A Vicarious Visit to Camilla Guinness’ Arniano

A Vicarious Visit to Camilla Guinness’ Arniano

A couple of weeks ago, T Magazine published a feature on British interior designer Camilla Guinness. Known for her eclectic mix of English style with dramatic glamour, she created interiors for the likes of Isabella Blow and “an inner circle of bohemian Brits,” most notably, Ned and Marina Lambton, whose 17th century Tuscan villa she helped to restore. Her characteristic insouciant mix can be seen in the drawing room with grisaille panels over gilt consoles, simple linen upholstery and an Ikea rug.

A charming guest bedroom includes Chelsea textiles bed hangings.

photos above by Oberto Gili for Architectural Digest

Guinness is part of a creative family by both birth and marriage (her ex-sister-in-law is designer Rose Uniacke). …

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The Good Garden | The Landscape Architecture of Edmund Hollander Design

The Good Garden | The Landscape Architecture of Edmund Hollander Design

While landscape design has always been an important feature for a home, the increasing emphasis on indoor/outdoor living over the last several years has heightened even further the priority given to gardens and the design of our environmental spaces. One of the most recognized east coast landscape architect firms, Edmund Hollander Design, has been creating lush and meticulous outdoor spaces for the last 25 years. In their recently published second volume, The Good Garden, we can revel in dozens of gorgeous estate gardens throughout the Northeast.

Organized thematically, we learn how individual components, from gateways and paths to walls, allées, pergolas and more can be employed to create dazzling, dynamic and unified gardens and landscapes.…

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On the Road

On the Road

Between short trips on the road and longer island stays, it’s been a busy summer. And I think I’ve set a personal record for the number of ferry rides I’ve completed in one season. But it means there’s lots in the works. With At Home video visits Susanna and I have shot with designers and top tastemakers (homes of Carolyne Roehm, Michael Bruno, Christopher Spitzmiller, Ken Fulk and Liz Lange’s summer residence, Grey Gardens, shown in the collage below), more Virtual Postcard videos from traveling style mavens (middle row left and right), insider house tours, book reviews and more, I am working hard behind the scenes.…

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Virtual Postcard | Maya Williams in Coastal Italy

Virtual Postcard | Maya Williams in Coastal Italy

Welcome to the latest episode of Virtual Postcard, our summer travel series featuring the world seen through the eyes of designer friends and style makers around the globe. Interior designer Maya Williams is a native southern Californian whose love of art, culture and history is nurtured with frequent travel.  This summer found her journeying extensively through Italy, hitting the requisite city sites but also taking her to some of my favorite destinations overlooking the Mediterranean as well. Maya compiled a envy inducing video collage of her trip down coastal Italy to share. Buon Viaggio!!

Those of you who follow Maya on Instagram, may have seen some of the scenic stops on her trip like the incredible view from her balcony in Positano, below,

 the charming wallpaper in the Hotel Splendido in Portofino

or the inspiring upward view in the Church of San Guiseppe in Taormina, Sicily.…

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Fashion and Decor Meet on the Vanity Fair Best Dressed List

Fashion and Decor Meet on the Vanity Fair Best Dressed List

Each year the Vanity Fair Best Dressed List arrives with great anticipation. And for 2015, the world of interiors is represented by none other than the very dapper Robert Couturier, who topped the men’s list of this year’s honorees. While Robert’s designs represent a sophisticated mix of dramatic contrasts, his fashion is decidedly classic. Frequenting the same bespoke London tailor for years, Robert eschews trendy fashion in favor of the quality of enduring style that never fails. Join Susanna for a fashionable chat with the always charming Robert.

Even in the country, Robert elevates old school style to modern chic, as below in a loden cape, when Susanna and I serendipitously ran into him a couple winters ago shopping in New Preston, Connecticut.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Timothy Corrigan in Los Angeles

At Home with Susanna Salk and Timothy Corrigan in Los Angeles

When visiting Timothy Corrigan in Los Angeles, you are greeted with the same sense of comfort and elegance that is evident in all he does. Whether in France or California, Timothy effortlessly melds his easy west coast livability with a stylish European sensibility. And while there is definitely an appreciation of old world splendor, the classic prewar Georgian colonial is most definitely designed for today’s lifestyle. Join Susanna and me as we share our special stay at Tim’s gracious LA home.

Hancock Park, where Timothy lives, seems an east coast-like anomaly in sprawling Los Angeles. Developed in the 1920’s, with tree lined streets and pedestrian friendly sidewalks, it is a neighborhood with timeless appeal.…

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Sotheby’s Auction of a Distinguished Estate

Sotheby’s Auction of a Distinguished Estate

While it would be impossible to top the enormity and stellar selections of the milestone Bunny Mellon sale last fall, an upcoming Sotheby’s auction this October will present the property from another distinguished Virginia horse country estate. The elegant home of Mary Sayles Booker Braga’s ‘Oakendale,’ near Middleburg, below, contained a collection of fine art, furniture and decorative art purchased from many of the best dealers in New York and London.

With a love of both the Virginia equestrian lifestyle as well as the English country house, Mrs. Braga developed a disciplined and educated eye. From 17th century English landscapes and 20th century portraits to period English furniture and porcelain to whimsical pieces such as Andrea Spadini’s bronze dancing elephant with accordion, below, it is an auction reflecting the personal tastes of a passionate collector.…

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Shopping Nantucket | Atlantic

Shopping Nantucket | Atlantic

Shopping Nantucket offers a plethora of tempting picks and Atlantic, in their spacious new spot on Federal Street, should most definitely be on your list. Longtime summer resident Colleen Darby Wurts originally started her business in a friend’s Sconset garage. After spending the winter picking choice antiques, she did three big summer weekends there and was a resounding success. She then took a small space downtown on Easy Street for two years, subsequently moving to the barn on Straight Wharf, where Scrub Oak is now, for five years, where she included a small edited women’s boutique on the second floor.

When the Federal Street store in the center of town became available, it offered the perfect opportunity for Colleen to expand.…

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Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket 2015

Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket 2015

Benefitting the worthy Nantucket Historical Association, the Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket is always an August highlight on island. With just one more day to visit, I wanted to share a few favorites from this year’s show. When attending the preview at the opening night cocktail party, both designer Suzanne Tucker (who spoke on the design panel Friday morning) and I admired (and instagrammed) an unusual 19th century cast iron urn in a rare oval shape from the Finnegan Gallery in Chicago.

They also are showing an unusually large mid-19th century French enameled cast iron conservatory planter. With lion head handles and lovely blue and white decorative pattern, it would be a marvelous addition to any room.…

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Virtual Postcard | Kevin Isbell in Sardinia

Virtual Postcard | Kevin Isbell in Sardinia

Welcome to a new installment of our summer video travel series VIRTUAL POSTCARD. When I noticed that designer Kevin Isbell was planning a trip to Sardinia this summer, I immediately nabbed him for an episode, knowing his seasoned eye would capture the beauty of this distinctive destination. The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia boasts both dramatic natural vistas and proud ancient traditions. Tag along with Kevin as he takes us with him to this unique European island paradise.

Often inspired by his love of travel, Kevin’s interiors are as sophisticated and wordly as they are comfortable and functional. Elegantly layered with cultural references, there is a thread of where he’s been or would like to go in everything he designs.…

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