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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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Winter Antiques Show 2015

The Winter Antiques Show 2015 is, as always, a great way to kick off the year. The 61st edition of this prestigious vetted show opened last week at the Park Avenue Armory with a gala and a roundup of surrounding design events.…
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Looking Back to Move Forward

Having just immersed ourselves in the dazzling world of Duke Fulco di Verdura, it was fortuitous to learn that a new luxury edition of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s 1958 novel, “The Leopard” is being published. Including 32 photographs by Giovan Battista Poletto, below, from the set of Visconti’s 1963 film, looking back at the Sicilian setting for this novel offers insight into the early life of the master jeweler that so informed his work.…
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Travel the World with Stefano Scatà

A small wrench in the system unfortunately meant a last-minute cancellation for my trip to Paris. While I regroup, I didn’t want to leave you without inspiration so I am making an exception to the rule and sharing a Pinterest find – the work of Italian photographer Stefano Scatà.…
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The Intricate World of Saint-Louis Paperweights

While you may know crystal maker Saint-Louis  primarily for their elegant glassware and lighting, throughout their distinguished history they have also produced small quantities of exquisite and intricate millefiori paperweights. This specific glass technique is thought to have originated in Roman times and then revitalized by Murano glassmakers.…
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Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry at the Met

If last year’s blockbuster exhibit at the Met, Interwoven Globe, proved the power of textiles as a force in the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exchange of art and commerce for more than three centuries, then this season’s Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry goes a step further, honing the focus in on the oft overlooked art form of tapestry and more specifically, on the work of one artist, whose forward-looking and entrepreneurial spirit broke the mold on many levels.…
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A Busy Week in the World of Design

As December hit, so have a multitude of events in the world of design. In catching up, let me share a quick peek at what’s been on the agenda in New York City just this week so far. I finally had a chance to stop by Verdura‘s amazing 75th anniversary exhibit, The Power of Style.…
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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.…
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