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Diane von Furstenberg does DIFFA 2014

Today at the Architectural Digest Show 2014 at Pier 94………Diane von Furstenberg was the recipient of an award………….given by the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS”  Top Pick 2014.  Her tabletop design is part of  DIFFA :  Design Industries FoundationFighting AIDS.  This is their 30th anniversary.

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Diane calls her room setting……..KRAVET

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This photo of Diane is courtesy of DESIGN SQUARED: Ashfield Hansen Designs Inc.

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Since MAGENTA is my favorite color……….WOW  WOW  WOW !

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Crazy patchwork of patters and prints……..kooky but it works!

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Tabletop……….plates…….flatware………stemware……..and more are from her own Design Collection.  You can purchase them for your table.

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LOVE IS LIFE and vice versa!

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Candles………gold vases…….orchids…….all things that Diane loves.

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These accessories are also in her HOME LINE.

 

XAVIARS X20 Restaurant in Yonkers

Zaviars Restaurant is housed in this Victorian Pier…………the only pier like it on the Hudson river.

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The three walls of glass frame vistas of the George Washington Bridge AND the Tapanzee Bridge.

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T’was a foggy day…….but the Manhattan skyline was there.  How comforting!

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If your “flambé dessert” was a bit too torched…………the Fire Rescue boat is right outside your window……just yell!

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The Empire State Building looms in the distance………as does the new “Billionaires Building”  at 157 West 57th street!

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BUT…..you don’t have to be a BILLIONAIRE to dine at Xaviars……….$24 for a pre fixe lunch is a “steal”.

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Nice touch at the hostess desk.

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Yes……it was my first trip to Yonkers.  But worth the 30 minute ride. Peter Kelly has created a class act with this restaurant.  Take the Amtrack…….$5. The restaurant is just a few steps from the station.

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When I went to the Loo……three elderly ladies were in there……….wondering why it had two urinals……I guided them to the Ladies Loo.

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Art just outside the bathroom door.

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I did appreciate the orchid bowl on each table.

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$15 a glass……..and strangely “unfruity” for a Riesling.  Marion’s Chardonnay was a better choice.

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We were all charmed by  Sam……a delightful waiter.On our next visit we will ask for him again.

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A bit tough those Coconut Shrimp……….[can’t really blame the little critters for this].  Dijon Mustard was the sauce.

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Pasta and shrimp……and crispy little sticks.  Nice touch.  Asian touches.

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5 Spice Grilled Skirt Steak………mashed and beans……Ed loved this dish.

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Miso Glazed COD with Fregola…….[pasta from Sardenia].  Wonderful combo.

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Pan Roasted Hudson Valley Chicken…….crackly skin…RERFECT!  Spatzel ……….[reminded me of my years spent in Germany].  Pea Pods ” Al Dente”. Perfect.

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Sam replenishes the Donald with more rolls.  Warm and we all ate at least three.

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This is a different.!  White chocolate……..tasty!.  Morello cherries sauce.  Nice to look at….nice to eat.

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This flan was Marsha’s favorite.  Light…….easy to devour……….and she asked for more.

MAGENTA MADNESS invades Manhattan

It was getting to be a bit ridiculous…….everywhere I turned it was FIFTY SHADES of MAGENTA!  And yes………MAGENTA has always been my favorite color.  It started at age five with a TUTU I found in a garbage can in the alleyway behind our house on Cass Avenue near downtown Detroit.  Been MAD for MAGENTA  ever since.

Where did I see all of this MAGENTA?  All over New York City.  On a Kenzo bag.  A glass chandelier at Vapiano restaurant in Greenwich Village.  Orchids at the DIFFA show on the pier…..and a Croscill Tabletop.  A pile of feathers at Mood Fabrics [aka….. Project Runway].  Marilyn Monroe art at the Straykat Gallery.  Alienation/hiv/AIDS.  And a red butt print by the artist PARRA………for an excape from all the MAGENTA!

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The plums burst with brightness.  The colors are juicer.  They feel sensuous.  The blues are provocative.  The lavenders and greens are whimsical………..and the ladies are beautiful!  They are irresistible…….so are the colors.

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I snapped most of these beauties at the IMAC Make-up Show. [The flowers are from my terrace garden.]  To achieve these colors……Try Manic Panic Die Hard……….also Kevin Murphy Color Bug in SHIMMER.

PRETTY >>> CUTE >>> STRANGE >>> WIERD

The Bronx Botanical Garden……a place of beauty covering 250 acres of……..architecture, sculpture, fountains, flowers, the conservatory, ponds, waterfalls, wetlands and some very pretty ladies…….with a cute guy here and there.

Spring flowers………tree blossoms………and of course the ORCHID SHOW.

I shall return when the lilacs and peonies are in bloom.

MACYS FLOWER SHOW 2012 BRAZIL: “Gardens in Paradise”

Macy’s Annual Flower Show is always a beautiful way to “Ring in Spring”.

“Gardens in Paradise………

A Garden in Bahia………never been there so I”ll take Macy’s word for it.

Bridge over the pond….there were no fish…..but they called it the Amazon !

“Brasil Red” Begonias……you can grow your own from seeds.  Yes indeed!

This flower cover parrot was about 8 foot tall.  Scary!

Salvador da Bahia garden……with Asparagus Ferns.

Orchids galore…….

The wild grasses with the tiny yellow flowers……..grows wildly on my own terrace.

La familia de las orquideas  la familia mas grande.

Water fall in the rainforest……but there was no rain…..not even a mist.

The Donald walking thru the Amazon………and I am sure this is the closest he will ever get to it!

“Pony Tail”.  In 1964 James Kirkwood wrote THERE MUST BE  PONY…….under all this shit.  Amazon has the book for $6.95.  A good read.

Same tiles on my terrace roof here in Manhattan………sans the herbs.

Modern statue in “brasilia’s Garden.

Man and a Woman?  Unisex?  Don’t know who the sculptor is.

Pineapple Plant…………also flouishes on my terrace here in New York City.

Planters ala contemporary style for the “Modernists” is San Paolo.

Penthouse Apartment in Rio.

Same penthouse.

That watering can is more Westport Conn………..than rio!  I even have one.

Love the old pot shed.  Am designing one for my own terrace.

Bromilliads and creeping Helichrysum [italicum Curry Plant].

More Bromos.

You will NOT see this fountain on my terrace.  Way too heavy!

On the top of Corcovado Mountain outside of Rio is the Cross of Christ the Redeemer.

And then we have a sunny little porch with an oriental rug?  Somewhere one of Macy’s decoratoreswent wrong!

I have the same chair on my terrace…..and it is not Brasillian!  Another decorator faux pas!  And the hydrangeas?  More like orphans from the Bronx Botanical Garden.

ORCHID SHOW / Bronx Botanical Garden

It was a fabulous day in New York City………..sunshine perfect………..and a glorious day to spend at the Bronx Botanical Garden.

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At the Enid Haupt Conservatory , the annual Orchid Show is now on……….thru April 22

A smile is worth a thousand……………

Pansy orchids………….but huge………..

The founding sponser for this show is THE TIFFANY AND COMPANY FOUNDATION.  Thanks guys!

Patrick Blanc has designed walls  of “Vertical Gardens”……..they are seductive and mesmerizing……….free from gravity……and dazzling with thousands of orchids.

There are special “Orchid Evenings”……wander about with a cocktail in hand……….and of course it is “orchid inspired”.

Jade Vine [ Stronglyodon macrobotrys]………….wierd!

“Red Velvet”………….. xRhyncattlleanthe

The favorite orchid for corsages.  Remember your PROM ?

Orchids reflecting in the pond.

The crowds were descending……….time to wrap it up.

Some call it “the Lipstick Orchid”.

The garden covers 250 acres……….so I wore my Orchid Hued Nikes!