Monday, June 24, 2013

Romantic Bedrooms of Mario Buatta

Before leaving Mario (at least for a little while), I thought I would share some of his romantic bedrooms.

As you will see, Mario's trademark details are canopy beds, coronas, benches at the foot of the bed and of course, his beloved chintz!

There's no doubt, he is the master of color, design and detail, and his ability to come up with original schemes seems limitless.  In an interview with New York Social Diary, Buatta mentioned that he never does a room plan - he simply produces these rooms outright - which means he is also a master of visualization!

I know I've shown some of these rooms before, but some comprise his lastest work and all are beautiful and always a pleasure to peruse........and perhaps even allow a woman to dream a little!


The first Mario Buatta room I saw in a House Beautiful magazine.
Kips Bay Showhouse 1984

One of Buatta's hand painted canopy beds.

This room is beyond dreamy!

Chintz and gingham love!

This is such a cosy, inviting room!

Mariah Carey's New York bedroom.

TV cabinet at foot of bed and venetian mirrors above chests.

Love the animal art.

Hilary Geary's New York bedroom.

Windsong Too guest room.

Windsong Too guest room.

Architectural Digest

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Keeping up with Hilary and Wilbur

Keeping up with Hilary and Wilbur Ross' real estate transactions is not easy and researching the details has kept me busy this week!  Of course, their affiliation with Mario Buatta is what got me started on all this in the first place.

I heard through the grapevine recently that Architectural Digest would be featuring a Mario Buatta layout on the redecoration of the Ross' home in their July issue.  For some reason, I thought it must be their New York apartment that was decorated by Buatta ten years ago and which I featured in Tuesday's post.  Little did I know that they had sold that apartment years ago and bought another, and much larger, apartment also decorated by Buatta.  Or that they have collaborated with Buatta on at least 9 homes between them - before and since they married one another!

Although I had seen the home featured below many times before, I did not realize it was the Ross' New York city home.

As for the feature in the current issue of Architectural Digest, it is stunning!!!  I only picked this magazine up yesterday after I posted my item on the Palm Beach guest house.  I wish I could share the new pics with you, but I can't yet..........however, if you want to see the latest Buatta/Geary/Ross collaboration, pick up the magazine and see for yourself what magic Buatta performs on homes.  The Ross' Southampton home is featured and it is truly took my breath away......seriously!!  Also, the Palm Beach guest house (which I featured yesterday from the Palm Beach Daily News) is also featured with some extra pictures.

So, today we'll look at the Ross' current New York city home.

Before photo of Ross' living room as owned by Earl Blackwell - known as one of the most famous apartments in New York city.  Notice the barrel vaulted ceiling.

After - 30 ft. high barrel vaulted ceiling and notice the architectural detail added by Buatta -
not to mention the English country feel Buatta is noted for.

Notice fireplaces at each end of living room!

View into the dining room

Corner banquette outside of living room - very similar corner to banquette in first living room featured on Tuesday     

By joining these two tables, the Ross' can seat 22 people.

Dining room with wall to wall fabric

Canopy bed designed by Buatta inspired by Brighton Pavilion.
Hand painted floor and Pratesi linens.

The tv is tucked behind the Chinese screen over the fireplace.

The pine library similar to their former library.

New York Social Diary
Master bedroom photo - Architectural Digest

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Windsong Too

Yesterday, I shared the New York City home of Wilbur and Hilary Ross which was decorated by Mario Buatta.

Today, we're touring the Palm Beach guest house of the Ross'.  After buying their John Volk designed Palm Beach getaway, Windsong, on Lake Worth about ten years ago, the Ross' had the guest house built in the same Georgian style as their new home.  Within the 3,500 sq. ft. space the architect, Thomas Kirchhoff, came up with a symmetrical design that included two bedrooms (each with their own separate bath) and a large oval ballroom that the Ross' can use anytime during the season for large cocktail and dinner parties.

In consultation with the architect and the Ross' in the house design, Mario then waved his magic wand and turned it into what he called "a real pleasure palace".  As Mario says, "Who wouldn't want to have their own ballroom?"  Yes, indeed!!



I've added the latest updates available on this home........check out the foyer, the completed ballroom look and dining al fresco in Palm Beach.


The foyer leading into the ballroom.

Thomas Kirchhoff and Mario Buatta in the furnished ballroom.

Furnished ball room.

The unfurnished ballroom gives you an idea of the size and scope overlooking Lake Worth.

Another beautiful Buatta bedroom!

Guest bath.

Guest bath.

And one more beautiful Buatta bedroom!

Dining al fresco at Windsong Too.

Palm Beach Daily News

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Time for Another Mario Buatta Design!

I haven't posted about Mario Buatta for awhile, but I think it's time to see what he's been up to lately.

The 5th Avenue, New York City apartment that I'm featuring today is owned by Wilbur Ross and his wife, Hilary Geary, a power couple who spend their time among homes in Palm Beach, Southampton and New York City.

This particular apartment was designed by Buatta back in 2003 and featured in Architectural Digest.  I understand that it has been recently updated by Buatta and when I have access to the new photos, I will share them with you.

But, for now, let's take a peek at the 2003 version.........


Eggplant glazed walls and lots of chintz from the 'Prince of Chintz'.

Love this corner banquette and soft colors in the foyer.

Pine panelled library.

With little storage in the apartment, Mario lined the dining room walls with shelves and covered them all with floor to ceiling drapes.  Brilliant!

I've seen this bedroom many times, but never knew who it belonged we know!
Mario's bedrooms are to die for!

Wall to wall mirrored bath......beautiful!

Architectural Digest

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Very Colorful Home

When decorator Ann Pyne's (of McMillen Inc.) mother decided to redo her Southampton home, she called on Ann to help her pull it all together.  Ann's mother, renowned decorator, Betty Sherrill, had lived in the house for many years and wanted a fresh and colorful new scheme!

Collaborating on the design, incorporating old and new, adding fresh fabrics and colors has produced a comfortable, colorful and cosy home for Mrs. Sherrill to enjoy with her family, friends and beautiful pets, Louis Quatorze and Marie Antoinette.


Love, love, love this 1960s fibreglass Alberto Bazzani draped coffee table.
The French 1950s vase is referred to as 'the brain'.
And Louis Quatorze and Marie Antoinette are perfect accessories to this colorful room!

The Brunschwig & Fils fabric on the sofa reflects Sherrill's love of animal prints.

Sheepskin rugs placed throughout.
Don't you love the swan planter?
The daffodils on the mantel are from Mrs. Sherrill's garden of 50,000 daffodils!

The back hallway with painted floors, victorian hatrack and ceramic garden stool.
And another sheepskin!

Bronze table and beautiful trompe l'oeil trellis on walls.

Shell console table in foyer.

Color scheme taken from Zoffany wall fabric 'Snow Blossom' for Mrs. Sherrill's bedroom.

Guest room in mauves and purples

Dora Frost art in guest room.

Detail of guest room fabric, 'Beekman Place'.

House Beautiful