Last night I saw the result of the Parson School of Design’s finished table setting for Diffa’s Dining by Design’s, which I’d mentored and I must say that the execution from concept to final product was excellent. Both Benjamin Moore, who sponsored their setting, and the organizers of the event were very pleased and I love the fact that they managed to come under budget and were able to donate $400 in cash to Diffa.
On Thursday I saw Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury, Rupert Everett, Jayne Atkinson and Christine Ebersole. The show has not lost any of its spunk and wit since its conception in the early 20th Century. It’s a must see, even if just to see Angela Lansbury steal the stage each time she comes on.
Among the people in the audience were the comic duo, Stiller and Meara (Ben Stiller’s parents). I went with my friend Roger Thomas who was in town from Las Vegas – he’s the creative director for Wynn Design and was also my host at last night’s Dining by Design black tie dinner. Roger is the Executive Vice President Design for Wynn Hotels’ Design and Development and anyone who’s been to the Wynn Las Vegas, the Encore or the Macau has been enthralled by his magical designs.
The little creatures walked on the ceilings and the walls and put a smile on everyone’s face. Whoopi Goldberg was photographed in the room and even David Rockwell was seen sneaking a creature into his bag! Did any of you go to Diffa’s Dining by Design? Let me know what you thought.
I went out to Long Island this weekend to start the spring cleaning in my garden in Montauk. Nothing like hard labor to make a weekend go fast! Fertilizing, cleaning the beds, raking, trimming, sweating…it revitalizes me to touch the ground again and I look forward to seeing the bulbs popping through the ground. I always try to visualize the garden in bloom – it gives me a boost. I planted my garden all white, except for one big bed that has mixed colors, going from purples to yellows to pink. It’s always a thrill to see what survived the winter.
I’ve drawn inspiration for many rooms from the colors in my garden. I’m always inspired by the different tones of flowers and leaves. Do any of you garden? If you do, is there a particular pattern of color that you have in your garden? I’m thinking of starting a new bed, so if you have any ideas, let me know. After all, how different is doing a room from doing a garden?