Summer Soiree

Summer Soirée

We New Englanders deserve our lovely, breezy summers – they’re our gift for enduring the cold months.  At Images & Details we think that you can’t celebrate the season enough.  To that end, our “Commander-in-Chief” Beth Dempsey hosted a soirée at her home during the last weekend in June, and guests congregated on the veranda, with yummy appetizers, frozen lime cocktails and plenty of rosé wine.  We asked some party-goers for their thoughts on summer: tips, favorites & inspirations.  Here’s what they said:

Harriet Mays, Susan Harrington & Clare Basius caught up on the front porch at Beth Dempsey’s home.

Harriet Mays, Susan Harrington & Clare Basius caught up on the front porch at Beth Dempsey’s home.

Carolyn Sollis Favorite Summer Vacation Spot: Fenwick CT, where the CT River meets Long Island Sound – I have spent summers there my entire life. Signature Summer Dish: Blueberry Kir Sauce Great Beach Read: This summer I plan to read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Nantucket is the favorite summer vacation spot of Quintessence blogger Stacey Bewkes.

Nantucket is the favorite summer vacation spot of Quintessence blogger Stacey Bewkes.

Stacey Bewkes Favorite Summer Vacation Spot: No surprise there – Nantucket! Signature Summer Dish: We eat very simply in the summer – whatever is fresh and hopefully local. So while on Nantucket that means grilled, just-caught swordfish, steamed local lobster, fresh Nantucket corn and lots of easy green salads in my big seasoned wooden bowl. Great Beach Read: I am currently reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things which was recommended by Susanna Salk and Laura Slatkin (the cover inspired her new NEST fragrance, Verde. Favorite Summer Cocktail: Like everyone else, I am drinking a lot of rosé this summer (I just did a post about good rosés!)

Is a lovely bottle of rosé wine your drink of the summer?

Is a lovely bottle of rosé wine your drink of the summer?

KC Williams Favorite Summer Vacation Spot: Little Compton, RI (where else?) Great Beach Read: Leaving Before the Rains Comeby Alexandra Fuller. I’ve read all of her previous books about her childhood growing up in Zimbabwe, and they portray a life that’s quite foreign to our world. Favorite Summer Cocktail: I have many but I especially like Dark & Stormy’s.

Carey Karlan, Stacey Bewkes and KC Williams enjoyed the summer afternoon with Images & Details.

Carey Karlan, Stacey Bewkes and KC Williams enjoyed the summer afternoon with Images & Details.

Melissa Feldman Favorite Summer Vacation Spot: Sailing around the Turkish Mediterranean was the best vacation I’ve ever had! Great Beach Read: I love, love, love Jonathan Franzen, so I’m waiting his next novel, Purity, to come out later this summer. Also The Last Love Song a new biography on writer Joan Didion. Favorite Summer Cocktail: Naturally a negroni, but only made with dry vermouth.

Sailing is a big part of the New England summer.

Sailing is a big part of the New England summer.

Carey Karlan Favorite Summer Vacation Spot: I’m happy to stay-cation right here in Darien in the summer! You could travel a long way and not find a more beautiful spot than the terrace overlooking the sound at the beach club at twilight. Spending unhurried time with friends and family in that familiar and beautiful spot is my bliss for summer. Favorite Summer Meal: I love to set up a fancy picnic complete with flowers, cold salmon with tasty salads and a fresh peach cobbler! Favorite Summer Cocktail: A nice bottle of Sancerre.

Summer reading lists included a Pulitzer Prize winner and a new biography of Joan Didion.

Summer reading lists included a Pulitzer Prize winner and a new biography of Joan Didion.

Architectural Digest’s Bronson Van Wyck and Designer Celerie Kemble at Michael C. Fina

Architectural Digest’s Bronson Van Wyck and Designer Celerie Kemble at Michael C. Fina

Images & Details recently teamed up with a dynamic duo – Architectural Digest special projects editor and event planner extraordinaire Bronson Van Wyck, and superstar designer Celerie Kemble – to kick off the summer entertaining season at the Michael C. Fina New York flagship. The event was co-hosted by Architectural Digest and featured four gorgeous tablescapes with pieces pulled from Michael C. Fina’s tabletop collection. Guests enjoyed summer sips as they conversed and admired the vignettes.

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Hermès Voyage en Ikat inspired the Eastern-themed tabletop vignette titled “The Rug Merchant’s Banquet”

Each table was inspired by a different part of the world; some inspired by travels and others simply by color and pattern.

The first table, dubbed “Sundowners on a Serengeti Plane,” was inspired by a trip to Africa the design duo had taken a few years back. The table included a leopard perched on top of a pile of antlers to really give onlookers an animalistic feeling.

The second table called, The Rug Merchant’s Banquet, first inspired by bold colors, evolved into an Eastern masterpiece complete with elaborate fabrics and Hermès Voyage en Ikat printed porcelain.

“Picnicking after the Beaufort Hunt” channeled aristocratic English “mismatched chic,” with a table featuring a delightful patchwork of Royal Crown Derby patterns and textures … and even a taxidermy fox.

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Royal Crown Derby plates featured on Picnicking after the Beaufort Hunt.

The last tablescape, Midnight in Mississippi, was inspired by Wyck’s southern roots. The Nymphenburg fish platters  transported Wyck to his past, reminding him of youthful summer nights. Baccarat red stemware and l’Objet place card holders  were the final touch, adding a dab of southern elegance to the beautiful table.

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Nymphenburg fish platters give a deep southern feel to Midnight in Mississippi.

Images & Details Event: LCDQ Legends Design Panel

Hollywood at Home's new showroom location on La Cienega Boulevard

Hollywood at Home’s new showroom location on La Cienega Boulevard

At this year’s LCDQ, Images & Details brought together five of LA’s top interior designers, Jamie Bush, Amy Meier, Christo Prevazanos and Todd Nickey & Amy Kehoe for a roundtable discussion of their custom fabric collaborations with our client Peter Fasano, hosted by Domino editor Robert Leleux at the new Hollywood at Home showroom.

Designer Amy Meier's Tent was a show-stopper at Hollywood at Home

Designer Amy Meier’s Tent was a show-stopper at Hollywood at Home

The west coast-based designers shared the inspiration behind their individual patterns and what it was like to work hands-on with a guru like Fasano, who has been creating fabrics and textiles for over 30 years. Guests were able to examine the custom fabrics close-up, which provided a distilled version of each of the designer’s personal styles.

Designers, Editors and Bloggers enjoy the lively discussion

Designers, Editors and Bloggers enjoy the lively discussion

A slide show, created by Fasano about his 30 years in fabrics and textiles, played to laughs and gasps from the audience, and afterwards he talked about the satisfaction he feels in helping these talented artists bring their visions to life in a medium so integral to the creation of a room’s aesthetic. The designers agreed that although challenging at times, the rewarding experience allowed them to capture their personal style in a new and different way.

Peter Fasano speaks to the audience

Peter Fasano speaks to the audience

Images & Details Organizes Design Industry Event at Wakefield

Kips Bay 40th Anniversary Author Steven Stolman, Liz King owner of The Linen Shop, Designers John Eason and Charles Pavarini III

Kips Bay 40th Anniversary Author Steven Stolman, Liz King owner of The Linen Shop, Designers John Eason and Charles Pavarini III

Images and Details recently organized one of our favorite regular events: the Wakefield Design Center To the Trade Only Market Day! Twice yearly, we gather a collection of the top names in the business at the Stamford showroom for the benefit of Connecticut interior designers, and like the best interior design, it’s always a fun and functional experience.

Kyle Hoepner -Editor in Chief -New England Home, Designer Jamie Drake, George Snead – Wakefield Design Center

Kyle Hoepner -Editor in Chief -New England Home, Designer Jamie Drake, George Snead – Wakefield Design Center

The fabulous Jamie Drake kicked off the day, discussing the process behind adapting his interior design aesthetic into product, from inspiration to final project. Those who were there will never forget the slides Jamie showed us of renderings he had completed as a child – he was clearly born to be a designer!

Christine Haney of Farrow & Ball, George Snead of Wakefield Design Center

Christine Haney of Farrow & Ball, George Snead of Wakefield Design Center

Next, top finishes brand Farrow & Ball hosted a conversation with 3rd generation designer Elizabeth Pyne of McMillen Interiors, discussing color and pattern. Popular blogger and designer Erin Gates then did a Q&A with Stacy Kunstel (of New England Home as well as Dunes and Duchess) on Social Media Savvy. (Just a quick aside here to congratulate Erin on her newly-announced pregnancy!)

Stacey Kunstel – Editor, Author/Blogger Erin Gates

Stacey Kunstel – Editor, Author/Blogger Erin Gates

Of course, the current design moment is owned by Kips Bay, so we were thrilled to have Steven Stolman, author of 40 Years of Fabulous: The Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, there to host a panel with Kips Bay participants John Douglas Eason, Harry Heismann and Charles Pavarini III. These darling designers also did a book signing after their talk; it occurred to Images & Details that a copy of the book having been signed by all of the participating decorators, would make a killer holiday gift!

Tilton Fenwick Designers  Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham, Kyle Hoepner -Editor in Chief -New England Home

Tilton Fenwick Designers Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham, Kyle Hoepner -Editor in Chief -New England Home

Wrapping things up, the amazing Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick discussed the role networking played in the growth of their business, from conception to their Duralee Designer fabric collection, with Kyle Hopener of New England Home.

George Snead- Wakefield Design Center, Rita Donnerstag of AKDO tile, Alexa Donnerstag  and Designer Jamie Drake

George Snead- Wakefield Design Center, Rita Donnerstag of AKDO tile, Alexa Donnerstag and Designer Jamie Drake

Many, many thanks to Farrow & Ball for sponsoring lunch. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Reflections on the 2104 Red and White Ball

For the past five years, Images & Details has conceptualized and overseen the production and press for one of metro New York’s most successful charity events, the RED CROSS Red and White Ball . We take over the Net Jets hangar and in 24 hours reimagine it as a design lover’s Shangri-La. It’s one of our favorite events and this year was the best yet—40 leading designers creating one-of-a-kind tablescapes for 500 guests to enjoy over dinner and dancing. This year’s event was co-chaired by world-renowned designer Mary McDonald of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorator. That’s Mary looking glam, below center with Giovanna Miller and Mary Young. Nearly $1 million was raised for the Red Cross, a charity we love to support as we know they are always there for us.doublemarynew

Carey Karlan‘s table was transportive. Inspired by the Jardin de Luxembourg, it came complete with cherub statuary by Pennoyer Newman and almost indecently luxurious platinum petaled plates by L’Objet. The best part of this table, though, was Carey’s unabashed celebration of something from nature, the divine yet fleeting peony. She served up a single, extravagant fuchsia bloom at each place, floating in a silver champagne coupe. So simple. So swoony. So superb. So Parisian.

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With charming themes of leaves and hearts and heart-shaped leaves, interior designer Francine Gardner of Interieurs created this glittering table using china, crystal and flatware in various tones of gold and anchored her vision with a custom tablecloth of fabric hand-blocked by legendary fabric designer Peter Fasano.

Peter Fasano’s own table, which he co-created with designer Ondine Karady featured a whimsical Lego red cross “sculpture”, complete with little Lego Red Cross workers, a Lego Red Cross ambulance and helicopter. The very pretty red and white napkins on Peter’s table were made of hand-screened fabric by Elizabeth Hamilton. The overall effect was charming, ebullient and celebratory of an organization that does so much for so many.

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Designer Darrin Varden‘s “Ripple Effect” table represented how the good deeds of the Red Cross can spread across a community following a disaster. He centered a gloss-lacquered red cross on a custom tray with red sand raked in concentric circles Zen-garden style, echoed by the circles in the tablecloth. Each guest received a miniature Zen sand garden complete with rake and a heart to place in the center filled with the message “Your heart may seem to be one drop in a sea of humanity, but its intention can be felt throughout the world. Thank you for your generosity.”

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Jeweler extraordinare Simon Teakle, who was also the evening’s auctioneer, had a table that was widely touted as one of the most clever and sophisticated. A silver model of an R.A.F. F.E.2B plane, Hallmarked in London in 1917-18 by Edward Dime, soared above guests, who were invited to “enjoy the parachute gift” – the undisclosed treats were in jewelry boxes suspended from “parachutes” of billowy, white hydrangea blooms. The crowning touch was Mr. Teakle’s take on napkin-folding, in which white napkins were fashioned into classic nurse’s-hats.

Simon Teakle

So many more lovely tables were on display, and we are very grateful to all of the designers and design brands that made this magical evening possible. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time, including, left to right, below designer Darrin Varden with event co-chairs Liz Boutry and Jennifer Madrid:

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Some photos in this post were generously shared with us by Quintessence.

Paris to Palm Beach: Past Meets Present

freyFrom Paris to Palm Beach, the past and present collide, bringing inspiration from the 1960s to design aficionados on both sides of the pond.  On a recent trip to Paris Deco Off this was apparent in showrooms, salons and galleries. Pierre Frey opened its archives for the first time, to celebrate a collection of archival inspired prints by designer Vincent Darré, (shown above) and it was like being a kid in a very groovy candy store.
From there, a visit to the Cartier Exhibition at the Grand Palais  proved a feast for the eyes. I was amazed at how many American Beauties, from Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly to Lee Merriweather Post, were fans. And yes, that proverbial cat, the panther, came to life on brooches, bracelets and necklaces .
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The ’60s seemed to be a common thread throughout the journey – from fabrics to jewelry to fashion. At a dinner at the Alcazar in St.Germain my circa late sixties vintage Mondrian-style dress fit right in with a groovy and eclectic assortment of editors and style makers from Avery Boardman President and man-about-town Dennis Scully to new Oscar de la Renta Home Creative Director Carolina Irving.
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French Artist extraordinaire Philippe Berry was also at dinner. His art (such as the famous Trois Beaux Ballons sculpture, below) and furniture-as-art (such as the Giaccometti-inspired bronze cocktail tables as seen grouped dramatically in ELLE Décor, below) exude a lot of sixties-ish influences:
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Sixties style made an appearance again at the opening of the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show. The show was definitely a step back in time with more than 100 exhibitors. One of our favorites, estate jewelry icon Camilla Dietz Bergeron had truly great pieces from the 60s from David Webb:
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Of course I can never have enough vintage jewelry inspiration, so we popped over to one of my favorite museums The Norton Museum of Art which is nearby the show. It is small and manageable with consistently great special exhibitions. This time there was David Webb: Society’s Jeweler featuring his masterful jewelry (all made in America) worn by so many stylish women in the 60’s. These pieces graced the swanlike necks and slender wrists of legends including Jacqueline Kennedy, Doris Duke and Diana Vreeland.  I’d forgotten how much editorial space magazines gave to jewelry in the 1960s. Here’s a taste of what we saw. I imagined others who saw this exhibit running over to Camilla’s spot at the show to scoop up some great pieces.

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Back at the Show, at Cavalier Galleries, Ron Cavalier had so much coolness from the era, including one of the last copies of Taschen’s beautiful Beatles limited edition boxed sets of “those” photos by the extraordinary Harry Benson. There were even 1965 Rolls Royce parts reconfigured to be coffee tables and wall art – the ultimate in recycling.

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Bringing things full circle things full circle, back at the Norton, we adored To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar where that icon of the ’60s, Jane Holzer the muse/fashionista turned up everywhere from magazines to movies, and yes, she still lives in Palm Beach!
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Fittingly, we finished the day of with a piano performance piece by John Cage called 4’33” where you sit silently for 4-plus minutes and the audience
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If that isn’t something from the 1960s, nothing is. Hope you enjoyed. – Beth
Photos in this post: Taschen.com, CBSnews.com, interior design.net, architectural digest.com,  Beth Dempsey, Camilla Dietz Bergeron, ELLE Decor, Philippe Berry.

Holiday House 2013

This year’s Holiday House featured many great and talented designers and friends of Images & Details. It raised over $500,000 for a great cause, too. Our client Rachel Laxer brought her extraordinary taste and imagination to Holiday House this year with a room themed around Valentine’s Day. Our friend Stacey Bewkes of the fabulous Quintessence blog wrote a lovely 3-part piece on the art installations in the house, including Rachel’s, and the room design has also already been featured on Forbes.com and Houzz.com, among others.

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