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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Summer Paradise | When No Change is a Good Thing

Summer Paradise | When No Change is a Good Thing

My summer paradise includes looking forward to the third or fourth week in July when it is visiting time at my daughters’ camp. Yes, plural, as I am now on daughter number two attending the same old fashioned girls camp in Maine. That is hardly an impressive statistic as many campers are second or third generation attendees. And not much has changed. In looking at the vintage black and white photos of summers gone by, only the faded color and hairstyles give away the era. The uniforms are much the same as are the unelectrified cabins and rustic camp grounds. And that’s just the way everyone seems to like it.…

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At Ease | Made in Maine

At Ease | Made in Maine

After having just returned from a brief outing at my favorite spot in Maine, it seemed appropriate that this week’s At Ease should feature that location. As I started to put together the collage, I realized how many iconic products associated with Down East are actually made in the state. So you can be sure that each of the items included today are indeed made in Maine, many by hand.

 Starting from the lower left:

You just can never have too many L.L. Bean boat totes. I use them for everything from laundry bags to beach totes to truly anything that needs schlepping.…

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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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