Monthly Archives: December 2014

Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2014

While I am a proponent of drinking champagne throughout the year, there is certainly no more traditional time to celebrate with a glass of bubbly than on New Year’s Eve. And so I present this year’s edition of what has become an annual post – the Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2014. …
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More Additions for Your Design Library

Since there is never enough time to catch up on all the new fall design titles, I thought this week, when we are all at home or relaxing on vacation, would be a good time to make some more suggestions for your design library.…
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Holiday Movies

For those who celebrated, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was filled with family frenzy and fun. As we relax in the aftermath, I thought a few holiday movies might be in order. I know I will be in couch mode for much of the weekend.…
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Christmas Eve Tidings

Every year Christmas Eve somehow sneaks up on me, reminding me somehow of Carl Sandburg’s fog. And this year, it has seemed especially speedy. I thought I would be able to share my table with you today, but since I am not quite done, I offer a peek and wish everyone who celebrates, a wonderful Christmas Eve.…
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Interior Design Books for Holiday Giving

Interior design books are always high on the holiday gifting list in these parts and while we’re in the home stretch, there’s still time to make a visit to your local bookstore or order online. I would have liked to share each of these individually, but this fall seems to have been in fast forward mode.…
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Walton Park a Dollhouse Dream

While Nina Campbell‘s granddaughter may be the distinguished designer’s youngest client, her dollhouse, featured in our recent video, may have set her grandmother on a new course. Working on large properties with five stories, two kitchens and a private garage isn’t out of the ordinary for Nina and her team but Walton Park, below, presented a new set of challenges.…
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Nina Campbell Shops Christmas in Connecticut

With an international following and commissions around the world, Nina Campbell is one of the industry’s most well known and respected designers. Since her first job at nineteen with John Fowler of Colefax and Fowler, Nina has expressed her love of color and layered looks in her sophisticated and stylish interiors.…
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Verdura Accessories for Affordable Gift Glamour

Less than 10 days remain to see the wonderful Verdura at 75 exhibit. I encourage any of you within the New York area to make time for this fabulous retrospective. And for those of you unable to visit, I hope to bring you a closer look at this special story very soon.…
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The Intricate World of Saint-Louis Paperweights

While you may know crystal maker Saint-Louis  primarily for their elegant glassware and lighting, throughout their distinguished history they have also produced small quantities of exquisite and intricate millefiori paperweights. This specific glass technique is thought to have originated in Roman times and then revitalized by Murano glassmakers.…
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Austria in the Air and Other Online Gallavanting

You may remember last year at this time I suggested a visit to the Neue Galerie Gift Shop as all things Austria seemed to be in the air. Not only should you consider stopping by this season for a chic selection of design items perfect for the holidays but you can see the Schiele portrait exhibit and stop in the charming Café Sabarsky for some heisse getränke (hot beverages) and Viennese sweets to ward off the bitter weather.…
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