Architectural Digest Home Show and Dining by Design

Architectural Digest Home Show and Dining by Design

After a long day at the AD Home Show that segued directly into DIFFA Dining by Design, it is too late to write a proper post but I wanted to give you a little preview taste of what’s to come. Some lovely new discoveries in several categories and lots of table top eye candy from the DIFFA event to be featured. Be back soon with details!

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Out and About in NYC with BlogTour and More

Out and About in NYC with BlogTour and More

It’s a busy design week in New York. As an alumna of the Modenus‘ original BlogTour trip to London in 2011, I was kindly invited to tag along on their second NYC trip yesterday. It was wonderful to see old friends and finally meet some longtime online connections.

First visiting the elegant Poggenpohl Park Avenue South showroom, we saw new introductions, finishes and classic fixtures in the updated neutral shades coming this year from the iconic kitchen company, Blanco and Silestone. I love the wall mounted faucet and modern geometric style of this set.

The Artesio kitchen offers sleek clean lines with thoughtful practical touches like the stainless strip houses the electrical outlets.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Alex Papachristidis

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Alex Papachristidis

To quote my video partner in crime, Susanna Salk, Alex Papachristidis is just yummy. And it’s so true! His enthusiasm and love for his craft is incredibly infectious and makes you envy his lucky clients who are the beneficiaries of his passionate dedication. While he has a deep and scholarly knowledge of art, antiques and the world of design, his upbeat and easygoing manner makes a day with Alex educational yet eminently entertaining. We are just delighted to feature Alex Papachristidis as our guest today in the latest episode of Stylish Shopping.

Never losing sight that a great interior should be as livable as it is beautiful, Alex’s designs exude an easy elegance custom tailored to tell the story of each client’s tastes and lifestyles.…

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Anna Trzebinski | The Luxury of African Chic

Anna Trzebinski | The Luxury of African Chic

You know when you see a certain woman on the street who just has that special something? That unmistakable style of someone who has access to secret fashion sources? Who exudes an undefinable global style that can’t be found in a department store? Well that is the type of woman who knows about Anna Trzebinski and her line of African chic fashion.

photo courtesy of Anna Trzebinski

Stylish women around the world have shopped Anna’s collection to find beautiful handcrafted clothing and accessories that combine modern sensibilities with traditional ethnic detailing. Born in Germany, Anna has spent her entire life in Kenya.…

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Robert Four | Aubussons for Yesterday & Today

Robert Four | Aubussons for Yesterday & Today

Another Paris recommendation from designer Rachel Laxer is the Robert Four gallery. The largest manufacturers of Aubusson tapestry weaving, they carry on a 500 year old heritage of timeless tradition with innovative technique and modern artistry. Housing an enormous collection of ancient rugs and tapestries, they have also, since 1952, collaborated with famous artists of the day, creating modern tapestries using Aubusson manufacturing techniques.

You are probably familiar with the centuries old masterpieces of hand woven wool and silk such as this 17th century Flanders tapestry from Brussels, Scene from Roman History, now part of the gallery’s amazing collection.

I love the etymology of Savonnerie, the original French Aubusson design.…

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Timothy Corrigan on Antiques and Interiors Part 2

Timothy Corrigan on Antiques and Interiors Part 2

Today we continue our conversation with Timothy Corrigan on antiques and interiors. I am a fan of his great use of decorative antique pieces. They bring such a nuanced layering to his spaces and I wondered whether he shops for specific spaces or just buys what he loves, keeping a collection to cull from for future projects.

photo by Alexandre Bailhache

“I am always on the look out for great accessories and decorative pieces…they are one of the most important parts of helping make any project look finished. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to find interesting decorative accessories that are unique and special. …

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Timothy Corrigan | Designing and Living with Antiques

Timothy Corrigan | Designing and Living with Antiques

Timothy Corrigan’s tag line “A World of Comfortable Elegance” tidily sums up his distinctive design ethos. Known for his fusion of European elegance with California comfort, he is a master at incorporating elements from all eras. A consistent fixture on the AD100 list, with luxury projects around the world, Corrigan is known for his extensive use and knowledge of antiques, hence the perfect person to consult for a primer on acquiring and living with antiques. While I had originally intended this post as a follow up to the Winter Antiques Show, the mix of old and new is a frequent topic in these parts and a timeless theme.…

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World Tour

World Tour

World Tour is a tribute to travel. Not the travel of today with long lines and frequent frustrations but the civilized voyages of the early 20th century aboard stately ocean liners and legendary trains – a time when elegant passengers journeyed around the globe visiting grand hotels across the continent and exotic locales beyond.

This marvelous tome, stylishly packaged with embossed leather cover and fabulous  printed page edges, presents for the first time over 900 hotel luggage labels from the vast collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton, each helping to tell the story of the art of travel in this Golden Age.…

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NYBG Orchid Dinner Finale Redux!

NYBG Orchid Dinner Finale Redux!

Today we will take our final look at the tables of the NYBG Orchid Dinner. This event always immediately precedes the Orchid show at the Botanical Garden which is the largest of its kind in the country. This year’s show, designed by Francisca P. Coelho, transforms the conservatory into an abundant rainforest, incorporating some of the garden’s 300 trees destroyed or uprooted by hurricane Sandy. There are also many special programs, demonstrations and events (including evening viewings with cocktails, music and even dinner at a local restaurant).

LMD Lewis Miller Design created a table of sumptuous allure. The old world charm of the festooned hot air balloon contrasted perfectly with the more modern appeal of the dark tabletop.…

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New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Finale

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Finale

Today we are starting to wrap up coverage of the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner, where, to use our new favorite phrase, there was a delightful embarrassment of riches. I had planned on bringing you the remainder of the tables in this posting, but due to nagging and time-consuming technological issues, we will extend into the weekend.

Stephen Elrod created a chinoiserie reverie for Brunschwig with fun graphic slipcovers in the Lhasa Print from the new Le Jardin Chinois Collection. A spectacular centerpiece hung gracefully over the table like a scene from a Chinese painting and the table setting was a fun mix of pattern and plain with the coordinating Clouds Embroidery from the same collection.…

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