Brimfield Bounty

Brimfield Bounty

I had heard about the fabulous antiques venue at Brimfield for years and last week, for the first time, was able to experience it myself. Cynthia Bogart of The Daily Basics and Gretchen Aubuchon of Gretchen Aubuchon Design (below) organized, for the second time, a marvelous event for bloggers and designers at the fair. Supported by wonderful sponsors, Benjamin Moore, Company C, Pandora de Balthazár, GE Monogram and Aubuchon Hardware and media partners Better Homes and Gardens and Traditional Home, they had a VIP tent where we could relax, enjoy demonstrations, participate in contests, meet fellow participants and even have a drink!!…

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We Will Never Forget

We Will Never Forget

photo by Thomas E. Franklin for The Bergen Record

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Announcing Pandora de Balthazár

Announcing Pandora de Balthazár

I’m thrilled to announce that the project I have been working on this summer is now live. It’s been my privilege to help bring the beautiful luxury products of Pandora de Balthazár to life online. The largest collector and purveyor of antique textiles in the country, with over 2 million pieces in stock, Pandora and her team search the world over for the best in quality and design.

From beautiful bedding

to elegant tabletop

to elaborate window treatments from centuries old European laces

or simpler treatments,

Pandora’s vast collection has it all. And whatever she doesn’t have, she and her team are willing to scour the marketplace for.…

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

I know soon Terry will be heading out to Napa to take some lucky customers on private tours of select vineyards. Today she talks about Palmaz, a special winery with an incredible architectural story in the valley.

The first time I was invited to see the new renovations and construction that was still being finished at the Palmaz winery I was so impressed.   To this day it has left a lasting impression on me.  Anyone that gets a chance to visit this state of the art winery when in the Napa area – it is a beauty to behold.

In “the valley” as they say in the wine region of California you must now go through very strict zoning procedures to build a new winery.  …

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BlogTour Collaborative Creativity: Wallunica & Spirit of Sports

BlogTour Collaborative Creativity: Wallunica & Spirit of Sports

One of the most wonderful aspects of the upcoming BlogTour event I will be attending in London is its collaborative nature. Between all the design events at the London Design Festival, the sponsors, the media partners and the group of attendees that Modenus has organized for BlogTour, there are many opportunities for symbiotic endeavors. In particular, I began thinking how several of the sponsors could indeed complement each other.

I was so excited to learn about Wallunica. This innovative German company is out to make wallpaper the new paint! Here you can create your own bespoke wall covering from any of hundreds of free digital images on their site or you can upload your own photo or art for a truly individualized design.…

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Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

While we all enjoy what most of us consider the last weekend of summer, let us remember why we have a holiday today and take note of all the workers who have helped contribute to the success and prosperity our country now enjoys (despite a few bumps in the road we may experience along the way).

Photo: Margaret Bourke-White/TIME & LIFE Pictures, Jan 01, 1942

Of course for many of us, Labor Day also marks the start of a new school year. While nowadays that means trips to Staples and online shopping, back to school for me will always evoke the style that Ali MacGraw epitomized in Love Story – those classic fall looks that just never grow old.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

I am thrilled to be back in the swing of things just in time for At the Movies. We just got our power back this evening, and I must say, this week of being home without it (and water) really had me appreciating the value of entertainment. While we still have no TV or internet (I am writing late at night with a slow wifi connection) I am eagerly awaiting its return so I can include some movie watching over the weekend.

This week we continue to celebrate a back to school theme with a slightly different twist. There’s been so much buzz about our upcoming BlogTour trip to London for design week, I seem to have Britain on the brain.…

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Getting Your Game On

Getting Your Game On

Well Irene has turned out to be one of the nastiest visitors I’ve had in quite a while. Not only did she flood our town and rip down our trees but she’s left us powerless and in our case without water as well!! Not a visitor I plan on inviting back. And she left us with a situation hardly conducive to blogging!

Last night, we delved into the game closet. The girls and I had a mean Parcheesi tournament – I got annihilated! I waited patiently, with my last man one space from home for perhaps 20 moves, rolling everything except what I needed, while my elder daughter brought two men all the way around the board to take second place.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

Instead of focusing on a single film today, I am sharing with you an entertaining auction of a film star’s notable collection. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was a man of many talents. Although he hadn’t intended to be an actor, considering his heritage and circumstances, it was difficult to avoid. The star of many classic films including Little Caesar, The Prisoner of Zenda and Gunga Din, he also had a distinguished military career, was involved in post war humanitarian efforts as chairman of the fund-raising committee for CARE, had a brief yet famous marriage to Joan Crawford as well as a dazzling social life, counting both Hollywood stars and European royalty as friends.…

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London Calling

London Calling

I have been waiting to tell you a very exciting development and now that all seems to be in place, I am thrilled to announce that I will be participating in BlogTour 2011 in London next month. Modenus, the expansive online design resource and MMPI, the producers of the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and MyDeco.com have collaborated to create this incredible opportunity for a select group of US bloggers, who are being sponsored to attend the London Design Festival.

Starting with afternoon tea at the Victoria & Albert Museum, with a welcome by William Knight, director of the festival, it will be five jam packed days of seeing what many of the design shows including 100% Design, TENT, Design Junction and Decorex have to offer as well as a selection of the smaller venues included in this city-wide celebration of design.…

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