The Met Gala’s Design – de Gournay

Earlier this month, the Costume Institute held its annual Met Gala to celebrate the new exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass
No doubt you saw some of the costumes worn by recognizable names in music, film and fashion. That drew attention to the event, but the real story was inside the Met.
The exhibition documents the impact of Chinese aesthetics in Western fashion, film and culture; examining the strong influence China has played for centuries. De Gournay, the luxury hand-painted wallpaper brand from London was chosen as a leading force behind the Gala’s design because of their use of traditional Chinese artisan methods. 
The brand’s Chinoiserie designs were used throughout the event. 
Earlham, a Chinoiserie design inspired by antique panels found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London was used on a 40 foot hand painted feature wall. 
The firm’s Chatsworth design in Sung Blue was used to create the iridescent tablecloths.

With a son who has spent the past 2 years learning Chinese, I am keenly aware of the influence this culture has had for generations past and will have for generations to come.

If you find yourself in New York City this summer, be sure and stop by to see the exhibit, which will be open until August 16th.

Here’s to looking forward to the weekend! Make it a great one!

images: courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art/

Holidays in NYC

New York City comes alive, even more than usual, during the holidays. Throngs of shoppers flow like a river down 5th Avenue. Revelry is in the air and tourists are on the ice (rinks, that is). Our family always enjoys going in during the holidays, so I thought I’d share some of our favorite things, for your next holiday trip to Gotham!
While there are many areas of NYC that are hip, for the holidays, I love the traditions you’ll find in Midtown and the Upper East Side.
The perfect place to visit with children, after you’ve braved the crowds at F.A.O. Schwarz, is Bemelman’s Bar at The Carlyle. The enchanting murals by Madeline author, Ludwig Bemelman, will charm adults and children alike.
I always find the UNICEF Snowflake, hung above the intersection of 57th St. and 5th Avenue simply magical. Not to be missed.
Earlier in the day, I would make a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where you can see current exhibits and the annual Neapolitan Creche, which dates back to the early 18th century. The creche will be in place by Nov 26th.
After you’ve gotten a little culture, stroll down 5th Avenue, along Central Park and check out the holiday windows at the famed Bergdorf Goodman. Even if you feel their merchandise is a little pricey for you, the inspiration is free and that is why I believe in “window shopping”! No one, and I mean no one, does it better than Bergies! The windows will be unveiled on Nov 19th.
While you’re there, it is worth your time to take the elevator up to the 7th floor, which is full of holiday decor. BG, the restaurant on this floor is also worth a stop for lunch. Make a reservation and ask if you can be seated in the Kelly Wearstler chairs by the window.
When I lived and worked in the city (before I had children), my husband and I loved having drinks at the King Cole Bar  at the St. Regis Hotel. The bar is a total throwback and recently refurbished.  The perfect place to sip champagne after an afternoon of shopping.
We always have to walk down to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree….it is enormous and a beacon of joy to all who see it. 
The ice rink is tiny….but it’s really fun to skate under this iconic Christmas tree. We also love Wollman Rink in Central Park. The ice rink at Bryant Park is free and if you have dinner at The Standard (another amazing spot), you can take a spin on their private ice rink. Cocoa anyone?
I think everyone should experience NYC during the holidays, if just once. Pack your patience as well as your hat, gloves and comfortable shoes and you’ll be set for a memorable trip!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Friday Finds

So thrilled it’s the weekend! Tonight I’ll be in the city to see a play. I’ll report back if it’s good and worth mentioning.

This week, I received my personalized, signed copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, It’s All Good! I dare say that the value of the book is already worth far more than it’s cover price. I’m actually looking forward to working my way through this book, as I had already started eliminating certain things in my diet and felt better because of it. Gluten and dairy are all but gone and I cut back hard on caffeine and alcohol. I feel better, without a doubt, but need to figure out how to maintain a cleaner way of eating. So….perfect timing GP. Seems she has been doing the same.

Next up is my new favorite source for personalized notepads. Haute Papier. Yes, the same company which created the Haute Box. For my local readers, you can order these at Therese Saint Claire in Greenwich, CT.

The hot pink version is for my main desk – where pink reigns supreme. The celadon version is for the desk in my bedroom. I think this is my new hostess and birthday gift!!

Finally, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibit by the Costume Institute promises to spark conversation! If you’re visiting NYC this summer, check it out!

Do you have any great finds you want to share? Wherever you find yourself this week, have fun and make the most of it!