Shop Talk | Optical Shop of Westport

Shop Talk | Optical Shop of Westport

Eyewear represents the ultimate fusion of form and function. And nowhere is it taken more seriously as both scientific craft and highly personalized fashion statement than at the Optical Shop of Westport, here in Connecticut.

I was delighted to recently discover this charming store and meet owner Margharet Hollander. Serving the community for over twenty years, she has recently relocated to a fashionable new shop where she offers a highly curated selection of exclusive world wide brands.

Margharet attends eyewear shows around the world, from Paris to Tokyo, to source the most distinctive luxury styles. Each pair of glasses offered in the shop is one of a kind.…

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Peacock, Gloss & Glimmer at the NY Now Gift Show

Peacock, Gloss & Glimmer at the NY Now Gift Show

While there didn’t seem to be any singular overwhelming trend at the gift show, some styles were seen at several of the booths. Peacock has been slowly making its way into many of the home collections over the past year or so. It’s a personal favorite and I’ve been happy to see it in many of the fashion collections as well – you’ll see me sporting a bit of the shade this fall. While high gloss and lacquer are not new, more brands have joined the field offering this glamorous finish. We saw the emergence of metallics the last couple of seasons and a little glimmer is definitely a must for the holidays as was seen in many of the tabletop collections.…

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Tom Scheerer Decorates

Tom Scheerer Decorates

Tom Scheerer has clearly struck a chord. Already there have been quite a few pieces about this book, even before publication. There is a reason.

In a world that constantly celebrates bigger and better, Scheerer’s particular brand of understated, underdecorated design is like a refreshing Bahamian breeze. And Mimi Read has so perfectly captured his spirit and process. Like Scheerer’s work, the book has an easy-going “vibrant optimism.” You’ll want to live in its pages.

There had already been a quiet buzz building about the volume and then September’s House Beautiful, featuring a Watch Hill, Rhode Island project of his (that also appears in the book, above and below) hit the stands.…

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Creative Collaboration | Oomph & Thibaut at NY Now

Creative Collaboration | Oomph & Thibaut at NY Now

Sometimes two companies’ visions are so in-synch that a collaboration is almost inevitable. This seems the case with Oomph and Thibaut. As Stacy Senior, Thibaut Marketing Director put it, “From the first time we met the ladies of Oomph, we knew it was going to be a great partnership for Thibaut. I had been admiring their pieces and thought they might be interested in partnering with us for High Point Spring 2013 Market. Their pieces were a hit in our showroom and complimented the Thibaut line so perfectly. Our new Resort collection features fun patterns in a bright color palette, which fits fabulously with Oomph’s finishes and style.…

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NY Now | New Offerings from Old Favorites

NY Now | New Offerings from Old Favorites

Sunday I spent the day perusing the new set up at NY Now (otherwise known as the gift show). It wasn’t nearly enough time, especially now that many of the former Pier exhibitors are integrated into the Javits, but I spent the greater part of the day visiting old favorites to see their new fall offerings.

I was thrilled to see that Limoges producer Jacques Pergay, about whom I have written before, found a US distributor in Prouna. Their nature-inspired work is so original, such as the beautiful Tree Cover pattern above.

All their porcelain is hand made in their Limoges factory and most is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.…

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Thank you Lonny!

Thank you Lonny!

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting friend Michael Devine for a lovely evening on my terrace in Connecticut and was thrilled to see the report of his visit on Lonny here!

Thank you to Michael for his lovely photographs. I can’t wait for his sure-to-be-fabulous entertaining book coming from Rizzoli next spring!

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SFERRA Linens for Fall 2013

SFERRA Linens for Fall 2013

I knew time would be tight at NY Now (the new moniker for the NY Gift Show) so last week, I paid a visit to the SFERRA linens showroom to take a peek at their new fall line. A favorite among many designers and discerning customers, it’s easy to see why their linens are so popular. Beautiful Italian craftsmanship married with the finest materials make for elegant products. And following on the success of their foray into geometric prints this Spring, SFERRA introduces two more Italian woven and printed designs for the season. Connery, below in cornflower, features a pattern reminiscent of a Moorish tile design that is fresh and contemporary.…

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Suzanne Kasler Brings Paris to Connecticut in Veranda

Suzanne Kasler Brings Paris to Connecticut in Veranda

Designer Suzanne Kasler is well known for her sophisticated mix of classic and contemporary and in the upcoming September/October issue of Veranda she shows how it’s done with a French twist in a new chateau-inspired house in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The upcoming issue is all about color, from neutral to brights, and that’s exactly what Kasler focussed on in this project – mixing the two to create an exuberant yet not overwhelming scheme. “The variations create a subliminal rhythm,” explains Kasler. “There’s a lot of color, but it’s strategically used, so it ends up feeling subtle.” So as you stand in the elegant neutrals of the living room, above, the intense turquoise of the adjoining dining room is framed almost like art.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk at Serena & Lily Beach Market

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk at Serena & Lily Beach Market

A few weeks ago, Susanna and I traveled out to the Hamptons on behalf of Serena & Lily to visit their first bricks and mortar store, the Serena & Lily Beach Market in Wainscot. Tag along as we meet up with the Hamptons interior design duo Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler of Mabley Handler, to tour the shop and all that it has to offer.

A former garage, the building that is now the Serena & Lily Beach Market is a large loft-like space that encourages exploring.

In the nine years since the birth of Serena & Lily, the California based catalogue company has developed from an initial nursery collection to a one stop shopping home emporium offering everything from original fabrics, bedding, furniture and paint to accessories, apparel and now a retail space!…

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FOOD52 Provisions

FOOD52 Provisions

I rarely write about something already published, but today’s  Wall Street Journal Off Duty section included an announcement of Amanda Hesser’s and Merrill Stubbs’ new e-commerce site, Provisions. Being on vacation last week, I had somehow missed the debut of the new offshoot of their hugely successful Food52. It is such a fabulous combination of exquisite presentation and beautiful products, with relevant links to the original site’s recipes, entertaining ideas and more, that I just had to share.

Not only are the products themselves covetable but the way they are shot and art directed makes me want everything. How about this exclusive Citron Pressé set (packaged exclusively for FOOD52 by Boston’s Eat Boutique, another majorly tempting site)?…

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