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Nantucket Friday Favorites – Guest House Chic

One of the most photo friendly areas on Nantucket is the charming town of Sconset in the southeast corner of the island. With an abundance of rose covered cottages and a tiny “town,” it is brimming with history and nostalgia. Nantuket guest house garageSeveral years ago, I shared one of my first house tours –  a stylish home on the Bluff.…
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Nantucket Friday Favorites – Boathouse Chic

In downtown Nantucket, across from where the car ferry ushers in its seasonal visitors, sits the historic Old North Wharf. Originally built in 1750 for the burgeoning fishing trade, the tiny shacks lining its width were eventually transformed into cottages for more residential use.…
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Nantucket Friday Favorites – Greater Light

I’m woefully late for last week’s Friday favorite from here on Nantucket. All I can say is that island time is real! We’ll be talking more about the Nantucket Historical Association and their important work this summer including next month’s Nantucket by Design, their largest fundraiser of the year.…
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Marvelous on Mallorca

While I am happily ensconced in my summer outpost here on Nantucket, I still enjoy vicariously exploring other vacation destinations. In this month’s British House & Garden, a beautiful home on Mallorca piqued my curiosity. Pool on Mallorca, photo by Montse Garriga Grau for House & Garden UK 1In the rural region of Manocor on this Spanish island, a 200 year old farmhouse was sympathetically restored by Madrid architect and designer, Ramón García Jurado, for a stylish mix of old and new.…
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Happy July 4th

Wishing everyone a very happy July 4th from here on Nantucket, where the appeal of the gray lady is epitomized by this well-known rose covered cottage. One of the most photographed houses on island, it reflects the spirit and charm of this small yet special island destination.…
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Plain Chic in Connecticut

I’ve written many times about the exceptional shopping in the tiny town of New Preston, Connecticut. Here, an array of local stores present their individual style with flair and personality. One of the more recent additions is Michael DePerno’s and Andrew Fry’s Plain Goods, carrying a carefully curated selection of vintage and antiques furnishings and accessories, select fashion, and pantry items, all with an artisanal bent.…
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At Home in New York City with Frank de Biasi

In a bland box of a lower Park Avenue pre-war, designer Frank de Biasi and partner, fashion and textile designer Gene Meyer, have fearlessly transformed their high rise rental into a personal, maximalist space. Timidity has no place here as family heirlooms, treasured collections and inventive decorative treatments live together in layered idiosyncratic harmony.…
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Rosario Candela – Elegance in the Sky

In early 20th century New York City, as many affluent residents were gradually abandoning their mansions and townhouses for apartments, few created the allure of luxury high rise living as did architect Rosario Candela. In the stylish interwar era, Candela played a major role in transforming the skyline and key neighborhoods of NYC such as Park and Fifth Avenues as well as Sutton Place.…
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72 Hours in France!

As mentioned in my last post, I spent 72 hours in France this week with Susanna Salk, filming two new video episodes. We were so incredibly lucky with the weather – a little rain on one day and the rest was what we all imagine as the proverbial springtime in Paris!…
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First Look – 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Tomorrow marks the opening of the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Now in its 46th year, the annual event benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, a wonderful organization which provides after school and enrichment programs for New York City children.…
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