I am headed up to NYC for a couple of days and have a packed schedule. The main event is to attend the book launch for Steven Stolman’s new, new book, 40 Years of Fabulous: Kips Bay Decorator Show House. The party is being hosted by the fabulous Bunny Williams and John Rosselli at the even more fabulous John Rosselli Antiques. I can’t wait!
Naturally, I am also going to see the show house and I am even more excited about that. For some strange reason, I’ve never made it up for Kips Bay, and I’ve heard that the house is really amazing this year. This year’s house is on the Upper East Side and features five floors of elegance, including a sweeping staircase.
One of the rooms I am most anticipating is by Mark D. Sikes, a fellow blogger and a very talented decorator.
Another highlight of the trip is a visit to my friends at Philip Colleck, Ltd. to see their Chinoiserie show. I love chairs, and if these two are any indication of the rest of the show, I am going to be madly in love!
One must-do on the list is a visit to old favourite, Pearl River Mart, which is scheduled to be closing later this year. I have been shopping at Pearl River for ages, since it was in the original 2nd and 3rd floor location above Canal Street. I was convinced that if you entered between the wrong two stalls, you’d disappear forever. For years, Pearl River was the largest Chinese department store outside of China. You can buy almost anything there from fish sauce to 40-foot dragon kites. Shockingly, their current rent of $100k a month, is set to rise to five times that amount in 2016.
All of these plans are grand, but the real highlight of the trip and one that has me bouncing in my chair is dinner with former blogger extraordinaire, the incomparable Reggie Darling, who is missed by all! Joining us will be Boy Fenwick and our dinner partner-in-crime, Emily Evans Eerdmans! Along with my friend, Jonathan, this will be the reprise of a rollicking dinner two years ago, where we were having so much fun that I almost missed my train back to Baltimore!
Posting will be light this week, but there will be lots of goodies once I am back!