At Home in Connecticut with Charlotte Barnes

At Home in Connecticut with Charlotte Barnes

Having happily lived in the same suburban town for 20 years, designer Charlotte Barnes was not even considering a move until a good friend told her about an 1880 carriage house she had to see. It was love at first sight and as it turned out, the timing was fortuitously perfect for a downsize. Please tag along with me and Susanna for a behind the scenes visit with Charlotte at her charming Connecticut home.

If you met Charlotte, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn she started her career in fashion – at Ralph Lauren Womenswear in New York and London and then the US division of Pomellato  (the chic Italian jewelry brand).…

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At Home in Montecito with Suzanne Rheinstein

At Home in Montecito with Suzanne Rheinstein

While acclaimed designer Suzanne Rheinstein’s storied Hancock Park home in Los Angeles is a study in layered neoclassical style, her home in Montecito is all about tranquility. At her idyllic country retreat, Suzanne worked with architectural firm Bories and Shearron to totally transform what was a dated 1971 house into her ultimate “house of calm.” Please tag along with me and Susanna for a behind the scenes visit with Suzanne at her exquisite Montecito home.  

With architectural inspiration from warm weather destinations such as Mallorca, Suzanne utilized soft colors of tinted plaster inside and out to unify the space and emphasize the indoor outdoor lifestyle of temperate Montecito.

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At Home in Connecticut at River Road Farm

At Home in Connecticut at River Road Farm

Fifteen years ago, Robb Nestor and Bill Reynolds discovered what would become the masterpiece of their creative endeavors.  “We had been looking for two years before we found River Road Farm and from the very first time we drove up, it just spoke to us. I think we both immediately knew we had found home.” Please join me and Susanna for a behind the scenes visit with Robb and Bill at their historic Connecticut house and garden.

Set in the charming hamlet of Hadlyme, CT, the house sits on a country lane, a stone’s throw from the Connecticut River. One of the most appealing aspects of the property to Robb and Bill was that, unlike many antique New England homes, it was set back from the road.…

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At Home in the Hamptons with Kate Rheinstein Brodsky

At Home in the Hamptons with Kate Rheinstein Brodsky

It would be difficult to grow up as the daughter of renowned designer and legendary shop owner Suzanne Rheinstein and not be influenced by her elegant flair. But along the way, Kate Rheinstein Brodsky developed her own style. And while she didn’t become an interior designer, she did follow in her mother’s retail footsteps, opening one of New York’s most celebrated design destinations, KRB. In her own stylish Hamptons weekend retreat (which served as much more during the past year and a half), Kate’s exuberant love of color and pattern knows no bounds. Please tag along with me and Susanna for a behind the scenes visit with Kate at her extraordinary family home.…

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Nantucket Lightship Baskets Video

Nantucket Lightship Baskets Video

As we enter June, it is with a sense of renewed optimism that we look forward to the upcoming summer season. One of the highlights here on Nantucket will be the Nantucket Historical Association‘s sixth annual Nantucket by Design event, held from August 5 through 7. Leading up to the event, I am delighted to be collaborating with the NHA to produce several videos highlighting the melding of Nantucket’s robust history with the power of great design. I am excited to share our first Spotlight, featuring one of most famous icons of Nantucket’s rich craft culture. Please join me with host, Mary Lacoursiere, NHA Director of Education, and several of the Island’s master craftspeople as we explore the history, traditions and styles of Nantucket lightship baskets including a special peek at the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum exhibit, celebrating their new NHA Affiliation, at Hadwen House.…

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At Home in Pasadena with Kate Stamps

At Home in Pasadena with Kate Stamps

“Not everything should be perfect.” This simple phrase speaks volumes about Odom and Kate Stamps’ approach to both their own home and the many houses and gardens they design for others. Now that does not in any way describe their actual design work, which is thoughtful, exacting and detailed, but rather the final effect, which results in rooms of “grace and lack of pretension.” Please join Susanna and me for a behind the scenes visit to Kate and Odom Stamps’ evocative home in Pasadena.

For the many fans of Kate and Odom Stamps’ classically inspired interiors, each peek into their charming and layered home on their popular Instagram feed elicits a multitude of joyful and admiring comments.

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At Home at Camp Kent with Alexandra Champalimaud

At Home at Camp Kent with Alexandra Champalimaud

As one of the most in-demand creators of luxury contemporary living around the globe, Alexandra Champalimaud is known as a fearless designer who enthusiastically embraces change,  yet at Camp Kent, her rustic summer retreat in Connecticut she shares with husband Bruce Schnitzer and their large multi-generational family, she prefers things to remain the same. Please join me and Susanna for a video visit to this extraordinary lakeside getaway.



Whether the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the charming Topping Rose House in the Hamptons, The Little Nell in Aspen or Troutbeck, the award-winning estate hotel in Dutchess County, Alexandra intuitively knows how to connect a specific sense of place with extraordinary style.…

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At Home on Clove Brook Farm with Christopher Spitzmiller

At Home on Clove Brook Farm with Christopher Spitzmiller

During the week, gifted ceramicist and designer Christopher Spitzmiller is busy creating his exquisite lamps, tableware and accessories found in the most stylish design shops and homes across the country including the White House. But weekends find him at Clove Brook Farm, his picture perfect country retreat in Dutchess County, NY. Five years ago, we filmed an episode with Chris there and recently revisited him to see the many updates to the property. Please join me and Susanna for a magical day at Clove Brook Farm where Chris and partner Anthony Bellomo welcomed us to their ever growing domain!

Here Chris actively tends to his gardens, his expanding flocks of animals and enthusiastically entertains – our inviting garden lunch, below.…

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At Home in Tangier with Frank de Biasi and Gene Meyer

At Home in Tangier with Frank de Biasi and Gene Meyer

It would seem designer Frank de Biasi was always destined for a home in Tangier. With a college degree in international relations, studies at the Sorbonne, followed by six years at Christies and then twelve as Director of Interiors at Peter Marino, Frank expanded on his love of travel, art and history with blue chip design experience. While expertly accessing design sources and creating interiors around the world, it’s somehow not surprising (after having homes in New York, Miami and Paris) that Frank and partner, fabric and textile designer Gene Meyer, would land in this magical melting pot of cultures and creative ex pats from around the globe.…

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At Home in Connecticut with Susanna Salk

At Home in Connecticut with Susanna Salk

Over the years, the hosts Susanna Salk and I feature in our video series have inspired us just as you have said they do you. And in this special episode, Susanna invites us into her own Connecticut country home to show how she has interpreted many of their unique styles to inspire you to perhaps do the same.

As our video series has grown and we have collected a stable of over 100 episodes featuring top designers and tastemakers around the world, it occurred to us that a printed collection might be in order. So, I am delighted to share that a book, to be published next year, is in the works, as Susanna describes, “kind of a reverse course of the video series: taking some of our favorite visits over the years and distilling them back into still pictures and giving them their own chapter and adding my memories.” …

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