Monday, June 23, 2014

DIVINE DIANE VON FURSTENBERG FOR KRAVET



Innovator, iconoclast, design icon; Diane von Furstenberg is all of these and so much more. With her introduction of the wrap dress in 1974, DVF launched a design empire and changed the direction of fashion. Now add "interior design guru" to her vast list of accomplishments with the launch of her new fabric Collection for Kravet.

I recently had the privilege to meet DVF at a cocktail party held at the Kravet NYC Showroom which introduced her new line of bold, color infused fabric designs. 
Dynamic and vivacious, Diane told the audience that she always wanted to create a fabric Collection--what a natural progression for this textile driven designer!
Design board for the new collection-her love of large scale graphics are clearly evident in this line infused with vibrant colors
 Cumulus features a happy combo of her signature "beet" and orange.
The designer's fondness for bold animal prints come to life in Funk Zebra
Named for the infamous 1980's dance club, "China Club" is a fearless update on a black and white a geometric print.

What's next for DVF? A reality show on E! slated for November. If its anything like the rest of her projects, its destined to be a success!



Thursday, June 5, 2014

READY FOR MY CLOSE UP

Designing a room for a Showhouse is the ultimate adventure for an interior designer. You are the client and the space is yours to design and build--its a designer's chance to channel her dreams and inspiration and create a space for the perfect client, you! I've always wanted my own sitting room, a sophisticated, girly room where I can write, relax and dress without the inevitable audience of kids and dogs. I chose to design a sitting room at the Designer Showhouse of NY using my favorite soft blue hue and furnishing it with a mix of antiques and modern luxuries. 
The carpet, a gorgeous silk and wool combo from The Rug Company is the ultimate indulgence--its Kelly Wearstler's "Flaunt," an eclectic mix of bold blue streaks on a creamy background.  
I staged the space with my killer Ralph Lauren platforms-perfect night on the town dancing heels!
Every room needs a touch of whimsy. This brass whippet from Flessas Design is so chic and won't leave footprints on the rug!
The desk is all out glam-Delphine from Jonathan Adler outfitted with an antique painted Empire chair from Lee Calicchio Ltd. The curtains are blue silk trimmed in a gorgeous tape, both from Highland Court.
To me, the ultimate in girly glamour is a big, beautiful ottoman. I custom designed this tufted poof in blue velvet from Robert Allen and made it 42", big enough to lounge and catch up on reading!
The gilded Chinese Chippendale etagere fits the side wall perfectly and houses favorite books and mementos.
Luxe fur pillows add texture and drama to a wall of Intaglio prints. Plain Jane  doors were panelled and modern door pulls installed to complete the room.

Visit me at Barbara Page Home to see more!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Designer Showhouse of New York at the W Hotel Residences


The Designer Showhouse of New York, to benefit Lenox Hill Hospital,is opening today in Manhattan's Financial District and I'm so thrilled to be one of the designers chosen to participate in this inaugural event. The showhouse is housed in the luxe W Hotel Residences, a tower of hotel condos located above the uber chic W Hotel. And the views! Located on the 55 and 56th floors, the condos offer spectacular vistas of some of NYC's most iconic sites-the Freedom Tower, the Sept. 11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty and Empire State building. 

Each of the 20 designers was given a room to design--mine, a 11' x 17' bedroom with enviable 14' ceilings and sweeping views inspired me to design a glamorous, serene sitting room with luxurious touches; velvets, silks, brass, mirrors and a touch of mink all made it into the rooms final design.  

Every room design needs a vision, whether its a favorite color, painting, even a piece of jewelry, you need something to draw your room inspiration and design from. My sitting room features an elegant  9' gilded and painted mirror that is the true star of the room. It began as a set of 10' door panels that were part of the Jayne Wrightsman estate in Palm Beach.  
The door frame panels were from the room featured on the cover of The Wrightsman Galleries For French Decorative Arts book, a spectacular room with obvious references to the Versailles Palais. 
Jayne Wrightsman is an American philanthropist and fine arts collector, best know as one of the greatest benefactors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a close friend of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis whom she mentored during the monumental 1961-63 restoration of the White House. The Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum showcases the Museum's renowned collection of 17th and 18th C. French furniture and related decorative arts pieces—many of which have a royal provenance. Its an dazzling exhibit and definitely worth a visit. 
The door panels were given to me nearly 20 years ago when much of the estate in Palm Beach was sold. They have sat in wooden crates since, until recently when we pulled them out and decided they would make an extraordinary mirror. 
The project was easier said than done--the ornamental plaster moldings were so delicate that they had to be removed for transportation and then reapplied during installation.
The result--a piece of history redefined and the genesis for my room!
More Showhouse to come!



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Design Crush-Hotel N'vY Geneva



It's the kids spring break and with my two older kids studying in London and Scotland respectively, we decided to cross the pond this year and hit the slopes in Courchevel France. We would all be meeting up in Geneva first, my eleven year old and I spending the night before at the Hotel N'vY, (like envy) a chic boutique hotel a little off the beaten path in downtown Geneva but definitely worth a visit.

We arrived at night to a bustling modern lobby filled with cosy, mod seating areas, fantastic art on display and house music playing softly in the background. There was a shocked smile of approval from my daughter who seemed surprised I found such a hip place to stay. Ok, I was a little shocked I found such a cool place to stay too. We took the elevator up to our room, spacious and modern, furnished with Frette linens and robes, Etro bath products and an amazing sound system--really the perfect home away from home.

Famished after our flight went down to the lounge area and ordered delicious $35 hamburgers and a $22 vodka for mom. Geneva is so expensive! The hotel resident DJ played great house music and we stayed in the lounge for a while unwinding from our trip and admiring some of the impressive art at the hotel. N'vY is known for their spectacular collection which permeates every area of the hotel, from celebrated graffiti artist Meres One to Thierry Guetta, aka "Mr. Brainwash", a French urban artist now living in the US. 

Back up to our room and ensconced in our terry robes my daughter remarked that she could get used to N'vY...me too!





Friday, February 28, 2014

FIFTH AVENUE STYLE: HOWARD SLATKIN


Celebrated Interior Designer Howard Slatkin certainly knows how to host a dinner party. From the moment you enter his elegant foyer, a stunning jewel box with references to Peter the Great's summer palace in Peterhof, you are taken with his striking sense of style. A row of Slatkin's legendary scented candles are artfully arraigned on a rare French console and tight bouquets of lily of the valley blooms reflect the light off an antique Venetian mirror. The room is a feast for the senses and a prelude to the rest of his exquisite, sprawling Fifth Avenue abode. 

The sign of a great entertainer, Howard's low key, genteel demeanor instantly puts guests at ease, offering champagne in antique etched crystal flutes along with every one's favorite cocktail nibble, pigs in a blanket, nesting on an antique English silver tray.  
 I've had the pleasure of dining with Howard at his home on several occasions and those nights remain memorable both for the host's impeccable attention to detail and the sheer fun of the evening. Howard embraces the beauty of his environment and celebrates his home, sharing the joy that it brings to him with his guests.
Slatkin's new book, Fifth Avenue Style, (Vendome Press, 2013) is an homage to his fabulous Fifth Ave. abode. The book takes readers on an intimate tour of his sanctuary and chronicles the nearly three year renovation of the space creating most certainly one of the most luxurious, refined homes in Manhattan today. Lush photography highlights the exquisite details of each space as Howard walks us through the rooms, carefully detailing each exquisite design element, from choice of fabric and trims to the careful positioning of electrical outlets. The prose is informative and approachable, peppered with delightful anecdote's and a wealth of design information.

Having experienced Howard's legendary hospitality firsthand, I was thrilled to see special attention given to his impressive French Empire inspired dining room, a gorgeous confection of flora and fruit themed carved walls and a remarkable hand painted ceiling. It is both lavish and intimate; a space made for celebrations. Several pages of vignettes are devoted to his impressive collection of antique china, crystal and table linens; as Slatkin muses, "We all eat, so why not make it a feast for the eyes as well as the palate?"

Dining room inspiration included Raphael's Loggia at the Vatican and a French Empire Savonnerie carpet.
Chinese export Imari-style plates are set for the first course.
18th century plates in a spring time pattern celebrate the season.
A living room niche is home to a custom silk velvet banquette and flock of porcelain aviary.
A serene and elegant gallery welcomes guests.
The guest suite channels a dreamy secret garden with a fanciful French Empire steel and gilt bronze canopy of Indian printed scarves and walls covered in 18th century Chinese wallpaper. 
Fifth Avenue Style is fabulous for so many reasons; it's a coveted view inside a majestic Manhattan home, but it's really Howard's ability to create an intimate living space with rooms meant to celebrate and share with others that make Fifth Avenue Style so stellar.









Monday, February 10, 2014

SETTING HEARTS AFLUTTER

LOVE, Robert Indiana, 1967.

While I'd never turn my nose at a box of Valentine chocolates, there are so many stylish gifts that celebrate the day of love, why stop at salted caramels? Get creative--toast the holiday with a delicious glass of rose champagne and present your loved one (or maybe yourself!) with one of my favorite gifts for the Valentine's Day-


Sweet Tart--whimsical Peron Hearts peep toe pump give a stylish nod to the holiday and beyond.

Sugar, Sugar-Inspired by those yummy Necco wafer candies, the ultra thin Waif Coaster set is made of French enamel coated copper and comes in a delicious palette of sweet pinks and dark colas.


Circle of Love-a darling needle made macarame lace heart bracelet from Cruciani, the renowned heritage Italian lace making house, the perfect gift for your little sweet thing.


Shaken, not stirred-The James Bond Archives, the ultimate book on all things Bond for your dashing guy; enough said.


Red Hot- spice up your LBD or white tee and jeans with these whimsical double rose earrings from Oscar de la Renta.

Friday, January 31, 2014

THE WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW


Andrew Wyeth, The Prussian, 1973  at Jonathan Boos

Featuring the "Best of the Best" from antiquities through the 1960's, The Winter Antiques Show is a must see for both collectors and admirers.  I was invited to view the show during its last pre-opening hours earlier this week at the Armory while final touches were being made to the stylish booths of the 73 exhibitors.  Gorgeous vignettes featuring Americana, English, European and Asian decorative and fine arts are on display punctuated by several new dealers with a trend towards Modernism.

Maison Gerard is a personal favorite of mine. The dealer specializes in fine French Art Deco furniture, lighting and objects d'art. The pieces featured at the Armory are gorgeous representations of the period with inlaid marquetry, sinuous lines and rich exotic woods.  

Gerda Wegener Art Deco Window, France, circa 1925 Maison Gerard, New York NY

A rare screen by  Art Deco master Jean Dunand, considered to be the greatest lacquer artist of the period was a highlight of Maison Gerard, so whimsical and tres chic!
Barbara Israel's booth was simply breathtaking.  An exquisite collection of statues and garden antiques are staged against a lush waterfall backdrop.

Bold and beautiful Harry Bertoia's Devon Dunes,(1958)  bronze and copper sculpture was part of a varied, impressive exhibit at Lost City Arts, New York, NY
A stunning  Queen Anne Jappaned Secretaire Cabinet, circa 1710, Hyde Park Antiques
Tiffany and Co. Diamond Stars and Moons necklace, by Jean Schlumberger
Exquisite pieces from Tiffany, Graff, Chanel and Bulgari are on display in celebration of the 60th Diamond Jubilee of the show.


The Winter Antiques Show benefits East Side House Settlement and runs through February 2, 2014 at the Armory.