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Do you happen to remember this photo (above) from my trip to the Spring 2012 High Point Market? I was thrilled to discover a common thread between this Tozai Home display by Dransfield & Ross and Lonny Magazine’s recent photo shoot of Cherryfields, the creative duo’s sublime Georgian Revival home situated in Somerset County, New Jersey…

My “deja vu” moment? The classical bust, perched on the bottom shelf (above), is artfully re-imagined as a focal point in their magnificent dining room (below)! I LOVE it! The “bust,” along with playful hand-painted gray striped walls, happily co-exists with a white marble Victorian mantelpiece once owned by Hartford Connecticut author Harriet Beecher Stowe…this more relaxed approach to tradition is a breath of fresh air! What could quickly turn stuffy and dated, feels altogether artful and new…too many favorite moments to count!

If you would like to learn more about Cherryfields, click here for the Lonny article or here for my March 2011 post…enjoy!

photography by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine

top photo by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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Whether you love them for their grace and beauty or for their unwavering loyalty, dogs are truly a man’s (or woman’s) best friend…here is a sampling of some of my favorite designers with the love’s of their life

Bobby McAlpine with his Greyhound Joe

Darryl Carter with his German Shorthaired Pointer Otis

Robert Couturier with his Shih Tzus Henriette and Chuck

Alfredo Paredes’ Labrador Retriever Sid

Tara Shaw with her Whippet Jack

John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross with their Great Dane Cooper

Grant K. Gibson with one of his two Westies

Todd Romano’s miniature dachshund Bunny

Stephen Shubel’s Papillon Coco

Nate Berkus with his Border Collies Henry and Emma

Fitzhugh Karol with Olive

Yves Saint Laurent with his Chihuahua

Michael S. Smith’s Wheaton Terriers Chubbs and Shortcake

Greet Lefevre with Mango! (ok, not her dog Ralph but most definitely a huge love of her life!)

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Let’s take a walk on the wild side and visit five eclectic exhibits from the spring 2012 High Point Market!

Having always admired their gorgeous print ads, I couldn’t wait to experience Julian Chichester‘s furniture and lighting in person! Rich jewel tones and tartan plaids joyfully co-existed with mirrored pieces and oversized lanterns in this playful yet sophisticated environment…notice the shelving pictured above and below…female silhouettes and pineapples…what imagination!

below ~ oomph

How could I walk by this fabulous red wall and not stop for a closer look? If you love color, then look no further! Oomph carries a fun-filled line of tables, pillows, chairs and now lighting…my favorite, their tini tables, available in 16 highly lacquered colors…they provide the perfect spot for your martini or beverage of choice!

below ~ Regina Andrew

Absolutely beautiful lighting! How about the Penthouse Chandelier made of silver glass leaves (shown as a pair in the first photo) or the white Coral Chandelier (fifth and sixth photos)? A modern interpretation of the classics…quite extraordinary!

below ~ Tozai Home, Dransfield & Ross

I just loved this artful exhibit…what could be more inspiring than an artist’s palette?

below ~ Noir

With a flair for the dramatic, Noir provided me with an almost theatrical experience…classic forms felt edgy and modern when paired with avant-garde paintings and oversized objects…in this case, the art and styling truly transformed the space…what  a unique and expressive adventure!

photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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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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It seems everywhere I look, the design world is embracing color…vibrant hues in wild combinations…I, on the other hand, can’t seem to shake my passion for gray…rich charcoals, feather weight pale blue grays, I’m drawn to them all…may you find beauty in these expressive interiors…

photos from Diana Kelly, Bobby McAlpine, Dransfield and Ross, Ruby Beets, Haynes and Roberts, Edouard Vermeulen, Frette

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the gorgeous pair of high back and high arm sofas from yesterday’s post inspired me to write a themed post today…I’m passionate for this cocoon like form…many of my favorite designers either create their own version or incorporate this sofa style in their interiors…I hope you enjoy this closer look at the architectural beauty of a tall sofa…makes me want to curl up in the corner with a great book!

above and below, Heiberg Cummings Design

below, Alex Papachristidis

below, Bobby McAlpine

below, Dransfield and Ross

below, Hallberg & Wisely

below, John Saladino

below, Richard Shaprio

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Today’s post features a magnificent spread from Elle Decor July/August 2010. At first glance, I couldn’t help but notice the porcupine-quill mirrors and thought to myself, could these be the same mirrors that I adore from Sunday’s post, the 1863 Italianate gem? Sure enough, this home is owned and designed by John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross! Like with their Hamptons home, this New Jersey masterpiece has an incredible story…here is an excerpt from the Elle Decor article describing their most remarkable journey (I thought about condensing the story, but it’s narrated so well, I just had to share it with you! To learn more about the interiors and resources, click on the Elle Decor link above)

” A few years ago, John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross found the home they had been searching for—a grand Georgian Revival estate named Cherryfields—a short distance from where they were living in New Jersey’s Somerset County. The only problem was that the house was already occupied. “We were obsessed,” Dransfield says. “We’d drive by in the morning to see if anybody was up, and drive by at night to see if the lights were on.” The owner, a recent widow in her 80s, had lived in the house for nearly half a century and wanted to move to a smaller home. “You must meet her,” a friend told them. “She’s just outrageous.” A 9 A.M. appointment was made. “She walked out in full regalia,” Dransfield recalls, “wearing a fabulous suit, a jeweled bib necklace, a big hat. She extended her hand and said, ‘Hi! I’m Nancy Pyne . . . but you can call me Princess.” They made a deal on the spot, but before they could complete the transaction Princess had to find a new home. She searched for months, leaving Ross and Dransfield on pins and needles. “Finally,” Dransfield says, “she asked us, ‘What kind of house do you have?’” Princess toured their 1806 farmhouse and fell in love. In the end, they simply swapped homes. “She has become our Auntie Mame,” Ross says. “She still has full rein of Cherryfields. She comes over when we’re out and leaves little notes that say things like, ‘Love the new chair in the library.’ Cherryfields is in what Dransfield describes as New Jersey’s horse country. (Princess’s sister introduced John F. Kennedy to Jacqueline Bouvier, who rode on the adjacent property; the late Mrs. Onassis’s quarter horse still lives next door.) The house was formed in 1929 when two sisters commissioned the architect A. Musgrave Hyde, who designed some of the district’s palatial homes, to unite the 1840s caretaker’s and chauffeur’s cottages of a nearby estate.”

How rare it is, to be moved by the story behind the interior…in both cases, (the Hamptons home from Sunday’s post and Cherryfields from today’s post), I was deeply moved by the history and the spirit of each home…of course, both are masterful environments re-imagined by artistic and passionate designers but what I find most memorable, and what I will always cherish, are the personal stories behind these extraordinary homes…

photos and resources from Elle Decor

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It’s amazing how time flies! Here we are, already at part ten of my Sunday tradition! I have been saving this post for spring as it is one of my all time favorite summer homes…I didn’t think it would be fair to tempt you with this home until we had turned the corner from winter to spring…with longer days and bright sunshine, we can start to dream about summer…long walks, soft breezes, salt air and the smell of freshly cut grass…for me, this home embodies the spirit of summer…many of you might remember this beautiful spread from Elle Decor, if so, I hope it brings back some fond memories…if this is your first time, then please enjoy this remarkable home located between the main street of Amagansett, Long Island, and the dunes…

Partners in life and in Dransfield and Ross, the home goods company the couple created more than a decade ago, John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross fell in love with the original Italianate details of the exterior and the “architecturally pure” interiors of this 1863 gem. Drenched in history, the couple also fell in love with the stories from previous owner Constance C. Willis. According to Ross, “In the 1950s, her dear friends Jackson Pollack and William de Kooning would spend boozy evenings across the street at the Elm Tree Inn, and when the barstools were put up for the night, the painters would saunter over to her kitchen to play poker into the morning.” I  have always loved that story! How wonderful to have this little gem to tell their guests and who knows, maybe they are carrying on the tradition of late night poker in the kitchen!

The first two photos (above) are of the library…I love everything about this room…the porcupine-quill mirrors, the 1920s biscuit-tufted chairs, the soft soothing wall and trim colors, the 1960s wood sculptures…it all speaks to me…this room has been a “go to” favorite for years and years and I’m certain it will continue to inspire me…

photos and resources from Elle Decor

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