Hotel Il Pellicano Turns 50

Hotel Il Pellicano Turns 50

Hotel Il Pellicano is an iconic Italian destination that has long been on my bucket list. Overlooking the Mediterranean from a promontory on the Tuscan coast, next to the stylish seaport of Porto Ercole, the hotel has been frequented by a cadre of international stylemakers since its opening in 1965.

Initially built as a small hotel and private club by socialites Michael and Patricia Graham (he a decorated British pilot and she an American heiress), it was purchased in 1979 by friend and frequent guest Roberto Sciò. While maintaining the intimate charm, he transformed and expanded the exclusive enclave into the legendary hotel it is today – below, Sciò and wife, shot by Slim Aarons in 1980.…

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Special Savings in the Final Month at Treillage

Special Savings in the Final Month at Treillage

Ever since Treillage opened in 1991, Bunny Williams and John Rosselli have been delighting customers with their stylish and unique finds for the garden and home. But as all good things must come to an end, so must Treillage. And while we won’t have Treillage for much longer, we can still shop at John’s two fabulous NYC outposts and look forward to Bunny consolidating into what is sure to be a wonderfully chic resource at the Fine Arts Building later this summer.

Over the years, amazing vignettes in the shop have showed us how to live with style and ease in our homes.…

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Day of Design 2015

Day of Design 2015

Based on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Day of Design is returning this year on Saturday, June 13 to the gorgeous Mayflower Grace in bucolic Litchfield County, Connecticut.

In this beautiful setting, a select group of designers and editors will share their insights and inspirations on design.

Morning and afternoon panel discussions are interspersed with an al fresco lunch on the terrace and a final VIP cocktail party including book signings by Robert Couturier and Susanna Salk.

The day will commence with “Styling the Collection” with Kathryn McCarver Root of KMR Arts Gallery, designer Alan Tanksley and Editor in Chief of New England Home Magazine, Kyle Hoepner, who will discuss how to curate, style and display your collections.…

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Design Video Update

Design Video Update

I’ve been so busy trying to keep you up to date with my latest inspiration and finds, that I hadn’t realized how out of date the welcome reel was for Susanna’s and my design video series. We’ve been traveling from Connecticut to Los Angeles to Italy and back filming exciting people and places to share with you. There will be many opportunities in the coming weeks and months to tag along on insider visits with top designers and tastemakers.  So, take a peek at this short summary of where we’ve been and a bit of where we’re going – I think you’ll like what we’ve got in store.…

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A Day in Venice

A Day in Venice

Nobody knows how to give good travel recommendations better than a local. And when that local is the head of a prestigious third generation luxury hotel group and lives in a 17th century palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice, I pay attention. Monday in the Financial Times’ How to Spend It section, ran the final installment of  The Bauers Hotel Group CEO Francesca Bortolotto Possati’s five day diary tracking her life in the City of Bridges. While each day revealed favorite stops in her home town, the last day in Venice (actually a weekend) outlined special places she took out of town guests visiting from Hong Kong.…

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Summer Travel Inspiration from Italy

Summer Travel Inspiration from Italy

While it isn’t even officially summer, the Memorial Day weekend has clearly marked the onset of summer travel. Already I’ve been following friends on instagram dashing off to dazzling destinations and reading about ravishing new restaurants in Paris and Rome as well as fashionable new travel attire. For design denizens heading off to Rome, a reservation at the new Casa Coppelle seems to be in order. Designed by the inimitable Jacques Garcia, expert at crafting intimate spaces in public settings, the residential feel looks luxurious yet welcoming, rather like visiting an Italian friend’s cozy palazzo for dinner.

And for more Italian holiday inspiration, Ferragamo celebrates the season of travel for men with their new MTO (made to order) Driver.…

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Luxe Minimalism at Christian Liaigre

Luxe Minimalism at Christian Liaigre

Christian Liaigre has been busy. Several months ago I stopped by the stunning NYC showroom to see the new spring collection.

In keeping with Liaigre’s aesthetic of nature inspired luxe minimalism, the pieces are elegant, refined in their simplicity and executed with beautiful craftsmanship. Now designed in collaboration with his wife Déborah Comte-Liaigre, the collection’s interest often lies in the finishing and  juxtaposition of fine materials. The Consulat Arm Chair, for example, pairs a channeled fabric sling back and seat with leather arms anchored with tailored metal detailing and rich open grain Walnut frame. It’s just the right degree of handsome sturdiness tempered with a clean and modern casual chic.…

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A Video Journey of Four Rooms at the Kips Bay Showhouse 2015

A Video Journey of Four Rooms at the Kips Bay Showhouse 2015

The Kips Bay Showhouse 2015 edition is celebrating its 43rd year and the 100th year of its beneficiary organization, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. In a recently renovated townhouse in the heart of the upper east side, twenty-two top designers transformed rooms, entries and hallways of the elegant five story Arthur Sachs Mansion. Susanna Salk and I had the privilege of visiting, over the course of several weeks, four of the designers, behind-the-scenes in their offices, at the showhouse and out and about as they plotted, planned and shopped for their rooms in record time. Please join us and Alessandra Branca, Jamie Drake, Thom Filicia and Mark Sikes for an insider journey in design.…

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Pierre Frey Inspiring Interiors

Pierre Frey Inspiring Interiors

Since 1935, Pierre Frey has been inspiring interiors around the world with their exquisite fabrics and wallpapers. Known for successfully weaving past with present, they are now in their third generation of celebrating French style and savoir faire. Dedicated to both keeping alive the legacy of centuries-old craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques as well as looking forward with innovative design and technology, this French luxury company has thrived on its own terms.

In their recently released first book, Pierre Frey, Inspiring Interiors, A French Tradition of Luxury we are fully immersed in the world of Pierre Frey – from the history of the family and firm, to the amazing archives, to creative projects incorporating their products, to the techniques that reflect “a living tradition passed on through generations.” The company now also owns the French heritage houses of Braquenié and Le Manach (their silk velvet still made in France on wood hand looms, below) as well as Italian jewel Fadini Borghi and the more modern and technologically current Boussac.…

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Celerie Kemble and Bronson Van Wyck Set for Summer at Michael C Fina

Celerie Kemble and Bronson Van Wyck Set for Summer at Michael C Fina

Just in time to kick off summer entertaining this Memorial Day weekend, designer Celerie Kemble and event planner Bronson Van Wyck celebrated the season at Michael C. Fina last week. Co-hosted by Architectural Digest, where Van Wyck is a special projects editor, the event featured four fabulous thematic tablescapes set for summer by the talented duo.

Friends since boarding school days, with offices mere feet apart, Celerie and Bronson are old hands at creative collaboration. As Kemble explained, “It was so great creating the fantasy of these different dinner parties and picnics together. We had the fun of coming to Michael C.…

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