Dec. 03


Kips Bay Designer Bryant Keller’s Storybook Christmas Room at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

by Lynn Byrne

bartow-pell-bryant keller-raggedy andy

When  blogger buddy Tamara of Nest by Tamara told me that designer Bryant Keller expressed interest in doing a storybook tree at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, I was thrilled.  The lovely Bartow-Pell Mansion is tucked away in the Northeast corner of the Bronx and I have been working hard to raise its profile since I began volunteering there last winter.

Attracting a Kips Bay designer to decorate for Bartow-Pell’s holiday celebration is fabulous for the Mansion! (Speaking of raising the profile, did you see the stunning spread featuring Bartow-Pell in the WSJ Magazine? Not my doing but I am overjoyed!)

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Nov. 30


Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum’s Storybook Christmas

by Lynn Byrne

Bartow-Pell Mansion Musuem Wreath

As many of you know, I began volunteering at the historic Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum last winter to help them with a hot social media contest for grant money.  With lots of hard work by many, and the invaluable help of some blogger friends, I am proud to say Bartow-Pell won.  It beat out such big names as the Guggenheim, High Line and Apollo Theatre and now has the money necessary to restore its Delano & Aldrich gardens.  Restoration plans are in full swing.

Now I sit on the board at Bartow-Pell and when their biggest annual fundraiser–their holiday festivities–rolled around, I turned once again to my supportive blogging community.  Of course, they did not let me down.

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Nov. 28


Deer Hunter

by Lynn Byrne


My guys left me after I cooked them a feast this past week to engage in typical caveman behavior: deer hunting.

Son Chris already “took his buck” (as they say) the previous week when he shot a running deer (hitting a moving target is apparently a very big deal).  He is quite proud that he bagged an 8 point buck.  To appease his male ego, I posted a photo to Facebook.

It’s not a particularly pretty photo, and since we are all about the pretty here,   I won’t repeat the image.  If you do click over to see it, please remember to friend me.  I need all the friends I can get, since my all-male family members regularly abandon me for testosterone-filled, outdoor pursuits.

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Nov. 26


Now Trending: A Silver and Gold Mix

by Lynn Byrne

Junior League of Boston Show House-Michael R. Carter

Design by Carter & Company at the Junior League of Boston Show House

This room reminds me of the wedding ring that I chose almost 25 years ago.  I love how that band of gold so perfectly highlights the silvery gray walls.  Yes, I have a love affair with mixed metals and this fall I have been seeing gold accenting silvery gray everywhere from Boston to North Carolina.

More details from Carter & Company’s room above.

Here is another pretty room in  the Junior League of Boston Show House where gold accessories pop against gray walls.  Note how in both rooms, there is lots of white thrown in to provide balance (just like my wedding dress!)

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Nov. 16


Rising Stars of Danish Design Visit New York

by Lynn Byrne

Soren Rose-De La Espada

Soren Rose’s Park Avenue Collection for De La Espada

And I am going to be there!

Tomorrow I will be participating on behalf of Modenus (the folks who sent me on BlogTour London) in Danish Design Review, New York, a symposium and exhibition at Parsons The New School for Design.  It is an entire day devoted to Danish design goodness including the opportunity to meet the rising stars of Danish design, as MoMA Senior Curator Paola Antonelli reveiws their work.  The gorgeousness above is due to one of the designers whose work will be exhibited, Soren Rose.

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