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KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE 2016 – HIGHLIGHTS

Room by David Kleinberg.

Room by David Kleinberg.

I had the great pleasure of previewing this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House and it is simply sensational, and filled with the most ravishing rooms.

In fact, it is virtually impossible to pick a favorite – everyone did such a terrific job – but if I were really pressed to choose, there were two standouts: that of a fellow Parish Hadley alumnus, David Kleinberg, and a spectacular room by my friend Alex Papachristidis.

Kleinberg created a lux library sitting room with a marvelous modernist mantel realized in sand blasted pine and gold leaf as the focal point – a work of art to be sure, and he’s chosen the most gorgeous antique pieces for the room, creating a super chic and sophisticated lair to luxuriate in.

Room by Alex Papachristidis.

Room by Alex Papachristidis.

Alex Papachristidis pulled out all the stops in his most sublime dining/sitting room, recreating the Chinese paper Elsie de Wolfe used for Conde Nast’s ballroom (he had Gracie blow up the scale and used a grisaille palette with touches of plum). The room is an other-worldly confection – ethereal lux with accents of silver and gold throughout. There is so much in that room that I am coveting, especially Christopher Spitzmiller’s large scale gold gourd. Papachristidis truly has the eye of a curator and knows how to arrange things for maximum fabulosity!

Of course this little post is just a tease – you must see it in person – by this we mean: #rundontwalk!

Soaking up the sublime beauty of it all, I’m sporting a Tom Ford brown plaid suit in linen, silk and cashmere, dusty rose mini check cotton shirt with French cuffs, checked silk tie in blush ivory and brown, silk pocket square in beige, ivory and cocoa, saddle leather loafers, Seaman Schepps cuff links in shell with coral beads, vintage Rolex. My fragrance is Creed Royal Mayfair and I’ve applied a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

PALM BEACH FANTASY

James Andrew - Four Arts Botanical Gardens

James Andrew – Four Arts Botanical Gardens

Though we are now back in the city, a part of us is still at the sublime Colony Palm Beach – we’re still thinking of the tropical splendor, marvelous surrounds, sun, fun, and fine dining with friends – really the perfection of it all. It goes without saying that we can’t wait to return.

Maurice Fatio's "Villa Today," Palm Beach

Maurice Fatio’s “Villa Today,” Palm Beach

All of this has us conjuring up fabulous fantasies of having a little retreat in Palm Beach of our own – ideally something like Maurice Fatio’s Villa Today – a sublime art deco-influenced mini mansion on the lake. I am also fond of Clarence Mack’s Neo-Regency confections and would be perfectly happy in one! Why not dream big!?

Architect Clarence Mack, Palm Beach

Architect Clarence Mack, Palm Beach

While in Palm Beach, we paid a visit to the Four Arts Botanical Gardens which was established in 1938 to showcase the kinds of tropical plants suitable for South Florida gardens – just gorgeous. I’m photographed getting ideas for our very own tropical garden! I’m sporting a glorious embroidered Pucci kaftan-style shirt, Tom Ford lavender silk herringbone pants, Hadliegh’s cobalt gingham slippers, Le Noeud Papillon purple and blue silk ascot, Tom Ford “Marco” sun glasses, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and Creed Windsor fragrance.

THE COLONY PALM BEACH

James Andrew - Palm Beach

James Andrew – Palm Beach

In desperate need of a tropical getaway, Scott McBee and I took rooms at the Colony Palm Beach, and I have to tell you it is the most perfect slice of heaven — just what we needed!

The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach has been the destination of choice since the 1940s. Even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor spent a season there in the early 60s. It’s a Neo-Caribbean British-Colonial style confection, and has recently undergone some ravishing refurbishment. Dorothy Draper’s Carleton Varney was the mastermind behind the re-imagining, bringing a fresh sense of Palm Beach chic to it with an exuberant mix of tropical patterns and a riot of color.

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach


I’m particularly fond of the sublime shade of shell pink (Wolcott Salmon from Fine Paints of Europe to be exact) that coats its exterior. Needless to say, the place is Palm Beach glamour through and through.

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach

One couldn’t ask for a better location either, with the beach, Worth Avenue, and a bevy of superb restaurants just a quick jaunt from the hotel – a car is simply not needed to explore most of what Palm Beach has to offer. The hotel has the feel of a super chic club and everyone is super friendly — we met an endless stream of friends, both old and new, every time we walked through the lobby.

Stay tuned for more…

Basking in the beauty of the Colony Palm Beach (top) I’m sporting a Tom Ford ink and ivory glen plaid silk jacket, lavender and white striped cotton shirt, silk and linen floral pants and a royal and white silk pocket square, Ralph Lauren royal blue leather driving loafers, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links , Creed Windsor fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow.

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