June 17, 2013
I Hosted A Great Book Party
In April, I hosted a book party for the author and blogger, Ronda Rice Carman, in the spacious clerestory in our offices in the Starrett-Lehigh building in New York City. Ronda’s new book from Rizzoli, Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living, is a compilation of personal living spaces from fifty highly-respected designers, and I was able to provide the foreword for this magnificent volume of work. The designers featured in the book share their philosophies on decorating and personal style, and provide a glimpse into the spaces that they call home. Our own Kevin Sharkey is featured in the book. It is truly an inspiring collection. Enjoy the pictures from the event, and be sure to visit Ronda’s popular lifestyle blog All the Best.
1 I was so thrilled to be able to host a party for my friend Ronda Rice Carmen and celebrate her new book, Designers At Home.
2 The spacious clerestory at our offices was decorated with lovely ornamental cherry blossoms.
3 The clerestory provided a bright and open space for guests to mingle with the designers featured in the book.
5 Cheese straws, olives, and nuts were served by Chef Pierre Schaedelin as a perfect complement to the wine.
6 Here I am with interior designer Rob Passal and Aaron Stewart, VP Design at MSLO.
7 Here is Ronda with her friend, Andrew Joseph, founder of Andrew Joseph PR.
8 Here I am with Ronda Carman and Robert Passal. Robert's Manhattan prewar apartment is featured on the cover of Ronda's book.
9 Another look at the wine and hor d'oeuvres before the party begins
10 With Ronda Carman and Mary Aarons of Quayside Publishing Group
11 Ronda with her friend and designer Bradley Clifford
12 Kevin Sharkey's home is also featured in Ronda's book. He used silk carpeting and velvet upholstery to create a luxurious feel in his Manhattan apartment.
13 With Aaron Stewart, Ronda, Kevin, and interior designer Bradley Clifford
14 Aaron snapped a photo of us.
15 A great crowd turned out to celebrate Ronda and Designers at Home.
16 Here I am talking with interior designer Bunny Williams
17 MSLO's Garden Editor Stephen Orr (center) chats with Jason Oliver Nixon - Editor at Delta Sky Magazine, and design consultant Janice Langrell.
18 The Dogajolo Rosato, from the Carpineto winery in Tuscany, was delicious.
19 Kevin and I shared a laugh with Bunny Williams.
20 Bunny Williams
21 Bruce Glickman, owner of the furniture gallery Duane in New York City, flipped through his new copy of Designers at Home.
22 The photographs and essays in Designers at Home provide readers with fabulous design ideas and advice for decorating a home.
23 I had a wonderful time chatting with all of the attendees that night.
24 Both Bunny Williams and James Andrew opened their doors for readers in Designers at Home. They share stories of how they got involved with interior design and what inspires them when decorating.
25 With Michael Mcgraw - founder of the Mcgraw Agency and designer Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo
26 Everyone enjoyed the wine selection.
27 Ronda and Rob Passal posed for a picture in front of the book's cover.
28 Ronda's All the Best blog contains great interviews with different tastemakers in the design industry, as well as some of Ronda's favorite homemade soup recipes!
29 Ronda happily signed copies of her book for guests.
30 Bunny William's warm and comfortable Connecticut home is featured in Rhonda's book and is a perfect reflection of her sunny personality.