Report from Paris Deco Off | Wallpaper Appeal

Report from Paris Deco Off | Wallpaper Appeal

It was a pleasure to see the cheerful lanterns swinging above the streets in Saint Germain and Rue de Mail again this year for the fifth edition of Paris Deco Off.
And while my visit to the show was unfortunately brief, it was clear that wallpaper is continuing to have its moment. As a return to tradition is being revived and retweaked in design, wallpaper offers a perfect way to update with pattern and color. Pierre Frey‘s new collection sources both classical and international motifs. From the baroque opulence of Venus

to the exotic tropical vegetation of Mojito,
it’s a cornucopia of visual references around the globe.…

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New Passport Rules | Traveler Beware

New Passport Rules | Traveler Beware

Anyone who has seen me within the last week now knows of the new passport rules governing international travel. And while this may not be within my usual topic of discussion, I feel it prudent to share my recent experiences.

I was scheduled to leave for Paris the Tuesday evening before last. Due to the snowstorm, I was skeptical that we would leave on time. Little did I know that should have been the least of my concerns. It took 3-1/2 hours, for what is normally about a 45 minute to an hour trip, to travel to JFK from CT. But miraculously, it looked like my Air France flight was still scheduled to take off within 15 minutes of its scheduled time.…

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Jacques Garcia’s Champ de Bataille

Jacques Garcia’s Champ de Bataille

While his design career was launched with such contemporary projects as the Montparnasse Tower and the Meridien group of hotels, Jacques Garcia has been an avid antiques collector since childhood. Focussing primarily on the 17th and 18th centuries, he amassed an impressive collection including many royal pieces of furniture, art and objects. His natural propensity for grandeur started early. Growing up in Normandy, each day on his way to school he would pass a derelict chateau, then being used as a hospital. He told his mother that some day he would live there, so when Château du Champ de Bataille, by then long neglected, came up for sale in 1992, it was destiny that he should buy it.…

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Adventures in Paris

Adventures in Paris

My apologies for leaving you readers so long without updates. I had fully intended to write from Paris but it turned out to be a whirlwind of a trip with a few twists in the road. I have just returned home and while working on catching up, I leave you with a little visual inspiration of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen, from several new collections at Paris Deco Off, to chic shopping finds and exhibits in Paris to magnificent historic chateaus. I’ll be back soon with the stories behind my recent adventures in Paris.…

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In the Pierre Frey Paris Archives with Susanna Salk and Patrick Frey

In the Pierre Frey Paris Archives with Susanna Salk and Patrick Frey

Pierre Frey is a welcome anomaly in our modern world. A luxury company, family owned, and privately held, it is dedicated to both the preservation of the past and innovation for the future. As President and Creative Director, one of Patrick Frey’s passions has been to build an extraordinary archival textile collection, now containing over 30,000 documents, that has become an invaluable resource for not only the company but designers, museums and customers around the world. This summer Susanna and I had the coveted opportunity to visit the renowned archives in Paris. Tag along as Patrick and Pierre Frey archivist Sophie Rouart give us an inspiring and illuminating tour.…

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Thank You Traditional Home

Thank You Traditional Home

After recently writing about the fabulous new Tilton Fenwick fabric collection for Duralee, I was delighted to see partner Suysel de Pedro Cunningham’s beautiful bedroom, fully outfitted in the collection, featured in this month’s Traditional Home.

Their signature pattern, Rocat, on the headboard, anchors the scheme and shows how successfully it mixes with the other fabrics for a fresh and updated traditional look. And I love how the bold Leontine linens add a great graphic punch. But the best surprise was seeing a nice shout out for me and Quintessence (the fabric and the site). A big thank you to Traditional Home, Ann Maine and Tori Mellott – much appreciated!…

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Prepping for Paris | Two Faves in the 6th

Prepping for Paris | Two Faves in the 6th

As I start to prepare for my trip to Paris next week, I rediscovered some summer photos of two shops in the stylish 6th arrondissement where I will be staying again, that I never had time to share. The first is Philippe Ferrandis. Since 1986, Ferrandis has been handcrafting his whimsical and colorful costume jewelry. While not much of a secret (the designer has several shops in Paris), he is notable for his very wearable yet distinctive statements pieces.

Inspired by old Hollywood and classic glamour, Ferrandis’ stores are like a candy shops for jewelry lovers.

Working with semi-precious stones, his creations are playful yet elegant, bold yet refined and colorful yet harmonious.…

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Young Collectors Night at the Winter Antiques Show

Young Collectors Night at the Winter Antiques Show

Next week marks the opening of the 60th Year Diamond Jubilee of the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. Widely considered the most prestigious show for the best of the best in fine and decorative arts, one of its most anticipated events is always Young Collectors Night. Sponsored this year by Brooks Brothers and New York magazine, the evening features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a private viewing of the Show and an opportunity to join New York’s top interior designers, Interior Design Committee chair and New York magazine design editor Wendy Goodman and a crowd of New York’s social design aficionados.…

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The Art of Iron at Pouenat

The Art of Iron at Pouenat

Established in 1880 as a ferronnier, Pouenat has continued to stay relevant and thrive by embracing their heritage while collaborating with some of the most recognized designers working in Europe today. Almost exactly a year ago at their Maison et Objet booth, I was struck by the successful mix of old and new, celebrating the great tradition of French craftsmanship with old world savoir faire and innovative new design. The exacting quality was immediately apparent, from a classic set of ornamental doors
to the architectural beauty of Francois Champsaur’s metal Line lamp, part of a special collection celebrating the firm’s tenth anniversary of collaborations with leading designers.…

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At the Movies | Downhill Racer

At the Movies | Downhill Racer

With the recent snowstorm, I decided to post about an old favorite, Downhill Racer, which some longtime readers may remember I had written about several years ago. This cult classic from 1969 stars Robert Redford in one of his earliest roles. Don’t let the title mislead you. While this is definitely a film about skiing, racing and competition, it is not a fast action-packed sports movie. This contemplative edgy film remains more in the tradition of French new wave with that semi-journalistic style and hand-held camera work reminiscent of Godard.  And this is why it is included in the prestigious Criterion Collection, famous for their impressive assemblage of art house and creative classics (as an aside, this DVD cover is not up to their usual high standards – go here to see the vastly superior alternate versions designer Eric Skillman presented for consideration).…

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