LDV Exclusive: Modern Meets Traditional on Park Avenue

{Cece Barfield Thompson’s Clients Had Two Requests: A Green Velvet Sofa and a Mix of Modern and Traditional}

Today, we have an exclusive home tour from, CeCe Barfield Thompson, a very talented designer on the rise based in Manhattan. CeCe, an alumna of Vogue and Bunny Williams, Inc.,  specializes in crafting spaces that are high in style, but not in pretense. Coveted for her southern charm and refinement, CeCe creates sophisticated, fresh and one-of-a-kind living spaces — using old, new, inherited and found pieces — that carefully marry the designer’s style with the client’s individuality. This particular home was designed for a young, vibrant family. The classic, pre-war apartment and the homeowner’s aesthetic sensibility called for traditional interiors, but through Cece’s lens, the home feels fresh, modern, and welcoming. It is elegant and refined, yet maintains and inviting, casual sensibility. I love that every room has even served a big dose of color,  paired with carefully selected patterned textiles. While each room makes an individual statement, it all feels completely cohesive– as the best houses do. I particularly love the living room, but the rich, aubergine grasscloth walls in the foyer also make quite a statement. Which room is your favorite?

{Rich Aubergine Grasscloth by Clarence House, a Console from Meg Braff, and the Client’s 19th Century Dutch Painting Create a Welcoming Scene in the Foyer}

{Another View of the Pretty Living Room}

{A Pale Blue Christopher Spitzmiller Lamp Next to the Green Sofa}

{A Painting by Rosie Quick Creates a Lovely Focal Point in the Room and Ties the Various Textiles Together}

{The Dining Room features a Favorite Combination of Mine: Saarinen-Style Table, Louis XVI Chairs, and a Custom Banquette}

{A Mise-en-Scene}

{The Master Bedroom features a Custom Canopy lined in a Striped Fabric along with Monogrammed Bedding, and Gkustavian-Style Bedside Chests from Chelsea Editions}

{The Curtains in the Bedroom, in Robert Allen’s Burny Fabric in Indigo, Match the Fabric on the Custom Headboard and Sconce Shades}

{The Crisp Master Bathroom}

{The Little Boys’ Room features a Whimsical Wallpaper by Schumacher and Custom Bedding by Walker Valentine}

Sleeping Beauty

Yesterday, we took a tour of the 2018 Kips Bay Decorators Showhouse together, here on LDV. Today, we’ll take a deeper look at one of the most beautiful rooms in the showhouse, a bedroom dubbed “Sleeping Beauty”, designed by my talented friend, Mark Sikes. Mark is a brilliant designer and an even more gifted storyteller. This room tells the story of enduring beauty and timeless style, inspired by the iconic bedroom of Pauline de Rothschild. In Mark’s words, “at showhouses, you want to create something really innovative, but I also wanted to create something that will look great in 30 years”. That timeless beauty comes courtesy of hand-painted Gracie wallpaper, a custom Louis XVI-style bed in a gilded finish, which bears a stripe from Mark’s fabric collection with Schumacher, along with antiques from the estates of Bunny Mellon and CZ Guest, exquisite porcelain flowers by Vladimir Kanevsky, an English dhurrie rug, and a tented vestibule. There are so many wonderful details in this space. As usual, Mark and his team have made it beautiful.


{Photography by Doug Rice, Courtesy of Mark D. Sikes}

A Tour of the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

The Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse officially opened on Tuesday. Lauded as the premier show house in the country, Kips Bay repeatedly attracts the foremost talent in the American design scene for its annual event which benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club provides a plethora of services for over 11,000 underserved children in the New York Area. It is always fun to see what each year’s new iteration of the Kips Bay Showhouse will bring as showhouses provide designers to take bigger, bolder risks than they would when a client is attached to a project. While some spaces are provocative and over-the-top, others are elegant and restrained. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to visit Kips Bay this year as I’ll be on the West Coast for the first half of May and won’t be in New York again until early June, after the showhouse closes on May 31st. Luckily, Architectural Digest just featured an in-depth tour and Devon from the Paloma Contreras Design team was there to cover Kips Bay for LDV, so check back tomorrow for additional coverage!

{Foyer by Michael Herold}

{Basement by Juan Montoya}

{Stair Hall by Dan Fink}

{Kitchen by Clive Christian}

{Garden by Mario Nievera of Nievera Williams}

{Sitting Room by David Netto}

{Pantry by Steilish Interiors and Architecture}

{Landing, Wet Bar, and Pantry by Wesley Moon}

{Living Room by Bunny Williams}

{Dining Room/Library by Barbara Ostrom}

{Staircase by Sasha Bikoff}

{Salon by Drake/Anderson}

{Bedroom by Alessandra Branca}

{Bedroom by Mark D. Sikes}

{Dressing Room and Bathroom by Marcia Tucker}

{Bedroom by Brian Del Toro}

{Sitting Room by Alexa Hampton}

{Lounge by BA Torrey}

{Guest Bedroom by Katie Ridder}

{Drawing Room by Philip Mitchell}

{Powder Room by Scott Sanders}

{Spa by Pavarini Design}

Congratulations to all of the participating designers! Which room is your favorite?

{Photography by Nickolas Sargent for Architectural Digest}

The Best of High Point Market: Spring 2018

{Suzanne Kasler‘s Paris Collection Marks her 10th Anniversary with Hickory Chair}

Twice a year, I make the pilgrimage to High Point, North Carolina for the design industry’s biggest market event. It is a great way for me to discover new finds as well as visit favorite vendors and see their latest offerings. Between meetings, networking, spending time with friends, I spend my days seeking out pieces for current clients and finding fabulous new things for future projects. The market is truly massive encompassing many large buildings in downtown High Point and is very well-attended by people from all over the world.

I came away from this market feeling energized and inspired. I found some beautiful new pieces and having had a wonderful time, but was exhausted by the end of it! This season, color– whether pink, green, or peacock blue, seemed to reign supreme and I am happy to report that classic design is alive and well. It seemed to be more about the mix between traditional and modern rather than the contrived, strictly modern looks that so many people got wrapped up in the past few years.

{Pretty in Pink: A Custom Pink deGournay Wallpaper in Suzanne Kasler’s Showroom}

{Suzanne Kasler}

{Courtney and Randy Tilinski of Bungalow Classic in Atlanta continue to create one of the prettiest furniture collections for Highland House. Their showroom is always beautiful and inspiring.}

{Bungalow Classic’s Positano-Inspired Showroom}

{Mark D. Sikes‘ collection for Henredon is a modern take on classic designs. This time around, Mark decided to “go green” and dressed his beautiful space in a variety of verdant fabrics in varying shades of green. The result was fresh and inspired.}

{Mark D. Sikes}

{The Visual Comfort showroom is always a must for me. This time around, these modern sconces by Aerin caught my eye. Aren’t they chic?]

{The New Orleans-based lighting designer, Julie Neill debuted a new collection for Visual Comfort which includes some favorites from her regular collection, including the Diego Chandelier shown here as well as several new designs exclusive to the Visual Comfort collaboration.}

{I happened upon this chic grouping of natural fiber and iron furniture at Gabby Home.}

{The Antiques & Design Center in Houston is among my favorite stops in High Point. After showroom after showroom of new things and decorated sets, it is refreshing to go the antiques center and find unique, old things. It’s a wonderful palate cleanser and there are wonderful things to be found, some of which are coming home with me.}

{How fabulous are these antique French corner chairs I spotted? I love that they were stripped and bleached.}

{Preppy brand, Oomph Home introduced a lovely new line of pretty vanities. I can’t wait to use this little scalloped number in a client’s powder bathroom!}

{One of my favorite finds at Market was this stunning series of Swedish botanicals from Ornis Gallery.}

{These vibrant Anglo-Indian botanicals are by the same artist as the botanicals in Lee Radziwill’s bedroom– fabulous!}

{One of my favorite rug vendors, Kings House had some wonderful rugs that we are planning to use for a client’s home as well as this vibrant stunner.}

In the Mood: April 2018

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Green has always been one of my favorite colors. As of late, I have been feeling ultra-inspired by softer green hues as well as shades of chartreuse. While I adore moss green and olive hues, I typically associate them with fall, even though they are completely timeless. I am currently craving verdant, spring-like shades of green.  I suppose these “color crushes” of mine are just moods that strike from time to time. Most designers I know go through similar phases in which they’re especially loving a certain color palette, type of fabric, pattern, etc. What has currently struck your fancy?

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{I am in love with the details in this sweet bedroom by Lauren Geddes Duff. I was instantly transported to my childhood when I saw the eyelet trim on the pillowcase. I had dresses with eyelet trim, eyelet linens, the works. The Bowood wallpaper by Colefax and Fowler is an absolute classic. It feels so fresh paired with the blue and white ticking stripe on the sham and piping/bow detail on the green headboard. Brava, Lauren!}

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{Alexis Walter}

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{A Beautiful Garden at a London Townhouse}

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{Chic Chartreuse in a Living Room by Rose Uniacke}

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{Alexis Walter}

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{Lovely Landscaping at a Home by Hayburn & Co. Architects}

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{Dodie Thayer + Tory Burch for a Beautiful, Spring Tabletop}

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{Alexis Walter}

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{The Stunning Home of Designer and Founder of Milieu, Pam Pierce}

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{Timeless Elegance by Billy Haines}

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{Alexis Walter}

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{Lovely Treillage and Topiary at the Home of Joe Ruggiero}

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{Bruce Budd— This home is an instant classic.}

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{Alexis Walter}

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{A Bounty of Boxwoods by Anouska Hempel}

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{Another Pretty Bedroom featuring “Bowood” | Interior Design by Henry & Co.}

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{Alexis Walter}

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{Verdant Vines | Source Unknown}

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{A Trellis-Clad, Fantasy Room in Palm Beach via Quintessence}

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{A Chic, Timeless Bedroom by the Incomparable Michael Taylor. Never underestimate the power of a monochromatic space with a hint of color!}

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{Alexis Walter}