Category: New York


T for Terrific

I’m back from my unscheduled hiatus…a bit of a head cold…and a friend visiting over the Easter weekend break had me away from blogland for longer than expected. While recuperating from my cold I devoured several magazines (not that I need an excuse), including April’s Spanish Architectural Digest. A feast for the eyes it is! I’m assuming not everyone has read it (well, I didn’t really read it either…my España is about as advanced as my Swahili, truth be told) so I’m sharing these pics of the featured apartment of NY Times “T Magazine” editor Stefano Tonochi – its so beautiful I just couldn’t resist. But then, what sort of apartment would you expect from a man who’s been photographed by the Sartorialist..?

Stefano Tonochi as photographed by the Satorialist….rather handsome indeed!

The apartment was done by the amazing architect Annabelle Selldorf and is full of fantastic furniture. All the big names are here, Van der Rohe, McCobb, Probber, Prouve, Robsjohn-Gibbings….a recipe for success if you ask me.


Every room is so light and airy – the total opposite of my place…I’d be so happy living here.

This library (and those Gio Ponti Wing backs!) – soooo drool worthy!


There were so many other great features in the Spanish AD I highly recommend you go get a copy…the European editions are fast becoming some of my favorite monthlies these days.

Shelton, Mindel & Assoc.

To say that I’m a little besotted with this apartment by NY design firm Shelton, Mindel & Assoc. is a bit of an understatement…I think obsessed might be closer to the truth!

It’s so full of light (which my current apartment, if you’ve seen the photos, is not) and fantastic furniture, as well as great bones…well I could go on, but let’s just say I don’t think I’d change a thing about it!

Quirky lighting mixed with some vintage classics make for a great reading spot.

This is my favorite view. I’m seriously drooling over the amount of bookshelves they have here…I’m running out of space in our new place already! And how nice it would be to have a terrace off the living room like that. Well, a girl can dream.


Found via Desire to Inspire, those girls never fail to do so.

I’m back!

…and just a little bit sunburnt, but feeling fantastic after a short break with friends. While I put together a post, and maybe a few pics, I thought I’d share some eye candy I came across while trawling through a new blog find, A Merry Mishap. These interiors are by a NY based firm, Pappas-Mirron, and I’m obsessed with all of them! I’m not sure how I hadn’t heard of these girls before, but there is so much to like in all of these images that I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about them in the future. Enjoy!








Andy Goldsborough

is a man after my own heart, and serves us another valuable lesson that small spaces can be stylish. Not so suprising since for the last five years he’s taught at Parsons while running his own interior design firm. He says of his 500 sq ft NY apartment (pictured below) “my favorite thing to do is find an old apartment that has good bones and details and then insert modern into it”. I hear you, Andy. There is nothing more appealing to me than high ceilings, original mouldings – no matter how ornate – and a selection of art and furnishings of varying styles. To me, his apartment is personal, unpretentious, interesting and most importantly, livable. It may be small, but the colours he’s used have given it such an ethereal feel. Love it!





I so want one of these Parzinger 4-poster beds. I just need to find an apartment with high enough ceilings to accomodate it! – maybe next time…

(Featured in Metropolitan Home, March 2007)

S. Russell Groves

A big thanks to Habitually Chic for posting photos of the much awaited Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse in NY – there are so many gorgeous rooms, I wish I could have been there to see them in person. There were a lot of familar names, including the Aussie newcomers to NY – Burley Katon Halliday, although a new one for me was S. Russell Groves. I checked out the rest of his portfolio last night and was so impressed. I’ve recently been loving interiors with lots of timber and a bit of a mid-century vibe, so these are really appealing to me right now. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

A retail project, however I could easily live with this as a living room setting. It even makes the ubiquitous Barcelona stool look super chic all over again. (I’m really hoping my Robsjohn-Gibbings slipper chair will look that nice once it’s been recovered!)



I think the one above – or the one below might be my favorite…haven’t quite decided yet…



A somewhat industrial looking bathroom, but I like it!

Fox-Nahem finesse

Joe Nahem of NY based Fox-Nahem is one of my favorite interior designers. He has a knack for putting together glamorous apartments full of great art and furnishings. This particular apartment was featured in Interior Design magazine (Feb 08) so I decided to share it with you because its not a magazine that you would normally find great residential features. What was an off the shelf design bought from a developer, Nahem saved from cookie-cutter style blandness.


In the master bedroom a Serge Mouille sconce and vintage parchment covered side tables sit perfectly with a custom upholstered wall and headboard.

Dark silk covered walls in the vestibule make for a very dramatic entrance. The circa 70’s stools are by François Monnet, the painting is by Dirk Skreber.

The entrance hall has a custom silk carpet runner. I love the colour of these walls – the magazine mentions that they are covered in a vinyl wallcovering….I’ve never seen vinyl look this glamorous before!

In the main living area a 50’s Edward Wormley sofa covered in an unexpected damask design face a pair of Paul Tuttle armchairs. I adore how Nahem has injected a sense of history into this new apartment. The walnut fluted architraves (not seen in this pic) and built-in cabinetry are a stroke of genius.

Another view of the living room sees an Adnet lamp with a Vladimir Kagan sofa and Nakashima coffee table.

The TV room, which is a little too shagadelic for my taste, has a painting by Richard Prince and pieces by Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm.

The master bathroom is just stunning. I love the combination of tiles and stone, timber and metal. Quite masculine looking – but I’d be more than happy to stand in front of that vanity every morning!

Katie Ridder

My Feb edition of Domino finally arrived this morning, and because I feel like I’m so starved for visual inspiration, instead of saving it for tonight (or the weekend) I read it this morning over my cuppa at work. I have to say I’m very excited by the NY apartment decorated by Katie Ridder. I’m not a die-hard fan of her work, but this place is really speaking to me. The palette is exactly what I want to do with my place – soft blues and celadons mixed with muted sandy browns, white trims, and dark wood furniture. Gorgeous! I also really like the combination of furniture and accessories – just enough modernity thrown in with the traditional to make it not look old and stuffy. This will keep me satisfied until…oh…tomorrow!

The owner of the apartment pictured above (I own the same dress, how funny is that!)

Pics from Domino Feb 2008, photos by Lucas Allen.

Thomas O’Brien – the quitessential New York designer?

If Thomas O’Brien is not the quintessential New York designer, then he is certainly one of the most accomplished. And with new collections for Bloomingdales and Reed&Barton he’s also one of the most published. He has put his stamp on ranges of furniture, rugs, fabrics & trims, lighting, tabletop, bathwares and much more. His style has been called ‘warm modern’ and while the term may not have been coined specifically for him, it certainly fits the bill. I think what I like about his style is that it is masculine but not in an overpowering or intimidating way. To me, his interiors always look inviting and personal, and while they are very photogenic they don’t appear to be showcase-ish. He has created homes that range from the traditional to the modern (usually with a mid-century bent to them), from the masculine to the not so masculine. His products are now showcased in either end of the retail spectrum with collections for Bloomingdales as well as Target. Here are a few of my favorite images from his portfolio…


Dawn Nakamura Furniture

I discovered a new furniture collection today, Dawn Nakamura is a stylish young furniture designer based in New York (another great reason for me to move there…) and her first collection, called “Epiphany”, is just divine. Reminiscent of the early century masters her collection is modern and very versatile. These are a few of my favorites…
I love the shape of this cabinet, and the use of Kamagong timber (a timber found exclusively in the Philipines, and a member of the Ebony family) is striking.
The turquoise shagreen band on this coffee table adds a bit of unexpected colour and texture to an otherwise classic profile.


Parchment covered sofa – an absolute classic.

Dawn says of the production of her work “My fabricator for Parchment and Shagreen trained in London with one of the last fabricators who worked with the late John Paul Cooper. J.P.C. is who brought back the revival of Parchment and Shagreen in the 1930s and 40’s and did work for Jean-Michel Frank, Rhulman, etc..”

Her collection is available to the trade only, and her showroom is open only by appointment, but I thought I would share this for fellow designers living in NYC.

KWID @ BG – sneak preview!

I arrived home to find the October edition of HK magazine ‘Home Journal’, and after flicking through almost the entire thing without seeing much of interest, I stumbled upon a feature at the back on the goddess, Kelly Wearstler. Amongst a whole heap of stuff that was old news…(I swear magazines here are about 4 months behind the rest of the world)…they showed some of the new homewares range she has designed, presumably for Bergdorf Goodman. How exciting! I’m not too suprised – it seems very inspired by her typical vintage look. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of it though, especially how they merchandise it in store.

Marvelous Milly

After I finally got over the shock of seeing my name in print, I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of this months Elle Decor. Particularly the apartment of Michelle Smith (front cover image). This apartment has already been blogged about – see Habitually Chic – so I wont go on, but I just cannot say enough good things about this apartment. It’s so refreshing to see an interior that doesn’t look contrived or too perfect. The apartment itself looks amazing, which certainly helps, but I love pretty much everthing in it!

Fairfax & Sammons

“Traditional architecture for the modern world” is the motto of Architectural and Interior Design firm, Fairfax & Sammons. Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons are a husband and wife team, based in New York, who have created some wonderful homes around the world. They have a talent for creating traditional-modern interiors inside classical architecture. These are just a few of my picks from their portfolio..







There are many more images on their website if you’re interested, plus a great interview of the couple on the NYSD website where they showcase their own lovely West Village home. Check it out!

Kelly Wearstler update….

I just read on Kelly Wearstler’s website that she has teamed up with Bergdorf Goodman to create a retail store for her new home accessories line – due to open on October 19th!

I feel another trip to NY coming on….

Beale-Lana Interior Design

I discovered the work of New York design firm Beale-Lana on one of my favorite blogs, Desire to Inspire, this week. Here are a few images from a living room in a Manhattan apartment they did. I really love how they have used so many traditional elements together and yet managed to create a room that is not old or stuffy, but still warm and cosy. They’ve used a great mix of fabrics, really modern graphic designs and what I would call “granny” designs, with an Aubusson rug. I certainly would not mind coming home to that sofa with all those cushions every night!

Emma Jane Pilkington

After spending much of the weekend browsing my new magazine editions – House Beautiful, House & Garden and Elle Decor, I was obviously not sated as I spent a few more hours flicking through some old Vogue Living’s – which is where I found this. I know there a few others like me in the Blogosphere who are looking forward to the actual launch of Emma Jane Pilkington’s website. I think it’s as much her talent as the fact she’s originally from Melbourne (like moi) that I find it interesting to watch her career. Either way, I think the home she has designed for herself and her husband in her adopted home, New York, is très chic.

Pilkington sits on a sofa by Anthony Lawrence-Belfair, covered in an Ulf Moritz fabric, “Nimbus” from Sahco Hesslein. The marquetry flooring is actually a painted effect.

I adore this room. It has such a quiet elegance about it, and shows that Pilkington has a very discerning eye. A regency chair and a Louis XVI mahogany and leather desk sit atop a 1940’s fan-shaped rug made from vintage kilim pieces.

A 1920’s desk and a directoire period daybed mixed with an Arne Jacobsen “Egg” chair covered in silk leopard in the media room/office. A very unexpected combination, but I like it.

The Master bedroom’s 19th Century English light was the inspiration for the rest of the decor. The 19th Century bed was enlarged to King-size in France.

Ebony and marble table with leather campaign chairs and 19th Century gilded sconces in the living room. I like the use of subtle contrasts in colour and style – it makes for a very captivating interior.

Images from Vogue Living (Australia) November/December 2006.