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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Trudy Dujardin and the Eco-Elegant Interior

Trudy Dujardin and the Eco-Elegant Interior

Not only does Trudy Dujardin create beautiful serene settings in which to live but healthy and environmentally conscious ones. “My dream is for all of us to live lightly on the earth, surrounded by beauty and comfort, both inside and out.” Her eco-elegant style informs all her choices, from paint and fabrics to furniture fillings and air quality. And no place is more inspiring to her than the natural beauty of Nantucket, where she has a design office and has owned homes for many years. I had the opportunity, in between a series of signings for her new book, Comfort Zone, to catch up with Trudy on-island recently at her charming Madaket cottage (her fifth home on Nantucket).…

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Out and About on Vicarious Visits

Out and About on Vicarious Visits

While I rarely post other sites’ content, there has just been so much I’ve been lusting after online, whether place, product or experience, that I thought I’d share just a few finds from my vicarious visits. Those of you who follow along on Facebook know that Capri is very high on my travel bucket list. I had serious instaenvy this summer as so many I follow were posting lust-worthy photos from their island visits. And as the zeitgeist goes, David Netto wrote a piece for T magazine about the new Caprese shop, Cabana, where “almost everything in its edited collection of objects and clothes for resort life is not available anywhere else,”

photo via T magazine

followed shortly by WSJ’s Insider Shopping Guide to Capri.

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Best Monogram in Washington Depot, CT

Best Monogram in Washington Depot, CT

While we’ll return to Nantucket next week, today we amble back to Connecticut for a peek at Best Monogram in the tiny town of Washington Depot in Litchfield Country. For such a wee blip on the map, there are a surprising number of stores worthy of a visit. One of my favorites is Best Monogram, where behind an unassuming storefront, owner Amy Torosyan’s personalization skills transform something simply nice into a bespoke original.

Trained in hand tailoring in her native Armenia, Torosyan now uses a state of the art embroidery machine that can be programmed to follow her intricate and creative designs.

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The Rafael Osona Americana, Fine Art and Marine Auction

The Rafael Osona Americana, Fine Art and Marine Auction

The August Americana, Fine Art and Marine auction at Rafael Osona is one of the most anticipated events of the Nantucket season for collectors and antiques aficionados. Since 1980, the family owned auction house has been known as an outstanding source for Nantucket and marine related items. But they also present a wide range of excellent 18th  – 21st century decorative and fine arts.

Owners Rafael and partner/wife Gail Osona met while working together at William Doyle in New York City and then later decided to permanently relocate to the island, where their two sons have now joined the business. I attended the preview and auction last weekend and thought I would share a peek of some of my favorite pieces.…

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Favorite Finds at the 2014 Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket

Favorite Finds at the 2014 Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket

The 2014 Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket has been a highlight of the busy first weekend of August on island. With dealers ranging from local to those from across the pond, the offerings extend from rustic vintage to fine formal antiques. I perused the show pre-opening on Thursday and picked a few of my favorites.  One of the most dramatic displays is that of long time favorite Yew Tree House Antiques.

Their impressive collection of Pitcairn Island carved wooden fish is the perfect backdrop for an antiques show on the island. Each miro wood fish is signed by its maker, all of whom are descendants of the “Bounty” mutineers, including First Mate Fletcher Christian, Ned Young, Christie Warren and Roy Clark. …

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A Perfect Setting at the Nantucket Antiques Show Part 2

A Perfect Setting at the Nantucket Antiques Show Part 2

Today we continue our look at the tables at A Perfect Setting at the Nantucket Antiques Show. One of my favorite shops on island is Flowers on Chestnut. This charming store has not only fresh flowers (they did the flowers for my niece’s island wedding) and fabulous containers but also a delightful assortment of offerings for home and garden from select furniture pieces to desk and tabletop accessories with a smattering of antiques. A great spot for gifts, their toffee cobblestones (delicious candy in the shape (mini-size) and coloration of the main street pavers) are always a hit! Their table featured a fabulous arrangement of hydrangea set against a crisp blue and white color scheme.

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A Perfect Setting at the Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket

A Perfect Setting at the Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket

The first week of August is a busy time on Nantucket and one of the highlights is always the Nantucket Historical Association‘s Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket.

Ana Ericksen, who chairs this year’s show with husband Michael, brainstormed a new addition to the event. Inviting local designers and shop owners to create tabletops in the entry of the tent, “A Perfect Setting” is a welcome element to an already stellar venue. Designer Trudy Dujardin, with offices on Nantucket and in Connecticut, is known for her eco-elegant interiors. Focussing on a nautical theme, she started with an indoor/outdoor navy linen,

embroidered with waves and the firm’s logo of a chambered nautilus on the hem, also appearing on the napkin.…

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