Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

As some of you know, I’ve been obsessing over tartan this fall and I am thrilled that I finally have the opportunity to set a tartan table for the holiday. I am lucky to live in an area that has so many wonderful resources. Thanks to Ralph Lauren and Hoaglands in Greenwich and Nielsen’s in Darien for having everything I needed to create the perfect mix of new purchases with treasured heirlooms!! Wishing you all the very merriest of holidays from my home to yours!!

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At the Movies

At the Movies

Another holiday classic that merits a viewing this weekend is Christmas in Connecticut.

This light hearted romantic comedy boasts an all star cast including Barbara Stanwyck, Sydney Greenstreet, Dennis Morgan and a host of others. With a witty script and zany plot, it is frothy holiday entertainment. Stanwyck plays Elizabeth Lane, a columnist for “Smart Housekeeping” magazine, who writes about her Connecticut farm, husband and baby, touting her extraordinary culinary and housekeeping skills. Her columns have produced sky rocketing numbers for the magazine, which pleases pompous publisher Alexander Yardley (Sydney Greenstreet) to no end.

The movie, produced on the heels of WW II, naturally features a war hero, Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan).…

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Dale May: Lego Star Wars at Samuel Owen

Dale May: Lego Star Wars at Samuel Owen

It’s no secret here that I love Legos. And clearly so does photographer Dale May. What a fun evening I had last week at the Samuel Owen Gallery for the opening of May’s Lego Star Wars exhibit. Known for his conceptual art and stylized celebrity portraits, May walks the line between commercial and fine art. And he found the perfect subject matter in these iconic toys. The opening started early so that parents could have the opportunity to attend with their children. What a fun and easy way to introduce them to the concept of looking at art together.

A “live” Storm Trooper was on hand to enhance the experience for the younger viewers.…

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Thank You Elle Decor – My Favorite Space

Thank You Elle Decor – My Favorite Space

Yesterday Elle Decor featured 30 design insiders’ picks for their favorite ELLE Decor Rooms of 2011. I was thrilled to be included. It was almost impossible to pick just one room from the many fabulous features throughout the year but I finally decided on the living room of this beautiful Paris pied- à-terre designed by Jean-Louis Deniot

I love how the thoughtful renovation of this modern loft-like space retains the beautiful 18th century grandeur of the original building. Don’t these sensuous Ochre sofas look fabulous against the geometric lines of the wall detailing? The gorgeous 18th century fireplace was a Deniot addition to “give the impression that everything has always been there.”

Photographer: Miguel Flores-Vianna

The stylish pairing of the elegant Gilbert Poillerat cabinet with the André Arbus lamps and Yehudit Sasportas drawing is fresh yet exudes a timeless sophistication.…

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Verdura Splendor

Verdura Splendor

Only a handful of jewelry companies today can claim a legacy rich in history and design. Verdura is among them and I was lucky enough to attend a holiday party at their chic showroom last week to celebrate their new Hollywoodland Collection and visiting friend Frank Bowling, the Ambassador of the stylish Montage, Beverly Hills.

Duke Fulco de Verdura was born in Sicily to an aristocratic family. In the 1920’s, when Palermo was a society hot spot, Verdura became friends with Linda and Cole Porter, who in turn introduced him to Coco Chanel.

Starting with textiles, he soon began designing for her, ultimately settling on jewelry, including such designs as the now famous Maltese Cross cuffs, which she wore on both wrists as one of her signature looks.…

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Exotic Taste

Exotic Taste

It is almost impossible to have an interest in interiors and the decorative arts and not be fascinated by Chinoiserie and the exoticism of the “mysterious East.” From Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt to the British occupation in India, this region has for centuries held an unrivaled appeal for creative types.

The new tome Exotic Taste Orientalist Interiors is a gorgeous volume chronicling the popularity of the exotic from China and Japan, India and the Near East. With more than 200 large full color images, the book is a fabulous visual source of how exoticism evolved in the west in the 19th and into the 20th century such as these examples below of the French painter and designer Pillement, famous for his penchant for Chinoiserie.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

A vintage romantic comedy, Ernst Lubitsch’s 1940 The Shop Around the Corner is a classic holiday story. And you may not realize that it is actually the original version of You’ve Got Mail.

Stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan work together in a small shop in Budapest. Each is eager to find a mate and start corresponding with pen pals. Well, those who are familiar with the plot from the modern version, know what happens next.

While missing the modern trappings of the Hanks/Ryan version, I think the old fashioned simplicity of the original only adds to the appeal.  The well crafted characters and the supporting cast are simply marvelous.…

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Traveler’s Tips and Treats Redux

Traveler’s Tips and Treats Redux

I didn’t get a chance to finish the post I had planned for today so I am reissuing some handy (updated) info from last year that I’m sure only a few have seen and/or remember.

I’m sure many of you will be traveling during the holiday season – whether on vacation or to visit friends or family. I’ve accumulated a few tidbits and treats that hopefully will make your excursions and gift giving a bit easier and more fun. If you’re interested more in treats, then scroll down a bit further!

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, there are many sites and apps to help you.…

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Neuwirth’s Natural Beauty

Neuwirth’s Natural Beauty

Irene Neuwirth‘s statement jewelry has major IT girl appeal. Ever since college when she started dabbling with beaded jewelry as a hobby, people have been drawn to her unique sense of color and proportion. In 2000, with a capsule collection created from a tiny investment, Neuwirth sent her samples to Barney’s. They placed a major order and she has been on a sky rocket trajectory ever since. With star studded customers such as Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, and Reese Witherspoon, Neuwirth has established herself as a major player in the crowded luxury jewelry marketplace.


I caught up with Neuwirth a couple weeks ago when she had a trunk show at Richard’s in Greenwich, CT who carries her collection.…

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#Jingletweet Finale

#Jingletweet Finale

What a wonderful evening of friends, colleagues and good cheer!! A huge thanks to Audiocom for sponsoring the evening in their truly fabulous new space, to Chefs à l’Orange for the delicious food and to my Wednesday Wine compatriot Terry Rogers of Horseneck Wines for the festive libations.

But most importantly, my #Jingletweet parter in crime Ridgely Brode and I would like to thank all the generous donors of the marvelous prizes and the many guests who came from near and far to make this such a memorable occasion. “In real life” is the ultimate connection! Here’s a little peek at what made this evening so very special!!…

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