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A low slung armless sofa anchored by a pair of perfect cubes and sculptural table lamps, natural fiber rugs, splashes of vibrant color and exotic prints, large canvases of modern art, a pair of antique chairs mixed with a mid-century inspired cocktail table…for Veranda’s 2012 Hearst Designer Visions show house, designer Antony Todd created a chic and glamorous loft using his sexy signature moves…familiar forms come to life in this light soaked space, reminding me once again why he is one of my all-time favorite designers…I must applaud Veranda’s Editor-in-Chief Dara Caponigro and Editor-at-Large Carolyn Englefield for selecting Antony to design this NYC show house…his impeccable eye for detail, scale, color and form combined with his effortless sense of style make for the ultimate experience…to learn more about this project, pick up the current issue of Veranda (Jan/Feb 2013) and/or click here to watch a fabulous behind the scenes video featuring Antony’s lovely Australian accent! Happy weekend!

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photography by Max Kim-Bee for Veranda and Jennifer Mehditash for Dec-a-Porter

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the art of editing…

chefs, composers, architects, poets, filmmakers, designers, painters…

all who create, edit…it is an integral part of the artistic process…

sometimes it is the silent pause or the blank space that creates a masterpiece

above ~ Antony Todd

above ~ Betsy Brown

above ~ Charles Spada

above ~ C|S Architecture

above ~ Darryl Carter

above ~ Haynes-Roberts

above ~ Henrik Busk

above ~ John Minshaw

above ~ Kara Mann

above ~ Mar Silver

above ~ Meichi Peng

above ~ Stephen Sills

above ~ Steven Volpe

above ~ Studio Ko

above ~ Vicente Wolf

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antony todd ~ lucite lantern

Yesterday I posted about the incredibly talented Antony Todd and his inspiring store in Manhattan…I purposefully saved a special treat for today’s post, one of my favorite pieces from the store and the first thing that wowed me when I walked through the front door, the Antony Todd designed lucite lantern…it is truly a masterclass in how to marry the past with the future…the shape echos historic Beacon Hill but his choice of paper thin lucite takes this traditional form into the 21st century…I also love how he balances the extra large scale with lighter than air materials…commanding yet weightless…masculine yet delicate…you always hear people say, it’s the simplest designs that are the most difficult to pull off…simple leaves you with the essence of the design, no smoke and mirrors or ornamentation to throw off your judgement, just pure design…for me, this piece has it all…form, function, balance, innovation, tradition and even a sense of humor…enjoy!

below, photos from 1st dibs

below, photo from Antony Todd

below, photo from New York Times

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above, Pair of 18th century French Fauteuils with Oval Back, France, upholstered in charcoal silk-velvet

Yesterday, while researching Bergeres, I re-discovered Antony Todd’s 1st dibs storefront…much to my delight, there are many new pieces I had not seen before along with some old favorites that brought back wonderful memories of my visit to his Manhattan store, Antony Todd Home

Prior to that unforgettable trip, I poured over his creations, studying the details of his interiors and reflecting on why they speak so strongly to my aesthetic…whether from the pages of Elle Decor or from his own website, I felt connected to his stories and to the expressive photos of his home that would be forever etched in my mind…but nothing could have prepared me for the emotional reaction I had that moment I stepped through the front door of his Manhattan store…maybe it’s because I was finally living what I had deeply admired for so many years…his ideas and his eye fully realized in a tangible environment filled with his spirit and energy…it was an immediate release of awe and excitement mixed with a few uncontrollable tears…from his signature Klismo chairs to the drop dead gorgeous pair of 1920s bronze consoles, I was in heaven…it is an afternoon I will never forget

Today’s post is my way of sharing that moment with you…I realize, all I can offer you are these images and my story, but as you scroll through, try to imagine being there…the smell of a delicious candle, the soft texture of a silk velvet, the intricate beauty of a hand embroidered pillow…his eye for mixing graceful antiques with global treasures is refreshingly modern yet somehow uniquely timeless…I do hope you enjoy this trip to Antony Todd Home! May you be inspired!

below, Pair of 1970s French Oak Ornaments

“To bring something new and original to his event clients, Todd began designing his own furniture and accessories. Now, he scans the globe for chic vintage furniture, altering the finishes, upholstery and proportions to improve their function, comfort and style. The result is a carefully edited lifestyle collection sold exclusively at his New York and Istanbul stores, as well as on 1stdibs.com. The store provides the ideal venue for an ever-evolving display of his much admired personal style. Organized into furnished vignettes, the store defines the aesthetic premise for the Antony Todd lifestyle brand: an affinity for classic forms, whether antique or modern, and large blocks of color, so that the finished result appears timeless.” ~ from the Antony Todd website

below, Pair of Victorian Slipper Chairs, United Kingdom, 19th century, upholstered in black waxed linen

below, Large Vintage Turkish Hand Embroidered Cushion, Turkey, 20th century

below, Pair of 18th century Chinese Imperial Dragon Bowls

below, English Rosewood Library Reading Chair, England, 19th century

below, Large Hand Embroidered Cushions with Pomegranate Motif, Turkey, 20th century

below, Louis XVI Style Brown Velvet Fauteuils, France

below, Early 18th century standing Budda, China

below, Victorian Gilded Stool, England, 19th century

below, 19th century Asian Wooden Trays

below, French Ebonized Leather Desk Chair with Bronze Details, 19th century

below, Large Red Lacquer Offering Bowl with Top and Inside tray, China, 19th century

below, Harlequin Set of Twelve French Dining Chairs in Grey Linen, France, 18th & 19th century ~ two sets of chairs with painted frames and grey linen upholstery, unique set of twelve (six of each)

below, English Round Mahogany Pedestal Table, England, 19th century

below, Pair of 1960s French Plaster Table Lamps

below, English Settee Upholstered in Waxed Brown Linen, 19th century

below, Articulated French Table Lamp, 20th century

below, Antony Todd Collection, Silk Velvet Cushion

below, Moon Shaped Chair, France, 20th century

below, French Candlestick Holders, 20th century

below, Parchment Table Lamp by Antony Todd

below, Antique Ebonized Flemish Mirror

below, Parsons Style Coffee Table in Beige & Grey Parchment

below, 1960s Saddle Chairs Upholstered in Cappuccino Suede, France

below, Large Syrian wall sconces, 19th century, inlaid with tortoise shell, mother of pearl and bone

below, Klismo style sitting chairs, 21st century

below, Oak stools, France, 19th century

below, Large Table, Belgium, 21st century

below, 21st century handblown glass tabouret or vase, Belgium

below, Desk chair, France, 19th century

below, Antony Todd Armless Sofa

below, Pair of Bronze Consoles, 1920s

photos from 1st dibs

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above, Kara Mann

Today’s post features fifteen of my favorite interiors…they are memorable for many reasons but today, they have one common thread…their artful use of photography…in each space, the designer thoughtfully incorporates photography into the environment…some with a bold gesture, (as with the Kara Mann designed dining room above) others with a small gem, that bring you closer for a more intimate look…whether a virtuosic solo or a large symphonic grouping, these interiors lovingly highlight the beauty of photography…

below, Steven Volpe

below, Windsor Smith

below, Vicente Wolf

below, Steven Gambrel

below, Darryl Carter

below, Thomas O’Brien

below, Meichi Peng

below, Susan Chalom

below, Richard Avedon

below, Todd Romano

below, Jacques Grange

below, Antony Todd

below, John Chrestia

below, Thom Filicia

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above, Alex Papachristidis

I made it! Today is my 100th post! When I started “a thoughtful eye” back in September, one of my goals was to write one hundred posts before the end of the calendar year and happily I achieved that goal with a few days to spare! To celebrate, I’m sharing with you my top twenty favorite interiors! Each and every one of these images brings a smile to my face along with a vivid memory of the first time I experienced their beauty.

This is my special gift to you, my loyal readers…thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to join me on this personal journey…I can’t thank you enough…there is so much I have yet to discover and explore about our visual world…I hope you continue to join me, it wouldn’t be the same without you…

below, Antony Todd

below, Bobby McAlpine

below, Bunny Williams

below, Charles Spada

below, Darryl Carter

below, Jacques Grange

below, John Saladino

below, Kelly Wearstler

below, Miles Redd

below, Richard Shapiro

below, Robert Couturier

below, Stephen Sills

below, Studio Ko

below, Susan Ferrier

below, Thomas O’Brien

below, Veere Grenney

below, Vicente Wolf

below, Windsor Smith

below, Yves Saint Laurent

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Yesterday’s post featured the ultra chic Miles Redd and his iconic mirrored master bathroom. I couldn’t help but think about mirrors and the important role they play in architecture and interior design. From grand to petite, circular to linear, simple to ornate, they have the power to transform a space from dull to dazzling. I’m excited to share with you some of my favorite mirrored interiors! Enjoy!

above and below, Miles Redd NYC master bathroom from David Adler’s Armour Estate in Chicago ~ photos from New York Social Diary

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below, Yves Saint Laurent ~ photo by Pascal Chevallier for Vanity Fair

“A pair of undulating lily-motif mirrors, crafted in bronze and copper by Claude Lalanne for the upstairs music room, led, between 1974 and 1985, to the proliferation of over a dozen more, floor to ceiling. “I can’t live in a room without mirrors,” Saint Laurent said. “If there aren’t any, the room is dead.” The effect in the music room of their multiplying reflections was vertiginous—a touch of Mad Ludwig of Bavaria, as seen through the lens of Luchino Visconti.” ~ Amy Fine Collins for Vanity Fair

below, photo from Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris

below, Bobby McAlpine

below, Vicente Wolf

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below, Veere Grenney

below, Susan Ferrier ~ photo from House Beautiful

below, photos by danielle boudrot for Spero Home

below, Richard Shapiro

below, Paul Corrie

below, Lisa Luby Ryan

below, John Minshaw

below, Jacques Grange ~ photography by Vincent Thibert for Architectural Digest

below, Darryl Carter

Simple and Elegant

below, Antony Todd

below, John Saladino

below, Michael Kors ~ photo by Douglas Friedman

below, Miles Redd

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