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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Yves Delorme Spring 2013 | Postcards from Tropics

Yves Delorme Spring 2013 | Postcards from Tropics

I am a longtime fan of Yves Delorme‘s beautiful linens and home accessories. Since 1845 they have been creating luxurious bedding, robes, towels and table linens that eloquently express the French art de vivre.  Before the holidays I had a chance to preview their lovely new offerings in their light-filled loft showroom in New York.

For spring the theme is Postcards from Tropics with colors reminiscent of Miami and south. Postcard, above, is indeed a tropical paradise with bamboo canes and parakeets printed on white cotton sateen, coordinating with the elegantly soothing Tropics, a lagoon colored subtle leaf pattern. Postcard, with the signature parakeet and bamboo, is also available on honeycomb for the guest towels and terry for the rest of the bath.…

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Meet Me at AmericasMart

Meet Me at AmericasMart

I am thrilled to share that next week I will be speaking at the AmericasMart Gift and Home Furnishings Market in Atlanta. Not only have I never attended this event, but have never been to Atlanta! I’m looking forward to staying with one of my oldest friends who I rarely get to see. And bonus is she lives in a beautiful Suzanne Kasler designed house!

I have heard many wonderful things about the welcoming spirit at this show. With a winning combination of permanent showrooms and trade shows throughout the year, the uniquely integrated buildings make navigating this show a pleasure.…

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Winter Antiques Show Young Collectors Night

Winter Antiques Show Young Collectors Night

One of the annual highlights of the beginning of the year is the The Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. Widely considered America’s most prestigious antiques show, the popular Young Collectors Night is always a much anticipated venue for “new collectors, emerging philanthropists, and art and design enthusiasts.”

Held this year on January 31 from 7-9pm, the evening offers a private viewing of the show as well as the opportunity to meet New York magazine’s Design Editor and Chairwoman of the Interior Design Committee, Wendy Goodman. Also in attendance will be more than 80 of the country’s best known interior designers, who will be illustrating the freshest ways to incorporate classic antique designs into more modern decors.…

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House Beautiful Makeovers | Timeless on Park Avenue

House Beautiful Makeovers | Timeless on Park Avenue

The February House Beautiful is all about makeovers. Whether easy and casual, timeless or happy and fun, each project explains its challenges and the solutions found.

Although designer Tom Samet has generally worked on country houses, a project in a Rosario Candela building on Park Avenue offered him an opportunity to add a little formality to his repertoire. His clients had just purchased this classic pre-war apartment featuring beautiful proportions and large rooms. But it was bland and tired, with a long, rectangular living room and not quite enough light. He and partner Ross Meltzer updated the apartment with exotic wallcoverings, mirrored walls and statement pieces like the Egyptian Revival sideboard below.…

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Quintessential Guide to Champagne

Quintessential Guide to Champagne

It has become a tradition here, in preparation for New Year’s Eve, to publish my Quintessential Guide to Champagne. Long time readers may want to glance it over as a refresher and hop to the end to see the new inclusions. But since many of you are new to Quintessence this year, I offer this essential guide to champagne as a year end treat!!

Although we don’t have Wednesday Wines very often these days, I would still like to thank my compatriot in tasting, Terry Rogers of Horseneck Wines in Greenwich, for the incredibly informative and insightful take on the history and making of our favorite festive drink!…

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