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MCBEE’S MAGNIFICENT MAISONETTE BEGINS

James Andrew at the Antique and Artisans Center, Stamford

James Andrew at the Antique and Artisans Center, Stamford (click to enlarge)

I’m thrilled to announce that the refurbishment of Scott McBee’s Maisonette is finally underway!

We have almost all the plans for our initial go-round and are just fine tuning the architectural details.

With grand 12 foot ceilings, we’re lengthening the door to create more suitable proportions. New moldings and doors will be given classical detailing – everything executed in traditional high style.

The entry vestibule design will be inspired by the elevator vestibule at the Getty’s former 820 Fifth Avenue apartment which was decorated and designed by Parish-Hadley – our plan is a paneled and mirrored affair, creating that wow factor upon entering the space.

The living room walls will be lacquered a dark creosote brown, and the room will contain a mix of modern and antique pieces – in fact we’ve already purchased a Dupré Lafon style tub chair for the space!

The master bedroom will be a bit of an homage to Lee Radziwill’s London drawing room created by Renzo Mongiardino – that is, decorated a la Turquerie.

McBee’s art studio will have walls covered in cerulean blue billiard cloth – a most perfect setting for McBee’s extensive model ship collection which will be displayed on wall-mounted perspex shelving. We will be using an English brass rod and chain hanging system throughout so that the artworks on display can be rotated with ease. In total, his maisonette will be a brilliant backdrop, acting as a salon of sorts where guests will gather together for drinks and dinner, and can enjoy McBee’s visual genius.

It is all very exciting and we look forward to sharing some of the process along the way!

Photographed at the Antique and Artisans Center in Stamford – I am sporting a Tom Ford “Country Jacket” in a gray, brown and ivory tweed, a white cotton shirt, grey wool flannel pants, brown and ivory silk pocket square, brown leather tasseled loafers, Victorian Scottish banded agate cuff links, vintage Rolex and my fragrance Tom Ford Oud.

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE OF THE CAFÉ SOCIETY: SCRAPBOOKS BY THE BARON DE CABROL

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I’ve been obsessed with the Baron de Cabrol’s work since as a boy I first laid eyes on his wonderfully whimsical collages featuring the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at the Château de la Croë. So it will come as no surprise when I say that I was absolutely thrilled to receive a copy of Thierry Coudert’s tremendous tome, Beautiful People of the Cafe Society: Scrapbooks by the Baron de Cabrol.

Very much a part of café society, the Baron de Cabrol’s position afforded him (and his wife) intimate knowledge of a spectacularly privileged realm. Here, through de Cabrol’s dazzling work – rendered in watercolor, collage, and photomontage – you’ll rub shoulders with many of my favorite style icons: Alexis de Rede, Cecil Beaton, Lady Diana Cooper, the Windsors, Mona Bismark, Carlos de Beistigui and many many more – beautiful people in beautiful clothes, and all set in the most fabulous places!

Work by the Baron de Cabrol

Work by the Baron de Cabrol

Work by the Baron de Cabrol

Work by the Baron de Cabrol

Work by the Baron de Cabrol

Work by the Baron de Cabrol

Work by the Baron de Cabrol

Work by the Baron de Cabrol

Overflowing with the Baron de Cabrol’s observations, recollections, and art, Thierry Coudert’s incandescent tome offers us a truly unique glimpse into an utterly captivating and rarified world that will provide endless inspiration and joy to all of my fellow creatives, aesthetes, bon vivants, and flâneurs! Do secure your copy directly! Beautiful People of the Cafe Society: Scrapbooks by the Baron de Cabrol.

To celebrate this marvelous book, our very own Scott Houston McBee pays homage to the Baron de Cabrol in the delicious collage below. I am to-the-moon with gratitude for this lovely gift! Enjoy.

Homage to the Baron de Cabrol's work – James Andrew and artist Scott McBee - work by Scott Mcbee

Homage to the Baron de Cabrol – James Andrew and artist Scott McBee – work by Scott Mcbee

WIJW BEGINNINGS

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

Hard to believe, but I’ve been sharing my musings on style and taste here for nearly a decade!

It was a rather casual affair back in the summer of 2008, visiting my favorite shops and galleries, and documenting holidays throughout the world – generally our very own Scott Mcbee would snap the the pics or really anyone who was available. Clearly the quality of many of these images was not exactly the best, but there was something immediate and interesting about them, and many found the WIJW concept interesting. Certainly much of the interest the site garnered had to do with the way I put myself out there in such an unusual way. Initial posts were just a few lines and a photo of me on location – a day in the life of a New York based interior designer.

When during that first year I caught the attention of several global mainstream publications – Elle Decor UK, and the London Telegraph for instance – I realized it was time to up my game! I began writing more involved posts and started working with up and coming photographers. They taught me a lot about what constituted a good photograph. Lars Stephan was one of the first photographers I started working with – he’d bark commands at me: “suck in your gut, chin down, stand up straight…!” Having survived all that, I started to realize some of the fantastic creative potential for the images we were making, and I actually began to enjoy the whole process. Since then, I’ve had so many more super chic collaborations.

I hope you enjoy this little stroll down memory lane. We’ll be sharing a bit more of the evolution of WIJW in upcoming posts!

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings