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Greetings from the Big Apple: the New York Art, Antique, and Jewelry Show

We're Honored: ASID Award Winning Projects

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Fired Up for the Fourth!

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Greetings from the Big Apple: NYC Architecture

Glass Houses

Meaningful Things

Winter Gardens

Hayslip Design Associates and the Crystal Charity Ball: Another Celebration, Another Creation

Winter in Dallas á la Peyton Hayslip

What We Are Thankful For…

New York City in November

Greetings from the Big Apple: Dogs on Parade (in costumes)

Black: Going Gothic

Dwell with Dignity – We are all Butterflies

Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio – October 2013

Bountiful Botanicals

Greetings from the Big Apple: Be A 20-Something

Gilding the Lily: the Tôle Flowers of Tommy Mitchell

Greetings from the Big Apple: I. Love. My. Apartment.

Summer in Dallas

America Loves...

Accent Color Choices and an article on WGSN.com

Making a Memorial of Memorial Day

Greetings from the Big Apple: It. Is. Spring!

Sherry Hayslip Talks Coffee Tables with Park Cities People

2013 ASID Design Ovation Awards: It was Our Night!

Greetings from the Big Apple: The Importance of Culinary Aesthetics

Friday Flowers - Tulipmania

The Spring Fling Continues

Spring Has Sprung...

Greetings from the Big Apple: Or in this Case, Los Angeles

Color Essay: I've Got the Blues

For Your Valentines Pleasure: A Fantasy Dinner for Two…

Dallas… Modern… Luxury…

New York State of Mind

Greetings from the Big Apple: Ghosts of Christmas Past

Welcome 2013

Peace at Christmas and Throughout the Year

If Life were a Color...

While the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play

Design Dialog: Dressing Room Reveal

Design Dialog: Watch for the Big Reveal

Hayslip Design Associates and The Crystal Charity Ball

Happy Thanksgiving

Design Dialog: Peyton’s Closet is Almost Done

Design Dialog: A Sneak Peek in Park Cities People

Design Dialog: Room Envy

Greetings from the Big Apple: Frankenstorm

Greetings from the Big Apple: How I spend My Days in Class

Design Dialog: Color

Greetings from the Big Apple: Coffee Talk and Baby-Doll Heads

Design Dialog: Confessions of a Lapsed Decorating Mother

Greetings from the Big Apple: How a College Kid Eats in the New Millennium

Design Dialog: What About Fabrics

Design Dialog: Words, Words, Words...

The Painted Desert: The Enduring Appeal of Santa Fe

Bienvenue à Dallas: This Style Scout May Have Found Her Calling

Design Dialog: The Duchess is a Diva

Design Dialog: The Chair has Arrived!

Greetings from the Big Apple: NYU Redux

Design Dialog: First, Step Lightly…

Hayslip Design Associates Visits Les Mettaliers Champenois: Why Cross the Pond When You Can Just Cross a Bridge

Design Dialog: Anxiety Over a Chair

Hayslip Design Associates visits Nanz Hardware: Classic and Well Made Always Fit

Design Dialog: It's All in the Planning

Revisiting Marrakech

Design Dialog: Converting a Room to a Closet

Hayslip Design Associates visits Remains Lighting: or What Beautiful Things Come from Dumpster Diving in Brooklyn, NY

Design Dialog: My mother has a new client... And it’s me!

Hayslip Design Associates visits P.E. Guerin: A Treasure Chest in Greenwich Village

Design Dialog: Taking on a New Client

Coming Soon: A New Blog Series

Let the Games Begin

Summer in the City - Hayslip Design Associates hits New York

Happy Fourth of July

Martha Says "It's a Good Thing"

Ode to Summertime

Million Dollar Furniture

Memories of Morocco: A Day Trip to Fes

Memories of Morocco: Le Jardin Majorelle

Memories of Morocco: The Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Treasures of Marrakech

Obscenely Beautiful Things – A Small Update

Home Again... Dallas in Bloom

The Family who Wanders Together...

Marrakech Express

Trend Setting: All Aboard the Marrakech Express

Obscenely Beautiful Things

21st Century Homes

The Enduring Appeal of Chinoiserie

The Art of the Room

The Color of Love...

Love is the Answer...

Living Large in Small Spaces

Greetings from the Big Apple (and farewell Big D): Beginning a Collection

La Mode de Gaultier

Casa View Elementary School

Welcome 2012

Out with the old (soon enough)...

My Christmas Wish to You

Greetings from the Big Apple: Window Shopping in a Winter Wonderland

Greetings from the Big Apple: I confess... I’m a Pack Rat

Celestial Architecture

My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...

Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings from the Big Apple: The Blank Canvas of a Dorm Room

Bienvenue à Paris: Shakespeare & Company

Spooktacular Skulls: The Trend of Skulls in Fashion and Design

Bienvenue a Paris: Lost in Paris

What a Girl Wants: Or Are Great Closets Better than Sex?

Bienvenue a Dallas: The Latest from Kitty Stuart

Bienvenue a Paris and Life without A/C

Introducing Our Style Scouts

Black is the New Black

Thighs and Other Thoughts

Collecting

How to Turn Your Home into a Piggy Bank... or at Least a Star!

A little love from our friends at D Home...

Born to the Purple

A Glimpse of Things to Come

My Talented Staff II

Happiness on Any Scale

Sherry's Blog featured on DG's Online Editorial

2011 TX ASID Design Ovation Awards

The Meaning of Love...

Blanc des Blancs

Georg Jensen

Farvel Danmark!

Royal Copenhagen

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The Artistry of Daniel Ost

Happy Valentine's Day

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Working in a Winter Wonderland

Sliding Doors

Imagine my Surprise...

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My talented staff

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Our winning kitchen is featured on DesignGuide's blog!

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Barcelona Pavilion

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We won

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Ode to Thatch

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Smith, Ekblad and Associates: Architects and Engineers

Still More Design Riches (Part IV)

The Design Riches Continue (Part III)

Feminine and Fanciful

So the week ended

A Week of Wonders

Sherry is featured in Dallas Modern Luxury

A Little Touch of the Doge's Palace

More Design Riches (Part II)

A Year of Design Riches

Sherry Hayslip quoted in the Dallas Morning News

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Asian Jazz and Friendship

Follow us on Facebook!

It's Coming Together

2010 Legacy of Design Awards

The House as Mirror of Self

Jamaica Project

A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 3

A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 2

a la Michelangelo...

A Weekend, in Three Acts

Sonoma, California

The Joy of Mindless Reverie

A Passion for Paper Art

Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera

Rubbing Shoulders with History

It all began with Cole

Un Petit Symposium

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The Verdant Gardens of La Biennale des Antiquaires

“Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart.”
~Russell Page


“Rich and rare were the gems she wore,
And a bright gold ring on her hand she bore.”
~Thomas Moore



Hayslip Design Associates; Sherry's Blog; Reward Yourself; The Verdant Gardens of La Biennale des Antiquaires

A bright, hot September afternoon set the scene as Cole and I walked into the glass lidded Grande Palais for the 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris.

Hayslip Design Associates; Sherry's Blog; Reward Yourself; The Verdant Gardens of La Biennale des Antiquaires

The intensity of light bleached the colors of topiary-lined aisles, trellised walls, and Versailles-like garden scene designed by Jacques Grange - a stunningly brilliant interior designer who created this enormous greenery filled garden within the interior of the massive Palais.

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Hayslip Design Associates; Sherry's Blog; Reward Yourself; The Verdant Gardens of La Biennale des Antiquaires

The vines of foliage, both real and artful, blended pleasantly with the green metal structure supporting the glass above. The last time I attended the Biennale, Karl Lagerfeld had channeled Baron Haussmann by creating an illusion of the grand boulevards of Paris in the same building. This year Grange created a version of the great parterre gardens of Versailles. All this as a means of hosting even more elaborate "shops" by the likes of Cartier, Dior, Graff, and numerous other luxury brands. These exhibit galleries were as artful as though they were situated on Avenue Faubourg or Rue Madeleine. No expense was spared in creating a stunning interior setting for even more stunning items.

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Here, many legendary art, antique, and jewelry dealers had booths that were complete architectural wonders within themselves.

At the end of a central corridor was a temporary restaurant, Ephemeral: Le Restaurant Gastronomique de la Biennale des Antiquaires, which I learned later was led by a different famous executive chef each night. Each day one restaurant appeared, another disappeared. The essence of the ephemeral.

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As I had just visited Chanel's apartment I was more attentive to elements from the same milieu...

At the Chanel exhibit at the Biennale guards were everywhere. A crowd of elegant, serious looking shoppers made us stand out a little suspiciously. We were hot (when will Paris learn the concept of climatized air? I want my AC!), we were tired, and we didn't have the odd million or so Euros on us to pick up a little bauble. Evidently we didn't look the part of potentates ready to splurge on countless sparkly things. No couture-clad sales woman asked if they could assist us. We didn't mind, after all, we are only luxury voyeurs.

After the exhaustion of window shopping for diamond tiaras and the like, we stopped to regroup and cool off at a little café, specifically avoiding the little champagne kiosks sprinkled around the exhibit hall in an effort to save ourselves for cocktails later in some cool, dark bistro. As we picked up a simple snack I noticed, even the packaging was trés chic (of course). Oh those French.

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Restored, we meandered through more little "shops" many finished out with original 18th century boiserie, ancient fruitwood flooring, or totally angular and contemporary walls, ceilings, or other elegant details most people don't lavish on their homes much less a week long antique show.

My favorite sculpture was an early Anish Kapoor stone disc - so predictive of his fantastic Sky Mirror (see Cowboys Stadium... er, a, make that AT&T Stadium).

Hayslip Design Associates; Sherry's Blog; Reward Yourself; The Verdant Gardens of La Biennale des Antiquaires

A Louise Bourgeois giant spider would, of course, look quite at home among Cole's insect collection although we just might have to get a separate house to display this gigantic creature. It was easily 10 feet long from tip to tip.

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And of course, I can't forget the Peter Marino 1,000 lb. bronze end tables... ok, I exaggerate... they were actually small chests and probably not more than 950 lbs. At around 200,000 euros each how much per pound does that work out to? Cole didn't seem to hear me when I said I wanted one.

Hayslip Design Associates; Sherry's Blog; Reward Yourself; The Verdant Gardens of La Biennale des Antiquaires

There were some phenomenal old master paintings but the crowds were bigger in the contemporary art booths. Evidently Francis Bacon trumps Lucas Cranach the Younger.

Wendell Castle was showing in two different places - he is certainly ascending.

Hayslip Design Associates; Sherry's Blog; Reward Yourself; The Verdant Gardens of La Biennale des Antiquaires

This makes me really happy since I talked some favorite clients into getting one of his tables for their Sonoma house.

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Maybe next they need a bench from the show, even if it is one of a kind and a bit pricy. Art furniture is the way to go!!

The jewels - well, I won't say much. I'll just list the dealers and post a few pictures, you'll get the idea. Nice stuff.

from Piaget...

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from Dior...

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from Boucheron...

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and from Chanel...

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and this little gem, also from Chanel... inspired by a precious object we had just actually held in Mme. Chanel's apartment. Perhaps Mademoiselle felt a little trapped in her bejeweled world.

Hayslip Design Associates; Sherry's Blog; Reward Yourself; The Verdant Gardens of La Biennale des Antiquaires

Departing Jacques Grange's vision of Versailles, Cole and I walked back out into the real Paris day, cooler by many degrees outside than back in the airless Grande Palais. The contrast struck me - inside was an artificial world filled with opulence and splendor, but outside was the breeze, the bustle of traffic, and the scent of our real life, or at least Paris' version.


À bientôt,
Sherry



Posted: October 22, 2014

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