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We did not peg Steve Wynn as a man who loves plaid, but apparently the casino magnate has a secret taste for preppy touches. In the most recent issue of Architectural Digest, Mr. Wynn reveals his shockingly restrained renovation of the $70 million Ritz-Carlton duplex he bought in 2012 from Millennium Partners Christopher Jeffries. Gone are the glittering chandeliers and auric window treatments, the brocade sofas and the coffered ceilings of gold. In their place are cream-colored walls and ceilings, rooms decorated with tasteful pops of primary colors and, of course, the aforementioned plaid. In a (few) word(s), a Jonathan Adler store on speed.
Decorating dynamos will be talking lampshades and wallpaper at the annual President’s Dinner to kick off the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. The black-tie dinner’s chairs are Architectural Digest editor Margaret Russell and decorator Bunny Williams, along with vice chairs Jamie Drake, Tony Ingrao, Randy Kemper and Richard Mishaan. Joining these interiors superstars will be Read More
Keith Kelly reports this morning that Margaret Russell will likely be named the next editor of Architectural Digest. Back in early June, she was one of our top favorites when we assembled a shortlist of candidates. She’s a hot talent in the shelter industry, and back then, we made a list of pros and Read More
Give Me Shelter
Attention editors: Book Jen and Gerard if you want to sell a magazine.
Covers featuring Jennifer Aniston have been the top sellers in 2010 for both Architectural Digest and W, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations Rapid Report.
The Architectural Digest cover featured Ms. Aniston draped over a piece of furniture with the tagline “Jennifer Read More
The New York Times asked Architectural Digest editor Paige Rense Noland, who announced her retirement from the magazine after 35 years last week, why people like shelter magazines.
“We look to magazines to see how other people live,” Ms. Rense Noland said.
Sometimes those people are Jennifer Aniston.
“People say: ‘I can’t Read More
It’s Ash Wednesday-the day marking the beginning of Lent, when devout Catholics give something up for the next 40 days until Easter. (A few years ago, our brother gave up Catholicism, and that was the end of that.) If you’re a Catholic smoker , why not give up the demon weed -just Read More
Halloweenies? “Aren’t you scared about Halloween?” That’s what some of our “friends” have been asking us, just to be helpful . Aren’t we being a bit Anglocentric to think that Afghan cave-dwellers even care about Halloween? Tonight, have your kid be the first on his or her block to wear a Lizzie Grubman Read More
Sidewalk , by Mitchell Duneier. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 383 pages, $27.
How many times have you walked by sidewalk vendors on Sixth Avenue in GreenwichVillageand wondered:Whoexactlyare these people? And what exactly are they doing on the Village sidewalks,peddlingtheir wares, occasionally harassing women passers-by, relieving themselves in public? If you lingered on the thought for Read More
Among the gushy house tours featured in the December issue of Architectural Digest is an eight-page spread entitled, “On Top of the World in New York.” The home in question is an “11,000-square-foot penthouse duplex,” characterized as being “fit for a king.” The article does not name the king, but coyly describes the owner of Read More