Living Rooms Category

May 27, 2015

Giorgio Armani’s Saint-Tropez Paradise

Blame it on a lazy Sunday, grey and cloudy morning that I would connect “blind contour drawing” to the talent of designer par excellence Giorgio Armani. An article in Sunday’s New York Times, defines it as a technique, intro-­to-­art exercise – “blind contour drawing.” Freshmen at art school are forced to draw blindly for hours. […]

July 17, 2014

What is it about Tangier ?

An article in the NY Times magazine last April 11, 2014 featured 10 foreigners who came to visit to stay a while and decided it was the place to stay. Since then have made the city their home and let the years go by. Morocco has always titillated me and long been on my travel […]

June 18, 2014

Bette Midler’s Manhattan Penthouse Apartment

A penthouse, in Manhattan belonging to Bette Midler but unlike most Hollywood celebrity homes, hers is restrained with details carefully chosen. It is a true testament to the adage that a lifestyle dictates the design. When that is achieved, it is the mark of good design.                   […]

June 2, 2014

Geoffrey Lynch’s Manhattan Classic : New York’s Finest Pre-War Apartments

The Dakota. The Apthorp. The San Remo. The names of these legendary New York apartment buildings evoke images of marble-lined lobbies, uniformed doormen, and sunlit penthouses with sweeping Central Park views. Built from the 1880s through 1930s, classic prewar apartments were designed to lure townhouse dwellers reluctant to share a roof with other families. These […]

April 20, 2014

Roman and Williams for Tracy Martin’s Brooklyn Home

I first came across the book “Roman and Williams Buildings & Interiors : Things We Made” on Amazon a couple of years ago. Giving it a quick cover to cover flip, I thought it was a beautiful book that chronicles many of the firm’s and the couple’s projects. I have stacks and stacks of books […]

February 12, 2013

Childress – Daniels Loft in Elle Decor Feb 2013

Mr. Daniels, raised in the South moved to New York City. It is true that there is a lifestyle unmistakably Southern. Just as exemplary as their food: beignets, buttermilk biscuits, fried okra, succotash and fried chicken- there is also a style that is equally captivating. As I look at these pictures featured in this month’s issue […]

January 29, 2013

Painted Floors

There are many ways to make a bold and intended impact on a room but nothing is as unexpected as painted patterns on a floor. Designers Kelly Wearstler has done it elegantly in walls whileMary McDonald has done gorgeous stenciled patterns on floors. They look like rugs but without the plush and the cautionary tales […]