Spring is without a doubt the most feminine of seasons… Flowers are blooming and parkas and boots are being traded for dresses and heels… There’s the excitement in the air that comes with longer days, warmer nights and the promise of a long sultry summer. Each year I gravitate towards pieces that are feminine and flirty for Spring.
“I grew up in California. I was used to living surrounded by nature. I love New York, but I missed seeing the tiny seasonal changes you see in the country, the things that last only a week or two: wild raspberries, the morel mushrooms, the lilacs.”
Sloane Klevin—a partner at a film advertising production company—grew up in California learning about Saarinen tables and Eames chairs, thanks to her interior designer grandmother, Dorothy Hoffman. When she purchased her Dutchess County home in 2012 to escape her busy New York life, she had already amassed quite the collection of mid-century modern pieces, from Bertoia to Wegner.
After extensive renovations, he was eager to reconnect with the indoor-outdoor life she had known in California in her new weekend home, but she knew she had to soften up her prized collection of mid-century treasures with accents that would make the house feel more comfortable, and less like a period museum. She hired interior designer Selina Van Der Geest to do just that—and the space was layered with kilim rugs, vintage accents, and well placed touches of color.
I have a confession: all the stress on Wednesday’s #OneRoomChallenge post wasn’t all #ORC related… As we speak, I have an extensive magazine crew shooting my entire apartment for a major publication’s June issue… Remember, I only moved in 2.5 months ago. It took a lot of prep to get here (and a lot of borrowed items while the real ones arrive), but we got here! And it’s turning out pretty great!
I’ll share more as soon as I can, but in the meantime I’m off to my country house for a much needed weekend of re-laxxxxing. I need it. It’s a super short one because I have to be back in the city for 72 hours before jetting off to Dallas on Thursday. When life is running at 1000 miles/hour you just got to roll with the punches.
“The property stands at the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City.”
Excuse me while I have a moment for patterned tiles and oversized leafy plants. First things first, do me a favor and press play on this track before reading this.. You know, just set the mood.
Now, can’t you just picture some scruffy detective sporting a panama hat, a short sleeve linen shirt, a messenger bag and rolled-up pleated trousers walk in to the lobby smoking a cigarillo? Then he would sit down in a lounge chair and order an American Trade & Tonic (yes that’s a thing at the ATH). There’s something about the colonial grandeur of the historic building, the patterned tiles, the ceiling fans that feels truly authentic. And then there’s the boho accents: the southwestern leather chairs, the indigo batik pillows, the wall hangings that feel on the cutting-edge of style and décor. It really is the meeting of both worlds.
The American Trade Hotel bumped a few destinations and sneakily made its way to the top of my list. I had known about the hotel since it’s opening in 2013, but it’s only when I stumbled upon it again recently that I experienced an intense desire to visit Panama City… Who’s coming with?