Tour de Force
I love the annual New York Junior League house tour. Sponsored by NYC&G, it’s a day of indulgence (particularly of my passion for houses!) and fun, showcasing New York’s most luxurious, prestigious residences while highlighting architecture, art, history, and interior design. Past tours have featured a who’s-who of must-see homes, including the residences of Jamie Drake, Garrow Kedigian, Robert Couturier, Scott Salvator, Hunt Slonem, Betty Wasserman, Vicente Wolf, and many more design and art world luminaries.
I usually start the day by meeting a friend in the morning at Astor House, where the NYJL is headquartered. The ground floor bustles with attendees checking in, air-kissing, and filling in silent-auction bids before heading upstairs to the parlor floor for a breakfast reception. Then, giant gift bags in hand, 600 intrepid house-lovers depart with trusty maps pinpointing the locations of the homes on the tour, in addition to complimentary lunch and Champagne stops. (Holders of VIP tickets—worth the extra $$—are whisked off in private cars as the day begins.)
At the tour’s conclusion, everyone compares notes during a fabulous cocktail party and super-fun shopping event. For tickets and more information about this year’s exciting festivities, go to cottagesgardens.com/spjuniorleague. I’ll see you on May 7!