Veranda May/June 2017

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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Notes from the Field Whether you’re touring a glorious garden, exploring the great outdoors, or relaxing poolside, take extra precautions—Lyme disease is a health concern that affects all 50 states. Project Lyme is a global advocacy organization dedicated to prevention and early detection, and its website offers a wealth of tools and resources. Welcome the Season Bring out the slipcovers, switch out the china, unfurl those umbrellas! Discover dreamy decor on our lush Instagram feed. @verandamag glamorous getaway CHARLESTON CALLING In celebration of our annual tribute to preservation, we’re giving away a trip for two to historic Charleston, South Carolina, one of the birthplaces of the preservation movement. It includes airfare for two, a two-night stay at the Belmond Charleston Place, and more, plus a hand-engraved Princess Flower diamond necklace from Roberto Coin (be sure…

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the view from veranda

for me, this time of year is about exploring a new trail or discovering a bike path and leaving the AC behind—for a few hours, at least. (Come August, that’s another story.) Looking at the garden steps and staircases above, all outtakes from stories in this issue, piqued my curiosity. The people who call these spaces home know where those steps lead (I hope!), but for casual observers like myself, don’t you wonder about what’s over the crest of the hill? Or what the view’s like looking back? What happens if you turn left or jog right? For the interior spaces, the curvature of the stairs and banisters evokes a sense of mystery: What’s just beyond the bend? Or better yet, who might await you once you wind your way…

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trail blazer

TAYLOR TOMASI HILL’S FAVORITE THINGS her flame-red hair often sets Taylor Tomasi Hill apart from the fashion flock during its biannual migration through New York, Milan, and Paris. That and her idiosyncratic way of dressing—voluminous sweaters and vivid printed skirts; tartans paired with blowsy florals; layered ensembles in which a bustier might end up over a crisp oxford shirt. Her savoir faire has made her a darling of street-style blogs and Instagram. “It’s fun to pair things that don’t necessarily belong together in a traditional sense,” she says. “Sometimes it works, often it doesn’t, but I find it rewarding to keep mixing it up.” Tomasi Hill’s career has been as multifaceted as her outfits, with stints at Teen Vogue, W, and Marie Claire; as creative director of the website Moda Operandi; and…

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high season

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC SPRING GALA Tailored to a Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme. Pearl-and-diamond necklace (1), $190,000; ART BASEL A masterpiece for your finger. Crownwork (RGRS-770) ring (2), $11,210; AMERICA’S CUP Race-ready. Cosmograph Daytona watch (3), $12,400; SARGENT: THE WATERCOLOURS At the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Caterina Pansy earrings (4), $900; MARLENE DIETRICH: DRESSED FOR THE IMAGE At the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Nova bracelet (5), $18,750; ASPEN IDEAS FESTIVAL Capture that alpine splendor. Flower Serpent Amulet (6), $19,500; CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP Just add a fascinator. Pearl-and– rock crystal necklace (7), $26,880; MOMA’S PARTY IN THE GARDEN Earthly delight. Garden Collection ring (8), $10,300; ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN’S CONNOISSEURS TOUR Sweet synchronicity. Woodland charm bracelet (9), $47,000; CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW Rival the displays. Poppy earrings (10), $26,800; MONACO GRAND PRIX As sleek as a sports car. Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat watch (11), $16,700;…

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royal grace

Countess Nicholas (Tania) Bobrinskoy, 93, has a life story that’s nothing short of cinematic: After growing up between Paris and the village of Versailles in a community of Russian émigrés, she fled to the United States on the eve of World War II. (“My father paid the passage with a bag of jewelry,” she recalls.) In New York, she met her second husband—Count Nicholas, a descendant of Catherine the Great—when she playfully doused him while hosing off her Afghan hounds on a Midtown sidewalk. “We never would have met in Russia,” she says. “My family was nobility, but not of that rank.” The duo went on to own Zina Studios, the custom wallcoveringand- fabric studio that was beloved by Sister Parish, Albert Hadley, and Elsie de Wolfe. “Those great designers were…

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family affair

Leave it to Albert Hadley to give a Victorian settee the crisp sheen of glamour. When his sister Betty Ann relocated from the family home to a smaller townhouse in Nashville in 2001, she wanted to bring inherited antiques along with her. Luckily, her brother happened to be an icon of American decorating and injected those keepsakes with gorgeous new life. In our 30th-anniversary year, we’re revisiting memorable spaces from our pages and scouring the market for objects that channel their spirit. Hadley took shapely furniture, ruffled slipcovers, and gilt sconces and ingeniously lightened it all with a 1940s French cocktail table and a sharp striped wallpaper. Our take riffs on the look with updated silhouettes and new fabrics in the same bright palette. Talk about chic! INTERIOR: PETER MARGONELLI; 1,…