I caught up with Carolyne Roehm in her high-ceilinged eyrie in Sutton Place filled with ravishing portraits by Vigee Lebrun, Van Dyck, Winterhalter, et al, set against chocolate brown velvet walls framed by powdery white neoclassical pilasters—a room of gleaming mahogany, giltwood, gesso, damask, and flowers. Over coffee and miniature pumpkin muffins, we discussed her sumptuous new tome, Carolyne Roehm: Design & Style: A Constant Thread (Rizzoli). The book amplifies Roehm’s existing 12-volume library of lavishly illustrated coffee table books with a wry autobiographical narrative. Weaving images from her fashion career with those of the flowers that are her passion—some of them depicted in her own charming botanical watercolors—as well as her own layered interiors and impactful entertaining mise en scenes, Roehm makes a case for her holistic vision of beauty.
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