Star Designs at Longue Vue House and Gardens’ Annual Event

Longue Vue House and Gardens’ “Essence of Style Design Symposium” features Mario Buatta.

Featured speaker Mario Buatta, Jennifer Heebe and Rene Fransen

Steven Hronek Photographs

Ever wonder what Mariah Carey’s home looks like? How about Billy Joel’s? Mario Buatta has seen it all – he designed for the stars himself. The internationally renowned interior decorator was the featured speaker at the Longue Vue House and Gardens’ annual “Essence of Style Design Symposium” on Thursday, November 8, at Audubon Tea Room.

Jennifer and Fred Heebe hosted the kick-off patron party on Wednesday, November 7 at their majestic St. Charles Avenue home. Patrons nibbled on appetizers from Dakota-Catered Grand Events, with Harry Hardin providing atmosphere on the violin.  

After a welcome and introductions from Longue Vue Executive Director Joe Baker, symposium co-chairs Ann Colfry and Sherry McFadden, and Rene J.L. Fansen, Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Buatta launched into his lecture, “If You Can’t Hide It, Decorate It!”

“A house should grow in the same way that an artist’s painting grows: a few dabs today, a few more tomorrow and the rest when the spirit moves you,” Buatta advised.

Longue Vue House and Gardens resides on eight acres and is a designated National Historic Landmark. The annual design symposium is in its 21st year of raising funds for Longue Vue’s educational programming.


Event at a Glance

WHAT

 2012 “Essence of Style Design Symposium,” benefiting Longue Vue House and Gardens

WHEN

Wednesday, November 7, through Thursday, November 8

WHERE

Home of Jennifer and Fred Heebe and the Audubon Tea Room

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