Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Vladimir Kagan

Vladimir Kagan


After learning about legendary furniture designer Vladimir Kagan's death last week, I found myself drawn into reading his very detailed, intimate and insightful blog for the better part of Saturday afternoon.....  In addition to a number of artisan events he attended right up until his passing, both stateside and abroad, his writing has impressed upon me his unbelievable passion for life! As well as his enduring love for his wife, master embroidery designer Erica Wilson (who passed away in 2011), his three children, Illya, Jessica and Vanessa, and grandchildren......  His deep appreciation for lifelong friendships and the desire to continue to make new ones.....  And his unending pursuit to create art in a range of forms.



The Kagan Family -- Nantucket, 1970s


I am a daily reader of New York Social Diary, and particularly look forward to their Q&A posts (and interiors images) with noted artisans residing in the NY area.....  Mr. Kagan was interviewed & the interiors of his NYC apartment featured in August of 2015. Not only is every photograph an absolute pleasure to take in -- the art, the collections, the time honored treasures -- but a photo of a hallway COVERED in family photos has always stayed with me -- perhaps because it completely underscores the Kagan family's love for one another & past generations and truly valuing the memories of their shared experiences.



Photographs line Kagan's Bedroom Hallway of his NYC apartment



In NYSD's post, the interview mentions how Kagan's daughter, Vanessa had recently moved into a section of the apartment with her husband and three children. The photos of her space show a contrasting interior design style to that of her father's.....  But, her name reminded me of when she was on the cover of Town & Country magazine, the July 1999 issue, photographed on Nantucket and holding her one of her daughters. The Kagan family have been longtime fixtures on the Island. Erica's shop, Erica Wilson Nantucket (which Vanessa now oversees), continues to be the go-to destination on Main Street for all things needlepoint. The T&C photo of Vanessa represents for me a time of idyllic innocence, a very natural & unstylized setting celebrating the beauty and peace of island living.....  1999, a time before the explosion of the internet and the changing landscape of our country and the world.


Vanessa Kagan Diserio, photographed for Town & Country, July 1999




*Photograph from the May 2016 issue of Architectural Digest -- a vintage Vladimir Kagan sofa, covered in green Lee Jofa velvet, placed in the Living Room of Fiona Kotur's Hong Kong home.


Select Images NYSD

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New Work


The Summer issue of Seaside Style is out now on newsstands.....  I have written 4 home tour articles for the magazine (the cover photo is one of my pieces), highlighting the signature coastal style of homes located in Maine, Florida and California. Pick-up a copy to see/read more!

Monday, April 4, 2016

April Covers

Friday, April 1, 2016

On The Market


A Buckhead residence, featured in & on the cover of Traditional Home's FEB/MAR 2013 issue, is for sale.....  I previously posted about this house when it went on the market in September of 2013. It's a 4 bedroom / 5 bath home with guest house..... Interior photos included below.










Images Emily Followill

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Clare Waight Keller


The Paris apartment of Clare Waight Keller (pictured above), Creative Director of the French fashion brand Chloe, is featured in WSJ. Magazine. Waight Keller and her husband Philip Keller, an architect, share the apartment with their three children, 13 year old twins Amelia & Charlotte and 4 year old Harrison.







Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Work


I have written two home tour articles for the special Summer issue of Cottage White, out on newsstands now.....  I've spoken with blogger & artist Haley Estes about creating her creamy color palette and patina rich signature interior design style. And, I take a look at a renovated Minnesota cottage home that infuses architectural & decorative details reflective of the homeowners' love for the European countryside.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Hardman Court


Hardman Court, located off of Pharr Road in Buckhead (towards the Piedmont end), is truly one of the last "original" Garden Hills neighborhood streets where most of the period bungalow homes are occupied by local small business owners, providing a glimpse to a time when Buckhead was once a charming village. Fingers crossed, this dead end street will continue to remain that way!

Pictured above is the residence of Pam Sessions and Don Donnelly, owners of Hedgewood Homes. Pam and Don initially purchased on Hardman for Hedgewood's offices. When the home next door came on the market (above), they purchased it for themselves. Garden Hills historic covenants presented some design limitations to the couple when embarking on a remodel. However, those challenges turned into creative decorative elements applied to the exterior and interior. The completed renovation above and additional photos below.....

 Original Exterior

During Renovation

Finished Kitchen

*Select Images Atlanta Magazine



 Westbrook Interiors

Interior designer Barbara Westbrook has also put her stamp on Hardman Court. She purchased an original bungalow on Hardman in 2007 for the offices of her firm, Westbrook Interiors (exterior above). Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles featured Barbara's completed transformation from period residence to her 5-room office. Additional images below.....






Monday, March 14, 2016

At Auction * Brunk



Check out some of the lots that caught my eye and are included in Brunk Auctions' upcoming sale, happening Friday March 18 - Saturday March 19. Buying at auction is a terrific way to acquire period pieces at competitive price points.....


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

*Get The Look


*Just Listed & Fabulous! I've turned up an estate find -- an unusual 8-sided Blue & White Chinese Garden Stool.....   Similar in style to the pair photographed in designer Tory Burch's Southampton home, featured in Vogue (pictured above). Purchase info here.


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