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SUMMER TRANSFORMATION

James Andrew at home with Quadrille's China Seas fabric.

James Andrew at home with Quadrille’s China Seas fabric.

I’m wild about the idea of summer slipcovers — changing one’s furniture covering (or simply adding a new table cloth), in a well-chosen fabric is always a quick and immediately gratifying way to freshen up any room. My little dining room/library here in town is pretty moody with its lacquered aubergine walls and silver holographic ceiling. As the temperatures have been rising, I wanted a room that felt brighter, lighter, crisper, and cooler. A bit of the exotic always helps as well. So I turned to my friends at Quadrille who are certainly at the top of my list of go-to resources for ultra chic fabrics and wall coverings. Quadrille’s China Seas collection provided the most perfect selection of fabrics to choose from, and Island Ikat in pale aqua on white did the trick — the pale aqua is a spot-on match to my living room wall color and ties the whole flat together quite nicely — with an overall effect that provides a dash of Lyford Cay-esque tropical splendor.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

There is a softness and luxury that fabrics can bring to a room, and my new table cloth is already providing a splendid backdrop for my summer repasts. I switched out my Dodie Thayer tureen with a vintage Este white melon tureen to lighten the look even further. This aqua and white cloth will look super chic with plates in turquoise, coral, blues and malachite — stay tuned for photos!

I’m dressed in a Tom Ford ivory linen sateen suit, dusty rose cotton mini plaid shirt, pink silk knit tie and ivory suede and leather cap toe shoes, Charvet pink silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps cuff links in coral and shell,vintage Gucci python belt with silver buckle, Creed Royal Mayfair fragrance and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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HERITAGE DAY ON THE NORTH FORK

James Andrew, the North Fork. Photo Scott McBee

James Andrew, the North Fork. Photo Scott McBee

Independence Day weekend on the North Fork is one of those genuine slices of Americana that mostly only ever exists in movies and books these days — and it is exactly this small-town yesteryear vibe one longs for after a week of hubbub and worries in the big-town of NYC.

Heritage Day parade,  Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

You’ll have to agree, these shots of the Heritage Day parade in Orient village are full-blown Norman Rockwell — the folks there have the most marvelous parade with bicycling children, vintage tractors, fire engines, and so-on — you get the picture — a full 20 minutes of Aunt Bee approved apple pie for the eyes that concludes with a heartfelt reading of the Declaration of Independence no less — plenty of hotdogs follow, and they are served on a great lawn to all present!

Heritage Day parade,  Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Later, we topped off the idyllic day with dinner served al fresco – glasses of rose raised to celebrate! I’m captured here (top photo) on a pre-dinner stroll — photo by our beloved Scott McBee. I’m wearing a Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit shawl collared cardigan, Michael Bastian white denim pants, Uniqlo white cotton polo shirt, Kiel James Patrick woven white cotton belt, vintage Rolex, Adidas Stan Smith white leather tennis shoes, Creed Acqua Originale Vetiver Geranium and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to provide bit of a sun kissed glow.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND ON THE NORTH FORK

James Andrew North Fork

James Andrew North Fork

As you may have gathered by now, we’re in love with the North Fork –– its quaint charm and refreshing un-Hampton vibe is the perfect escape from summer in the city. Needless to say during our last month’s weekend there, we promptly reserved Independence Day weekend for a lovely return visit.

NRP Sagres III

NRP Sagres III

Besides getting to spend quality time with some exquisite and gracious friends, we took part in quite a few enjoyable activities, including the local “Heritage Day” festivities along with a viewing of some grand tall ships in Greenport.

Elliot A. Brooks at the Oyster Ponds Historical Society

Elliot A. Brooks at the Oyster Ponds Historical Society

A visit to the Oyster Ponds Historical Society was also a delight — an exhibition there of 1940s seascape/marine oil paintings depicting scenes based in Orient and East Marion by the artist Elliot A. Brooks (1888– 1949) was an added treat. There’s a wonderfully life-affirming wholesomeness about these painterly oils that left us all feeling recharged and appreciating the long seafaring heritage of the area.

Hadleighs royal gingham tasseled slippers

Hadleighs royal gingham tasseled slippers

I’m not sure the locals fully appreciated my sartorial splendor — in fact I was bellowed at, one fellow indicating that I was over-dressed (we were on our way to our photo shoot), my response was simply to quote Oscar Wilde, “one can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Dressed for an Independence Day Weekend dinner party I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Bruce Cameron Clark bespoke shirt in a mini floral Liberty of London print with contrast white collar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage red, white and royal silk pocket square, Adriano Menneghetti navy and red belt, Tom Ford white cotton pants, Hadleigh’s royal and white cotton gingham tasseled slippers, Jo Malone 154 Cologne and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.

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