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Robert Couturier Designing Paradises

It is not surprising that the projects in Robert Couturier Designing Paradises are all beautiful, executed with an eye for exacting elegance. What is surprising, however, is how very personal the book is. But then again, that is a key component to Robert’s work.…
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In the Studio with Peter Fasano Unveiling his Latest Designer Collaborations

“New blood brings new ideas. It allows me to have my vision re-widened, to see things through other peoples’ eyes and that’s great.” So says textile designer, Peter Fasano. Producing hand silk-screened fabrics and wallcoverings in his Great Barrington, MA studio for over thirty years, the industry veteran recently welcomed four rising NYC design stars for a collaboration. …
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Judging a Book by its Cover

This weekend welcomes the T Magazine fall design issue. While, as always, there are a number of enticing pieces, from the latest incarnation of Stephen Sill’s chic Manhattan penthouse (written by the ever astute and entertaining David Netto) Stephen Sills apartment in T magazine to the oh-so-charming Bloomsbury home of designer Ben Pentreath, Ben Pentreath apartment in T magazine one small inclusion in particular caught my attention – Peter Mendelsund’s 90 Versions of Yes.…
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Lalique Fine Jewelry 2014

Long before René Lalique began to focus on his legendary crystal creations, he was a master of fine jewelry. Influenced by the majesty of nature in all its forms, he blended symbolism and naturalism into totally unique designs. Two years ago, Lalique reentered this realm, launching its first fine jewelry collection in over a century.…
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Markham Roberts Decorating the Way I See It

Even after many successful years as a designer, Markham Roberts is still a bit of an enigma. Understated and seemingly happy to be a bit under the wire, he has, since 1997, been discreetly working away, accumulating a wide ranging and impressive portfolio.…
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Carole Gratale Couture at Newel

After years in the fashion industry, Carole Gratale was ready for a change. Inspired by the creativity and caliber of iconic designers such as Karl Springer, she translated her eye for quality and design to the interiors industry, starting with a small showroom in the D&D building.…
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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Ellie Cullman at the New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show

Antique shows can be overwhelming and intimidating. Yet shopping a show with an expert can be illuminating and entertaining. We were lucky enough to walk the New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (formerly the Avenue show) last year with designer Ellie Cullman, whose expertise and in-depth knowledge of art and antiques informs the elegant and layered interiors of  Cullman & Kravis.…
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Connecticut Cottages and Gardens Celebrates a Decade at a Stylish New Venue

For the past ten years Connecticut Cottages and Gardens has been bringing the best of our state to its beautiful glossy pages. Each month (or two) editor in chief DJ Carey (now Editorial Director of the entire Cottages & Gardens family of publications) fashioned a book filled with glorious gardens, handsome homes and delightful discoveries.…
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Fabulous at What’s New What’s Next

While fashion week in New York may be over, I will be continuing to explore the connection between fashion and interior design this week. On Thursday, at the New York Design Center, the 6th annual What’s New What’s Next will celebrate fall with exciting new products, presentations, panels, book signings and more.…
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MORE Dressy Designers We Love Video

Today we bring you MORE dressy designers we love whose style quotient raises the bar with their apparel as well as in their interiors. And sometimes the twain shall meet as when fabric originally destined for pillows and curtains end up as coats (Katie Ridder) and vests (Thomas Jayne).…
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