Wishing you a fantastic (unofficial) start to summer! Enjoy your holiday! Whether you are sailing, beach-bound, in the bucolic countryside, an urban warrior or climbing in the mountains, we can all enjoy a little respite from winter!
Featured alongside some of my favorite design bloggers in the new Serendipity Magazine Design Market Digest, each of us share a room we are most excited about now. Chronicling the latest design, style, food and culture in Fairfield and Westchester Country, this is the second year Serendipity has created this special issue. Seeing all the design inspiration in the issue gets me excited for summer.
Home Editor Stephanie Horton, also an interior designer who works alongside her mom at Horton Design Associates profiled Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence, Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita, Lindsay Souza of The Pursuit of Style, The Peak of Chic's Jennifer Boles, and Sue de Chiara of The Zhush, and highlighted our favorite spaces. I chose an entry hallway designed by Markham Roberts, a designer whose fabric selection, exquisite finishes and accessory choices make me endlessly intrigued. He never makes a design misstep. Thank you Stephanie for including me in this great group!
I am endlessly fascinated with the exuberant mix of finishes and colors in this space.
AVO hides on the walls of the hot new downtown LA restaurant, Belcampo.
The artist Brit Kleinman attended the Rhode Island School of Design an has worked for many design-centric brands and was most recently the head bag designer for Jack Spade. The graphic geometric lines and zig zags she paints on leather gives it a distinctly fresh feel.
I had seen the striking leather designs of AVO on Instagram and was eager to see them in person. Luckily, I came across artist Brit Kleinman's hand-painted leathers at The Architectural Digest Home and Design Show, and was blown away. Her graphic painted designs on natural hides take the material to an entirely new place. Artistic yet usable, the hides of AVO elevate traditional leather with a juxtaposition of expertly applied paint in graphic patterns, resulting in a beautiful handmade home accessory. Her work was recently displayed at Sight Unseen's Offsite during ICFF, and can be found at one of my favorite downtown showrooms, Studio Four NYC.
The shapely natural hides become art on the wall. On the floor, they get better with age. The vegetable tanned hides have a raw beauty to them that the hand-painted lines emphasize.
The pillows look great mixed together with small and large linear patterns
My favorite pattern from the Painted Plains collection, vivid indigo on natural hide
Choose from a rainbow palette of bright to muted hand-dyed and painted leathers
Sometimes the smallest spaces are the best spaces to get in a showhouse. Case in point with the 2nd floor hallway designed by my friends Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel de Pedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick. I was thrilled to find out they were involved in the esteemed showhouse this year, especially since one of their design mentors Markham Roberts created a room in last years showhouse. Their charming hallway, entered through an archway leads to stairs, so it is a space that is a pass-through. They did a great job creating a cheery spot, filled with really interesting art and their unique signature color combinations. The pairings they use, like the colors in their watery ikat rug for Studio Four NYC, always makes me think of the colors in a new way. Ahead, a look at their highly detailed hall. When it comes to city living, making a small area look larger is everything.
With an eye for cool art and talent for combining textural woods and finishes, a cotemporary BDDW console holds a richly glazed Christopher Spitzmiller lamp (a favorite shape, and I am pleased to share I have recently joined his office), tiny painting on an easel, a pretty horn box and a mini bar. A photograph by one of my favorite Brit artists, Karen Knorr, ( I covered her work in-depth here) adds an exotic Indian locale to the mix.
A better look at the Karen Knorr.
A vase of fresh Lilacs mirrored the flower bouquets in their print for Duralee, Zulla in Sea Green. One of the best details of the room was the creative way they included a wide tape trim as a chair rail. A beautiful Houles fringey tape created a division from the printed section and the solid painted wall below.
And the "before" shot gives you a sense of how drastic the transformation really is.