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

So listen in!

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.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Today, we welcome the editor of Veranda Magazine, Ms. Dara Caponigro to The Skirted Roundtable.

Dara Caponigro, Editor of Veranda Magazine

After the past few years when magazines were closing one after the other, we welcomed the chance to talk with Dara to get her take on the health of the industry.  Dara has had a long and varied career in magazines - she's been with House Beautiful, Elle Decor, domino, and now, of course Veranda.

The 25th Anniversary issue - featuring a look back at the past 25 years.

While other magazines were folding left and right, Veranda was one that bucked the trend and got stronger.  Veranda is currently celebrating their 25th anniversary and to honor this, former editor and founder Lisa Newsom recently published a book - and what a gorgeous book it is!  Stunning!

The prettiest design book - ever?  We think so!

Meghan's favorite spread in the book is Ginny Magher's Provence farmhouse.  It is stunning.

We had a chance to talk with Dara about her background, growing up in an Eichler home with a mother who is an interior designer and a surgeon father.  Both fields appealed to the younger Dara who started her career working at the Bronx zoo - believe it or not.   Her parents were recently spotlighted in the New York Times Design section.  HERE.

Dara's parents dining room - featured in the New York Times.

Dara definitively has the smarts!  While she didn't tell us this, she graduated magna cum laude from  Barnard College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Dara's own beautiful apartment was featured in Veranda in 2006 - years before she became editor!

To listen to Dara Caponigro's inteview, click on the green bar below:  Enjoy!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Chatting with Annie Kelly

We recently chatted with Annie Kelly about her new book Rooms to Inspire by the Sea. Along with her photographer husband Tim Street-Porter, this is the latest in a series of themed design books. "By the Sea" features the waterfront properties on both coasts of several well known designers - both their own or client projects. Designers include Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan, Juan Montoya and others. We chatted with Annie about how she and Tim met, why they chose to make LA their home (she's from Australia and he's from England), how they work together and her individual projects.

Tim Street-Porter and Annie Kelly (via NY Social Diary)

John Derian's Provincetown House

Punta Mita House designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Chris Meade's Hamptons House

Shapiro Malibu House

Monday, April 9, 2012

Phoebe Howard


*Before I get into this post, I wanted to let you know that Phoebe Howard is offering a 20% discount and a bonus color chart when purchasing, The Joy of Decorating at the Phoebe Howard website. Please scroll down to the end of the post for the code. Now, on with the show.......

This week, designer, Southern style expert, retailer and author (are you exhausted yet?)  Phoebe Howard stops by to chat with us. This woman is incredibly prolific and seemingly tireless. When she sets out to create something, she often does it in multiples. Open a home store?  Heck, open 3! It's my guess that her new book, The Joy of Decorating, will be the first of several - or at least I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

 If you haven't checked out this beautiful book, it's FULL of page after page of inspiring rooms. The collaborations with her builder/designer husband, are showcased throughout. The two work as a pair, complementing each other's eye for detail and precision.

If you look closely, you'll see the signature, nailhead detail that husband, Jim Howard applies to many of his jobs. Not to be missed, either, is that eye for detail when it comes to positioning the pattern on the fabric so that the sconces are perfectly centered.

  As always we ask Mrs. Howard (as she and her, eponymous, shop is known) the story behind going from being a stay-at-home mom to becoming one of the most noted designers of our time. As with so many of our guests, her's is a story that will inspire. And as an added bonus, she reveals a new project, never been discussed until now!


Also, as a gift to  our listeners, using this code: SRTJOD  you will receive a 20% off discount when you buy the book via the, Phoebe Howard website When you buy the book through her site you will also receive an exclusive free paint chart listing Phoebe's favorite 15 color combinations for walls, trim and ceilings. (while supplies last)



Monday, February 13, 2012

Chatting with Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat

When, Los Angeles design duo, Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat first met they quickly bonded over their East Coast roots. After working side by side in the design department of Michael Smith, it wasn't long before the two realized that their aesthetic, while mired in the traditional elegance one associates with the East Coast, was far from formal and stuffy but exuded the freshness of California hip, all the while staying completely elegant.

In 2005 the two opened the West Hollywood design firm, Lucas Studio. Located in Almont Yard, which was at that time the closest thing L.A. had to an design 'colony'- housing other top notch designers such as Kathryn Ireland, Nathan Turner and Peter Dunham. Within 3 years, the two expanded by opening their showroom, Harbinger. As the team's success and business flourished, they knew it was time to step things up and expand. Their newly opened Harbinger showroom now sits along, L.A.'s premier design row on La Cienega.

Come have a listen to the Joe and Parrish as they took some time from their busy schedule to talk to us about opening a new space (in what seems like record time), their thoughts on design and of course, how they got into the business.



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Monday, January 2, 2012

Chatting with author Carol Sheehan, "The Birding Life"

Before the holiday madness, we chatted with author Carol Sheehan, who along with husband Laurence Sheehan and Kathryn Precourt, has written a new book in their series of "Life" books called THE BIRDING LIFE. The book covers the many varied uses of bird imagery and lifestyles that have been incorporated into interiors and art over the last century. This beautifully shot coffee table book (photography by William Stites) covers a wide range of "bird-life" styles as captured by 20th century artist Charley Harper and contemporary gals about town The Hovey Sisters and everything in between.

 Charley Harper 

Carol Sheehan has had a long career in magazine publishing, most notably as editor in chief of County Home magazine. Laurence Sheehan is a freelance writer who has contributed to New England Monthly, The Atlantic and Travel + Leisure, among others. Kathryn Precourt is a magazine editor and interior designer. William Stites is a widely published photographer whose work has appeared in House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, GQ and Esquire.  Previous books include "Living With Dogs" and "A Gardener's Life".

 Wallpapers and textiles by Thomas Paul

If birds, both inside or out, are your passion, this book is a must have. If you would like a chance to win a copy of the book, courtesy of Carol, please leave a comment below.

Congratulations to Kim who has won a copy of this book! Thanks to everyone for your comments!