December 2014

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Designer Robert Couturier Decorates a Brooklyn Brownstone for a Very Important Person--His Own Lawyer

Designer Robert Couturier Decorates a Brooklyn Brownstone for a Very Important Person--His Own Lawyer

It’s said that word of mouth is the best advertising for any business—whether you’re looking for an attorney or a designer. But for decorator Robert Couturier and his lawyer, David Berger, referrals weren’t even necessary when it came to doing business together. Berger had been looking to upgrade the decor in his four-story Cobble Hill townhouse, so he knew exactly the man to call. “David has been my attorney for a long time, and we are quite close,” says Couturier. “The entire design process was a wonderful experience."
With the Help of Designer Larry Laslo, a Lifelong Collector Puts Her Unerring Eye to the Test

With the Help of Designer Larry Laslo, a Lifelong Collector Puts Her Unerring Eye to the Test

For Alice Netter, walking into her new Hamptons beach house in 1977 required vision—as well as a tool belt. “It was pretty bad,” she says. “There was a turquoise floor and metal valances with pompons. For the first two months, I walked around with a screwdriver in my pocket, taking everything down.”
Locust Valley- and New York- based Designer Jeff Lincoln Gets Away From It All at a Charming Cottage in Southampton

Locust Valley- and New York- based Designer Jeff Lincoln Gets Away From It All at a Charming Cottage in Southampton

"When it came to designing the interiors," writes Jeff Lincoln of his Southampton cottage, "I decided to embrace the cottage-y style of my house, rather than try to make it into something it’s not. While I am very decisive about what’s best for my clients, I am less so when it comes to my own place. It’s a fairly common conundrum for interior decorators: Confronted with so much choice for themselves, they often don’t do much in the end.
Boscobel, an 1805 Beauty Overlooking the Hudson River, Is More Resplendent Than Ever During This Special Time of Year

Boscobel, an 1805 Beauty Overlooking the Hudson River, Is More Resplendent Than Ever During This Special Time of Year

It’s hard to believe it was almost a teardown. “Boscobel, an early architectural treasure in the Hudson River Valley, is ready for the scrap heap,” read a May 12, 1955, article in The New York Times. The Federal-era jewel had been languishing since 1923, when Westchester County bought the circa-1805 house and land, in the riverside hamlet of Montrose, with the intention of creating a park. But it remained vacant and began to slide into decay, and in 1941, the county’s parks department decided to raze it.
NYC&G and Kravet Present Phase II of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island's Project Design

NYC&G and Kravet Present Phase II of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island's Project Design

For the second year in a row, the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) is style central, as NYC&G and Kravet present Phase II of Project Design, a renovation initiative that brings new life to this haven of hope for critically ill children and their families. Last year, the Phase I designers were tasked with revamping 33 spaces in RMH-LI’s original building in New Hyde Park, New York. This year, we’ve upped the challenge, asking 45 top designers to overhaul 41 rooms in the complex’s adjacent tower building.
Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Mixed Media Accessories

Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Mixed Media Accessories

What would life be without a little variety? Spice up your interiors with furnishings and accessories made from tantalizing, unexpected combinations of materials.
Deeds & Don'ts: $mart Celeb$

Deeds & Don'ts: $mart Celeb$

Stars: They’re just like us, right? (Oops, wrong magazine.) Unlike mere mortals, bold-faced names can really bolster their bank accounts simply by unloading a premier property. Julia Stiles recently did so, pocketing $2.7 million for her three-bedroom duplex with two wood-burning fireplaces at 310 East 15th Street (she purchased it a decade ago for $1.995 million). In SoHo, Jonah Hill’s full-floor Howard Street loft was recently listed for $12,000 a month; it boasts 13-foot ceilings and a fireplace, but no doorman expecting a holiday tip. A few blocks away, Kirsten Dunst’s Canal Street penthouse has just been snapped up by a new tenant.
In Queens, Furniture Maker Charlie Baker Gets to the Root of Things

In Queens, Furniture Maker Charlie Baker Gets to the Root of Things

Tucked away in a nondescript industrial building in Long Island City, a wooden wonderland comes to life, with vines scaling the walls and twisting and creeping over a support beam. Every inch of space is taken up by lumber, scrap wood, and washed-up tree roots gathered on Long Island’s East End by craftsman Charlie Baker, who uses them to make elaborate indoor and outdoor furniture for his firm. “I’ve always been attracted to the idea of nature taking over things that are man-made,” explains Baker, who smiles even at the notion of grass popping through the cracks in a sidewalk.
Snow-Inspried Jewels for the Holiday Season

Snow-Inspried Jewels for the Holiday Season

Jewelry must haves to bring in the winter season. Add these frosty embellishments to your collection: Graff Diamonds, Buccallati, Pomellato, Ippolita, Verdura.
David Garcelon, Culinary Director at the Waldorf Astoria Tells NYC&G What Led Him to Start a Roof Garden

David Garcelon, Culinary Director at the Waldorf Astoria Tells NYC&G What Led Him to Start a Roof Garden

I’ve learned everything I know about gardening right here. We’ve partnered with George Pisegna, the deputy director and chief of horticulture of the Horticultural Society of New York, who gives us planting advice. Anyone can plant herbs, but it’s great to have an expert on hand. It’s like the difference between a cook and a chef!
Pink Aid New York Luncheon

Pink Aid New York Luncheon

NYC&G joins in the fight against breast cancer at Marshs of Huntington
2014 New York Pink Aid Pink Chair {etc} Program

2014 New York Pink Aid Pink Chair {etc} Program

Talented designers created and donated pink items including chairs, poufs, pillows and more for the 2014 Pink Aid Fashion Show & Luncheon at Marshs of Huntington, NY. The items were auctioned off to support women in their fight against breast cancer.
Country Floors Celebrates 50 Years

Country Floors Celebrates 50 Years

NYC&G helps kick off the New York showroom’s next half-century.
The Ronald McDonald House Gala

The Ronald McDonald House Gala

NYC&G and the Ronald McDonald House unveil great rooms for a great cause.
Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

December's must-haves for the design obsessed shopper. Elegant Art Deco furniture, dazzling jewelry, and hand-cut crystal from designers like Hermès, Ethan Allen, Savoir Beds Soho and Donghia.
Locust Valley- and New York- Based Designer Jeff Lincoln Gets Away From It All at a Charming Cottage in Southampton

Locust Valley- and New York- Based Designer Jeff Lincoln Gets Away From It All at a Charming Cottage in Southampton

"When it came to designing the interiors," writes Jeff Lincoln of his Southampton cottage, "I decided to embrace the cottage-y style of my house, rather than try to make it into something it’s not. While I am very decisive about what’s best for my clients, I am less so when it comes to my own place. It’s a fairly common conundrum for interior decorators: Confronted with so much choice for themselves, they often don’t do much in the end. Therefore, I declare my house to be “eclectic,” that convenient design-speak catchall, though it is a thorough representation of the great decorative items to be found in some of my favorite local Hamptons antiques and home accessories shops. As Hillary Clinton says, it takes a village, and one of the rewarding aspects of being an interior designer in the Hamptons is working with so many talented and wonderful people.
Boscobel, an 1805 Beauty Overlooking the Hudson River, Is More Resplendent Than Ever During This Special Time of Year

Boscobel, an 1805 Beauty Overlooking the Hudson River, Is More Resplendent Than Ever During This Special Time of Year

It’s hard to believe it was almost a teardown. “Boscobel, an early architectural treasure in the Hudson River Valley, is ready for the scrap heap,” read a May 12, 1955, article in The New York Times. The Federal-era jewel had been languishing since 1923, when Westchester County bought the circa-1805 house and land, in the riverside hamlet of Montrose, with the intention of creating a park. But it remained vacant and began to slide into decay, and in 1941, the county’s parks department decided to raze it. A local citizens’ group formed Boscobel, Inc., in an attempt to save the structure, and in 1945 the Veterans Administration bought the dilapidated mansion and built a giant hospital complex around it. Less than a decade later, though, the V.A. deemed it surplus, and it was slated for demolition once again.
NYC&G Celebrates the Opening of TF Andrew's New Showroom

NYC&G Celebrates the Opening of TF Andrew's New Showroom

NYC&G Celebrates the Opening of TF Andrew's New Showroom. Attendees included: Brian Fahey, co-president of TF Andrew, John Fahey, co-president of TF Andrew and Debra Funt of Debra Funt Interiors. Cottages & Gardens CEO Marianne Howatson and Jim Killoran, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester.
NYC&G Innovation in Design Winner's Circle Breakfast

NYC&G Innovation in Design Winner's Circle Breakfast

ABC Stone toasts this year’s Innovation in Design Awards finalists
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