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Rooms With A View 2011

James Andrew Design - Illustration by Scott McBee

James Andrew Design - Illustration by Scott McBee

I’m quite thrilled and honored to be a part of this year’s Rooms With A View Design Show.

Founded by my mentor, the legendary Albert Hadley, as a venue to support the Southport Congregational Church, it has become one of the most important social events of the season in Connecticut.

There you’ll find a series of vignettes, or mini room settings, designed by some of the most celebrated interior designers from the Northeast. This year’s theme is being called “The Next Generation,” with, as you might have guessed, a focus on rising stars. Of course there’ll be a special tribute to the iconic Albert Hadley, and in this spirit I’ve been taking great pleasure in designing my room with a nod to Hadley, the man who’s been called the “Dean of American Design.” Scott McBee’s able hand has imagined my vignette (above) I think quite perfectly.

I’m being most graciously sponsored by the superlative Scalamandre fabric house and I’ll be using all of their luxurious fabrics and trims in my vignette. I’ll also be featuring a spectacular selection of old and new pieces from some of my favorite dealers and artisans, including Frederick P. Victoria, H M Luther, Topher Carnes, Tucker Robbins, Yale R Burge, French Accents, and the brilliant work of our very own Scott McBee to name a few.

Do mark your calenders! The opening gala preview party is Thursday November 3rd , 2011 6 PM, and the show will be open to the public Friday November 4th 2011 to Sunday November 6th.

I hope to see many of you there!

Eco Chic

Tucker Robbins has managed to create the perfect combination of being “Green” and Chic. Working with various tribal craftsmen from around the globe and using traditional methods of manufacture, all of the contemporary furnishings he creates are made from reclaimed or recycled materials. My dear friend and mentor Albert Hadley recognized Robbins’ talent early on and it was at Hadley’s urging that Robbins originally moved from Connecticut to set up shop in Manhattan. Needless to say, Hadley has used Robbins’ work in many of his interior projects and has done a great deal to promote it to the NYC decorating community. I’m passionate as well about Robbins’ beautiful eco-conscious pieces and use them whenever I have the right project.

Here at Tucker Robbins’ Manhattan showroom seated on the “Albert” bench I am wearing a white leather jacket with black saddle trim by Gucci, (my apologies if anyone has tired of seeing me wear this piece but the window of opportunity to wear it is so small I have to enjoy it as often as I can), plum feather weight cashmere turtle neck sweater also by Gucci, black skinny jeans by Diesel, Louis Vuitton document folder and Gucci “playboy” loafers in black python.