Category Archives: LIVING ROOMS

Thanksgiving in Palm Beach

The Breakers, Palm Beach, lit up for the Holidays

The Breakers, Palm Beach, lighted for the holidays

For the past decade, my art dealer husband William Secord  and I have spent Thanksgiving in London or Paris. Our families would ask, “Are you coming for the holidays?” but we would head overseas. This year we’ll be eating our turkey at the house of friends in Palm Beach, where we’ll be spending the break in our West Palm Beach apartment with Rocky, our Dandie Dinmont terrier.

Bruce Bierman's Dandie Dinmont terrier, in the West Palm Beach apartment

Rocky, Bruce Bierman’s Dandie Dinmont terrier, takes it easy in West Palm Beach.

The living room of Bruce Bierman's West Palm Beach apartment. Sargent Architectural Photography

The apartment living room. Sargent Architectural Photography

As with all New Yorkers, our life in the city is incredibly hectic, and we plan to take it nice and easy down in Florida. But it won’t be all R&R. I actually have a client meeting at noon on Thanksgiving Day itself, as well as having three projects in Palm Beach that are all currently in the installation phase—a process that can be incredibly detailed, down to stocking the clients’ refrigerator (in some cases, even matching its content to that of the fridge in their New York apartment). The projects are located in two legendary Palm Beach resort properties: one is a penthouse in The Biltmore; the other two are in The Breakers, which I get an incredible view of from my 30th-floor apartment.

View of the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach from Bruce Bierman's apartment in West Palm Beach

 The view of Palm Beach and The Breakers from Bruce Bierman’s 30th-floor apartment in West Palm Beach.

But I have more than a strong visual relationship with The Breakers. I’ve actually designed six apartments (one of them twice) in the 40-apartment complex over the years. One client, who I’ve known for 30 years, is herself an interior designer but incredibly we did not disagree about anything!

Penthouse apartment in The Breakers, Palm Beach, by Bruce Bierman

 At The Breakers, the library in a penthouse Bruce Bierman designed for a client who is herself an interior designer

 

Summer Splash: Stedila Design in The Daily Beast

Daily Beast, OMG I Want This House, John Stedila, AmagansettDaily Beast, OMG I Want This House, John Stedila, Amagansett, caption

We here at Stedila Design are delighted that Tina Brown‘s super buzzy website, The Daily Beast, featured our founding partner John Stedila’s Amagansett beach retreat–a converted fire station–in its “OMG, I Want This House” column. They used Simon Upton’s terrific photography, which originally appeared in an Elle Decor cover story on the house a few years back. Here are a few shots.

Living room mural and fireplace, John Stedila house, Amagansett

Artist Tom Hooper drew the horses on the living room’s stucco wall. Photograph by Simon Upton

Living room, John Stedila house, Amagansett

The floors are polished concrete. Photograph by Simon Upton

Pavilion, John Stedila house, Amagansett

The steel-and-glass dining pavilion. Photograph by Simon Upton

Pool portico, John Stedila house, Amagansett
A classical portico overlooks the swimming pool. Photograph by Simon Upton

John was responsible for most of the design, although I worked on the project too, adding the pavilions and the steel-and-glass doors. We often work collaboratively, constantly leaning over each other’s shoulders, and are doing so currently for a house in Bridgehampton. John’s place has gotten even better with time, and the gardens have matured beautifully.  Here are some recent snaps of the exterior.

John Stedila house, Amagansett, 2013_1
The rear terrace as it appears today with ivy-covered walls.

John Stedila house, Amagansett, 2013_3

The house is now surrounded with lush vegetation and colorful flowers.

John Stedila house, Amagansett, 2013_4
Hydrangeas flank a gate.

 

Silver & Gold: Laura Bohn in New York Spaces Magazine

New York Spaces Nov-Dec cover

I’m thrilled to have a city pied-à-terre that we here at Laura Bohn Design Associates recently completed featured in the Nov/Dec issue of New York Spaces. Editor in chief Jason Kontos writes: “Laura Bohn takes a quieter approach to seasonal shimmer in an Upper West Side apartment: Using subtle shades of silver, ice blue, and gold, this sure-handed designer added just the right amount of bling to make the place sing.” How great a holiday present is that! Here is a sneak peek of the story.

Upper West Side apartment by Laura Bohn in New York Spaces magazine Nov-Dec 2012 issue

Dining room in Upper West Side apartment by Laura Bohn in New York Spaces magazine Nov-Dec 2012 issue

Bedroom in Upper West Side apartment by Laura Bohn in New York Spaces magazine's Nov-Dec 2012 issue