James Andrew at Metro Curates
As an interior designer, I’m always searching for versatile, elegant, unusual and one-of-a-kind pieces that take an interior to the level of the sublime — and with so many cookie cutter designers out there these days, it is especially important to me that my objects, and thus my interiors, stand out as truly exceptional.
300 year old pancho Metro Curates
Thankfully there is the Metro Curates fair — it’s one of those not-to-be missed events showcasing unique folk, contemporary and ethnographic offerings from all over the world (I often liken the uptown Winter Antiques Show to a Broadway show, whereas the Metro Show is a bit more off Broadway — always guaranteed to feature the unique and unexpected!). I’m sharing a few highlights from this year’s show which sadly ends today, but I strongly encourage everyone to attend the next one!
Stephanie Wilde painting at Angela Usrey, Metro Curates
Folk art bust, Metro Curates
I’m sporting (top) a Tom Ford era Gucci black cashmere top coat over a Paul Stuart teal cashmere sweater coat, a Gucci vintage Russian print silk shirt, purple foulard silk scarf, Tom Ford era Gucci purple cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo jeans, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with silver buckle, Tom Ford era Yves Saint Laurent aubergine suede “Eton” boots, vintage Rolex, tom Ford Marco sunglasses, my fragrance is Creed Himalaya, and I’m using a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.
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
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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Enjoying the weekend lounging poolside is a a summertime must, but the trick to taking a pre-lunch dip AND somehow not showing up at the luncheon table a sopping mess, is having proper swimwear. Enter Strong Boalt’s latest collection — you may know Amanda Strong Boalt as the granddaughter of the legendary Lily Pulitzer, well, I’m happy to say that the grand legacy of color and pattern continues. The new Strong Boalt “Hybrid” shorts in a quick drying microfiber will have you looking and feeling absolutely put together all day long, since these dry in minutes and look as smart on land as they do at sea. They come in the most delicious colors: from sea foam, to gold, to coral, and turquoise blue Atlantic. So very sublime. One of each please! In addition, the line has been expanded to include a range of shirts that all mix quite well with their shorts and swimwear. I especially like the “Alexander” long sleeve cotton polo shirts in micro stripes, and I wear them under blazers with shorts or white jeans quite often.
Hop on over to the the Strong Blog for some gorgeous images of how all these beauties can be combined to create the Strong Boalt Palm Beach sensibility.
Lounging poolside at the Vanderbilt’s, I’m sporting Stong Boalt’s sea foam Hybrid shorts with an “Alexander” Strong Boalt long sleeve navy and white cotton polo shirt, Ralph Lauren royal suede espadrilles, Tom Ford “Dimitry” sunglasses, and a vintage Rolex. My fragrance is Tom Ford “Neroli Portofino.”
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