Meetings with our top retailers during Tabletop is always a great way to find out what’s “hot” in home decor and we were surprised to hear that “tapestry taxidermy” is flying off the
shelves walls at Bergdorf Goodman these days. Perhaps their popularity stems from autumn bringing out the hunter in the all those Upper East Side socialites who are snapping up these “passe-murailles” by the dozens, or perhaps these whimsical creatures remind us to enjoy the season and all the natural beauty it has to offer, in and out of the woods.
Venus de Mylo
Thankfully, no animals were harmed in the making of Frédérique Morrel’s art. The horns and fur are real; the rest is a mix of taxidermy molds and vintage needlework. While amusing and perhaps a bit shocking, the trophies that adorn the Seventh Floor are “tame” compared to some of Frédérique’s other work which include life size horses, deer, wild boar and even humans (which they call “ghosts”.) If the artists’ goal is to “re-enchant” our world, then we think they’ve succeeded!
What do you think? Would you hang out with one of these? Happy Halloween!
Photos: deer, horse, bull, moose, goat and bugs
Aerin Lauder’s new collection has just been unveiled at Bergdorf Goodman on the 7th Floor and we’re loving her choice of autumn palette – warm chocolate shagreen, rich golden leaves, marbleized clay and touches of lavender and opal – the perfect mix to transition into fall. If you haven’t seen the floor in person, you really should but if you don’t live in the tri-state area, this wonderful tour by Quintessence will give you an idea of how beautifully the designs work with each other yet stand out on their own. We fell hard for the following pieces and think they would work as perfect layering accents (well, maybe not the $4,000 chandelier!) to celebrate the coming season.
Sayre in Opal
Maple Leaf Dish
Heather Ceiling Light
Do you have any favorites for fall? Happy Friday!
Photos: table setting, vase, fabric, leaf, perfume and lighting
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
A Window at Bergdorfs
To free from restraint or control (as in “let the Christmas decorating and begin!”)
P.S. If you haven’t seen the latest Bergdorf Goodman Movie, click here!
Photo by Ricky Zehavi via 5th & 58th
The lovely Sue from The Zhush invited us over last week to see her beautiful home and we were thrilled to come across a design from our very first collection at Bergdorf Goodman. And while we begged her to take the orchid back and freshen it up a bit, she didn’t want to hear of it since the piece not only has sentimental value, but it’s a “vintage” Diane James (circa September 1997)!
7th Floor at Bergdorf Goodman
As Sue explained, when she was a young(er) lawyer in Manhattan, she used to browse the 7th Floor of Bergdorf’s, loving everything she saw but not having the means to splurge. She finally made up her mind to buy something and it happened to be a single stem phalaenopsis by Diane James!
Single Phalaenopsis - Diane James c. 1997
This orchid has moved with Sue from apartment to apartment, then out to the suburbs where it now resides on a lovely table under a fabulous Italian print in the hall off the kitchen. We love the fact that the orchid has a place of honor, not only in Sue’s heart but in her home!
Sue's Hall Table With Orchid and Budda Boards
Over the years, Sue has worked with several designers who are clients of ours and she was surprised to hear that we also designed the two boxwood topiaries which sit under the hall table, as well as the tea leaf plants on her family room mantle.
Tea Leaf Plants on Mantle
Thank you, Sue, for being such a fan of Diane James (and we’re such big fans of yours)!
Photos by Home Accents Today and yours truly
Between meetings with private clients, we had a chance to stop by Bergdorf Goodman yesterday to see our flowers on the Seventh Floor and loved every vignette! The inspiration for the floor this summer is blue and white – Chinese porcelains mixed with Match pewterware, embroidered pillows and hydrangea bouquets, and tablesettings with Royal Copenhagen china and Italian glass candlesticks. With the ceilings draped in beige linen and fabulous vintage etageres and chest of drawers, the Seventh Floor was a haven of casual elegance. See for yourselves!