C'est Inspiré is simply that - what is inspiring. Where the words end, images continue to speak. Seeing all that is around us, we seek some aspect of something that is life enhancing... something that you would like to be reminded of - to revisit. Something to capture and bring into your world, not leave behind... . That is why I take a camera everywhere; have spent countless hours organizing images in scrapbooks and pouring over them later to revisit the place, the people, the memory.
So, C'est Inspiré may be a single photo - or it may be 50, it may mean one thing to me, another to you - the meaning isn't important. Did it inspire? Did it make you smile? Did it bring back a pleasant memory? One or all of the above will do.
During a brief period of his life, the legendary art historian Bernard Berenson kept diaries where he wrote about how to see - and what he saw. These diaries were published under the title The Passionate Sightseer and edited by Raymund Mortimer.
Anyone, anywhere, anytime can be a passionate sightseer - just look.
On December 3, the UNICEF Snowflake Ball raised over $2.7 million at a gala celebrated at Cipriani Downtown. The annual gala celebrates UNICEF’s work and in creating healthier and safer lives for children all over the globe. The ninth annual black-tie gala was hosted by Bryant Gumbel and featured a special performance by Katy Perry. The event was designed by Vern Yip with menu designs by Amanda Freitag and longtime UNICEF ambassador Marcus Samuelsson.
Mark Lee, CEO of Barney’s was presented with UNICEF’s Spirit of Compassion Award, recognized for his commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable children. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF presented the 2013 Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award to Danny Glover a goodwill ambassador for over 10 years. He has supported United Nations campaigns focusing on poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, South America and the Caribbean.
Notable items at the live auction included concert box seats at the Barclay’s Center for Jay-Z and Beyonce concerts, and for Katy Perry’s upcoming Prism tour. Tickets to a New York Knicks game as Tyson Chandler’s special guest was also auctioned.
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December 4, 2013
This time of year the Flower Market in New York is a bustling place. It is always a buzz, but now, it is festive as well. As we visit our regular stops, Holiday for my orchids, Milton at New York Topiary, for just that, great shapes as well as my maidenhair ferns, Dutch Flower Line and G Page for the most beautiful flowers, you can feel the excitement of the season is building.
Recently a visit to SILVER LEAF revealed a whole new world of holiday decorations, accessories and gifts. As my firm had recently completed two installations my mind was still in ‘detail mode,’ and we found more items for my clients.
Heaven knows, I love the details and for clients that do not have this abundance where they live, well, it is our pleasure to send it to them. A sampling of what is there waiting for you is pictured here.
Silver, gold, white and elegant the shop glows with new and OLD. Yes, finally, someone figured out that people buying flowers just might want some beautiful Vintage cachepots and vases as well as new ones.
One client whose pied a terre we recently installed in New York wanted a ‘flower market primer’ so we started early on Monday morning. At Silver Leaf she spotted a pair of campagna shaped tortoise glass urns, and without hesitation, she said SOLD.
We had a lot of fun that morning, ordering our garlands, buying flowers, laughing, discovering items for gifts and now, a place we can shop for home.
Don’t miss it. Tell Christopher we sent you.
Silver Leaf NY
105 W. 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
Setting the table at Monticello with House Beautiful in the greenhouse…
A few books to help guide you along the way…
A few books from my library…
Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests – Lynn Rosen
What’s a Hostess to do? – Susan Spungen
Dinner is Served – Inch and Hirst
Table Topics – Julian Street
Hostess – Rosemary Hume & Constance Spry
Great Hostesses – Brian Masters
Home Comfort: A History of Domestic Arrangements – Christina Hardyment
The Butler’s Guide – Stanley Ager& Fiona St. Aubyn
Entertaining is Fun! – Dorothy Draper
Life is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days – James and Kay Salter
The Pleasure of Your Company – Jean Latham