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By B.W. Cook | May 13, 2011
The amazing Decorative Arts Society gathered yet again to welcome the talented landscape historian and author Allyson Hayward to Newport Beach. The erudite Hayward jetted in from her East Coast headquarters to be hosted by Lynda and Peter Shea at a cocktail and dinner party in their shingle-style waterfront residence on Beacon Bay. The sunset affair attracted dedicated Arts Society patrons, including Sandra and Don Ayres , Hyla and Richard Bertea , Cecelia and Bruce Nott , and Board Chairwoman Elana Donovan welcoming the crowd.
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By B.W. Cook | October 19, 2011
The Decorative Arts Society launched its 2011-12 program series with considerable style last week in Newport Beach. Led by society chair Elana Donovan , Decorative Arts Society members welcomed the first guest of the season, designer and author Thomas Jayne , at a reception hosted by Newport designer Mary Buckingham in her Big Canyon residence. The quietly elegant Buckingham home — created on a palette of crème and celadon, with accents of French grey-blue — combines classic American upholstered furniture with French-inspired bergere pieces, and tastefully selected and collected English antiques.
NEWS
January 26, 2011
Decorative Arts Society, a Newport Beach-based nonprofit, recently granted $25,000 to Laura's House, a Ladera Ranch-based nonprofit organization that assists families affected by domestic violence, according to a news release. The money is slated for children's therapeutic art programs, the release said. —Mike Reicher
FEATURES
By B.W. Cook | November 27, 2009
Nancy Goslee Power ancy Goslee Power came to Newport last week, and the Decorative Arts Society had a wonderful time with the Santa Monica-based landscape designer with an international pedigree. The evening prior to her standing-room-only lecture on garden design, Power was introduced to the town at a chic cocktail reception in the exquisite French-inspired Big Canyon residence of Elana and Bill Donovan . The home, like the guest of honor ? classy, intelligent, unpretentious yet profoundly inviting, richly and subtly appointed ?
NEWS
June 23, 2005
B.W. COOK The Decorative Arts Society of Orange County celebrated its 10th anniversary recently with a grand reception in Newport Beach, featuring internationally recognized designer Charles Faudree. More than 300 guests converged on the Edwards Stadium Theater in Fashion Island to hear Faudree's expert advice on French and English interior design. In addition to his work with a who's-who list of clients, Faudree also writes extensively on design, with a new book titled "Charles Faudree Country French Living" to be published in the fall.
FEATURES
By B.W. COOK | October 20, 2005
SOCIETYSOCIETYSan Francisco-based interior designer Paul Wiseman joined the Newport-Mesa crowd at the elegant oceanfront residence of Sally and Randy Crockett to launch the 2005-06 Decorative Arts Society's series of programs. Wiseman came to the Orange Coast to deliver a lecture on the new definition of luxury. He inaugurated the 11th season of Decorative Arts Society programs, which have brought some of the world's leading experts on the decorative arts to the area. The dapper Wiseman, wearing his signature Harold Lloyd inspired tortoise shell round spectacles, mingled with the cocktail crowd discussing life and style and the evolving trends of taste in the world of the decorative arts.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | February 14, 2013
If you are looking for a group of local residents who represent the heart of the Newport-Mesa community perhaps better than any other small organization, look no further than the Decorative Arts Society. On Monday evening, the organization, comprised of both couples and single members, all with a passion for every imaginable aspect of the decorative art form, gathered at the romantically bohemian residential compound of Mary Ann and David Kerr on Lido Isle for a catered reception welcoming East Coast antiques and architectural curator as well as author Brandy Culp . The lovely Ms. Culp jetted in from South Carolina for the reception to meet and greet the local crowd, including Decorative Arts Society devotees Sandra and Donald Ayres , Hyla and Richard Bertea , Maralou and Jerry Harrington , Ann and Bill Dennis , Mary Anna and Arthur Jeppe , the charming Margaret Larkin , respected Newport Beach-based designer John Benecke and, in from San Francisco for the affair, the charming Kay Evans , formerly of Newport Beach and also one of the previous chairs of the society, joining her close friend, well-known San Francisco antiques dealer Ed Hardy . Both Evans and Hardy are now design consultants for the firm Restoration Hardware.
NEWS
June 5, 2004
B.W. COOK Jeffrey Bennett opened the vault-like doors of Tiffany & Co. at South Coast Plaza to welcome the ladies of The Decorative Arts Society to an 8:30 a.m. breakfast at the big "T." The morning confab was designed by Bennett, a most debonair Tiffany vice president who has jumped into the Orange County mix from his East Coast roots with a full-speed-ahead attitude, making sure that charity and community involvement are joined very closely with company business.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | October 24, 2013
The Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) launched its 2013/14 charitable lecture series in grand style this past week. Wolfram Koeppe , the curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, graced the Oct. 15 Decorative Arts Society reception as the very special guest opening the annual series on art and design. He was welcomed by hosts Caroline and Brad Vassar for a cocktail reception in their elegant Balboa Peninsula residence designed in the high court French architectural style.
NEWS
January 1, 2004
B.W. COOK The Decorative Arts Society, benefiting a substance abuse recovery center called New Directions for Women, will return this year with its ninth annual series of programs focusing on the decorative arts. Last fall, interior designer David Easton came to Newport Beach from New York City to launch the series. Easton addressed the local crowd on "America at Home: The tradition of our past, the challenge of our future." Easton was lauded at a cocktail reception hosted by Newport antique dealer Tom Stansbury, attended by dedicated Decorative Arts volunteers including Ann Dennis, Sandra Ayres, Elana Donovan, Louise Ewing, Carolyn Garrett and Joan Sammis.
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By B.W. Cook | April 24, 2014
They say it is the most challenging time of life, and also the most wondrous. How did any of us survive our teenage years? Recently, the Westin South Coast Plaza welcomed Lauri Burns , founder of the Teen Project, as keynote speaker for a spring event billed as "teens helping teens. " The Teen Project partnered with South Coast Plaza producing a retail fashion show accompanying the event, which took place March 30 on the rooftop deck of the Westin at dusk. Organizers planned an early-evening festival featuring games and prizes, food stations and, most importantly, an address by Burns, who knows all too well the angst of the teenage years.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | November 27, 2013
The Decorative Arts Society welcomed author and designer Adam Lewis , who spoke about "The Great Lady Decorators," also the title of his book, on Nov. 12. Lewis autographed copies of the book, which focuses on female designers in America from 1870 to 1955. The lecture attracted a wide range of patrons supporting the charitable work of the society, which raises money from its annual series of Decorative Arts programs. This season's runs through April. The Lewis event was the second in the series, which began in October with a presentation from Wolfram Koeppe , curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | October 24, 2013
The Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) launched its 2013/14 charitable lecture series in grand style this past week. Wolfram Koeppe , the curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, graced the Oct. 15 Decorative Arts Society reception as the very special guest opening the annual series on art and design. He was welcomed by hosts Caroline and Brad Vassar for a cocktail reception in their elegant Balboa Peninsula residence designed in the high court French architectural style.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | February 14, 2013
If you are looking for a group of local residents who represent the heart of the Newport-Mesa community perhaps better than any other small organization, look no further than the Decorative Arts Society. On Monday evening, the organization, comprised of both couples and single members, all with a passion for every imaginable aspect of the decorative art form, gathered at the romantically bohemian residential compound of Mary Ann and David Kerr on Lido Isle for a catered reception welcoming East Coast antiques and architectural curator as well as author Brandy Culp . The lovely Ms. Culp jetted in from South Carolina for the reception to meet and greet the local crowd, including Decorative Arts Society devotees Sandra and Donald Ayres , Hyla and Richard Bertea , Maralou and Jerry Harrington , Ann and Bill Dennis , Mary Anna and Arthur Jeppe , the charming Margaret Larkin , respected Newport Beach-based designer John Benecke and, in from San Francisco for the affair, the charming Kay Evans , formerly of Newport Beach and also one of the previous chairs of the society, joining her close friend, well-known San Francisco antiques dealer Ed Hardy . Both Evans and Hardy are now design consultants for the firm Restoration Hardware.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | January 18, 2012
Make no mistake, we are not out of the proverbial woods economically. Tough times persist, especially for those struggling the most. Nonprofits are working harder for donations to cover expenses and maintain ongoing efforts assisting people in need in the community. On a positive note, one small but dedicated nonprofit based in Newport-Mesa and known as the Decorative Arts Society seeks grant applicants to be the recipients of their fundraising efforts in the coming year. Known as the DARTS, this group of 16 women and their supportive friends have quietly been making a difference in the lives of needy women and children in Orange County for many years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | October 19, 2011
The Decorative Arts Society launched its 2011-12 program series with considerable style last week in Newport Beach. Led by society chair Elana Donovan , Decorative Arts Society members welcomed the first guest of the season, designer and author Thomas Jayne , at a reception hosted by Newport designer Mary Buckingham in her Big Canyon residence. The quietly elegant Buckingham home — created on a palette of crème and celadon, with accents of French grey-blue — combines classic American upholstered furniture with French-inspired bergere pieces, and tastefully selected and collected English antiques.
NEWS
January 26, 2011
Decorative Arts Society, a Newport Beach-based nonprofit, recently granted $25,000 to Laura's House, a Ladera Ranch-based nonprofit organization that assists families affected by domestic violence, according to a news release. The money is slated for children's therapeutic art programs, the release said. —Mike Reicher
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | October 27, 2010
The very fashionable and artistic Decorative Arts Society last week launched the 16th annual program series in Newport Beach, fronted by the chic Mary McDonald , the Los Angeles-based interior designer and author. McDonald was in town for a pre-lecture cocktail and dinner reception hosted by Newport Beach-based designer Brenda Eastman and her husband Dirk . Brenda Eastman, known as the owner of Les Interieurs, welcomed the crowd of Decorative Arts devotees to her bayfront residence at Peninsula Point.
FEATURES
By B.W. Cook | November 27, 2009
Nancy Goslee Power ancy Goslee Power came to Newport last week, and the Decorative Arts Society had a wonderful time with the Santa Monica-based landscape designer with an international pedigree. The evening prior to her standing-room-only lecture on garden design, Power was introduced to the town at a chic cocktail reception in the exquisite French-inspired Big Canyon residence of Elana and Bill Donovan . The home, like the guest of honor ? classy, intelligent, unpretentious yet profoundly inviting, richly and subtly appointed ?
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