Once upon a time I was a full time working girl in New York City. No, not that kind of working girl! I thought I'd start sharing some of my work from my portfolio just for the fun of it, and also because I am doing projects again.
Don't call the number on this card. I did several of these post card size business cards, and changed the image seasonally. This is one of the Autumn images. I did all the hands on work for these images. The photographer for this card was Adam Anik (hello Adam where ever you are!).
The first thing I'm sharing are some tear sheets from a styling job I did for interior designer Mary Meehan. We also did a couple of Kips Bay Decorator Showhouses together. We were both starting out in business, just having three or four years under out belt. She's still going strong, one of Architectural Digest's Top 100 Legends.
Back then, Mary was a young actress with fancy friends like the Nivens and Valerie Perrine and William Goldsmith, who all encouraged her to start her business (and who she passed along to me as clients: Shhhhh - I held an Oscar or two when I did weekly floral arrangements in some of their homes). Mary grew up in Dallas where her mother had an art and antiques shop in which she worked and learned the trade. She spent a year in Paris with her mother who was on a buying trip there. Marriage led her to California where she started her acting career.
After five years in California, she and her husband Michael moved to New York. She renovated and decorated their Southampton beach house, and it became a spectacular showcase for her.
These photos appeared in Architectural Digest, and are of Mary's New York apartment. I did the photo styling and flowers.
English Style was all the rage. Mario Buatta was crowned the Prince of Chintz. My English friends got a chuckle from the American interpretation, pronouncing it too new and over the top for any English Country house in reality.
Still it was beautiful, and Mary was excellent with this style. She knew how to pile it on. What's amazing is that this is how young people were decorating then. Newly rich and young Wall Street types wanted to emulate old money, and to them this is what it looked like.
I loved doing flowers for these interiors, because I got to do English style bouquets, filled with tip to tip colorful flowers. I am self taught, treating flower arranging like the making of 3-D flower paintings, so I had no fear because I am art school trained and design school finished. Styling these English interiors was such fun! I got to pick out tons of great things from all the best shops.
My business was very successful, and it allowed me to do something else with my life. Things come full circle, so here I am back in the design world, doing projects again, and looking for more.