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James Andrew – a maisonette for Scott McBee – photo by Larson Harley

As you all may have gathered if you’ve followed WIJW for a while, I am wild about working with the endlessly talented Larson Harley – he has the most exquisite eye and certainly has captured me and some of these fresh pre-decoration interiors in the most wonderful way! Later we’ll have Scott McBee’s decorated rooms ready to showcase in one of my favorite magazines. It’ll be an opportunity to share my design/decor work as well as to present artist McBee’s artwork amidst his own ravishing rooms!

Bedroom hall seen from living room with vintage Gracie silver tea paper on the walls – photo by Larson Harley

Living room in Scott McBee’s maisonette – photo by Larson Harley

Perhaps my appearance in so many photos here is a bit redundant, but I hope my presence will give you some sense of the grand scale of this marvelous maisonette. I can’t tell you how very thrilled we are to see the culmination of our combined efforts completed. It has been a rather laborious but gratifying process. With the help of our brilliant architect Ron Czajka and masterful builder New Moon Construction, we’ve created something we’re all quite proud of!

Bedroom in Scott McBee’s maisonette – photo by Larson Harley (seen in mirror!)

Entry vestibule as seen from living room – photo by larson Harley

At this point I will most likely only share a tease here and there of the decoration progress – saving the final reveal for serious print publication!

Do keep Larson Harley in mind for all your photographic needs – whether they be fashion, Interiors, gardens, architecture or whatever you have in mind!

For my photos in Scott McBee’s maisonette, I’m sporting a Tom Ford ocean blue wool/silk melange suite, brown and white check shirt, brown leather tasseled loafers, silk plaid tie in browns, ivory, and blue, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Hermes Cape Cod Deux Zones watch, brown and blue silk Charvet pocket square, Tom Ford Oud fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.


I am beyond thrilled to share with you the tremendous tome Veere Grenney: A Point of View: On Decorating.

Grenney invites us on the most marvelous journey – Grenney (who was born of English parents) takes us from his native New Zealand, and ultimately finds his way back to England.

from Veere Grenney: A Point of VIew: On Decorating

Written with keen insight and a good dose of wit, there are some chapter headings like “Everywhere was yellow : The eighties” and “Kinky Pink: The nineties” that perfectly sum up whole decades of aesthetics.

from Veere Grenney: A Point of VIew: On Decorating

The second part of this substantial book is an album of sorts, celebrating his design and decoration, along with some pithy words on his approach to spaces and how they should be used and decorated.

All of this provides endless inspiration – Grenney’s exquisite eye and sublime palette are all rather breathtakingly beautiful.

from Veere Grenney: A Point of VIew: On Decorating

from Veere Grenney: A Point of VIew: On Decorating

from Veere Grenney: A Point of VIew: On Decorating

The last portion of his book is devoted to Grenney’s beloved Tangier – a place that has touched him deeply and informed much of his professional and private life. “Tangier is the city that I have come to love the best, in all its conditions and all the year round.” His home, “Gazebo,” in Tangier is a divine distillation of all the things Grenney adores.

Having spent some time in Tangier myself, I certainly share Grenney’s sentiments. As he puts it so well, “Tangier is a city that gets in your soul: it’s strategically placed, it is unlike anywhere else, and it never ceases to amaze. It is hot and cold together, it can be kind and cruel, but it will never be conventional.”

I am thrilled to say my very own Scott McBee and I are returning to Tangier and we hope to get a glimpse of Grenney’s “Gazebo” in person.

In any case, it goes without saying that Veere Grenney: A Point of View: On Decorating is one of those books that everyone should have in their collection! Do pick up a copy.


James Andrew site visit.

I’m thrilled to say that the refurbishment of our very own Scott Mcbee’s maisonette is winding down. There are just a few final items on the list! We’re fine tuning painting; making some final touches to the kitchen and bath; hanging a few more light fixtures; and placing a lite antique mercury mirror in the entry vestibule!

Then we will be on to the decoration! We’ve actually already acquired most of what we need to furnish and decorate the rooms – it’s time to measure for curtains and to fill in the few remaining pieces to get us “magazine” ready.

The maisonette will serve as a brilliant backdrop for McBee’s artwork, acting as an artist’s salon of sorts, and it’ll be a perfect venue to entertain friends!

It’s also a tremendous opportunity for me to showcase all the things I like to do with design and decoration: stenciled floors, lacquered rooms, Gracie wallpapers, fabric walls, etc., etc., etc!

The maisonette design will be a marvelous mix of modern and antique pieces with a rather classical architectural underpinning – all with the most divine details. I love P. E. Guerin’s spectacular hardware: the “Monticello Octagonal Knob” (pictured below) compliments our Georges Geffroy inspired doors beautifully!

P. E. Guerin Doorknob – Scott McBee’s maisonette.

Stay tuned for more! We’ll share a couple more teases before having to shut down to secure proper print publication!

For one of my many site visits, I’m sporting a Tom Ford camel cashmere jacket, a very “Pucci-esq” cotton shirt, charcoal wool pants and black and saddle leather loafers, a Charvet black silk pocket square, Cartier Tank Divan watch, and my fragrance is Hermes Eau D”Hermes.