Hares by Caroline Reehl Boykin

blue+hare+36x60+caroline+boykinWith Easter on it’s way, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite bunny artists, Caroline Reehl Boykin. Actually, Caroline says her paintings are hares and I can see the difference. These are less cutesy and more sophisticated and strong. Either way…I love them!

Even better, Caroline and her collection of hares were recently featured in Elle Decor for an Easter “bunny” themed brunch. The combination of art and entertaining is inspiring, as many of us prepare to set tables of our own this week. easter-brunch-1-1490987270 easter-brunch-2-1490987397Stare+Hares+24x36+Caroline+Boykin easter-brunch-3-1490987897Playful+Hares+30x30+Caroline+Boykin-1 easter-brunch-5-1490987366Caroline+Boykin+Easter+Brunch+2Caroline+boykin+Easter+Brunch+8Caroline+Boykin+Easter+Brunch+9Caroline+Boykin+Easter+Brunch+11Caroline+Boykin+Easter+Brunch+17After seeing this beautiful brunch, I think I’d better hop to it for Easter!

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photogrpahy: Anna Routh

Elle Decor Modern Concept House 2012

One of my favorite spaces at the Elle Decor Modern Concept Life House was actually outside. 

With outdoor velvets by Perennials and furniture from Restoration Hardware, designer, Michael Tavano demonstrates how a little vision can transform a basic outdoor space into an oasis.

Funny story….in order to get the first photo, I politely asked a handsome gentleman to take a couple of steps over. Imagine my embarrassment when a voice behind me (belonging to none other than Scott Kravet) asked if I didn’t want the designer in the photo? Oh my gosh…of course. PLEASE get in the photo.

Michael, an interior designer, product designer and design industry consultant is also known for his outrageous and fanciful table-scapes. Multi-talented and charming, he recently landed a coveted spot as judge for the BBC’s House of the Year.

Not your average New York City terrace! 

Wouldn’t you love to have Michael come style your outdoor living area? I know I would!

Frank Faulkner ~ Hudson Road Trip Finale

While having drinks with Colin Stair @ PM wine bar, we bumped into Frank Faulkner and Philip Kesinger. They cordially invited us to stop by on our way out of town….and Colin emphasized we really should go. Their home, he said, was not to be missed. He was right.
Little did I know that Frank was THE Frank Faulkner. Artist. Interior Designer. Collector. Just add the word “amazing” in front of each of those.

Gracious beyond measure, they invited us in and made us feel like we’d known each other for years. They had taken a 19th century building that had always been used as law offices, renovated it and created the warm and chic home you see in these pictures.


Philip shares his favorite antique shops in town with me. Don’t worry…I’ll share with you, too!


Born in South Carolina, Frank graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina and subsequently received his MFA from there as well. His artistic talent garnered him numerous awards and grants, including an individual artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Frank was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 1975 and caught the attention of Dorothy Miller, Curator Emeritus of the Museum of Modern Art. She was known to have a legendary eye for new talent.

Frank’s work is held in various museums and noted private collections, such as those by Nelson and David Rockefeller.

Frank is a noted collector, selecting antiques and decorative objects with a strong classical influence combined with quirky one-of-a-kind found objects. Many of these pieces, such as the horse skull above, have been published in national and international books and magazines on style and decoration, thus becoming part of the collective visual literature. 
The gentlemen were on their way to fill up an inherited home in the South with many of their collected treaures, but hopefully they will replenish the Hudson studio and invite us back!

Here are just a couple of images that you may have seen in the pages of your favorite shelter magazines. Frank’s interior design work has been featured in so many that to see them all, you’ll need to visit his website. Here’s a sampling of where his work is featured:
Architectural Digest
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World of Interiors
House Beautiful
Elle Decor
Martha Stewart Living
Veranda
Home & Gardens
Country
New York Spaces
And as with any dynamic duo, there is always someone who keeps the business side moving….and I want to credit Philip for that. Together, they are living a beautiful life. Now, if the rest of us could just have them do a room or two for us.
Special thanks to my friend, Alicia, who made these introductions and experiences possible.
xo, Elizabeth
images courtesy: Andrea Sullivan