James Andrew interior design
WIJW was originally conceived of as a promotional tool for my interior design business. Certainly I was inspired by Kelly Wearstler’s delicious Domicilium Decoratus (a book that, among other things, contains numerous pics of the lovely Wearstler wearing fine couture in her Beverly Hills home). When I first beheld her book I thought that it was the most blatant act of self promotion I’d ever seen and, well…I LOVED it! I knew I wanted to do something similar to celebrate my own work as an interior designer and somehow combine that with my interest in personal style. Of course, I’m excited by quite a few other topics and I think we’ve managed to successfully combine many of these loves into what we do here at WIJW — in fact, it’s an easy thing since so many roads lead back to interior design and fashion, whether it be, art, books, travel, food, health, what have you! We here at WIJW also like to incorporate the idea of living a more elevated life — we’re much more than fine design, we’re interested in how to live well in the midst of the finer things — the total picture, as we like to say.
This has all brought about some pretty superb opportunities to showcase many of my actual projects and hopefully to convey my comfort with different design idioms. Pictured above, for instance, is an example of an interior I made for a client’s 1890s town house in New York City — we’ve created an opulent bohemian feel with a touch of international arts and crafts aesthetic. As you can see there is lots of chintz and oriental textiles, mixed in with marvelous pieces from around the world — a modern day grand tour if you will.
Do peruse the James Andrew Interior Design site. If you like what you see, keep me in mind should you or friends need some help taking your vision to the next level!
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Coral Ostrich by Scott McBee
As you all might know, Scott McBee’s animal portraits have been a smashing success and are now a major attraction at the Island Store
located a stone’s throw from the Lyford Cay Club. With quite a few requests for larger scale work, McBee has just finished this glorious coral ostrich on a turquoise background. He tells us the color combination was inspired by classic warm weather jewelry, revived and made rather desirable recently by fashionable ladies traveling to places like Capri, Lyford, and Palm Beach — we particularly like Kenneth Jay Lane’s
ultra chic designs (a nice example pictured here).
Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry
McBee’s paintings don’t ever remain long on the wall so do take a chance to snap one of his bold and unbelievably fresh paintings quickly. If you have another color combination or size in mind, McBee takes commissions — just imagine a pink rhino on aubergine or an amethyst sea turtle on celadon green — how marvelous.
Stopping by McBee’s studio to view his Coral Ostrich before he and his recent works head off to the Bahamas, I’m sporting a Gucci hand knit brown wool sweater, Tom Ford era Gucci ivory cashmere turtleneck sweater, Tom Ford brown and cream plaid silk pants and saddle leather loafers, vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Tom Ford London.* * *
James Andrew, Winter 2015
The polar vortex has once again decended upon us here in the city, and I’m pretty grateful that I’ve spent the time to make my home a nice refuge — the place is appointed only with things that uplift: fine china, crystal, linens, (and my friend Alex Hitz’s My Beverly Hills Kitchen cookbook and House Beautiful column for cuisine ideas)! I have down pillows and couches for me and my friends to lounge on, massive well-stocked book shelves (and an equally well-stocked bar, of course) and all of the amenities to fare the worst of the season in elevated style. Every surface is tailored to provide visual and tactile comfort. It’s part of my full sensory approach, and as a professional designer it goes without saying that I’m always considering how best to provide that same level of livability for my clients, giving them a cozy, elevated retreat from whatever might be happening outside.
Braving the winter, I’m captured here next to the beautifully frozen fountain at Bryant Park. I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black cashmere top coat, Tom Ford charcoal tweed jacket with brown suede elbow patches, Tom Ford brown cotton corduroy pants, amber cashgora sweater and brown leather tasseled loafers, brown cashmere turtleneck from Uniqlo, Dark brown peccary gloves by Fort Belvedere, vintage wool challis paisley scarf, Gucci sunglasses, Gucci suede bag, and my fragrance is Creed’s Vintage Tabarome.
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