Tabletop for Fall 2015

Tabletop for Fall 2015

Now that we’re officially in October, thoughts start to turn to entertaining for the season. For those looking for some inspiration or perhaps something new to augment their collection, here are a few items, most of which are new tabletop for fall 2015, seen at 41 Madison in the spring.

This new version of Royal Crown Derby Darley Abbey in black and gold is a stunning classic colorway that could mix with both traditional or modern table settings. Think how dramatic it could look as a decorative accent with an all black contemporary scheme or anchoring a pretty holiday table of all white.…

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Palm Beach Chic

Palm Beach Chic

Just in time for the weekend, we can all take a vicarious visit to that tropical bastion of sunny style in Jennifer Ash Rudick’s lush new book Palm Beach Chic! Within its pages of four hundred beautiful color photos by Jessica Klewicki Glynn, we gain entrée to the architecture, interiors and gardens of not only classic grand dames estates but also stylish apartments, glamorous post modern houses and bohemian cottages. For such a tiny barrier island, Palm Beach offers a big dose of style. Welcome to a privileged peek behind the hedges.

Perhaps no other structure is more associated with timeless Palm Beach splendor than Villa Artemis.…

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Outstanding American Gardens | A Celebration 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy

Outstanding American Gardens | A Celebration 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy

In 1988 “horticultural enthusiast” Frank Cabot had a vision. So inspired by a visit to Ruth Bancroft’s unusual garden of succulents near San Francisco, Cabot and his wife Anne wanted to ensure that a place of such overwhelming creativity and beauty would never disappear after the owner could no longer look after it. The following year The Garden Conservancy was born and for the past twenty five years it has been preserving and sharing exceptional American gardens for the enjoyment and education of the public. Outstanding American Gardens is a celebration of that achievement.

Not only does the Conservancy work on preservation projects, eight of which are featured in part one of the book, but is also the sponsor of Open Days, the only national program for visiting private gardens.…

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Giving Design a Voice

Giving Design a Voice

As we were all reminded by Deborah Needleman in her revelatory editor’s letter in this week’s inspiring issue of T magazine, there is a lot that happens behind the scenes at a publication to make it all happen in a seamless successful way. And while my modest site is certainly not the New York Times, there is still quite a bit that goes on to bring you original and what I hope is quality content on a regular basis. This is perhaps even more the case with Susanna Salk’s and my collaboration for our video series. It takes a great deal of trust, tenacity, time and talent on everyone’s parts to ultimately bring these videos to the small screen.  …

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Michael Bruno in Tuxedo Park

At Home with Susanna Salk and Michael Bruno in Tuxedo Park

Not only is Michael Bruno, founder of 1stdibs and now Housepad App (more on that in a bit) a man of innovative creative ideas but also of great taste. Changing the way people around the world could buy one-of-a-kind antiques, furniture, jewelry and more, meant traveling the globe to find dealers for 1stdibs. So several years ago, when Michael and partner Alexander Jakowec purchased their magnificent home in Tuxedo Park, NY, they knew where to go to augment their already burgeoning collections to finish furnishing the house. With the help of close friend, Los Angeles designer Windsor Smith, they’ve created a chic and livable home filled with their collected treasures.…

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Sneak Peek of Our At Home with Video at Tuxedo Park

Sneak Peek of Our At Home with Video at Tuxedo Park

Last month, Susanna and I were thrilled to visit 1stdibs and Housepad founder Michael Bruno at his majestic house at Tuxedo Park. While you’ll have to wait until Thursday to tag along for our video visit, I had so many photos of the beautiful surroundings and Michael’s spectacular house, I thought I’d share a little sneak peek.

For those of you not familiar with this idyllic enclave in Orange County, New York, Tuxedo Park was built between 1886 and 1930 by tobacco heir Pierre Lorillard as a bucolic retreat for himself and his affluent friends. With about 350 homes throughout the 2,600 acres, Tuxedo Park represents a mini history of architecture in the Gilded Age with houses by McKim Mead and White, Carrere & Hastings, Walker & Gillette, Bruce Price and more.…

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Carrier and Company Positively Chic Interiors

Carrier and Company Positively Chic Interiors

Like everything that comes out of the offices of Carrier and Company, their new book, Positively Chic Interiors, makes it all look so easy and effortless.

As with their projects, there is a crispness and clarity to the book design, with lush imagery yet room to breathe. Copy is intelligent yet approachable (with help from Judith Nasatir, effectively translating their voice), informative, inspiring yet personal with chapters that are logical, yet organized with a relaxed point of view. If we didn’t know better, we’d feel like the casually chic husband and wife team of Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller just breeze through life and work.…

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Showhouse on the Green Sneak Peek

Showhouse on the Green Sneak Peek

What to do when a 19th century church on a historic town green in Connecticut needs to restore its rectory, also a classic structure from 1834? Organize a designer showhouse of course! Showhouse on the Green, opening Saturday in Fairfield, CT, celebrates the history and future of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and in honor of its wide ranging ministries, will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Operation Hope, which provides food and shelter to local families in need.

The Gothic revival rectory, above, will be receiving a full facelift inside and out, including interiors by 15 designers.…

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Nantucket House Tour | Stylish in Sconset

Nantucket House Tour | Stylish in Sconset

Most Nantucket regulars would agree that September is the most beautiful month on island. The throngs of tourists have left, you can actually get a restaurant reservation, the water is still warm and that early autumn light softens the colors to glinting golden hues. So while Labor Day may have passed, we take another look at a chic island home. Today’s Nantucket House Tour brings us to one of the most charming locations on island. Sconset, short for the proper Siasconset (Native American for “place of great bones”) is the other Nantucket “town.” One of the earliest seasonal communities in the country, its core of 18th and 19th century rose covered shingled cottages are a shutterbug’s dream.…

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Madeline Weinrib Pop-Up at Barney’s

Madeline Weinrib Pop-Up at Barney’s

Madeline Weinrib travels the world to bring bring her authentic aesthetic home for her eponymous brand. And so it is particularly appropriate that her new Pop-Up at Barney’s Chelsea Passage should be titled “World of Influence.” For not only does it include many of her own new products and wonderful one-of-a-kind objects found on her travels but exclusive products designed in collaboration with Madeline’s creative world of select artisans and artists.  I stopped by last week to chat with Madeline and have a peek.

As Madeline explains, “A World of Influence is a celebration of some of the artists and craftsmen who have inspired me, from old friends to up-and-coming makers I’ve just recently discovered, each a true visionary in their own unique way. …

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