Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Style and Substance with Margaret Russell

With Margaret Russell of Elle Decor
at the Boston Design Center

The Kravet showroom at the Boston Design Center hosted a designer lunch and book signing yesterday with Margaret Russell after she presented some of her favorite images from her numerous years
as editor-in-chief at Elle Decor magazine, images that are now found in the pages of her new book, Style and Substance published by Filipacchi.

This image of a space designed by Victoria Hagan, photographed by Michael Mundy, sold the most copies in Elle Decor history when it graced
the Aug./Sept. 02 cover.

One of Margaret’s favorite images from the book ...

Interior designer Vincente Wolf
Photographer Peter Estersohn (Dec./Jan. 95)

And here are some
of my favorites ...

I found the image below quite striking. It even incorporates a few ideas I had for my kitchen remodel ... gray counters, white cabinets, white walls. And while I hadn’t considered turquoise ostrich leather
(by Coach) on the chairs, I like it!

Kitchen designed by Delphine Krakoff
Photographed by Reed Krakoff (Sept. 06)

I keep coming back to this elegantly subtle room ...

Photographed by Laura Resen (May 01)

Oooh la la I love it ...

Photographed by William Waldron (June/July 04)

The contrast of hot and cool always gets me ...

Paris dining room of Creel and Scarani
Roger Davies (Dec. 08)

And here is a perennial blog favorite: the dining room of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick with that amazing antique Egyptian chandelier ...

Designed by Eric Hughes
Photographed by William Waldron (Oct. 05)

And look what I found around the corner
from Kravet at the Grange showroom ...

The Sara Chandelier

I took this photo of Margaret with designer Rosanne Palazola who I met last year at the North Shore Design Show. This year, Rosanne will be designing a space (as will I) for Danvers Historical Society’s Reflecting on Danvers History through Interior Design showhouse at Tapley Memorial Hall which will take place July 11th through August 1st. I will post more
info about this event later!

For now, here are some stylish spaces that I discovered during my BDC visit to Ralph Lauren, whose actual home was featured a number of times in Margaret’s slide show. This season, the RL showroom is decorated with a clever mix of equestrian-themed prints and furnishings, dazzling lighting, and cozy fabrics.
I loved it all!

The collection of artful sketches above a velvet sofa was captivating in its stylish simplicity.

As Margaret explains, good design is timeless, strategic, mindful and creative. Having the eye of an editor plays an important role, as well!


  1. Love seeing your favorites! So good to meet you!

  2. I feel like such a spaz- when I was chatting with Linda I totally forgot to introduce myself to you, I'm so sorry!!

    We will have to catch up at the next event- hopefully it will be a big Boston blogger/designer event.

  3. It was great seeing you yesterday Yvonne (and Roseann!) - looks like we all had fun! And I totally agree with you, the Fox Nahem room is to die for.

  4. Great picture. Wasn't that a blast? I'm not sure I introduced myself to you but so glad to have found your blog!


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