My Vicarious Travels

My Vicarious Travels

Many of you readers let me know that you enjoyed traveling with me out and about so today I am sharing some new discoveries from my vicarious travels. While some of you may be lucky enough to be attending the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris next month, the rest of us will have to wait for the reports. I’m looking forward to seeing how Jacques Granges recreates the gardens of Versailles under the glass dome of the Grand Palais. In addition to art and antiques, the Biennale is where the major jewelry houses bring their A games. To get an idea of the level of jewels and workmanship, take a peek at this short video from Chaumet.

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AERIN at Bergdorf Goodman

AERIN at Bergdorf Goodman

If I were to bury my ashes at Bergdorf’s, it would probably be on the seventh floor, where all temptation for the home resides. And now is a particularly alluring time to visit as AERIN has partnered with Bergdorf Goodman in their hallowed hall to showcase her extensive fall line of decorative accessories, set within stylish vignettes featuring her furniture and lighting collections. Inspired by her grandmother’s NYC townhouse, where Aerin spent many hours of her formative years, the collection echoes the artistic European influence in Estée’s home. There contemporary artwork mingled with the legacy of Austrian architect and designer Josef Hoffmann (Aerin lived in Vienna when her father, who later co-founded the Neue Gallerie, was ambassador) as well as other major European styles.…

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At Home in Connecticut with Susanna Salk and Alexandra Champalimaud

At Home in Connecticut with Susanna Salk and Alexandra Champalimaud

Award winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud not only brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to every project she touches but a sixth sense. Whether a luxury hotel in China or Japan, a charming inn in the Hamptons or a spa in rural Connecticut, she intuitively knows how to connect a specific sense of place with extraordinary style. For Alexandra, it’s all about the story. And hers is a very special one. Born and raised in Lisbon, she left during Portugal’s 1974 military coup and moved to Montreal where she raised her children as a single mother while establishing her eponymous firm 30 years ago.…

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The Midas Touch at NY Now Market

The Midas Touch at NY Now Market

The mania for brass and gold tones continues as warm metallic finishes extend their dominance at NY Now Market. Whether considering furniture, accessories or linens, it appears that it will be another sparkling holiday season. For tabletop, gold always lends an appropriate twinkle for special settings. An early peek at Oscar de la Renta Home‘s holiday offerings included tortoise decanters with mildly exotic curves and gold tops, gold trimmed hurricanes and new leaf shaped accessory dishes.

Their popular tortoise amber glassware now includes a pitcher with elegant gold handle and a statement making ice bucket (which of course could be repurposed for any number of fillings) with gold toned chiseled acorn top and matching tongs.…

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Jonathan Adler Going for the Gold at NY Now

Jonathan Adler Going for the Gold at NY Now

After spending much of the day at NY Now, it was clear that brass and gold finishes are a continuing theme for interiors. Nowhere was this more evident that at the upbeat booth of Jonathan Adler, where tons of fun introductions included bright brass details. These dome topped Globo Boxes are great gifts that would add a pop of glamorous fun anywhere from desktop to bedside or vanity. And while not within the theme, I couldn’t ignore the giant lucite purple foot (over two feet long and a foot high) – an entertaining conversation starter whether used for drinks table or art.…

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Calvin Klein Collection Luxury Bedding

Calvin Klein Collection Luxury Bedding

Although we’ve been enjoying the luxurious langour of August weather, the home market is just heating up to present fall furnishings and accessories this coming week in New York City. Monday I got a jump start and stopped by to see the new Calvin Klein Collection luxury bedding at the chic Madison Avenue boutique. Like Francisco Costa’s exquisite fall fashion collection upstairs, downstairs in the home section, the offerings are all about luxurious materials, sumptuous textures and subtle details. Offered as limited editions, the three beautiful capsule collections are all made in Italy. I have often written of my winter obsession with chalet chic and now Calvin Klein offers Chalet, a pure modern expression of that alpine spirit.…

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Trudy Dujardin and the Eco-Elegant Interior

Trudy Dujardin and the Eco-Elegant Interior

Not only does Trudy Dujardin create beautiful serene settings in which to live but healthy and environmentally conscious ones. “My dream is for all of us to live lightly on the earth, surrounded by beauty and comfort, both inside and out.” Her eco-elegant style informs all her choices, from paint and fabrics to furniture fillings and air quality. And no place is more inspiring to her than the natural beauty of Nantucket, where she has a design office and has owned homes for many years. I had the opportunity, in between a series of signings for her new book, Comfort Zone, to catch up with Trudy on-island recently at her charming Madaket cottage (her fifth home on Nantucket).…

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Out and About on Vicarious Visits

Out and About on Vicarious Visits

While I rarely post other sites’ content, there has just been so much I’ve been lusting after online, whether place, product or experience, that I thought I’d share just a few finds from my vicarious visits. Those of you who follow along on Facebook know that Capri is very high on my travel bucket list. I had serious instaenvy this summer as so many I follow were posting lust-worthy photos from their island visits. And as the zeitgeist goes, David Netto wrote a piece for T magazine about the new Caprese shop, Cabana, where “almost everything in its edited collection of objects and clothes for resort life is not available anywhere else,”

photo via T magazine

followed shortly by WSJ’s Insider Shopping Guide to Capri.

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Best Monogram in Washington Depot, CT

Best Monogram in Washington Depot, CT

While we’ll return to Nantucket next week, today we amble back to Connecticut for a peek at Best Monogram in the tiny town of Washington Depot in Litchfield Country. For such a wee blip on the map, there are a surprising number of stores worthy of a visit. One of my favorites is Best Monogram, where behind an unassuming storefront, owner Amy Torosyan’s personalization skills transform something simply nice into a bespoke original.

Trained in hand tailoring in her native Armenia, Torosyan now uses a state of the art embroidery machine that can be programmed to follow her intricate and creative designs.

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The Rafael Osona Americana, Fine Art and Marine Auction

The Rafael Osona Americana, Fine Art and Marine Auction

The August Americana, Fine Art and Marine auction at Rafael Osona is one of the most anticipated events of the Nantucket season for collectors and antiques aficionados. Since 1980, the family owned auction house has been known as an outstanding source for Nantucket and marine related items. But they also present a wide range of excellent 18th  - 21st century decorative and fine arts.

Owners Rafael and partner/wife Gail Osona met while working together at William Doyle in New York City and then later decided to permanently relocate to the island, where their two sons have now joined the business. I attended the preview and auction last weekend and thought I would share a peek of some of my favorite pieces.…

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