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I recently received two new tremendous tomes: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau and A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. These intimate and exquisite volumes offer the most incredible insight into two of the most iconic French châteaux. With lavish photos, engaging tidbits and supporting historical records, they are all that we’ve come to expect from Flammarion.

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

As many of you know, Fontainebleau was one of the few royal residences left in tact after the French Revolution, and it and many of the choice pieces of the original art the palace still houses are all beautifully rendered in this extraordinary little volume. Just 37 miles outside of Paris, and enchanting beyond belief, it’s well worth a pilgrimage to see. Hop in your Citroën (or take a quick train from Gare de Lyon) and go.

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

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ALSO FROM FLAMMARION

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A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte by Jean-Charles de Vogue and Ascanio de Vogue (who are 5th generation ancestors of the estate). Vaux Le Vicomte certainly inspired the design of many palaces – most notably Versailles. With its spectacular Le Notre designed formal gardens, Le Vau architecture, and Le Brun interiors, it is the quintessential French chateau. Its gloriously superb proportions and pristine grounds will have you instantly transported to the 17th/18th c. – especially if you happen to take a stroll along the grand allée on a drizzly day when there are few other visitors to break the spell! In any case this Flammarion publication is sure to evoke all of this and more for you — the book is your own private tour and grants wonderfully exclusive access. Just be prepare to be enthralled by the secrets, power struggles and jealousies of court life captured within its pages!

From: A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

From: A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

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From: A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

From: A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

From: A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

Needless to say, your copies of A Day at Château de Fontainebleau, and A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, make a perfect pair, and will perhaps wet your appetite for a visit (and certainly serve as an outstanding memento upon your return as well!).

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ENDLESS SUMMER

James Andrew

James Andrew

Labor Day inevitably ushers in mass dismay; the general consensus is that summer is over! (though it is still weeks before its official demise) —— meanwhile, temperatures continue to be well over ninety degrees! What is all the rush about? I for one am quite happy to extend summer as long as the weather lasts. My beloved Scott McBee feels the same way, and so we’ve booked a trip to Lyford this coming week for some extended summer fun, sun, and sea. In the meantime, at home, I continue to stocks cases of rosé and I’m still serving up the best of Alex Hitz’s summer recipes.

I do enjoy autumn, and certainly look forward to a change in wardrobe, but we here at WIJW are not quite ready to give up on our colors, silks, and linens!

For our picture today, I’m sporting a Tom Ford ink and ivory silk glen plaid jacket, royal and white dot print shirt and a royal retro print pocket square, Uniqlo white jeans, KJP woven white cotton belt, vintage Rolex, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, royal blue suede espadrilles by Ralph Lauren, my fragrance Tom Ford, Costa Azzura.

JAMES ANDREW DECORATION CONSULTING

James Andrew

James Andrew


As many of you may know, I’m no flâneur (though I don’t mind a spot of constitutional lounging about once in a while!). The fact is, I make my living as an interior designer.

The interior design business certainly has changed quite a bit since I began decades ago — one needs to adjust and re-group and update constantly — and that includes giving my neglected website, jamesandrewinteriordesign, a bit of a face lift (it’s under construction as I write this. It’ll have a bold new format and will include many new images of my work, so do stay tuned!). Of course I’ll continue to utilize WIJW, Instagram, and Facebook to show you and my prospective clients all the marvelous design possibilities I’m exploring.

Lately, I find that I’m doing a lot of interior consulting. There are quite a few people out there who want to use an interior designer but perhaps either can’t afford a full time one, or they would rather do things on their own but still want the benefit of some professional input. When I consult, a few hours are usually enough to create a basic working floor plan and to establish what the important pieces should be – this includes color schemes and more. It’s a great way to get one’s interior decoration off to a spectacular start. Of course I’m there for follow up consultations if a client needs a bit more input. In any case, a simple consultation is a nice way to do things without a major commitment. If you think YOU might be interested, feel free to Email Me and I can give you details.

Our picture tonight looks to me a bit like a Farrow & Ball paint color chart — with shades of London Stone, Smoked Trout, Dead Salmon and Calamine! I’m sporting a Tom Ford ivory linen sateen jacket (part of a suit) with “Dead Salmon” silk pants, brown suede tasseled loafers, silk pocket square in shades of stone and brown, and a brown leather belt with rose gold buckle, Gucci pale pink silk butterfly print shirt, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel provides a bit of sun kissed glow, and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s-ravishing Paestum Rose.

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