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Winter Garden

01 . 22 . 21

It feels like there have been so many auctions of exquisite collections in the last few years. It makes me feel sad to see them be broken up but hopefully the furniture and objects end up going to good homes. Susan Gutfreund sold her Henri Samuel decorated duplex apartment at 834 Fifth Avenue last year […]

My Rembrandt

01 . 09 . 21

After turning my brain to mush watching Bridgerton and too many Hallmark movies, I was excited to watch the documentary, My Rembrandt, this week. Most people think of the Old Masters as a very boring group but this documentary proves that Rembrandt paintings come with intriguing stories and sometimes controversy for those who own them. […]

So many people are back in the city for work and school that New York is definitely feeling back to normal but with masks. One thing that has helped with the normality is the reopening of museums. I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday with a friend and it felt so good to […]

I came across some new photos of fashion designer Michael Bastian‘s downtown apartment recently and I was reminded how much I love his living room. It reminds me of the male equivalent of my art filled space except I don’t have a fireplace. There is something about it that always reminded me of autumn so […]

Sir John Richardson, the “renowned Picasso scholar, curator and bon vivant” was an inveterate collector as seen by the rooms in his lower Fifth Avenue loft and Connecticut house. He also had exquisite taste and now some of his fabulous finds can be yours when they come up for auction at Stair Galleries and Sotheby’s […]

In 2012, Andy Cohen asked Meryl Streep on Watch What Happens Live, “Name one bad film that you have made.” Her answer was, “Still of the Night” a film in 1982 in which she co-stared with Roy Schieder and re-teamed her with her Kramer vs. Kramer director Robert Benton. It wasn’t an Oscar contender but I enjoy the […]

While quarantine has been hard for everyone, there are some bright spots. Photographer François Halard is holed up at his house in Arles and posts a photo of a room or a vignette every day. He’s on day 27 now and I look forward to each and every one of his images. His house is […]

My Instagram friend Remy Renzullo is definitely an old soul with a fun personality. Anyone who hasn’t met him might think he was a middle aged decorator instead of twenty-something interior designer. I think that’s what makes him so special. He’s extremely knowledgeable about historic design and antiques but doesn’t take it all so seriously. […]

I wish movie studios would release all new films on demand as well as in theaters now so people have the option of staying home. I ventured downtown last weekend to see The Burnt Orange Heresy but after I saw a girl put lip gloss on her finger and they apply it to her lips […]

I didn’t realize that interior designer Mario Buatta was such a hoarder. I was going to call him a collector but after I read that the first floor of his Gothic Revival home in Thompson, Connecticut collapsed under the weight of the furniture stored inside, he was upgraded to hoarder status. Although, he was definitely […]

We’ve made it through January. It was the longest month ever but I have a feeling February will fly by so I’ve pulled together a few things happening now and later in the month to give you time to plan ahead. Don’t forget that The Winter Show will be close on Sunday, February 2, 2020. […]

People love to hate on gallery walls. Sometimes rightly so. If they are put together with artwork that has been collected from different periods with beautiful gilt frames and French mating, the result can be quite elegant. Such is the case with the apartment that Richard Rabel renovated and decorated for Alan Wintermute, a specialist […]

I was first seated next to interior designer Mario Buatta at an event over ten years ago. He couldn’t have been more excited to have a fresh person to surprise with his fake cockroach prank. Decorating should be fun and it was refreshing that he didn’t take it all so seriously even though he worked […]

There is nothing that upsets me more than when someone buys an iconic or historic house and guts it, thus ruining what made it special. That’s why I was so astonished and happy to see that designer Francis Sultana kept the drawing room in the apartment that belonged to Fleur Cowles a similar beautiful shade […]

We lost some truly elegant women this year including philanthropist and art collector Jayne Wrightsman. She passed away in April at the age of 99 so she had a good long run. She also had a long run in her antique filled home at 860 Fifth Avenue. She and her husband Charles Wrightsman moved into […]

Things have been busy in New York as everyone prepares to travel and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday next week. I still can’t believe this year is almost over. It really feels like it was just January. I also haven’t done a Bon Weekend post in a few weeks so I thought one was in order. […]

I can’t believe today is November 1st. Where has the year gone?! The next two months will be busy with events and holidays so I’m taking a little R&R in Sag Harbor this weekend at Baron’s Cove where I always stay. It’s a little quiet off season but everything is open in town and the […]