My Day at Oscar – the Collection

My Day at Oscar – the Collection

Who doesn’t love Oscar? Oscar de la Renta is one of only a few designers who consistently delivers timeless elegant fashion statements season after season. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to score a few pieces on sale which have remained treasured mainstays in my wardrobe.  And last month, I was thrilled to attend the Oscar de la Renta fall runway show for the first time.

A relatively intimate affair in what is to be the company’s spacious new offices overlooking Bryant Park, it was a veritable who’s who of fashionable New Yorkers. While only two seated rows deep, it was still rather difficult for me to capture good shots of the fast moving runway.…

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The Ivy League – the Book

The Ivy League – the Book

Although the Ivy League was originally formed as an athletic conference, the connotation associated with this group of eight prestigious schools casts a much wider net. Whether it’s education, influence, or even style, most people have formed some sort of mental association with the term. And as author Daniel Cappello in his new book for Assouline, aptly points out, “the Ivy League might be seen as one of the most successful and singularly American brands.”

Glancing through this new tome by Assouline, one is offered an inside peek into the individual and distinctive style of each school. And while the landscape both in general and at each has certainly changed over the years, including perhaps most importantly, the introduction of co-education, some traditions and eccentricities have not.…

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L.A. Style File – At Home at Hollyhock

L.A. Style File – At Home at Hollyhock

The Sunday evening before the Design Bloggers Conference was one of supreme visual artistry. First was an awe inspiring visit to Hutton Wilkinson’s Casa Contessa and Tony Duquette’s Dawn Ridge next door. Somewhere in between James Hilton’s Shangri La and Auntie Mame on steroids, the creative expression at both these residences is beyond words.

The gardens at Dawn Ridge

Tony Duquette’s monkey room

Hutton and Ruth Wilkinson’s amazing house Casa Contessa

For a more extensive selection of photos and information about our visit, please stop by friend Liz Morten’s blog Dovecote Decor here.

Next on the agenda was a cocktail reception at the chic la Cienega shop Hollyhock in honor of blogging friend Ronda Carman of All the Best and her upcoming book with Rizzoli (the Hutton Wilkinson tea was also an L.A.…

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L.A. Style File – House of Honey

L.A. Style File – House of Honey

It’s true – all the clichés and jokes about the traffic in L.A. – the ubiquity of cars is not exaggerated. Unlike New York, where walking 10 – 20 blocks is an everyday expectation, in L.A., going even a short distance seems to necessitate hopping behind the wheel. Thank goodness my shopping companions Anne and Suysel (Tilton Fenwick) had rented one. Even though we walked in town like true New Yorkers, it allowed us to make a little excursion to Pasadena where we visited fellow New Trad Tamara Kaye-Honey’s shop House of Honey.

Describing her style as New Vintage, Kaye-Honey’s charming shop offers a truly eclectic mix of new, vintage and “re-invented” home decor objects, furnitures, fabric and wallpaper as well as jewelry, art and I suspect whatever happens to catch her visual fancy.  …

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L.A. Style File – Design Digs About Town

L.A. Style File – Design Digs About Town

Los Angeles seemed such a long way to go for just the two days of the Design Bloggers Conference, so I was thrilled to go a couple days early and tag along with designing friends Suysel and Anne of Tilton Fenwick while they did a bit of client shopping. While it was a tad disappointing to discover that many of the charming West Hollywood shops are closed on the weekend, we still managed to visit several chic outposts of L.A. style.

Cain Modern is a well respected source of mid century and modern classics. Open to the public as well as the trade, they offer full design services as well as their curated collection of investment grade furnishings.…

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A Haus in L.A.

A Haus in L.A.

1. Large Copenhagen Carafe  2. Silver Rope Pitcher  3. Facet Medium Candleholder

One of my first stops in Los Angeles was Nina Freudenberger’s new outpost of her NYC Haus Interior in Nolita (currently home to David Stark’s Wood Shop). This chic shop is an oasis of neutral based furniture and accessories. Filled with graphic patterns, natural textures, streamlined glass and sparkling silver, it successfully walks the line between classic and fashion forward with tempting vignettes on every surface.

1. Pendleton Queen Blanket Arizona  2. Round Nickel Lantern  3. Polished Nickel Tray – small  4. Navy Chevron Pillow

As you’ve heard here before, it’s all about the mix and Freudenberger is a pro, creating a sophisticated yet well priced assortment of classic pieces combined in a fresh and inviting manner.…

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L.A. Style File – The Chamberlain Hotel

L.A. Style File – The Chamberlain Hotel

As most of you know, I was at the Design Blogger’s Conference last week in Los Angeles. I hadn’t been to the sunny state since I was nine years old when my mother, sister and I traveled cross country by train to visit my aunt. Those were the days when train travel still could be an elegant affair. We took the Twentieth Century from New York to Chicago and the California Zephyr from there to Los Angeles – it was quite the adventure.

While this was an adventure of a different sort, style was most definitely a part of the picture, including the fabulous Chamberlain Hotel in West Hollywood.…

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High Point Happy

High Point Happy

So I am beyond excited to share more good news. A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to attend High Point Market (for the first time) as part of the Market Authority’s Sponsored Blogger program. The sponsorship is shared between the market and an exhibiting company. I am honored to announce my company sponsor is Wesley Hall, the well respected upscale Hickory, NC based manufacturer.

A third and fourth generation family owned business, Wesley Hall prides itself on its consistent dedication to quality, service and value – my kind of company!

I was thrilled to be able to meet two key principals from the company at the Design Bloggers Conference this past week in Los Angeles.…

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The New TradHome

The New TradHome

I am beyond excited to announce that my pick for Traditional Home‘s new TradHome designers was selected. You may remember last year’s incredible popular inaugural issue of NewTrad. The magazine was welcomed online with millions of views and critical acclaim. This year, bloggers were invited to nominate designers who we felt represented new trad style. Out of hundreds of submissions, 10 pairs of bloggers and designers were chosen, who will be featured in the new digital edition of TradHome and the May issue of the print magazine. You may see all 10 winners here.

My submission for TradHome was a project by Allison Hennessy, one of the designers at the Rooms with a View show I covered in the fall.…

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NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Michael Kors

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Michael Kors

If you’re looking to ferret out the major trends for fall, you need look no further than the fall collection of maestro Michael Kors. A study in contrasts, the collection presented styles from rustic chic to glamorous elegance, all with his usual easy to wear élan. Even if you cannot afford the Kors price tag, he distills down his vision to a refined essence that is easy to emulate. While many of the looks are representative of runway amplification, it is still simple to see the spirit of what will be making store appearances come fall. This example of rugged elegance shows us how it’s done – the importance of red, mixing textures and graphic patterns and fur as a major accessory.…

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