The Summer of My Blue Hydrangea

The Summer of My Blue Hydrangea

Actually I have never had so many different shades as this year. From classic blue hydrangea to pink and violet, my bushes have been like a technicolor display in the cool end of the color spectrum. And not only have they been colorful but amazingly abundant – as if someone put steroids in the soil.

Mine seem to last for at least a week to 10 days if the containers are kept very full of water and even longer if the ends are trimmed when you change the water, which you should do every few days. There are many other methods touted to keep hydrangeas looking fresh or even restoring wilted ones.…

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At Ease | Channel Your Inner Sea Goddess

At Ease | Channel Your Inner Sea Goddess

Whether an afternoon or a week, on a sailboat or a motor yacht, summer is the time to channel your inner sea goddess in style. Call out shades of aqua and soft greens to echo the cool colors of the waters. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to elegantly entertain or be a casually chic guest at sea.

1) The Row sunglasses 2) Bochic carved turquoise earrings 3) Island Eau de Parfum 4) Haviland Syracuse Limoges 5) Ancient Greek Iris sandals 6) Anya Hindmarch Ebenezer tote 7) Bollinger Grand Annee 1999 vintage champagne 8) Sharyn Blond Seahorse linen cocktail napkin 9) Kim Seybert Vague champagne flute 10) Calypso St.

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Robert Couturier Part Deux | The Library

At Home with Susanna Salk and Robert Couturier Part Deux | The Library

There were so many scene-worthy moments at the Connecticut house of Robert Couturier that we decided to offer you a short sequel, an amuse bouche of sorts. Welcome to chez Robert part deux – the library!

From an antique federal door arose the marvelous free standing structure that is Robert Couturier’s library. My photos pictured the myriad of construction accoutrements for the latest house addition, but below is its normal graceful state.

photo courtesy of Robert Couturier Inc.

With an octagonal interior, flanked with resurrected columns from a house of the same era as the door, it is filled with books, collections and exquisite furnishings, a marvelous melding of classic American architecture with French interior style.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Robert Couturier

At Home with Susanna Salk and Robert Couturier

Robert Couturier is the ultimate embodiment of old school meets modern world. Raised in the elegant 16th arrondissement of Paris and educated at the prestigious École Camondo, he possesses a deep seated knowledge and love of French history and the decorative arts. And yet he is also a fan of Bravo reality TV and modern technology (be sure to check out his instagram feed). It is this delightful dichotomy, paired with a wicked sense of humor, towering talent and his dedicated devotion to an ever growing brood of Shih Tzus, that sets the designer apart. We were thrilled to be welcomed into his beautiful Connecticut home for the debut of our At Home with video series.…

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At the Movies | Keeping Mum

At the Movies | Keeping Mum

We all know how one thing leads to another. Well son #2 was researching dark comedies on film and asked for some additional suggestions. Most of my favorites were already on his list – Dr. Strangelove, Kind Hearts and Coronets, M*A*S*H among many others. But it reminded me that I hadn’t written a movie review in quite a while. And having been busy preparing for the debut of our new At Home with… video series tomorrow, I welcomed the opportunity to share an update of a previous At the Movies post from a couple years ago, that perhaps some of you newer readers haven’t seen.…

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Le Quatorze Juillet

Le Quatorze Juillet

So today we recognize Bastille Day, le quatorze juillet, with a little red white and blue, French style. I’ve gathered just a few of my iconic French favorites, from a great Côtes du Rhône to the Breton classic Amor Lux (can’t even think how many of these I’ve owned over the years). My bathroom cabinet is never without a tube of Clarins Baume Eclair and the Guerlain Meteorites Voyage is not only beautifully packaged but is a truly flattering formulation – actually the only powder I’ve ever really liked. Every girl needs a great red lipstick and the creamy Chanel Rouge Allure is a perfect pick.…

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At Ease | Riviera Refinement

At Ease | Riviera Refinement

Who doesn’t dream about renting a villa with water views on the French Riviera? It’s all about summering at ease with a relaxed refinement that combines understated luxe from table to attire. You too can fantasize you’re lounging in this Cap Ferrat villa with these fashionable finds. A silk caftan can go from day to evening effortlessly with the enhancement of just a little bling. And then perhaps you’ll join us for an intimate dinner chez nous with summer cocktails on the terrace and an easy meal with fresh picks from the local market. A little pink goes a long way in my book but it’s all looking pretty swell through rose colored glasses! …

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Looking Back and Forward with a New Video Series

Looking Back and Forward with a New Video Series

It is amazing to think that our Stylish Shopping video series is already almost six months old. And while we have several new subjects scheduled and a few exciting pieces in the “can,” still to be edited, Susanna and I couldn’t resist adding a new series to our repertoire. At Home With… will feature select design icons and stylemakers in their abodes. We will be visiting them with a focus on certain aspects of how they live. Our first episode will air next week with Robert Couturier at his elegant Connecticut home, showing how living with both dogs and luxurious style are not mutually exclusive.…

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Gone Shooting

Gone Shooting

Due to yesterday’s myriad of technical challenges and a week of shooting exciting new video, including a long road trip today, I’ll be back tomorrow with a little news. Maybe some of you with busy summer schedules need an extra day to catch up too! In the meantime, a sneak peek from our newest video series – more on that tomorrow.

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More Unique Ways to Experience Paris

More Unique Ways to Experience Paris

It would have been easy to fill the entire week with organized activities and new ways to experience Paris. The trick, of course, is to find the right balance of tried and true, cultural and local activities and free time to explore. And each person, family or group has to find their own equilibrium. We had the additional challenge of finding interesting adventures appropriate for both a young teenager and a young woman.

Food is always a reliable theme with our crew so a wine and cheese tasting was right up our alley. We headed over the river to a charming small wine shop where the proprietor and welcoming host, Nicolas, led us through a delicious series of wines with accompanying cheeses.…

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