Cole and Son Fornasetti II at Maison et Objet

Cole and Son Fornasetti II at Maison et Objet

Cole and Son has long been one of my favorite wallpaper lines so I was delighted to see their booth at Maison et Objet. And they did not disappoint with the debut of their fabulous new Fornasetti II wallpaper collection. With opportunities for wide ranging creative applications, the tradition of craftsmanship, innovation and collaboration at Cole and Son is well represented by this new group of fifteen fantastical designs.

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Piero Fornasetti, the collection is overseen by son Barnaba who now heads the company, continuing his father’s legacy. You may have seen his Milan home, featured recently in ELLE DECOR.…

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A Taste of Paris Deco Off

A Taste of Paris Deco Off

In this fourth edition of Paris Deco Off, over 70 houses have participated in presenting their latest collections throughout the city. Welcoming visitors into their showrooms on the Rive Droite near Rue du Mail and the Rive Gauche in the Saint Germain de Près neighborhood, companies prepared stylishly so it was like a giant beautiful designed block party. The recognizable yellow banners flew frequently, indicating participants and where you could catch the shuttles back and forth across the Seine.

On the right bank, fabric houses each contributed a lantern made of their new collections. Together they formed a fantastic creative display down the street.…

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Hello from Maison et Objet and Paris Deco Off

Hello from Maison et Objet and Paris Deco Off

A quick bonjour to all of you from Paris as I write from my charming hotel room.

It’s been a hectic few days for all attending the Maison et Objet and Paris Decor Off shows here. A packed schedule with events and parties from dawn til dusk and an unexpected snow storm that has partially paralyzed the unsuspecting city, have kept everyone busy. There had been no time to compose a proper post but I wanted to share a little peek at some of what my camera has seen. There are beautiful new collections coming down the pike and amazing people and sources I’ve had a chance to meet and greet.…

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New Atlanta Digs for Mr. Brown

New Atlanta Digs for Mr. Brown

Several spaces at AmericasMart were celebrating expanded showrooms, including the always charming Mr. Brown. The stylish younger sibling of the distinguished Julian Chichester, Mr. Brown offers a youthful interpretation of the brand family’s updated English sensibility. While the parent line offers interpretations of classic 19th and 20th century designs with a contemporary twist, Mr. Brown follows up with more accessible price points and an accessories-rich collection.

High on my list was the new Bettina linen chest. A clever combination of traditional shape with updated choice of material and hardware, this handsome piece offers stylish storage with panache. And just to make things a bit more fun, the drawers are lined with the same fun Aztec stripe as below.…

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Suzanne Kasler in Buckhead

Suzanne Kasler in Buckhead

Although I am on my way to Paris, I wanted to fill you in a bit on my trip last week.  I was excited to travel to Atlanta not only to speak at AmericasMart but also to see a close friend who had moved there from Connecticut about eight years ago. After purchasing a house in the lovely Buckhead section of the city, she had the great foresight to hire Suzanne Kasler and her team to decorate. It has since been published and while you may recognize some of the rooms, I thought you might enjoy seeing a few pictures I snapped during my stay.…

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SFERRA | The Luxury of Quality, Values and Style

SFERRA | The Luxury of Quality, Values and Style

If luxury is determined by value, quality and craftsmanship and the sign of true authenticity is a vision that has remained consistent over the course, then SFERRA is a company that embodies the quintessential essence of a luxury brand. Since 1891 when Gennaro Sferra started his luxury linens business in Venice, SFERRA has been synonymous with the highest quality linens available. And since purchasing the company from the Sferra family in 1977, president Paul Hooker has remained singularly focussed on providing the same level of excellence in uncompromising quality and value.

In Atlanta at AmericasMart last week, I was excited to get a first look at SFERRA’s offerings for the upcoming market.…

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Thank You Design Bloggers Conference

Thank You Design Bloggers Conference

A big thank you to those who nominated me for the Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Awards. I am truly honored to be a finalist in two categories this year, both of which include an amazing group of talented writers and bloggers. And a very grateful nod to the judges for including me as one of the final five.

To those who have already let me know they have cast their vote – please know I am very appreciative of your support and the fact that you take the time to read Quintessence. And of course congratulations to all the nominees – creating quality content on a consistent basis requires a major commitment of time and effort.…

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Next Stop Paris | Maison et Objet and Deco Off

Next Stop Paris | Maison et Objet and Deco Off

I have been dying to tell you and am now delighted to share that I will be leaving on Tuesday to attend the Maison et Objet and Paris Deco Off shows.

For the last 18 years, Maison et Objet has attracted both major players and emerging talent in home design from around the world.  From textiles to furniture to tabletop to accessories, the wide range of both product and global trends have made this prestigious show a must-visit for those interested in bridging the international design gap.

Now in its third year, Paris Déco Off includes almost 70 houses exhibiting their new collections.…

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Coming Soon from AmericasMart and Beyond

Coming Soon from AmericasMart and Beyond

As you know, I have spent the last couple of days in Atlanta, visiting an old friend as well as attending and speaking at AmericasMart. What an enormous and product-packed show! While I had very little time to explore, I did manage to hit a couple of showrooms that I will be sharing soon. And I have an exciting new travel plans to share…

So stay tuned…

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BEHIND THE Q | Welcome to Newel Antiques

BEHIND THE Q | Welcome to Newel Antiques

Since 1939, Newel Antiques has been an insider’s resource for an incredible selection of wide-ranging decorative and fine arts. Originally founded by Meyer Newman as a prop house for Broadway shows, Newel is still, four generations later, a major supplier for the entertainment industry, from TV shows such as Sex and the City, Gossip Girl and Boardwalk Empire to movies including The Godfather and The Thomas Crown Affair. But Newel Antiques is also a favorite among designers and style mongers who stalk its vast holdings for finds among its 45,ooo square feet of merchandise.

In 2011, Newel partnered with gallery owner Guy Regal to revitalize the legacy.…

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