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The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis

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I’m just beyond thrilled and honored to share my dear friend Alex Papachristidis’ brilliant new book, The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis. Written by Dan Shaw with gorgeous photographs by Tria Giovan, and a forward by Mario Buatta, it’s a rich celebration of Papachristidis’ stellar career and marks the 25th year of his firm.

Interior by Alex Papachristidis

Interior by Alex Papachristidis

Known for “wall to wall luxury,” his interiors are imbued with an updated elegance and sophistication. With strong influences from the likes of Renzo Mongiardino and Sister Parish, Papachristidis takes decoration to its highest and most elevated level. It should come as no surprise that his eclectic mix of fabulous antiques, modern art, and chinoiserie resonates so strongly with me. I’m particularly wild about his signature stenciled floors as well. And his approach as courtier to his clients strikes a deep and sympathetic chord with us here at WIJW – creating that all inclusive picture for a client is certainly the very best way to create truly unique and immersive interiors.

A must have book for those of you who are interested in interior design or simply for the dreamer in you – we’re sure you’ll all be dazzled and inspired by the sumptious images and decorating insight this book offers. Purchase your copy on Amazon here: The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis.

At the Alex Papachristidis' Offices

At the Alex Papachristidis’ Offices

I’m pictured here, stopping by the rather fabulous offices of Alex Papachristidis to get my very own copy signed. For the occasion, I’m sporting a Tom Ford pink silk “Spencer” jacket; black linen sateen pants and black and white striped cotton shirt; Pucci pocket square in pinks, blues, and black; pearl and sapphire cuff links; Rolex watch, and Tom Ford era Gucci black leather tasseled loafers. My fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

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Linen and Louboutin

James Andrew  - Linen and Louboutin

James Andrew – Linen and Louboutin – photo by Drew Villani

There is something so fresh and cool about a linen ensemble – both figuratively and literally – and that can be a big plus in the summer heat! I’ve found myself quite inspired by an image I have of the Duke of Windsor wearing espadrilles and his characteristic riot of pattern and color for a stroll in the South of France. In my ongoing efforts to maintain some degree of sartorial splendor – even on more casual days – I’ve acquired a lovely pair of Louboutin sandal/espadrilles, which lend a dressed down/dressed up kind of casual chic to any of my warm weather ensembles.

For my linen and Louboutin look I’m wearing a Tom Ford era white linen jacket and turquoise, purple, black and white linen plaid shirt, Tom Ford black linen sateen pants, vintage Pucci pocket square, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with sterling buckle, Louboutin sandal/espadrilles, Tom Ford “Marco” sunglasses, vintage Rolex watch, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

Guy Stanley Philoche

Guy Stanley Philoche and James Andrew

Guy Stanley Philoche and James Andrew with Philoche painting at rear.

We’re quickly interrupting our Italian adventures to share with you the brilliant work of New York based artist Guy Stanley Philoche.

As you may know, I’m always on the prowl for art for my clients, and so it was with great pleasure that I was recently introduced to Guy Stanley Philoche and invited to visit him at his studio.

Philoche tells us his latest series, entitled “Game” (opening this weekend), derives its inspiration from fond childhood memories of the board games his family would play on Sunday nights after dinner. His work provokes an immediate emotional response, bringing us back to perhaps a simpler time of sharing with family and friends. The sense of nostalgia is heightened by Philoche’s distressed palette and lovingly rendered details like dents, cracks, and even teeth marks!

Guy Stanley Philoche, Domino, 48x60, Oil on Canvas

Guy Stanley Philoche, Domino, 48x60, Oil on Canvas

Born in Haiti, Philoche moved to Connecticut with his family in the 1980′s. A visit to MOMA as a child provided him with the motivation to become an artist, says Philoche. Overwhelmed by what he saw there as a young boy, he reached out to touch the paintings-and of course a museum guard promptly stopped him. But he was already on his way toward becoming the celebrated artist he is today, first honing his skills at Paier College and then moving on to Yale for graduate school. Needless to say, he now has a vast array of collectors-from George Clooney and Uma Thurman to major corporations and investment firms, (I hope to place some pieces with my clients as well).

Do make a point to see Philoche’s “Game” at the Art Hampton International Fine Art Fair which opens July 12 in Bridge Hampton.

With the captivating Guy Stanley Philoche in his New York Studio, I’m wearing a lilac rose silk wool linen melange twill, Tom Ford Snowdon suit, mini dusty rose plaid cotton shirt with French cuffs, pink silk knit tie and brown leather tasseled loafers, vintage moon stone cuff links, Pucci silk pocket square, vintage Rolex watch, my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.