Fifth Avenue Style Howard Slatkin

With gorgeous photos celebrating the unique, gilded, and ornate and deeply personal apartments of Manhattan, Howard Slatkin has created a book that chronicles what the well-heeled socialites of New York City have hanging on their walls, in their closets, and all around.

If you’re obsessed with these incredibly chic details, then head to Ceylon et Cie this afternoon to meet Howard Slatkin himself, interior designer and founder of home fragrance company Slatkin & Co., and author of Fifth Avenue Style.

You can meet the author at the tea reception from 3 to 5 p.m. and browse this amazing collection from Michelle Nussbaumer at 1319 Dragon Street. Find out more about Howard Slatkin’s new book here.

Howard Slatkin Dining Room

Wow, this is a beauty. So newly listed (Oct. 15) the ink isn’t yet dry on the listing agreement for 6323 Meadow Road. Built in 2007 by Geoffrey Grant, who has a smattering of fabulous homes in the area, including one (at least)  in The Creeks of Preston Hollow, and one right up the street from me, this home is a stunning contemporary in a sea of Austin stone or pink-bricked GCB-style McMansions. That’s Grant’s touch —  a touch of Santa Barbara, clean, crisp, collected. But the beautiful interiors are what’s making my heart all aflutter. Seriously, I think I need a glass of bubbly to complete this post. (Fanning self!) Be right back.

There! This home has so much! Rich maple hardwood floors everywhere, not blonde maple, but luscious  DEEP maple, which must remind the Swedish-born Eriksson and his spouse/SO Micaela Kanold of home. I could write for hours about the designer light fixtures, the delicious light furnishings, the sea of glass windows, sunken living room and 12 foot ceilings everywhere, except in the living room where they are 13 feet! Then there’s the Bulthaup kitchen with Blizzard quartz countertops, Viking Pro appliances, the woodwork, the wallpaper! Yes, that’s wallpaper in the dining room and even on one of the precious girls room’s ceilings! Michelle Nussbaumer, my designer, tells me that wallpaper on the ceiling is very NOW. There are 7141 square feet with six bedrooms, six and a half baths all a tribute to Ann Sacks, three living areas, media and exercise rooms, study, loggia, to-die-for fountain pool and play yard. The master suite – oh my! There is a sitting area, huge spa bath with a shower that reminds me of the steam room up at Champ D’Or, twin commodes (the best!), and his/her closet the size of AA Center. You have an outdoor living nook with fireplace, pit and grill, a mosquito misting system, thank God, since we are Ground Zero for West Nile, and built in wine coolers. Just where you need it: Miele coffee bars, wine coolers, and I bet that built-in banquette in the breakfast room just might have to stay put with the house. Personally, I’d take every piece of furniture in the place and castrate anyone who brought in red wine, male or female! I love white rooms!

Now location: this home is on Meadow, which used to be a busy street until they put in speed bumps. Can be a thoroughfare/cut through when Walnut Hill is nuts. But the neighbors are fabulous — Mike Modano and Rhonda Aikman are a few blocks north on Mimosa. Bet the Halloween party this year will be a blast! Now let’s talk money, honey: DCAD has this pad down at $1.4 and some change, and with Dave Perry-Miller agent Julie Provenzano, they are asking $2,495,000. The home is as loaded as a 9 millimeter, so I totally approve and hope they get it. After all, it’s not every day that you can buy a Star’s home in Dallas!

I am not seeing as many of these as I used to, but a Keeping Room is pretty standard in any home of 8,000 square feet or larger. The “keeping room” originated in colonial times, before homes were ginormous, or rather, when only a select few had ginormous homes, usually called castles. It was a multi-use room attached to the kitchen or open to it, complete with a fireplace for warmth. Remember, kitchens used to be the place where people cooked, unlike my house. So creating an extra little sitting area is really an old-time concept that adds depth, warmth and activity to modern kitchens.

Or cool: in July, we sip iced tea in the Keeping Room. Come August, mojitos.

“Kitchens are always evolving,” builder Carolyn Isler of Isler Custom Homes once told me. “I have created several keeping rooms for my clients, and they love them.”

The modern keeping room is also a cozy, more comfortable alternative to the bar peninsula with stools, which more homeowners are tiring of. It’s a place where the family can relax on a sofa and nosh, watch television, flip through the ipad or or gaze into the embers in January.

Another place for a Christmas tree come December, too.

Of course, the keeping room does not in any way replace the breakfast room or the family room.

“You’re really not supposed to eat in the family room,” Isler says.

Duh — why in the world do would we have the breakfast room, otherwise!

Which I have been telling my family for years. Now only my husband may eat in the family room for two reasons:

One, designer Michelle Nussbaumer taught me to buy and make a piece of fabric identical to the fabric on the sofa and keep it on the sofa to catch mess and crumbs — an elegant alternative to plastic slipcovers so many of my Chicago friends grew up with. Also great if you pets like to jump on.

Two: He messes the sofas, he pays to reupholster!