Everybody loves the elegance of Sherle Wagner. But if you don’t live in Dallas, Houston, LA, New York City or Miami – you may not have the luxury of walking through a Sherle Wagner showroom on a whim. That’s where I come in…. to take you on a visual tour through the Dallas showroom; it is too good not to share. Sherle Wagner incorporates extraordinary beauty into the utilitarian fixtures of household life, making mundane towel bars, basins, bathtubs, plumbing fixtures more appealing with precious metals, Italian marble, and polished stone. [Read more…] about Sherle Wagner for Luxury Bath
On a recent trip to New York I stayed in an amazing hotel -The London. It is well located in Midtown, and is a business travelers dream come true. All rooms are suites. There are 560 suites total, approximately 15 of which are upgraded from their standard of luxury. I stayed in a “regular” suite and it was one of the biggest rooms I have ever had in NYC, about 500 sq feet and very well-considered, down to the detail. Let’s go take a look at this awesome hotel. Put on your seatbelt, because this will be an image rich post (which is a compliment to this property…) with lots of travel eye candy. [Read more…] about The London Hotel, NYC
In honor of today’s Fifth Avenue POLO flagship opening, I thought we would take a look at the very first Ralph Lauren NYC flagship store and the story behind its stunning location.
The Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo House is a French Renaissance revival mansion located at 867 Madison Avenue on the corner of East 72nd Street in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Completed in 1898, it was modeled after a châteaux of the Loire Valley in France. The plan was for this home to outshine the Vanderbilt limestone palace. Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo, the eccentric New York heiress who commissioned the mansion, made numerous trips to Europe to buy art, furniture, and statues, which were shipped back in crates and stored in rooms and hallways of the home.
Gertrude never actually moved in, never opened those crates. Widowed after two short years of marriage, she preferred to live across the street in a town home with her unmarried sister. She was unable to maintain the building and it went into foreclosure in 1909. The crates of valuable furnishings, never opened, were the cause of multiple lootings of the property in 1909. She died in debt in 1914. The building remained vacant until 1921, at which time the first floor was converted into stores and two apartments were carved out of the upper four floors. Commercial enterprises which have used the location at various times include an antique store, Christie’s auction house and a Zabar’s-owned restaurant. Then greatness happened: [Read more…] about Rhinelander Mansion, Home of Ralph Lauren NYC Men's Flagship Store
The Hampton Designer Showhouse, now in its fourteenth year, is a showcase for America’s premier design talent. Over 25 top interior designers and decorative artists have turned a magnificent shingle style home into a decorating masterpiece. The Showhouse opened with a Gala Preview Cocktail Party on Saturday, July 19, 2014, and will run until Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014 in Bridgehampton, New York.
The Gala Preview Cocktail event was quite a party and offered the chance to meet the talent behind the design. This house is – enormous. I will give you a tour of the highlights rather than a room by room tour, because, like I said, this is a LOT of house… to the tune of 8 bedrooms, 9 full bathrooms, 3 half baths, pool house, gym, man cave, 2.38 acres, you get the drift. Spoiler Alert: the house is for sale for a mere $13,495,000. Now I know I have gotten your attention. Let’s go take a peek at some show house highlights- [Read more…] about Hampton Designer Showhouse
Today we are going to hop in a cab and head over to the St Regis Hotel in New York. It is simply divine. I will show you a few suites so we can get a sense of the outstanding interior design range within the hotel – beyond the beauty of the standard rooms. The design work is elegant, technologically modern and luxurious. The design firm HDC oversaw the renovation and redesign of all hotel interiors in 2013, from guestrooms to suites to public spaces. They hit it over the fence. Are you ready for a quick tour? [Read more…] about St Regis New York