St. Charles at Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse

The art world is intrigued and enlightened by the Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse, an interactive auction that displays the best of interior and architectural design trends while simultaneously showcasing fine furniture and home accessories.

Illustration of St. Charles kitchen at the Sotheby’s designer show house by Joel Galang

The internationally acclaimed auction house tapped thirteen premier designers to construct a state-of-the-art home experience on their fifth floor. The idea behind the showhouse is to provide a backdrop worthy of Sotheby’s finest home furnishing items. The showhouse is an enlightening experience for art collectors who struggle with product placement. Too much art can often make you feel like you’re living in a museum. As a featured showhouse designer, we are using this opportunity to provide insight in creating a comfortable living space and work with the grain of great art and antiques.

At St. Charles, we are using the showhouse to convey one of our core messages- that art can and should be displayed in the kitchen.

We’ll be posting behind the scenes videos and more. Follow our blog for exclusive access into the making of  the first ever Sotheby’s Kitchen!

For more information about the Sotheby’s show house, go to www.sothebysdesignershowhouse.com/kitchen

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Sotheby’s Designer Show House

The team at St. Charles is delighted to officially announce our dual participation in the 2015 Annual Sotheby’s Designer Show House!

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Karen Williams  and Robert Schwartz of St. Charles of New York will be working alongside a powerhouse line-up of industry leaders to transform the fifth floor of Sotheby’s landmark Upper East Side location into a fully functioning living space. The show, spanning from the 11th to the 19th of April, will serve as an interactive auction of fine art, furniture, and home decor.


We are also thrilled to inform you that St. Charles styling division CURATED will be a featured participant of the show! Working directly with Sotheby’s silver and porcelain departments, Lindsey Schwartz of CURATED is the youngest participant involved in the show.


A Look into our Past

These colorful kitchens from the early 70s may not have adopted the newer trends of time, but the sink still works!

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Forty-two years after installation, these retro green cabinets have passed the test of time.

 

We asked some of our oldest clients to submit photos of their functioning St. Charles kitchens with the initial intention of showcasing their longevity. What we received was a series of working homes that, in their refusal to surrender their aesthetic charm, still stand as testaments to the value of our product.

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Updates to interior decor are born out of a need to replace something broken or malfunctioned. But when our St. Charles cabinetry refused the need to be replaced, the era-defining trends stay put.  After forty some years, these two homeowners find amusement and comfort within the charm of their 70s style kitchen and proudly proclaim its heritage as our own.

 

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“We absolutely LOVE our kitchen!” writes homeowner Jeanine Syska “It feels like we live in a work of art”.

 

 

The two vintage kitchens by St. Charles of New York serve as an homage to a more colorful era when vivid cabinetry was certainly a la mode. Unlike side burns and bell-bottoms, color in the kitchen did not entirely die with the decade. Our designers are proudly creating colorful kitchens every day!

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An opaque blue sets the tone for this contemporary kitchen.

– For enquiries about the green kitchen seen above, please contact Shirley@partnernyc.com for more information.


CURATED in the New York Times

CURATED in the news again! Since the launch of our in-home styling service in October, CURATED by St. Charles has been making headlines in the decorating and design industry.

Check out our Holiday shopping feature with New York Times editor Tim McKeough below. 

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Creative Director, Lindsey Lauren Schwartz goes holiday shopping with the New York Times in Dripping With Charm 


Beyond Crystal: Baccarat x THG Kick off DDB Fall Market 2014

Decorators and designers alike occupied Baccarat’s showroom in the D&D building for one of the more noteworthy events of the DDB 2014 Fall Market launch. The combined forces of THG, Baccarat, and LUXE magazine fashioned a crowd of both established jewel-adorned socialites and fresh-faced industry newcomers.  Upon introduction by LUXE’s Arlyn Hernandez, keynote speaker Matthew Frederick sang praises to the harmonious marriage of two iconic French brands in the form of a new line of crystal bathroom fixtures.

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One of the many grandiose chandeliers with which guests shared the space.

The layout of the Baccarat showroom mandated that guests mingle warily around a host of crystal presentations. “Hold your purse tightly to your body so that you don’t break anything in here”, one experienced partygoer explained to her plus one. Breathtaking chandeliers were suspended at eye level, commanding the attention of the audience and designating the flow of traffic. Guests sipped from Baccarat’s chateau crystal collection of flutes and tumblers– a refreshing contrast to the budget stemware we are most often treated to at similar events.

The reception opened to a grand (the grandest) chandelier that occupied a considerable portion of the main entrance. A myriad of melting blush colored candles decorated the floor space and complemented the colored crystal of the overhanging chandelier. I think that they were trying to be ironic with the juxtaposition of the two illuminating sources. I liked it.


Making the Most of your White Kitchen

 

White kitchens are a popular installation for residents looking to avoid consenting to a ‘trending’ design aesthetic. The hesitation with color-coated kitchens stems from the fear of losing that admiration for, say, cobalt blue panelling over an indeterminate but inevitable period of time. White kitchens may suffice as an easy way to avoid such evanescent affinities, but they often leave homeowners with a cooking space devoid of creative inspiration.  Here at CURATED by St Charles, we believe that the right collection of luxury kitchen accessories is the perfect opportunity to draw color into the kitchen without committing to a palette that might fall out of fashion. We view white spaces as the ideal backdrop for premium accessories. By drawing in color from your culinary necessities, you only commit to a transitional color scheme that can be replaced and updated as soon as ‘amber’ becomes an eyesore. You made a wise choice in choosing a white kitchen, now it’s time to reap the benefits. 

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These red mosaic plates with underlying rose charger gives this tabletop a pop of color. Gold plated Jardin D’eden silverware by Christofle.

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A great place setting is an easy way to heighten the atmospheric allure of a set table. Because of the quantity of items on the tabletop, subtlety is key. As a general rule, avoid overstated solid colored plates and instead look for multi-colored patterns on the outer rims. If you do want to incorporate solids into your tabletop, opt for a brightly colored charger. It lies underneath the plates so you get a sizely pop of color while letting other subtle pieces take center stage.

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Patterned plates are  an easy way to bring color on to your tabletop, but they remain hidden behind cabinets for the duration of the day. Glassware and crystal, however, remain more prominently displayed. I suggest perusing the collections from William Yeoward and Baccarat, both of whom carry barware rife with color schemes.

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Mille Nuit champagne flutes in blue and green by Baccarat. William Yeoward vita blue goblets pictured on top shelf.


Transitioning your Table into Autumn

 

Great hosts know that adapting the dining experience to the Autumn season requires more than a swap of gazpacho with tomato soup. The decor, tableware, and seasonal ambience must also follow suit.  Sending off Summer means readapting to city living, and calls for an entirely different experience too easily spoiled by the overwhelming desire to be back on the beach. The challenge of making your dining experience undergo a natural aesthetic transition in an urban space depends entirely on the approach.

Provided are three tips to help you highlight the positive aspects of the environment that you have at your disposal and enjoy Autumn indoors:

Ditch the nautical vibes.

Indigo dyed glassware set upon stark white linens is practically a tableware necessity when you have an equally eye-catching ocean as a backdrop. If you do not find yourself coasting the Caribbean this Fall, opt for an earthy green color scheme. Green hues tie into the feeling of being amongst nature. To complete, swap white with a warmer camel tone to serve as an ideal neutral foundation.

Use local elements within your decor.

Avoid pulling decorative elements from outside destinations, and work with your immediate surroundings. Try using urban-friendly foliage like sarracenias, which are as practical as they are beautiful. They eliminate the last of those pesky summer flies while simultaneously serving as a conversation piece.

Focus on the food.

The ingredients are the only part of the occasion that should actively exude autumn.  Focus on incorporating seasonal vegetables and nut-heavy salads into the meal. As a focal centerpiece, invest in a grandiose soup terrine. Pulling warm fall hues into the terrine is a plus.

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Statement soup terrines by Mottahedeh


Four Essential Kitchen Items

 

Some of us find the kitchen to be our haven at home. Others have passively demoted its functional purpose to that of a storage unit (If there are currently cereal boxes in your oven, I’m talking to you). You don’t have to be a culinary connoisseur to understand the necessity of the kitchen area. We all have some semblance of a cooking space within the confines of our home, which is used for, at the very least, food and drink preparation (even if its take out). With that in mind, I have provided you a list of four essential items that will help you utilize your kitchen space, and maybe even your cooking skills.

Serious chef’s knives

Anyone and everyone who comes over will respect you for it. Porsche knives for the bachelor. Haiku originals for the culinary queen.

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Porsche type 301 knife sets

Wine glasses

You know when you order wine at a pub and they give you a cheap drinking glass? The concept of ordering the beverage suddenly feels fundamentally wrong. We may not even realize how accurately the glassware reflects the establishment. Pubs always have an appropriate beer mug, rendering the beverage choice a sound complement to the venue. So when you offer a glass of pinot noir to someone in your home, make sure your crystalware is wine bar material.

An oversized serving bowl.

A large bowl can be displayed year round as a decorative but functional item that elevates the look of your countertop, bar, table, etc. The larger the bowl, the more it purposeful it will be as an artistic accessory.  On any dining occasion, fill the bowl with your cuisine of choice and place it on the table as a focal point of the meal (Having a substantial amount of one food on the table alleviates the need for an array of smaller plates. It’s a cost effective alternative to tapas style dining).

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Arte Italica large tuscan bowl. Pictured here with their Tesoro dinner plates.

Spice tray

Bear with me on this one. Spices are one thing that you will find useful, and be grateful for, every single time you cook.  Their long expiry date makes them a great purchase for the inconsistent cook, i.e. those of you who don’t necessarily gravitate toward the fresh herbs section of the grocery store. They take up a minimal amount of counter space and suffice as an inexpensive but notable ambiance enhancer.