Fall Product Previews

Fall Product Previews

Although the last couple days have felt like monsoon season here, fall is looming on the horizon, at least according to the many companies holding fall product previews this week. While I’m sure I will be revisiting some of these favorites later in the year, I thought a little peek might be helpful to keep these in mind as projects or gift lists start to accumulate. Studio Four is a designer favorite for all things woven and printed for the home. A haven for an artisanal mix of rugs, fabrics and wall coverings, the studio’s young family is expanding in more ways than one.…

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Welcome Privet Lives

Welcome Privet Lives

As if the New Preston, CT outpost of Richard Lambertson’s and Suzanne Cassano’s chic shop Privet House wasn’t tempting enough already, this weekend marked the opening of Privet Lives (so clever) in the charmingly diminutive space next door.

A rotating concept shop featuring “highly covetable brands, designers, artisans and artists,” Privet Lives debuted with the gorgeous textile creations of Madeline Weinrib. From rugs and pillows to clothing, tabletop and more, the shop was brimming with colorful creativity.

In the clean and well lit space, it was easy (and tempting) to peruse the well edited version of Madeline’s beautiful creations

in color coordinated displays.…

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At Home Video with Susanna Salk and Marian McEvoy

At Home Video with Susanna Salk and Marian McEvoy

Whoever coined the phrase “it’s all in the mix,” must have had the creative and effervescent Marian McEvoy in mind. With a fearless style and steady hand, she takes do-it-yourself crafting to an entirely new level of sophistication. Susanna and I were thrilled to visit Marian in her über charming Hudson River Valley home. Tag along and learn the real power of a glue gun.

With a distinguished early career in fashion, Marian McEvoy was Paris fashion editor for WWD by her early 20′s. The city of lights agreed with her and she remained for 17 years as both an editor and writer, cavorting with everyone from a young Karl Lagerfeld

to fashion mentor Yves Saint Laurent, shown here with Marian in Morocco,

clearly the inspiration for her own back yard, below.…

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Lulu DK Temporary Jewelry Tattoos

Lulu DK Temporary Jewelry Tattoos

Sometimes the world is full of colliding coincidences that are almost uncanny in their timing. Today Susanna Salk and I were filming a group of fashionable designers sharing their sartorial style for an upcoming video to air this September. When Amanda Nisbet arrived, I immediately admired and inquired about her chic, seemingly stenciled gold bracelets, below.

She informed us they were Lulu DK temporary jewelry tattoos. A new offering from the talented textile designer Lulu deKwiatkowski, they have the same feminine and whimsical appeal as her popular fabrics. As soon as the shoot was over and I was catching up on my inbox, who should I have an email from but Lulu’s office, announcing the introduction of the temporary tattoo collection.

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Parchment Nantucket

Parchment Nantucket

While I had intended to post several more shops from my trip last week, I couldn’t resist sharing a few more peeks from popular favorite, Parchment Nantucket. For the last ten years, this tiny store has been packing plenty of creative offerings in its small but charming space. From packaged letterpress note cards, to custom invitations to gorgeous wrapping papers, you could spend more time than you would imagine perusing all the possibilities.

Of course they include many Nantucket appropriate products, often working with design savvy brands like Rifle Paper to produce ACK worthy offerings.

Other artisanal companies contribute appealing ways to bring a piece of the island life home as well.…

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Wishing everyone a most wonderful 4th of July. Enjoy the weekend wherever you may be!

photo by Quintessence

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A Stylish Nantucket Wedding

A Stylish Nantucket Wedding

For her entire life, my niece has been summering on Nantucket, so it was only natural that a Nantucket wedding would be her choice. This past weekend, friends and family gathered on island to celebrate with a full calendar of special events. A destination wedding requires meticulous coordination and kudos go to Sarah Taggart of A Polished Plan, who helped my niece and sister-in-law every step of the way to flawlessly execute their vision. From the exquisite flowers (by Flowers on Chestnut - here in the church entry),

to the beautiful letterpress invitations, programs and menus, courtesy of Parchment (also a favorite cited by Jill Kargman),

to the charming welcome bags (filled with Nantucket goodies and custom printed guides), it was so pitch perfect, I had to share a few visual moments.…

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At Ease | 4th of July

At Ease | 4th of July

Last summer I inaugurated a light hearted shopping series At Ease that I hope to continue occasionally this season as well. For this week, I gathered a few casually chic items perfect for stylish at-home entertaining with the 4th of July in mind.

Starting from the upper left:

A fresh summer fragrance with a bottle too pretty to put away, the unisex Un Jardin Après La Mousson from Hermès expresses the post-monsoon Indian landscape with a light exotic mix of ginger, cardamom, coriander, pepper and vetiver.

Kenneth Jay Lane’s marbled enamel necklace is a an easy statement maker that adds a dose of affordable chic in a versatile summery blue.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Jill Kargman on Nantucket

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Jill Kargman on Nantucket

Jill Kargman is anything but your average upper east side doyenne. Daughter of Coco and Arie Kopelman, the former president of Chanel, sister-in-law to Drew Barrymore (wife of Jill’s brother Will), happily married mother of three and chic fashionista, she was raised in the inner circles of the Manhattan social strata. And yet this irreverent author takes pride in parodying versions of the very life she lives. From her books with writing partner Carrie Karasyov to her more recent solo novels, to pieces for such magazines as Vogue and Interview, Jill dishes her signature brand of uncensored humor with savvy wit and unbridled enthusiasm.…

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Thank You Flower Magazine

Thank You Flower Magazine

Whether in the garden, home or art and design, flowers are nature’s beautiful bounty, enhancing every aspect of life. Seven years ago, recognizing a empty niche in the publishing marketplace, flower aficionado and editor Margot Show launched flower magazine. Originally focussing on floral, garden and event design, it has since expanded its vision to include interiors, art, travel, entertaining and more. I was delighted to contribute in a small way to the July/August issue sharing one of my favorite ways to say thank you to a weekend host.

 

Stop by flower online to see other chic hostess gift ideas, including picks from several stylish blogging friends, that will “guarantee a repeat invitation.” I’ve already ordered a few!…

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