The Big Appeal of Little Spaces

The Big Appeal of Little Spaces

Perhaps it’s because I grew up in a cape that I have always loved the nooks and crannies in houses, those special spaces inside created from the idiosyncrasies of the external architecture. I was forever envious of my sister’s bedroom upstairs, with its charming dormer windowseat and drawers set into the walls. I did not, however, have to share a bathroom with my parents, so I suppose it was an even trade-off.

This coming month’s House Beautiful brought back all of these memories and made me realize perhaps why I have so many clippings in my files of “Big Style in Small Spaces.” One feature in particular focusses on these types of endearing spots.…

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Voce di and New Voices

Voce di and New Voices

There is a new voice in luxury lifestyle in New York City. Last week I had the opportunity to visit Voce di, an exciting new venue for experiencing exclusive European home brands and art in a gallery style boutique. From the chic mediterranean minimalism of the minotticucine kitchens

to a well edited selection of art and furnishings, Voce di is a destination for those who appreciate the best of an all encompassing contemporary lifestyle.

And I am excited to report that I have a new voice as well. To read more about Voce di, please join me over at Cottages and Gardens online, where I will be contributing articles on a continuing basis.…

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Celebrating Local Talent at Pimlico

Celebrating Local Talent at Pimlico

I am lucky to live in an area where so much talent abounds. Last week New Canaan, CT shop Pimlico invited friends to celebrate the season in a festive venue with three local artists/companies. For new readers, Pimlico is a charming, always inviting shop of well editing home furnishings and accessories. Also offering design services, owners Jill Saunders and Melissa Lindsay are constantly refreshing the merchandise into cheerful tempting vignettes!

The party featured the work of painter Kerri Rosenthal, the floral arrangements of Diane James and White Moth jewelry, all pictured in the storefront scene above. Take a peek at the fun!!…

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Nick Olsen Knows It’s All About the Mix

Nick Olsen Knows It’s All About the Mix

Even before Nick Olsen received official Rising Star status from the IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association) last fall, he was already well on his way to gaining design recognition. With a degree from Columbia followed by an internship at Architectural Record Magazine, he then snagged a coveted position working for Miles Redd. Inspired by the master, Olsen fixed up his small studio apartment with such ingenuity that it landed on the cover of the Domino magazine November ’06 issue. Editor-in-chief Deborah Needleman then tapped him for their popular “Deal Hunter” blog which he penned until the closing of the much loved publication.…

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Mrs. John Strong – Continuing the Legacy

Mrs. John Strong – Continuing the Legacy

In 1929, Flora Strong opened her eponymous stationery business that was to become the preferred source of luxury papers to such elite customers as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Diana Vreeland,  Jackie Kennedy, and many others. After Mrs. Strong’s death in 1979, the company was sold to heirs Robert and Joy Lewis who successfully ran the firm until 2002 when they sold it to to Nannette Brown and husband. After closing down during the rough spell in the 2009 meltdown, Mrs. John L. Strong is now in the capable hands of owner Jacqueline Kotts, who is committed to maintaining the high standards of fine design and quality the original company possessed.…

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In the Garden with Stacy Bass

In the Garden with Stacy Bass

If you are a reader of such local upscale Connecticut magazines as athome, Greenwich or Westport Magazines, or national publications such as Garden Design, HorticultureLuxe,  House Beautiful, then you have undoubtedly seen the work of talented photographer Stacy Bass. Her award-winning photos of landscapes and interiors eloquently capture the essence of place with a sensuous light and luminosity that transport you directly into the lushness of the landscapes.

This past month, her first book, In the Garden, was published, celebrating 18 spectacular gardens here in the Northeast. As you gain exclusive access to these private enclaves, you explore, through Bass’ educated eye, the creativity expressed in these natural environments.…

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ELLE DECOR Presents its New A-List at Baccarat

ELLE DECOR Presents its New A-List at Baccarat

The beautiful new Baccarat showroom in the D&D Building was the elegant setting Wednesday evening for the third annual ELLE DECOR A-list awards. A festive and well-attended party, it was a lovely way to witness the induction of ten talented new members.

While sipping champagne, we admired the brand’s first-ever lighting showroom in the U.S. (the 59th Street store carries much of the other merchandise). With over 2,000 products and two new collections annually, Baccarat is bridging the divide between its grand traditional heritage and contemporary creations. The rotating Solstice Comète, below, makes quite a statement upon entering the space. With 48 lights, the custom-made piece combines modern LED technology with classic Baccarat design.…

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Feel Free to Compose: Axor Bouroullec

Feel Free to Compose: Axor Bouroullec

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are not your average designers. In Anniina Koivu’s monograph on the French design team, she compares them to butterflies, possessing an expressive freedom that is hard to pin down. With a philosophy of “objects must be flexible in their application,” they create functional art that is dependent on the end user. Yet far from being random, their designs have an anthropomorphic origin whose repetitive geometry feels somehow comfortable and familiar in its final form.

Last year when I attended the London Design Festival with BlogTour, I had the privilege of experiencing their “Textile Field,” a collaboration with Kvadrat, at the V&A.…

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Thank you ELLE DECOR: My Pick from The Modern Life Concept House

Thank you ELLE DECOR: My Pick from The Modern Life Concept House

Thank you to ELLE DECOR for including me in their “Great Ideas from the Modern Life Concept House” piece online. During our Blogfest visit, several of us were asked to pick a favorite idea from the show house.

There has been much discussion about how to personalize spaces and make them feel representative of the owners while attractive and interesting. One way of course is to incorporate art and oversized artwork makes a singular dramatic statement. I chose a piece from Katie Leede‘s bedroom for both its aesthetics and narrative. The room was designed for an educated young woman with discerning taste, a recent college graduate now living at home.…

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Style Knows No Age: Iris Apfel at Sotheby’s

Style Knows No Age: Iris Apfel at Sotheby’s

If ever there was an example of the value of staying true to one’s vision, Iris Apfel is certainly it!  An enduring style icon still going strong at 90, she has collections at HSNYoox, MAC, a new handbag line amusingly called Extinctions (produced with Lisa Nunziata) debuting this fall, and an eyewear collection with Eyebobs coming next year. As the famous line goes, “I’ll take what she’s having!”

Last week I attended a “conversation” with Apfel and Veranda editor-in-chief Dara Caponigo, as part of the Hearst Design Group “best of” lecture series, benefitting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and hosted by Sotheby’s. …

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