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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 12:00 pm

Create Your Own Coastal Retreat

Light-as-air upholstered pieces, coral prints, watery blues and silvery coastal accents create an oceanic wonderland, whether you’re by land or by sea this summer.

St. Louisan Joins the Prestigious National Portrait Art Firm

St. Louis native Elizabeth Skalla has assumed the new post of St. Louis and Chicago sales associate for Portraits Inc., the country’s oldest and largest fine art portrait company, representing more than 150 artists. The daughter of Joyce and Calvin East, and granddaughter of the late Helen and Bob McRoberts, Skalla is a 1975 graduate of MICDS. She brings to the job an in-depth art knowledge, as well as business savvy.

“We are thrilled to have Elizabeth join our team of associates to manage our sales initiatives in these key markets,” says Beverly McNeil, executive partner of Portraits, Inc. “With her impressive background, we are pleased to have Elizabeth grow our company and service our clientele. She is very talented and works extremely well with clients.”

Skalla says St. Louis is an ideal market for Portraits Inc. “There are countless opportunities in St. Louis with the traditions in our schools, business and law firms, as well as debutantes and weddings,” she explains. “Unlike photography, an original oil portrait has a life of its own and can be admired for generations. They are so beautiful, and there are so many styles and ways to incorporate a portrait into your home, office, business or institution. One artist referred to her work as ‘everywhere art,’ meaning it did not need to be only over the buffet in the dining room.”

Portraits, Inc. was founded in 1942 in New York on Park Avenue. During its 70-year history, the company has assembled the world’s foremost portrait artists, offering a range of styles and prices, and provides expert guidance for discerning clients interested in commissioning fine art portraits. Shown are examples of work by artists currently represented by the company.

Hutton Wilkinson

A few of you may have rubbed shoulders with the one and only Hutton Wilkinson during his recent appearance and trunk show at Saks Fifth Avenue to benefit the AKC Museum of the Dog. For those not familiar, Wilkinson is the protégé and business partner of the late Tony Duquette, whose audacious, over-the- top interior and jewelry designs made him famous worldwide. Wilkinson has faithfully carried on the Duquette tradition in his interior design work, jewelry line and in the three books he has authored, which chronicle Duquette’s groundbreaking style and influence. Now, Wilkinson is in the news again with the debut of jewelry and home décor for Home Shopping Network. While some of the pieces are unusually understated, the designer’s vivacious trademark style comes through in the Malachite all-cotton 400-thread-count sheet sets, available at HSN.com in a range of vivid colors, including emerald, ruby, orchid, sapphire blue, jade and sandstone.

The Detailed Interior Educates and Delights

Those whose tastes lean toward calm, crisp interiors—but also appreciate lavish enhancements—will be interested in the beautifully illustrated book, The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis, the follow-up to Elissa Cullman’s successful Decorating Master Class. In the new book, Cullman turns the reader’s attention to the specifics of decorating with the goal of both educating and delighting.

Called the ‘Dean of American Design’ by Architectural Digest and included on the AD 100 list since 2000, Cullman presents a glimpse of the private homes whose design inspires and instructs. Photographed especially for the book, featured projects include classic New York City pied-a-terres, Aspen ski retreats, airy Floridian mansions and sprawling Connecticut estates, including Cullman’s own home. The 225 color illustrations in the 272-page book are accompanied by specific insights into the design decisions that makeup the underlying logic of each highly refined room. Whether it’s a metallic-thread grass cloth wall covering, a dining table made from the brass and hammered copper bottom of a Marche aux Puces chandelier, or the perfect pairing of precious antiques and fine works of art, Cullman reveals specifically how the interior harmony was achieved. Close-up shots also show how the supporting details dovetail in a room, such as a hand-carved moulding that subtly references a window treatment trim.

Cullman & Kravis Inc. was founded in 1984 by Elissa Cullman and the late Hedi Kravis. The firm’s special niche is researching, authenticating and documenting art and antiques, and assisting clients in the building collections which are of interest and value.

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