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April 9, 2019  |  Carolyne Roehm
Style Icon and Lifestyle Maven
Carolyne Roehm: Design & Style: A Constant Thread

Carolyne Roehm’s bestselling lifestyle titles have been a source of inspiration, pleasure, and education for thousands of readers. Now for the first time, she shares lessons from her life in style, from her small town Missouri childhood to her New York fashion career that began with Oscar de la Renta and culminated with her eponymous line, to her role as an author, hostess, and tastemaker in her thirteenth book Design & Style: A Constant Thread.

Roehm reminisces on the influential figures from her past, including her grandmother, who sewed beautifully and ran a successful shop; her mother, who taught her that women need clothes to suit the many roles they have to play; and her mentor, Oscar de la Renta, from whom she learned the fashion business. Roehm tells the story of launching, running, and ultimately, closing her own fashion line, and her subsequent reinvention through books, gardening, entertaining, and décor. Through it all, she shows how the constant threads of character and creativity, and a passion for nature, color, quality, and classicism have informed her work and style, and, ultimately, transformed her life.

Sharing both iconic and never-before-seen photographs, Roehm reveals her creative process through images of her interiors, floral design, and tabletops juxtaposed with stunning photos of herself, her home, and her clothing to reveal the true source of inspiration behind her style and fashion aesthetic. Design & Style is a truly original work that interweaves memoir and universal lifestyle lessons resulting in an inspirational book for her legion of devoted followers.

About the Author: Style icon and lifestyle maven, Carolyne Roehm has been a part of American design culture for more than four decades, with a storied career spanning the world of fashion, decorative arts, gardening, entertaining, and publishing. Finding a mentor in Oscar de la Renta, Roehm worked alongside the couture great for ten years before launching her own fashion house in 1985. A discerning eye and passion for beauty led her into the world of flowers, where her books on the subject have been hailed as the best in their field. She is the author of thirteen books, including Flowersand At Home with Carolyne Roehm, which have cemented her position as one of America’s lifestyle experts. A former president of the Council of Fashion Designers in America, with appearances in both the Who’s Who of Women in America and the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, she has been honored by Manolo Blahnik with a show in her name, and hailed by the late design legend Bill Blass as “the ultimate tastemaker.”She is a frequent lecturer at garden clubs, botanical gardens, junior leagues, and women’s organizations. She divides time among her homes in Manhattan, Connecticut, and Charleston.

Design & Style: A Constant Thread by Carolyne Roehm, Rizzoli, 2018. www.rizzoliusa.com

Books by Carolyne Roehm: At Home in the Garden, Flowers, A Passion for Interiors,A Passion for Blue & White, A Passion for Parties,Presentations, At Home with Carolyne Roehm, Summer Notebook, Fall Notebook, Winter Notebook, Spring Notebookand A Passion for Flowers.

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March 12, 2019  |  Lea C. Lane
Curatorial Assistant, Decorative Arts and Design, Cincinnati Art Museum
“Of the People: Folk Art in America”

Kentucky native Lea C. Lane is a specialist in American folk art. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia, she worked for Dr. Wesley Cowan, a celebrated folk art authority, Americana auctioneer, and Antiques Roadshow appraiser. Lea earned her Master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, where she authored an award-winning thesis, A Marvel of Taste and Skill: Carved Pipes of the American Civil War. Through positions at the Winterthur Museum, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and her current work at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Lea has continued to research, lecture, and publish. Her projects have ranged from English embroidery to contemporary Japanese ceramics, but Lea is most passionate about sharing the rich story of folk art in America.

 

Portrait of Amanda Clayanna Armstrong, Asa Ames, Evans, New York, 1847

Blanket Chest, Johannes Spitler, Shenandoah County, Virginia, 1800-1805

Sand Art Bottle: From Nannie to Nellie, Andrew Clemens, McGregor, Iowa, July 27, 1883

The Peaceable Kingdom, Edward Hicks, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1844

Housetop Quilt, Rita Mae Pettway, Gee’s Bend, Alabama, ca. 1990

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February 12, 2019  |  Gil Schafer III
Architect
“Creating Places to Call Home: How Tradition, Style and Memory Can Inspire Ways of Living”

Award-winning architect Gil Schafer III, AIA has focused his career on residential projects for more than 25 years. Prior to establishing G. P. Schafer Architect, PLLC in 2002, Gil worked in several distinguished traditional residential architecture practices including Ferguson Murray & Shamamian Architects, where he remained for nearly a decade, and worked on large-scale projects around the country, in places including Tulsa, Palm Beach, and Nashville. Over the last twenty years, Gil’s work has involved him in projects in numerous and varied locations around the country including New York, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont; and in scales ranging from under 1,000 square feet to nearly 40,000 square feet.

The grandson and great, great grandson of architects, Gil grew up with a strong sense of how a well-built, thoughtfully-designed home can bring pleasure to daily life. Over the course of his childhood he was fortunate to be exposed to life in a variety of places, including the Midwest, the Northeast, Georgia, California and the Bahamas, each contributing to his sense of what makes places unique and how architectural traditions and lifestyle are influenced by context.

Following undergraduate studies in Growth & Structure of Cities at Haverford College and its sister institution Bryn Mawr, Gil graduated from Yale School of Architecture with a Masters Degree in 1988. While at Yale, Gil studied under several noted practitioners including Thomas Beeby, Robert Venturi, Josef Kleihues, Frank Gehry, and Benard Tschumi and was the recipient of the H. I. Feldman Prize, Yale’s highest honor for studio work, in his final semester.

In addition to his architectural practice, Gil lectures around the country on the relevance and livability of traditional residential architecture today and is the author of bestselling books, A Place to Call Home and The Great American House. He is a member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and winner of Veranda’s “Art of Design Award.” His work and the firm’s projects have been widely published both here in the U. S. and abroad in both magazines and newspapers, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Veranda, Town & Country, Country Life, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among many others.

Gil serves on several non-profit boards and advisory councils, including the Yale School of Architecture’s Dean’s Council, the Dutchess Land Conservancy, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. He lives in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

photos via G. P. Schafer Architect

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November 13, 2018  |  Constance (CeCe) Haydock
Landscape Architect
Let Them Eat Flowers: The Gardens of Paris

Paris gardens were originally inspired by the classical and romantic styles found in Italy and England. Over the past two hundred years, designers have created a uniquely Parisian look to the gardens, as they have become a cultural way of life. Today, Paris boasts of more than 400 private and public gardens, each one appreciated for its distinct place in the fabric of the city.

The tour will begin with such well-known parks as Luxembourg, Tuileries and Bagatelle, smaller gardens such as Monceau, Rodin, and Carnavalet, and also a few surprises such as Promenade du Plantee, Hotel du Sully and Mosque du Paris.

In Paris, a park is almost never a mere plot of grass reserved for leisure, and a garden is rarely a random selection of flowers and plants. Parisians pride themselves in making their city’s parks and gardens places of elegance, artistic detail, and symmetry– even the romantic gardens have been carefully planned to imitate nature.

CeCe Haydock is a graduate of Princeton University (BA English), and received her masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry.  After working for the New York City Parks Department, she worked for the firm, Innocenti and Webel in Locust Valley, NY, before starting her own practice, Constance T. Haydock, Landscape Architect, P.C.  For the past 25 years, she has been working on predominately residential projects, as well as municipal parks and commercial sites.  After completing her research on Edith Wharton and Roman villas in 2007 at the American Academy in Rome, she has lectured on the topic for Planting Fields, Princeton University, Hutton House (LI University) and numerous colleges and garden clubs.  In 2010, she visited more than 25 gardens in and around Paris, and gave the warm-up lecture to the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show “Springtime in Paris.

In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Long Island University, a guest lecturer at the New York Botanical Garden and Farmingdale State University (New York), and a vice-president of Planting Fields Arboretum Foundation, Oyster Bay NY, and a member of the International Council of the Preservation Society of Newport (Rhode Island) County.  A LEED and SITES AP, she is collaborator with the firm Studioverde, which focuses on landscape sustainability.

photos: Constance T. Haydock

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October 9, 2018   |  Marshall Watson
Interior Designer
“Contemporary Classic Design: A Journey to Light, Elegance, and Harmony”

A native of Kansas City, Marshall Watson was favored by Midwestern hospitality, generosity and humor.  His family’s appreciation for architecture, design, art, music, history, civic service and sportsmanship, steered his path.

Watson received his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. There, he was taught to leave no moment unexplored, nor unchallenged as he focused on the interpretive art of design.  While pursuing a master’s degree in theater design at Brandeis, Watson designed sets, costumes and lighting.

Watson founded his design firm, Marshall Watson Interiors in 1986. His robust awareness of periods and styles enables him the flexibility to immerse himself in a range of projects. A subtle blend of transatlantic and American design philosophies suffuses his work. Classic is his hallmark. Though richly layered and often romantic and elegant, his work always showcases a touch of the unexpected and is noted for its “calm and lightness of being.”  As his client base has grown globally, his passion for researching and delving into each culture has only expanded his ability to be site specific and locally attuned.  Hence the broad geographic range of his work always feels grounded in its environment.

Strong walls with sheen, subtly polished natural floors, comfortable, well-proportioned furniture, attention to the ceiling plane, remarkable lighting fixtures, and textural fabrics with a fashion context are all scrupulously orchestrated. This careful orchestration has led the media to hail his “flawless eye for detail,” “spirited elegance,” “gracious sense of proportion,” and “unerring sense of color.”  The media has also referred to him as, “an emphatic romantic, whose sophisticated blend of European influences, ease, and practical comfort has created a unique American design style.”

Receiving Traditional Home’s “Designer of the Year” award; Luxe Interior + Design Gold List; and Manhattan Files “New York’s Rising Star” award, Watson has also exhibited his ability as a designer/draftsman to enhance each home’s architectural shell. Throughout Watson’s career, his work has graced the covers of and been frequently featured in many shelter publications, notably Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, Luxe, House and Garden, Traditional Homes, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens and the New York Times. He has also been featured in New York Spaces, Metropolitan Home, The Chicago Tribune, as well as being a regular design columnist for the Southampton Press.

Since 1997,  Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman has commissioned three best-selling furniture collections from Marshall Watson. He is currently working on his fourth furniture line for Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, and he recently launched an outdoor rug collection with Doris Leslie Blau titled “Elegance Outdoors”.

In his first book, The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors, Watson shares his finest work, demonstrating that while each of these homes is as unique as its owner, they all adhere to principlesthat transform a mere series of spaces into a genuine, coherent home: warmth; light; peace; comfort; balance; proportion; livability; and last but not least appropriateness.

Current projects include a compound in Kukio, KonaHawaii, a residence in London’s Thurloe Square, a townhouse in Boston’s Beacon Hill, an East Hampton estate, apartments in New York and Kansas City, and projects in St. Louis, Missouri, Harbor Springs, Michigan, and Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Marshall resides in Manhattan, and spends weekends at his home in East Hampton.

photos: Marshall Watson Interiors

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March 13, 2018  |  Ben Page
Principal Landscape Architect: Page Duke Landscape Architects – Tradition in Transition – Profiles in Design

Growing up in Tennessee, Ben Page gleaned knowledge of the land, natural systems, and horticulture during a childhood spent on his grandparents’ and great grandparents’ farms, long before he considered landscape architecture as a career. While he was pursuing a medical education with the intent of becoming a doctor, fate intervened and he discovered a passion for his chosen field. Specializing in residential landscape architecture, his firm Page Duke Landscape Architect, works on projects richly detailed and often incorporate a deep combination of historical influences interpreted for the 21st century.

Ben Page loves interacting with clients, and highly values the relationships that evolve during a project. He also considers it his great fortune to have had clients who deeply share his passion. As his work has evolved, the influence of his farm roots has begun to assert itself more often, and he has become more involved in horse farm management, hunting plantation management and master planning for environmentally based communities. His work has been published nationally and featured on HGTV, and has received numerous awards. He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with honors in 1973 from the University of Georgia.

photos via Page Duke Landscape Architects

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April 10, 2018  |  Brian Coleman
Author – Porthault: The Art of Luxury Linens

Brian D. Coleman, M.D. is a practicing psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington. Also an old house enthusiast, he has grown his love for restoration and design into an active second career. He is the Editor-at-large for Arts and Crafts Homes and Old House Journal magazines and has written numerous articles on home design. Brian is the author of twenty books including Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, Scalamandre, and Fortuny among others and most recently D.Porthault: The Art of Luxury Linens. Brian divides his time between Seattle and New York.

photos courtesy of D.Porthault

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February 13, 2018  |  Bobby McAlpine
Architect – “Poetry of Place”

Born in an Alabama sawmill town, Bobby McAlpine designed his first house at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. Architect, romantic, poet, and entrepreneur, he envisions home as a timeless, graceful, and emotionally evocative place. From the time he founded the firm in 1983, he has realized this ideal in a diverse array of traditional styles and regional vernaculars for clients all over the country and abroad.

Today, known simply as McALPINE, the firm now embraces a brilliant and eclectic family of architects and interior designers with offices in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and New York. They have been listed on Architectural Digest’s AD100 and Elle Décor’s A-List. Their designs include hundreds of residences, restaurants, private chapels, follies in a public park and on private lands, hotels, a school, a rehabilitated town, and a family compound on a private island in the Caribbean. Their extensive portfolio has been widely published in several books and many periodicals including VERANDA, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, SOUTHERN ACCENTS, ELLE DECOR, SOUTHERN LIVING, HOUSE AND GARDEN (both US and British editions), GARDEN AND GUN, COASTAL LIVING, MILIEU, and TRADITIONAL HOME. Bobby’s popular furniture line, McAlpine Home, is available nationwide. He holds both architecture and interior design degrees and he continues his lifetime of learning in the world’s classroom. Bobby’s critically acclaimed first book, The Home Within Us (2010), quickly became and remains a Rizzoli bestseller. His second book, Art of the House (Rizzoli 2014), was co-authored with his interior design partner Susan Ferrier. His much-anticipated third book, Poetry of Place (Rizzoli 2017), will be released in October 2017.

photos via Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine

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October 10, 2017  |  Steve and Brooke Giannetti
Architect and Interior Designer – “Stories & Dreams: Designing a Personal Home”

Steve Giannetti is a renowned architect who specializes in the unique combination of classical and modern architecture. Since founding Gianetti in 1994, he has designed homes around the world for clients in nearly every architectural style. Steve is now working on homes in California, France, Connecticut, and Nashville.

Brooke Giannetti runs the company’s interior design studio and is the author of the design blog, Velvet and Linen. She and Steve are the authors of two books, Patina Style and the new Patina Farm, which highlights their home in Ojai, CA. The firm’s work has been published in Veranda, The New York Times, Santa Barbara Magazine, C Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, as well as several other publications.

The Giannetti product lines include custom furniture, antiques and a new collection of Giannetti garments designed by son Charlie Giannetti. With a unified philosophy to create only the highest quality, carefully hand crafted product, the Giannetti lifestyle brand continues to expand across the country. Brooke and Steve live in Ojai, CA, on Patina Farm with their children, mini goats, dogs, Sicilian donkeys, sheep, chickens, and Hector, the house bunny.

photos via Gianetti

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November 14, 2017  |  Susanna Salk
Designer and Stylist – “Decorate Fearlessly with Susanna Salk”

Susanna Salk is a designer, stylist, stager as well as the author of many best-selling design books. Her first was the unexpected hit, A Privileged Life, Celebrating WASP Style (Assouline) which stemmed from her upbringing on Boston’s North Shore. Her next books celebrated design, from the personal weekend spaces of style makers in Weekend Retreats to Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Playwhich was the first book of its kind to explore design for the junior set. Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Cues and Confidence from Today’s Leading Designers (Rizzoli) followed, inspiring people to take design into their own hands. Her 2013 debut of C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon, (Rizzoli) was the first pictorial book on the iconic style of C.Z. Guest. Decorate Fearlessly! Using Whimsy, Confidence and a Dash of Surprise to Create Personal Spaces, (Rizzoli, 2014) explored the power and panache rooms can have when decorated with confidence instead of rules and It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments In Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff (Rizzoli, 2016) focused on the big power of the little moments in rooms. Her latest book At Home with Dogs and Their Designers (Rizzoli, 2017) is a pictorial celebration of the beloved dogs of some of the world’s top interior designers and the stylish life they share. Salk also hosts the monthly “At Home With” video series on the Quintessence blog, which captures her visiting the homes of top designers and style makers around the globe. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two boys.

photos via Decorate Fearlessly!

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