"Flower I"

All I want for Christmas is this stunning color lithograph by Joan Mitchell titled “Flower I” from her ‘Bedford’ series. The piece is currently part of an exhibit at the chicest new art gallery in Newport, Rhode Island, Andrea S. Keogh Art & Design on Bellevue Avenue. I love the vibrant abstract quality of this piece. Artist Joan Mitchell is known as one of the most significant women in the American Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940s and 50s. She exhibited with the likes of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Barnett Newman. In 2018, Joan’s painting Blueberry (1969), set an auction record for her career, when it sold at Christie’s for $16.6 million. Santa….?

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A Curated Cabin

It’s been a busy few weeks and anytime I find my mind constantly orbiting without a break, I turn to my creative energy. Examining interiors, especially as my husband and I renovate our tiny A-frame cabin in Vermont, always serves as a nice break. I love the idea of a “home away from home” being an aesthetic departure from one’s otherwise “predictable” residence. It’s an opportunity to take some design liberties and create a different mood. Thus, our design influences are being drawn from the natural world, with a nod to some mid-century modern pieces. We’ll be incorporating a lot of blacks, browns, whites and brass hues into our material selections. Here, are some of our favorite interiors that match this philosophy:

 A chic and simple vignette in Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home.

A chic and simple vignette in Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home.

 As showcased on 1st Dibs, this Aspen kitchen was designed with the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi in mind.

As showcased on 1st Dibs, this Aspen kitchen was designed with the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi in mind.

 The spa at Hotel Wachtelhof, a boutique hotel in Austria. This hotel has been on my bucket list for some time.

The spa at Hotel Wachtelhof, a boutique hotel in Austria. This hotel has been on my bucket list for some time.

 Aerin Lauder’s Master Bedroom in Aspen. It’s amazing what a fabulous fur can do…regardless, it’s still about the view of the natural world.

Aerin Lauder’s Master Bedroom in Aspen. It’s amazing what a fabulous fur can do…regardless, it’s still about the view of the natural world.

 Aerin Lauder’s Aspen Living room. Simple, serene, yet luxe.

Aerin Lauder’s Aspen Living room. Simple, serene, yet luxe.

 This home is actually in Beverly Hills, the home of Jenni Kayne, however I love the blend of neutral colors…

This home is actually in Beverly Hills, the home of Jenni Kayne, however I love the blend of neutral colors…

 Architect Brad Cloepfil designed this Sun Valley home with its perfect setting for memorable meals.

Architect Brad Cloepfil designed this Sun Valley home with its perfect setting for memorable meals.

Hospitality with Style

Our honeymoon stay with Il Pellicano was all that and more. If you missed my prior posts, this Tuscan gem has been on my bucket list for a long while. Marie-Louise Scio, affectionately known as the hotels “Chef of Magic” (also the CEO & Creative Director and might I add, alum of RISD), has truly worked her magic to make this escape so enchanting and down right cool.

If I weren’t doing what I do, I would perhaps think more seriously about the hospitality industry. I find the industry fascinating - particularly high-end, privately-owned boutique establishments, like Il Pellicano. In my work, details matter, and Il Pellicano has mastered the details and then some. They have also mastered hospitality and making their guests feel at home. There is something about the level of this type of service in Europe…

I loved the repetition of the citrus yellow color around the hotel - from the chic beach towels, napkins with the most delicious seaside lunch, and striped bar where we enjoyed many aperol spritzes.

I encourage you to read on about the hotel’s legacy here.

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Celebrating Cabana

One of the best parts of partnering with my clients to realize their creative goals is celebrating their company milestones. Whether or not I’m directly involved, it is a moment to reflect and take stock of all that we’ve accomplished together. That’s why I was so happy to share in the joy of seeing CABANA VINTAGE in Beach Magazine’s Labor Day Edition.

Pop the bubbly!

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 To read the full piece, view  HERE .

To read the full piece, view HERE.

Summer Whirlwind

What a summer it has been. Though most are convinced it's over with the passing of Labor Day, I'm still holding on.

It's been a particularly busy summer as I'm managing my  business and also planning my wedding. The cylinders are fired, every minute of every day!

For C&C, it's been a summer of tremendous creativity and growth. My client base has grown and in turn, the scope of my work has also. There have been a vast array of projects and initiatives, however one I'm particularly proud of is the creative direction I led for fashion house ISOUDE (@isoudeofficial). With the talent and partnership of Apparition for production, we were able to help share the narrative of a truly unique brand. Video is a powerful tool and one I strongly encourage most of my client to invest in. 

See for yourself:  

The Edited Eye

It's been a busy week for C&C with an impending photoshoot with House Beautiful for a beloved client and in the full summer swing of other client initiatives. I'm spending a great deal of time with my clients working on projects that center around content creation. Writing blogs, creative direction for videography, sourcing photography, and strategically designing content calendars....original content is paramount to any brand serious about their growth! 

Below is a montage of images I helped creatively direct for a shoot capturing a new construction project in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Even the raw elements of building can be pleasing to the eye...and it doesn't have to be uber high-end! It's all about presentation and that edited eye! It was important that this developer invest in photography to showcase the progress of this project as it marked a turning point in his development style. It was a slight departure from his usual methodology and we are so pleased with the outcome. 

Thank you, Melissa Quintal Photography for sharing your talent behind the lens. 

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Summer in a Painting

It may not exactly be a painting, but it is a work of art. That is, this whimsically wonderful hallway by Miles Redd, one of my favorite interior designers.  To me, it evokes everything a beautiful space should represent...the perfect balance of simplicity and the sublime. Personality, punch and polish. Not overly contrived. Those characteristics are in many ways, ingredients to summer. Pineapple Hill, is the name of this majestic Bahamian home, and was featured in Architectural Digest last year. This hall is not the only jewel box of the home... there are rooms with tented ceilings, a master suite clad in Lee Jofa's fern print and a dining pavilion that will make you want to sit & sip guava juice for days. See for yourself, here.

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Al Fresco Dreams

4th of July is upon us and that only means one thing in Newport: Summer has started. Time to work hard and make time for outdoor indulgences.  Alfresco meals with friends amidst candlelight and salty hair from swims in the ocean...two of my favorite activities. Here are a few things that would fulfill my al fresco dreams...

 It's all about having the right tools, they say...  shop HERE .

It's all about having the right tools, they say... shop HERE.

 Foxglove are a predominant theme in our wedding floral. I have always adored the whimsical flower.   Shop HERE.

Foxglove are a predominant theme in our wedding floral. I have always adored the whimsical flower.  Shop HERE.

 A magical dinner scene at  Villa Cetinale , ( @cetinale ) in Tuscany. I adore the green glasses. Get the look "for less"  HERE.  

A magical dinner scene at Villa Cetinale, (@cetinale) in Tuscany. I adore the green glasses. Get the look "for less" HERE. 

 Fringe is IN. Made better when they are on sale. Shop  HERE .

Fringe is IN. Made better when they are on sale. Shop HERE.

Romance.... in a website

For a long time, I've had a love affair with the story of Il Pellicano. After all, my "C&C Influencer" is the hotel's CEO and Creative Director. I've followed the Italian hotel's journey for quite some time and with a recent visit to their website, I was again bewitched by the romance and allure incredibly palpable even in the digital form. Each description is its own feast of jet-set, the next word more magnificent and colorful than the other. Words you want to lap up with a spoon and revisit again.

 I have never personally stayed at the hotel, (although it might just be a stop on our honeymoon), but even a visit to their website is an experience worth savoring. The verbiage is poetic, whimsical and intoxicating, as if you were right there, living each moment with a dazzling smirk, aperol spritz in hand and the glittering sea in the near distance. The imagery is just as spectacular. I encourage you to get lost in the magic that is Il Pellicano. 

The Maidenhair

I have always loved the gracefulness of a Maidenhair fern. Their delicate leaves that flutter evoke a very feminine quality, yet they are often found in more rustic shady landscapes which in my opinion, presents a juxtaposition of beauty and resilience. They are in fact a big component of our floral scheme for our September nuptials. Greenery represents growth of course, strength, wisdom and vitality. I believe everyone could use a little more green in their lives. With summer in arms reach and new clients secured, I'm feeling energized more than ever. The potted Maidenhair ferns below were leftovers from a party this past weekend. They are sitting pretty in their perfectly patinated pots while I cross my fingers that they last until September!

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