Monthly Archives: December 2015

Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2015

It’s time for this year’s edition of what has become an annual tradition here chez Q – the Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2015. 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.…
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Home for the Holidays

While this has been a busy week, there is nothing quite as wonderful as being home for the holidays. The house is bursting at the seams with the kids and their attending accoutrements (kind term for endless footwear and laundry), the fridge with more food than it should ever really hold, extended family and welcome guests. …
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The Brilliant Beauty of Belperron

It was in the 1960’s and early 70’s, when Ward Landrigan, then head of Sotheby’s jewelry department, first spied the distinctive work of jewelry designer Suzanne Belperron. By 1987, Landrigan had purchased Verdura and had hoped to augment the collection at the landmark Sotheby’s sale of the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels in Geneva.…
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Merry Merry

From my table to yours, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Merry Merry
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Christmas in Connecticut

My friend, designer Lisa Hilderbrand, lives in a renovated 18th century saltbox that each year she transforms into the epitome of Christmas in Connecticut. Having purchased the house in 2004, Lisa and her husband fell hard for the spacious antique in a historic part of New Canaan. …
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At Home with Susanna Salk and Lela Rose

Lela Rose is not only an acclaimed fashion designer, with eponymous ready-to-wear and bridal collections, but, as seen in her new book, Prêt-à-Party, a passionate and creative party-giver. In fact, her Tribeca apartment, where Lela lives with her husband and two children, was custom built around her love for entertaining.…
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The Legacy of Luxury Linens at E. Braun and Jesurum

Luxury linens are a pleasure that easily enhance your life every single day. Especially as the winter days get short, it can be such a simple extravagance to climb into a beautifully appointed bed at night. One of the most elegant sources in New York is the lovely E.…
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The Exciting New Drake + Anderson

While I am frequently touting the stylish mix of the well established with the new, I am not normally referring to firms. But in this case the mix is indeed a stylish pairing of people, as acclaimed designer Jamie Drake and rising star Caleb Anderson have joined forces to create the new firm Drake + Anderson in 2016.…
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At Home with Susanna Salk and Windsor Smith

Windsor Smith embraces a style that melds modern living with old fashioned values. While she crafts luxurious homes with elegant interiors, she is ever conscious of how her clients will live in them. As practical as they are personal, her spaces encourage a harkening back to tradition and the kind of human interactions much needed in our harried world of technology and anonymity.…
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Tis the Season

December is not only the time for making your list and checking it twice but tis the season for gatherings galore. The first half of this week alone started by celebrating Christopher Spitzmiller‘s one year anniversary in his new space with a book signing with Jeffrey Bilhuber.…
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