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AD Home Design Show 2015 Part II

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing more from the AD Home Design Show 2015 in several shorter installments. As a reminder, the easiest way to receive updates is, of course, to subscribe directly (by entering your email in the box above the blue subscribe button on the right) or through bloglovin – the blue heart icon under follow the Q.…
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Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2015

Last week Pier 94 was home to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2015. As DIFFA Dining by Design moved next door, the 14th annual edition of this luxury show for the design market expanded to fill the entire space. From large international brands to small artisanal craftsmen, the show offers a wealth of sources.…
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A Week’s Worth of Inspiration

With a whirlwind of activities, I haven’t had a chance to edit photos and share this week’s worth of inspiration. Between a special evening at New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and the DIFFA Dining by Design tables, my camera is full and my feet exhausted.…
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Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch

In the Slim Aarons era of Palm Beach life, potter Dodie Thayer was a name known to all fashionable hostesses. Self taught and using a second-hand kiln in her garage, she hand-made ceramics molded from lettuce and cabbage leaves, many pieces taking up to two weeks to complete.…
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Geoffrey Bennison Master Decorator

Designer Mark Hampton perhaps described legendary decorator Geoffrey Bennison best. “Like some Proustian arbiter of taste and manners, he knew exactly how to get it right, while at the same time he left a tingling impression of mystery. How did he do it?…
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Penny Morrison Then and Now

Several years ago I wrote a piece about Guy and Penny Morrison’s charming house in Wales, below. Penny MorrisonSince then, I have come to know Penny’s beautiful line of fabrics, and her chic collaboration with Carolina Irving, Irving & Morrison, below. Irving & MorrisonSo I was delighted to see the marvelous cover feature on her home in the April ELLE DECOR beautifully captured by Miguel Flores-Vianna. …
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Weekend Update

Sometimes, I’ve put something on the back burner for whatever reason and a nudge from my wanderings online and elsewhere will serve as a reminder to circle back around. As we approach the weekend, it seemed a good time to catch up on several people, places and product I’ve been meaning to mention. …
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Weekend Wandering at the Met

One of my Christmas presents to my sister was a dual membership with me to the Metropolitan Museum. Since her birthday is Monday, we decided to celebrate by seeing a couple of exhibits at the Met and having lunch in the lovely Members Dining Room, which is almost worth the cost of membership alone.…
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Ottoman Chic

Clearly a trip to Turkey should be on my docket. Having tempted you in the fall with the beautiful Cornucopia and more recently with the jewels of Sevan Biçakçi and the European interpretation of the near east in turquerie, we will round out the week with Serdar Gülgün’s opulent book Ottoman Chic. …
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Exotic Chic

There is so much theses days, in fashion and in our homes, reflecting a love for exotic chic. Even long before these far off places were easily accessible, westerners have been adopting styles as they envisioned life in these cultures. In Turquerie, a book from last year that I have been meaning to share, author Haydn Williams thoroughly explores this fascinating area of fine and decorative art that still influences us today.…
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