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I am a big fan of Kelly Wearstlers commercial work, yet the Viceroy in Anguilla took me by surprise.

A few years ago I met clients for a drink at the bar.  At first, when I walked in, the décor seemed so “uncaribbean” to me.

Then I walked around.  It IS very Caribbean.  Wearstler’s use of natural materials, her color palette, and the subtle nod to more tradition Caribbean design makes the Viceroy one my favorite hotel spaces.

This hotel is huge and could easily feel very corporate (thinking of a certain hotel on the Dutch side of St. Maarten that ruined one of the best beaches on the island).

Instead it’s unique and jaw dropping gorgeous.

Not a bad place to meet for drinks, especially with a locals’ discount.

I have more meetings this weekend about my Caribbean project.

Feeling very inspired

Buon weekend!

 

 

Before my first trip to Italy, nine years ago, I had to cut my vacation short.  The production company I worked for decided to shut down, permanently, two weeks before Christmas.  Happy Holidays everyone!

I was going to scrap the entire trip but my family was very worried about my mental state and insisted I go.

I decided to travel to only one city for just one week.  I narrowed down my choices to Rome or Florence.  One of my good friends in L.A. is a hardcore Italophile.  She proclaimed that I was a Rome person and should save Florence for another trip.

I’ve been to Florence twice. The art is stupendous and the city is beautiful.  Yet each time I felt anxious and couldn’t wait to return to Rome.  It’s not as if Rome is a laid back place.  However, Florence is a much smaller city and cannot handle the hordes of tourists and study aboard students.

Well, I need to get over it because I must see the new Portrait Firenze.  The architect/interior designer is Michele Bonan.  I’ve written about how much I LOVE his work, especially, the newish J.K. Place in Rome.

The hotel is owned by the Ferragamo family (the Lungarno Collection) and is located in the heart of the Historic Center. It has only thirty-six rooms and killer views of the Ponte Vecchio. It’s scheduled to open this spring.

Look at that view.  Love the soft relaxing colors.  Those green lamps?  Must track down.

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Sigh. No words.

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I need to be here with my man, enjoying the Franciacorta.

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Pocket doors. Dark wood.  Look at that ceiling.

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Photos: Lungarno Collection

Happy New Year!

Last year my word was, “si.”

I took some risks (professionally and personally).  I learned a lot and I’d like to keep this momentum going.  The Italian word for “to grow” is perfect.

Other words I considered:

Chevron – I don’t care what anyone says.  This print is a classic and will never be out of style.

Suite Nine - Palazzo Margherita. Designed by Jacques Grange.

Suite Nine – Palazzo Margherita. Designed by Jacques Grange.

 

Idris Elba – Okay, that’s two words.

 

Jon Hamm – Two more words.  The interview starts at 3:41

 

Do you have a word for 2014?

 

 

My sister, Daniella, is ten years younger than me and six years younger than our brother, Gerry.   We were old enough to remember the day our parents walked into the house with a new baby.  She had fine pair of lungs.

Later that night, my ten year-old self was annoyed.  Sure Daniella was an adorable baby and everything but hello, I had school in the morning.  I couldn’t sleep with all that noise.  I may have said something to my mom who gave me the classic Caribbean mother “you better stop with your nonsense” face.  I stopped.

I was in high school when Daniella started kindergarten.  Laning Avenue Elementary School had a Santa’s Workshop where kids could buy Christmas gifts for their family and friends.

Gerry and I would take our gifts from under the tree, unwrap them and say loudly, “ornament, ornament, ornament!” as every year from kindergarten to fifth grade that is what Daniella gave us.  My parents still have those ornaments.

I think it started with Gerry, who said, “oh look, it’s another ornament. Ornament, ornament, ornament!” I have no idea why we found this hysterically funny.

Years later during the first Christmas day we spent with my future sister-in-law and brother-in-law, I busted out with the ornament thing (it really was an ornament) and my siblings and I lost it.  My in-laws to be glanced at each other, “what’s wrong with these folks?”

I don’t have room in my apartment for even a Charlie Brown tree, but I could buy an ornament or two.

Here are a few that caught my eye:

Reindeer!  Love the scarves. Very snazzy.

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A classic bullicante glass ball ornament from Tiffany & Co for those with more champagne tastes.

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I don’t like mice at all but how charming are these ballerinas at Dédé Maison, one of my favorite stores in Rome.

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Great matte finish on this silver ornament.

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Here are more mice with exceptional artistic abilities.

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Jacques Grange is one of my favorite designers.

I adore the work he did on Aerin Lauder’s new office. Lauder recently launched her own home décor and fashion company after years of working for the company her grandmother, Estée, founded.

It’s not easy to create an office that is functional and beautiful.   This one is.

Mood boards in the design studio.

The entrance hall.

The main room.

All photos: Architectural Digest

This office has wonderful personal touches. I think creative spaces need them. One production company I used to work for had a layout/dècor that screamed, “this is where creativity comes to die.”

The entrance hall, pictured above, sets the tone the minute you walk into the office with its art, fresh flowers, and that gorgeous chandelier.

To read the article and see more photos of this fantastic space, click HERE.

 

 

Filippo Cosmelli of IF Lifestyle Management suggested I check out Wonderfool when I asked him for some advice regarding one of my personal shopping clients.

Prospero Di Veroli, a former advertising executive on Madison Avenue, has created a beautiful space dedicated to well-being and style.

I’ve heard people rave about the spa services.  Originally the store was a men’s boutique and spa. In 2009 Wonderfool began to offer spa services to female clients as well.  While the décor has a luxurious, understated masculine vibe, the prices for the spa are moderate.

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Prospero has a brilliant eye and finds interesting things to sell in Wonderfool.   I like that he champions unique artisan designers, like Natusko Toyofuku.  Wonderfool is also the only store in Rome that sells Orlebar Brown swim trunks (Daniel Craig, in Casino Royale).

The scarves by Rome-based Wilma Silvestri are gorgeous and made with vintage fabrics.  I must buy one of the Chez Dédé totes.  I will be writing a separate post about those.  There is a tailor on site who makes made-to-measure suits and shirts.

I’m so glad I “found” this store and look forward to bringing my clients to Wonderfool.  However,  I need to stay away because every time I walk in I buy something.   This is a problem.

Wonderfool

Via dei Bianchi Nuovi, 39

00186 Rome

http://www.wonderfool.it 

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