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April, 2014:

MANHATTAN MARRAKESH: EXOTIC ELEGANCE

James Andrew Design

James Andrew Design – Mosaic House

A quick update: we’re deep into the development phase for Scott McBee’s maisonette interior, and currently sorting out the details for his bath area!

As you may recall, I found quite a lot of inspiration on our fairly recent trip to Marrakesh—and I was particularly taken with Jacques Garcia’s exquisite re-invention of La Mamounia. Bahia Palace was also high on my list. With that marvelous mix of marble and Moroccan tiles in mind, we’ve set out to create a touch of Morocco in Manhattan! We’re incorporating pale blue Moroccan tiles with carrera marble—perhaps with a Moroccan plaster work frieze below the crown molding—and the ceiling potentially stenciled in a large scale Moroccan fretwork pattern. All very subtle, but definitely adding a bit of exotic elegance to the overall effect.

Some of our Marrakesh inspiration:

James Andrew, La Mamounia, Marrakesh

James Andrew, La Mamounia, Marrakesh

James Andrew, La Mamounia, Marrakesh

James Andrew, La Mamounia, Marrakesh

Bahia Palace, Marrakesh

Bahia Palace, Marrakesh

One of my very favorite sources for Moroccan tiles here in NYC is Mosaic House – I dragged McBee in recently to have a look at some terrific samples, and we’re now well on our way to selecting just the right materials. For our outing, I’m sporting a Tom Ford camel cashmere/silk blazer ,silk plaid pants, a brown and white mini hounds tooth check shirt, brown leather belt, brown leather tasseled loafers, brown and ivory silk glen plaid pocket square and “Cyrille” sunglasses, shell and coral cufflinks, Rolex, and my Hildestahl “Valfrid” tote. My fragrance is Tom Ford “London.”

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REAWAKENING

James Andrew - Central Park, NYC

James Andrew – Central Park, NYC

I just adore Spring, especially after a long, hideous Winter here in the city. As much as I enjoy the four seasons, I think you’ll all agree that this year’s so-called polar vortex made things particularly unpleasant.

Spring has sprung, though, and with that a joyful sense of re-awakening and rebirth is in the air. Just as life begins anew, we too can begin afresh. The opportunity to grow and evolve is always there for us just as in nature…seed to bud to flower and back again.

Enlightenment is a process—we have to continue to grow and learn, despite the ruts and seemingly insurmountable setbacks—one must persevere! For me, a stroll through New York’s Central Park is a rather glorious way to re-group and celebrate all the possibilities we can create. It’s the perfect way to let go of the winter doldrums and forge ahead with big plans and dreams for a super-fab future!

Looking a bit like a Gucci clad leather-daddy, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci dusty pale blue suede biker jacket, purple feather weight cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo jeans, Dior sunglasses, vintage Rolex, YSL “Eton” aubergine suede boots, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud Fleur.

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ONE MAN’S FOLLY: THE EXCEPTIONAL HOUSES OF FURLOW GATEWOOD

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It has been a dream of mine—and I’m sure I’m not alone in this fantasy—to build a house from the ground up with my favorite architectural elements, and bring to it all of the inspiration I’ve found in my travels.

The new Rizzolli book, One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood, is a glorious compendium of just this very thing—a glimpse into the private and enchanted world of Furlow Gatewood as manifest in four houses—along with gardens and out building—he built on his family’s property in bucolic Americus, Georgia.

I first met Gatewood many years ago. I’d walked my beloved whippet Rupert to the ravishing Rosselli boutique. The lovely southern gentleman, Gatewood, shared a mutual appreciation for sighthounds, (as you can see above). Well, you might imagine the ruckus all the pups would create running about!

Of course, hounds are not the only subject of mutual interest! My admiration for the man extends to his whole aesthetic. I’m wild about Gatewood’s sense of scale, his gutsy furniture, his nearly ceiling high doors and windows – all of these elements join to create the most magnificent impression of excitement and glamor.

From One Man's Folly

From One Man’s Folly

With his encyclopedic knowledge of antiques, architecture and decoration, the self taught Gatewood creates the most splendid confections, sometimes starting with just one incredible window or doorway he had discovered. Needless to say, there are so many lessons to be learned here. Richly illustrated with photographs by Rodney Collins and Paul Costello, One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood is a must-have for designers and dreamers alike! Do pick up your copy on Amazon here: One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood

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