Join Me on Tuesday at the D&D Building

Join Me on Tuesday at the D&D Building

I realized that, while I made an announcement on Facebook, I never informed you readers who aren’t on social media. Next Tuesday, I am honored to be moderating a terrific panel for one of Architectural Digest’s Design Files lectures at the D&D Building. Agostino Antiques is kindly hosting us in their showroom (Suite 1502) for a talk appropriately entitled “Integrating Antiques into Contemporary Settings.” Designers Amanda Nisbet and Alan Tanksley and Guy Regal, managing director of Newel will be sharing their thoughts on how to seamlessly blend vintage and modern decor. With these guests, it is sure to be a lively, informative and entertaining session!…

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Design on a Dime 2013

Design on a Dime 2013

Design on a Dime is one of the interior design community’s most popular events. Yesterday evening was the opening reception, and was, as usual, a wildly well attended venue. Benefiting Housing Works‘ programs for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, this year’s benefit funds their newest housing development in Brooklyn, The Hull Street Residence. Over 60 top tier designers created rooms with primarily donated merchandise, which is then sold for 50- 70% off retail. It is a shopping opportunity like no other and this year’s rooms are a stellar group of design vignettes featuring fantastic furniture, art and accessories.…

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High Point Picks

High Point Picks

As many of you know, I have spent the last four days at High Point market, scouting the enormous variety of offerings. As an official style spotter, I have been pinning some of my favorite finds to a special High Point Pinterest board you can find here. As I just returned yesterday evening, I will have a bit of catching up to do, so I leave you in the meantime with this collage of a few of my High Point picks.

Check back soon for more updates!…

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House Beautiful Instant Room with Alexandra Champalimaud

House Beautiful Instant Room with Alexandra Champalimaud

As the weather has been teasing us with a preview of warmer temperatures to come, the idea of outdoor living is on many of our minds. So I was thrilled to see that the May House Beautiful Instant Room featured a chic outdoor space designed by acclaimed designer Alexandra Chamalimaud. With her signature melding of comfort and sophistication, she has created a space that extends opportunities for living and entertaining stylishly outdoors.

The expansion of our homes to include outdoor spaces is a trend that I think everyone can embrace. With a wider variety of weather friendly furniture and fabrics in the marketplace, it has become easier to design environments that are as comfortable and inviting as those indoors with the additional appeal of fresh air, greenery and open skies.…

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High Point Style Spotting

High Point Style Spotting

You may remember from earlier in the year I mentioned I would be style spotting at High Point. Well the time has come and I have just arrived at market. Yesterday evening I attended the opening of the beautiful Traditional Home Junior League of Greensboro Showhouse (a vignette from Suzanne Kasler’s room below) and today will be hitting the showrooms.

As we peruse the showrooms, we each pick and and post our finds on Pinterest pinboards, offering a wide variety of style choices. You’ll be able to see what we all choose and then vote for your favorite style spotter by “liking”(1 point) and repinning (2 points).…

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The New York Tabletop Show | A First Look

The New York Tabletop Show | A First Look

The New York Tabletop Show at Forty-One Madison is always a treat. For those of us enchanted by designs for dining, the new product introductions and creative settings provide inspirational entertaining ideas for the upcoming seasons.

The enormous top floor showroom at Wedgwood always offers a plethora of new products. A favorite this season is the new Ashlar collection. A continuation of Wedgwood’s white china legacy, Ashlar takes inspiration from the classical tradition of Robert Adam. In mix and match architectonic shapes, the neoclassic character feels as modern as it does timeless.

The versatile bone china pieces work for both casual and dressier settings and I was delighted to learn, can go in both microwave and dishwasher.…

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Designers Abroad | Inside the Vacation Homes of Top Decorators

Designers Abroad | Inside the Vacation Homes of Top Decorators

Who doesn’t love fantasizing about a vacation home in an exotic locale. And even better if designed by a world class decorator. Designers Abroad is the stuff of armchair dreams. From Brazil to Sri Lanka to Mexico, Italy and France, this volume offers a fabulous inside peek at how designers live in and are inspired by the cultures of their adopted countries.

The Novogratz have the additional consideration of seven children so it makes sense to travel to a home where all the stuff of life is ready and waiting. On Brazil’s Bahia Coast, they opted for a new house, where they worked with local craftsmen to create a high/low mix of comfortable indoor/outdoor chic.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Amanda Nisbet

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Amanda Nisbet

What could be more fun than jewelry shopping with the talented and ebullient Amanda Nisbet? It is abundantly clear that Amanda loves what she does and that enthusiasm translates brilliantly into her spirited and distinctive interiors. Filled with color and energy, her rooms bring a fresh approach to modern luxury. Like the gems we saw, Amanda’s designs are simply dazzling and we couldn’t be more pleased than to welcome her as our latest guest on Stylish Shopping.

Since 1998, Amanda has been bringing an elegant eclecticism to her clients’ rooms. Schooled in art history with time spent in Florence and at Christies, she knows how to blend past and present with unexpected yet soulful juxtapositions that have become her signature style.…

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A Delay in Programming in Deference to Boston

A Delay in Programming in Deference to Boston

Today we were planning to post our latest Stylish Shopping video with Amanda Nisbet, but in deference to the tragedy in Boston, we are postponing it for a day. Our hearts go out to any of the families affected by this senseless violence. Do stop back on Wednesday when we plan to be back on track with our “regularly scheduled programming.”

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Roundtable Cultural Seminars | A Lively Adventure of the Mind

Roundtable Cultural Seminars | A Lively Adventure of the Mind

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a lecture at the Roundtable Cultural Seminars.

Co-founded by Adriana Mnuchin and Nancy Becker, RoundTable Cultural Seminars, subtitled a “Lively Adventure of the Mind,” is a non-profit continuing education concept that is a marvelous opportunity for those who love to learn, are intellectually curious and interested in wide ranging cultural topics from art and architecture, musical theater and opera to global affairs and the Islamic world. Each seminar is moderated by well respected and accredited professionals and have a limited number of participants, creating an intimate environment in their Townhouse 5th floor spaces at 45 East 78th Street.…

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