Walton Park a Dollhouse Dream

Walton Park a Dollhouse Dream

While Nina Campbell‘s granddaughter may be the distinguished designer’s youngest client, her dollhouse, featured in our recent video, may have set her grandmother on a new course. Working on large properties with five stories, two kitchens and a private garage isn’t out of the ordinary for Nina and her team but Walton Park, below, presented a new set of challenges.

The elegant town house, being sold by Savills for £25,000, may seem like a bargain for a period property until you consider that only a doll can live there. A creative collaboration between Lucinda Croft, managing director of Dragons of Walton Street, the luxury children’s furniture purveyor, and the designer, the house features miniature versions of Nina’s wallpapers and Dragons furniture, along with parquet floors and remote control lighting.…

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Nina Campbell Shops Christmas in Connecticut

Nina Campbell Shops Christmas in Connecticut

With an international following and commissions around the world, Nina Campbell is one of the industry’s most well known and respected designers. Since her first job at nineteen with John Fowler of Colefax and Fowler, Nina has expressed her love of color and layered looks in her sophisticated and stylish interiors. Yet her work is as youthful as it is timeless, constantly evolving with fresh new ideas. And while you may know Nina’s work and products, what you may not be familiar with is her fabulous wit and sense of humor. Bat an eye and you miss a pithy quip. Her energetic, insightful and amusing banter is both entertaining and enlightening. …

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Verdura Accessories for Affordable Gift Glamour

Verdura Accessories for Affordable Gift Glamour

Less than 10 days remain to see the wonderful Verdura at 75 exhibit. I encourage any of you within the New York area to make time for this fabulous retrospective. And for those of you unable to visit, I hope to bring you a closer look at this special story very soon. While the house is certainly known for its more extravagant collections, many don’t realize that Verdura accessories are an accessible way to give or own a piece of the history, so on my most recent visit, I assembled a few chic holiday gift suggestions for any stylish man or woman on your list.…

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The Intricate World of Saint-Louis Paperweights

The Intricate World of Saint-Louis Paperweights

While you may know crystal maker Saint-Louis  primarily for their elegant glassware and lighting, throughout their distinguished history they have also produced small quantities of exquisite and intricate millefiori paperweights. This specific glass technique is thought to have originated in Roman times and then revitalized by Murano glassmakers. But it was in 1845 that Saint-Louis revived this ancient art and produced their first paperweight ball, continuing production for about 15 years until demand diminished. A century later, as collectors such as Jeanne Lanvin, King Farouk and Colette rediscovered these mini masterpieces, production resumed and since 1970, Saint-Louis has produced limited edition new models every year, each signed, numbered and dated.…

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Austria in the Air and Other Online Gallavanting

Austria in the Air and Other Online Gallavanting

You may remember last year at this time I suggested a visit to the Neue Galerie Gift Shop as all things Austria seemed to be in the air. Not only should you consider stopping by this season for a chic selection of design items perfect for the holidays but you can see the Schiele portrait exhibit and stop in the charming Café Sabarsky for some heisse getränke (hot beverages) and Viennese sweets to ward off the bitter weather. But someone else also recently had Austria on his mind. Last week Karl Lagerfeld presented his Métiers d’Art show for Chanel at the Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg.…

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Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry at the Met

Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry at the Met

If last year’s blockbuster exhibit at the Met, Interwoven Globe, proved the power of textiles as a force in the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exchange of art and commerce for more than three centuries, then this season’s Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry goes a step further, honing the focus in on the oft overlooked art form of tapestry and more specifically, on the work of one artist, whose forward-looking and entrepreneurial spirit broke the mold on many levels.

This is also a show to be appreciated on many levels. Not only will it wow you with the size and grandeur of these monumental woven works, in an innovative installation, but you will be astounded by the prodigious artistry, creativity and enterprising spirit of Pieter Coecke van Aelst.…

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Charlotte Barnes Collection

Charlotte Barnes Collection

On a quiet side street in Greenwich, Connecticut, away from the more commercial traffic on the Avenue, sits the charming building that is home to Charlotte Barnes Design, the Studio and the new Collection. Through various degrees of separation over the years, Charlotte and I have been ships passing in the night, so I finally resolved to pay a visit to see her relatively new space and brand new collection. While the sun filled Studio functions officially as showroom and gallery, it could easily pass as someone’s lovely living room. I was not surprised to learn that some clients have felt so at home, they have in fact purchased the entire contents of the space.…

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A Busy Week in the World of Design

A Busy Week in the World of Design

As December hit, so have a multitude of events in the world of design. In catching up, let me share a quick peek at what’s been on the agenda in New York City just this week so far. I finally had a chance to stop by Verdura‘s amazing 75th anniversary exhibit, The Power of Style. I’ll be bringing you more from this unprecedented retrospective soon, but I highly recommend paying a visit before the exhibition closes on December 23 (ticket information here). Not only is the jewelry exquisite but the incredible stories associated with Fulco di Verdura, his customers and their commissions represent a history of culture and style in and of themselves.…

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Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

As this year’s late Thanksgiving is over and December is somehow suddenly upon us, it is officially time to think about holiday shopping. Let us open the seasonal extravaganza with special gifts for the wine lover (and who isn’t?). Hopefully many of you have now taken a peek at Vinous, Antonio Galloni’s well respected and welcoming wine education site, bringing together independent criticism, tasting notes, interactive maps and multimedia in a contemporary and collaborative platform. From the neophyte aficionado to sophisticated oenophile, the site is the perfect destination for those in every wine category. This year, Vinous, in partnership with legendary Italian leather goods maker Moreschi, is offering the perfect luxury gift for wine lovers, ideal for those on your list who seem to have everything!…

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Giving Thanks to You

Giving Thanks to You

Since this holiday weekend is all about giving thanks, I’d like to acknowledge the many featured guests and visitors who have helped Susanna’s and my videos reach 100,000 views on YouTube. While we are brimming with ideas for 2015, with many already in the works, we’d love to know if there are any stylemakers, subjects or destinations that you are longing for us cover. As our audience, your input is invaluable. Would you like to see more At Home visits with designers like Howard Slatkin

Alex Papachristidis

Robert Couturier

Aerin Lauder

Charlotte Moss

Alexandra Champalimaud

Marian McEvoy

or Bunny Williams at her iconic Connecticut pool house?…

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