Thursday, January 29, 2009

Veranda! You Have Outdone Yourself!

All Show House Photos by Peter Vitale

I think most of you have heard about the recent demise of our beloved Domino Magazine this week. The cries were heard far and wide throughout the design blog universe. A good cry and a box of tissues spirits were raised when the latest Veranda Magazine made it's appearance through my mail slot yesterday.

And what an issue it is! Veranda has really stepped up the Designer Show House game with it's third Show House at the Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills. Those involved in making this event happen read like the Who's Who of the Design World: Ann Getty acted as Honorary Chairperson with Nathan Turner and Mary McDonald as Co-Chairs. So for those of you who were not fortunate enough to get to see the Show House in person (like moi), Veranda has provided a stunning feature here with pictures of every room.

Designers include such greats as Waldo Fernandez, Richard Shapiro, David Phoenix and Rose Tarlow, Suzanne Rheinstein, Peter Dunham, Windsor Smith and Kathryn Ireland. These are just a few of the many fabulously prolific designers featured in this Show House.

Those of you who subscribe to Veranda will want to hold on to this issue for years to come. and for those of you who do not subscribe, I highly recommend picking up this issue.

I don't want to spoil all of the delicious surprises in store for you in room after room, but I had to show a few to whet your appetite! One of my favorite spaces was the courtyard outside Greystone where the opening Gala was held. Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner orchestrated the transformation using a palette of green and white, and utilizing mid century Barcelona chairs and ottomans as a foil for the English Gothic Revival Manor.

Completed in 1928, Greystone has been seen often in movies like The Witches of Eastwick, The Holiday, and There Will Be Blood. Designed by Gordon Kaufmann for oil tycoon Edward L. Doheney the mansion is the largest family estate ever built in Beverly Hills. For much more information about Greystone and visitation of the grounds, click here.

Here are just a few of the rooms by some of our favorites:

Family Room by Nathan Turner

Gentleman's Study by Peter Dunham

Lady's Bedroom by Mary McDonald

Master Bedroom by Windsor Smith

This Show House feature is enough in and of itself the buy the issue.

But wait.... Veranda gives us MORE! One of my Design Crushes graces the pages with yet another beautiful design project. Eric Cohler transforms a stately Charleston home with his magic. Just one photo teaser for you! This article is very long and comprehensive with many a gorgeous photo. Thanks Veranda!

Late 19th-c. console. Painting by Larry Charles. John Saladino Lamps. Photo by Jeff McNamara. are just too kind. We are also treated to another home, that of Houston based designer Michael Dale. Just another little tease for you:

The beautiful hall showing Dale's collection of Burmese figures on Mexican pedestals. Photo by Peter Vitale.

I can tell I am going to be spending at least few hours this weekend sitting on my porch in the sun enjoying this issue of Veranda.

What are you going to be doing?


Beaux Mondes Designs said...

Wow, I can't wait to get a hold of this issue over the weekend. I'm not a subscriber but always get a copy at my local supermarket.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Thanks for the preview. I don't subscribe and will go pick one up. Great images, I look forward to reading it.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I dunno Katie...your plan sounds good, as I nurse the flu!

My Notting Hill said...

oh I agree! My Veranda issue came today and really brightened up my afternoon.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Well, it's dreadfully cold here this weekend, so suffice it to say I shall not be sitting on the porch! But, curling up with my Veranda in front of the fire is definitely on the schedule! My issue arrived today and I allowed myself a jaw-dropping peek inside, then immediately put it aside till a warm, free hour when I could enjoy it with a cup of hot tea at the ready! Can't wait!!

Callie Grayson said...

I used to live by the greystone estate! it is one of my favorites!!!! i would just sigh each time i drove by.
They did an amazing job of the design house.
wish i still lived there just so i could see in person.

thanks for the share!!

Julie said...

Thanks for giving the heads up to this issue. I haven't really looked at Veranda in years and now that I'm in the market for some new color eye candy ( thanks to the end of my beloved Domino ) I'll run out and pick up a copy right away.

Love your blog! Am adding it to my favorite blog list this minute!

Patricia Gray said...

Great Post Katie. I will have to get my copy of Veranda this weekend. Thanks

Cote de Texas said...

I can't wait to read this issue! I've been waiting to see the house, it looks so beautiful!!!
Veranda and Southern Accents better be safe - I can live without domino, but you would hear me scream in CA if those two magazines closed down.

Kristen said...

beautiful rooms!

Velvet and Linen said...

The Show House took my breath away when Steve and I walked through. All of the designers really out did themselves. Windsor Smith's Master bedroom and bath were exquisite. The bed took my breath away!!!
The dining room was just beautiful. Oh, I could go on and on.
I'm so glad to have my Veranda to keep my memories alive.


Dianne said...

Thank you Veranda. I am hoping you are safe. I am addicted to you and your delicious pages. Can't wait for mine to be in the mailbox!!

Mélanie said...

great issue , thank you for sharing

Housewears said...

Thank you for the heads up on this one! I let my Veranda subscrip lapse because there were so many other great mags (like Domino) I was your blog!


Renee Finberg said...

i just love italian cypress -

it is like the drumroll you hear while driving up to the home .

right ? !!!


michelle said...

They seem to be changing with the times...maybe that will keep them afloat.

Veranda's flower arranging pages kept me in good supply of painting inspiration for years.

Great images- especially the first one with the white blossoming trees and green accents. Who says you need colour in the garden?

Visual Vamp said...

Peter Vitale is my absolute favorite photographer of anything, but he has a special gift for taking beautiful pictures of interiors.
We worked together years ago, and he is a cutie pie sweet thing too!
He's a big part of the reason Veranda is so beautiful.
xo xo

Visual Vamp said...

Peter Vitale is my absolute favorite photographer of anything, but especially of interiors.
I worked with him years ago, and he is a cutie pie sweetie.
His photos are a big part of why we find Veranda so beautiful.
xo xo

ArchitectDesign said...

Oh I was reading this this past weekend and decided that this issue was a keeper. I couldn't bear to cut it up for my cutting files (i'd be tearing out every single page if I tried that route!).

Fifi Flowers said...

I soooooooooooo WANT that patio... wish I could wrap it up and put it in my back garden!

Lauren said...

Have to go get it!!!

Gaj said...

Very very underwhelmed by the showhouse version of Greystone, except of course by the brilliant work of Ms Tarlow. I had seen this house when it was on the market in the 80's and not again until this showhouse. Big dissapointment now.
Not a fan of Veranda in any case but very occasionally they come up with some outstanding houses, but this is certainly not one of them.
I think my biggest peeve here was the pretentious use of Barcelona chairs on the terrace. There was zero harmony between that setting and the house's archictecture. I am all for strange and unusual contrast of styles but this attempt was a real misstep.
Keep it coming Katie, that's what blogs are all about, opinions!