Catching Up Out and About

Catching Up Out and About

When you have young children, May is always the busiest month with year end performances, sports championships and exams. And it seems not much has changed. As my brain is adjusting from being back and forth in too many time zones, I’ve been catching up on this month’s (well actually June’s) design issues. ELLE DECOR announced its annual A-list and with it published an issue packed with a plethora of fabulous projects. Right here in Connecticut, Emma Jane Pilkington‘s Greenwich house proves there’s more to our fair suburbs than cookie cutter colonials. With a three year renovation by architect Joel Barkley, the previously dark and confining rooms were transformed into gracious welcoming spaces.…

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Antique and Artisan Gallery opens its Garden

Antique and Artisan Gallery opens its Garden

With beautiful spring weather this weekend, it was the perfect time for the Antique and Artisan Gallery to open its garden gates. Through this Friday, their new outdoor garden area is filled with hard to find perennials, rare annuals, unique small trees and unusual exotics with of course a great selection of decorative furniture, garden antiques, architectural treasures and more.

Whether you are looking for stylish individual pieces

or a complete set, there is a wonderful range of vintage outdoor furniture.

Chic vignettes are arranged throughout, with creative ideas for using both functional and decorative pieces.

Urns, statuary and architectural elements are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles and eras.…

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Inspirations from Italy

Inspirations from Italy

What a whirlwind of a week! With not a moment to write a proper post, I wanted to at least share a few inspirations from Italy. Happily the weather cooperated and Susanna and I were able to enjoy much of what the lake region has to offer. With our wonderful hosts from Promemoria, we enjoyed spectacular scenery, delicious meals and of course discriminating design. After our business concluded in Milan, we were able to squeeze in a quick visit to the extraordinary Villa Necchi. More on all coming soon. Enjoy your weekend!

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Greetings From Lecco, Italy

Greetings From Lecco, Italy

Greetings from Lecco, Italy! This charming town on the shores of beautiful Lake Como is where Susanna and I are calling home for the next few days.

We were invited over by the luxurious Italian furniture brand Promemoria to capture their world of exquisite handmade products and creative innovation of owner and designer Romeo Sozzi. From their impressive factory/workshop, below, in nearby Valmadrera, to Romeo’s lakeside villa, which we are visiting tomorrow, to his home and office in Milan, we can’t wait to share the inspiring story of this amazing company.

In the menatime, we are soaking up as much of the local Italian life as we can.…

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The Creative World of Charles de Beistegui at Legends

The Creative World of Charles de Beistegui at Legends

Exploring the creative world of the brilliant Charles de Beistegui would certainly involve more than a single post but Timothy Corrigan‘s ode to the design legend in his LCDQ Legends window for Compas, below, offered an inspiring peek. By referencing Bestegui’s three homes – Paris, Venice and Chateau de Groussay – he tried to “summarize some of Beistegui’s contributions to the world of decorative arts through his discovery and patronage of some of the leading artists and designers of the early 20th century.”

For the eccentric, extravagant art collector and designer’s first famous residence in the 1930’s, a penthouse on the Champs-Élysées, he commissioned Le Corbusier.…

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

To all of you who have children, a little something to wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day. And to all you children, be sure to call (texting doesn’t count) your mom to let her know how much you care – she’ll love to hear your voice! Enjoy your day!

photo by Quintessence

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Chairs for Charity with Promemoria at Dragonette

Chairs for Charity with Promemoria at Dragonette

While I was not able to stay for the week of festivities at La Cienega Design Quarter‘s Legends, I was delighted to attend the first annual Chairs for Charity to benefit the Greater Los Angeles chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Luxury Italian furniture brand Promemoria tapped eight top designers to customize the company’s iconic Bilou Bilou chair. On display at the always tempting La Cienega showroom Dragonette, they are being auctioned online at Paddle8 now through May 19th. Inspired by Thonet’s timeless bentwood classic, Romeo Sozzi’s Bilou Bilou is an innovative modern interpretation with elegant Milanese lines. Its versatility is aptly demonstrated by the designers’ imaginative creations.…

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Report from Los Angeles

Report from Los Angeles

It’s been a very busy few days here in Los Angeles (did I tell you I was coming?). From filming three high profile interior designers for Susanna Salk’s and my “At Home with” video series, to checking out the windows at this year’s La Cienega Design Quarter Legends, to attending a special dinner at Dragonette, there hasn’t been a second to spare for a post. But I offer you a little peek at some of the chic places, people and homes visited with more information and posts coming very soon!!

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Gardens at First Light

Gardens at First Light

In the past several years since her beautiful first book, In the Garden, celebrated 18 spectacular gardens here in the Northeast, photographer Stacy Bass has continued to explore the lush domain of private landscapes. Her new volume, Gardens at First Light, represents the first title for athome books, a new division of regional Moffly media. Offering an exclusive peek at twelve glorious gardens, all photographed at dawn, the special aura of daybreak is her muse for the portrayal of these special spaces. You will discover, as Stacy has, that whether bright and clear or enigmatic and overcast, the quiet calm of early morning produces a light like no other.…

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A Video Visit to Mercanteinfiera | the Parma Antiques Fair

A Video Visit to Mercanteinfiera | the Parma Antiques Fair

Twice a year, in spring and fall, Italy’s largest antiques fair, the Mercanteinfiera, takes place in the historic and gastronomic city of Parma. With over one thousand exhibitors and tens of thousands of shoppers from around the globe, this popular event represents a treasure trove of unique finds in copious categories for individual collectors, dealers and interior designers. Since 2008, Toma Haines, aka The Antiques Diva® has been leading antique tours throughout Europe, including visits to Marcanteinfiera. When Toma asked if Susanna and I would like to join her as guests of the fair’s VIP program last October, we jumped at the chance.…

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