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February, 2014:

FLORIDA FLORALS

James Andrew studying Bennison Jungle.

James Andrew studying Bennison Jungle.

Of course I wouldn’t want the title of today’s post to imply that these fabulous floral prints are only for use in Florida; they’d certainly do just as well in any fine interior — from Lyford to Lisbon, Montecito to Manhattan! They’re perfect for creating a touch of the tropics anywhere they might be incorporated. It’s just that a great deal of my work these days happens to be taking me to Florida — in fact I’ve plied my craft there for years in places like Palm Beach, Jupiter, Vero Beach, Naples and Miami. It’s only natural that I should have florals on my mind.

For clients who are looking for something a bit more traditional or transitional, these luscious prints can be used to create the color palette for a whole room. For example, Bennison “Jungle” is something I used to great effect in the main drawing room at the Marsh Island Club in Vero Beach. I had the stucco walls washed in a lime paint the color of Fowler pink and mixed in fabrics of leaf green, aqua and pale teal.

James Andrew interior, Marsh Island Club in Vero Beach

James Andrew interior, Marsh Island Club in Vero Beach

Another favorite of mine is Mandalay, a tropical floral in shades of aqua, natural, pinks, and teals – just perfect for Florida. I used this for a client’s great room in Vero Beach with shell pink stucco walls and furnished the room with loads of rattan, a pair of enormous venetian chandeliers, a teal faux marble top dining table, and a set of Italian painted dining chairs upholstered in this marvelous Mandalay print. Sadly, I ‘m sorry to say I don’t have a good photo of that magnificent room.

The Mandalay pattern.

Mandalay

Currently I’m suggesting this wonderful Wikiki print in blue (see below) for a client’s living room at the Palm Beach Polo club—the room will be the most perfect play of blue on blue with copious amounts of white—the effect: crisp, impossibly chic, and fresher than fresh. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to share more of the details in a future post!

The Wikiki pattern

Wikiki

I’m captured here at the Bennison showroom admiring all the glorious colors in the their “Jungle” print. I’m sporting a Gucci hounds tooth wool tweed coat, Mackintosh Scotland brown corduroy vest , Tom Ford forest green mini check shirt with French cuffs and brown wool knit tie, Victorian Scottish agate cuff links, Rolex, Gucci python belt with a silver double horse head buckle, Uniqlo jeans, Tom Ford saddle leather loafers, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud.

TAKING TIME TO REGROUP AND REEVALUATE

James Andrew, Interior Designer

James Andrew, Interior Designer


As many of you know, I’m certainly not one to settle for little dreams or fantasies. But that is not to say I don’t think it’s a good idea to occasionally regroup and reevaluate. While knowing that delays don’t necessarily mean denials, it still makes good sense to have a close look at what might not be working, and to also see what strengths one might be underutilizing — networks one might not be using to their best advantage, etc., etc..

At its inception some years ago, WIJW was founded as a platform for me to promote my interior design business in a fun, interesting, and novel way…the idea of a New York City based interior designer traveling the world and sharing his musings on style and taste. To be sure, my travels provide inspiration for the interiors I am creating for clients, as do the many diverse artists that I meet and the many wonderful people and things I see along the way. Since its inception, we have evolved quite a bit, and in some instances, have strayed a bit from our original intent. My brilliant friend, interior designer/entrepreneur Howard Slatkin observed recently that perhaps I wasn’t sharing enough of my life as interior designer and might use this forum as well as Instagram and Facebook to better advantage by focusing more on my interior design work. The truth is, he may have a point; I’ve been approached by quite a few people who know WIJW but who weren’t aware of what I actually do for a living! It seems many consider me something more along the lines of a modern day dandy, a bon vivant, a self styled 70s flâneur, not so much the hard working interior designer that I actually am!

I do intend to take my friend’s advice to heart, and look forward to sharing a bit more interior design and decoration which is, after all, where I first cut my teeth as a young man in NYC, applying the talent I developed working with such greats as Ralph Lauren and Albert Hadley to my own commissioned projects both here and abroad. Of course as one striving to be a well-rounded aesthete, I’ll continue to share many forms of the arts as well as other fascinating topics in service to the ideals of elevated living we champion here on WIJW—but with a little shift of emphasis back to our primary vocation: that of fine decoration and design.

Stay tuned!

I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Country Jacket” in amethyst wool silk tri-color windowpane plaid (click to see another shot of this jacket) and white cotton French cuff shirt, black pearl cuff links, Hermes grey silk pocket square, Tom Ford era Gucci lavender silk tie, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with sterling buckle, Paul Smith grey wool pants, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford era Gucci black leather tasseled loafers, Tom Ford Bronzing gel for a bit of mid winter glow, and my fragrance is Creed Himalaya.

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DREAMING OF SPRING

James Andrew spring ensemble

A James Andrew Spring Ensemble

If you are anything like me, and you live on the East Coast, I’m sure you are quite over all of this ghastly weather and very much looking forward to spring! And while you are daydreaming of a bright new season (whether it’s just around the corner, or as I fear, weeks away), it’s still a wise idea to start to prepare one’s wardrobe for a sartorially splendid spring.

For me, spring conjures up images of lovely pastel Ladurée confections, and I’ve found that these lavenders and pinks add a wonderful freshness to spring fabrics as well. Which brings me to our friends at Le Noeud Papillion who have rather generously provided me with a jump start on spring with some beautiful bow ties and pocket squares in just such colors. I’m also wild about boutonnieres and our friends at Fort Belvedere gave me the super chic pink silk carnation I’m wearing (at top) to complete this lovely ensemble — icing on the cake, so to speak.

My Le Noeud Papillion pochette

My Le Noeud Papillion pochette

I’ve also included a detail image above of my Le Noeud Papillion silk pocket square with a drop-dead gorgeous Belle Époque inspired screen print (which ties in quite nicely I think with my Parisian tea salon theme!).

Dreaming of a delicious spring day, I’m also wearing a Tom Ford grey hemp, silk, and linen jacket, lavender and white striped shirt, a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing gel to dispel the worst of my awful winter pallor, and Creed Original Cologne—the most perfect compliment to any ensemble.

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