July/August 2021

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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3 min
slip into the season

Collecting • Decorating • Entertaining • Jewelry • Preservation • Wanderlust “When I want to cut the fanciness of a drawing room…I will work a slipcover into the space. There’s something inherently summery and more casual about them.”—DESIGNER ISABEL LOPEZ-QUESADA IN MADRID, summers are very hot. Growing up, I remember my grandmother removing all the carpets and covering the furniture—the Louis XVI chairs, the sofas, even the canapés—in cotton cloths, many with floral patterns, before leaving for the season,” says Spanish interior designer Isabel Lopez-Quesada. Today, that “more relaxed, gypsy look” finds a place in the homes of even her most formal clients, she notes, often with couture detailing like buttons, ties, and contrasting trimmings. “When I want to cut the fanciness of a drawing room, make it look a little more…

5 min
revolutionary spirit

DESIGNER PHILIP GORRIVAN had passed the house a million times: a two-story Colonial at the head of a winding lane in Washington, Connecticut, just a short stroll from a cemetery where some of the town’s earliest settlers were laid to rest. Built around 1750, the house is believed to be one of the area’s oldest. “I’ve always admired its symmetry and scale. It is a perfect example of early American Colonial architecture,” says Gorrivan, whose own 19th-century home is just down the street. He makes the two-hour drive from New York City, where his practice is based, to this quiet spot in the Berkshires foothills “almost every weekend and most holidays, plus for extended summer stays,” he says. First settled by independent-minded Congregationalists roughly 300 years ago, Washington has become…

1 min
down to a science

CLOISONNÉ Using thin walls of metal to contain molten enamel in raised compartments, this ancient practice produced pectoral jewels of the Pharaohs, Visigoth brooches, and even 19thcentury tea caddies from Russia’s House of Fabergé. CHAMPLEVÉ Ancient artisans beginning with the Celts in the 3rd century B.C. would hollow out metal compartments to fill with enamel. The art form’s high-water mark was the 12th century, which turned out the Stavelot Triptych and the Becket Casket from Limoges. PLIQUE-À-JOUR This virtuoso form—invented in the 6th century and masterfully employed by Art Nouveau giants René Lalique and Lucien Gaillard—is an aerial act without a net. Here, enamelers fill frames without a permanent metal base to create fragile, stained glass–like pieces. GUILLOCHÉ Beginning in the late 19th century, jewelers created mesmerizing optics by layering translucent enamel over intricate machine-etched geometries in…

1 min
what about these houses?

INEXTRICABLY LINKED to the grand manor homes of wealthy Southern growers are the cabins, cottages, and huts built and inhabited by their enslaved workforces. The Mississippi-born Behind the Big House Project (behindthebighouse.org) launched in 2012 to assist owners of historic properties in providing educational programming around the humble antebellum structures and the stories that arose within them. Next door in Louisiana, the Whitney Plantation (whitneyplantation.org) offers tours with an exclusive focus on the lives of enslaved people who worked the sugarcane fields. The first of its kind in the state, the plantation and museum (located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans) helps pioneer programming for other antebellum estates.…

7 min
sunshine state

Splendid Flora & Fauna LIKE THE EXOTIC KINGDOM IT IS, Florida perfumes the air with rich plant and animal life, an animated subculture at the heart of Lorna Gross’s transportive dining room. “The carpet was the starting point,” says the designer, noting New Moon Rugs’s masterful Flora garden of blooms, birds, and buzzing creatures rendered in a multiplicity of hues. “It incorporates so many gorgeous colors.” Chief among them coral, which complements the pastel feel of Palm Beach, she adds. From there, Gross takes her cues from the fauna, inviting dragonfly mirrors, a fawn sculpture, and even a pair of salt-and-pepper-bearing turtles to the party. And just as the dining room hums with Florida’s abiding vitality, Brittany Bromley’s bedroom promises a verdant, serene bower for dreamy nights. A custom wallpaper is home…

3 min
“tradition is not about what was. tradition is now.”

SO WRITES DESIGNER AND DECORATIVE arts historian Thomas Jayne in the introduction of his book, Classical Principles for Modern Design (The Monacelli Press, 2018), in which he explores the enduring relevancy of Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s The Decoration of Houses, first published in 1897. Just two months into the pandemic and our sudden and outright pivot to home, I interviewed Jayne about his predictions for how this profound shift in how we live would change American residential design. How would we reconfigure floor plans for more privacy? How would we look to design to cure the plague of monotony in our daily existence? How could decoration soothe our anxious souls? The answer, Jayne said, was simple: We would once again embrace rooms in the truest sense of the word: divisions…