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Sunday Lunch

Sunday Lunch at the home of James Andrew.

My apartment here in New York City was photographed for the super chic New York Social Diary this past week. What an honor to be featured amongst the glitterati of New York City! I can’t wait to share with you the details of our story when it goes live this month.

The NYSD photo shoot certainly provided me with some added incentive to bring my home to the pristine state it had for its appearance some time ago in Elle Decor (US) and then later for the cover of Elle Decor, Russia. There is nothing like having an impending world wide audience to get one motivated! Needless to say, it feels wonderful to have my place in order and looking good again. In fact, I was so moved that I decided to invite some of my very best friends here for a lovely impromptu luncheon.

I turned to my friend, the brilliant chef and author, Gail Monaghan, to produce a menu based on recipes from her books, featuring the Duchess of Windsor’s Shrimp and Corn Pie! Monaghan’s three course menu included a tomato and cumin soup topped with creme fraiche, cilantro and chives to start (see recipe in Monaghan’s book – “Perfect Picnics for all Seasons”), followed by the aforementioned Duchess of Windsor shrimp and corn pie (see recipe in her latest book, “The Entrees”), served with smothered greens. For desert we had The Zodiac Room’s toasted pecan ice cream balls with hot fudge (from Monaghan’s book, “Lost Desserts”).

As you might imagine the meal was simply beyond fabulous!

Table setting by James Andrew.

And what great fun it was to set my table for our casual Sunday lunch—you know how much I like to entertain! I’ve set the table with vintage citron yellow Portuguese cabbage ware, silver bamboo flatware, heavy linen hemstitch napkins, modern crystal glasses, Baccarat crystal salt cellars, Puiforcat silver wine coasters, Tiffany & Co rock cut candle sticks and vintage Christofle serving pieces.

Here in my dining room/library, I’m sporting a navy velvet jacket and dark green, white and black glazed cotton plaid shirt both by Gucci, purple alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, jeans by Diesel, pocket square in a retro print of dark green and white silk by Charvet, suede “Belgian loafer” style shoes by Gucci and my fragrance is Creed Bois du Portugal.

20 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    James,

    How exciting! You and your salle a manger look terrific, and I too cannot wait to see what NYSD comes up with. I had just read about Jennifer Post and her Bentley concept there, and found it very interesting. Congrats!

    Dean*****

  2. Leo says:

    It must be a ‘velvet jacket day today.

  3. Love seeing books in your dining room, any rooms really!
    I always remember the late Bill Blass dining+library in one room~
    Can’t wait to see the feature in that magz, James.

  4. wendy says:

    Sunday Lunch combined a few of my favorites – Zodiac, Baccarat, Tiffany and Chrisofle. Yours was a place setting fit for a Queen, or perhaps the Duchess of Windsor. Elegant dining, formal or informal is a one of life’s great treasures that you have clearly mastered! Beautiful setting, exciting menu, stimulating conversation and of course there was no doubt what James would be wearing – something delish that leaves us inspired – pulling out my royalty inspired vintage velvet YSL coat and hit the streets.

  5. Love the chairs. And books always work.

  6. I am delighted to see books in photo shoots of interior design!

    I don’t understand why some people prefer to inhabit impersonal, clinical environments that resemble hotel rooms instead of homes. Personally, books and photos of loved ones are the things that make an interior special.

    Well done!

  7. The books are wonderful and add a lot of character to the room, but I personally love the lacquered finish on the walls! Speaks volumes!

  8. p gaye tapp says:

    looking forward to see “how James is decorating”

  9. James Andrew says:

    Freddy,

    Thank You! It was so lovely having you and I am always so grateful for your brilliant feedback and comments.

    See you soon!

    Cheers

    JA

  10. Bruno says:

    Congratulations James, that is great news. The pictures look great, I can’t wait to see more of them!

  11. James,
    Thank you for including me for a wonderful brunch yesterday. The food was divine and the company even better….Your space is charming and filled with life as are you…

    Much Love,
    Rob

  12. Jory Clay says:

    Gah! Your luncheon sounds like it was divine! And your table setting… exquisite! 😀

  13. Lil´Lilly says:

    Love the corn and shrimp pie! I can´t wait to read the article!

    love,

    Lil´Lilly

  14. Maria La Torre says:

    Me encanta la idea de que escriban sobre tí, te ves estupendo y todo suena delicioso!

    cariños,

    María

  15. James what an honor to be featured in the NYSD!

    A well deserved honor. My friend I look forward to a delightful dinner an your pulchritudinous sanctuary.

  16. James Andrew says:

    Justin,

    Thank You!

    Yes my friends at the New York Social Diary said my place was very lovely.

    I look forward to hosting a dinner in your honor.

    Cheers

    JA

  17. Francois says:

    Darling
    I guess you place is always in tip top shape so you have not to worry if a photographer shows up at your front door.
    The books are great and Wallis Simpsons would kill to have that china. She had some similar stuff in the good old days at La Croe.
    Francois

  18. James Andrew says:

    Hello Francois,

    Thank You for your fabulous comment! I always strive to be a modern day Duke or Duchess of Windsor.
    I love the idea of bringing back the elegance and glamor of their days at La Croe.

    Cheers

    JA

  19. Sarah says:

    James,
    I stumbled upon your blog by accident…now I can’t get enough! The Sunday Brunch post was most refreshing! Keep up the good work.

  20. James Andrew says:

    Hello Sarah,

    So lovely to have you- welcome and I look forward to your comments and feedback.

    Cheers

    JA

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