Tuesday, June 15, 2010

J. Wallace Tutt III

J. Wallace Tutt, III - attorney, gifted designer and builder, and author -  died this weekend in the Bahamas.  He was 53.

The Alabama native was roundly beloved by his celebrity clients and friends and his staff for his gracious Southern ways, his zest for life and his great sense of fun and friendship.

Tutt was perhaps best known to everyone else for his elegant style and famous design of the late Gianni Versace's lavish Miami mansion Casa Casuarina, now a restaurant and hotel.

Casa Casuarina
He also designed Miami's Hotel AstorHotel Impala and The Mediterranean Mansion Villa-Hotel and built Cher's Miami and Malibu homes.

Hotel Astor

Hotel Impala

The Commodore Room at Rock House

A Bahamian native since 2002,  Tutt owned the exclusive boutique hotel Rock House on Harbour Island, later opening the Rock House Bar and Restaurant in Miami's Angler's Boutique Resort which he had been commissioned to design.

Channel Photographics in Marin County released Harbour Island,  Tutt's gorgeous tribute to his adopted island with photographs by Cookie Kinkead and a foreword by Diane von Furstenberg, last year.  He self-financed the $75 book entirely and donated all proceeds to education on Harbour Island. Very few first editions remain; the decision for a second printing lies with the executor of Tutt's estate.

Wallace Tutt at his November 2009 book launch.
Courtesy of Tutt's friend, blogger and Florida celebrity photographer 
 Seth Browarnik of WorldRedEye.com

Adrianne Casey, co-publisher at Channel Photographics, worked with Tutt on the book for several years.  "He was so grateful for everything," she says.  She'll most remember his "generosity, talent and humility" and the fact that "he was always giving back, especially to education on Harbour Island...he loved the people, the children and the Island itself."

Tutt will be "missed by thousands," she adds.  "He had so many friends and everyone has been saddened by his passing away. I am glad to say that I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. J. Wallace Tutt."

To order Harbour Island, call 415-456-2934 or visit channelphotographics.com

Friday, June 4, 2010

Shop Marin Designers Showcase!

Sure, you can see beautiful furnishings at the Marin Designers Showcase, but did you know that on Sunday you can "shop" for them there, too? 

 • Reception Hall

Image courtesy of 
Shipley Interiors

The Living Room
Heather Hilliard and Shannon Luke of Heather Hilliard Design, LLC

 Images by 
Michele Lee Willson Photography

The Dining Room
Kirsty and Walter Burns of The Other Studio, Inc. 

Image by
Walter Burns

Maria Iacobucci of Sunrise Home

Image courtesy of 
Sunrise Home

Grand Staircase and Second Floor Landing
Eric Sarbib of Le Trianon Gallery

Image courtesy of
Le Trianon Gallery

Master Suite
Jennifer Hershon and JoAnn Hartley of Hershon Hartley Design, Inc.

Images by 
Margot Hartford Photography

Young Ingenue's Bedroom and Bath Suite
Val Fiscalini of Val Fiscalini Designs

Images by 
Will Chubb Photography

Vintage French-Inspired Guest Room
Jennifer Pezzolo of Pezzolo Designs

Image courtesy of 
Pezzola Design

The Spa and Sitting Room
Carolyn Robbins of Carolyn Robbins Site Design

Image courtesy of
Carolyn Robbins

Indoor / Outdoor Retreat
Cathleen Gouveia of Cathleen Gouveia Design

Images by 
David Duncan Livingston

Kitchen Powder Room
Jim Coch of  Jim Coch Interior Designs and
Linda Horning of Horning Decorative Painting

Image courtesy of
Horning Decorative Painting

Garden Hideaway
Linda Nave and Rachel F. Ginis of Sandra Bird Designs

Images courtesy of 
Sandra Bird Designs 

This year's Marin Designers Showcase proves our personal mantra: vacations are good for us...and good for our looks!

Just look at this year's Showcase after a two-year "vacation" - she's cool, polished and gorgeous.  More than 20 spaces at the 8,000 square-foot Rosegarden Estate, dressed up in their very best by more than 30 designers, ready for their last close-up tomorrow Saturday, June 5.

See something you like? Selected pieces will be available at Showcase's Designers After-Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 6.  Admission is $10 or free with any 2010 Marin Designers Showcase ticket stub.

Showcase tickets cost $30 or $25 for seniors.  Click here for hours, directions and online ticket purchase.