House Beautiful 2012 Kitchen of the Year

House Beautiful 2012 Kitchen of the Year

As our lifestyles have evolved over the last few decades, there’s no doubt that the kitchen has become the hub of the house. Whether the focus is fine food, family management, entertaining or all three, this multi functional room has expanded, opening up and encompassing other living spaces. So it was with great anticipation that this week marked the debut of the 5th House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year in Rockefeller Center. Creator of this year’s edition, renowned kitchen designer Mick De Giulio was on hand to effortlessly guide us through a press preview and tour Monday morning.

In a freestanding 1,000 foot structure, this year’s kitchen is modeled on how Giulio himself would like to live, including an open core area with island,

a snappy butler’s pantry, an outdoor cooking and lounging area, including a Belgard pizza oven, a feature the De Giulio says he now often includes

as well as more interior entertaining space to make it truly feel like home.…

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Design is One: The Vignellis at the Architecture & Design Film Festival

Design is One: The Vignellis at the Architecture & Design Film Festival

As the internet and social media have made the world infinitely smaller, it seems that the world of design has followed suit. More than ever, design is less confined, no longer compartmentalized as it once was. Interior and fashion designers are now venturing into each other’s territories, blurring boundaries between specialities. But in a related discipline, a legendary design duo has been crossing the lines for years. Then…

photo by Barry McKinley

And decades later in their NYC studio in 2007

photo by Dean Kaufman for New York Magazine

Massimo Vignelli, although trained as an architect in Italy, became a household name here first for his work in graphics and corporate identity.…

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Gardens by Design at the Bartlett Arboretum Finale

Gardens by Design at the Bartlett Arboretum Finale

Upstairs at the Bartlett Homestead, the rooms represented a variety of talent. Mark and Susan Bijleveld of Finished in Fabric specialize in antique upholstery and reproduction, using old world techniques. Their Flower Bed Room showed a small portion of what their versatile workroom can create. From fabric wall upholstery, bedding, pillows to complete drapery and furniture upholstery, this originally Dutch company has done it all, including the upholstery and draperies for the private residence of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

photo by David Sloane Photography

Susan described their space as an “Upholstery Workroom Gone Wild,” as they did their best to display much of what they do.…

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Bringing the Garden in at the Bartlett Arboretum Showhouse

Bringing the Garden in at the Bartlett Arboretum Showhouse

We continue with our look at the lovely Garden Rooms by Design showhouse at the Bartlett Arboretum, where the botanical theme of the event reminded visitors how connected we are to nature and the outdoor world. Merging exterior and interior spaces is an important direction in design these days with many companies producing beautiful fabrics and furniture that can be used in either venue.

In the small original foyer of the house, Liza Cousins created a lovely subtle decorative striae on the walls and pale lavender on the ceiling that segued perfectly from the grand foyer to other surrounding rooms.

Her Matisse-esque art added a fresh garden themed graphic appeal to the space.…

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Garden Rooms by Design at the Bartlett Arboretum

Garden Rooms by Design at the Bartlett Arboretum

Not far from me, in the back country of Stamford, CT, is a unique treasure. The Bartlett Arboretum contains 91 acres of woodlands, display gardens, notable tree collections and hiking trails open to the public every day of the year. In addition, they offer classes, seminars, children’s activities and special events.

The original Bartlett Homestead building from 1913, which functions as an administrative building, historical museum and visitors’ center, was in desperate need of rejuvenation and so the idea of a designer showhouse was born. Guided by co-chairs Victoria Vandamm of Vandamm Interiors, Robert Knorr of Nordic Contruction and Helen White of Home Resource Guide, talented local interior designers were brought together to give the historic home a much needed makeover.…

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Paula Peck Picks – A Summer Entertaining Favorite

Paula Peck Picks – A Summer Entertaining Favorite

I usually go straight to the menus if there are any. I love seeing the way an author has assembled the various courses for particular occasions. Otherwise, I start with the entrées. As an inveterate cookbook collector, I know I am not alone in having particularly idiosyncratic behavior in how I approach reading such titles. That certainly does not mean I have cooked from all my many volumes but I have most definitely enjoyed countless vicarious meals! While I am not hosting any events this holiday week, I have been inspired to think about how summer invites entertaining with ease and what I might make for such an occasion.…

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Cheers to the Red, White & Blue – Happy 4th of July!

Cheers to the Red, White & Blue – Happy 4th of July!

Whether you’re staying home or going out, dressing up or keeping it casual, there’s a little something here for everyone! Starting with a little RED!!

1) Charlotte Olympia London 2012 Pandora Perspex clutch (I know July 4th is all about independence from those Brits, but think Olympics) 2) Kim Seybert Seersucker Napkins (I own & love these) 3) Oscar de la Renta Crystal Teardrop Earrings 4) Campari – with soda on the rocks, with a splash of orange juice or in a Negroni, it’s my favorite red summer cocktail! 5) Repetto BB patent-leather ballet flats

WHITE is always right!!…

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Champalimaud and Holland & Sherry Present The Comptoirs Collection

Champalimaud and Holland & Sherry Present The Comptoirs Collection

Proving the power of creative collaboration, hospitality designer Alexandra Champalimaud and fabric house Holland & Sherry have joined forces to create a chic new outdoor fabric collection. Such a sophisticated pairing could only be celebrated in the most stylish of venues. And the Elizabeth Street Garden, adjacent to the Holland & Sherry Bespoke shop in Nolita, proved to be such a place.

photo courtesy of BFA

At the launch party last week, hosted by the designer and Holland & Sherry group President Bryan Dicker, above, guests entered down a lantern lit pathway lined with dress forms bedecked in fashionable creations made of Champalimaud’s The Comptoirs Collection.…

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Ten Picks for a Simply Splendid Summer

Ten Picks for a Simply Splendid Summer

As some of you know, I also moonlight over at the worthy non-profit Women’s Voices for Change. “Celebrating the potential, the vitality, and the power of women over 40 is a wonderful objective and I am delighted to contribute! As co-editor (with Colleen Caslin, COO of Verdura) of our Fashion Fridays, I am excited to announce a fabulously fun new series starting today. We have asked a handful of our most accomplished stylish friends in the know to answer ten questions, sharing their favorite finds for the summer season.

I’m sure you’ll be as thrilled as I that we are kicking it off with the smart, savvy and sophisticated Deborah Needleman.…

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Lalique’s New Fashionable Edge

Lalique’s New Fashionable Edge

In my enthusiasm, I posted yesterday instead of my usual middle of the week installment and rather than leave you hanging until Friday, I thought I would offer a little eye candy to carry you through. I only shared a few pieces on Monday from the new Lalique jewelry collection. The line encompasses almost 100 pieces and is classic and yet modern in its appeal. See how beautifully it pairs with these pieces for fall, all from Bergdorf’s.

The black crystal Nysa bracelet could be the perfect accompaniment to this Oscar de la Renta Contrast Crochet Jacket and Skirt. Elegant with a little edge, it can hold its own against the busy pattern of this trademark Oscar look.…

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