Veranda May/June 2016

VERANDA is a forum for the very best in living well. Always gracious, and never pretentious, we keep readers abreast of the finest in design, decorating, luxury travel, and more, inspiring them with beauty and elegance. VERANDA is both an ideas showcase and a deeply pleasurable escape, a place where homes feel as good as they look.

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House Proud Do you dream of living in a historic home? We’ve gathered some of the most unique old houses from around the country that are currently on the market. Fodder for a restoration drama all your own is only a quick click away. Ready, Set, Summer! Put on your white jeans—Monday, May 30, is the unofficial start to summer. We’ve rounded up our favorite summery spaces to carry you all the way to Labor Day. In a Snap Check out our daily dose of inspiration on Instagram, and join the conversation with 270,000 other style-obsessed followers. Like! follow us a very special getaway WIN A TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS In New Orleans, the past is always present. And to coincide with our preservation-themed issue, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights will award one lucky reader and a guest a…

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the view from veranda

PAST PERFECT Special thanks to the sponsors of our new historic preservation initiative: Ann Sacks, Artesano Iron Works, Authentic Provence, Benjamin Moore, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Brunschwig & Fils, Dennis & Leen, the Federalist, François & Co., Jamb, Jonas, JP Weaver Co., Officine Gullo, P.E. Guerin, Peacock Alley, Pindler, and Sub-Zero and Wolf. I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED HISTORY. As a child, I was so immersed in stories of long-ago exploration—complete with epic voyages and unimaginably exotic expeditions—that by the time college rolled around, I was able to take a placement test and bypass a semester’s worth of History 101. That said, a would-be time traveler I am not. I’ve never had the desire to live in the past. The Victorian era? Too rigid. France in the 1700s? I don’t think I’d…

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family affair

in the Branca tribe—painter Anna Chiara, 80, interior designer Alessandra, 57, and antiques buyer Anna Lucia Uihlein, 26—a love of art history is second nature, style references are indelibly Italian, and the multigenerational exchange is as flush as the Tiber. “Nonna will come downstairs wearing full ’60s cut-crease eye shadow in purple and make it look like everyone should still be doing it,” says Anna Lucia. Though they now live in Chicago (Alessandra), Laguna Beach, California (Anna Chiara), and New York (Anna Lucia), the family’s roots are Roman: Anna Chiara’s father was an art critic for the Vatican newspaper and a Raphael expert; as a girl, she tagged along on trips to St. Peter’s. The concept of bella figura is deeply ingrained. “Looking is the main Italian sport,” says Anna Chiara,…

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forever chic

1.The Serpenti necklace from Bulgariis based on a 1940s design and an ancient motif that has beguiled tastemakers from Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor. Price upon request; 2. Belperron’s Spiral ear clips were pulled from a 1930s sketch by Suzanne Belperron, the trailblazing namesake of the recently relaunched house. $13,500; 3.Target ear clips from Verdurawere created by Fulco di Verdura for midcentury style icon Dorothy Hirshon. $10,500; 4. Seaman Schepps’s Nantucket Lightship rings reprise an archival drawing and the pattern of New England baskets. From $7,500 each; seamanschepps .com. 5.The Runa neck ring and pendant from Georg Jensenrecasts Scandinavian modernism in luxe new materials. $7,000; 6. David Webb’s Double Lion bracelet embraces fauna, an enduring house theme. $45,000; 1.The Juste un Clou bracelet from Cartiermade a splash…

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field notes

FACE TIME When Jami and Klaus Heidegger sold Kiehl’s, her family’s business, to L’Oréal in 2000, they’d built it from a cult brand into a worldwide phenomenon. Retrouvé, their new unisex skin-care line, was originally developed for their own private use. Thankfully, they’ve taken the products public, complete with their trademark: sky-high concentrations of face-saving ingredients. From $75; HIGHLY EVOLVED In the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, jeweler Seaman Schepps beguiled café society with baubles that drew on diverse materials—humble but vivid stones, seashells, Chinese snuff bottles—to create a distinctly American brand of luxury. The house carries on that philosophy today, pulling from Schepps’s original designs in an eye-popping evolution, as illustrated in its Jazz Cuff, which went from pearly iridescence through Byzantine-like incarnations, and then back again in its current versions, enchanting…

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the power of preservation

A brief history of the preservation movement embraces neoclassical presidential estates, controversial milestones, and the architectural treasures of a whole new era. 1836 Ten years after Thomas Jefferson’s death, Uriah Phillips Levy purchases the dilapidated Monticello, restores it, and opens it to the public. 1853 Ann Pamela Cunningham founds the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association to preserve the estate, which was in ruins. 1924 John D. Rockefeller, Jr., finances the restoration of Versailles, perhaps the greatest house museum ever. 1926 Rockefeller leads efforts to rebuild Colonial Williamsburg. 1931 The first preservation zoning ordinance in the United States becomes law in Charleston. 1963 Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., donates Fallingwater, commissioned by his parents from Frank Lloyd Wright, to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. 1963 Demolition of the Beaux Arts Pennsylvania Station in New York galvanizes…