The last day of Westweek proved to be enlightening as well. A few highlights…
Panel Discussion moderated by Vanessa Kogevinas of The Editor At Large with Charlotte Moss, Suzanne Kasler, David Netto and Gaye Tapp. Charlotte Moss – coming out with a new line of furniture through Century. Best quote “Rooms are better when lived in and filled with people and joy.” Influenced by Bill Blass, Axel Vervoodt, Herbert de Givenchy, Jackie Onasis, and Diana Vreeland. Suzane Kasler – Best quote “A room should be collected, not decorated.” A tree in the Paris Ritz inspired her to put a full live tree in a client’s home. Influenced by her daughter, Axel Vervoodt, her parents (father was a POW), Ralph Lauren, and John Saladino. David Netto – writing an article for Wall Street Journal on one of his favorite rooms. Inspired by Alan Campbell (his godfather), Gregory Peck, James Boswell, Ron Galella, and Jackie Onasis. Best quote “The real victory of the room is the atmosphere.” (Lighting!) Gaye Tapp – Best quote “It’s the person that inhabits the room that causes the excitement and inspiration.” Inspired by her grandmother, Sanford Peele, fellow bloggers Nicky Haslam and Colette Van Den Thillart, and Charlotte Moss.
Elevator Boutique – the elevator is becoming an “appliance for the home, not just for the affluent.” While the first elevator for the home was for Randolph Hearst, home elevators are now more affordable and are being retrofitted to homes for ease of carrying items between floors and to allowing the aged to remain in their residents. Elevators are becoming very relevant in high density markets where lot sizes are small, allows owners to build up.
Thomas Lavin – demystifying white in design, photography, publishing, and living. There is a fantasy involved with white because it is ethereal. An all white room can also be easily adapted and changed with pops of color like pillows. Discussion highlighted by Linda O’Keefe and her interesting book Brilliant.
Holly Hunt – Jeffrey Bershad shared wallpaper secrets and gave us a peek at the Phillip Jeffries spring 1012 collection. Having hung grasscloth myself, I can attest that it is a difficult project and best to hire a hanger with great references! I love the textured men’s suiting wallpaper and the aviator and rivet paper.
Panel discussion moderated by Susan McFadden, Editor-In-Chief, of California Homes magazine. William Hefner, architect, Monique Lafia, designer, Mark David Leving, landscape designer, and Bart Mendel, construction manager. The discussion focused on the importance of putting together a perfect team for a job. It is important to marry all the arts in a project and hire a team that works well together and understands who the client is and their lifestyle. Another key to a project’s success is continual communication and upfront discussion of costs. I could not agree more. I believe all trades bring something to the table and respect the involvement of architects, contractors, and the trades.
Wish I could have hit all the wonderful discussions! A little fun…love the simple use of flowering branches, so perfect this time of year! And the best “tear sheet” I requested was for the multi-flavored French macarons served at Holly Hunt…all the rage from ‘lette!