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Interwoven Globe and JAR at the Met

As many of you head into the city for a holiday visit, I would encourage you to make a stop at the Metropolitan Museum to see two exceptional exhibits. Last month I was part of a small group of editors, writers and designers, assembled by Patrick Frey, to privately tour Interwoven Globe with curator Melinda Watt.…
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Celebrate Archtober in New Canaan, CT

Did you know that October is also Archtober, the third annual month-long festival of architecture, activities, programs and exhibitions in New York City? This year, it unofficially extends to New Canaan, CT where the New Canaan Historical Society will be hosting its biennial Modern House Day Tour + Symposium.…
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Global Design Inspiration in House Beautiful

Design inspiration from around the globe is the theme for October’s House Beautiful. With the debut of its new pop-up series, this month features guest editor Chesie Breen as our guide to the homes of Americans abroad. From London to Oslo to Rome and beyond, we get to scratch our travel itch with vicarious visits to fabulous flats and follies.…
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Artist Rebel Dandy | Men of Fashion at the RISD Museum

Back in the spring I was honored to attend the annual gala benefit for the RISD Museum, celebrating their groundbreaking exhibit Artist Rebel Dandy: Men of Fashion (excellent companion volume below). It was such an incredible experience that I postponed writing about it until I had time to do all the research I felt befitted such an impressive evening and show.…
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Timeless Design at Versailles

I was somehow surprised that my girls voted a visit to Versailles as their favorite part of our week in Paris. It just shows the timeless relevance of classic French design and the memorable impact of the palace, gardens and splendor of 18th century court life.…
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The Junior League Show House at Adamsleigh

There have been so many notable design events of late that it has been challenging to both attend and share in a timely fashion. The Show House at Adamsleigh is one. Coordinated to open during High Point Market, this historic home featured a bevy of both local and national talent presented by the Junior League of Greensboro and national media sponsor Traditional Home.…
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Robert Four | Aubussons for Yesterday & Today

Another Paris recommendation from designer Rachel Laxer is the Robert Four gallery. The largest manufacturers of Aubusson tapestry weaving, they carry on a 500 year old heritage of timeless tradition with innovative technique and modern artistry. Housing an enormous collection of ancient rugs and tapestries, they have also, since 1952, collaborated with famous artists of the day, creating modern tapestries using Aubusson manufacturing techniques.…
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The Museum of Bags and Purses

Yes, you read that right. I am happy to report that there is actually a Museum of Bags and Purses. My sister recently took a trip to Amsterdam where she visited this unique design destination. The largest bag museum in the world, housing purses from the late Middle Ages to the present, it is located in a charming restored 17th century canal house that is a story in and of itself.…
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Mighty Maharajas | Forts and Palaces of India

It’s no secret that India has an incredible design legacy. But in Mighty Maharajas | Forts & Palaces of India, we are introduced to many of the forts and royal palaces that illustrate not only the architectural history but social and political aspects as well.…
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The Scottish Country House

The Scottish Country House counts as one of my favorite volumes this season. While I am dreadfully behind in my book reviews this year, I wanted to be sure to squeeze this wonderful title in before the holidays. More than merely a book on glorious interiors, this appeals to any who also love Scotland, art, architecture, history, and the people whose stories unite them.…
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