And Suddenly It’s September

And Suddenly It’s September

It seemed to happen practically overnight this year. Labor Day came and went, ushering in September with seemingly little warning and weather more appropriate for the leisurely days of August. But fall is possibly my favorite season as we ease in with typical New England Indian summer weather and much to look forward to in the coming months. One colorway that walks the line between the seasons is indigo, shifting from the crispness of summer with bright whites and stripes to the warmth of fall with darker and more saturated hues. It was prevalent in many forms during the fall linen previews.…

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Ananbô Panoramic Wallpapers

Ananbô Panoramic Wallpapers

It’s been a busy week in these parts as my youngest prepares to go off to school. In the midst of shopping and packing for her new school experience, I was delighted to learn something new this week as well. I actually discovered the beautiful Ananbô panoramic wallpapers a while back but when I accidentally revisited them this week, I took that as a sign it was time to share. Taking inspiration from the past, the papers are painted entirely by hand, then scanned and printed in their Bordeaux workshops.

The results are reminiscent of classic 18th century landscape painting. Whether the chic monochromatic appeal of grisaille as in this Scène d’Orient

 

and Campaign

or the colorful landscape of Lake,

or the exotic appeal of Bengale,

you can be assured they will enhance any style environment.…

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At Ease | Labor Day Lounging

At Ease | Labor Day Lounging

It has been a glorious summer here in the northeast. Although it’s hard to believe, September is upon us. So as a salute to the unofficial last weekend of the season, I offer the latest At Ease, an ode to Labor Day Lounging.

Wishing everyone a day of relaxing Labor Day lounging!…

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Skyscapes by Stacy Bass

Skyscapes by Stacy Bass

In my daily perusing on Instagram, I realized that I was regularly receiving gorgeous images of Connecticut skies from local photographer Stacy Bass, whose beautiful book, In the Garden, celebrated 18 spectacular gardens here in the Northeast. From crystal clear

to moody and mysterious, her imagery struck a chord with me and many others so I wasn’t surprised to hear that Stacy decided to officially create a series aptly entitled SKYSCAPES.

“Growing out of my landscape and garden work, I became fascinated with the sky and what was going on in it as a subject unto itself and not just the background or backdrop of the landscapes I was shooting.…

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My Vicarious Travels

My Vicarious Travels

Many of you readers let me know that you enjoyed traveling with me out and about so today I am sharing some new discoveries from my vicarious travels. While some of you may be lucky enough to be attending the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris next month, the rest of us will have to wait for the reports. I’m looking forward to seeing how Jacques Granges recreates the gardens of Versailles under the glass dome of the Grand Palais. In addition to art and antiques, the Biennale is where the major jewelry houses bring their A games. To get an idea of the level of jewels and workmanship, take a peek at this short video from Chaumet.

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AERIN at Bergdorf Goodman

AERIN at Bergdorf Goodman

If I were to bury my ashes at Bergdorf’s, it would probably be on the seventh floor, where all temptation for the home resides. And now is a particularly alluring time to visit as AERIN has partnered with Bergdorf Goodman in their hallowed hall to showcase her extensive fall line of decorative accessories, set within stylish vignettes featuring her furniture and lighting collections. Inspired by her grandmother’s NYC townhouse, where Aerin spent many hours of her formative years, the collection echoes the artistic European influence in Estée’s home. There contemporary artwork mingled with the legacy of Austrian architect and designer Josef Hoffmann (Aerin lived in Vienna when her father, who later co-founded the Neue Gallerie, was ambassador) as well as other major European styles.…

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At Home in Connecticut with Susanna Salk and Alexandra Champalimaud

At Home in Connecticut with Susanna Salk and Alexandra Champalimaud

Award winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud not only brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to every project she touches but a sixth sense. Whether a luxury hotel in China or Japan, a charming inn in the Hamptons or a spa in rural Connecticut, she intuitively knows how to connect a specific sense of place with extraordinary style. For Alexandra, it’s all about the story. And hers is a very special one. Born and raised in Lisbon, she left during Portugal’s 1974 military coup and moved to Montreal where she raised her children as a single mother while establishing her eponymous firm 30 years ago.…

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The Midas Touch at NY Now Market

The Midas Touch at NY Now Market

The mania for brass and gold tones continues as warm metallic finishes extend their dominance at NY Now Market. Whether considering furniture, accessories or linens, it appears that it will be another sparkling holiday season. For tabletop, gold always lends an appropriate twinkle for special settings. An early peek at Oscar de la Renta Home‘s holiday offerings included tortoise decanters with mildly exotic curves and gold tops, gold trimmed hurricanes and new leaf shaped accessory dishes.

Their popular tortoise amber glassware now includes a pitcher with elegant gold handle and a statement making ice bucket (which of course could be repurposed for any number of fillings) with gold toned chiseled acorn top and matching tongs.…

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Jonathan Adler Going for the Gold at NY Now

Jonathan Adler Going for the Gold at NY Now

After spending much of the day at NY Now, it was clear that brass and gold finishes are a continuing theme for interiors. Nowhere was this more evident that at the upbeat booth of Jonathan Adler, where tons of fun introductions included bright brass details. These dome topped Globo Boxes are great gifts that would add a pop of glamorous fun anywhere from desktop to bedside or vanity. And while not within the theme, I couldn’t ignore the giant lucite purple foot (over two feet long and a foot high) – an entertaining conversation starter whether used for drinks table or art.…

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Calvin Klein Collection Luxury Bedding

Calvin Klein Collection Luxury Bedding

Although we’ve been enjoying the luxurious langour of August weather, the home market is just heating up to present fall furnishings and accessories this coming week in New York City. Monday I got a jump start and stopped by to see the new Calvin Klein Collection luxury bedding at the chic Madison Avenue boutique. Like Francisco Costa’s exquisite fall fashion collection upstairs, downstairs in the home section, the offerings are all about luxurious materials, sumptuous textures and subtle details. Offered as limited editions, the three beautiful capsule collections are all made in Italy. I have often written of my winter obsession with chalet chic and now Calvin Klein offers Chalet, a pure modern expression of that alpine spirit.…

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