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suzanne rheinstein

“Suzanne is the epitome of Old World, but she brings it all into the present day.” ~ Duane Hampton

L.A. based interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein is by heart an east coast girl. Raised in New Orleans and educated at Tulane University as a literature major, she has stayed true to her east coast roots. Instead of allowing L.A. to transform her taste, she became a tastemaker. In 1988 she opened Hollyhock, a shop filled with strong new pieces and antiques used in different ways. Her sophisicated style quickly caught the attention of the west coast elite, and her career as a designer, author, and party planner extraordinaire was born. Today’s post features my favorite interiors from Suzanne Rheinstein, echoing her new book titled, At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past. Please enjoy these elegant and timeless interiors!

below, Suzanne Rheinstein’s Hancock Park home ~ C Magazine

“My husband grew up in a very beautiful house in New York, and we inherited some wonderful things from his family…I’ve always wanted to make sure there was room for them in my life. I’m counterprogramming: L.A. is wall to wall with contemporary design, and that just doesn’t do it for me. I prefer to live with my fine things, to use them and enjoy them. There’s no point in saving up for a special occasion. It’s more important-and more fun-to make your life attractive every single day.” ~ Suzanne Rheinstien from an interview with W Magazine

below, 1940s Florida cottage of friend and client Courtnay Daniels ~ Southern Accents and Elle Decor

below, Pool House, Virginia ~ Southern Accents

below, Trump Park Avenue Showhouse ~ Veranda

below, International House Beautiful, Thailand

below, Los Angeles house ~ House Beautiful

below, Hollyhock

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Last Sunday I started a new tradition! My Sunday posts now feature timeless interiors I have lovingly filed away, oldies but goodies I have been longing to share with you!

For today’s post I chose the ultra chic Manhattan home of Kaki Daniels designed by Suzanne Rheinstein. The two bedroom apartment, just off Park Avenue, has graceful proportions, neoclassical moldings, and elegant rooms flooded with natural light. I’m in love with the warm earthy palette, luscious fabrics, and exquisite furnishings! Enjoy!

above, Panels from an 18th century screen and a 17th century Chinese terra-cotta console; the Han dynasty horse statue is from J.F. Chen and the Windsor ottomans are by Hollyhock

above and below, Table lamps from the Paris flea market flank the mantelpiece in the living room; the Boone sofas, upholstered in Rogers & Goffigon’s Puissance fabric, are by Hollyhock, the pillows are of a Claremont silk damask, and the low table is from Todd Alexander Romano.

below, An 18th century tapestry maquette forms a backdrop in the morning room; the Robin leather-upholstered  armchairs are by Hollyhock, the French 1930s table is from And George, and the curtains are of Snowflake Stripe cotton by Rose Tarlow-Melrose House

below, In the kitchen, a framed British-transport poster from Blackman Cruz

below, The dining room’s chandelier is 18th century Italian; the chairs are upholstered in Sackville Damask fabric by Claremont

below, The settee from Kenny Ball Antiques and the side table are both 18th century Italian

below, A Biedermeier-style commode from J.F. Chen in the master bedroom; the curtains are of Jim Thompson’s Ranong fabric

photos and resources from Elle Decor

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Our italian greyhounds Mimi and Bella had a rough week of winter weather…snow storm after snow storm made it difficult to find walking paths for their delicate little feet…this weekend promises to be the coldest temps in years so I count my blessings that we have a fireplace to keep them warm and lots of toys and socks for them to play with…wishing you a warm and cozy weekend!

photos by me

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icicles

Icicles by Robert Pinsky

 

A brilliant beard of ice

As harsh and heavy as glass

Hangs from the edge of the roof.

The spikes a child breaks off

 

Taste of wool and the sun.

In the house, some straw for a bed,

Circled by a little train,

Is the tiny image of God.

 

The sky is a fiery blue,

And a fiery morning light

Burns on the perfect snow:

Not one track in the street.

 

Just as the carols tell

Everything is calm and bright:

The town lying still

Frozen silver and white.

 

Is only one child awake,

To splinter the shining stems? —

Knocking them down with a stick,

Striking the crystal chimes.

 

photo by me

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w boston

A one bedroom condominium at the ultra chic W Boston, located at 100 Stuart Street, received a dramatic makeover thanks to interior designer Meichi Peng. By re-imagining the floor plan, she improved the flow of the space while optimizing the gorgeous city views. Her vision for a harmonious environment is so beautifully realized…enjoy!

“Meichi Peng was able to transform a one-bedroom condominium at the W Boston and give it some of her signature style. Some key design elements included reconfiguring a long hallway to make room for a study with floor to ceiling bookcases on one side to create an unobstructed dramatic city view. Other strategic design decisions included moving the dining area next to the unit’s sleek kitchen and painting the backsplash and area surrounding the cabinetry in dark tones, to bring in some richness. The kitchen visually recedes therefore, allowing the focal point to be on the dining area.” ~ Meichi Peng

photos from Meichi Peng

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modern elegance

Yesterday I posted about Boston based interior designer Meichi Peng. Her work is so moving I just had to post more of her breathtaking interiors. Please enjoy this intimate journey…

above and below, Penthouse Duplex

“As a designer, I am moved by the patina of an ancient artifact and the facade of a contemporary structure because I believe in the fundamental relationship between space, line, materials, color, shape and texture. When balance is achieved between these elements, spaces and objects are created that exude harmony.” ~ Meichi Peng

“The pursuit of harmony is my inspiration.” ~ Meichi Peng

below, Luxury Condominium

below, Penthouse Duplex

below, Loft Project

below, Penthouse Duplex

photos from Meichi Peng

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meichi peng

A few days ago, I purchased the current issue of Boston Magazine featuring the “Best of Boston Home 2011.” I love this issue because it highlights the tried and true but also the up and coming who are just making a name for themselves. My favorite from this issue is Boston based interior designer Meichi Peng. Young, talented and expressive, her interiors are a thoughtful study in modern elegance. The images in today’s post are of a model unit she designed for a historic Back Bay building. Quality fabrics and finishes mingle with global treasures creating a warm, calming environment. Notice her attention to detail with the objects on the coffee table below. The light neutral fabrics and dark wood finishes throughout the space are carefully echoed in this artful tablescape ~ a trio of Ted Muehling candlesticks blissfully coexist next to a stunning museum mounted sculpture…simple yet provocative. I also love her use of artwork throughout the space. Hung with an artists eye, it balances the interior with effortless grace. A historic Boston landmark thoughtfully re-imagined for today’s modern lifestyle.

“This project is housed in a converted landmark building on Boston’s Back Bay and South End border. This 1,600 square foot model unit created for the developer was designed with a certain lifestyle in mind for optimal residential marketability. High-end, sophisticated furnishings from Flexform, B&B Italia and Ralph Pucci, among others, combined with custom millwork, draperies, artwork and accessories made for a very well received result.” ~ Meichi Peng

photos from Meichi Peng

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