Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

As I prepare my table to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I am so grateful to have my entire family home on this wonderful day. As my children get older, I do not take for granted that they may have other options for these cherished holidays and am so appreciative that they look forward to being together as much as I do. So from my home to yours, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy your food, your home and your families, not necessarily in that order!!

Since you readers are always a curious bunch and will undoubtedly ask, let me share that my plates are vintage.…

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Holiday House NYC 2014 Video Tour

Holiday House NYC 2014 Video Tour

Now in its seventh year, Holiday House NYC was the first designer showhouse held in New York City to specifically benefit breast cancer. Featuring top interior designers in the spectacular Academy Mansion, chosen holidays and special occasions are celebrated with creativity, ingenuity and meaning. Please join us for a special video tour as Susanna chats with seven of the designers in their rooms.

Visiting on a stormy day during final preparations before the official opening or press day of Holiday House NYC 2014, meant we weren’t able to speak with all of the designers, but those not featured in the video are represented below. …

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Rooms with a View 2014 Designer Showhouse Finale

Rooms with a View 2014 Designer Showhouse Finale

Today we take a final look at this year’s Rooms with a View Designer Showhouse. Design chair Parker Rogers partnered with Serena & Lily to create his Southport Garden Folly, charming treillage room inspired by the gardens at his own Southport home.

“Through the more formal gardens, we have built a large Lattice House which is known to many for delicious cocktails dinner parties.  I am also inspired by my many friends and family that love to come by and enjoy the beautiful views.”

Graphic pattern play was the visual theme of the room.The navy and white palette of the Serena & Lily Diamond fabric hanging at the entrance, Chevron Riviera Chairs and Mirabelle rug were the perfect foil for the pops of green in the Lattice fabric tablecloth and Parker’s own bamboo flatware and table accoutrements.…

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Rooms with a View 2014 Continued

Rooms with a View 2014 Continued

Today we continue our look at this year’s fabulous Rooms with a View 20th anniversary showhouse, celebrating the legacy of Albert Hadley’s original vision. Jenny Wolf‘s “Le Jardin Vert” was a cozy yet sophisticated ladies’ study/lounge executed with a sophisticated “mix of traditional elements updated with a modern twist.” Bold doses of black tempered with pastel hues and luxurious fabrics resulted in “a dramatic space that still felt calm and feminine.”

You can see on Jenny’s original mood board how her inspiration evolved into her fully conceived vignette.

The beautifully executed millwork, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Calke Green and accented with gold leaf detailing and antique mirror served as a timeless architectural backdrop and the black and white hand crafted Mirth floor tiles offered “a fresh take on old school glamour.”

Amanda Nisbet’s Cielo Arm Chair for Niermann Weeks, with its contemporary white metal finish and classical allusions was a curvy complement to the handsome black lacquered grass cloth desk with brass framing that Jenny designed specifically for the space.…

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Rooms With a View 2014 Designer Showhouse

Rooms With a View 2014 Designer Showhouse

Southport, Connecticut was hopping this weekend with this year’s version of one of my favorite local design events, Rooms with a View 2014. Originally conceived by Albert Hadley, this destination designer showhouse transforms the Southport Congregational Church into twelve 5′ x8′ mini rooms created by top local and New York City designers. This year marked the 20th anniversary of this popular fundraiser with the theme “20/20 Visions.” Led by Honorary Chairman and Parish Hadley alumnus Thom Filicia, sponsors included Serena & Lily, Farrow & Ball with domino magazine as national media sponsor,  all of whom contributed to a series of successful events over the past three days.…

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This Week in the World of Design

This Week in the World of Design

The season has started and the world of design is hopping with celebrations, introductions and events. While it’s impossible to keep up with everything, I thought I would share a few noteworthy events from this week alone. Monday evening at the French Heritage Society‘s annual gala, along with corporate honoree Hermès, who executed the charming centerpieces below, designer Timothy Corrigan was honored for his accomplishments working in French style and for his restoration and decoration of his historic château. It was a festive and glamorous evening celebrating such a well deserved honor.

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Tuesday, it was standing room only for a book signing at the Assouline boutique in the Plaza for Hunt Slonem‘s new tome, When Art Meets Design.…

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Fashion and Interiors Meet in Style at de Le Cuona

Fashion and Interiors Meet in Style at de Le Cuona

From the beginning, Bernie de Le Cuona has been known for her extensive knowledge and production of luxurious linens and other sumptuous materials, yet she has also always had an interest in the translation of her textiles to fashion and interiors as well as accessories. With a lust for travel and passion for design, her eponymous company has long integrated a lifestyle component into its offerings. Last week, the firm presented two new fashionable introductions in their D&D Showroom. The de Le Cuona Crocodile & Cashmere Collection is “tailored for adventurers, shaped for sophisticates.”  Inspired by her expeditions from Asia to Africa, Bernie has crafted iconic pieces for both home and travel that express her international take on understated glamour.…

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A Champagne Tasting with Antonio Galloni

A Champagne Tasting with Antonio Galloni

Those of us who feel champagne is right for any occasion have an advocate in Antonio Galloni. The well respected wine critic recently led a champagne tasting at CORE: club during which he guided us through an evening entitled, “A Wine for all Seasons,” expressing his view on the versatility of this festive wine, often underestimated as an accompaniment for a wide variety of food.

Any who have followed Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate in the last decade or so have read reviews by Galloni, who was, until last year, the publication’s lead critic. In February of 2013, he left to bring his vision of a “modern-day wine media platform” to life. …

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Timothy Corrigan at Les Puces in Paris

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Timothy Corrigan at Les Puces in Paris

What design maven doesn’t dream of shopping at Les Puces, the famous Paris flea market visited by thousands of designers and tourists weekly from around the world. Well our dream came true last January when Susanna and I made the trip with designer Timothy Corrigan. With a chateau in the Loire and an apartment in Paris, Tim makes frequent outings to le Marché aux Puces, finding treasures for both himself and his international coterie of clients from Los Angeles to Qatar. Tag along as Tim guides us through the maze of temptation with tips and advice in our latest video.…

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Catching Up Out & About

Catching Up Out & About

I thought I would have time to bring you more in depth news today but it is already proving to be a busy week, so I offer you a snippet of what this week has in store. I had a chance yesterday to visit the de Le Cuona showroom for the stateside introduction of their elegant Crocodile & Cashmere collection as well as a chic creative collaboration between Bernie de Le Cuona and British fashion designer Katherine Hooker. More on that soon. And then yesterday evening marked the opening of the 9th Annual Design Leadership Summit. I am honored to be attending this gathering of the country’s best designers, architects and industry companies for the second year.…

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