Editor's note: Today I am wearing a white blouse from Ann Taylor, crop pants from JCrew, and kitten heels from Christian Lacroix.
Happy Thursday! Ok— I am officially tired of the yo-yo weather and we are only starting for the next 3 months. It started out in the 30s— I dressed for the weather— and then I was dying at 3:30 and saw people running around in short sleeve shirts. I guess I need to layer more and skip the boots.... I actually came home and put on shorts last night. I think the boots are staying in their box unless the high is going to be in the 40s. Oh well...... I do love my kitten heels and am always happy in them. I had to leave Lacie Rue home yesterday because it was Dallas Day. She was SO SAD—- it broke my heart. She comes into my room now 10 minutes before I leave for work and waits to run to the door. Who says that dogs are not smart!!!! I adore having her at work... one of the many perks of having my own studio. I have absolutely adored having my own space filled with some of my antiques. It makes me happy every day and so fabulous to have the space to have my presentation ready for a client laid out on the long table. Goes to show you that some of the little things in life can bring you the most joy!
Today’s article I found in Veranda. This townhouse was gutted and restored with architectural elements that make it look original, but better. The client said yes to every detail presented by designer Alecia Stevens and architect Nate McBride. The result is fabulous. Enjoy and have a super day!!!
The color palette of the apartment—“ black-and-white and luminous grays, warmed up with subtle touches of bronze, gold, and mossy green”— begins here in the entry. The rug and stair runner were made from antique fragments. So beautiful against the marble floor.
I love the precious toy poodle perched on the Niermann Weeks settee. That little dog got to come to work,too!
Such a quiet and elegant living room. I love the mixture of the traditional elements—- the crystal chandelier, the marble mantel, pinch pleat draperies, and antiques— along side the edgier cocktail table and fluffy rug. I recognize the bunny artwork from Hunt Slonem. I love his work!! Beautiful room.
There are many aspects of this study that appeal to me— but the mantel takes the cake. This antique Federal mantel is fabulous!! I love that the pendant is 19th-century instead of new. Harder to find and deal with— but what wonderful patina it gives the room. I also love that there are Draperies in the room. I don’t understand designers and clients who do not want them—-they add such a layer and finishing touch to any room.
This dining room is a great example of what designer Alecia Stevens calls “ pretty and proper.” She infuses “yummy” details in a room . The dressy crystal chandelier is placed in the same room as a jute rug. The vintage Miers van der Rose chairs are in the same room as the traditional marble mantle ( I LOVE a fireplace in a dining room!!!) and 18th-century Italian mirror. The Gracie wallpaper is gorgeous as usual. Such a great mix of elements to create a fabulous room.
A La Cornue range is a jewel in any kitchen. The ceiling was opened up to reveal the original floor joist. Just wonderful!!!
The gold Louis XVI-style bed creates sense of glamourandbeautyintemaster.
I love the double drapery treatment opening onto a terrace— a treat in any home but especially in New York City!! Love the touch of color on the vintage stools at the foot of the bed.
What an incredible family room opening onto the garden—-I LOVE this apartment !!!! The soft tones in the room allow the fabulous metal French doors , the cocktail table ,and the artwork above the fireplace ( the third fireplace in the apartment!!!) really shine in the room. The Kyle Bunting custom hide rug is wonderful.
This looks like a secret garden full of delight. The steel panels have pinholes that are backlit for a magical glow at night. The faux-boils chair from Alexandra is perfect in the setting.
"High Contrast" article featured in Veranda Magazine January-February 2018 Issue
Interior design by Alecia Stevens
Photography by Bjorn Wallander
Written by Celia Barbour
Oh boy, this is great!
Last night for dinner I had steamed brussel sprouts with rosemary garlic chicken from Tom Thumb.
I never get tired of this one!