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February, 2019:

VEERE GRENNEY: A POINT OF VIEW: ON DECORATING


I am beyond thrilled to share with you the tremendous tome Veere Grenney: A Point of View: On Decorating.

Grenney invites us on the most marvelous journey – Grenney (who was born of English parents) takes us from his native New Zealand, and ultimately finds his way back to England.

from Veere Grenney: A Point of VIew: On Decorating

Written with keen insight and a good dose of wit, there are some chapter headings like “Everywhere was yellow : The eighties” and “Kinky Pink: The nineties” that perfectly sum up whole decades of aesthetics.

from Veere Grenney: A Point of VIew: On Decorating

The second part of this substantial book is an album of sorts, celebrating his design and decoration, along with some pithy words on his approach to spaces and how they should be used and decorated.

All of this provides endless inspiration – Grenney’s exquisite eye and sublime palette are all rather breathtakingly beautiful.

from Veere Grenney: A Point of VIew: On Decorating

from Veere Grenney: A Point of VIew: On Decorating

from Veere Grenney: A Point of VIew: On Decorating

The last portion of his book is devoted to Grenney’s beloved Tangier – a place that has touched him deeply and informed much of his professional and private life. “Tangier is the city that I have come to love the best, in all its conditions and all the year round.” His home, “Gazebo,” in Tangier is a divine distillation of all the things Grenney adores.

Having spent some time in Tangier myself, I certainly share Grenney’s sentiments. As he puts it so well, “Tangier is a city that gets in your soul: it’s strategically placed, it is unlike anywhere else, and it never ceases to amaze. It is hot and cold together, it can be kind and cruel, but it will never be conventional.”

I am thrilled to say my very own Scott McBee and I are returning to Tangier and we hope to get a glimpse of Grenney’s “Gazebo” in person.

In any case, it goes without saying that Veere Grenney: A Point of View: On Decorating is one of those books that everyone should have in their collection! Do pick up a copy.

SCOTT MCBEE’S MAISONETTE REFURBISHMENT

James Andrew site visit.

I’m thrilled to say that the refurbishment of our very own Scott Mcbee’s maisonette is winding down. There are just a few final items on the list! We’re fine tuning painting; making some final touches to the kitchen and bath; hanging a few more light fixtures; and placing a lite antique mercury mirror in the entry vestibule!

Then we will be on to the decoration! We’ve actually already acquired most of what we need to furnish and decorate the rooms – it’s time to measure for curtains and to fill in the few remaining pieces to get us “magazine” ready.

The maisonette will serve as a brilliant backdrop for McBee’s artwork, acting as an artist’s salon of sorts, and it’ll be a perfect venue to entertain friends!

It’s also a tremendous opportunity for me to showcase all the things I like to do with design and decoration: stenciled floors, lacquered rooms, Gracie wallpapers, fabric walls, etc., etc., etc!

The maisonette design will be a marvelous mix of modern and antique pieces with a rather classical architectural underpinning – all with the most divine details. I love P. E. Guerin’s spectacular hardware: the “Monticello Octagonal Knob” (pictured below) compliments our Georges Geffroy inspired doors beautifully!

P. E. Guerin Doorknob – Scott McBee’s maisonette.

Stay tuned for more! We’ll share a couple more teases before having to shut down to secure proper print publication!

For one of my many site visits, I’m sporting a Tom Ford camel cashmere jacket, a very “Pucci-esq” cotton shirt, charcoal wool pants and black and saddle leather loafers, a Charvet black silk pocket square, Cartier Tank Divan watch, and my fragrance is Hermes Eau D”Hermes.