Monday, February 16, 2015

2015 Orchid Dinner

The New York Botanical Garden‘s Orchid Dinner 2015 held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is one of my favorite annual events, organized by media sponsor Veranda Magazine.  All the proceeds from the evening help to fund the Garden’s very impressive orchid research collection.
While there was no specific theme for this year’s tables, the Botanical Garden’s 2015 Orchid Show opening at the end of the month, is entitled Chandeliers.  My table entitled, "Purple Passion" was inspired by the lavender tiger lily orchid.

 Martha Stewart

 Purple Tiger Lily















 Napkins, placemats and napkin rings by Kim Seybert Lifestyle














 Caterine Wright of James Rixner Designs 




 Ally Coulter of Ally Coulter Designs 




























Monday, September 29, 2014

Uptown Comes Downtown....Strivers Row Home Tour Unveiling at Macy's Herald Square

I was so humbled to be included with some of NYC's top interior designers and culinary talent to unveil the fabulous new Furniture Gallery at Macy's. My vignette was an ode to Vertner Woodson Tandy, a longtime Striver's Row resident until his death. Tandy was one of the seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. He was the first black registered architect in New York State. Tandy's most famous commission was probably Villa Lewaro, the mansion of Harlem millionairess Madam C.J. Walker. Drawing from his life and work I designed a modern salon befitting of Vertner and Harlem. Strivers Row is now a New York City Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.