Author Archives: Stacey Bewkes

Magnificent Monograms

Unfortunately, since I wrote this post several years ago, the owner, Caroline Breckenridge, has passed away. Please continue on to read about her work and for monogram design inspiration. I don’t remember how I found Monogram Inc. but I’m certainly glad I did.…
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On the Same Wavelength

I just received my new Town & Country this weekend. It’s a terrific issue and I couldn’t help but notice that we clearly were on the same wavelength this month. If you enjoyed my Christie’s Cache post about the upcoming jewelry sale at the auction house, then you should definitely read Carol Prisant’s informative profile of Rahul Kadakia, the debonair head of the jewelry department at Christie’s, who was quoted in my post and discusses some of the pieces I featured.…
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Interior Portraits

There are so many wonderful design books making their debut this fall. I have already covered David Easton’s beautiful Timeless Elegance and will certainly be looking at several more. Most of these are compendiums of the designers’ projects, executed to focus on their work with beautiful photographs and text.…
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Thank you Dominique Browning

A big thank you to Dominique Browning who, on her blog slowlovelife, cites Quintessence as one of the four blogs she has been following lately. I didn’t even realize until one of my readers congratulated me on the mention. Coming from such a highly respected, experienced editor, I consider this high praise indeed. …
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Game Day

I am not a big online game player – I have very few apps on my iphone and the only two games I have are both free: Wordwarp and Hangman (for my daughter). I am, however, totally hooked on Wordwarp – it is a fun, challenging word game that is great for when you are waiting at the doctor or orthodontist’s office, in line at school pick up or on the train.…
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Encyclopedia of the Exquisite

I was so focussed on all the design books coming out this fall that I somehow missed this wonderful gem. The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite, An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights looks to be a total delight. The author, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, was formerly the European editor of W, a senior editor at Women’s Wear Daily and currently writes for Vogue from her home in Maine. …
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This Old House

Almost four years ago, we downsized and moved to a more modest house next door – yes, next door. With our third child about to go away to school, my husband understandably decided that we didn’t need such a large and expensive-to-run house any more.…
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Christie’s Cache

There is a lot of buzz about the upcoming Christie’s all day jewelry auction on October 20th in NYC. People seem to be talking about three pieces in particular. Two will appear in the morning session, entitled Jeweled Elegance: The Eye of A Distinguished Collector, an exceptional private collection encompassing over 160 signed pieces from the very best houses.The first is a Bulgari ring – a two-stone ring featuring a rare, almost 11 carat triangular shaped vivid blue diamond and an almost 10 carat matching white diamond.…
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Lanvin at H&M Update

A video for the Lanvin H&M collaboration will debut at HM.com on November 8. In the meantime, I just found out, via fashionista.com, that a fun little preview can be seen here: The collection will be in stores on November 23rd!…
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Waris Wares

photo by evan sung If you are going to be in NYC this week, you might want to stop by an intriguing pop-up store open only until October 17th. It is the brainchild of the amazing Waris Ahluwalia. A modern renaissance man, you may know him from his parts in Wes Anderson films and I am Love, as the founder of House of Waris fine jewelry, as co-author of the popular To India With Love (published to benefit his charity Mumbai We Got Your Back)  or merely as a ubiquitous fixture on the New York and Hollywood social scenes.…
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