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KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE 2016 – HIGHLIGHTS

Room by David Kleinberg.

Room by David Kleinberg.

I had the great pleasure of previewing this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House and it is simply sensational, and filled with the most ravishing rooms.

In fact, it is virtually impossible to pick a favorite – everyone did such a terrific job – but if I were really pressed to choose, there were two standouts: that of a fellow Parish Hadley alumnus, David Kleinberg, and a spectacular room by my friend Alex Papachristidis.

Kleinberg created a lux library sitting room with a marvelous modernist mantel realized in sand blasted pine and gold leaf as the focal point – a work of art to be sure, and he’s chosen the most gorgeous antique pieces for the room, creating a super chic and sophisticated lair to luxuriate in.

Room by Alex Papachristidis.

Room by Alex Papachristidis.

Alex Papachristidis pulled out all the stops in his most sublime dining/sitting room, recreating the Chinese paper Elsie de Wolfe used for Conde Nast’s ballroom (he had Gracie blow up the scale and used a grisaille palette with touches of plum). The room is an other-worldly confection – ethereal lux with accents of silver and gold throughout. There is so much in that room that I am coveting, especially Christopher Spitzmiller’s large scale gold gourd. Papachristidis truly has the eye of a curator and knows how to arrange things for maximum fabulosity!

Of course this little post is just a tease – you must see it in person – by this we mean: #rundontwalk!

Soaking up the sublime beauty of it all, I’m sporting a Tom Ford brown plaid suit in linen, silk and cashmere, dusty rose mini check cotton shirt with French cuffs, checked silk tie in blush ivory and brown, silk pocket square in beige, ivory and cocoa, saddle leather loafers, Seaman Schepps cuff links in shell with coral beads, vintage Rolex. My fragrance is Creed Royal Mayfair and I’ve applied a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

PALM BEACH FANTASY

James Andrew - Four Arts Botanical Gardens

James Andrew – Four Arts Botanical Gardens

Though we are now back in the city, a part of us is still at the sublime Colony Palm Beach – we’re still thinking of the tropical splendor, marvelous surrounds, sun, fun, and fine dining with friends – really the perfection of it all. It goes without saying that we can’t wait to return.

Maurice Fatio's "Villa Today," Palm Beach

Maurice Fatio’s “Villa Today,” Palm Beach

All of this has us conjuring up fabulous fantasies of having a little retreat in Palm Beach of our own – ideally something like Maurice Fatio’s Villa Today – a sublime art deco-influenced mini mansion on the lake. I am also fond of Clarence Mack’s Neo-Regency confections and would be perfectly happy in one! Why not dream big!?

Architect Clarence Mack, Palm Beach

Architect Clarence Mack, Palm Beach

While in Palm Beach, we paid a visit to the Four Arts Botanical Gardens which was established in 1938 to showcase the kinds of tropical plants suitable for South Florida gardens – just gorgeous. I’m photographed getting ideas for our very own tropical garden! I’m sporting a glorious embroidered Pucci kaftan-style shirt, Tom Ford lavender silk herringbone pants, Hadliegh’s cobalt gingham slippers, Le Noeud Papillon purple and blue silk ascot, Tom Ford “Marco” sun glasses, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and Creed Windsor fragrance.

PALM BEACH VIA THE COLONY HOTEL

James Andrew - the Colony Palm Beach.

James Andrew – the Colony Palm Beach.

The Colony Palm Beach is the next best thing to having a home in Palm Beach! From the well situated Colony it’s an easy thing to indulge in all that Palm Beach has to offer. Of course, with the Colony’s delicious culinary offerings, Polo Bar, and nightly Royal Room cabaret, it’s really more than tempting to simply stay put!

Breakfast served poolside is such a treat, and when you’re there, do try the “low country shrimp and grits” and/or the the shrimp and avocado omelette — it’s all so very Duchess of Windsor. We spent pretty much every day lounging and lunching with friends — only leaving the Colony’s confines to soak in some sun in the afternoon at the nearby beach before returning for cocktail hour and the evening’s festivities. We were lucky enough to be there for the infamous Thursday “Boys Night” which is as you may have surmised, an opportunity for local and visiting guys and their pals to congregate — we ourselves celebrated the night under the stars with bottles of rosé, though inexplicably most remained indoors. If you are anything like me, when you’re in the tropics, you want to be, well…in the tropics!

I’m photographed (top) poolside at the Colony dressed for dinner and “Boys Night” in a Tom Ford palest blue silk dinner jacket (worn casual), Tom Ford white cotton twill pants, white cotton shirt, and ivory suede loafers, Mark Pomerantz blue and white floral silk pocket square, Le Noeud Papillion purple and pale blue glen plaid silk ascot worn as scarf, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Paul Stuart blue and white ribbon belt, Creed Windsor fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to enhance my tan.