Editor's Note: Today in New York I am wearing Ann Taylor linen shorts, Joie silk blouse, Vintage Judith Leiber belt, and Vince Camuto sandals.
Happy Thursday everyone! My first full day in New York City and Riley and Harrison's 24th birthday. Oh happy day! I must say I love celebrating in New York City 24 years later instead of being in the delivery room. Delivering twins was not fun to say the least. We have a fun lunch and dinner planned today for Riley's birthday today and her friend Chandler is joining us who is also from Fort Worth and living in New York City. Chandler not only lived with Riley at her house at TCU for 2 years but also lived in the Gramercy Green NYU dorm the summer between junior and senior year. We are going to have a happy day. I always have electricity go through my veins when I go back to New York City. My year at Bloomingdale from 1982-1983 was the equivalent to a graduate school as far as the knowledge that I gained. My first week in Bloomingdale's they put all of the new assistant buyers in a room and told us to look to the front, the back, and the side, and that only one of us would be left. I thought to myself it certainly is going to be me! I worked for Bloomingdale's for 7 years. In my buying experience translated into what I do now. Today I am featuring a house that I did in River Hills that was one of the first houses built in River Hills for two of my favorite clients Janet & Michael. We used every piece of favorite furniture from their previous house except for one piece of furniture that we saved for the daughter and put in the bonus room. We planned this house for over a year and had so much fun every moment of the planning process. This project was a true delight. Make it a great day! I know mine will be fabulous!
The breakfast room. The antique carved chairs are from Brittany and were found at the Market. The Welsh dresser they actually had before I started working with them in the early 90's. You can see her collection of antique chairs on the top of the Welsh dresser. The plates and the chandelier we found at Country French Interiors. The rug is Asmara. The drapery fabric is Brunschwig & Fils.
A close up of the beautiful carving. Each chair has a different beautiful carving on it!
Love the detail on this antique chandelier!!
Some of her antique miniature chairs. Janet also collects antique boxes. I think I found this one in Round Top.
The dining table they owned also before I started working with them. The antique chairs came from Paris as did the two buffets. The needle point rug is Asmara.
Another view of the dining room. The antique lamps on the buffet are cassolettes that were turned into lamps with custom shades. The candelabras on the table belonged in a clock set that was found in Paris. The clock lives in the library.
This gorgeous guest room is enveloped in this beautiful Pierre Frey toile. The antique chest came from the Market found in Paris and use to live in their living room. The chair in the corner I found at K.Flories antiques and had reupholstered.
Janet also collects at my bequest miniature chests. These miniature chests were what furniture manufacturers traveled with to showcase their furniture in the 1800's. The are always pricey but add so much in a way of accessories does to a room. I have a thing about antique books. You will see them in my work every where.
The headboard was custom and the bedside tables came from Paris.
This was Janet idea to put "Bon Nuit" on the pillowcases which means "good night."
This powder room is such a jewel box. The antique mirror we found in the Design District in Dallas. The vanity was custom made by Kerr Collection.
The library extends up about 30 feet. The sofa and fabric is from Duralee and the antique stools were found at Country French Interiors in Dallas. The rug is by Asmara.
Another view of the library. We had the railing with the stairs put in this room as well as her butler's pantry. The draperies are from Schumacher. The fireplace surround we recreated from an antique one that we found that was the wrong scale.
We re-purposed their iron bed that was in their previous Master bedroom and re-upholstered the chairs. The bedding fabric is from Charles Faudree.
This is their daughters room also featuring a Charles Faudree fabric. I took Janet to a fabric showing showcasing Charles Faudree fabrics and she feel in love with many of his fabrics. The carondolet over the bed I found in New Orleans.
The groin and vault ceiling were something we had to have somewhere in the house. This is upstairs in the house leading to the daughter's bedroom. The chest that you see at the end was found at the Whimsy shop in Dallas.
This gorgeous acorn chandelier is by Paul Ferrante. Janet adores acorns and we couldn't believe that we found a chandelier with acorns on it! The iron work on the stairs was copied from iron work that I found in Paris. I actually jumped out of the cab in the middle of the street to take picture of the iron work. The cab driver thought I was nuts!
Photos by Dan Piassick with PiassickPhoto
Riley's coworkers who came for a cocktail party in the suite at the Yale Club before dinner!
Three generations having fun at Westlight in Brooklyn!
My Riley girl and my precious mama!
All the food was delicious! One of our meals to start was the Tempura Bass Buns with aioli sauce, peanuts, and lime.
Second appetizer was a Crispy Potato Skins served with Kaluga Cavier and Yozu Hollandaise sauce.
Third appetizer was a Tequila Cured Salmon with crushed avocados and chili lime tortillas. Everything was absolutely delicious!
What a gorgeous view from the restaurant!!
Breakfast this morning in the room at the Yale Club.
Love these quotes! My twins at age 3 were unbelievable difficult and I still love them!!
Love this song by Michael Buble. I love it when my clients fall in love with the homes that I create for them.