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Last Thursday, the design world said goodbye to Albert Hadley…icon, tastemaker and beloved teacher, he touched the lives of so many…in honor of his legacy, I’m re-posting one of my favorites…a look at his student’s work…a reminder that he will always be with us…

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~ Henry Brooke Adams

Today’s post features five extraordinary interior designers, all connected by one life changing gift, they were students of Albert Hadley. I thought about how I could share with you his immeasurable impact on design and what better way than to showcase his students work. Of course, these five are only a handful of the designers he has influenced over his 50 years in the business. While writing this post, I couldn’t help but think about my college professor and mentor Mr. Robert Willoughby. I was a flute performance major at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied with Mr. Willoughby from 1982 – 1986. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of him. His passion for music and wealth of knowledge has made me who I am today. I find it interesting that when I listen to other Willoughby students, I can hear the connective thread. Maybe it’s their resonant sound or expressive phrasing. I love that with Albert Hadley’s students you can see the connective thread. An extension of his eye and his wisdom…

above, photo of Albert Hadley from Architectural Digest, February 2011

below, David Kleinberg

below, David Easton

below, Thomas Jayne

below, Mariette Himes Gomez

below, Bunny Williams

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whether they’re stacked on the floor or alphabetized on ornate custom shelving, books are an essential part of our daily lives…a true reflection of our passions and professions…more tomorrow!

Karl Lagerfeld

Albert Hadley

Alexandre de Betak

Andy Newcom

Bill Blass

Brigitte & Alain Garnier

Bunny Williams

Charles Spada

Christopher Knight and Carlos Aponte

Cristina Azario

David Kleinberg

Dransfield and Ross

Garagnani and Poccianti

Gil Schafer

Greet Lefevre

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“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~ Henry Brooke Adams

Today’s post features five extraordinary interior designers, all connected by one life changing gift, they were students of Albert Hadley. I thought about how I could share with you his immeasurable impact on design and what better way than to showcase his students work. Of course, these five are only a handful of the designers he has influenced over his 50 years in the business. While writing this post, I couldn’t help but think about my college professor and mentor Mr. Robert Willoughby. I was a flute performance major at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied with Mr. Willoughby from 1982 – 1986. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of him. His passion for music and wealth of knowledge has made me who I am today. I find it interesting that when I listen to other Willoughby students, I can hear the connective thread. Maybe it’s their resonant sound or expressive phrasing. I love that with Albert Hadley’s students you can see the connective thread. An extension of his eye and his wisdom…

above, photo of Albert Hadley from Architectural Digest, February 2011

below, David Kleinberg

below, David Easton

below, Thomas Jayne

below, Mariette Himes Gomez

below, Bunny Williams

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It is my sister Karen’s birthday today! To celebrate, I’m posting interiors from her favorite designers ~ Robert Couturier, Michael Smith and Bunny Williams! I’d like to think of this as her birthday card and a most heartfelt thank you for all her love and support. She is truly the definition of “a thoughtful eye”…artist, textile designer, innovator, historian, humanitarian…my inspiration…my sister

Happy Birthday!

below, Robert Couturier, Town House, New York

below, Michael Smith, Town Home, Eaton Square

below, Bunny Williams, Country Retreat

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warm and welcoming

It’s a cold, gray Saturday here in the Northeast so to lift our spirits and warm our hearts, I thought I would feature one of my favorite interiors, a gorgeous New York apartment designed by the incredibly gifted Bunny Williams…rich wood furniture, soft buttery leather chairs, sumptuous fabrics, bookshelves overflowing with books to enjoy in front of a roaring fire…a warm and welcoming home for us to enjoy on a cold winters day

photos from Bunny Williams

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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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Sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways…I had planned today’s post as a surprise for my sister Karen (she adores Bunny Williams!)…she and her husband Jim were scheduled to fly in this afternoon for a much anticipated holiday visit but because of the fierce snow storm, hundreds of flights up and down the east coast have been cancelled…so for now, today’s post will be my link to her and the connection we share for all things beautiful…somehow, despite our disappointment this morning, we unearthed a wonderful discovery ~ Karen was at the 1998 Kips Bay showhouse! This masterful interior is the reason she fell in love with Bunny Williams! How strange that of all the interiors to post about, I would choose this one! I am so grateful for this incredible connection and will cherish this post always…

I hope you enjoy the detail and beauty of this space as much as Karen and I do ~ sophisticated, elegant, refined and timeless…a masterpiece

In 1988, after twenty-two years with the prestigious design firm Parish-Hadley, Bunny Williams opened her own interior design company, Bunny Williams Incorporated. Her meticulous attention to detail, restraint and appropriateness are just a few reasons why she is considered one of the greatest interior designers of our time. In addition to her highly successful company she has published four books, created her own home furnishings line ~ Beeline Home ~ based on beloved pieces from her own collection, and co-owns Treillage Ltd., a garden furniture and ornament shop in New York, with her husband and famed antiques dealer John Rosselli. You might also be pleased to know that Bunny Williams has a blog called “Bunny’s Buzz“, a behind the scenes look at her life and career! I highly recommend adding it to your daily reads, in fact right now she has some lovely photos of her country home dressed up for the holidays!

“Objects, patterns, textures and colors, beautifully balanced, have an appealing undisciplined look  ~ the direct result of great focus and meticulous planning.”

above, I am so taken with this desk…what a masterful composition of elements ~ the whimsical chair, magnificent horns and eclectic mix of art…genius!

photos from Bunny Williams

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