Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a dress from Beehive and shoes from Emilio Pucci.
Happy Thursday! I love it when things happen on time without a hitch—- I hate to say but it does not always turn out that way. I needed wall paper in a dining room done before a party— everything worked like clockwork getting the room taken down on Saturday... prep work and installation took exactly 3 days— and the room was completely put back together by 11:00 this morning. Voila!!!!! Done and gorgeous. Now if the fabric would get through customs to be applied to the antique chairs before the party........... the word customs always sends shivers. The lights from Bevolo might make it in time.... keeping my fingers crossed! Tomorrow we get to install the sofa in the living room of my client who moved in last month. The sofa got stuck at a receiver switching center —-I was so bummed it did not get here last week . Except for a mirror over her buffet.. this will complete the living room. I am so excited!!
I found the article today in an emailed newsletter from Galerie Magazine. I thought it was gorgeous and would be fun to share since it was not published in the issue. This seven bedroom home on Long Island had completed plans before the family decided that they did not want a Tuscan-style home. Instead of scrapping the plans... they hired designer Penny Drue Baird to blend the Tuscan exterior with a modern interior. Baird holds a PHD in psychology — and she said she “had to make Tuscan and modern get along.” I had a similar situation when I did a home in Boston years ago. The couple was transferred from Ft. Worth to Boston— and purchased a home that was very contemporary. Their home in Ft. Worth was filed with antiques and traditional furnishings. It was a challenge but it turned out to be fabulous with the addition of some more contemporary fabrics added in here and there. Enjoy this beautiful home that the husband says makes him feel like he is on Lake Como in Italy! Have a super day!
So many stunning details in the library. The4 ceiling is amazing!!!!!! And that light—- it is by Fuse Lighting from Dennis Miller. The pair of club chairs from A. Rudin by the window I know from selling the frame that they are beyond comfortable. The way the bookcase is displayed it wonderful... especially the row of white urns on the top row.
Many elegant details in this dining room...... but that table. WOW!!!!!!!! What a work of art!!!!! Custom-made by Mark H. Luedeman— it is a showstopper. The chandelier is by Ralph Pucci—also stunning. The Italian sideboard is from the 1930s——-Baird snuck in some Italian influence in the perfect way.
This pool house is so elegant! I love the sea-grass-wrapped wood armchairs and cocktail table by A. Rudin. The pair of armchairs in the window are by Janus et Cie. I have these specked for a current job—- they are divine in person! The wood framed sofa that you get a glimpse of looks fabulous.
The all cram master bath is so peaceful. Can you even imagine getting to take a shower in that HUGE shower with that view?????? The portrait is by Josef Scharl. Gorgeous.
The view from this room is beyond amazing!! No wonder the husband feels like he is on Lake Como. Instead of can lights.... the four alabaster fixtures from Carlos de la Puenta Antiques give gorgeous diffused light and add so much interest . I love all of the curvature of the upholstery in the room.
Another wonderful light fixture from Carlos de la Puenta Antiques adds such pizazz to the master. I love the custom bed designed by Baird—- especially how the headboard extends past the side tables. I am sure the silk carpet by Edward Fields feels divine to a barefoot. Beautiful artworks featured in the room by Juan Cruz Reverberi (left) and Dennis Creffield.
The mirror over the mantel by Bruno Moinard is flanked by more wonderful sconces by Ralph Pucci. The lounge chair by Lorin Marsh is so sumptuous . I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the new Lorin Marsh showroom in New York in April. The entire showroom was a fears for the eyes.
What an incredible home. Job well done Penny Drue Baird!!!
"How Designer Penny Drue Baird Makes Tuscan and Modern ‘Get Along’" article featured on www.galeriemagazine.com
By Kathleen Hackett Photography by Peter Murdock
For dinner last night I had salmon and chopped barbeque ranch salad from Central Market.
Such a good song!