A Delay in Programming in Deference to Boston

A Delay in Programming in Deference to Boston

Today we were planning to post our latest Stylish Shopping video with Amanda Nisbet, but in deference to the tragedy in Boston, we are postponing it for a day. Our hearts go out to any of the families affected by this senseless violence. Do stop back on Wednesday when we plan to be back on track with our “regularly scheduled programming.”

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Roundtable Cultural Seminars | A Lively Adventure of the Mind

Roundtable Cultural Seminars | A Lively Adventure of the Mind

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a lecture at the Roundtable Cultural Seminars.

Co-founded by Adriana Mnuchin and Nancy Becker, RoundTable Cultural Seminars, subtitled a “Lively Adventure of the Mind,” is a non-profit continuing education concept that is a marvelous opportunity for those who love to learn, are intellectually curious and interested in wide ranging cultural topics from art and architecture, musical theater and opera to global affairs and the Islamic world. Each seminar is moderated by well respected and accredited professionals and have a limited number of participants, creating an intimate environment in their Townhouse 5th floor spaces at 45 East 78th Street.…

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Oborain | The Chic Outdoor Shower

Oborain | The Chic Outdoor Shower

When I saw Oborain at the AD Home Show last month, I was instantly craving summer. And with this week’s unusually temperate weather, these chic pre-fab outdoor showers seemed the perfect find to share.

Launched last year by Kirsten Oxboel and Jim Lobley, Oborain is the grown up designer version of that beloved fixture of summer beach vacations. At the intersection of nature, design and technology, the enclosure and actual shower fixture form a combined package that is easy to assemble (30 minutes), adaptable in size and layout and evidently a breeze to plumb.

The design is not only an example of simple modern elegance but carefully considered in terms of “durability, sustainability, and ease of maintenance.” And for families with children and/or dogs, I think an Oborain shower would be a brilliant addition for warm weather living.…

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The Charm of Marie Daage Limoges

The Charm of Marie Daage Limoges

The beautiful porcelain line of Marie Daage is the perfect follow up to the fabulous tabletop designs from the recent charity events. For generations, the Daage family has been hand painting on fine porcelain, and after attending the prestigious École du Louvre, Marie joined the family tradition. I was thrilled to finally see the collection in person at Maison et Objet in January.

Like many of the companies I admire, Marie Daâge has found a way to successfully blend the heritage of traditional technique with fresh and innovative designs. Working closely with the artisans in Limoges, Marie approaches her metier like haute couture.…

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Doris Leslie Blau | Expanding the Tradition

Doris Leslie Blau | Expanding the Tradition

Founded in 1965, Doris Leslie Blau’s rug emporium is the stuff of design legends. For decades it was known as the go-to source for those seeking the best in the antique and avant-garde. And now owned for the last 15 years by Nader Bolour, to whom Doris turned over the business, the gallery has not only continued the tradition of carrying the best of antique and vintage pieces, but has also forged ahead to also create contemporary and custom rugs as well. A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to the 61st St. gallery to take a peek. And soon you will be able to visit them in the D&D building as well!…

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More Designer Tabletops from the Lenox Hill 2013 Gala

More Designer Tabletops from the Lenox Hill 2013 Gala

Each year the designer tabletops at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House gala continue to amaze. It was interesting how everyone interpreted this year’s High Society theme. Some, like Allison Hennessy, watched the Grace Kelly movie for inspiration.

“One of the opening scenes takes place in a beautiful loggia, full of decorative details (blue green color palette, chinoiserie walls, wicker furniture, lacquered finishes) which I incorporated into my table with the Bob Collins chintz table cloth and the lacquered wicker chargers.”

Allison’s mother-in-law, Paula Hennessy, had recently purchased the vintage birdcage at Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta. Allison had it shipped to Jim at Very Special Flowers in NYC, who filled it with an ethereal mix of greens and flowers as well as layered surrounding florals.…

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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House tabletop event is one of my very favorites. Benefitting this well respected and worthy organization, their spring gala is a much anticipated evenings. Held again at Cipriani 42nd St., this year honored long time board members Caroline and Thompson Dean for their leadership and support. Media sponsor Veranda magazine, with Design Chairs Veranda editor in chief Dara Caponigro and design and decoration editor Carolyn Englefield, antiques dealer David Duncan, interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper, and ceramic artist Christopher Spitzmiller, presented 45 stunning tables created by designers with High Society as the theme.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Mario Buatta

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Mario Buatta

Mario Buatta is a design legend. For over 50 years the multitalented decorator has been designing rooms known for their exuberant color, fearless approach to pattern and punch and yes, inclusion of chintz. But as he explained during our shoot, chintz was always merely a part of the picture. Mario is a master of the mix, creating rooms of supreme comfort and effortless chic. That’s why clients from Barbara Walters and Malcolm Forbes to Mariah Carey and Billy Joel have entrusted their homes to him. We are thrilled to feature Mario today as our latest guest on Stylish Shopping. Take a lesson from design royalty as he and Susanna shop at the beautiful new Cowtan & Tout showroom in the D&D building.…

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Meet BuDhaGirl | More than Just Beautiful

Meet BuDhaGirl | More than Just Beautiful

In the crowded world of fashion and luxury, sometimes it’s not only about being beautiful. And indeed, the new jewelry line BuDhaGirl offers something significantly more.  As was discussed last fall at the Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit, many upscale consumers are looking for more than merely the transaction. They are seeking experiences, products that enhance or offer a lifestyle they aspire to. Beyond conspicuous consumption, we have moved to a time when meaning and thoughtfulness occupy equally important platforms.

photo courtesy of BuDhaGirl

And this is what BuDhaGirl is all about – beautiful pieces that are enhancements for both body and soul.…

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Meljac at the Architectural Digest Home Show 2013

Meljac at the Architectural Digest Home Show 2013

I fell in love with Meljac as soon as I stumbled on their booth at the Architectural Digest Home Show last week. Exhibiting for the first time at the show, the upscale French company‘s beautiful electrical hardware was a magnet to design detail junkies like me. Meljac’s luxury electrical devices provide game changing solutions for those pesky necessities that can so easily become eyesores (think switches, sockets, thermostats etc.).

Focussing on quality materials and craftsmanship, André Bousquet created Meljac (named after his childhood village) in 1995 to fill what he saw as a void in the market – a fine finishing detail that, like hardware, should be as beautiful as the furnishings.…

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