Sneak Peek – Soane Fall 2017

Sneak Peek – Soane Fall 2017

The French have a great expression for this time of year – la rentrée, signaling the re-entry to regularly scheduled life after the August break. And while we in the U.S. don’t have an August shut down, post Labor Day has that back to business feel.  I am happy to enter the busy fall season with a special sneak peek from one of my favorite companies. Committed to blending historically based global design with the best of British craftsmanship, Soane produces timeless pieces with a sense of the classic and exotic.

As somewhat of a new tradition, Soane introduces each season’s most extravagant fabric on a magnificent bed.…

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Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

While it’s hard to believe that September is here, I am hoping that all of you are savoring the last days of summer, enjoying the long Labor Day weekend. And while I look forward to the changing of the seasons, it’s always a little wistful saying goodbye to the late light and easier days of summer. As we hold on just a little longer, avoiding the new chill in the air, I’m including a few reminders of this most languorous of seasons.

all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

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The Power of Pearls

The Power of Pearls

In the September/October special 30th anniversary issue of Veranda (which we will revisit), the style section’s Objects of Desire celebrates Pearl Power – that timeless gem traditionally suited for a 30th anniversary! And while this week we have been bemoaning the havoc mother nature can wreak, pearls are a perfect example of nature at her best and most beautiful.

We may associate pearls with the classic (faux) triple strand Jackie Kennedy wore or the modern pop power of Rihanna but the power of pearls throughout history cannot be underestimated. For millennia, and in almost every culture, pearls have held a position of reverence, spirituality and sometimes even the supernatural.…

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At Home in Atlanta with Suzanne Kasler

At Home in Atlanta with Suzanne Kasler

Designer Suzanne Kasler finds inspiration wherever she goes. Whether it is les Puces in Paris, the fashionable windows on Madison Avenue or driving around her own neighborhood, Suzanne is visually attuned to spotting a find or new idea. And it is this worldly sensibility that she brings to her all her projects, including her own house. Please join Susanna and me for a trip to the beautiful Buckhead section of Atlanta to visit Suzanne, where she has transformed a tired red brick Federal box into a stylish and elegant home.

Celebrated for creating welcoming spaces that incorporate thoughtful architectural details, pretty palettes and couture touches, Suzanne Kasler knows how to design for living today.…

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The Story Behind the Style: Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa

The Story Behind the Style: Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa

It always seems to come down to the story behind the style. Without that, there is no substance, no narrative, no authenticity. It is why I am always digging to find that backstory for you, to experience, inspire and inform. For my own home, I may have a vague vision in my head, but as I am not a designer, it frequently takes me a while to find exactly what I want. And so it was when I was searching for wallpaper to create interest in my newly renovated entry. For months I combed sites and occasionally showrooms until one day I saw the new Oscar de la Renta III collection for Lee Jofa in their shoot for the collection below and knew immediately the beautiful Sameera wallpaper was the one.…

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Greydon House Nantucket

Greydon House Nantucket

Nantucket is a small island brimming with charm and character, due in no small part to the island’s vigilance in protecting its history and built and natural environments. So when real estate investment firm Faros Properties decided to open a new hotel downtown, they knew they wanted to honor that legacy. Enlisting design firm Roman and Williams with local architect Matthew MacEachern, the firm opened Greydon House last fall, ticking all the boxes with style to spare.

Incorporating a thoughtful renovation of an existing Greek revival building and a seamless three story addition, the new boutique hotel effortlessly walks the line between old and new.…

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Nantucket Favorite Friday Finds VII

Nantucket Favorite Friday Finds VII

With its modern organic vibe, Coastal is a long time Nantucket favorite. Founded by ex-Calvin Klein fashion executive Karen Fisher, the store features a unique mix of vintage and contemporary artisanal furniture, art and accessories all with a creative coastal feel.

And with partner Kate Bayer, Karen also has an active design business, creating interiors with a sophisticated pared down aesthetic inspired by nature’s coastal colors and textures.

From a wide selection of paintings and photography with a – you guessed it – coastal theme,

to vintage finds, both pedigreed, such as the Bruno Mattson webbed chairs, below

and anonymous,

to custom furniture and all manor of accessories, there is something for everyone to enhance their home inside and out.…

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Cars for the Classic and Adventurous

Cars for the Classic and Adventurous

If you’ve been to Nantucket, you’ve no doubt spotted that special breed of car on island – those sport utility vehicles that bridge the gap between classic and cool. Often built for navigating unpaved roads and the occasional beach run, they are just as stylish in town as on rugged terrain. The timeless Grand Wagoneer, which I’ve written about before  (and occasionally share my #wagoneerspotting on Instagram) has a loyal following, many of whom are anxiously awaiting the new edition by Jeep in 2019 or 20.

But for those of you who can’t wait or are pining for a vintage original, let me introduce you to Wagonmaster.…

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A Look at How They Decorated with Author P. Gaye Tapp

A Look at How They Decorated with Author P. Gaye Tapp

It was no surprise when long time blogging friend, decorator and now author, Gaye Tapp  shared her book idea for How They Decorated with me. Passionate about the intersection of fashion and interiors as well as how the past informs today, Gaye has amassed a following fascinated by her astute and insightful musings. I immediately knew she would do justice to the marvelous subject matter in an original and intelligent manner, one that capitalized on her voluminous knowledge of fashion and decor history as well as her expert design sleuthing skills.

Within its pages, How They Decorated illuminates the creative expression of sixteen of the twentieth century’s most stylish women.…

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Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds VI | A Weekend of Art and Antiques

Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds VI | A Weekend of Art and Antiques

In addition to its beautiful beaches and historic charm, Nantucket offers a rich cultural scene for such a small island. This week I had the opportunity to view two lovely venues for art and antiques. On Thursday and Friday, luxury brand consultant, landscape designer and photographer James Ogilvy had a small exhibition of his ethereal landscape photography at a private home here on island.

© Ogilvy Photography 2017

While based in Scotland, Ogilvy has been summering in Nantucket for nearly 30 years and the exhibit, entitled Thin Places, holds meaning and relevance for both places. According to ancient Celtic and Christian theology, it references a place where heaven and earth are especially close.…

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