Discoveries in June

Discoveries in June

If there is going to be a lull in the summer season, it certainly hasn’t started yet. Between interesting shows, travels and online updates, it’s hard to keep up with all the recent discoveries in June. I am a longtime fan of French photographer Brigitte Lacombe‘s work and for the first time in her decades long career, she is exhibiting her work in New York. “Complicities,” which opened this week at Phillips, is a selling show including portraits and behind the scenes shots of actors and directors, “revealing her unique insider perspective on the world of Cinema.” The photographs below indeed reveal insightful moments that are both reflective of and in contrast to the films these actors are making.…

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Traditional Home Sneak Peek in Napa Valley

Traditional Home Sneak Peek in Napa Valley

California represents the epitome of casual chic and it’s hard to imagine a more enviable laid back lifestyle than in the beautiful Napa Valley. In the heart of wine country, with stunning scenery as a backdrop for world renowned vineyards and spectacular restaurants, St. Helena is where sophistication and small town charm go hand in hand. It was here that four years ago, San Francisco designer Hillary Thomas, below, and husband Jean-Pierre Conte purchased a three-acre property. With the house still under construction, there was time for Thomas to put her personal style stamp on it.

Named “Contento,” (happy in Spanish), the house has a breezy indoor-outdoor feel that functions fabulously as a relaxing escape for their large combined family of six children.…

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Virtual Postcard | Michelle Nussbaumer in Gstaad

Virtual Postcard | Michelle Nussbaumer in Gstaad

Welcome to Virtual Postcard! Our new travel series features top designers and stylemakers sharing, in brief videos, what they love about where they are traveling this summer. Inspired by the lost art of postcard writing and the travel envy instilled by Instagram, these snippets will take you, through the prism of seasoned eyes, to splendid spots around the globe. In our first segment, Dallas designer Michelle Nussbaumer takes us to her vacation home in Gstaad Switzerland. Bon voyage!

Michelle may be in Gstaad, but there’s no mistaking where’s she from. The Texas flag hangs proudly alongside the Swiss national and local versions.…

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Ushering the Postcard into a New Era

Ushering the Postcard into a New Era

Remember the postcard, that charming missive that continually arrived in your mailbox all summer? It would inform you that one friend had made it to the top of the Eiffel Tower or that another was visiting the crown jewels with her family. It was our only visual link to everyone’s summer vacations and wanderings. My sister recently came upon a group of postcards I had sent her during my college summers. From my base in Switzerland, I would take my trusty Eurail pass and rather capriciously head to my desired destination, one that was close enough and I could afford. It offered quite a few options.…

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Spring Design Auction at Christie’s

Spring Design Auction at Christie’s

The intersection of art and design frequently raises many questions. Is art considered not inherently as important or valuable when it has a function? Or should it perhaps be considered even more important since it enhances the owner’s life on a daily basis on both a physical as well as emotional level. The answer to that question can be perused at the spring design auction at Christie’s tomorrow (June 10) where an impressive collection of modern masters from the 20th and 21st centuries are displayed.  I stopped by for a peek yesterday and wanted to share a few of the amazing pieces as they may not be available for public viewing again for quite some time.…

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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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