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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Oborain | The Chic Outdoor Shower

Oborain | The Chic Outdoor Shower

When I saw Oborain at the AD Home Show last month, I was instantly craving summer. And with this week’s unusually temperate weather, these chic pre-fab outdoor showers seemed the perfect find to share.

Launched last year by Kirsten Oxboel and Jim Lobley, Oborain is the grown up designer version of that beloved fixture of summer beach vacations. At the intersection of nature, design and technology, the enclosure and actual shower fixture form a combined package that is easy to assemble (30 minutes), adaptable in size and layout and evidently a breeze to plumb.

The design is not only an example of simple modern elegance but carefully considered in terms of “durability, sustainability, and ease of maintenance.” And for families with children and/or dogs, I think an Oborain shower would be a brilliant addition for warm weather living.…

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The Charm of Marie Daage Limoges

The Charm of Marie Daage Limoges

The beautiful porcelain line of Marie Daage is the perfect follow up to the fabulous tabletop designs from the recent charity events. For generations, the Daage family has been hand painting on fine porcelain, and after attending the prestigious École du Louvre, Marie joined the family tradition. I was thrilled to finally see the collection in person at Maison et Objet in January.

Like many of the companies I admire, Marie Daâge has found a way to successfully blend the heritage of traditional technique with fresh and innovative designs. Working closely with the artisans in Limoges, Marie approaches her metier like haute couture.…

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Doris Leslie Blau | Expanding the Tradition

Doris Leslie Blau | Expanding the Tradition

Founded in 1965, Doris Leslie Blau’s rug emporium is the stuff of design legends. For decades it was known as the go-to source for those seeking the best in the antique and avant-garde. And now owned for the last 15 years by Nader Bolour, to whom Doris turned over the business, the gallery has not only continued the tradition of carrying the best of antique and vintage pieces, but has also forged ahead to also create contemporary and custom rugs as well. A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to the 61st St. gallery to take a peek. And soon you will be able to visit them in the D&D building as well!…

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More Designer Tabletops from the Lenox Hill 2013 Gala

More Designer Tabletops from the Lenox Hill 2013 Gala

Each year the designer tabletops at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House gala continue to amaze. It was interesting how everyone interpreted this year’s High Society theme. Some, like Allison Hennessy, watched the Grace Kelly movie for inspiration.

“One of the opening scenes takes place in a beautiful loggia, full of decorative details (blue green color palette, chinoiserie walls, wicker furniture, lacquered finishes) which I incorporated into my table with the Bob Collins chintz table cloth and the lacquered wicker chargers.”

Allison’s mother-in-law, Paula Hennessy, had recently purchased the vintage birdcage at Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta. Allison had it shipped to Jim at Very Special Flowers in NYC, who filled it with an ethereal mix of greens and flowers as well as layered surrounding florals.…

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