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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!


  1. Dean Farris says:


    How exciting! Would love to fly up and see the show. I remember doing similar things for the Lenox Hill House, and Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. Do you think that dear Albert will attend? I’m sure he will! Please say hello for me, thanks and great job to Scott on the esquisse.

    (PS: will be in NYC in early June, hoping to see you.)

  2. James Andrew says:

    Dear Dean,

    Yes isn’t this sublime!

    SO excited to be a part of this and honor Albert Hadley.

    Do keep me posted about your travel details.



  3. Dean Farris says:


    NYC two days, then to Bermuda, ten days, my first time to the pink sands island!


  4. Dean Farris says:


    Diana Vreeland told me in a dream last night to tell you to burn a Creed candle in your room setting…. FYI (from i-heaven.com) đŸ™‚

  5. Dear James,

    Southport, Albert and this event are part of my roots.

    I am honored that my work is among the select few within your vignettes!

    Looking forward to being their with my family.



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