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SUMMER TRANSFORMATION

James Andrew at home with Quadrille's China Seas fabric.

James Andrew at home with Quadrille’s China Seas fabric.

I’m wild about the idea of summer slipcovers — changing one’s furniture covering (or simply adding a new table cloth), in a well-chosen fabric is always a quick and immediately gratifying way to freshen up any room. My little dining room/library here in town is pretty moody with its lacquered aubergine walls and silver holographic ceiling. As the temperatures have been rising, I wanted a room that felt brighter, lighter, crisper, and cooler. A bit of the exotic always helps as well. So I turned to my friends at Quadrille who are certainly at the top of my list of go-to resources for ultra chic fabrics and wall coverings. Quadrille’s China Seas collection provided the most perfect selection of fabrics to choose from, and Island Ikat in pale aqua on white did the trick — the pale aqua is a spot-on match to my living room wall color and ties the whole flat together quite nicely — with an overall effect that provides a dash of Lyford Cay-esque tropical splendor.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

There is a softness and luxury that fabrics can bring to a room, and my new table cloth is already providing a splendid backdrop for my summer repasts. I switched out my Dodie Thayer tureen with a vintage Este white melon tureen to lighten the look even further. This aqua and white cloth will look super chic with plates in turquoise, coral, blues and malachite — stay tuned for photos!

I’m dressed in a Tom Ford ivory linen sateen suit, dusty rose cotton mini plaid shirt, pink silk knit tie and ivory suede and leather cap toe shoes, Charvet pink silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps cuff links in coral and shell,vintage Gucci python belt with silver buckle, Creed Royal Mayfair fragrance and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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Quadrille


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As an interior designer a great deal of my time is spent shopping for the most spectacular fabric schemes.

One of my favorite go-to resources is the super chic Quadrille showroom here in New York City. Quadrille is known for their fabrics and wall coverings with an updated modern point of view. They’re aware of what is happening in the worlds of fashion and design, and yet they are still strongly rooted in the classics, with a truly extensive collection of patterns and prints—some based on historical documents that have been re-imagined in scale and color. The look is bold and colorful, sporty and super sophisticated—perfect for creating a casual chic and relaxed kind of vibe. I approach decoration as a couturier might—always striving to create something bespoke for my clients—needless to say, Quadrille makes that much easier for me. What’s more, they can even custom color fabrics and wall coverings with only a small minimum yardage requirement.

Quadrille was created by Jay Crawfrod, Anthony Tortora, and Harry Hinson in 1968. Crawford had formerly designed fabrics for Billy Baldwin and Woodson wallpapers. Pattern and color was at the forefront then—Inger Elliot opened China Seas at about the same time. Elliot basically rediscovered the batik industry in Indonesia and led the revival of the craft, bringing resort-like prints to her shop on Madison Avenue and then into the D&D building. Alan Campbell also had a contemporary line of colorful batiks with a modernist slant…all of these brands are now in the Quadrille mix. Their uniquely American point of view has attracted international taste makers for decades…illuminati of fabulousness like the Baroness Marie-Helene De Rothschild, C Z Guest, Babe Paley, David Hicks, Parish-Hadley Inc, and the list goes on.

Do check out Quadrille’s rather fabulous website here.

For a day of decorating, I’m sporting a Tom Ford camel and silk jacket with suede elbow patches, purple wool knit tie, brown and white mini hounds tooth shirt with French cuffs, purple and cream Glenn plaid silk pocket square and saddle leather loafers, Gucci wool and cotton check pants in browns and purples, python belt with silver double horse head buckle, antique moon stone cuff links, vintage Rolex watch, and my fragrance is Creed Vintage Tabarome.