AT HOME WITH ALEX PAPACHRISTIDIS

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Rumor has it that when I was younger I was kind of a nosey kid. The kind of child who constantly needed to be reminded “don’t touch that” as I was caught admiring the tchotchkes of friends and family members. The inclination to wander in other people’s homes hasn’t much subsided, however, I’d like to think my awareness of appropriate social behavior has greatly improved.

As a firm believer in surrounding yourself with things you love, I find the objects other people treasure fascinating. Have an interesting collection? I want to hear where you found each piece. Found something on a recent trip that your partner hates but you couldn’t leave behind? I’ll be your cheerleader. Take me on a tour of your house and tell me all about your favorite pieces–I genuinely want to know.

As someone with an unabiding love for objects, I get a special thrill when I stumble upon the home of a kindred spirit–minimalism is not my thing. I’ve been a long time fan of New York based interior designer, Alex Papachristidis, so naturally I was thrilled to be able to poke around his apartment care of New York Social Diary. Somehow I think “appropriate social behavior” would go out the window if I had the opportunity to explore this treasure trove…

OSCAR DE LA RENTA IN PUNTA CANA

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Oscar de la Renta last evening. It’s odd an odd feeling to be moved by the passing of a complete stranger, but the loss of monumental talent in the world is always something to be mourned.

In addition to his elegant clothes, I’ve always been particularly inspired by his Punta Cana home. His sophisticated take on coastal style has influenced my own considerably. In fact, re-visiting these photos, I’m realizing the mix of blue and white ginger jars with coral likely subconsciously inspired some of the design choices I made for our wedding. Funny how that happens.

It goes without saying that he will leave an indelible mark on American fashion; however, I’ve always appreciated his commitment to style rather than trend in his collections. A favorite quote:

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself”

May he rest in peace.

BITS & PIECES

Lindsay Speace Wedding

I’m baaaack! I had lofty goals of putting up some great new content for you while I was preparing to put a ring on it and while we mini-mooned in Charleston, but as you might have surmised, that was a bit ambitious.

Our wedding day and the past week we spent in Charleston have been some of the happiest days of our lives and I’m so glad I unplugged (except for Insta of course!) to be fully present and savor each wonderful moment.

 As much as I lamented the planning process, it was so rewarding to see all the details I spent months conceptualizing realized–special thanks to our wonderful coordinator/stylist, Lauren for getting my vision and executing it.

I’m looking forward to seeing our photos through Kate’s magical lens, but until then here are a few bits & pieces.

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BETTY HALBREICH’S PARK AVE. APARTMENT

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Town Country | Betty Halbreich NYC Home

Town Country | Betty Halbreich NYC Home

Town Country | Betty Halbreich NYC Home

While we’re on the subject of books, add this one to your reading list too: I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist. I picked up a copy to get me through the train ride back to DC a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to put it down. I love a good memoir, and this one is written by 86 year old Betty Halbreich, a legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman.

Halbreich’s descriptions of her early life of luxury paint a picture of a much more glamorous time in New York; one that had me wishing I could play dress up in her enviable closet. Thankfully, Town & Country gave us a peek into her Park Ave. apartment (which reportedly has 12 closets!)

A collection of blue and white china, fabulous monogrammed linens, and a bevvy of colorful scarves have me thinking Betty and I would get along just fine.

REQUIRED READING: DECORATING THE WAY I SEE IT

Markham Roberts | The Pursuit of Style

If you’re a perpetual nerd like myself who kind of misses having syllabi and required reading, consider Markham Roberts’ Decorating the Way I See It THE textbook for furthering your design education. I was lucky to receive an advance copy from Vendome Press and I haven’t been this excited about a design book since Tom Scheerer Decorates.

I’ve devoured it from cover to cover and can confidently say it is one of the most engaging, inspirational, and instructional books in my (large!) collection. Recently I was asked if I could work for any living designer who would it be and why. Without hesitation I answered Markham Roberts.

Why? Senga Mortimer hit the nail on the head in her forward: “I am most struck that there is never a recognizable stamp for which so many decorators become known. None of his projects look the same…There are no jaded formulas. Every project is approached with a clean eye, not to be pigeonholed by the strict restraints of the past or the trendy gimmicks of the fashionable moment.”

YES. The range of Markham’s work is truly remarkable–and well documented in Decorating the Way I See It. I find myself studying each project to ascertain how he layered each fabric and piece of furniture or art so skillfully. I’ve probably ventured into super fan territory at this point so buy it and let’s chat.

Cheers to design nerds!