Hayden Williams, Master of Joyful Illustrations

Hayden Williams's illustrations always make me smile. I'm sure they do the same for you. His artistry captures the magic of New York City and Palm Beach, and reminds us all what fun fashion can be. I'll always love his urban vignettes best, but his portraits of celebrities from Oprah to Mariah are legendary. It will be fascinating to see what is next for this remarkable young designer and illustrator! Thank you Hayden for all the joy your works brings to those of us that love fashion and entertainment. 

 Hayden Williams for Henri Bendel

Hayden Williams for Henri Bendel

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 Hayden captures the magic of Christmas in New York City!

Hayden captures the magic of Christmas in New York City!

 Whimsical yet empowered!

Whimsical yet empowered!

 Hayden does Palm Beach

Hayden does Palm Beach

 Reminds me of The Devil Wears Prada

Reminds me of The Devil Wears Prada

 Chic Home Office!

Chic Home Office!

 New York Memories!

New York Memories!

Happy Valentines Day!

The Art Of Fine Living is all about Love and Passion! We all know love when we see it. The joy of a touch, a smile, and the majesty of a long-term commitment. Here are just a few of our favorite couples from film and life. Cheers to all the lovers around the world. 

 Barack and Michelle! They inspire us and lead by example.

Barack and Michelle! They inspire us and lead by example.

 Charles and Sebastian, our favorite film couple in a scene from Brideshead Revisted. Love is Love!

Charles and Sebastian, our favorite film couple in a scene from Brideshead Revisted. Love is Love!

 Ellen and Portia, a beautiful image of love!

Ellen and Portia, a beautiful image of love!

 Oprah and Stedman, a visionary and her rock, her foundation. We admire their long commitment to love and support each other.

Oprah and Stedman, a visionary and her rock, her foundation. We admire their long commitment to love and support each other.

 Liz and Dick, aka, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Their love was tempestuous but lasted a lifetime.   

Liz and Dick, aka, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Their love was tempestuous but lasted a lifetime.

 

 Artistic genius Yves St. Laurent, and his long term partner, Pierre Berge

Artistic genius Yves St. Laurent, and his long term partner, Pierre Berge

Red Hot and Fabulous......An Evening With Ella and Louis!

Creating a fantasy late night supper for Jazz Icons, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was a great pleasure. My team pulled this off in just a few days while working on several projects. My vision was to capture the energy and vitality of jazz in the design. Red, the most powerful and erotic color, felt like the only option. Paired with black silk cording and a seductive corset design, then accented with their signature trumpet and microphone, it felt appropriate to these charismatic friends. Jean Jacques, a local French bakery made the petite fours with musical notes and the table top sparkled with sequins and beads. It was a magical effect. The vase was by Steuben.

 Red Silk corseted in black, and an Explosion of Red and Pink Flowers, Strawberries, and custom made Petite Fours.  

Red Silk corseted in black, and an Explosion of Red and Pink Flowers, Strawberries, and custom made Petite Fours.  

 What wonderful conversations they would have shared........

What wonderful conversations they would have shared........

Less is Truly Sometimes More......Beauty of Simplicity

Fine cabinetry is an art form. This project was a labor of love by several members of my team. Our goal was to channel the proto-modern design sensibility of Charles Voysey. If you don't know Voysey you're in for a wonderful discovery, just Google this divine architect and designer. His exceptional design vocabulary was the foundation for an English style house near New York City.  We've all heard that God is in the Details, countered by the Devil is in the Details, but I believe "Beauty is in the Details"   I designed this kitchen while Principal of Hotel & Home at Glave & Holmes, a small regional Virginia firm specializing in traditional design. Photos are by Ansel Olson.

 The design of a fine home includes everything,.....even the kitchen sink! Soapstone countertops, hammered vintage zinc farm sink, brush-painted cabinetry.

The design of a fine home includes everything,.....even the kitchen sink! Soapstone countertops, hammered vintage zinc farm sink, brush-painted cabinetry.

 Simplicity can be beautiful. Ann Sachs tile, Wolf stove and simple cabinetry......note the bead edge frame, brackets, and aged nickel hardware.

Simplicity can be beautiful. Ann Sachs tile, Wolf stove and simple cabinetry......note the bead edge frame, brackets, and aged nickel hardware.

 Celadon tile, soapstone, and a fretwork tile border.

Celadon tile, soapstone, and a fretwork tile border.

 This remains one of my favorite kitchen designs. Art glass transom, Vaughan lighting fixture, adjoining butler's pantry. Ceiling is reclaimed old growth limed oak.

This remains one of my favorite kitchen designs. Art glass transom, Vaughan lighting fixture, adjoining butler's pantry. Ceiling is reclaimed old growth limed oak.

Design & Olives Tour - Italian Design in the Heart of Tuscany, Nov. 2 to 10, 2018

Join our expertly tailored tour of Tuscany's best kept design secrets. Our team will introduce you to artisans, designers, chefs, antiquaries, chocolatiers, curators, artists, and historians.  We'll address fashion, textiles, leather artistry, stained glass, paper-making, gilding, fragrance design, furniture fabrication, pietra-dura, and antiques. We'll spend a day cooking with a leading chef and tour exceptional Villas, Palazzos, and Gardens.  You'll have plenty of time to shop and explore your own passions.  To learn more about GRACE Tours contact Leslie Tishman at 804-358-8749 or by email at Leslie.Tishman3215@gmail.com   Design & Olives is limited to just 10 travelers so book your space now. Deadline for registration is May 1, 2018 (8 spaces open currently). 

 A view of the Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore from our luxury boutique hotel, Antica Torre de Via Tornabuoni, next to Ferragamo' and on the Arno River.

A view of the Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore from our luxury boutique hotel, Antica Torre de Via Tornabuoni, next to Ferragamo' and on the Arno River.

 The Birth of Venus by Botticelli is one of the masterpieces we'll see on our private tour of the Uffizi Museum.

The Birth of Venus by Botticelli is one of the masterpieces we'll see on our private tour of the Uffizi Museum.

 Four Seasons Hotel Atrium in the historic Palazzo Scala Della Gherardesca. Our exclusive tour group will share a luxury brunch followed by a tour of the house and gardens with the hotels general manager. 

Four Seasons Hotel Atrium in the historic Palazzo Scala Della Gherardesca. Our exclusive tour group will share a luxury brunch followed by a tour of the house and gardens with the hotels general manager. 

 Perugia is famous for its chocolate. We'll tour La Casa del Cioccolato and taste the wonderful chocolates that have brought them global acclaim.

Perugia is famous for its chocolate. We'll tour La Casa del Cioccolato and taste the wonderful chocolates that have brought them global acclaim.

 Our day in Perugia will include a special studio tour at Moretti Caselli Stained Glass Studio. We'll learn the foundations of this ancient art form.

Our day in Perugia will include a special studio tour at Moretti Caselli Stained Glass Studio. We'll learn the foundations of this ancient art form.

 Sartori Rossi, the celebrated Bespoke Menswear Company has invited us to visit their master tailors in their Chiani workroom. We'll learn about the process of measuring, cutting, and assembling their exception Italian suits and formal wear.

Sartori Rossi, the celebrated Bespoke Menswear Company has invited us to visit their master tailors in their Chiani workroom. We'll learn about the process of measuring, cutting, and assembling their exception Italian suits and formal wear.

 Our visit to Villa Gamberaia includes a delicious Tuscan lunch as well as a private tour of the villa and its celebrated gardens. One can't imagine a more beautiful place to spend an afternoon in Tuscany. 

Our visit to Villa Gamberaia includes a delicious Tuscan lunch as well as a private tour of the villa and its celebrated gardens. One can't imagine a more beautiful place to spend an afternoon in Tuscany. 

 The Sumptuous Villa Pandolfini is the setting for our cooking class with Chef Luciano of Good Taste of Tuscany. We'll begin our day at the Mercato Centrale where Chef will instruct us regarding how to select the very best products.

The Sumptuous Villa Pandolfini is the setting for our cooking class with Chef Luciano of Good Taste of Tuscany. We'll begin our day at the Mercato Centrale where Chef will instruct us regarding how to select the very best products.

 Our day in the Oltrarno Artisan District will include a stop at one of the best pottery shops, where you can shop for a colorful addition to your kitchen. 

Our day in the Oltrarno Artisan District will include a stop at one of the best pottery shops, where you can shop for a colorful addition to your kitchen. 

 Another stop in the Oltrarno will be the spectacular shop of Angela Capoti Giuggiu, known the world over for her dramatic costume jewelry. 

Another stop in the Oltrarno will be the spectacular shop of Angela Capoti Giuggiu, known the world over for her dramatic costume jewelry. 

 Our final day in Florence will focus on High Fashion with stops at the Gucci and Ferragamo Museums, the leather school of Santa Croce, AquaFlor Parfumery, and shopping at the top luxury stores in the world. 

Our final day in Florence will focus on High Fashion with stops at the Gucci and Ferragamo Museums, the leather school of Santa Croce, AquaFlor Parfumery, and shopping at the top luxury stores in the world.