James Andrew (and Emma) at Wynkoop
After our fabulous visit to DIA:Beacon we were off to Wynkoop House – I’ve been eagerly anticipating seeing my friends’ house for some years, and boy was it worth the wait. Wynkoop is a stately 18th century stone manor house filled with period treasures and is incredibly well preserved, with practically all of the original paint intact. Apparently the last owner was born there and lived in the house until she died – she was sadly lacking in resources, but as it turned out, her somewhat limited state of affairs kept the place virtually unchanged for nearly 90 years.
My friends are incredibly stylish and they just get everything right. The property is perfection, from the incredible interiors to the glorious gardens (where we had the most elegant garden tea, made all the more so by the very elegant greyhound, Emma). Wynkoop is a glimpse into the 18th century without sacrificing any of the modern conveniences one could possibly want. There are also some good dining out options nearby, and I was treated to a rather delicious dinner at Cucina Restaurant in Woodstock. They serve innovative Italian cuisine in a really stunning setting, including a porch for al fresco dining. Nothing could be better than to enjoy a few lush and languid days surrounded by friends, nature, and beauty – all this being said, it won’t surprise you when I say that I’m already planning a return to Wynkoop in the autumn!
Incidentally, Wynkoop House is available for photo shoots, weddings, parties, or simply as a private escape destination.
Photographed in one of the Wynkoop gardens with Emma (top), I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, Gucci retro floral print cotton voile shirt, silk and hemp shorts by Our Legacy, Adriano Meneghetti “Military” belt in olive braided waxed cotton and leather with silver buckle, Tom Ford brown leather sandals, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.
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James Andrew at DIA:Beacon
James Andrew at DIA:Beacon (detail)
Summer always finds me anxious to get out of town for a bit of rejuvinative green and nature. Thankfully I’ve been blessed with quite a few weekend invites to some of the most lovely places this summer. This weekend was no exeption as it brought a gorgeous getaway invitation to my super chic friend’s Hudson Valley country home, Wynkoop (more about this in our next post).
En route to Wynkoop House we decided to rendezvous at the Carl Andre Exhibition at DIA:Beacon —- it’s just a quick scenic train ride from the city that affords some glorious views of the Hudson River along the way. If you don’t know, DIA:Beacon is housed in a former Nabisco box printing factory with 300,000 square feet of the most perfect exhibition space illuminated by a spectacular 34,000 square feet of skylight—a perfect space to enjoy the equally spectacular installation of grand scale Serra sculptures there.
Serra at DIA:Beacon
The beauty of the place extends beyond the confines of the building into Robert Irwin’s gardens, where I stopped for a photo amidst ravishing rows of hornbeam hedge. For our art expedition, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci white linen jacket, Michael Bastian for Gant chartreuse cotton safari shirt, chartreuse silk pocket square from Charvet Paris, Tom Ford era Gucci olive python belt with silver double horse head buckle, white cotton shorts by Mario Matteo,Tom Ford woven olive suede espadrilles, a vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.
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When decorating for my clients or for myself, I always put a great deal of emphasis on bed and table linens – well chosen linens help to create a unified vision of luxury and elegance.
One of my favorite people in the world of couture linens is the impossibly chic Jane Scott Hodges, founder of Leontine Linens. Hodges has been studying and collecting the best of the best in the world of fine linens for the past two decades and has been one of the major forces in reviving the art of couture linens for everyday use.
You won’t find ME serving a cocktail without a lovely cloth napkin, and it goes without saying that my own sheets are properly ironed. It’s a touch of luxury that says I care! Now, if you are as crazy as I am about linens, bedding, and napkins, you simply must run out and purchase Linens: For Every Room and Occasion by Jane Scott Hodges. It’s a glorious Rizzoli volume filled with endless inspirpiration — it’ll show you how, for instance, to utilize couture lines in new and exciting ways, combining, say, D. Porthault with custom embroidered and appliquéd pieces from Leontine and things from John Robshaw (which incidentally is how I make my own bed!).
Photo from Linens
I love vintage appliquéd cocktail napkins and custom designed monograms as well. For my table setting, a hand blocked Indian cotton table cloth mixed with custom embroidered napkins, for instance, creates the most marvelous mix. You get the idea. My point is, it’s important to have a variety of pieces to create different looks and moods – whether mixing the humble with something more formal or having something absolutely elevated to create the most elegant table setting.
From Hodges’ Linens
You’ll find all of this in Hodges’ Linens – it’s rich with advice from Hodges as well as decorators and other style gurus, all copiously illustrated with the most gorgeous photos. Do pick your copy of Linens: For Every Room and Occasion on Amazon.
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