Dressy Designers We Love Video Part 1

Dressy Designers We Love Video Part 1

There has long been a link between fashion and interiors, with some designers straddling both sides of the creative divide. We can all think of so many whose personal style is as distinctive as their interiors. So in honor of fashion week, Susanna and I are thrilled to present two videos of 16 dressy designers we love as they share the intersection of their style worlds on camera. Join us vicariously today at the 1stDibs showroom in the New York Design Center for Part 1 as we celebrate #NYFW. Here’s to a fashionable fall!

All the designers were kind enough to share the sources for their chic on-camera wardrobes so you can be inspired by their sources for fashion as well as interior design.…

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Hubert de Givenchy for Christie’s during the Biennale des Antiquaires

Hubert de Givenchy for Christie’s during the Biennale des Antiquaires

This week marks the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris. The prestigious show presents the crème de la crème of antiques, decorative arts and jewelry in the glamorous and luxurious setting of the Grand Palais. And of course many local galleries and salons coordinate exhibits to take advantage of visitors to the event. Christies is actually holding two fascinating private sales/exhibitions which opened today.

‘Tant pis, j’y vais, j’aime ça” (Nevermind, I’m going for it, it’s what I like) celebrates the progressive modernism of Jean Dubuffet, the groundbreaking artist whose work foreshadowed that of Basquiat and Haring in its “vigor, boldness and immediacy.” But what really caught my attention is the Empire exhibit.…

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The Timeless Appeal of Checks

The Timeless Appeal of Checks

After seeing the Altuzarra spring show online yesterday, my love of checks, as well as stripes, was reaffirmed. Both timeless themes, they brought a freshness and easy elegance to the runway. Without realizing I might want to write something about the theme, I immediately pinned and added this favorite dress to the Q facebook page.

But the show stayed with me. There was something about the sophisticated laissez faire of the collection that was refined and yet rather sexy at the same time.

It felt like a spin on retro New England summers but also like French nouvelle vague. Whether spare and refreshing as above or more layered and tailored as below, it struck a chord.…

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And Suddenly It’s September

And Suddenly It’s September

It seemed to happen practically overnight this year. Labor Day came and went, ushering in September with seemingly little warning and weather more appropriate for the leisurely days of August. But fall is possibly my favorite season as we ease in with typical New England Indian summer weather and much to look forward to in the coming months. One colorway that walks the line between the seasons is indigo, shifting from the crispness of summer with bright whites and stripes to the warmth of fall with darker and more saturated hues. It was prevalent in many forms during the fall linen previews.…

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Ananbô Panoramic Wallpapers

Ananbô Panoramic Wallpapers

It’s been a busy week in these parts as my youngest prepares to go off to school. In the midst of shopping and packing for her new school experience, I was delighted to learn something new this week as well. I actually discovered the beautiful Ananbô panoramic wallpapers a while back but when I accidentally revisited them this week, I took that as a sign it was time to share. Taking inspiration from the past, the papers are painted entirely by hand, then scanned and printed in their Bordeaux workshops.

The results are reminiscent of classic 18th century landscape painting. Whether the chic monochromatic appeal of grisaille as in this Scène d’Orient

 

and Campaign

or the colorful landscape of Lake,

or the exotic appeal of Bengale,

you can be assured they will enhance any style environment.…

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At Ease | Labor Day Lounging

At Ease | Labor Day Lounging

It has been a glorious summer here in the northeast. Although it’s hard to believe, September is upon us. So as a salute to the unofficial last weekend of the season, I offer the latest At Ease, an ode to Labor Day Lounging.

Wishing everyone a day of relaxing Labor Day lounging!…

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Skyscapes by Stacy Bass

Skyscapes by Stacy Bass

In my daily perusing on Instagram, I realized that I was regularly receiving gorgeous images of Connecticut skies from local photographer Stacy Bass, whose beautiful book, In the Garden, celebrated 18 spectacular gardens here in the Northeast. From crystal clear

to moody and mysterious, her imagery struck a chord with me and many others so I wasn’t surprised to hear that Stacy decided to officially create a series aptly entitled SKYSCAPES.

“Growing out of my landscape and garden work, I became fascinated with the sky and what was going on in it as a subject unto itself and not just the background or backdrop of the landscapes I was shooting.…

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My Vicarious Travels

My Vicarious Travels

Many of you readers let me know that you enjoyed traveling with me out and about so today I am sharing some new discoveries from my vicarious travels. While some of you may be lucky enough to be attending the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris next month, the rest of us will have to wait for the reports. I’m looking forward to seeing how Jacques Granges recreates the gardens of Versailles under the glass dome of the Grand Palais. In addition to art and antiques, the Biennale is where the major jewelry houses bring their A games. To get an idea of the level of jewels and workmanship, take a peek at this short video from Chaumet.

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AERIN at Bergdorf Goodman

AERIN at Bergdorf Goodman

If I were to bury my ashes at Bergdorf’s, it would probably be on the seventh floor, where all temptation for the home resides. And now is a particularly alluring time to visit as AERIN has partnered with Bergdorf Goodman in their hallowed hall to showcase her extensive fall line of decorative accessories, set within stylish vignettes featuring her furniture and lighting collections. Inspired by her grandmother’s NYC townhouse, where Aerin spent many hours of her formative years, the collection echoes the artistic European influence in Estée’s home. There contemporary artwork mingled with the legacy of Austrian architect and designer Josef Hoffmann (Aerin lived in Vienna when her father, who later co-founded the Neue Gallerie, was ambassador) as well as other major European styles.…

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At Home in Connecticut with Susanna Salk and Alexandra Champalimaud

At Home in Connecticut with Susanna Salk and Alexandra Champalimaud

Award winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud not only brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to every project she touches but a sixth sense. Whether a luxury hotel in China or Japan, a charming inn in the Hamptons or a spa in rural Connecticut, she intuitively knows how to connect a specific sense of place with extraordinary style. For Alexandra, it’s all about the story. And hers is a very special one. Born and raised in Lisbon, she left during Portugal’s 1974 military coup and moved to Montreal where she raised her children as a single mother while establishing her eponymous firm 30 years ago.…

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