At Home in Los Angeles with Richard Shapiro

At Home in Los Angeles with Richard Shapiro

Enter Richard Shapiro‘s extraordinary home and it’s difficult to believe you are in the center of Los Angeles. Created with a passion for all that he loves – art, antiquities, architecture, travel – his home contains a level of authenticity, details and brilliant juxtapositions that few would have the knowledge, patience or eye to complete. Here references to ancient eras and far off places offer a romantic and very personal vision of home. Please join me and Susanna for a behind the scenes visit to Richard’s very special Los Angeles home.

As a true renaissance man – collector, designer, artist and shop owner – Richard’s goal, as he explains in his book, Past Perfect, was to create “fictions crafted and composed to allow for the suspension of your awareness of time and place.”

Even upon entering, you are immediately transported and the illusion has begun.…

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Sneak Peek – Veranda Wanderlust

Sneak Peek – Veranda Wanderlust

Ask any designer to name their favorite source of inspiration and many will cite travel. Nothing quite refreshes and expands one’s point of view as immersion in new geography and culture. Veranda Magazine quite agrees and so coming next month is their first-ever Wanderlust issue with a world of treasures from around the country and globe.

And it’s not just the interiors that inspire. I always think Veranda has one of the best front of book sections and this issue will have you coveting a bevy of beautiful furnishings and fashion inspired by legendary journeys like The Nile, below.

I was delighted to see friend, designer, design historian and author Maureen Footer‘s new home in the issue.…

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Nantucket Friday Favorites – Oldest House Reimagined

Nantucket Friday Favorites – Oldest House Reimagined

For the third year, as part of Nantucket by Design, NYSID students were invited to reimagine the front rooms of Nantucket’s Oldest House. Overseen by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at NYSID, Ellen Fisher, the project is a great hands-on collaboration with the NHA, spotlighting the island’s historic property and showcasing the talent and creativity of the students.

Built as a wedding gift in 1686 for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner by their fathers, what is also known as the Jethro Coffin House, is not only the oldest home on island but the sole surviving structure from the Nantucket’s original English settlement.…

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Nantucket House Tour – Hippie House Chic

Nantucket House Tour – Hippie House Chic

On the southeastern shore of Nantucket, where conservation protects over 2,000 acres of natural landscape, sits a house nestled in the dunes with expansive views of sea and sky. When the owners approached designer Jeffrey Bilhuber, their directive was for what they called a hippie house, with that nostalgic spirit of summers past.

And while the resulting residence is hardly a hippie shack, it is redolent with soulful images of sandy feet, biking, board games and the timeless accoutrements of summer life at the beach.

On the existing footprint of a grandfathered house set into the dunes, Bilhuber and his clients worked with local architects Botticelli and Pohl to build their image of what a shack buried in the sand should be.…

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Nantucket by Design 2018

Nantucket by Design 2018

With a flurry of lectures, parties, and a multitude of events large and small, last week marked the much anticipated Nantucket by Design 2018. In its third year, the Nantucket Historical Association’s major fundraiser celebrated the island’s unique influence on American design with attendees flocking to the Grey Lady from near and far.

The week launched Wednesday evening with a welcome cocktail party, this year sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, along with Centre Pointe and Oomph, at the lovely island home of design chair Phoebe Tudor.

With the cooperation of lovely weather, we kicked off the week in festive style.…

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At Home in Connecticut with One Kings Lane President Debbie Propst

At Home in Connecticut with One Kings Lane President Debbie Propst

One Kings Lane President Debbie Propst walks the walk. During the day she works to make OKL a desired design destination for bringing unique style home and at her bucolic country house in Connecticut, she has done exactly that, working with The Studio, the design services team at One Kings Lane, who helped update her house to reflect her own personal style. Mixing vintage picks with selections from the enormous offerings at One Kings Lane, she proves that the practical needs of a young family and stylish living aren’t mutually exclusive. Tag along with Susanna Salk and me for a behind the scenes visit with Debbie at her welcoming country home.…

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Nantucket Friday Favorites – Guest House Chic

Nantucket Friday Favorites – Guest House Chic

One of the most photo friendly areas on Nantucket is the charming town of Sconset in the southeast corner of the island. With an abundance of rose covered cottages and a tiny “town,” it is brimming with history and nostalgia.

Several years ago, I shared one of my first house tours –  a stylish home on the Bluff. Today we visit their guest house, where style and comfort meet summer living with ease.

While the guest house has been renovated, it retains a cottage feel and proportion, with lattice trim, deep overhangs and more whimsical architectural details, distinguishing it from the main house.…

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Summer Entertaining Favorites

Summer Entertaining Favorites

While I edit my shots from my latest Nantucket house tours, I thought I would share an easy summer entertaining recipe, along with some favorite pantry and table picks. I published this same recipe quite a few years back which many of you newer readers may not have seen.

One of the many cookbooks I accumulated during my publishing years, The Art of Good Cooking by Paul Peck is a sleeper of a classic with many terrific recipes. Originally published in 1961 (I own the even harder to find later paperback edition), it contains one of my favorite easy yet delicious summer staples.…

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Nantucket Friday Favorites – Boathouse Chic

Nantucket Friday Favorites – Boathouse Chic

In downtown Nantucket, across from where the car ferry ushers in its seasonal visitors, sits the historic Old North Wharf. Originally built in 1750 for the burgeoning fishing trade, the tiny shacks lining its width were eventually transformed into cottages for more residential use.

One of the most charming boathouses is actually two cottages combined, that its owners use for entertaining, for occasional guest overflow from their in-town main house and for prepping outings on their classic Hinckley Picnic Boat, docked off of their deck, below, where one of the Nantucket by Design All-Star Private Dinners will be held (more about that at the end of the post).…

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Nantucket Friday Favorites – Greater Light

Nantucket Friday Favorites – Greater Light

I’m woefully late for last week’s Friday favorite from here on Nantucket. All I can say is that island time is real! We’ll be talking more about the Nantucket Historical Association and their important work this summer including next month’s Nantucket by Design, their largest fundraiser of the year. The NHA owns and oversees several historic sites and properties on island. One of my favorites and this week’s Friday Favorite is Greater Light, below.

Originally built in 1790 by the Macy family as a livestock barn, it was discovered in 1929 by Gertrude and Hanna Monaghan (below – Hanna on the left and Gertrude on the right) as they followed a herd of cows up Main Street. …

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