KRIS Likes … The Color Green

“He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament.” –Oscar Wilde, Irish Playwright, Novelist, Poet, Short Story Writer and Freemason

Miles Redd

Since today is St Patricks day and the streets are filled with the gaudy use of green; I thought it would be nice to show you the many chic ways in which this favorite color of mine can be used. Hopefully, the pictures below will leave you all green with envy!  Enjoy!

Oliver Goldsmith Orbison 1964 Sunglasses

A Rare Late 18th c. English Green Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy

Derek Lam Evie Clutch

Steven Gambrel’s House

Celerie Kembel

Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace

Steven Gambrel

Large Painted Retreat Sign

Peter Som Hand Painted Stripe Dress

Green Painted Bench Nantucket House Antiques

Mary McDonald

DAVID WEBB Gold and Enamel Ring

Angelina Jolie in Verscace Gown at 2011 Golden Globes

Pair Awaji Pottery Buttress Handle Vases C 1920 at Thomas K Libbey

Love in the Afternoon – Laura Stone Eckhart

KRIS Likes… Things that inspire

“When something is irresistible, you should buy it. Pictures, objects, and furnishings that speak to you tend to speak to each other, creating improbably wonderful harmonies.”  – Mary McDonald, Mary McDonald Interiors: The Allure of Style

I just spent the weekend putting up my new inspiration board (or wall) in my office.  There are few things in life that give me as much pleasure and satisfaction as creating a whole wall filled with images of things I love and admire; things that make me happy and inspire me to be creative and create beautiful things.  It is the gift that keeps on giving and growing!  Due to life’s many obligations, it has been awhile since my last post.  There have been so many things I have been inspired to share and haven’t gotten the chance too.  Therefore, it seemed fitting to post something that included all of the things I have fallen in love with since my last post…  Or at least a good majority of them!  This will be the first time I have shared personal photo’s but now seemed like as good a time as any!   I hope you enjoy them as much as I do – although, nothing is better than creating your own…

Photos from the inspiration board currently in my office….

Bert Stern Marilyn In Black Dress 1962

Top Photograph: Bert Stern Marilyn Monroe in The Famous Black Dress for the Cover Tribute in Vogue (from The Last Sitting) 1960’s

KRIS Likes… Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year… -Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

The Thanksgiving table takes center stage on this holiday as families gather around to eat, enjoy each others company and give thanks.   It establishes the festive mood for the gathering with its burnt umbers, reds, yellows, golds and aubergines.   Bring the outdoors in with all the natural elements Autumn offers us as inspiration.  What fun!  Enjoy!

Traditional Home

Charlotte Moss House Beautiful

Elle Decor

Eddie Ross

Traditional Home

Traditional Home Fortuny Salad Bowl

Pottery Barn

Eddie Ross for Lonny Mag

Steven Gambrel


KRIS Likes… Designer Dressing Rooms

“Dresses for breakfasts, and dinners, and balls;
Dresses to sit in, and stand in, and walk in;
Dresses to dance in, and flirt in, and talk in;
Dresses in which to do nothing at all;
Dresses for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.”
~William Allen Butler, “Nothing to Wear”

Closet of Vivre founder Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti

One of the pitfalls of living New York City is there never seems to be enough closet space.  Especially, if you have a love affair with fashion that rivals my own!  With every new season, the task of changing out my wardrobe leaves me pining for a closet where everything I own is accessible and enticing.  Until my wardrobe wishes come true,  I sadly must live with the extreme case of closet envy I get when I see photographs of designer dressing rooms like the ones pictured below… Enjoy!

Heather Kerner Harpers Bazaar

Steven Gambrel

Aerin Lauder

Jeffry Weisman  Elle Decor

Pier Guerici New York Magazine

Kelly Wearstler (her own closet) – Canadian House and Home

Kelly Wearstler – Canadian House and Home

 Kelly Wearstler – Canadian House and Home

Victoria Hagan Dressing Room Architectural Digest December 2010

Miles Redd

Mariah Carey’s Closet Designed by Mario Buatta  –  Architectural Digest May 2007

Nanette Lepore’s Dressing Room Elle Decor

Laura Vinroot Poole – Domino Magazine

KRIS Likes… The Little Details

“People’s lives are expressed in little details….The soap in the bathroom, the flowers in the garden, the books on the bedside table are all strong symbols of a life in progress. You look at these details and a world unfolds – here are their books, the paintings they cherish, the music that soothes their souls.”  – Charlotte Moss, A Passion for Details

Kelly Wearstler

Putting together a vignette is like creating a beautiful still life.  The display of collections or placement of decorative objects may look simple and effortless but it requires a well-trained eye and is truly an art form.  When done correctly, a vignette can have a major visual and emotional impact on a room.   It fills in the blanks.  Pulls a room together.  Gives it polish and a personal touch.  Transforms a house into a home.  Changing a tabletop vignette is a simple and inexpensive way to alter the look of a room.  Hopefully, these images will help to inspire you…  Enjoy!

Apartment of Delfina Delettrez

Vincent Wolf

Richard Hallberg Veranda

Richard Hallberg Veranda

Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard

Apartment of Julie de Libran

Charlotte Moss

Steven Gambrel

Alberto Pinto Architectural Digest
Carrier & Co Room for 2011 Hearst Designer Visions
Kemble Interiors 2011 Kips Bay Showhouse via Heather Clawson

Lizzie Bailey Lonny Mag Feb:Mar 2010

Kemble Interiors 2011 Kips Bay Showhouse via Heather Clawson

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Celerie Kemble via Lonny Magazine Oct:Nov 2011

KRIS Likes… Maps

“The reinvention of daily life means marching off the edge of our maps.” – Bob Black

Thomas O’brien

For thousands of years maps have helped people define, explain and navigate their way through the world and using them to decorate one’s home is hardly a novel idea.  In fact, the tradition can be dated all the way back to the Ancient Romans who created mosaic tiles that displayed elaborate city plans and maps of their region.  However, It wasn’t until a few hundred years later during the 17th Century that the Dutch put decorating with maps on the map….   During this “Golden Age” of the Netherlands, the wealthy dutch merchants commissioned large wall maps not only for planning their trading exploits, but as decorative symbols of their wealth and power.  The impact of these maps was so great that many 17th Century Dutch painters such as Hals, Vermeer, Ter Borch, De Hooch and Steen began to depict these maps in the interior decoration of their paintings as a form symbolism and allegory.

Map makers during this time were referred to as world describers and I believe that is exactly why what they created still has so much appeal today.  Maps are the perfect combination of science and art.  They merge the observations, imagination and exaggerations of a people, revealing only fragments of history.  Each one has its own unique voice and story that we can connect with on a personal level giving them an enduring beauty.  They remind us of where we have been or where we want to go….Enjoy!

Bella Vici Interiors House Beautiful

1734 Parchment-Paper Map of Paris – Steven Shailer Elle Decor

Pair of Vintage Long Island Maps in the East Hampton Home of Robert Stilin

Pheobe Howard

Living Room of John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross Elle Decor July 2010

Miles Redd

Steven Gambrel

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Celerie Kemble Bathroom Lonny Mag Oct/Nov 2010

Dransfield and Ross

Matthew Patrick Smyth Elle Decor October 2006 Engravings of Paris Circa 1730

Archival Pigment Print Map of Rome on 1st Dibs 

Plan De Paris, Wall Map, Commissioned by Turgot, from 1739

Hand Colored Sectional Map of Paris from 1760Set of 6 Copper Engraved Maps of the United States from 1879-1872

1765 Benjamin Donn Wall Map of Devonshire and Exeter, England 76″ x 73″

Plan of the City of New York – 1776

KRIS Likes… Outdoor Spaces

“There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace.  You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Sandy Koepke House Beautiful

Harriet Maxwell Macdonald and Andrew Corrie House Beautiful

Jean Larette House Beautiful

Home of Ricky and Ralph Lauren Elle Decor July 2008

Sunroom of Amy Neunsinger House Beautiful

Linda Garland Architectural Digest September 2004

Peri Wolfman Elle Decor June 2008

Simon Upton Elle Decor October 2009

Tom Fox and Joe Nahem Elle Decor Feb 2004

Miguel Flores-Vianna Elle Decor

Aged Pinecone Pot (Small) from Jayson Home and Garden – $23.80

Sheffield Copper and Galvanized Steel Watering Can from Jayson Home and Garden – $19.00

Outdoor Trellis Garden Seat from Maine from Laurin Copen Antiques – $2,900

Francoise Carre Casablanca Garden Chairs

Willy Guhl Loop Chairs (1954) from Roark Antiques 

KRIS Likes…Flower Arrangements

Portfolio of Paila + Martha Pacific Heights Residence Kitchen

“When you only have two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.” – A Chinese Proverb

Using flower arrangements to enhance the beauty and ambiance of any interior is not a novel concept among interior designers and yet, after every install I find myself amazed by how important this natural element in a room really is. An ethereal arrangement of long stems gracefully arching out of a trumpet vase or a massive gathering of a single type of flower can add instant beauty and warmth to a room that could otherwise feel cold and lifeless. They can also be a great way to add a punch of color to any space! Some would even argue that flowers can be just as important of a design element as a perfectly placed sofa. Below are a few pictures of beautiful arrangements from some of my favorite interior designers…. enjoy!

Home of Valesca Guerrand-Hermes Elle Decor October 2007

Entry of Meg Ryans Home on Marthas Vineyard Elle Decor December 2010

Elle Decor June 2010

Madeline Weinribs Apartment Elle Decor Dec 2008 

Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer Elle Decor March 2006

Bathroom by Grant K Gibson Photograph from His Portfolio

Jeffrey Bilhuber Elle Decor Oct 2005

Tom Scheerer Elle Decor September 2006