Southern Hospitality

Southern Hospitality

Having just returned from my amazing trip to the Charleston, I am organizing both thoughts and photos as I revel in the aftermath of southern hospitality.  The world revolving around Urban Electric Co. is one filled with interesting people, beautiful homes, great food and a city saturated with aesthetic awareness. It’s easy to understand how so many visitors are converted into residents of this historic and beautiful place. I look forward to sharing more about where I stayed (the charming Zero George),

what I ate (our first dinner at Two Boroughs Larder)

homes I visited (cocktails at Fenwick Hall Plantation)

(the graphic hallway in designer Amelia Handegan‘s beach house)

 (Mark Maresca‘s stunning Charleston single house)

and what I learned (a craftsman hand soldering seams of a light fixture at Urban Electric Co.

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Celebrating in Charleston

Celebrating in Charleston

For the past few days, I have been honored to be participating in a press trip to Charleston, South Carolina, helping Urban Electric celebrate their tenth anniversary. Their beautiful fixtures are more than merely lights. A product of people and place, they fulfill a vision that celebrates the art of craft, the beauty of the handmade and the importance of community. Understanding the flavor of their city is an important part of the picture. From historic homes, to great food to a welcoming spirit, Charleston is an inspiring city that Urban Electric is proud to call home. Tag along for a quick walking tour we took “south of Broad” discovering this charming coastal city with a distinctive style all its own.…

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Rooms with a View Continued

Rooms with a View Continued

I love how this year’s Rooms with a View designers really embraced and interpreted the theme of Americanism: Timely and Timeless Design. Carey Karlan, of Last Detail Interior Design, envisioned a family game room representing “the best of American energy, competitiveness and optimism.”

With updated American classics such as the oversized Windsor chairs, modern painted floorcloth by Heidi Holzer and Saarinen table, Carey played with the scale to give a sense of childlike pleasure for the entire family.

The room revolves around the clever conceit of an imaginary Scrabble match between design legends Sister Parish and Albert Hadley.

Carey also showed some love for local Connecticut companies with Oomph’s Westport Classic Mirror, Dunes and Duchess’ Wood Top Drink Drop Cocktail Table (in International Lifesaving Orange – from Wakefield Design Center) and pillows and throws from The Linen Shop in New Canaan.…

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Rooms with a View 2013

Rooms with a View 2013

This year’s Rooms with a View 2013 was the 19th year of one of my favorite design events in Connecticut. Originally conceived by Albert Hadley, the popular fundraiser transforms the Southport Congregational Church into a showhouse featuring twelve tiny 5′ x8′  rooms created by local and NYC designers. This year’s version, again under the directorship of Honorary Chairman and Parish Hadley alumnus Thom Filicia celebrated  Americanism: Timely and Timeless Design. With a fresh crop of contributing designers, the vignettes were creative, fun and fresh.

Thom Filicia‘s particular brand of Americanism is a casual eclectic chic as expressed in his room, featuring pieces from his collections as well as his new Sedgewick and Brattle space.…

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Preserving the Craft

Preserving the Craft

I realize it was only a few weeks ago that I referenced an article in T Magazine, but this week’s Travel Issue again hit a high note on several topics so relevant in these parts. While I encourage you to read the marvelous issue for yourself, I’d like to augment just a few bits with some thoughts about the art of craft.

One of the shorter pieces, Preservation Society, focusses on Chanel’s establishment of their under-publicized subsidiary, Paraffection, a division where they house a group of exceptional small handicraft ateliers. Including some of the most prestigious artisanal houses such as Lesage and Lemarié, the group has been brought together into a new modern complex in a Parisian suburb where they can continue to create and store their archives.…

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High Point Picks | Jacques Garcia Collection for Baker

High Point Picks | Jacques Garcia Collection for Baker

One of the most talked about events at High Point this fall market was the unveiling of the new Jacques Garcia Collection for Baker. In a large and luxuriously designed space, the substantial new collection was received with enthusiastic response.

For almost 30 years, the celebrated French designer has been creating both residential and commercial projects at the most prestigious addresses. From legendary Parisian properties such as Hôtel Costes, le Fouquet’s and Ladurée to the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, below,

to the Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo and La Mamounia in Marrakesh, Morocco, Garcia has put his distinctive stamp on style around the globe.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Scot Meacham Wood

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Scot Meacham Wood

A love of tartan, plaid and the romance of Scotland has earned San Francisco interior designer Scot Meacham Wood a special place in the world of decor and online conversations. From his blog, The Adventures of Tartanscot, he sends missives on design and inspiration, ranging from his “Sunday Runway” fashion updates to the latest in “Footwear News” to of course musings on interiors and decoration. Susanna and I were delighted to catch up with Scot on a recent visit to New York City. Join us in our latest Stylish Shopping video as we share his passion for plaid, design and embracing your personal style.…

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Comings and Goings

Comings and Goings

It seems that The Season is upon us. So as assiduously as I attempt to catch up around here, ever more wonderful design and inspiration seem to be luring me out and about. As for “comings”, be sure to stop by tomorrow for a fun new Stylish Shopping video with Susanna Salk that celebrates embracing your personal passion in design.

And then on Friday we’ll take a look at the amazing Jacques Garcia Collection for Baker that debuted at High Point, celebrating the designer’s “duality between past and present.”

The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show last month was, as usual a wonderful compendium of the rare and exquisite.…

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Lambertson Truex at Privet House

Lambertson Truex at Privet House

The tiny hamlet of New Preston, CT may be small in square miles (7,39) and population (1,182) but looms large on the map as a retail design destination. With the most recent addition to the shopping scene, Privet House (moving from its Warren location earlier this year), chic weekenders no longer have to wonder where they are going to get their Cire Trudon candles, Santa Maria Novella bath products or unique accessories or antiques for their homes. Proprietors Richard Lambertson and Suzanne Cassano not only assemble a marvelous mix in their charming shop, but the exquisite merchandising in the airy two story space makes everything that much more tempting.…

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2013 Design Leadership Summit

2013 Design Leadership Summit

This week I am privileged to be attending the 8th annual Design Leadership Summit in New York. The premier event of the Design Leadership Network, an incredible program has been created to educate and inspire an impressive group of design professionals. Principals of leading interior design, architecture and landscape design firms from across the country have gathered to hear an amazing list of speakers assembled by conference creators Peter Sallick (Managing Partner of Design Investors, the CEO of Waterworks and co-founder and CEO of Dering Hall), Kate Kelly Smith (SVP Publishing Director of Hearst Design Group and Chief Revenue Officer, House Beautiful) and John Edelman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Design Within Reach.…

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