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Hubert de Givenchy for Christie’s during the Biennale des Antiquaires

This week marks the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris. The prestigious show presents the crème de la crème of antiques, decorative arts and jewelry in the glamorous and luxurious setting of the Grand Palais. And of course many local galleries and salons coordinate exhibits to take advantage of visitors to the event.…
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The Timeless Appeal of Checks

After seeing the Altuzarra spring show online yesterday, my love of checks, as well as stripes, was reaffirmed. Both timeless themes, they brought a freshness and easy elegance to the runway. Without realizing I might want to write something about the theme, I immediately pinned and added this favorite dress to the Q facebook page.…
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And Suddenly It’s September

It seemed to happen practically overnight this year. Labor Day came and went, ushering in September with seemingly little warning and weather more appropriate for the leisurely days of August. But fall is possibly my favorite season as we ease in with typical New England Indian summer weather and much to look forward to in the coming months.…
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Ananbô Panoramic Wallpapers

It’s been a busy week in these parts as my youngest prepares to go off to school. In the midst of shopping and packing for her new school experience, I was delighted to learn something new this week as well. I actually discovered the beautiful Ananbô panoramic wallpapers a while back but when I accidentally revisited them this week, I took that as a sign it was time to share.…
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At Ease | Labor Day Lounging

It has been a glorious summer here in the northeast. Although it’s hard to believe, September is upon us. So as a salute to the unofficial last weekend of the season, I offer the latest At Ease, an ode to Labor Day Lounging.…
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Skyscapes by Stacy Bass

In my daily perusing on Instagram, I realized that I was regularly receiving gorgeous images of Connecticut skies from local photographer Stacy Bass, whose beautiful book, In the Garden, celebrated 18 spectacular gardens here in the Northeast. From crystal clear Skyscapes by Stacy Bass to moody and mysterious, her imagery struck a chord with me and many others so I wasn’t surprised to hear that Stacy decided to officially create a series aptly entitled SKYSCAPES.…
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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.…
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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.…
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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.…
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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.…
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