Friday
Oct112013

buddy, can you spare $49.5mil?

This, my excellent blog reading friends, can be yours or mine for the cool listing price of $49.5million. It is the extraordinary Water Mill, NY house of Nine West founders and gajillionaires Vince and Louise Camuto. Despite it's insane size (22,000 sq ft) I find it to be a total dream. The interiors are by Louise Camuto and Carol Egan. Nicely done. The house has heaps of grandeur yet still manages to look relaxed and inviting — that's no mean feat.

Enjoy this tour...

Super dreamy kitchen!

Just take a gander at the detail of the edge profile of the marble counters...amaze.

Blueberry waffles and mimosas anyone?

A little bit of Canada representin' in the media room as the sofas are by our very own Montauk sofa (don't be fooled by the New Yorky name, Montauk is Canuck).

The formal dining room has a decidedly Gustavian feel, perhaps because the lady of the manor is an ex-Miss Sweden. Also, masterful photo styling here by Howard Christian - hat tip to you, sir. That tree branch in the background...makes the shot.

Aaaaaaaah. Cashmere robe, a must.

oh. my. heart.

The story of the full renovation was published in the July 2013 issue of Architectural Digest, with these stunning photos by Scott Frances and styling by the aforementioned Mr. Christian.

Check out more deets on the real estate listing at Curbed Hamptons and Sotheby's 

PS, this marks my return to the blog...I hope.

Wednesday
May292013

nyc flower markets

Have you ever been to the wholesale flower markets in New York? I love going to flower markets when I travel. These photos are from late March - just the beginning of spring flower season. The shelves were TEEMING with blooms. At this place above they stack the bunches on their sides on 10-ft high metro shelving carts. 

Tulips, tulips and more tulips.

The flowers and plants spill out onto the street along 28th St. And, by the way, I'm happy to report that anyone can go into these places - you don't have to be a pro.

Ranunculus for days!!

This place was totally jaw-dropping -- an entire store lined with 9 and 10 ft high blooming branches -- mostly cherry when I was there. It was so crazy amazing. Why why why can't we have access to this stuff in Canada? This is the modern era people - put them on a truck! Sigh.

I came across this fun video interview with Carolyn Roehm taped in the Flower district. Kinda fun. One of my fave aspects is the sound -- get a load of the hustle and bustle - the place is busy and LOUD. Hey, it's NYC, whaddya expect? And three more things: 1. Could she be more chic? 2. That. Hat. 3. Peonies and garden roses. Of course. 

Peonies and roses. I share Carolyn's love of these two. I snapped these beauties at my place after doing a shoot with Virginia Macdonald. The story appears in the July 2013 issue of House & Home - on stands right about now. 

 

 

Saturday
Mar302013

happy easter flowers!

One of the fringe benefits of my styling gig is getting to take home flowers after a shoot. Well, this weekend it is bumper to bumper blooms chez Austin thanks to back to back floral shoots. On Wednesday, our place was the location for a floral story schedded for the July issue of House & Home. I was working with the most talented Virginia Macdonald - what a treat. I cannot wait for you to see.

 

Then first thing Thursday morning it was down to 299 Queen St. W. in Toronto to The Marilyn Denis Show for a segment on spring floral arrangements. It felt like I did the segment in 30 seconds so I have no idea what came out of my mouth - HA! The whole team there is so great to work with. I must confess though, my fave aspect is getting my makeup done. It just makes me feel so pampered and I rarely indulge in such things on my own (which I realize is dumb).

I got most of the supplies for the segment at the Real Canadian Superstore. I popped by today and sure enough the place is stocked with potted bulbs, tons of mixed arrangements, and of course they always have great vases and other vessels. I like the white ceramics in the serveware dept. even better than the clear glass vases. And the best part - nothing I used was over $20. So if you haven't decorated for Easter yet, click here to watch the vid and then head out to the Superstore.

OK, now I'm off to make some bouquets to bring to my Dad and Mom and her nursing home buddies.

Joyeuses Pâques!