This year, as usual, I'll be spending Thanksgiving day with Martha and Alexis at one of their houses, probably Martha's. Next year however, they both have an invitation to come to my apartment for dinner. I'll definitely need some help with the cooking though, unless they're both okay with scrambled eggs instead of turkey. Since my apartment is not quite ready and my cooking skills are still coming along, I thought it was best not to extend the invitation this year. My dining room is slowly beginning to come together and by this time next year, I look forward to sitting in it and sharing a Thanksgiving meal with friends.
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Do you have that one special shop that you go to for inspiration? It’s a
place where you will see the most unusual and gorgeous objet d’art that no
one else will have, and a destination for the best of the best that inspires
Mine is de Vera, a quirky, eccentric and divine little shop on Crosby
Street, in Soho. The rare objects from around the work are displayed more
like a museum than retail space, and I am always in awe of the merchandise.
The dark walls and eclectic mix make me feel like I could stumble upon
anything from a Renaissance pendant to a Greco-Roman statue. From jewelry to
books, art to furniture, proprietor Federico de Vera expresses a refined
vision in what he chooses to show at the shop.
This is a must-stop for Manhattan visitors and, I hear his San Francisco
shop on Maiden Lane is just as divine.
I love the fabric suggestions. I have a question about recovering a sofa - I have a Danish teak sofa and chair with black faux leather that I need to replace (it is worn and damaged). I would like to lighten the color and go with a neutral linen. Do you think that this will still suit the style of the furniture? I want to keep the integrity of the design and update it with something durable for family life...
Yes - I think that a linen in a neutral shade is a perfect upholstery choice for your style of sofa. It would look especially nice in a nubby linen or one with a lot of texture that compliments the clean lines that are so common in Danish teak furniture.
Regarding the painting above your bed: do you have an artist in mind for the commission?
I love the work of New York artist, Eric Beare, who has worked with Martha Stewart Living Magazine on several projects in the past. Most recently, he created the background for my bonsai Christmas tree ("Uncommon Visions") in the December issue. I would love to commission a piece by Eric that is similar in style to the work of Franz Klein.