Eddie Ross http://eddieross.com Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:11:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hampton Designer SHOWHOUSE http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2017/09/hampton-designer-showerhouse.html http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2017/09/hampton-designer-showerhouse.html#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:10:14 +0000 http://eddieross.com/?p=13125

Last summer I was lucky enough to decorate the master bedroom of the 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse for The Mine, where I’ve worked as Style Director for a year. Traditional Home always sponsors the house, so I knew I wanted to design a room with a fresh, vibrant take on classic decorating in the Hamptons. Glossy white walls lacquered in Fine Paints of Europe and sisal carpeting from Stark create a neutral canvas for a riot of color and pattern.

To furnish the room, I started off with this dreamy canopy bed decorated with bedhangings in blue, white, and coral prints (Robert Allen, Scalamandre, and Fabricut). Upholsterer Grant Trick custom-made them, but you can easily create this “cocoon” feeling yourself by tying standard curtain panels at the corners of a canopy bed. Next, I added linens and pillows in prints of different scales and color tones to create an all-consuming feeling of fresh luxury. Just because it’s a bedroom doesn’t mean it has to put you to sleep!

The vestibule, lacquered in Lobster from Fine Paints of Europe, is one of my absolute favorite parts of the room. As Mariah would say, I needed a mo–ment! To anchor the space, I paired an acrylic and glass console with a Sam Moore ottoman covered in a kicky leopard. Vintage and new objects and paintings bring the room to life. Notice we hung the art at every height—not just eye-level—and even leaned one piece against the mirror for a casual, layered look. Don’t be afraid to display what you love unconventionally—it’s daring and says “a true collector lives here.” Finally, one last tried-and-true decorator tip—black lamp shades have a way of elevating everything around them.

Just off the bedroom, there are two full-sized closets, so instead of putting a dresser in the room, I decided to create a space that functions as a casual office or a sitting area. It’s also a chic way to display all the mounds of coffee table books that can really make a room feel lived in. Using this big, beautiful screen trimmed in nailheads as my starting point, I mixed in traditional chairs upholstered in bright, modern colors and added an ultra-modern lamp to make a statement.

I never met a Chinoiserie secretary I didn’t like, and that goes for this showstopper from The Mine. The dresser is laquered a punchy red with gorgeous hardware like tassels. Taken together, these pieces infuse the room with a fun sense of formality. Both are traditional and a bit imposing but are made to seem a little less so by the way I styled them. The secretary is kept open to reveal the suprises inside—the unexpected deep red, the ornately gilded mirror, the splashy blue candlesticks. The dresser acts as a bedside table with plenty of storage, and nods to the fuschia, periwinkle, and pink in the bedhangings and linens.

To shop the room—and tour it virtually!—click here.

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GUEST STYLING FOR BALLARD http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2016/08/summer-styling-for-ballard.html http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2016/08/summer-styling-for-ballard.html#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:38:19 +0000 http://eddieross.com/?p=13044

This summer I teamed up with Ballard Designs to create three spaces, combining several pieces from their assortment with a few vintage surprises of my own. That’s the kind of modern mix I love and live with every day. First up: the dining room I designed and styled, layering playful patterns and pops of color over a neutral backdrop. The walls are painted Benjamin Moore White Dove, the table is whitewashed wood, and the rug is natural sisal, setting the scene for a high-octane mix of textiles, tableware, and accessories.

 

 

If I’m at home, I’m entertaining. I could be on the road for days, but as soon as I’m back, I’ll throw open my cupboards, pull together a mix (Chinoiserie chic? Bohemian glam?) and start dreaming up the decor. For this table, I channeled my inner Southern girl gone wild, pairing pretty pinks and blues with flashes of gold. Bunny’s Campbell House plates are a no-fail start to any mix. I layered on a set of antique English salad plates I found at a flea market, but chances are, you have a set that would look great, too. Repetition is power: it can give even the most peculiar element purpose. So as you rummage through your own cupboards to create place settings with a modern mix, picture them en masse—down a rectangle, around a circle—producing a sum far greater than its parts.

 

 

If you want to create gorgeous tables, buffets and parties that will give your guests something to remember, you’re going to need stuff—and stuff always needs a home when you’re not making magic with it. Whether you’re living large or starting out small, carve out a corner to keep entertaining essentials neat and organized. I’m a hoarder at heart, so these modular units with open and closed storage already have a home at Edgewood Hall! And this beadboard rack is a dream for drying table linens and delicates.

 

 

Call it a a sunroom, a solarium or any sunny spot blending indoors and out where you make the rules. Suzanne’s Directoire sofa is made of aluminum to stand up to the elements, but I used it inside with a fancy brass coffee table and a pair of bamboo-style armchairs in a zesty orange. Bar carts give a room instant cool, and this one looks good just about any where. I used a giant clamshell for icing drinks, but you could easily use it for dishing up drama with veggies. The bird prints sing a pretty song, while a leopard X bench purrs in the corner. And here’s the room on the cover of the summer catalog!

 

 

Three days into shooting, and I was feeling right at home 🙂

 

 

Huge thanks to the Ballard team for bringing me on, trusting my vision and helping me turn it into reality!

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DREAM DECORATOR http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2016/04/dream-decorator.html http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2016/04/dream-decorator.html#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 20:48:00 +0000 http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2016/04/our-new-home-copy.html

Round Top’s Marburger Farm is one of those shows where decorators meet dealers in manicured booths, furnish houses on the fly, and then load up their trucks in a precarious game of Texas-style Tetris—all before noon. I’ve made three trips to Marburger: years ago, I led a guided flea market tour; later, I shopped it for my old column in Southern Living; and this time I was invited to sign books on opening day!

 

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But before the shopping officially began, before the decorators did their deals, I was lucky enough to preview the show, putting my official stamp of approval on everything I loved. If only I could have loaded up a truck of my own, furnishing Edgewood Hall would be a whole lot easier!

 

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That’s the draw here: you might have to pay a little more, but you’ll find a great selection of quality things. Walking the tents, putting signs on picks, I got to play dream decorator for the day. Here are the makings of two “instant rooms” with furniture, lighting, art and accessories all from Marburger.

 

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First up: a dining room with colors inspired by vintage chintz curtains in a gorgeous floral which, by the way, did come home with me. For a sideboard, I’d use this wooden chest with crest keyholes topped with twin yellow lamps on acrylic bases with shades covered in a light blue, green, and white ikat. I’d do a mix of Queen Anne and Chippendale chairs, all in red, with the same seat fabric to tie them together.

 

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For a dining table, I’d find something new with clean lines, like a Parsons covered in grass cloth, lacquered a pretty flax and topped with this gorgeous smoked Venetian glass chandelier from the show. I’d do dark wood floors with a Chinoiserie Art Deco rug, painted walls in a denim striae, and a high gloss ceiling to match the trim.

 

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And when it comes time to party, there would be plenty of jewelry for the table, anchored by a figural set of pheasants I’d use for a centerpiece, adding whimsy to the room.

 

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Now onto my next project as dream decorator for the day—a living room mixing traditional and modern furniture, art, and objects with dramatic appeal. Rugs make great beginnings: fall in love with a palette or pattern and you’re well on your way. Even though this one’s vintage, it has a cool, modern vibe with colors I can easily borrow for the room.

 

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As a backdrop, I’d go dark—almost black—for a cocoon-like effect, varying value and sheen throughout. I’m thinking stained black floors, black walls in a matte and high gloss stripe, and a high gloss ceiling. I’d flank the modern chrome sofa with Chinoiserie parchment side tables topped with blue-and-white lamps and oxblood shades. This antique secretary stopped me in my tracks.

 

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I love the idea of using it against dark walls, paired with a crest back side chair in a rich royal blue. I would do modern art above a fireplace, flanked by these brass and glass console tables with Italian gilded tassel benches and Venetian glass mirrors to bring light into the room.

 

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Finishing touches are always my favorite part of decorating. Here, I’d use this faux painted malachite and brass cart loaded with decanters, a great pair of foo dogs to animate bookshelves, and a brass and Lucite planter with big, beautiful orchids in a deep magenta.

 

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All of this decorating may have been just a dream, but those curtain panels definitely came in handy for the book signing. We were just about to wrap up Round Top when…

 

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…this happened!

 

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I guess even Sheriff Ron wanted to wrangle up some decorating inspiration.

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OUR NEW HOME http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2016/03/our-new-home.html http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2016/03/our-new-home.html#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:22:22 +0000 http://eddieross.com/?p=12699

Call it the big house for china. And glass. And silver. Cocktail napkins and tablecloths. Compotes and cake plates. Samovars and soup tureens. So many of my pretties are in PODS right now—three in total, all of them in a warehouse in central Connecticut. For the past year, ever since we gave up Pine Hill Farm, I’ve been without my props. And a prop stylist without props is like milk without cookies. Daisy without dukes. Puss without Boots. But brighter days lie ahead now that Jaithan and I just bought a house!

 

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It’s a 1920s center hall colonial on the Main Line of Philadelphia, which runs northwest from the city along the historic Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Since the house is located on the perimeter of a part of town where every street is named after a different North American tree, we’ve decided to call it Edgewood Hall. The house isn’t grand, but its style and symmetry give it a stateliness I love. In fact, something tells me it’s an old Sears Roebuck home the original owners modified, but we’ll know for sure soon enough. Most of the homes Sears designed were simple but built to last with fine millwork, hard woods and copper piping. You can see the resemblance to one of the styles in the original catalog.

 

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Neither of us has family ties to the Main Line but fell in love with the area after shooting a house there for Better Homes and Gardens last fall. As much as I enjoyed our little cape in Connecticut, I like a smidge more city with my country. Just outside Philly, there’s terrain (the gourd-geous home and garden store in Glen Mills), artsy fundraising events like a Date with a Plate (remember this pink-and-orange number?) and King of Prussia Mall, one of the best in the country where our friends at Ballard just opened a store (Lilly Pulitzer sample sale, anyone?). It all adds up to a charming getaway where we can shop, prop, dine and design a house our way—finally! Here’s what the exterior looked like in the 70s shortly after the most recent owner bought it.

 

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And here’s a glimpse of the interiors today.

 

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From the front door down the main hall and up the stairs, there’s peeling wallpaper over a chair rail and paneling probably installed in the 50s. The balusters, handrail and newel post are in great condition, but that carpeting has got to go! Although I love seeing all the original moldings from the living room through the entryway and into the dining room, the floors are worn through in a mishmash of stains.

 

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Walking through the house, you’ll notice wallpaper in every nook, cranny and closet. This whimsical print in the downstairs powder room was a hit on Instagram (“Are you keeping that fabulous wallpaper?!”), but it looks to be in much better condition than it is. Still, I’d love to save bits and pieces for a project giving these cute little critters new life.

 

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The most recent owner was a collector after my own heart. After moving in, she kept all of the original wallpaper, adding this simple gingham in the kitchen to complement her prized blue-and-white ware.

 

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In every sconce, switch, keyhole and door knob, you can see—and touch—this house’s history.

 

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Up the stairs we go…

 

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…to dueling views across the hall from the two front bedrooms.

 

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Between them, at the very center of the house, an earlier owner installed this bathroom, darkening the hall completely. I have dreams of turning this area into a cozy nook lined with books that inspire me and a bench for reading, doodling and staring out the window.

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For years, this house has been filled with books that were loved, read and re-read by its owner—a retired teacher who, with her late husband, raised two children here.

 

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When Jaithan and I gave her a copy of our own book, she knew we’d love her home just as much as she had.

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And now that winter has passed, the snow melted, another chapter begins…

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MY HOLIDAY TABLE WITH BUNNY WILLIAMS http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2015/12/my-holiday-table-with-bunny-williams.html http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2015/12/my-holiday-table-with-bunny-williams.html#comments Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:53:26 +0000 http://eddieross.com/?p=12327

Bunny Williams is a luminary of interior design and one of the biggest names in the business. She also happens to be one of the nicest, most down-to-earth decorators I know. I met Bunny years ago when I was a newbie editor at House Beautiful and she was already a star. But over time, while it’s tempting for any designer to repeat methods that work, Bunny always manages to create rooms, furniture and fabrics that feel fresh. Take this print she designed for Lee Jofa. It’s a classically English floral with a subtle pixelation, giving the fabric an edge up over its mumsy competition. The palette steers clear of traditional Christmas colors, creating a canvas for a table that’s surprising and chic.

 

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To cut down on costs, pair high and low fabrics for a modern mix: buy an inexpensive main cloth, then splurge on a custom topper. On my table, the ikat print from a discount fabric store adds graphic contrast to Bunny’s floral; grosgrain ribbon trim gives the pairing a finished feel.

 

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I’m a big  fan of Bunny’s line at Ballard with stylish china, linens and flatware at prices everyone can afford. Reinvent your go-to china this season by layering in new elements. On my table, dinner plates from Bunny’s Gold Star collection add a festive look to handmade chargers and my own antique English salad plates. When it comes to mixing china, repetition is power. It can give even the most unexpected combinations purpose. The same holds true for flatware: pair simple and elaborate shapes that work well together. Here, I used my own vintage forks and knives with pieces from Bunny’s Paris Flea Market collection. Mixing metals gives any table modern appeal.

 

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Once you’ve created place settings with a mix that makes you happy, now comes the real fun! Details are the true personalities on a table, so let yours shine. Carved reindeer from Bunny’s collection lend woodland charm. Embellish them to suit your style. Candy in vintage and handmade vessels says the table doesn’t take itself too seriously (and neither should the guests). Skip the scramble for seats and send guests home happy with place cards that double as parting gifts. On my table, I personalized boxes of white chocolate peppermint bark with glittered letters from Michael’s. Salt cellars, shakers and pepper mills add a pinch of glamour, like fancy jewels for the table. Fill them with colorful salts such as Pink Himalayan.

 

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Plants bring lush greenery to a table and trim costs by cutting down on flowers. Here, I paired low topiaries with a tonal arrangement of roses, amaryllises and seasonal berries in a blue-and-white ginger jar from Bunny’s showroom. Colorful tapers from Creative Candles carry up the blue from my own French opaline goblets; simple bobeches add a festive touch to the candlesticks.

 

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For years, I’ve found inspiration in Bunny’s books, dreaming of a house and gardens to love. (Soon!)

 

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But in the meantime, her foreword to my own book Modern Mix is a gift for which I will always be grateful.

 

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Happy holiday entertaining, everyone!

 

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CRIMSON TIDINGS http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2015/12/crimson-tidings.html http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2015/12/crimson-tidings.html#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:41:20 +0000 http://eddieross.com/?p=12198

If red and green make you feel more blah than fa-la-la, turn up the flame with chili pepper, lava red and hot, hot pink. Over at BHG this month, we’re packing a punch with a palette that’s ready to party.

 

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Teaming up with my friend/co-worker/life coach Jessica Thomas—she designed Modern Mix!—we kept things simple and graphic. A classic cake plate puts edibles on a pedestal, while ombré icing amplifies our theme. Pair confections with a punch guests serve themselves, so you can have your cake and eat it too. Raspberry napkins tilt the mix pink; copper-y glasses add shine. Ice tends to melt quickly in punch, so to keep ours from watering down, we made big ice cubes in muffin tins topped with cranberries and sliced oranges. (Just use a little warm water to release them). Here’s a peek behind the scenes!

 

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Close-up on the flowers now—roses, carnations and big, beautiful begonia leaves.

 

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Bonus pics! Here are two outtakes you won’t see in the magazine. Pink amaryllises sweeten the scene; gilt wallpaper glams it up.

 

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Now that’s one way to heat up the holidays.

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THANKSGIVING AT PINE HILL http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2015/11/thanksgiving-at-pine-hill-farm.html http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2015/11/thanksgiving-at-pine-hill-farm.html#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:21:56 +0000 http://eddieross.com/?p=12153

Last year’s Thanksgiving was one of my favorites. It was actually more of a Friendsgiving, which always seems to get more rowdy as the night goes on. Luckily, every plate, platter, salt cellar and smoked glass goblet stayed in tact. After putting up new vintage chintz curtains in the dining room at Pine Hill Farm, I borrowed their pink-and-teal combo for the table. assembling a mix of china in contrasting patterns with simple white plates in between, like an intermezzo for a meal. The monograms on the silverware and napkins aren’t mine (or a rich Aunt’s), but they’re the kinds of things that make even the booziest Suzy feel like Lady Mary from Downton Abbey.

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The items I did inherit on the table are very special to me. My grandmother Dottie had a pair of these pressed glass candy dishes that American company Smith Glass has been making since the ‘20s. When Thanksgiving came, she’d fill them up with candy corn (saying, “Turkeys like corn”) and put them in the living room for little hands like hers to find. When Dottie gave them to me, two became four and four became six, thanks to eBay. The knives are fancy and French in a delicious shade of green. I found them at the Rosebowl Flea Market in Pasadena shopping with new friends the first time around.

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Here’s how the table came together!

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I was in the garment district propping for a story when I saw that gorgeous fabric on the table at Gray Line Linen in all the colors of the curtains. It’s almost like natural bark in a palette that feels fresh. The china picks up the pink-and-teal combo; the smoked glass goblets and graphite candles carry up the gray. Now, with my collection of pressed glass turkey dishes that Dottie inspired, guests always seem to gobble up their soup with a smile.

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As for the centerpiece, well, here’s what happened: while I had every intention of getting gorgeous blooms for the table, Mother Nature wouldn’t have it. In less than an hour, a foot of snow fell on Pine Hill, forcing me to think fast. Flowers, after all, don’t have to be real to look chic—sometimes a good fake is all you need. Here I used vintage Italian glass flowers in a footed brass compote, then added silver dollar eucalyptus for a natural touch. To make the gilded leaves, I spray-painted oak leaves gold and scattered them around the table.

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And so this year, while we’re between houses, Jaithan and I will happily sit at our parents’ tables for Thanksgiving—his in California and mine in Connecticut as visions of pressed glass turkeys dance in my head.

 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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HOME LABORATORY http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2015/11/home-laboratory.html http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2015/11/home-laboratory.html#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:38:21 +0000 http://eddieross.com/?p=11954

If you follow me on Instagram, another vice of mine as tempting as vintage chintz, blue opaline glass and Chinoiserie everything, you’ll know I’ve been a lot better about posting there than here. Instagram’s great for those of us who want to a quick fix, but I have to admit: I miss this thing! And so just as suddenly as the window slipped shut, I’m cracking it open again.

 

A lot happened while I was gone. Jaithan and I are still in New York City but moved on from Pine Hill Farm, our weekend place in Connecticut where I kept my copper in the kitchen, built a prop house in the attic, gathered flowers in the garden and hosted friends on weekends. As much as I loved that quirky cape in the country, we simply outgrew it. Our search for another place to love has begun.

 

Every home I’ve had has been my laboratory—a space where I can experiment, kick around ideas, make ginormous mistakes and move on, knowing that I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. When I started the blog with Jaithan, I was working as the senior decorating editor of Martha Stewart Living, where every day I’d sit through meetings, perusing Pantone chips in 50 shades of greige. I was all about it at the time, cramming an antique pharmaceutical cabinet with enough whiteware to throw a buffet dinner for a hundred! It was a collection more akin to a butler’s panty on Park Avenue than to a walk-up in Hell’s Kitchen.

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That’s where I painted a secretary white, replaced the glass with mirror and styled it out with books and accessories in an all-neutral palette.

Even my flower arrangements were tonal.

After a stint on Bravo’s Top Design, Jaithan and I moved out of the city in favor of greener pastures upstate. In a 1760s farmhouse, we started decorating rooms , setting tables for the blog and producing freelance stories for magazines.

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Finally, I had a home laboratory with more square footage than a postage stamp! Here are a few shots of the interior from the very first issue of Lonny.

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Talk about mistakes—I still cringe every time I see the curtain panels I stapled around the beams in the living room two minutes before Michelle and Patrick got there! Most of the palette was pretty neutral, but within a year, when the magazine came back for Thanksgiving, there was color!

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Not a whole lot, but at least it was something. That’s also about the time I started my love affair with dip-dye, turning a mumsy set of monogrammed white napkins into a rhapsody in blue.

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Soon it would be one of my go-to hues in shades of turquoise, teal and peacock—even at the holidays!

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That’s the living room in our next home lab, a Victorian farmhouse in the northwest corner of Connecticut with a much more formal vibe. Country Living published the house in their holiday issue.

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The gelatin print above the bed in the guest room is by Slim Aarons, a gift from his daughter Mary that will always have a place in our home. Here it is again on a sliver of wall just off the bedroom in our current apartment in New York.

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It’s one of two home labs where we shot all the pictures for our our new book Modern Mix. As you can see, I’m loving a lot of color these days. And when it comes to mixing patterns, the more the better.

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In the living room, graphic textiles enliven a neutral sectional. I found the pair of teal mid-century chairs at a Salvation Army on the west side, while the coffee table is from IKEA, outfitted with brass corners that give it a high-end look on a budget. I wasn’t shy about mixing patterns at Pine Hill either.

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A little crazy, I know, but I loved that room! In the winter, it was always comfortable and cozy; in the summer, cool and fresh with a modern mix that told our story. And so the search for our next home laboratory goes on…

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A Day to Celebrate http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2014/06/a-day-to-celebrate.html http://eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2014/06/a-day-to-celebrate.html#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:05:15 +0000 http://eddieross.com/?p=12070

A Day to Celebrate

Every summer, I’ll throw a big party. The guest list isn’t so big as the thought and planning that goes into it. I’ll call up my inner circle of overachieving crafty types and together, we’ll pull out all the stops, dreaming up menus, creating handmade invitations and doing DIY decorations. Sometimes, we’ll hold up in the kitchen for days, cooking canapés until every last crab cake, dumpling and beggar’s purse is prepped, plastic-wrapped and refrigerated. (In a pinch, you can find me in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s debating the merits of miniature quiche.) The occasion varies—a backyard bash for the 4th, a princely feast for Jaithan’s birthday—but the spirit of coming together to celebrate summer’s greatest gifts lives on. Recently, I gathered guests on our lawn at Pine Hill for a sweet and savory party celebrating the engagement of friends Jessika Goranson and Mark Lewand. Better Homes & Gardens captured the day’s events, proving that you don’t have to wait for someone to pop the question to celebrate summer your way.

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When you’re entertaining outdoors, flowers don’t have to be pricey. Queen Anne’s Lace is abundant and pretty this time of year. Just pick whatever is in bloom. Here, farm-fresh blackberries mingle with the fragrance of just-cut roses. We made the tablecloths from simple cotton sheets dyed with festive berry-colored stripes.

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In Jessika and Mark’s case, opposites attract: she likes savory flavors; he’s the one with the sweet tooth.  That message comes through on the menu and in the invitations. Strips of watercolored paper give invitations the look of a handwoven basket. I carried the look to modern serving trays lined with copper cut into strips and woven to fit. Here’s a how-to video in case you want to make your own.

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Party nibbles can be as simple or elaborate as you want. A few days ahead, we filled store-bought tarts with savory and sweet fillings. Buy the frozen kind if that’s easier for you. Either way, garnish with fresh herbs, serve them on a pretty tray and no one will ever know the difference! As for drinks, a self-serve station with (spiked) lemonade or punch frees you up to start a dance party mingle with your guests. And on hot days, iced fruit like strawberries, cherries or grapes is a refreshing bar-side snack. Check out this video for how to set up your own self-serve bar.

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Pine Hill is a former fruit farm, so berry-picking became part of the day’s festivities. To perk up old baskets, I gave them a fresh coat of paint. Berries turn up on the dessert table, too, crowning the centerpiece—a sweet and tangy tart made with fresh lemon curd. I made the lanterns using peel-and-stick copper tape and hurricanes from Michael’s.

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After a day of glorious good fun cocktailing, berry-picking and toasting the bride and groom to be, guests went home happy with a tasty takeaway mixing savory and sweet flavors—Lemon Thyme Shortbread cookies in muslin bags splatter-dyed to evoke berry stains.

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Thank you to everyone who helped turn this party out! You know who you are! Finally, here’s a video we made to inspire your next alfresco fête. Summer is short, everyone, so let’s make the most of it!

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I’ve shopped the Rose Bowl here and here, and also here, but this time I did it with my good friend Anna. She interned with me at Martha back in the day, cut her teeth at Kelly Wearstler and has since gone on to do fantastic things. We were both a little hungover tuckered out that morning, but after beelining to the food stands and inhaling our breakfast burritos (hold the beans, please), we were off!

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First sighting of the day: this gorgeous set of mid-century blond wood chairs. They’re like a modern version of a classic ladder back, which I love. I’m thinking I’d cover them in a neutral leopard. The price was dirt cheap: $350 for all 6. We totally need new dining chairs right now; if only they had fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of me.

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Next up: a pair of great ginger jar lamps on Chinoiserie stands. I love how the drippy golds and greens in the glaze give them a cool, mottled feel. Pair these babies with black drum shades lined in gold and you’re, well, golden. Add agate finials, and I might just cry. Good in a bedroom; great in a living room; drop-dead gorg on a console (especially if it’s lacquered red with a glamorous Venetian glass mirror over it.) Oh, and the price: $100. Hello?!

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A stylish ginger jar lamp is a little like my favorite castaway on Gilligan’s Island: a mooooovie star! This one has piercings in all the right places. I see a blue and white awning-striped shade with a black finial between two twin beds with gilded bamboo headboards and a colorful mix of blue and yellow bedding. Morning, Sunshine. Why aren’t you pretty?

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Next obsession: a set of four Lucite and silver candlesticks with super sleek lines. I’d cluster them on a mantle with colorful tapers in a punchy turquoise or coral-y watermelon, or on a brass tray adding height to an ottoman or coffee table. The price? $25 for four, said the nice man with the wad of cash. And in my bag they went.

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I love unusal objects in a mix of materials, so this little number spoke to me. You take the horn, you take the brass, you take them both and there you have: CHIC! Even though it’s a vase, water might leak; instead I’d clean it up, then place it on a bathroom vanity filled with make-up brushes…you know, for all that make-up I have.

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Finally (well, not really of course but finally our sake), check out this great set of 1950s Dirilyte Anna picked up with six iced tea spoons (she’ll use them to mix drinks), four cocktail forks (she’ll use them for lemons and limes) and two cheese spreaders (she’ll use them to, um, spread cheese). That mid-century star pattern reminds me of California agave; love!

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Speaking of, agave margaritas, anyone?

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