Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Timothy Corrigan at Les Puces in Paris

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Timothy Corrigan at Les Puces in Paris

What design maven doesn’t dream of shopping at Les Puces, the famous Paris flea market visited by thousands of designers and tourists weekly from around the world. Well our dream came true last January when Susanna and I made the trip with designer Timothy Corrigan. With a chateau in the Loire and an apartment in Paris, Tim makes frequent outings to le Marché aux Puces, finding treasures for both himself and his international coterie of clients from Los Angeles to Qatar. Tag along as Tim guides us through the maze of temptation with tips and advice in our latest video.…

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Catching Up Out & About

Catching Up Out & About

I thought I would have time to bring you more in depth news today but it is already proving to be a busy week, so I offer you a snippet of what this week has in store. I had a chance yesterday to visit the de Le Cuona showroom for the stateside introduction of their elegant Crocodile & Cashmere collection as well as a chic creative collaboration between Bernie de Le Cuona and British fashion designer Katherine Hooker. More on that soon. And then yesterday evening marked the opening of the 9th Annual Design Leadership Summit. I am honored to be attending this gathering of the country’s best designers, architects and industry companies for the second year.…

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Cartier in the 20th Century

Cartier in the 20th Century

Few names have been so inexorably linked with luxury and exceptional jewelry as the House of Cartier. And in a few weeks, the lucky residents of Denver will be able to see in person a large portion of its legacy when the show Cartier in the 20th Century opens on November 16th at the Denver Art Museum. While many of us will not be making the trip to Colorado, we are lucky that the museum has collaborated with Vendome Press and Cartier to produce a beautiful boxed collectible volume.

As Pierre Rainero, Image, Style and Heritage Director Cartier, explains in his elucidating introduction is “what sets jewelry apart among the decorative arts … is a declaration of faith.” It’s this emotional element, the “symbolic and poetic dimension” that jewelry imparts that is so unique.…

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In the Studio Video with Susanna Salk and Frances Palmer

In the Studio Video with Susanna Salk and Frances Palmer

I had been a fan of Frances Palmer and her beautiful ceramics long before I started this blog. Her distinctive and artistic take on vases, pots and other vessels attracted me along with legions of early admirers.  Trained as an art historian, Frances found her passion in working with her hands, first as a printmaker and ultimately as a potter. But it isn’t just art that informs her educated eye, but also her garden and her kitchen. Whether cultivating her magnificent dahlias, cooking a tempting treat or working at the wheel, it’s the process of bringing her ideas to fruition and the satisfaction of sharing them that drives her creativity.…

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Haute Couture Ateliers

Haute Couture Ateliers

While the sharing speed of the internet and social media has made the accessibility to the Paris haute couture shows universal, what is doesn’t show is the intricate artistry of the craftspeople behind these distinguished fashion houses. It is their tremendous talent that translates the designers’ visions into runway reality. And it is this combination of the designers’ creativity coupled with the meticulous expertise of these artisans that elevates fashion to an art form. And now, in the beautiful new book Haute Couture Ateliers | The Artisans of Fashion, you can go behind the scenes to tour the process of transforming designer dreams into exquisite finished creations.…

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The Mystery of Memory Loss

The Mystery of Memory Loss

How often do you forget where you left your keys? Or where you parked? Or an acquaintance’s name? These types of temporary memory loss are common occurrences that almost all of us encounter on a daily basis. And if you have never seen this hysterical video about  “Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder,” make the jump after you finish the post for a little relatable humor.

But what happened to me a couple of weeks ago is a memory-related neurological phenomenon of an entirely different nature that I share here as a both fascinating and cautionary tale. I had flown back from Italy over the weekend and was returning to my regular routine, working out with my trainer on Thursday morning.…

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Winterthur Collection at Currey & Company

Winterthur Collection at Currey & Company

Although I was unable to attend High Point this market, one of my regular stops, that I was sorry to miss, is Currey & Company, who was debuting, among other introductions,  new additions to their Winterthur Collection. While Currey now carries a wide range of furnishings, you may not know that they began, in 1988, as a company offering classic garden furniture from the Winterthur Museum and the Smithsonian.  Winterthur was the birthplace of Henry Francis du Pont, one of the many heirs to the family fortune, who inherited the estate. It was he who was responsible for assembling Winterthur’s American furniture collection, the largest and widely acknowledged to be the finest in the country.…

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Tabletop Gifting and Entertaining Preview

Tabletop Gifting and Entertaining Preview

It’s that time of year when hints of THE season start to permeate our thoughts. This week is tabletop market so I spent the day perusing the showrooms. And while most of the offerings at the show are for next spring, I thought I’d present a teaser peek at some gifting and entertaining ideas that are available now or very soon. Hopefully there will be time to take a closer look but I also have an enormous pile of fabulous fall books to review so stay tuned for the onset of the temptation and don’t feel guilty if you some of the gifting is for yourself!…

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Designer Picks from the Sotheby’s Bunny Mellon Auction

Designer Picks from the Sotheby’s Bunny Mellon Auction

You have no doubt by now read about the upcoming Sotheby’s Bunny Mellon auction. The much anticipated event will be spread over the course of several dates next month filling almost all of the galleries. The excitement begins on the 10th with the Masterworks auction of a curated selection of fine art, including her famous Rothkos. The 20th and 21st feature Mrs. Mellon’s collection of Jewels & Objects of Vertu. And the series concludes with the blockbuster three-day interiors sale from the 21st to 23rd of an extensive collection of furniture, art and decorative pieces. With over 2,ooo individual items and a wide range of price points, this is a monumental sale.…

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Behind the Scenes at a House Beautiful Shoot

Behind the Scenes at a House Beautiful Shoot

When House Beautiful gave Susanna the exciting news that they were going to come and shoot her Connecticut home for the magazine, we knew instantly it would made a fun behind-the-scenes video. It was fascinating to see acclaimed photographer William Abranowicz and his crew at work and House Beautiful Interiors Editor Doretta Sperduto made all the styling look effortless. The only hiccup was posing the dogs. Please join us for a sneak peek at just a bit of what goes into creating the alluring pages of House Beautiful.

These couple of minutes capture the final moments of what has been months of preparation.…

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