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James Andrew - Katherine Hepburn Garden

James Andrew – Katherine Hepburn Garden

I totally have a thing for treillage – I just cannot get enough of it! Emerging in the 12th century as a mostly utilitarian latticework for gardners to support climbing vines, it wasn’t until the 17th century when Louis XIV hired Le Notre to design the gardens at Versailles that the art of treillage really reached outrageous heights. For a good read on the subject see here.

Katherine Hepburn Garden

Katherine Hepburn Garden

Whether I’m designing an interior treillage (in the round or as a classic print) to give the feeling of a garden pavilion, or I’m in the garden creating fantasies and follies, I am of course beyond elated whenever I can employ treillage. In fact, I currently have clients with a fabulous outdoor space that has sadly been a bit neglected, and I’ve been looking to design an element for them that can be enjoyed from both interior and exterior perspectives. The environment is a bit modern, so the design has to be somewhat minimal – a transitional work that can bridge both classic and modern aesthetics. While pondering this, a serendipitous walk home through the Katherine Hepburn Garden (located in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza) has provided me with just the inspiration I need. It’s a marvelous stretch that pays homage to Hepburn for her work with the Turtle Bay Association (which she had been active in since 50s), and it is replete with a fabulous series of follies and a splendid demilune colonnade. I think it has just the right balance of old and new for my client’s aesthetic!

Taking time to study this tremendous use of treillage, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black linen denim jacket, Michael Kors off white cotton knit top with crocheted placket, Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply black paisley print linen canvas shorts, KJP woven white cotton belt, Tom Ford black and white silk pocket square and “Marco” sunglasses, vintage Rolex, Louboutin black leather sandal espadrilles, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow, and my fragrance is a mix of Tom Ford Wood Oud and Oud Fleur.

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9 Comments

  1. Miz Kizzle says:

    If you’re into treillage, do you also like espallier?

  2. Dean says:

    Beautiful James!

  3. James Andrew says:

    Thank You Deam,

    As you know I am just wild about treillage!!!

    Cannot get enough!

    Cheers

    JA

  4. Oh Darling one!

    How unsurprising we are on the exact same page at the exact same moment!!

    I am doing the most exquisite Italian villa (revival) built in the 30’s in Hancock Park in Los Angeles for the most darling people…….(they lived in Montecito; and I did their house here!!)

    They have some “way too wide doorways”; and we are employing treillage (husband’s idea…..I suggested )!

    and the best source in the “states” is right here in southern California (I don’t capitalize the southern on purpose)! “Accents of France”!

    (I think they may have done Miles Redd’s terrace in NYC!!!)

    I think we will copy Furlow Gates’s “sort of Gothic treillage” in my favorite ever book…….”A Gentleman’s Folly”!

    If you saw me with my magnifying glass studying this book! every single page…..magnifying glass!

    Lordy!!

    Treillage is so divine! when I was 13; as I told you, I read….”a House in Good Taste” by Elsie de Wolfe…and she did the Colony Club (I think her first job); her treillage room was a triumph!

    Lordy! Just as chic today as 1912 (orwhateveritwas!!!)

    Bravo James!

    ps where is the Katherine Hepburn Garden??? In NYC???

    XXOO

    Your blog is the BEST!!!

  5. La Contessa says:

    You look STUNNING there in your outfit that works so beautifully with the TREILLAGE.
    I hope your clients “GET IT!”
    GORGEOUS………GORGEOUS……….GORGEOUS!

  6. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Penny,

    I just cant wait to see what you come up with and with such over the top fab inspiration what could be better- I so look forward to your sharing of all of this – as I know your great mission is all about illumination!

    Much Love

    JA

  7. James Andrew says:

    Hello La Contessa,

    I sure hope my clients get it as well – how chic would that be?

    Much Love

    JA

  8. Soren Romer says:

    James! You should so grow your beard back! Loving the shorts, btw.
    Best from Denmark
    /Soren

  9. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Soren Romer,

    Would you prefer to make out with me with beard ?

    Love shorts with blazers!

    When are you in NYC?

    Love and Light

    JA

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