Monday, February 14, 2011

Nothing but Netto

Picking up the March issue of Veranda, I had no idea of the delights inside. I had heard good things, but I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered the historic Boxwood home in Nashville was featured. I have driven past this house from time to time over the past few years and didn't really know anything about it except that it was undergoing an obvious renovation.
And what a renovation it is . . . 

The house was built in 1914 by architect Charles Platt and the three-year renovation was overseen by famed architect Gil Schafer. You can read more about the impeccable renovation work in Veranda and on Quintessence's blog (as she is a huge Gil Schafer fan). But, of course, what I was most interested in were the interiors. They are gorgeous.
What surprised me most is that the interiors were designed by David Netto. I don't know about you, but what comes to my mind when I hear Netto's name is this: 
Modern baby furniture. Netto started designing children's furniture when he couldn't find an appropriate crib for his daughter eight years ago. Netto Collection quickly became the cool, hip, modern baby furniture manufacturer everyone was buzzing about. 

He sold Netto Collection last year to stroller powerhouse Maclaren. Smart guy. He's also a very cute guy.
I just happened to run across some photos of him while doing online research - I'm always very thorough. After I stopped fantasizing over staring at his photo, I also learned some pretty interesting facts. His father bought Cowtan & Tout during the late 70's running the renowned fabric house through the 80's before starting fabric house Travers in the early 90's. As a result, Netto led a rather charmed life on the Upper East Side of New York in the 80's during the glory days of excess. Having graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and graduate school at Columbia, he later dropped out of Harvard's School of Architecture. He earned his design stripes under the tutelage of famed New York interior designer Bunny Williams before starting his own design firm in 2000. 

Despite his traditional upbringing and training under Williams, his style has a decidedly modern bent.
Netto's former New York living room. I love the clean lines and mixture of precious antiques with modern art and furniture.

 His NY bedroom

Another Netto-designed bedroom

And, lest we forget what he looks like . . .
here he is again next to one of his interiors.

You should definitely check out the March Veranda so you get a closer look at the beautiful interiors of David Netto. But if you just want another glimpse of the man himself . . .
another gratuitous shot. What, me, obsessed? No. Really, I just love the interiors. Really.

17 comments:

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Good post, Kathy - he is a cutie and the images are divine!

Raina Cox said...

His LA house with first wife Ione Skye is still one of my favorite Domino features ever.

pretty pink tulips said...

Happy Valentines Day!! What fun....beautiful interiors and (ahem) exteriors! :)

xo Elizabeth

Ashley said...

I agree with Raina...I loved the home he designed with Ione Skye!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

His styling is amazing.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

quintessence said...

Thanks so much for the nod! I'm with Raina and Ashley - loved that Domino feature of his former home - and yes, he's not too hard to look at as well. And speaking of which, wishing you a very happy valentine's day!!

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Kathy- Happy Valentine's Day!

Wow, what a gorgeous home! i just subscribed to Veranda, I wonder if I'll get this issue?

Loretta

birdsofafeatherdesign.com said...

LOOOVE HIM! So beautiful... and the interiors aren't bad either ;) But seriously I am heading out to buy Veranda. That home is amazing!!! Happy Valentines...-Ann

SHERRY HART said...

Seriously those interiors [his eyes] and his artwork [his awesome dark hair] and the fact that he is so talented [and damn cute] well....what more can I say [I would date him].....

Anonymous said...

Kathy,
Great post. That house is one of my favorites. I would kill to see the inside!! I had been stalking this house on Gil's website once Elements of Style had posted on him awhile back and I discovered the house in his portfolio. The photo of the masterbath makes me salivate. I think the Frists paid over $9 million for the property and spent $$$$$$$ renovating! Laurie

junkindiggingettinlost said...

Love the post! Your are right, he his a cutie!

angela | the painted house said...

Smart AND cute? Just how I like 'em.

Great post--pretty pictures, handsome man, a little history to make me smarter--you covered it all.

Good to find you, Kathy!

Kim said...

hehe...he is a cutie, but I'm not lovin' him in that last photo as much. Love that NY living room. It looks so fresh yet lived in. Very inviting.

The enchanted home said...

Hi, he IS as cute as the interiors are pretty.....not bad at all:)
I love the house...fabulously done with a lot of fresh and inviting touches...beautiful. Am your newest follower!I am newish to blogging, having such fun...glad I found yours! Plesae visit mine, its about the building of our new home and my love for decor/design...would love you to visit and am doing my first giveaway, a gorgeous french chair!
www.theenchantedhome.blogspot.com

designchic said...

Fabulous designer and the house is stunning. I especially love the gorgeous paneled den...so cozy!!

Full House said...

What a great combo..a handsome man who is really good at designing good looking things.

I really liked Veranda this month.

Kathy said...

Too funny, great post!