When it come to interiors, good design is rarely the result of single person's work. I may have had a vision for this window, but without the help of all the artists and artisans, friends and colleagues who lent their time, talent and passion to this project, it would have been little more than a passing dream. If there's one thing I learned over the years as a magazine editor, it's that helping people builds relationships and that together, anything is possible.ELLE DECOR for entrusting me with a brand I've loved for years. From the beginning of this project, they granted me full creative freedom and the means to turn my vision into reality.
Bloomingdale's, lead by Christine Maly and the visionary Harry Medina. Both went the extra mile every step of the way, and for that, I'm extremely grateful.
Among the staff at Bloomingdale's, creating fantasy windows all year long, are Michael, Adina, and Ed (not pictured) with the visuals team. Of course, we left Adina to do all the heavy lifting, while the rest of us dusted and arranged flowers (kidding). All of them were troopers to the end, helping turn a daunting pile of bins, boxes, furniture and props...
Furniture on 5, every design element here was the result of the great generosity of friends and colleagues in the industry. beginning with the splatter wallpaper from Harry Hinson and Trip March of Hinson & Company, together with their longtime publicist Linda Derefler. Linda I've known for years, ever since my days at House Beautiful. This classic print has been on my inspiration board for a very long time, and I'm thrilled for the chance to finally use it! Deborah Buck. I love her style to no end; it's exuberant, unique and beautiful! These pretty chairs, with their elegant, feminine lines, would be a perfect addition by the fireplace.David Duncan.
David I'd seen out and about in the city at charity events and cocktail parties for years, but it wasn't until recently that he and his partner Michael became friends (and neighbors!) of ours in the country. Back at Martha, I used to borrow things from his store all the time for fancy photo shoots. Hands down, David has one of the best eyes in New York for assembling an ever-changing and eclectic mix of beautiful antiques from around the world. When Jaithan and I dropped in to see David just after the window went up, he had just returned from the auction at Tavern on the Green. Check out this fantastic copper, brass, and mirror wall sconce, one of four he scored for the shop! That dazzling collection of Delftware jars, vases and urns in the window came from David as well, together with this 1920s Paris porcelain potpourri.Buck House find with custom shades from our friend, lamp designer Susan Schneider of Shandell's, right here in Millerton.
Susan's my go-to girl when it comes to shades—remember this story?—so to bring even more glamour to the window, we opted for a stunning 24K gold leaf wallpaper, courtesy of our friends at Philip Jeffries. I've loved their wallpaper for years, using it every chance I get. And for another layer of light in the window, Susan had the bright idea of making shades out of the same paper for a pair of smaller Chinese export lamps in turquoise, perfect for the bookcase.
As you might recall, with this space—and the story behind it—our inhabitant fashioned a space for herself and her family just as she lives-—boldly, joyously and full of panache! The exuberant mix of pillows on the sofa I had custom made using lush, vibrant fabrics from my friends Kristen Edson and Karen Kreitsek at Claremont, along with John Knot and Paul Romano at Quadrille. And thanks to a last-minute favor from David and Donna Feldman at Chelsea Workroom, everything was finished on time!
Laird print in production from Artaissance, along with talented framers Nelson and Laurie with Larson-Juhl, joinining four moldings into one for an art piece with impact. Creative Candles are smokeless and dripless with the longest burning times around. Plus, I just love the pop of color they add to any room!Addie Juell and her husband Eric to take pictures of all the moments that give this room character. What I love about Addie is that she knows how to look through a lens and get a great shot. A picture in a magazine is rarely the same as real life. It requires cheating things in, out, moving things here and there. Interiors photography is an art in itself, and Addie is one of the best in the business.