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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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.
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!).
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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James Andrew and Matthew Niewenhous
When WIJW was in its infancy, I was incredibly moved by the tremendous support that I received from fellow bloggers — so I am always thrilled when I can promote a site that I think has a unique voice. When WIJW shared a visit to the event, “Mansions in May” at Blairsden (read here), Matthew J. Niewenhous, — who had done a treatment on Blairsden himself — nicely reached out to me to have a look at his site, The Gilded Butler. Needless to say, I became an instant fan. We eventually arranged a meet, and over a few martinis we decided to make this collaborative post!
Old Westbury Gardens
Niewenhous combines stunning photographs — mostly in black and white, which adds to the glow of nostalgia — with considerable research. He skillfully renders his finds into an engaging historical and personal account, giving one an exceptionally well rounded glimpse into both the past and the present. No one knew more about the inner workings of a house and its family than its butler—and we think Niewenhous, with his similarly penetrating insight, has created the most perfectly fitting rubric for his blog.
Old Westbury Gardens
I’m sharing here a few of my favorite aspects of Old Westbury Gardens as well as a pretty striking portrait of the dashing Niewenhous and yours truly – but do stop in over at The Gilded Butler – I am sure you will be as enthralled as I am.
Old Westbury Gardens
For an afternoon at Old Westbury Gardens my ensemble is inspired by the brilliant Italian film ” La Grande Bellezza” and the sartorial splendor of its lead character, Jep Gambardella. I’m sporting a Tom Ford red cotton jacket, white cotton shirt with French cuffs, white cotton twill pant and white suede cap toe lace up shoes, Charvet white silk pocket square, JKP woven white cotton belt, vintage straw hat, moon stone cuff links, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance Creed Windsor.* * *