Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Last night marked the beginning of the seasonal festivities for me with the Home for the Holidays tabletop event at our local award-winning retail florist, Nielsen’s. All ticket proceeds benefitted the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

It was a packed house as everyone was clearly ready to start thinking about their holiday decorating. Metallics seem to be the theme this year and the store was a-glitter with gold and silver.

Several local designers and merchants styled tabletops for holiday celebrations. Tammy Whittier of Nielsen’s created the opening vignette with classic Raynaud Festivité Limoges and lush greenery.…

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Gilt Home Collection

Gilt Home Collection

Today marks an exciting new venture for the online shopping destination Gilt Home. Debuting for the first time ever is an original collection, exclusive to the site. Designed by creative director Tom Delavan, the Gilt Home Collection introduces a capsule group of versatile, stylish, and incredibly well priced pieces that I think will appeal to a wide variety of customers. I had a chance to see the collection yesterday and chat with Tom.

As a designer, Tom is frequently looking for one of a kind pieces, either vintage or custom-made for clients. He wanted to capture that essence for this collection – pieces of affordable but good quality that have style but not so much that it becomes too of-the-moment or limiting. …

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Shhh…it’s a Secret

Shhh…it’s a Secret

At least until 9 am. Stop back then to see what’s new – I can’t tell you until then (and neither can Doris)!!

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Behind the Q | Miles Redd & The Big Book of Chic

Behind the Q | Miles Redd & The Big Book of Chic

A couple of weeks ago, Miles Redd made an appearance at the Stamford Antique & Artisan Center for a celebration of The Big Book of Chic. It was a fabulous evening with a packed house of festive guests. New partner and managing director of the Center, Mari Ann Maher, has big plans for the space and one of her most recent updates was the addition of a fabulous library, in which Miles signed books for an eager crowd. Come along and take a peek at the festivities.

From the age of five, Miles aspired to be a part of the “great big glittering world” with fantasies of Cecil Beaton’s royal portraits, the 30’s chic of Fred Astaire in Top Hat and the timeless style of the glamorous interwar period.…

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J. Seitz | Connecticut Country Chic

J. Seitz | Connecticut Country Chic

In a picture perfect vintage building overlooking a waterfall in the historic village of New Preston, Connecticut, J. Seitz is a specialty store of distinctive design. From a carefully edited selection of furniture, antiques and home design as well as fashion, jewelry, accessories and gifts for babies and pets, this all encompassing emporium is an irresistible shopping mecca.

Founded over twenty-five years ago by Joanna Seitz, an ex-magazine editor and fashion PR guru, the store later welcomed her photographer husband Bill. Together they built a business based on a unique and authentic aesthetic. Focussed on a modern country lifestyle of rustic elegance, sophisticated shoppers, designers and celebrities from near and far have been making the trip to J.…

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Designing Greenwich Preview

Designing Greenwich Preview

This weekend premieres Designing Greenwich, an exciting new venue here in Connecticut. Upscale local publication Connecticut Cottages and Gardens,  with producers Meg Wendy and Mimi Sternlicht, have put together a fabulous showcase of art, interiors and style over the next three days.

A full line up of stellar speakers include such design luminaries as Tony Ingrao (design chair of the event), D.J. Carey (editorial director of Cottages & Gardens), Amanda Nisbet, Carolyne Roehm, Clodagh, Helen During, Alex Papachristidis, Janice Parker, Lulu Powers, Susanna Salk, Barry Sternlicht and Vicente Wolf.

In addition, I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking on a Secrets of Design Bloggers panel today at 1pm along with Marisa Marcantonio of Stylebeat, Catherine Cleare of Cleare Interiors blog Follower the Designer and Carolyn James McDonough of Diane James Home‘s blog The Buzz.…

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Rooms with a View 2012 Continued

Rooms with a View 2012 Continued

It’s a good thing designer and blogging friend Lisa Ehrlich is so organized. Due to a family emergency she couldn’t attend the showhouse on Friday, but her lovely space was in perfect order ahead of schedule. Depicting “A Young Lady Starting Out,” the 5’6″ x 8′ vignette “showcases a cultured young lady’s first NYC studio apartment.” I remember my first studio and I only wish it had been this pretty and polished!

As discussed, this year’s theme was “Design on a Shoestring” but as Lisa explained, “I am a firm believer that designing on a shoestring does not equate to purchasing disposable furniture, but rather making purposeful purchases.…

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Rooms with a View 2012 Part 2

Rooms with a View 2012 Part 2

Part of the fun of Rooms with a View is discovering the story behind the spaces, especially when they have personal resonance. As Helen Koch said of business partner John Murphy, both below, “John was thrilled to learn he had been chosen for Rooms with a View but even more so when he heard the theme was ‘Design on a Shoestring.’

John is a hunter gatherer at heart and has trouble passing up a yard sale, fleamarket or antique mart, so he was excited to recently acquire a barrel game table set from a childhood friend in Barrington, RI whose parents had sold their house and were downsizing.…

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Rooms with a View 2012

Rooms with a View 2012

One of my favorite design events here in Connecticut is Rooms with a View. Originally conceived by Albert Hadley 18 years ago, the popular fundraiser transforms the Southport Congregational Church into a showhouse featuring twelve 5′ x8′ mini rooms created by local and NYC designers. This year’s theme was “Design on a Shoestring” under the directorship of Honorary Chairman and Parish Hadley alumnus Thom Filicia. Despite the disruptions from hurricane Sandy, the vignettes were miraculously ready for viewing when I stopped by last Friday for the gala preview.

Starting in the front room, was, appropriately, a disciple of the Parish Hadley lineage.…

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Holiday House 2012 | Inson Dubois Wood

Holiday House 2012 | Inson Dubois Wood

While I enjoy a wide spectrum of design, wild and chaotic is not normally on my list. But Inson Dubois Wood‘s dramatic ode to Venice’s Carnevale really hit a chord. Rather like the circus performer who can keep all the plates spinning in his act, this room successfully maintains the momentum of a variety of vignettes.

As one of the main first floor spaces, the architecture of the room was already noteworthy, but Wood embellished it even further for an over the top lavish exuberance worthy of Daphne Guinness and Alexander McQueen, both of whom Wood references with his design.  …

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