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THE NEW NEWEL

James Andrew at Newel - photograph by Matt Brown

James Andrew at Newel – photograph by Matt Brown

Newel has moved their showroom and gallery to 306 East 61st! After shopping for so many years at Newel’s massive East 53rd Street warehouse-like space, I was quite curious to see their new digs at 306 East 61st. Well, in a word, it’s splendid — the look of a beautiful modernist apartment and, as expected, it is filled with the most tremendous assortment of treasures. I was also thrilled to see there the carved wooden palm trees that were pictured on the cover of the Maison Jansen book! Imagine being able to recreate one’s own version of that iconic dining room — just beyond sublime! And with such a wide assortment at Newel one could certainly find all that would be needed to create a version of said dining room…as well as any other room one might want to produce!

With a well-cuarated selection of elegant objects representing every possible style – from magnificent modernist to la Turquerie – there is simply something for every interior. And their new location makes Newel quite handy to the D&D Building where most New York designers will find themselves on an almost daily basis, ensuring that Newel will continue to serve as an invaluable go-to resource for the discerning decorator.

I’ve included a selection of items from Newel that I was absolutely wild about and look forward to using in upcoming projects.

Middle Eastern Syrian Moorish table

Detail: Middle Eastern Syrian Moorish table

Italian terracotta figure of the Borghese Boar

Italian terracotta figure of the Borghese Boar

Belgian round coffee table resin with inset lapis

Detail: Belgian round coffee table resin with inset lapis

Faceted coffee table in blue glass with brass detailing

Faceted coffee table in blue glass with brass detailing

Coffee table with a black lacquered panel top

Coffee table with a black lacquered panel top

I’m photographed by Matt Brown at the new Newel location. I’m flanked by the grand Jansen carved wood palm trees and considering how I would best create a spectacular room with them. I’m sporting a Tom Ford cashmere/wool suit in an ivory, charcoal and claret check, white cotton shirt, claret silk knit tie and black silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex, Max Verre red leather tasseled loafers, Creed Acqua Originale Geranium and Vetiver fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to add a touch of sun.

A VERY HAPPY 2016 DARLINGS

James Andrew 2016 - at the Frick

James Andrew 2016 – at the Frick

I like to look at the new year as a new beginning — ripe with possibility and change, with all sorts of tremendous things ahead!

The saying, “let’s hope it’s a good one without any tears” never really sat well with me. I’d much rather take control of my future and simply say let’s make it a good one…and I don’t have issues with the tears. There is always a full spectrum of emotion in life! And of course there are tears of JOY to consider as well. Those are always a good thing!

I hope all of you are busy creating some big dreams and fantasies for 2016, and visualizing how you would like the year to unfold. I myself am already planning an outrageous year – with a multitude of things in process.

Upcoming plans include a dinner party for Scott McBee’s birthday on the 10th, then on the 15th McBee and I are celebrating 10 years of togetherness. A divine dinner at one of our favorites, Le Grenouille, will certainly provide an appropriate venue for this monumental occasion. Then we are off to Palm Beach the first week of February to catch up with friends and enjoy a bit of Palm Beach chic in the sun. A sublime start! Certainly there is much more to plan (I am thrilled to be working on several incredible interior design projects as well)!

There is something rather powerful about setting things into motion, making big plans “as if” they may actually happen and then “joying” ourselves into the manifestation of those desires. Having things to look forward to and getting excited about ideas creates strong attracting energy — a place where doors are opened and dreams do indeed come true!

A spectacular start to 2016 begins with a visit to one of my favorite little museums, our beloved Frick. I’m sporting for the first time (finally cold enough here in NYC to wear it) this rather terrific Tom Ford navy wool plaid top coat, Polo Ralph Lauren navy wool tweed pants, Belstaff dark navy quilted waistcoat,Tom Ford era Gucci grey cashmere turtle neck sweater and black leather tasseled loafers, Paul Stuart gray suede gloves, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford “Marco” sunglasses, Tom Ford Bronzing Gelfor a bit of sun kissed glow and my fragrance is Creed Royal Oud.

FAREWELL 2015

James Andrew - by Scott McBee

James Andrew – by Scott McBee

New Years and birthdays bring up many of the same feelings for me. They’re both milestones that give one pause to reflect on the past year, the passage of one’s life and indeed of the planet as a whole — one takes stock of the past year’s low points, non-starters, and the victories as well. In the process one shouldn’t get too caught up in what manifested and what didn’t. Perhaps it’s simply time to try a different approach. Courage is the name of the game. The fact is, we really hardly ever learn a thing when everything is roses! To the contrary, the wisest, strongest, and most successful people I know have had difficulties and failures in life and yet have developed ways to thrive despite (or because of!) them. Re-focus on what you want and get excited. Don’t be so afraid to stumble in 2016. Try something new. Whatever happens, you have a chance to realize how amazing you really are. Possibilities abound! We here at WIJW are eternally grateful for all the tremendous love and support, and wish you all the very best for the New Year!

This ravishing collage/painting portrait of me (above) as Sargeant’s Dr. Pozzi with added Borzois was one of my Xmas presents from the impossibly talented Scott McBee. I think it captures me and really my whole outlook and aesthetic approach quite well don’t you think?!