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September, 2013:


James Andrew - autumn attire

James Andrew – autumn attire

It is rather hard to accept that autumn is upon us, with several days now of glorious seventy degree weather…. Of course I, (being a certified heliophile), am clinging to every last vestige of summer …really hating to let it go! But that is not to say that I don’t find ways to enjoy these inevitable East Coast climatic shifts and the changes of wardrobe that must come with them. It probably won’t surprise you that I start to think about the new sartorial season well in advance—I look for articles that might be missing, and I also consider how I might adapt some of my existing wardrobe collections to create fresh new looks. It’s quite a bit like cooking—combining go-to cupboard items with a few particularly seasonal ingredients to make something new and delicious!

Antique agate Scottish Victorian cuff links

Antique agate Scottish Victorian cuff links

For instance, take cuff links. I realized I had a bit of a void in this department. I really needed a few less formal yet still elegant sets to sport with tweeds, tartans and plaids. Happily this pair of Scottish Victorian agate cuff links turned out to be just the thing—a particularly smashing way to compliment typically Scottish-style fabrics. I had seen an almost identical pair some years ago and always regretted not having purchased them, so when I spotted this pair through a dealer in the UK, I snapped them up promptly.

Here I’m giving you a quick sneak peak of how I might wear them in the not too distant future…Tom Ford charcoal tweed jacket, teal cotton plaid shirt, and teal cotton corduroy pants, and of course these handsome cuff links pop the whole look up quite well, don’t you think?!

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James Andrew Interior Design

James Andrew Interior Design – click to enlarge

Many may think that I live the life of a fabulous flaneur, and while perhaps this is not a complete misconception, the truth is I’m actually quite busy as interior designer and decorator.

Most of my clients are particularly quiet and private people, and therefor it is rare that I have the opportunity to share and document what I have done—I am glad to say, however, that once in a while I’ll have a client that will allow such documents to be made and shared.

Take for instance the work I completed recently for a young family in the posh bedroom community of Mountclair, New Jersey. Located on a street lined with gorgeous properties, this was the family in question’s first house (a 1920’s Tudor style affair), and therefor they were in need of everything and more importantly, they were quite excited to explore the decorating/design process. As should be pretty evident in the photographs taken by my friend Matt Dean here, the couple share a passion for color and bold art which I helped them weave into a glamorous/organic/modernist sort of vibe.

I quickly (almost psychically) developed a look for them that perhaps they never knew they wanted. Scott McBee created some ravishing renderings of my proposed living room and dining room, and happily my clients were sold on all of these ideas.

For the living room, our palette included blues, reds and lavender, keeping the George Smith sofas neutral. Bennison’s “Banyon” pattern became the basis for this palette and we mixed in a modernist geometric patterned David Hicks fabric from Lee Jofa — the furnishings are a Jean Michel Frank meets exoticism sort of mix.

Living room

Living room – click to enlarge

My clients were crazy for Quadrille fabrics, so every room sports several of these fab fabrics. The master bedroom has a Moroccan rug from French Accents, a Tucker Robbins custum cubist chest of drawers , a vintage Parzinger mirror, Porthault “Le Tigre” bed linens, and the wall color is Farrow and Ball’s “Blue Ground.”

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom – click to enlarge

In the dining room, Fromental’s “lotus and carp” create the most sublime backdrop for uber glam dinner parties — a custom designed slab dining table with gilt bronze base from Hudson Furniture. Pagano studios created this glorious mica, glass, and alabaster chandelier. The dining chairs are upholstered in Albert Hadley’s beloved pale blue leather.

Dining room rendering

Dining room rendering – click to enlarge

Dining Room

Dining Room – click to enlarge

We had nearly finished decorating when my clients informed me that they had purchased a new home in Florida and were selling their marvelous home in Mountclair. The house sold in less than two days and I’d like to think my interior work had something to do with it! In any case I’m thrilled to give you a bit of a glimpse of what we accopmlished, and I look forward to sharing much more in the future.

I am photographed in the octagonal music room — chocolate brown cashmere covered walls with a nail head detail, a pair of chairs we ourselves designed with an ottoman made of Kuba cloth and made by A. Schneller and Sons. Underfoot is a pinched zebra carpet with purple leather trim from Patterson Flynn and Martin. I’m sporting a Tom Ford brown plaid suit in silk, linen, and cashmere, purple and white striped cotton shirt with contrast white collar and French Cuffs, a brown and purple silk polka dot pocket square, brown leather tasseled loafers, antique shell and coral cuff links, my vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.

All photos by Matt Dean.

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From Marie Antoinette’s Garden: An Eighteenth-Century Horticultural Album


“So you like flowers?” Louis XVI said to his young queen. “Well, I have a bouquet for you-the Petit Trianon.”

If you are anything like me, just the mere mention of the Petit Trianon will have piqued your interest. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to recommend this tremendous new tome by historian and perfume specialist Elisabeth de Feydeau (she’s a professor at the Versailles School of Perfumers and cultural adviser to France’s great perfume houses). It’s a comprehensive and fully immersive treatment on Antoinette’s passion for gardening, flowers, plants, and trees—a virtual stroll through what could be considered the most fascinating gardens of the 18th century, including eighty-three of the most exquisite botanical illustrations by the botanist and court painter, Pierre Joseph Redoute. Let’s just say this is an exceedingly enjoyable read, and the perfect couch-side book that’ll have you thoroughly transported to Antoinette’s most dreamy and idyllic worlds.

Pierre Joseph Redoute

Painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute

Secure your copy from Amazon here – From Marie Antoinette’s Garden: An Eighteenth-Century Horticultural Album.

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