Cartier, Chopard and Tiffany are known the world over as creators of the finest fine jewelry, timepieces, gifts, accessories and, in the case of the latter, items for the home. On Aug. 20, pour yourself a cocktail and hop on Zoom for Bourbon with Bill: The Many Facets of Rare Gemstones. Bill Rau will guide attendees through M.S. Rau’s collection of pieces from these iconic designers. Register at the above link for tickets.

Ms Rau Bourbon With Bill

The 2020 AIA New Orleans Design Awards is on Oct. 29, but for the next few days, the organization wants to hear from local residents for its People’s Choice Awards. Vote for your favorite architecture project by New Orleans architects until Aug. 21. Let your voice be heard!

Aia People's Choice

It’s not too late to see the last location on the Preservation Resource Center’s annual Shotgun House Tour presented by Entablature Design + Build & Entablature Realty. Tour the Foucher Street home of Adam and Elizabeth Keckler on Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. The virtual tour is free but with a suggested donation of $25. Attendees must register in advance. Click here for additional details and registration.

Sara Essex Bradley
Sara Essex Bradley

A few weeks ago in Design Diary, we blogged about Spruce’s news that it is now an official trade showroom for Scalamandré. Spruce is making a splash again with its Aug. 14 announcement that it has added British paint and wallpaper company Farrow & Ball to its showroom offerings to both the trade and the public. The wallpaper and paint company have a near fanatical following among the design glitterati. So much so, that NBC’s Saturday Night Live spoofed the brand in a November 2019 skit. Brits of course are never afraid to poke fun at themselves and are ever the good sports, so it comes as no surprise that the company responded by taking out a full page ad in the The New York Times, touting the new “Saturday Night Life special edition col-our, ‘English Roast’.” The ad describes it as “A rich and good hum-oured hue with subtle hints of bone-dry satire and a lingering aftertaste of charred British beef. It’s not just paint, it’s Farrow & Ball.”

Spruce Farrow & Ball


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