Editor's note: Today I am wearing shoes from Manolo Blahnik and a dress from Eli Tahari with a Cole Haan belt.
Happy Friday! Busy week!!! And I am without Mackenzie for three days . It is funny when I am by myself now how ADD I truly remember I am! I start one thing then jump to another that I remembered is equally as important. I really don’t know how I started my business and ran it by myself from 2002 until 2008 without a full time assistant!! I have always been the type of person who does what they need to do at the time. I do remember that I worked 6 days a week back then and did my books at home on Sunday. I am thankful and blessed to have had a full time assistant since 2008. I NEED the help!!!
We had a very full day Wednesday in Dallas. I took one of my favorite clients (I have quite a few favorite clients...another blessing!!) with me to go search for some new Christmas garlands and greenery in The World Trade Center. Before we went there we had a meeting with Fabricut to see the launch of their new upholstery line. We were treated to lunch in the showroom and Kem Smith was in town for the launch . I was very impressed with the upholstery and was extremely complimented in how he wanted to pick my brain. I am a bit of an unusual designer in that I worked in a home furnishings store for 12 years before I went out on my own. I know a LOT about upholstery and what the competition is like. I would bet that is why my rep Margie chose me to meet with Kem Smith. Fabricut is also about to launch a custom pillow line that he said he would like me to meet with the head of the program to discuss what should be in the line. I joked at lunch that if there could be 3 of me and we could each have full days doing all of the things I know how to do—— what money I could make!!!! Alas there is only one of me so I will continue happily with Kay Genua Designs and allow people to pick my brain on other details. I was honored in how he hung on every bit of advice I shared with him.
The article today comes from Elle Decor and Architectural Digest. When I started reading about the fine china that Costanza Paravicini designs in Milan I was fascinated and we looked her up. Reading about her china produced in Limoges the way china has been made since the 18th-century is amazing!!!! She said setting a table is like dressing for a party. We found an article in AD that had more information so I will be sharing from both magazines about her home in Milan and her china. Enjoy and have a super weekend. Football will be in full swing both in college and the NFL. Hot diggity dog!!!
Pictured here is the oh so talented Costanza Paravicini and her daughters who help to run the store and workshop that sells her fine china. The area of Milan where this is located is Cinque Vie that was built back brick by brick after World War 11. This building is from the 18th-century. What history!!!
These orbs displayed on the table in the window were made by Paravicini’s father and are made of agate, quartz , malachite, and marble. What a cool and meaningful collection. I LOVE the wood floors. This building has been in the family for generations and was redesigned by Marco Zanuso in the 1950s. He is famous for the iconic “Lady Chair.”
You can see the dramatic pitched beams of the apartment here in the dining room. A set of Paravicini’s Serpi plates are displayed on the walls. The deep red looks smashing against the yellow. The dishes on the table are her Zodiac collection.
What a cool bedroom with the exposed stairs. I love that there are bookcases under the stairs—utilizing very space. Vintage prints and watercolors are grouped together for a warm, collected look in this master.
Love, love the Pierre Frey toile used on the backsplash and inside the cabinets in the bar.
A pair of 17th-century paintings inherited from her grandparents hang above a sofa . The floor lamp is circa 1900 and was found in Milan.
Roses and lavender fill the courtyard.
Paravicini hand paints her china at this desk. Displayed on the wall is her Circus Collection and in the bookcase is her Play Plates Collection.
This text is rich in information from the article that we found online with Architectural Digest— so I decided to include the whole thing. What a remarkable lady who has brought back a dying art to the world of table settings.
"Tre's Company" article from Elle Decor October 2018 Issue
By Nancy Hass
Photo by James Merrell
Produced by Mieke Ten Have
My dinner last night was salmon from Central Market with tomato & basil.