Monthly Archives: January 2014

New Passport Rules | Traveler Beware

Anyone who has seen me within the last week now knows of the new passport rules governing international travel. And while this may not be within my usual topic of discussion, I feel it prudent to share my recent experiences. new passport rules I was scheduled to leave for Paris the Tuesday evening before last.…
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Jacques Garcia’s Champ de Bataille

While his design career was launched with such contemporary projects as the Montparnasse Tower and the Meridien group of hotels, Jacques Garcia has been an avid antiques collector since childhood. Focussing primarily on the 17th and 18th centuries, he amassed an impressive collection including many royal pieces of furniture, art and objects.…
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Adventures in Paris

My apologies for leaving you readers so long without updates. I had fully intended to write from Paris but it turned out to be a whirlwind of a trip with a few twists in the road. I have just returned home and while working on catching up, I leave you with a little visual inspiration of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen, from several new collections at Paris Deco Off, to chic shopping finds and exhibits in Paris to magnificent historic chateaus.…
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In the Pierre Frey Paris Archives with Susanna Salk and Patrick Frey

Pierre Frey is a welcome anomaly in our modern world. A luxury company, family owned, and privately held, it is dedicated to both the preservation of the past and innovation for the future. As President and Creative Director, one of Patrick Frey’s passions has been to build an extraordinary archival textile collection, now containing over 30,000 documents, that has become an invaluable resource for not only the company but designers, museums and customers around the world.…
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Thank You Traditional Home

After recently writing about the fabulous new Tilton Fenwick fabric collection for Duralee, I was delighted to see partner Suysel de Pedro Cunningham’s beautiful bedroom, fully outfitted in the collection, featured in this month’s Traditional Home. traditional home Their signature pattern, Rocat, on the headboard, anchors the scheme and shows how successfully it mixes with the other fabrics for a fresh and updated traditional look.…
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Prepping for Paris | Two Faves in the 6th

As I start to prepare for my trip to Paris next week, I rediscovered some summer photos of two shops in the stylish 6th arrondissement where I will be staying again, that I never had time to share. The first is Philippe Ferrandis.…
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Young Collectors Night at the Winter Antiques Show

Next week marks the opening of the 60th Year Diamond Jubilee of the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. Widely considered the most prestigious show for the best of the best in fine and decorative arts, one of its most anticipated events is always Young Collectors Night.…
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The Art of Iron at Pouenat

Established in 1880 as a ferronnier, Pouenat has continued to stay relevant and thrive by embracing their heritage while collaborating with some of the most recognized designers working in Europe today. Almost exactly a year ago at their Maison et Objet booth, I was struck by the successful mix of old and new, celebrating the great tradition of French craftsmanship with old world savoir faire and innovative new design.…
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At the Movies | Downhill Racer

Downhill RacerWith the recent snowstorm, I decided to post about an old favorite, Downhill Racer, which some longtime readers may remember I had written about several years ago. This cult classic from 1969 stars Robert Redford in one of his earliest roles.…
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Marie Christophe, Guerlain and Cour des Senteurs

As Paris is only two weeks away, I thought it was an opportune time to write about the amazing confluence of events that led to this post. Last summer when I escorted my daughters on their first trip to Paris, we made the pilgrimage to Versailles, including a visit to the Cour des Senteurs, thanks to my good friends at The Buzz.…
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