architecture

A look at design and styles of architecture throughout the years

Looking Back and Forward with a New Video Series

It is amazing to think that our Stylish Shopping video series is already almost six months old. And while we have several new subjects scheduled and a few exciting pieces in the “can,” still to be edited, Susanna and I couldn’t resist adding a new series to our repertoire.…
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The Discreet Charm of the Petit Trianon

Today we travel back to Versailles to take a quick look at the Petit Trianon. Built by Louis XV for his influential mistress Madame de Pompadour, who died before she could ever inhabit it, it is Marie Antoinette who is most associated with the charming chateau.…
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Timeless Design at Versailles

I was somehow surprised that my girls voted a visit to Versailles as their favorite part of our week in Paris. It just shows the timeless relevance of classic French design and the memorable impact of the palace, gardens and splendor of 18th century court life.…
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Postcard From Paris

I had hoped to post this yesterday but since we have been very busy out and about, this little postcard from Paris was delayed. As this is my girls’ first trip to the French capital, we of course had to indulge in a bit of classic sightseeing.…
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A Grand Greek Revival Relives its Former Glory

As soon as I read “jubilant restoration of an iconic Greek Revival,” I was hooked. And it only got better when I viewed the interiors of this beautiful project that will appear in the July/August Veranda. The Pillars, a late 19th century architectural grande dame, was from an era when first families came to the spa town of Hot Springs, Virginia for the season.…
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The Landscape Designs of Doyle Herman

There are some areas of design where I know what I like but have no knowledge of how to achieve it. Landscape design is one of those disciplines and I am thankful for the likes of Doyle Herman here in Connecticut, whose work I have admired for years.…
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Designer Showhouse of Westchester First Peek

From North Carolina to NYC to Westchester, each location has welcomed a designer showhouse this spring. On the heels of my Kips Bay coverage, we’ll take a first look at the third annual Designer Showhouse of Westchester. Benefitting Cerebral of Westchester, this year’s event is hosted in a beautiful 1915 colonial in the heart of the estate section of Scarsdale, NY.…
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Magni Modernism

James Magni’s new volume, Magni Modernism, celebrating his 25 years of design, is a testament not only to the longevity and relevance of modern design but to Magni’s particular refined and soulful version. The power of glamorous simplicity, elegant open spaces and harmonious connectivity mark the fourteen projects that fill the volume.…
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Kips Bay Decorator Show House Part 3

Finishing off the main floor at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is James Huniford‘s dramatic atrium. With the feel of an artist’s studio, Huniford included a creative mix of antique and custom furniture, art and accessories. Kips Bay Decorator Show House In the stunning Maison Jansen brass mirror from Bernd Goeckler, you can see the double story windows and overhang connecting the room to both the garden and other interior spaces.…
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Kips Bay Show House First Look

During the flurry of spring design events, Kips Bay is always on everyone’s list. This year, the anticipated show was back in an upper east side townhouse venue. Built in 1899, the Sharp Townhouse on East 64th Street is a five story almost 7,000 square foot residence with a handsome limestone facade.…
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