Sunday, September 8, 2013

Chatting With Mario Buatta

The Prince of Chintz



What a thrill!  A personal invitation to interview Mario Buatta?  Surely you jest?

Well, no - there we found ourselves - speaking with the legendary Buatta, The Prince of Chintz himself.  
He engaged us for well over an hour, telling antidote after antidote about his 50 years in the design business.  We were enthralled, to say the least.  And impressed.  And entertained.


A living room in Houston - gorgeous!

Funny?  The man is funny, in spades.  Interesting?  Is there anyone he hasn't met?  Talented?  Even his interiors from 40 and 50 years ago seem fresh today - an amazing feat.


Love the dark walls.


He's a legendary practical jokester and that showed in the pre interviews when I asked to speak to his secretary and was told she had died.  Buatta explained he had whacked her with a bolt of chintz!  It took me a few seconds to realize he was kidding of course.  I think!
The truth is Buatta works alone - no staff, no assistants, and no secretaries.  Just him.  Amazing!


Beautiful bedroom - could have been designed this year!

We were intimidated at the thought of the interview, but he couldn't have been more friendly, more open, more willing to talk about anything and everything.  After over an hour - we had to finally bring it to a close, though it seemed like he was ready for hour 2 and 3.




And what is The Prince of Chintz' favorite chintz?  Lee Jofa - Floral Bouquet !




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Friday, June 7, 2013

Chatting with India Hicks




We are thrilled to announce our newest interview with the beautiful and fascinating India Hicks - model, mother, designer, and 2nd cousin of the Prince of Wales - it's not often we get to talk to royalty!  India is actually 678th in line for the Throne, but as soon as Prince William's baby is born, she'll go down a number.

She's the granddaughter of the Earl of Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India and her mother was a bridesmaid and lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth.  But - for design aficionados, India will always be the daughter of David Hicks, one of the most influential interior designers of our times.

Yes, we felt just a bit intimated talking to India.  It's not everyday we talk to a bridesmaid of Princess Diana! Yes, she was that too.  But for the three of us, I think we were most in awe of talking to the daughter of David Hicks.  We were spellbound by her stories.





India has spent her adult years not in England but in the Bahamas, where she and her partner have four children and a newly adopted teenager.  A model, she is also an author and a designer herself, as is her partner David Flint Wood, who co authored her book, Island Life.


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Hicks is really stepping out - she recently sold out her Island Living bedding line on HSN, and plans more sales there this summer and in September.




She is also designing fine jewelry, clothing, home accessories - and just about everything else.

Check out her web site to look around and order online at www.indiahicks.com

Please listen to the interview - and hear her speak of life with her father, how she ended up in the Bahamas, and what she has planned for the future.  

It's a fascinating life she leads.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Ushering in Springtime with Carolyne Roehm


Just in time for spring to start popping out, we have a wonderful chat with the multi-faceted and talented Carolyne Roehm.  From her start as a fresh faced mid-western college grad taking on the famed New York garment district in the early 70s to her long tenure with Oscar de la Renta, her own fashion label, personal ups and downs and some pretty romantic sounding adventures in Europe - Carolyne shared much of what makes this gentle presence such a long lasting force in American style. Her passions are well documented in several publications and her latest is titled simply Flowerswhich showcases the amazing beauty found in her own gardens at Weatherstone, her Connecticut home. While she does have help, she is clearly a hands-on gardener. In order to capture her flowers at their most beautiful moments, Carolyne realized that she needed to be the one to shoot the images for the book as well, and so she did. It's truly a feast for the eyes.











We also chatted a lot about Carolyne's rebuilding of her 18th century Connecticut house after a devastating fire that gutted nearly all but the original 3-foot deep stone walls. The rebuilding of the house necessitated re-creating all the gardens as well.  So have a listen - it's a good conversation!

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Charlotte Moss Returns to The Skirted Roundtable!

(photo by Eric Striffler)

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to chat for a second time with the fabulous Charlotte Moss who is our first repeat guest here at The Skirted Roundtable. You can listen to our first chat here.  She is, it goes without saying, an iconic interior designer, but she's also a truly inspirational woman. Her latest book Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages, and Inspirations catalogs her love of scrap booking as a way of self-expression and as a way of documenting her life and travels. The book also features the scrapbooks and thoughts on scrapbooking of some other famous women including Gloria Vanderbilt, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Pauline Trigere, Elsie de Wolfe, and SRT alum Alexa Hampton and Deborah Needleman.

The book is a visual feast for the eyes and so jammed packed with images that it needs to be taken in small bites and savored.  We also chat with Charlotte about her travels, photography, gardening and what's coming up in her fabulous life!










Please have a listen to the podcast and come back here to leave a comment about our conversation. We'll be selecting one commenter at random to receive a copy of Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages, and Inspirations for your library!


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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Chatting with Nathan Turner



Every once in a, design, while a book comes out that exactly captures the essence of American design. A style that transcends time and trend to become a reference of comfortable, classic design aesthetic.  Los Angeles Designer, and owner of the eponymous showroom, Nathan Turner has done just that with his debut as an author of Nathan Turner's American Style: Classic Design and Effortless Entertaining This is a book that is not only great coffee table decoration but a pragmatic approach to design . Its sleek pages give way to user friendly advice and easily translated ideas, on any budget.

 This week we sit with Nathan and discuss his, image rich, book filled with easy to do, home ideas, celebrity clients' homes and a look into his own, personal, family life.  He refreshingly shares with us the ups and downs of his professional life and offers up great advice for emerging designers. And, yes, we even ask the self-proclaimed, non-drama-kinda-guy, about his stint and exit on Bravo TV's, "Million Dollar Decorator" (Making us love him all the more).


A bedroom in actress, Ione Sky's, Los Angeles home uses Peter Dunham's, 'Fig' fabric creating an eye catching combination of mid-century design and a current textile favorite.

Environmentalist and actor, Adrien Grenier, sits in his LEED certified home, designed by Nathan. 


 Nathan's family enjoying their time together in the, Lake Tahoe home, that he decorated. 


Actress, Amanda Peet, sits on the stairs of her Nathan designed, Los Feliz, California home. (photo via: style court )





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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Chatting with Miles Redd





This week Joni, Megan and Linda had the pleasure of sitting down with the fabulously talented and charming Miles Redd. Known for his exuberant use of color, pattern and pizazz, Miles took us through his career beginnings, his style choices and his fantastic new book The Big Book of Chic
 published by Assouline.

Miles' iconic New York townhouse exterior

The Zebra Door - one of Miles' only "two" original ideas (per Miles...)

The mirrored David Adler room transplanted from Chicago to Miles' townhouse bathroom. Yes, it's a dinner party in the bathroom. 


Miles' first NYC apartment in 14th Street. Note his own life drawings with black tape "frames"

The Houston living room - another view of a well documented room

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Linda and Joni Chat With Alexa Hampton


This week, Linda and Joni sat down to talk with Alexa Hampton, the popular and very talented interior designer. Unfortunately, Megan was off on jury duty!

Alexa, now 40ish, took over her father's highly respected interior design firm, Mark Hampton LLC, after his untimely death at just 58.   A graduate of Brown University, she was only 27 at the time - so young!  Alexa tells us all about how and why she bought the firm outright from her mother.   


Mark Hampton


Alexa is a bonafide Type A personality (aren't they all?) and it comes through loud and clear in her voice.  She is very, very, very WARM and friendly.   She might be the most friendly designer we have talked to yet.


The living room of a large estate recently designed by Alexa Hampton

Besides her busy career, Alexa is also a wife and mother.   She is married to a businessman from Greece and they now have twin sons and a little girl who was born on the anniversary of her father's passing.  On the day of our interview, it was her daughter's 4th birthday and they were on their way to celebrate it at Le Cirque!



A beautiful bedroom pictured in Alexa's design book.


We talk shop:   Alexa describes how she works with clients and her design process, along with how she presents the plans.  





The famous flush mount light fixture Alexa designed while in her bathtub.


She is a very, very busy lady.  Besides her interior design work, she has a line of furniture with Hickory Chair, a line of rugs with Stark a fabric collection with Kravet, and she designs light fixtures for Visual  Comfort.  One of her designs was bought by Restoration Hardware and is a best seller - while her flush mount fixture (pictured above) is one of the most popular fixtures at Visual Comfort.  





Alexa's work is often published, and she is continually named to Architectural Digest's Top 100.  And, to top it all, she is the author of a design book that shows many of her projects.  One interesting thing about her book is she shows the inspiration boards that go along with the pictures:





Alexa includes inspiration boards in the book to go along with the pictures.  




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