Posted on June 15 2018
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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
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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 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
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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.
Posted on October 20 2017
If I were to select my favorite stone for jewelry and for color, it would definitely be larimar.
Do you know it? It’s a gemstone of the blue variety, made of the mineral pectolite and mined only in the Dominican Republic. It’s found in the mountain ranges in Barahona, the southwest region of the country, and its distinctive coloration comes from the volcanic activity of the area.
Posted on October 13 2017
Posted on October 06 2017
Ocean blue, the color of the Atlantic outside many Palm Beachers’ windows, is perhaps the color of choice for the new season.
While hunter green, navy blue, claret wine and rich brown seem to lead the choices when decorating, might I suggest a wonderful alternative — ocean blue. That’s the deep blue-green you can see each day as you drive along South Ocean Boulevard.
Posted on September 29 2017
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Posted on September 12 2017
What's old is now new in decorating.
I have found of late that while the traditional antique market is weakening, the popularity of original designs and color combinations from the ’50s and ’60s is exploding. You’ll find rooms today decorated with foil wallpaper and hallways boasting flocked wallcoverings — often in a white-on-black or black-on-white damask design— above white chair rails.
Posted on September 01 2017
Posted on August 25 2017
As children, my sister and I often went for a ride in the car on Sunday with our parents, perhaps stopping at a roadside stand for ice cream in a sugar cone. My favorite was always orange sherbet, while Vivian always selected strawberry.
Since we lived in a seacoast town in Nahant, Mass., the car ride generally took us along the shore to Swampscott, Marblehead or Manchester-by-the-Sea. Palm Beach and our coastal highways remind me so much of my early life that I often take Sunday off to see other villages and towns north of our Palm Beach home.
Posted on August 18 2017
Those of you who saw the musical 'Sunset Boulevard' during its initial run on the Great White Way 23 years ago will recall the elaborate and decadent set, which brilliantly captured the over-scale grandeur of Norma Desmond’s 1920s-era mansion of Old Hollywood.
Or perhaps you have seen the 1950 film and you’ll remember those massive sets filled with Renaissance-style furniture.
Posted on August 11 2017
When it comes to hallway design, I sometimes think of the subject as a decorating walk-a-thon. Or perhaps the headline would be: Decorating — the long and short of it.
I have been a decorator of hotel corridors, hospital corridors and cruise-ship corridors for many years, and I have learned a few visual tricks to give the impression that the hallway isn’t nearly as long as it truly is.
Posted on August 04 2017
Who did what first? And who and what should get the credit for being the original?
Those questions, believe it or not, sometimes come into play in the decorating world, which recently has gone bananas over a tropical-theme wallcovering featuring big banana leaves on a white background.
There are several interpretations of the design, which was first popularized by hallway wallpaper at The Beverly Hills Hotel during World War II. Was the original design by my professional mentor, the late Dorothy Draper, or by the late Don Loper, who initially came to fame in the 1940s as a Hollywood costume designer? Here below is my take on the matter, as told to me some years ago when I first joined our firm in New York City.
Posted on July 28 2017
Summer in Palm Beach is a terrific time to accessorize and decorate so that everything will be ready to welcome your guests when the season arrives — and it’s on its way, believe it or not. I can’t believe it’s nearly August.
From throw pillows to pen sets, to all those special fragrances and candles that fill a room with joy, Palm Beach has emporiums that offer the decorator, the tourist and the everyday shopper a variety of stylish choices.
Posted on July 21 2017
Posted on July 14 2017
The private place of a public face is often of the main attractions on a celebrity house tour, even if the celebrity has long since departed the world: Who wouldn’t want to visit Elvis Presley’s bedroom? What was the style of the boudoir of Marie Antoinette?
Whether occupied by a king, a queen, a movie star or even a politician, bedrooms pique our interest. And the curiosity isn’t limited to those with an eye for design. There’s also an odd invasion-of-privacy component of the desire to see where a celebrity sleeps.
Posted on July 07 2017
Is this the world of the faux? Or to use the word of the moment, the fake? Fake news may have captured the world's attention of late, but decorators have focused on the fake for centuries. Yes, we have fake flowers and fake diamonds and fake fur and fake grass carpets - and lots of other fake home decorations. There is fake wood flooring, fake marble, fake malachite. It never stops.
Posted on June 29 2017
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