A Home of Timeless Elegance

A Home of Timeless Elegance

I am thrilled today to bring you vignettes from a beautiful vintage house never before published. This classic brick Georgian from 1928 stands on a large parcel of land here in Connecticut with gorgeous specimen trees and rolling lawn. Bought by its current owners six years ago, the house was completely transformed by the wife, a successful interior designer. The home is now a refined reflection of the couple’s love of traditional design, showcasing their collection of fine art and antiques. Each room is gracefully furnished with classic pieces and carefully chosen accessories, creating a timeless elegance.
The living room sets the tone with a classic pairing of a 16th century Delft garniture set beneath the Nantucket boy, an American 19th century oil painting.…

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

As yesterday was officially the first day of summer and the summer solstice, we are now all officially in the mode. My hydrangea are fully in bloom and the air conditioning is on, so we are now thinking summer wines. And Terry of course has another suggestion.
Today we are taking a look at a refreshing summer white varietal – Torrentes. You’ve had a long day at work and you come home to your refrigerator on one of those hot 90 degree days.  You want to relax with a glass of something with flavor, but a nice white that is going to refresh the palate, with just one sip that will relax your thoughts from the day.…

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Chasing the Wild at Samuel Owen

Chasing the Wild at Samuel Owen

Greenwich, CT is lucky to have the addition of a wonderful new gallery on the avenue. Thursday evening Samuel Owen celebrated their fabulous first show in the space with a well attended reception for the artist, Roberto Dutesco. The widely known photographer’s exhibition “Chasing the Wild” included photographs from his seminal study of the wild horses on Sable Island, Nova Scotia as well as other subjects.
Roberto Dutesco was born in Romania, moving to Canada after attending the National School of Arts in Bucharest. His early commercial work from the late 1980′s – mid 90s was primarily in fashion, gracing the pages of Elle, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Flare and others. …

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Playing Hooky and a Surprise

Playing Hooky and a Surprise

I am officially playing hooky from my normal posting today – for the first time, well – ever!! But of course not completely – I am working on the next BEHIND THE Q, doing research and hopefully spending a little time here.
I also have been meaning to give a little shout out to my very talented friend Maybelline Te, who you met here. A few weeks ago, she sent me a little surprise. Not only is Maybelline an incredibly gifted furniture designer but she spends some of her down time making jewelry. What a bundle of creativity!!  She remembered my love for statement necklaces and coral, in both color and shape.…

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On Father’s Day

On Father’s Day

Hard to believe but if he were still here, he would be 100!…

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Special Offer from the Empire

Special Offer from the Empire

Many regular readers and subscribers will probably remember the wonderful offerings of Imperio jp that I profiled several months ago. From beautiful leather bags and silk shawls to ikat pillows and authentic hide rugs, their unique handmade products represent a collection of luxury goods made in former colonies and/or developing countries.
Sometime in the next few weeks we will be featuring an in-depth presentation on ikat and handwoven textiles with them. In the meantime, they are running their legendary sale where you can enjoy substantial savings.
All classics and other designers’ collections (jewelry, beaded evening clutches…) are 25% off, with most everything else, including all seasonal bags and home decor (in stock) at 50% off.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

It wasn’t very hard picking a movie in honor of Father’s Day. There are actually quite a few films to choose from that have strong father figures but nothing that compares to Gregory Peck’s iconic performance in To Kill a Mockingbird.

I’m sure most of you have seen this classic movie, and I apologize to those of you who visit looking for more obscure finds, but sometimes there’s just no getting around a famous film. This 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, is one of my favorite movies of all time. And it was one of Gregory Peck’s as well.…

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Father’s Day Feast

Father’s Day Feast

In thinking about what sort of post to write in acknowledgement of Father’s Day this weekend, I realized my husband is less interested in most gifts than he is in food. So as inspiration, I decided to share some of the recipes I am considering for the day. For any entertaining occasion, I always offer several appetizers. My favorite crudité accoutrement is the Barefoot Contessa’s Sun-Dried Tomato Dip. It’s easy, colorful and delicious.

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped (8 tomatoes)
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup good mayonnaise
10 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)

Puree the tomatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper in a food processor fitted with a metal blade.…

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

Last week we began our tour of Burgundy with Terry, starting in Paris and working our way down through Beaune and Volnay ending up in the marvelous town of Puligny Montrachet. Today we will commence the shorter half of our tour in the towns of the Cotes de Nuit. Terry please lead the way.

If you would like to take the scenic route from Puligny Montrachet, you can head back through the town of Beaune and continue north to reach the towns in the Cotes de Nuit.  It is only about a 20 minute drive till you reach the first town of Nuits St.…

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Artelier

Artelier

photo by Stephane Kossmann
Last week I attended the opening of a wonderful new concept gallery/design space. Artelier is the result of a creative partnership between Claire Maestroni, owner of the chic upscale Greenwich retail establishment Mis en Scene and French-born sculptor and metalsmith Franck Areno.
The result is a unique multi-dimensional artistic space that is a bit hard to define.
It’s both a design trade showroom and a retail space. It’s a metalworking shop (above) for both residential and commercial work, an art studio that produces furniture and one of a kind decor items and a gallery space that shows antique and vintage finds, paintings and work from the studio.…

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