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James Andrew pictured in an interior by Carendi MacMurray

James Andrew pictured in an interior by Carendi MacMurray

Recently I was thrilled to attend the press preview of the second annual Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse where the fifth floor exhibition space is transformed into a rather elegant home. Here, thirteen select designers bring their considerable talents to bear on individual spaces while highlighting the broad range of objects and collecting categories available at Sotheby’s. Needless to say, it is really fascinating to see how each designer approaches their space. The show has produced quite a few different points of view (and should appeal to a correspondingly wide variety of prospective clients)!

For me a highlight at the showhouse is a creation by my friend and fellow interior designer, Janine Carendi MacMurray of Area Interior Design — She had the savvy to select the chicest and most engaging space — an octagonal entrance gallery. “Area” amazingly transformed their space in only three days, installing paneling and incorporating additional millwork to create an architecturally classical room that brilliantly juxtaposes a mix of modernist and antique pieces to create something that seems very much in touch with how people want to live today. BRAVO!

Sotheby’s brilliant concept presents a different way of looking at collecting and has oriented their upcoming auction to both the “seasoned collector and to those new to the auction world” presenting a plethora of ideas on how one might live with their many marvelous finds.

The Sotheby’s Showhouse exhibition is open until April 2015 followed by the dedicated auction on the 20th of April 2015 – certainly a not to be missed event!

Janine Carendi MacMurray’s ravishing room provides the most perfect backdrop for today’s post. I’m sporting a Tom Ford ink and black wool check jacket and pale blue silk knit tie, bespoke Turnbull and Asser shirt in forest micro check cotton with contrast white collar, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Charvet dark green and white retro print silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Paul Smith grey wool pant, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle, Tom Ford era Gucci midnight leather loafers, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

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  1. Dean says:


    Between you and the foyer, I can’t decide which I like better!


  2. Beth says:


    A few years you posted a packing video using a rolling rack, it changed my life. Could you re-post it please. Love your blog.


  3. James Andrew says:

    Hello Beth,


    SO happy to hear our video was so helpful!

    I will indeed do more of these!

    Here is the link to the video:


    Many Thanks,


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