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WIJW, Picasso, and the MET

James Andrew at the MET

Smart cocktails in the glorious Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court had us all nicely primed to enjoy The Metropolitan Museum gala opening of Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art – a brilliant exhibition highlighting the museum’s vast collection of Picassos. By becoming a member of The Metropolitan Museum you too can enjoy exclusive previews like this one. Hope to see you there! And why not finish your MET evening off like we did with a gorgeous meal at our favorite Park Avenue Spring.

Feeling very Thomas Crown, I’m sporting a black wool flannel peaked lapel jacket, wool mini hounds tooth pants, silver chain link belt all by Gucci, Tom Ford shirt in pink and white cotton Glenn plaid with French cuffs, multi colored pinks silk pocket square and black and saddle leather loafers, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

Bohemian Opulence

James Andrew Interior Design

We do bring you a lot of posts regarding furniture, art, and accessories, however sometimes it’s hard to imagine how all of this will come together in an actual interior – and so, after several requests to show more of my interior work, I bring you a sampling of what I like to call “Bohemian Opulence” – a rich mix of international arts and crafts integrated with important French and English antiques.

Featured here is a glimpse into the drawing room of a super chic couple’s townhouse. While residing in London my clients accumulated a rather spectacular array of fine antiques, and so when they acquired a 1890’s town house here in NYC, we opted to use this collection as the inspiration for the decoration. We developed a story for the interior based on a turn of the century world tour scenario, filling their home as was the style of the day, with an eclectic array of objects that would have been collected while on this fanciful gallivant around the globe. I made sense of the pieces, creating the perfect backdrops, furniture arrangements, and placement of these treasured items, filling in the missing parts where needed. The result is a striking modern day “Age of Innocence” kind of splendor with a few twists like the use of contemporary paintings to offset a massive fragment from an ancient Tibetan temple.

In any case, per request, we’ll be sure to bring you more from my portfolio (which includes a great range of styles) in the coming days!

Photo by Lars Stephan.

Nature’s Cathedral

James Andrew at the Conservatory Garden.

A walk through an alley of beautiful trees is one of those ageless and enduring pleasures that we here at WIJW simply can’t refuse. I’m pictured above taking just such a stroll through one of two glorious alleys flanking the central Italian section of my aforementioned “secret garden” – ie. the Conservatory Garden.

These fragrant cathedrals to nature are a sure cure to any city slump, and during this time of year in particular it’s quite impossible not to be inspired and awed by the Spring crab tree bloom.

Sadly a peak display like this is all too easily missed, as it lasts for just a few days – so please turn off your cell phone, excuse yourself from those pressures and obligations, and simply take yourself to the Conservatory Garden THIS WEEK – don’t worry, the world will continue to spin without you! Side-effects may include: uplifted spirit, increased sense of well being, and a sudden urge to smile.

Blissing out in a perfect moment, I’m wearing an olive suede safari jacket, royal blue cotton pants, python belt with silver buckle, khaki safari shirt, brown leather “Chelsea” boots and a brown leather and suede satchel all by Gucci. KVA sunglasses by Oliver Peoples and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat. (The color combination of my look today was inspired by Reed Krakoff’s Fall 2010 Collection – I was crazy about his pairing of cobalt and loden).