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A Perfect Setting at the Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket

The first week of August is a busy time on Nantucket and one of the highlights is always the Nantucket Historical Association‘s Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket. Antiques & Design Show of NantucketAna Ericksen, who chairs this year’s show with husband Michael, brainstormed a new addition to the event.…
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Celebrity Pets

Anyone who has a pet in their life knows all about the unconditional love they provide. Perhaps that’s why even the most curmudgeonly human can turn sentimental with regards to their beloved animal companion. We’ve shared before the compelling connection between designers and their dogs.…
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Verdura 75th Anniversary Collection

This fall, the launch of the Verdura 75th Anniversary Collection will celebrate three quarters of a century of the iconic jeweler’s legendary style. Focussing on his early years, owners Ward and Nico Landrigan searched the archives for inspiration that would showcase Fulco di Verdura’s unique and pioneering talents.…
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At Home in the Hamptons with Susanna Salk and Alex Papachristidis

It’s impossible to visit Alex Papachristidis at his country home without wanting to move in. And you wouldn’t be alone. His large family is close and inseparable. So inseparable in fact that eight of them all share their impossibly chic residence in the Hamptons, which Susanna Salk and I were delighted to recently visit.…
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Lindsey Coral Harper at Lee Jofa

Several times a year, Lee Jofa redesigns the front room in their NYC D&D showroom to celebrate a new collection, up and coming designer or both. I was delighted last week to visit the unveiling of their latest incarnation by designer Lindsey Coral Harper.…
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Shopping the Taigan Marketplace

As you readers know, I am a long time fan of the Taigan Marketplace, an online shopping site featuring a hand selected collection of a wide range of lifestyle products. I especially like that they focus on small companies, emerging designers and hand crafted artisanal products.…
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Christmas in July

While this week wasn’t exactly Christmas in July, it was certainly a week of major treats and peeks. Wednesday, I was delighted to have breakfast at The Modern, the elegant restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art to officially welcome Pilar Viladas as the new Architecture & Design Editor at Town and Country.…
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Fall Product Previews

Although the last couple days have felt like monsoon season here, fall is looming on the horizon, at least according to the many companies holding fall product previews this week. While I’m sure I will be revisiting some of these favorites later in the year, I thought a little peek might be helpful to keep these in mind as projects or gift lists start to accumulate.…
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Welcome Privet Lives

As if the New Preston, CT outpost of Richard Lambertson’s and Suzanne Cassano’s chic shop Privet House wasn’t tempting enough already, this weekend marked the opening of Privet Lives (so clever) in the charmingly diminutive space next door. Privet LivesA rotating concept shop featuring “highly covetable brands, designers, artisans and artists,” Privet Lives debuted with the gorgeous textile creations of Madeline Weinrib.…
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At Home Video with Susanna Salk and Marian McEvoy

Whoever coined the phrase “it’s all in the mix,” must have had the creative and effervescent Marian McEvoy in mind. With a fearless style and steady hand, she takes do-it-yourself crafting to an entirely new level of sophistication. Susanna and I were thrilled to visit Marian in her über charming Hudson River Valley home.…
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