Summer Staple: The Straw Bag

Summer Staple: The Straw Bag

In this weekend’s WSJ Off Duty, fashion contributor Hayley Phelan extolled the virtues of the straw bag with a comprehensive and entertaining look at this timeless accessory.

Mirrorpix via Getty Images via the WSJ

Citing favorite examples from film and fashion, such as the famous image of Jane Birkin, above, as well as select shopping options, the piece also includes a tongue-in-cheek interview with a straw tote as well as illustrative versions of imagined bags owned by the three little pigs. One image I have long loved that was not included is this of Grace Kelly from To Catch a Thief.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Muriel Brandolini

At Home with Susanna Salk and Muriel Brandolini

Few summer retreats are as well known as Long Island’s Hamptons. In communities where artists and writers, fishermen and farmers coexist with the more well known moguls and celebrities, houses range from modest cottages to timeless shingled houses to modernist mansions. In her new book, Out East, author Jennifer Ash Rudick, with photographs by Tria Giovan, has captured more than thirty of the area’s most distinctive houses and gardens. Susanna and I were thrilled to visit one of the book’s featured houses – designer Muriel Brandolini‘s creative waterside home. Join us for an insider peek at this very special house.…

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

As our national holiday falls on a Tuesday, most everyone will be enjoying a long weekend. And by the looks of it here on Nantucket, many have extended it into a longer break. So wherever you may be, wishing you a very Happy 4th of July! Hoping you all celebrate with friends and family in style and thoughtful moderation. Stop back next time for the latest episode of Susanna’s and my At Home With video series!

photo by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

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Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds

Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds

Last year, I initiated a fun Friday series from here on Nantucket which proved to be so popular, I am going to continue the weekly series this summer. Friday Favorite Finds will include island picks that are new or that I rediscover. As I have just arrived this week and have been slowly acclimating and preparing for all my children visiting for the holiday week, this week has a single entry.

While shopping on island can include an enjoyable trip to the farms or specialty markets, parking is often an issue and the long lines at the supermarket can be off-putting.…

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Welcoming George Home

Welcoming George Home

The charming depot of Washington, CT may be tiny, but it just got a big shot of chic with the debut of George Home. As longtime local weekend residents, owners Wilson Henley and Bruce Glickman, decided to close their popular NYC design resource Duane and have consolidated their lives to Litchfield County.

Here, with third partner Betsey Nestler, they have opened a new store and design studio that will have you clambering to redecorate.

You may remember seeing their 1930s Connecticut cottage last year in ELLE DECOR. It is precisely this easy-to-live-with stylish mix of their signature mid-century designs with antiques and expertly edited accessories that is the basis for George Home.…

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It’s a Dog’s Life with Isaac Mizrahi

It’s a Dog’s Life with Isaac Mizrahi

Isaac Mizrahi certainly needs no introduction. Whether you know him as a celebrated fashion designer (look for his Isaac Mizrahi Live! women’s apparel and accessories collection for QVC), as an acclaimed cabaret singer (his hit one man show, “Does This Song Make Me Look Fat” will go national this fall at City Winery locations around the country), as a judge on Project Runway: All Stars, or from his many cameo appearances in films and on TV, Isaac’s immense creativity, energy, insight and wit is as infectious as it is inspiring! What you may not know, however, is that Isaac is a dog lover and rescuer.…

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RH Modern and Milo Baughman

RH Modern and Milo Baughman

When RH Modern was launched about a year and a half ago, with its collection of curated modern furnishings, it included products created in collaboration with such major talents as Jonathan Browning, Vicente Wolf, Thomas Bina and Barlas Baylar. The collection proved so successful, that they have since added RH Modern to all the RH locations, including Greenwich, where in 2014 they renovated the historic 1917 post office. Not long ago, I visited the gallery there to see the latest additions to the RH Modern collection.

While most of the featured design partners are contemporary, one of the most interesting partnerships is with Milo Baughman/Thayer Coggin.…

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Pierre Frey x J. Crew

Pierre Frey x J. Crew

The intersection between interiors and fashion continues to inspire as Pierre Frey x J. Crew have joined forces to collaborate on a chic capsule swim and beach wear collection for the American brand. With the heat of summer making an early appearance in these parts and both national holidays on the horizon, the timing couldn’t be more appropriate for a stylish tropical treat!

I am always impressed with how Pierre Frey continually seeks out unconventional ways to broaden their horizons. After brainstorming with a J. Crew creative executive over ways to collaborate, they originally digitized five different patterns from both the current collection and archival designs, ultimately selecting the beautiful Alexandrie, one of my personal favorites, for the collection.…

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Seaside Maximalism Out East

Seaside Maximalism Out East

While many of us have long loved the timeless pattern-on-pattern richness of maximalist interiors, it is currently enjoying a more widespread appreciation. One of the two covers offered for the July issue of Architectural Digest, below, is on point with a marvelous example of seaside maximalism, written by Jennifer Ash Rudick from her upcoming book Out East with Vendome, shot on location throughout the Hamptons by photographer Tria Giovan. Look next month for my video with Susanna featuring another project from the book, Muriel Brandolini‘s chic weekend beach house.

In the meantime, you can get a peek at Out East through Woody House.…

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At Home and Around the World with Susan Walker and Ali MacGraw for Ibu

At Home and Around the World with Susan Walker and Ali MacGraw for Ibu

Susan Walker has long walked the line between style and substance. With a spiritual soul, curious mind and educated eye she finally found what has become her true calling and three years ago, Ibu opened its doors in Charleston. In Indonesia, Ibu means woman of respect and Susan adopted the name for her company representing women artisans in 34 counties around the globe, using their time honored skills to create beautiful clothing and home decor. And now Ibu has launched Ali MacGraw for Ibu, a collaboration with the celebrated actress expressing her iconic style. Susanna and I were honored to visit Susan at her chic Charleston home and go behind the scenes with Ali to hear about the collection and attend the runway debut.…

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