Thursday, March 29, 2012


With rich matte glazes and metallic accents, Waylande Gregory's iconic ceramic designs have stood the test of time and are finding a new audience with their brighter hues and modern applications on a wide array of decorative accessories.
A master ceramicist who devised a revolutionary glazing technique, Gregory's designs from the 1940's and 50's are being revived and appreciated once again for their whimsy, graphic sensibility and artistic flair. Gregory's great-grand nephew Bryan Downey and Mickey Rosarin came across a trove of his work, have revived his archives, and are producing pieces in Peru for Waylande Gregory Studios. Their most recent animal introductions are too adorable not to scoop up in multiples. They make a terrific addition with their burst of color, personality and exuberance. You can find WG designs online at Gracious Style and Vivre.

Lime Fish, an instant favorite of mine. His big personality shines through.

Yellow Giraffe Tray

Red Bird Tray

Tiger Face Tray

Fan Peacocks struttin' it across a box, and trays

Blue Pelican and Asian Elephant

Fan Peacock and Buddha's House with Tiger above

Blue Fish Coasters

Elephant Coasters

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


With summer on the horizon, our thoughts tend to turn to outdoor entertaining, and we dream of long warm evenings savoring every minute. Sandra McFarland's HP Designs laminated placemats will help you entertain colorfully, indoors and out. Festooned with elegant animals and large scale prints, her creations that merge flora and fauna are designed on paper and then matted in a laminate casing, allowing them to look great and last. Her classic-with-a-twist designs are available at the shops here, which hopefully are close to where you are.

Zebra with a coral border
Blue crab

Grouper with a moire background and Greek key border

Trellis Merian with fruits and butterflies

Melon and butterflies


Le Swainson bird on a branch with lime zebra background

Coral on an aqua ikat with Greek key border

Large coral ikat

Large trout

Monday, March 26, 2012


Photos courtesy of Michael Simon
Behind a modernist facade at 33 East 68th Street on Manhattan's Upper East Side is where you will now find James Sansum Fine and Decorative Art Gallery. It's new home has more display space for his fine collection of artwork, unique American and European antiques, decorative objects, worldly finds and highly individualized pieces that add instant panache to a room.

Modern, sleek metal signage welcomes you to James Sansum's Gallery, located on the 6th floor. Connected to his partner, Markham Roberts Interior Design's office, there is creativity in spades. The space also houses art dealer Leslie Feely Fine Art's gallery. Come shop then head further up Madison to Sant Abroeus for a Milanese lunch.

A curvy backed 1940's Louis XV Style Sofa with artist Karen Connell's C-print photograph mounted behind Plexiglass, Anywhere but Here, Scene 8 hanging above.

A Regency Style Tall Étagère from England, circa 1910-1920 houses books and decorative objects, including a painted Regency Pen Work Box on the bottom shelf.

A German Rococo Bombe Commode in Walnut has a painted Beech wood French Balloon Back Side Chair, circa 1950 upholstered in pale blue fabric next to it. A vivid blue eglomise and wood Gustav III Period Two Arm Sconce, circa 1790 hangs on the wall above.

Stunning burl walnut veneers with brass mountings on a Queen Anne Period Cabinet on Chest from London, England, circa 1705-1715 with a Large Blue and White English Ceramic Punch Bowl circa 1895 on top flanked by a gorgeous pair of Dutch East Indies Baroque-Form Wooden Candlesticks from the nineteenth century. In front of it, a Chinese Cinnabar Stool from the Qing Dynasty, circa 1890-1910 with intricate carvings.

Painted Beech wood Louis XVI Bergères from France, circa 1780 sit next to a painted wood and marble Louis XV Center Table circa 1750-1760 with a French Modernist Sunflower Lamp by Maison Charles circa 1955-1965.

An inscribed Japanese Arts and Crafts Banquet Table circa 1910-1920 holds a vase of gilded wood and bronze stylized Water Lily Flowers on Stems from Japan, Meiji Period, circa 1890-1910. Painter Julia Condon's Mandala of the Echoes hangs above it.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Personalizing every item you can imagine, Palm Beach's Lori Jayne Monogramming has taken customization above and beyond what you would expect. She will customize everything from ribbon-wrapped oreos to backgammon boards, bags, towels and everything in between.
Ready to initial items on site with their spiffy embroidery machine, the shop at 350 South County Road will create the vision for your next party, birthday celebration or bedding scheme. Bridal parties will love matching monogrammed scarves and pareos, and you will find a wide array of cashmere sweaters and button down shirts that will fit right into your wardrobe's sunny staples.
To give each order the specialized attention it needs, they do not have a website and prefer you stop in or give them a call at (561) 514-9199 or email to start the design process.
Have fun!

A custom needlepoint canvas.

Add a colorful grosgrain ribbon to just about anything.

Motif ribbons abound to trim monogram creations.

Take your pick: framed font choices and sizes line the walls.

Monogrammed scarves for bridal parties are bestsellers.

My mom scooped up this bias-cut linen shirt with contrasting monogram. It is a fabulous find!

Entertain a lot or know someone who does?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Raising the fun quotient for resort wear, Roberta Freymann's Roberta Roller Rabbit has forever changed what we wear to the beach. Her fun - loving global wares and Indian block prints add a punchy jolt of color at home and at play. A sea of color await you in her new Palm Beach outpost. This season, she has moved off Worth Avenue and into the first floor of The Esplanade, into a gracious home. It allows her the space to fully tell the RRR story, as it is filled with saturated colors, joyous patterns, and easy to wear beachy silhouettes. There is plenty for home too, and let's not forget the all-important hostess gift, for this is a town synonymous with entertaining with style. Enjoy the new house of Roberta, where it is hard to leave empty - handed.

Citrus yellow awnings lure you inside.

Window dressing with color coordinated resort wear and home goods.

Take a seat in a patterned chair as you browse the bejeweled necklaces on a nearby table.

Available in every possible hue, pareos can get sandy or cut a bright swath across a dining table.

Bathing suits, sarongs, button down shirts, kurtas and dresses in bold signature prints stand out against the cheery yellow walls.

Children's bathing suits, mini kurtas, shorts and hats are beach ready.

A white canopy bed made up in jaunty blue and white bedding sits on a graphic rug in the middle of the shop.

A closer look at the bedding, where mixing scale is de rigeur.

More blue and white looks oh - so - right in this resort setting.

Scarves and throws come with embroidery and printed versions.

Grab a clutch and go.

Bone-inlaid furniture and accessories fit right into the pattern play.

These adorable monkeys make great gifts, as do the cosmetic bags above.

A wall of neatly rolled quilts ready for a home.

Edged in teal blue and saffron yellow, RRR china featuring an elephant motif is festive and sophisticated.