Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

It’s here again!  The fabulous, oldest continuously operating international antiques show on the West Coast.  Taking place this weekend at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, the show is featuring Chinoiserie this year!

image

Dates/Hours

2010 Preview Party Benefit Gala
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 7 to 9 p.m.
2010 Show


October 28 to October 31, 2010
Thursday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

 

Take a look at the who is going to be showing this year;

2010 Exhibitors

 

Wallpaper on canvas, handpainted with chinoiserie ornaments, from the museum Geelvinck-Hinlopen Huis.

 

image

Gracie Handpainted Wallpaper

If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m a big fan of hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper.  Gracie is one of the premiere companies manufacturing these beautiful pieces of art.   Michael Smith, my favorite designer, uses Gracie in many of his designs.

 

If you’d like to be inspired by Chinoiserie design, check out the lecture series;

Chinoiserie and Japonisme in European Ceramics
Christina Prescott Walker
Thursday, October 28, 11:00 a.m.

China and World Fashion Today
John S. Major
Thursday, October 28, 2:30 p.m

Chinoiserie at Court

Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent
Friday, October 29, 11:00 a.m.

Chinoiserie in Britain, 1650-1820

David Beevers
Friday, October 29, 2:30 p.m.

Billy Baldwin: America's King Cotton Decorator
Adam Lewis
Saturday, October 30, 11:00 a.m.

Bringing the Past to Present and Beyond
Bunny Williams
Saturday, October 30, 2:30 p.m.

 

For a more comprehensive, wonderful post on the Antiques Show, check out Diane Dorrans Saeks blog, The Style Saloniste.

Hope to see you there!

Becky

If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself,
not other people. It is easier to protect your
feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.
- Anthony de Mello

Monday, October 25, 2010

Diane von Furstenberg does Claridge’s of London

Style maven Diane von Furstenberg has collaborated with Claridge’s of London to design a series of room and suites for the London hotel.  Her goal for the room designs was “to respect the architecture and formality of the grand hotel room, but at the same time make it relevant to today’s life.”  Of course, Diane’s “relevant to today’s life”, might be a bit different to our “relevancy”… but what I like about her, is that she is not afraid of color or pattern.  Much like Kelly Wearstler, Diane is not inhibited by either.  And, she has an eye for putting together these designs.

While they may not be everyone’s cup of tea, her room designs are at the very least fun.  Enjoy!

Here are a few snaps of the common areas…

image

Claridge’s Front Hall

image

Claridge’s Foyer

image

Gordon Ramsey’s Restaurant at Claridge’s.  I love the light fixtures.  Coupled with those purple chairs, it creates a warmth in the dining room.

  image

Claridge’s Foyer

image

Claridge’s Entrance

image

Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic Ikat pattern in raspberry and chocolate dominates the dual aspect sitting-room, on a beautiful rug inset into a herring-bone patterned hardwood floor and on the 2 back-to-back sofas.  The artwork in this suite is from von Furstenberg’s own private collection, from her travels around Europe, Africa and Asia.

image

The master bedroom has a soft color scheme, a pop-up 37 inch plasma TV at the foot of the bed and a beautiful canopied bed.

image

This bedroom takes its cue from the fashion world with attractive China Club curtains, bold patterns – including an armchair in von Furstenberg’s China Club design.

 

image

A more organic pattern, but just as effective.  Bring on the DVF!!!

image

The design living room in this suite uses black and white as a base and then pops the room with that delicious deep purple and dark lime green.

image

  Striking marble floors are the highlight in this master suite bathroom.

image

Classic elegance.

image

The décor is complemented by striking lighting in Murano glass.

image

Lalique glass sculptures throughout.

image

Mayfair Suite.  More subdued, but nonetheless classic.

 image

Linley Couture Suite.  Art deco touches are an interesting choice compared to the other suites.  Complete with mirror above the headboard. :)

image

Linley Classic Suite.  I love the clean, classic look of this suite.

image

Linley Couture Suite.  More art deco design.

    image

Linley Suite. 

image

Traditional Linley Couture Suite

image

Art Deco Linley Couture Suite

image

Piano Suite.  The marble vanities are striking, but probably not an installation that a current designer would use.

image

Piano Suite Living Room.  Feels presidential, no?

 

image

Royal Suite

 

image

Royal Suite

 

image

Davies Penthouse.  Beautiful doors.

 

image

The Davies Penthouse.  Yes, please.

  image

The Davies Penthouse

 image

The Brook Penthouse

 image

  The Brook Penthouse.  Wish I could see the view!  I’m sure it’s striking.

  image

The Brook Penthouse

  And now, for their “regular” rooms :)….

image

Superior Queen Bedded Room

 image

Superior King Bedded Room

  image

Deluxe King Bedded Room

  image

DVF Studio

Check it out for yourself at  Claridges of London.  And if you go… take me! :)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hope guides me.   It is what gets me through the day and especially the night.

(Quote from “A Knight’s Tale)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Leona Helmsley’s $125 Million Estate

Dubbed the “Queen of Mean” and notorious for not paying her taxes and going to jail for same, Leona Helmsley, or rather the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, has sold the “Dunnellen Hall” estate  for $35 million, a $90 million dollar reduction from the original asking price of $125 million.  The Helmsleys bought Dunnellen Hall in 1983 for $9 million (paying an extra $2 million for the furniture) and later picked up another 14 acres bringing the total to 40 acres.   The home apparently is in a major state of disrepair and will cost millions to fix.   The property taxes are rumored to be $183,000 a year.

image

All photos by Stephen Rossi Photography, Norwalk, CT

David Ogilvy & Associates currently has the listing on their website, where you can read, with more detail, about this palatial estate.  I’m going to hit some of the highlights for you!   I don’t know if this home has been occupied for years, but the decor definitely reads dated, as you will see below… (let’s have a little fun with this, shall we?)…

Located in The Great Estates in Greenwich, Connecticut, the main residence is 22,000 square feet, the property 40 acres, and the estate designed by Architect William Tubby.

 

image

Magnificent 70-foot marble reflecting pool with a three-tier fountain.

 

image

The grounds include an incredible koi pond with its own waterfall.

 

 image

The entrance is very unassuming and not very impressive for such a massive estate!  Topped with a limestone pediment in the Roman style.  Perhaps this is a secondary entrance?

 

image

This looks to be a secondary hallway off of the entrance hall.  The marble floors, ornate console table and hanging tapestry warm up this space nicely.  What is on the top of this console table though?  Inlaid marble?  A glass insert with something underneath?  Hmmmm….

 

image

Part of the entrance hall.  I love the shadows on the wall from the iron doors.  The urn base table looks a little cheesy though.  And, I would have put the flower arrangement in a differently shaped vase… one that didn’t mimic the table base.

 

image

Entrance hall with a cove ceiling and the spectacular cross arched center hall with a Travertine marble floor, limestone walls running the 86-foot length and a double-height plaster tracery ceiling.

 

image

From another view.

 

image

The major stairway divides into two from the mid-level landing.  They need some artwork on the walls!

 

image

The 45-foot living room with a massive carved stone fireplace with Ionic columns has the same tracery ceiling, gorgeous wide-board teak floors (covered mostly with the massive area rug).  Ok…. Can we talk about that green coffee table for a minute though?  I know the designer was going for a punch of color, but really? 

 

image

The library has a 15th century fireplace mantel, paneling throughout and another lovely tapestry.  What is your take on tapestries?  Do they work for the typical homeowner?  Leona was definitely NOT your typical homeowner!

 

image

Another view of the library.

 

image

Hallway reminds me of the cathedral ceilings in Europe.  Beautiful architecture.  I love the view of the fireplace in the far room.

 

image

Gorgeous landscape lighting.

 

image

The paneled dining room has a fireplace, a bay window and a tracery ceiling.  Balloon shades and chair fabric could be updated.  Ok, the chairs too!

 

image

Adjoining the dining room is a smaller, more intimate dining room.  Another tapestry hangs in the room.  This one not so nice I think.

 

image

This sitting room needs some definite updating.  The emerald green walls with gold trim is very 80’s.  Even the bay window and chandelier harken back to that decade.   Do I spy fake topiaries in those urns in the background?

 

image

The family room has a lovely fireplace, coffered ceiling, and rather loud red velvet sofas that are competing for attention with that rug!

 

image

Where did they go wrong in this room?  Let us count the ways….  One, the rug… Two, the gold tiger print chairs… Three, the sill-length drapes… Four, the lion artwork on the back wall…. Five…. Six…. Seven…. oh my…..

 

image

The 52 foot indoor pool/winter garden has marble floors, areas for sitting and a changing room and bathroom.

 

image

 

image

The lower level has a wine cellar.  Nice, but could use a little more personality and chairs that are scaled more properly for the room.

 

image

Basement entrance to the wine cellar.  If they were going for “dungeon decor”… they succeeded!  Very drab and feels more like going through a coal mine with that ceiling all the way down the hallway. 

 

image

Probably the most disappointing space of the entire estate… the kitchen.  The burled wood cabinets are hideous… even back when this estate was built!

 

image

Now you get to why it sold for $35 million!  Look at this property!

 

image

Beautiful landscaping. 

 

image

The 75-foot outdoor swimming pool has a terrace and a cabana with a kitchen, and it adjoins the tennis court.

 

image

 

image

 

image

Beautiful estate… needing a major renovation!

All photos Stephen Rossi Photography, Norwalk, CT

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

People keep repeating that the main things are love and compassion. Certainly  love and compassion are the main things, but it takes knowledge to make love and compassion fruitful. ... It takes just a second to say 'love'.  But to acquire knowledge for the well-being and blessing of humanity requires an eternity.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life,
your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy.

Share It