Suzanne Kasler Brings Paris to Connecticut in Veranda

Suzanne Kasler Brings Paris to Connecticut in Veranda

Designer Suzanne Kasler is well known for her sophisticated mix of classic and contemporary and in the upcoming September/October issue of Veranda she shows how it’s done with a French twist in a new chateau-inspired house in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The upcoming issue is all about color, from neutral to brights, and that’s exactly what Kasler focussed on in this project – mixing the two to create an exuberant yet not overwhelming scheme. “The variations create a subliminal rhythm,” explains Kasler. “There’s a lot of color, but it’s strategically used, so it ends up feeling subtle.” So as you stand in the elegant neutrals of the living room, above, the intense turquoise of the adjoining dining room is framed almost like art.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk at Serena & Lily Beach Market

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk at Serena & Lily Beach Market

A few weeks ago, Susanna and I traveled out to the Hamptons on behalf of Serena & Lily to visit their first bricks and mortar store, the Serena & Lily Beach Market in Wainscot. Tag along as we meet up with the Hamptons interior design duo Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler of Mabley Handler, to tour the shop and all that it has to offer.

A former garage, the building that is now the Serena & Lily Beach Market is a large loft-like space that encourages exploring.

In the nine years since the birth of Serena & Lily, the California based catalogue company has developed from an initial nursery collection to a one stop shopping home emporium offering everything from original fabrics, bedding, furniture and paint to accessories, apparel and now a retail space!…

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FOOD52 Provisions

FOOD52 Provisions

I rarely write about something already published, but today’s  Wall Street Journal Off Duty section included an announcement of Amanda Hesser’s and Merrill Stubbs’ new e-commerce site, Provisions. Being on vacation last week, I had somehow missed the debut of the new offshoot of their hugely successful Food52. It is such a fabulous combination of exquisite presentation and beautiful products, with relevant links to the original site’s recipes, entertaining ideas and more, that I just had to share.

Not only are the products themselves covetable but the way they are shot and art directed makes me want everything. How about this exclusive Citron Pressé set (packaged exclusively for FOOD52 by Boston’s Eat Boutique, another majorly tempting site)?…

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At Ease | Nantucket Weekend

At Ease | Nantucket Weekend

I’m sure many of you guessed that this week’s At Ease post would be Nantucket based. Not only is the island blessed with natural beauty but the selection of stores provides a plethora of both traditional Nantucket favorites as well as new additions to the island’s popular shopping scene. It would take me more than one At Ease to cover all that Nantucket has to offer but this week, I’ve included just a few classics to give you the flavor of what is available.

From the top left:

  • Erica Wilson was a Nantucket legend and her eponymous store carries on the tradition including the needlepoints that she was famous for.

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ACK Attack | Nantucket Getaway

ACK Attack | Nantucket Getaway

Readers who follow me on instagram and twitter know by my ACK hashtags that I have been on Nantucket this week. For those of you who are not social media mavens, here is a little taste of what I have been sharing.

I have been coming to this island paradise for over 30 years and while it has certainly changed, it is still, for me, a little piece of heaven. Almost every spot is photo worthy, from expansive views of the bay

to the path to the beach

to the many island ponds

to welcoming entries

to charming shingled abodes.

to amazing sunsets (taken by my son last week)

But of course the real treat is spending time with family in this beautiful setting.…

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C.Z. Guest | American Style Icon

C.Z. Guest | American Style Icon

True style icons are few and far between but C.Z. Guest ranks at the top of American qualifiers. More than merely beautiful and stylish, the essence of her status emanated from within, expressing her zest for life across the board. She was the alluring embodiment of seemingly disparate worlds. And it is this fascinating dichotomy that Susanna Salk captures so wonderfully in her new volume from Rizzoli, C.Z. Guest | American Style Icon. For “what distinguished Guest – besides her exceptional beauty, lineage, and style – was how exceptionally she ended up living her life when she could have merely coasted on special.”

With contributions from an impressive cast of both A-listers and intimates who knew her best, we are painted a portrait of a woman both of and ahead of her time, whose interests ranged from Mainbocher to Madonna from pups and ponies to Dali and discos.…

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Christopher Maya Goes Bold in the House Beautiful Color Issue

Christopher Maya Goes Bold in the House Beautiful Color Issue

The power of color is always well expressed in the annual House Beautiful color issue. And this year is no exception as Christopher Maya makes the September cover with a fashion inspired update of a classic New York City prewar apartment. Let me give you a sneak peek.

For a young family coming back to New York after ten years in London, Maya took his cue from a vintage fashion image marrying a cobalt blue gown and a classic red London phone booth. Using the dramatic combination of these hues, the designer melded the husband’s more traditional tastes with the wife’s more modern outlook for a lively apartment perfect for living and entertaining in style.…

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Artist Rebel Dandy | Men of Fashion at the RISD Museum

Artist Rebel Dandy | Men of Fashion at the RISD Museum

Back in the spring I was honored to attend the annual gala benefit for the RISD Museum, celebrating their groundbreaking exhibit Artist Rebel Dandy: Men of Fashion (excellent companion volume below). It was such an incredible experience that I postponed writing about it until I had time to do all the research I felt befitted such an impressive evening and show. Well, of course such time never came and since the exhibit is only open through August 18, I needed to alert you readers now.

Organized by the RISD Museum Associates, and co-chaired by friend Sarah Gargano (below, right) and Katherine Glendinning (left), the spectacular evening was the culmination of months of industrious planning.…

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In the Works

In the Works

Summer can be a challenging time to strike just the right balance between work and play. After an overly hectic schedule last summer, I vowed to try and do better this time around. So while posts may be occasionally a little less frequent, there’s lots in the works, going on behind the scenes, as well as catch up from visits I made in the spring. Here’s a little peek at some of what I hope to be bringing to the small screen soon.

And I’m excited to share that there are MANY fabulous videos to share in the coming weeks and months!…

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AERIN Furniture Collection

AERIN Furniture Collection

While I hinted at the AERIN furniture collection I saw when I was in High Point last April, I am delighted that I am now able to share with you some of the pieces I saw at the EJ Victor debut. Effortless style is the AERIN tagline and within her ever expanding lifestyle brand, the theme remains consistent. If you have ever seen any of Aerin Lauder’s homes, you will already have a feel for the collection. Her own chic lifestyle serves as inspiration for the line and several of the pieces are based directly on those in Aerin’s collection.

The elegant Willow Chair is clearly based on a pair of Jean-Michel Frank armchairs in her Jacques Grange designed NYC living room below – go with anything classics that are not only stylish but comfortable.…

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