I love celebrations, we went to the gorgeous Carlyle Hotel on Madison Ave in NYC to celebrate my sons 20th birthday. We also celebrated the completion of my second children’s book, The Croaking Machine an enchanting tale of Toads…..While there I signed several of my first children’s book The Frog and The Tadpole’s Great Swamp Adventure. In addition to being an author I’ve been very busy with my Entertaining, Design and Flower Business. We are getting very busy ordering flowers for this Valentine’s Day…All the photos below are from our evening at The Carlyle and Illustrations from our new book….
Named in honor of Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the classic Madeline children’s books, Bemelmans Bar is a timeless location that continues to attract socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls with its extensive drink menu and nightly live entertainment.
The bar maintains its Art Deco legacy with chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass tabletops, a dramatic black granite bar and a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling. Guests are charmed by its distinct New York style and the large-scale murals in the hotel bar, the only surviving Bemelmans’ commission open to the public.
History of Bemelmans Bar
The Carlyle is an integral part of New York history. As the city’s premier luxury residential hotel, it was a famous gathering place for socialites, world leaders and celebrities when Ludwig Bemelmans began to create his masterpiece murals at the hotel bar. Bemelmans was a successful artist for The New Yorker, Vogue and Town and Country and had achieved enormous success with the Madeline children’s books series. Using his distinct style of art, he transformed the bar with whimsical scenes of Central Park that included picnicking rabbits and ice skating elephants. Rather than be paid for his art, Bemelmans exchanged his work for a year and a half of accommodations at The Carlyle for himself and his family.
The Carlyle is an emblem of New York glamour and luxury. Nestled in the heart of the Upper East Side, the hotel is legendary for its first-class combination of discretion and grace.
Designed by the noted architectural firm Bien & Prince and named in honor of British essayist Thomas Carlyle, the hotel has been a Manhattan landmark for decades. The Carlyle features 188 rooms and suites with stunning views of Central Park and New York, serving an impressive list of guests and visitors. Every American president since Truman has visited, and its rich history includes visiting Royals and heads-of-state — HRH, The Prince of Wales; the late Diana, Princess of Wales; their Majesties, the Kings and Queens of Denmark, Greece, Spain and Sweden have all visited.
Today, The Carlyle continues to be the pinnacle of luxury for sophisticated travelers.
Inspired by the sultan’s dining room at the Topikapi Palace in Turkey, The Gallery is an exquisite, private retreat for refined dining. Divided into two tiers, it was designed by the legendary decorator Renzo Mongiardino for comfort and elegance. With deep red wallpapers, banquettes made from antique kilims and red-fringed velvet chairs, guests are tempted to linger.
The Gallery features a modern twist on classics, such as Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon and assorted house made Pâtés. The Gallery also serves a complete English tea with exotic teas (including Assam, Lapsang Souchang and Verveine), traditional tea sandwiches, scones with authentic Devonshire cream and fresh pastries. Served from 3 to 5:30 p.m. daily.
The Gallery, known at The Carlyle as “the little house,” is housed in the hotel’s living room. It acquired its most recent look in 1989 under the creative direction of legendary decorator Renzo Mongiardino. The upper Gallery, inspired by the Sultan’s dining room at the Topkapi Palace in Turkey, features hand-painted wallpaper by Milanese artist Enrico Brus and banquettes dressed in antique Turkish kilim. Highlights
(The Carlyle, The Croaking Machine written by Michele Rosenthal. The Frog and The Tadpole, written by Michele Rosenthal, The Chelsea Tablet sleeve Belgrave Crescent, Illustrations by Doris Schwint, shoes Kate Spade, Diamonds my own, Ring designed by Me,and is available in our boutique ring portfolio here