well-known to many a Palm Beacher for his lavish portraits.
Mr. Cowan, who died at 86 Sept. 4 in West Palm Beach, was prolific, working on canvas after canvas during his lifetime. His color and sepia portraits captured some of the world’s most powerful and popular personas — Johnny Mathis, Debbie Reynolds and royal families, including the Sultan of Brunei and Monaco’s Princess Grace, Prince Rainier and Prince Albert.
Posted on August 31 2018
Posted on August 24 2018
I have always loved hardware stores. I’m not thinking of the big warehouse stores of today, although they certainly serve their purpose if you need the widest selection possible.
No, I’m more partial to smaller mom-and-pop hardware shops that recall days gone by, where one could find everything from paint to brushes, from garden tools to saws and nails. And that’s not to mention garden furniture, kitchen utensils, seeds for the garden, clocks, candles, toilet brushes, bath mats and even stoppers for sinks.
Posted on August 17 2018
Posted on August 10 2018
Posted on August 03 2018
Every so often, I see a house I think is special, particularly one painted in a manner that takes me by surprise. There are many lovely sections of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, where the owners of properties go the extra mile to say “welcome home” with plantings, color selection, pathways, garden furniture or with door decorations.
Posted on July 19 2018
Posted on July 06 2018
I was, once upon a time, a Boy Scout. I remember crafting with my cubs. I believe those crafting lessons helped lead to my days as a decorator. Teaching woodworking to young boys — making a tie rack, book ends or a wall plaque on which alphabet letters, made of strands of spaghetti, were applied — was a beginning of my love of design.
Posted on June 29 2018
Independence Day is approaching, so to all I send greetings for a happy Fourth of July next week. It's that time of year when we honor our country, our freedom and the red, white and blue - although we really should do that every day, Shouldn't we?
Posted on June 21 2018
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Posted on May 25 2018
Posted on May 18 2018
Could The Carlyle in New York City claim the title of “America’s hotel”? I think you could argue for that, if famous and stylish guests are any indication.
All Carlyle lovers may want to check out a new — and terrific — 90-minute documentary film, Always at the Carlyle, directed by Matthews Miele, who also helmed Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. The film premiered May 8 at New York’s Paris Theatre, where a packed house enjoyed the flick and marveled at the hotel’s history.
Posted on May 11 2018
Posted on May 04 2018
Posted on April 27 2018
What is going on down the road at our next-door neighbor’s? Now, I’m not talking about the house over the hedge but our neighboring town, lovely Lake Worth.
If you’re headed to the South End in the next couple of weeks, you should head just across the Lake Worth Bridge to visit the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
Posted on April 13 2018
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Posted on March 09 2018
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Posted on February 23 2018
Are we in a golden age?
Probably so, if you consider the value of gold. These days, many a gold bracelet and broach are being melted down to re-emerge, at some point, as a new piece of jewelry. I know jewelry designers who even melt down gold pieces that they have had in inventory for some time- pieces that have not found a happy home. But even with recent market fluctuations, gold is still valued - and silver is not far behind.
Posted on February 16 2018
Posted on February 09 2018
Posted on February 02 2018
I’m Grandpa, the decorator.
And “joyful” is only one of the adjectives that can describe the birth a year ago November of my first grandchild — a boy named Bowie, born to my daughter-in-law, Victoria, and son Nicholas. “Proud” and “thrilled” are other words that might describe me these days.
Posted on January 26 2018
Posted on January 19 2018
Posted on January 12 2018
Aloha! My design associate Brinsley Matthews and I have recently returned to the mainland after finishing up a week of decorating assignments on the island of Maui.
And believe me, I always find lots of decorating and design inspiration when I visit Hawaii.
Posted on January 05 2018
Posted on December 29 2017
Just announced by Pantone, Ultra Violet is the iconic company’s Color of the Year for 2018.
Every time I hear the color’s name, I think of the late French actress Isabelle Dufresne, who was known as Ultra Violet in her films for Andy Warhol during the 1960s.
Now, Pantone’s color honoree isn’t quite as avant-garde as Dufresne’s work was for the pop-art icon. But this grape tone can hold its own, in any case. It is a striking color, one that says intrigue, glamour and high style.
Posted on December 22 2017
Posted on December 15 2017
Posted on December 08 2017
Jim Nabors, who died Nov. 30 at 87, was a delightful gentleman — and a true gentleman.
I met him through friend Caroline Hunt, who created the Rosewood Hotel & Resorts chain of properties as well as being a philanthropist in Dallas. She and her childhood friend, Carolyn Lupton, also of Dallas, were close friends of the actor and through them I visited Jim at his home in Hana on the island of Maui and at his other home on Oahu.
Posted on December 01 2017
The Kips Bay Show House is iconic in New York City, and the designers who create spaces for the annual fundraiser are some of the finest in the business.
One of the designers, in my opinion, ranks among the finest anywhere — Susan Zises Green. In fact, Susan has decorated a space of honor, the drawing room, in the inaugural Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House, which just opened in a 1920s-era house off Flagler Drive. The proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York.
Posted on November 17 2017
Posted on November 10 2017
Posted on November 03 2017
Attention, theater lovers, attention!
What a treat it is to see a great production of a classic play — and what an added bonus it is when the sets, the costumes and the lighting design are nothing short of perfection.
Posted on October 28 2017
It’s pumpkin time, when glowing jack-o-lanterns greet scary goblins, as well as the trick-or-treaters who will arrive at our doors on Tuesday. The pumpkin is to Halloween what the evergreen is to Christmas, the egg is to Easter and the heart is to Valentine’s Day.