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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.


I don’t know about you, but this time of year has me longing for the tropics, and not just any tropics either. I’m thinking about the impossibly chic bastion of elegance, old world manners, and charm that is Lyford Cay.

I was introduced to Lyford Cay through my splendid friend John Fondas and through him I met the most marvelous people – like the exquisite Amanda Lindroth, who welcomed us into her home with warmth, grace, and a good dose of tropical glamour. These people just get everything right!

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to share with you Amanda’s most terrific tome, Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design.

From Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design

From Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design

Lindroth can certainly be considered the duchess of Island decoration and design, and her tome suitably celebrates her work, conveying a relaxed, carefree, and independent spirit.

Her book reads more like a fascinating narrative than typical books on design – more autobiographical in a way, sharing what has informed her aesthetic throughout her life.

From Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design

From Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design

From Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design

With the most sublime photos by Tria Giovan and illustrations by the endlessly talented Aldous Bertram, this glorious book will transport you to the tropics and be your guide to effortless tropical splendour.

You can pick up your dreamy copy here – Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design – and you’ll undoubtably be inspired to bring a bit of the islands to your home! Thankfully you can find just the right resource at amandalindroth.com offering Lindroth’s ravishing product range!