Dujour Magazine Homes and Real Estate

The right buyer is satisfied with a relatively sleepy downtown. A quaint village-like cluster of storefronts along Riverdale and Johnson avenues is serviceable, if not exactly a destination in its own right. For locals, it mostly suffices. “The strip of restaurants and bars is quite entertaining and varied—a place where everyone seems to know each other,” says Dorcia Kelley, an interior stylist who moved to one of the contemporary rental buildings that have been attracting younger residents. “But you really have to search for the wine bars and cool spots. And when you do find them, the crowd tends to be either very young or more mature; there’s not much middle ground.” For hipper, livelier fare, residents simply jump on public transportation or drive 20 minutes to Manhattan. In Riverdale, one can enjoy the pleasure of living in the city—and the thrill of making the effort to venture to it.  

The right buyer is satisfied with a relatively sleepy downtown. A quaint village-like cluster of storefronts along Riverdale and Johnson avenues is serviceable, if not exactly a destination in its own right. For locals, it mostly suffices. “The strip of restaurants and bars is quite entertaining and varied—a place where everyone seems to know each other,” says Dorcia Kelley, an interior stylist who moved to one of the contemporary rental buildings that have been attracting younger residents. “But you really have to search for the wine bars and cool spots. And when you do find them, the crowd tends to be either very young or more mature; there’s not much middle ground.” For hipper, livelier fare, residents simply jump on public transportation or drive 20 minutes to Manhattan. In Riverdale, one can enjoy the pleasure of living in the city—and the thrill of making the effort to venture to it.  

Fashion & Interiors

When forecasting trends, fashion and interiors has always ran parallel to each other.  Design, color and fabric choices typically cross paths on and off the runway. So, literally you’re having the best of both worlds in soft goods and home decor, aka Bergdorf Goodman. A North Carolina native (Durham, NC to be exact) and my fellow Libra, Andre Leon Talley usually showcase this parallel of junction with his lavish capes that cascades down red carpets worldwide. A genius in his own right, this gentle man is nothing more than a legend among us. Creating beauty is what he does best! This alone shows you that interior magazines are not your only source for inspiration.



Tucker Robbins

This week I had the pleasure to attend the New York Design Center yearly event. First stop, Tucker Robbins!  As soon as you walk into his showroom, you are amazed by the craftsmanship of each item.  His smile lights up the room and his soulfulness is contagious. I actually had the pleasure to use his pieces when styling New York Knicks, Amare Stoudemire penthouse. Not only was Amare family intrigued by the items, they actually kept a few pieces…SCORE!

 

With over 25 years of experience in design, his passion for global handcrafted traditions requires sourcing local artist with a particular set of skills (can you say Couture for interiors). Tucker's next destination, Abu Dhabi to teach women to weave. 

Mr. Tucker Robbins in the flesh!

Mr. Tucker Robbins in the flesh!


The blending of Nature & Interiors

Location: South Africa

Quaters: Singita Boulders Lodge

Why we love it: This safari outpost in a private game reserve on the border of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, and one of 12 superluxe lodgings and camps offered by Singita.

 

  • Designed by South African interiors firm Cécile & Boyd
  • Theme: Signature palette of neutrals (think bone, ochre, and charcoal), the property makes use of elements that look as though they were drawn from the surrounding terrain. Raw-timber pavilions and traditional thatched roofs offer organic texture throughout the 12 freestanding suites and public spaces. Locally made clay vessels occupy alcoves in the solid-stone slabs that serve as bookcases in the living rooms and dining areas, while logs and mortared rocks link the interiors to the scenic plains.