Category: New York


Ten Little Cities

I just found this on the NY Magazine website – the Design Maven’s map of New York – and thought I’d share. I’ll have to check some of these out next time I’m there.

Charlotte York’s apartment – SATC

For anyone else out there who was a fan of Sex And The City – and especially of Charlotte York’s style – I thought I’d share some pics I found of her Upper East side apartment.
Charlotte’s bedroom – I love this image. The combination of the wallpaper and white panelling is very pretty. It’s a nice version of what I call simplified traditionalism. The parsons-style night stands and the upholstered bedhead are classic, and I love the chest of drawers on the right (if anyone knows where it came from I’d love to know!).

Detailed view of the bedroom, and her dressing table. So pretty.
I just adore (gee, I need to find a bigger vocabulary, don’t I?) this room. The combination of the pale green with the pink and dark wood is a winner in my books. The desk and chair are from one of my favorite furniture designers, Todd Hase. No idea where the lamp comes from, but its beautiful, along with the other desk accessories. This is possibly the prettiest study I’ve seen. Pity it’s just a set!

The dining room is very simple and elegant.

Wood panelling in the entrance.

more for the Wearstler fans…

This is the gorgeous bar and restaurant that Kelly Wearstler designed at the Bergdorf Goodman flagship store in New York. I love the colours she has chosen for this space, they’re so fresh and modern, but also very glamorous and chic. Apparently BG wanted a space that would appeal to all ages, and I think she’s managed to accomplish that here. I think this project is also a bit of a departure from her ‘typical’ look, and she’s shown that she is capable of mixing it up a bit.


I love the wall panelling here, the gold and black work like magic together. Notice the mermaid sconce on the wall to the left? It’s the same as the one used in the dining room in my last post. They’re from Jean de Merry. I’ve noticed she uses a lot of their lighting in her projects, including her previous home. I just wish I knew where she gets her lamps from…!


I think Kelly has a fantastic eye for contemporary art, and has a talent for merging them into interiors that have great verve.


The wallpaper is from De Gournay, and it works so well here. I love the combination of the pale blue with this apple green. It’s so fresh.

The sconces here are also from Jean de Merry, and are the same as those used in the living room in my last post.


I just love the mirrored panels here – and the colours she’s used.


These ‘sea urchin’ ceiling lights are fantastic. The cabinet at the back of the room is KWID design.

I’m loving these canopied armchairs. She’s used them in a lot of projects recently and are starting to look old already, but I love them used here in this intimate table setting. All of the furniture seen here was made for the project by Sunview Finishing in L.A. (for anyone in the area, their number is 323-954 9263). Apparently she uses them a lot.

Images are from the KWID website and from Hospitality Design magazine – April 2006 (vo. 28).

Nathan-Egan Interiors

I picked up a copy of the latest edition of House Beautiful (USA) last night, and stumbled upon a design firm I had not heard of before – New York based Nathan-Egan. I thought I would share some photos I found on their website of projects they’ve completed. I love the colours they’ve used to create dark, moody and masculine interiors.

I love the mirror panelled wall on the right behind the piano.

I love these two images, the colours are soo rich and beautiful.

Steven Sclaroff

This apartment was also posted earlier this month (on Peak of Chic), but I wanted to post it again because I think it’s beautiful and deserves the attention! This is another masterpiece by decorator/antiquarian Steven Sclaroff.
Let me just say, I think the man is a genius with colour, and has a knack for creating rooms that look comfortable and lived in. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of minimalism (sometimes), but if it’s not done right the place just ends up looking like a hotel room to me. I think its really important for a home to have pieces that have a personal history and for a home to be imbued with the life and memories of the occupants.

The living room is an amazing mixture of fabrics, colours and art.


The dining room is a symphony of pattern and colour.

I love the colours in the main bedroom.

I love this sitting room. The colours are so relaxing and a bit moody, but I love the arrangement of art on the walls.

Steven Sclaroff & Kate Spade

I know this apartment has been blogged about a million times, but I still love it. Kate Spade is an awesome designer, I totally love her preppy style, and her general chic-ness. This is the apartment she shares with her husband Andy Spade (brother to David Spade, the actor) and baby in New York. They had Steven Sclaroff help them with the decor. I love the mix (dare I use the overused word ‘eclectic’?) of colours, styles and furnishings, coupled with their collection of contemporary art.

I wish Sclaroff’s website actually had project photos on it…

Entrance with collection of drawings etc. I love the wall colour…

The living room is a crazy mix of colours, styles and somehow it all works.

They even make taxidermy look stylish.

I love the wallpaper (it looks like silk or seagrass to me), and the bright colours.

Another view of the master bedroom – I love the red striped fabric next to that chest of drawers.

Ensuite bathroom.
Spare bedroom (my husband would never let me use that much toile in the house, let alone one room!!).

Love the kitchen banquette and the tiled floor.

Fox-Nahem Design

I wanted to share some images from an old edition of Elle Decor USA (May 2001) – I’ve been carrying this magazine around with me since I bought it, and has moved from Japan to Australia to Hong Kong with me. This apartment is still one of my favorites to this day. When I first saw the living room it took my breath away. I don’t quite know what it is that I love so much about it, perhaps its the lightness in the room, the beautiful architectural detailing, and the exquisite selection of colours and furniture arrangement. This apartment is in an old Stanford White building in New York, and was designed by the firm Fox-Nahem.

I just adore this living room. The sofa was custom-made, the side chairs are Jean-Michel Frank replica’s and the slipper chairs are Billy Haines.

A Francis Elksins side chair in the living room.

Andre Arbus cabinet in the living room.

Vintage Italian 1950’s wing-back dining chairs in the oak-panelled dining room.

Custom leather sofa and shelving by Fox-Nahem in the library.

Stunningly beautiful kitchen.

Super sexy master bedroom.

Master bathroom.

Cool bars of the world….3

Here is another one that tickles my fancy, just a shame I didn’t get a chance to visit during my trip in NY. These photos are of the Rose Bar, Jade Bar and private Rooftop (see footage of NY socialite Fabiola Beracasa do a tour of the exclusive rooftop) at the new Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, designed by Julian Schnabel (previously a film maker) for Ian Schrager. Here is an article on him (with more photos) in the NY Times. I love the colours they’ve used, and just how different it is to anything else I’ve seen lately, very new and fresh. And the collection of art is to die for! Check out the photos below, I also recommend checking out the website for photos of the hotel itself, its quite eye catching!







Quote of the day

Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve just been checking out the Anthropologie website which has been updated since the last time I looked. I was in there store while in New York and could have just about bought one of everything in there, I love that place! So I thought I’d share a quote for the day from their website that I liked.

“Imagination needs moodling – long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering”.
– Brenda Ueland.

Also, I thought I’d share this image from their spring home collection as I’m really loving lime and violet at the moment. Maybe I’ll try and find some more images over the weekend to share…

The big apple

So, just wanted to rave a bit more about how much I loved New York….
Design-wise, it has to still be the capital of the universe for sure. I had so much fun just wandering the streets and checking out shops that are not available outside the US including
Distant Origin (stockist of Chair Couture), Kate Spade and Anthropologie (where I bought a dress by Corey Lynn Calter – so cute! – see the photo of me wearing it) as well as heaps of fabulous book stores like Barnes and Noble, Strand (tones of 2nd hand as well as end of runs, great bargains to be had, and I’ve just discovered they ship overseas..) and Potterton Books (in the foyer of the D&D Building – specializing in rare and hard to find design books).

I picked up a few great finds, a great book on Andre Arbus that I purchased through an Amazon vendor and had delivered to my friends apartment (they won’t ship outside the US). What an amazing designer he was. His pieces are so timeless and graceful in proportions. The book is written in French (I’ll have to get my husband to translate it for me!) but the photos are amazing, and have inspired me to change the décor of our apartment…You can click on this link to see some of the designs that are currently in reproduction, or see 1stDibs for a selection of originals.

Speaking of the D & D (Decoration and Design) Building in New York, I spent an afternoon there, which I thought would be plenty of time, but with 18 floors of showrooms (a decorators paradise) I barely got through half! I did manage to check out some of the fabric and furniture showrooms including Clarence House, Quadrille, F. Schumacher (I checked out the Kelly Wearstler and new Jamie Drake collections up close), Brunschwig & Fils, Ralph Lauren, Holland Sherry, Donghia, Nancy Corzine, Kravet, Patterson, Flynn & Martin/Rosecore (for Kelly Wearstler’s rug collection, which is much more beautiful in the flesh), as well as the furniture collections of Maxine Snider and Jan Showers at Tui Pranich & Assoc.

All in all it was a fantastic trip, and I’m now counting down the days til we can go back again….

I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps….

New York! New York! What a great city it is. My husband and I totally fell in love with the city and are looking forward to going back soon. Thanks again to our friends Deb and Ades for putting us up, and putting up with us!

I have heaps to post about the trip and all that I saw, but in the mean time I thought I’d post some images of another fabulous New York apartment, this time the Manhattan abode of fabulous fashion designers Badgley Mischka. These images are from a Harpers Bazaar issue from late last year. I love the simple colour combinations they’ve used, its ultra stylish and ultra cool, and looks very livable.


Loro Piana

A few weeks back I had the honour of being the first designer in Hong Kong to view the newly launched uber luxe interior textiles collection from Loro Piana. For anyone who isn’t familar with this textile house, the family owned Italian company produces the world’s finest cashmere fabrics, along with other world renowned natural fibre fabrics. The new interiors collection consists of fabrics made from the finest cashmeres, wools, linens, cottons, silks etc. They are absolutely beautiful and sooo luxurious, and they’ve inspired me to post some photos that were in Elle Decor (US) a few months back, of the NY based fashion designer Zang Toi‘s apartment. He has used the Loro Piana cashmere on his sofa, trimmed with mink. I can’t think of anything more beautiful and indulgent to live with. I love this apartment, its so fresh and so light, and very Parisienne.

I won’t be able to post again for a few weeks as I’m off to NY myself, and hoping to have some great photos or samples to show all on my return.