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March, 2009:

Farrow and Ball

Giving tired walls a fresh coat of fabulous paint is one of the quickest, most dramatic, and least expensive way to give a room new life!

One of my favorite paint companies is Farrow and Ball – a brand I discovered years ago while on a buying trip to the UK. Their rich and highly pigmented paints create elegant finishes with unrivaled depth of color – and with colors like Elephant’s Breath and Mouse’s Back complimented by fascinating historical references, Farrow and Ball’s catalog makes excellent fireside reading. My new office walls will be painted “Brinjal” a wonderful dark aubergine!

Standing in front of the amazing color selection at Farrow and Ball’s New York showroom I’m wearing an amazing leather jacket comprised of white and black perforated leather and saddle leather trim by Gucci, red feather weight cashmere turtleneck sweater also Gucci, black skinny jeans by Diesel, saddle leather tasseled loafers and a black leather tote both by Gucci, and Tom Ford sunglasses.

Black Sands

I received a call from some discerning new home owners who are looking for something similar to “Black Sands” from the Ralph Lauren Home collection. “Black Sands” beautifully integrates a tonal black and cream contemporary palette with an inviting organic sensibility, creating the perfect balance between sleek modernism and a luxurious livability. Having worked through Ralph Lauren for many years, it is no coincidence that I am quite at home with this collection.

Here I’m studying some of the details used in the “Black Sands” room at the Ralph Lauren flagship store on Madison @ 72nd Street to help create a truly tranquil retreat in Montauk for my new clients.

James Andrew at the Ralph Lauren Home Collection

James Andrew at Ralph Lauren

I am wearing a dusty pale blue suede biker jacket by Gucci, Turnbull and Asser red and white striped cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuff, Seaman Schepps silver pearl with pale blue sapphire cuff links, black and white wool hounds tooth pants by Gucci, silver chain link belt Gucci, black python “Playboy” loafers by Gucci as well as black leather tote, and Dior sunglasses.

The Exquisit Collection

Malmaison in NYC is a world class gallery comprised of the very finest antiques. Roger Prigent, the visionary behind Malmaison Antiques, has enjoyed two successful careers, first as a photographer whose work has graced the covers of Vogue and then as an antiques specialist. Roger has focused his sights on the furniture of Maison Jansen, and has acquired an extensive and exquisite assemblage of Jansen furniture. His penthouse apartment showroom on the upper East side with its lovely views and grand design is the most perfectly opulent setting for such a sublime collection.

In an homage to my fabulous friend and his beautiful world – the young and exceptionally talented photographer Angel Benavides captured me soaking in the splendor of Malmaison – more images from the shoot here.

James Andrew at Malmaison - Photographs by Angel Benavides

James Andrew at Malmaison - Photographs by Angel Benavides

I’m wearing an aubergine velvet jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford pale blue cotton Glenn plaid shirt, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, Turnbull and Asser chartreuse silk pocket square, gray flannel pant by Gucci, green python belt with silver double horse head buckle Gucci,
Yves Saint Laurent black leather “Windsor” shoes.