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DIA:BEACON AND A WEEKEND AT WYNKOOP

James Andrew at DIA:Beacon

James Andrew at DIA:Beacon


James Andrew at DIA:Beacon (detail)

James Andrew at DIA:Beacon (detail)


Summer always finds me anxious to get out of town for a bit of rejuvinative green and nature. Thankfully I’ve been blessed with quite a few weekend invites to some of the most lovely places this summer. This weekend was no exeption as it brought a gorgeous getaway invitation to my super chic friend’s Hudson Valley country home, Wynkoop (more about this in our next post).

En route to Wynkoop House we decided to rendezvous at the Carl Andre Exhibition at DIA:Beacon —- it’s just a quick scenic train ride from the city that affords some glorious views of the Hudson River along the way. If you don’t know, DIA:Beacon is housed in a former Nabisco box printing factory with 300,000 square feet of the most perfect exhibition space illuminated by a spectacular 34,000 square feet of skylight—a perfect space to enjoy the equally spectacular installation of grand scale Serra sculptures there.

Serra at DIA:Beacon

Serra at DIA:Beacon

The beauty of the place extends beyond the confines of the building into Robert Irwin’s gardens, where I stopped for a photo amidst ravishing rows of hornbeam hedge. For our art expedition, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci white linen jacket, Michael Bastian for Gant chartreuse cotton safari shirt, chartreuse silk pocket square from Charvet Paris, Tom Ford era Gucci olive python belt with silver double horse head buckle, white cotton shorts by Mario Matteo,Tom Ford woven olive suede espadrilles, a vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.

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A TRANSITIONAL TREILLAGE

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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A WEEKEND WITH THE VANDERBILTS

James Andrew - Eagle's Nest

James Andrew – Eagle’s Nest


As I mentioned a few posts ago, my career as a professional house guest has reached all time heights with fabulous invitations from a multitude of super chic friends. There are occasional gaps in this fairly steady stream of invitations, though, so we decided to do the next best thing this weekend: I present here a fantasy weekend invitation as guests at the Eagle’s Nest, William K Vanderbilt II’s grand Long Island mansion. Scott McBee was keen to discover the collection of yacht models that were on exhibit — Vanderbilt was a legendary sailor and yachtsman, and had a boat house and wharf built here to accommodate his ever growing passion — and I of course jumped at the opportunity to get a glimpse of this palatial Spanish revival Mediterranean-style house.

Eagle's Nest

Eagle’s Nest

Twenty five years in the making, Vanderbilt’s home began as a modest bachelor’s retreat located just beyond the legendary concentration of Gold Coast estates that were closer to NYC. Vanderbilt appointed Warren and Wetmore, famed designers of Grand Central Station, to create his Eagle’s Nest — nothing but the best W.V.! Needless to say, it’s a magnificent estate and well worth a visit. I always find these classic homes so rich with inspiration — and of course I take note of the details in hopes of one day utilizing them to create something rather sublime for my clients (or myself!).

Eagle's Nest

Eagle’s Nest

McBee captured me on a stroll around the property studying every detail and dreaming about a weekend stay — (freshly shaven) I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit shawl collared sweater, Gucci pink and claret cashmere rugby shirt, Tom Ford cobalt cotton pants, JKP woven white cotton belt, Ralph Lauren madras plaid espadrilles, Tom Ford “Dimitry” sunglasses, and my fragrance is Tom Ford “Neroli Portofino.”

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