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Stellar Stella

I love a great marketing campaign. There are so many bad commercials out there that when you see something special it’s like a breath of fresh air. Stella Artois, the upscale boutique Belgian lager, has a long history and over the years its advertising campaigns have frequently had associations with films.…
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Tim Times Two – aha!

I have a whole new appreciation for Tim Gunn! Who knew that the Project Runway judge and style guru also has a passion for serious design. At the tender age of 7, he evidently spent his allowance to purchase reproductions of Thomas Jefferson’s architectural drawings for Monticello!…
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In Honor Of

courtesy of Life In honor of Veteran’s Day, I have chosen this wonderful Alfred Eisenstaedt photo that appeared in Life Magazine, which features a U.S. Navy sailor grabbing a nurse in a spontaneous moment in Times Square as America celebrated the end of World War II when Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945.…
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Booked

Have you noticed? Books are the hottest new accessory. This fall we have been over-inundated with a plethora of shelter books. It seems that as an interior designer, you haven’t made your mark unless you’ve published a book. And it’s not just full color designer books getting all the attention.…
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The Royal Oak Foundation

Anglophiles unite! The byline of the Royal Oak Foundation is “Americans in Alliance with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.” You may be aware of the foundation’s work raising awareness of its important conservation and environmental work or you may know the name from its licensing agreements with such distinguished firms such as Cole & Son, Holland & Company, Katha Diddel and Lee Jofa.…
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Monica’s Magic

I would imagine that most of you are familiar with Monica Rich Kosann, who started as a portrait photographer and has since branched out to design jewelry and home accessories. With her boutique at Bergdorf’s, new book, Living With What You Love, and recent induction into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), she has become a rising star.…
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Heads of Expressionism

Recently we have looked at several of the art exhibitions at museums in NYC this fall – from the blockbuster show at the MoMA to ones at smaller museums like the Jewish Museum’s Houdini exhibit. One of the most fascinating exhibits, however, has got to be the Franz Xaver Messerschmidt exhibition at the Neue Galerie.…
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Levi’s Photo Workshop

Artistic collaborations seems to be the trend now in retail – J. Crew having taken the lead in this category. However, others are right on their heels. My latest favorite is actually a fantastic interactive idea from Levi’s. The Photo Workshop, which opened on October 7th in NYC, is Levi’s second in their workshop series – the first was a print workshop in San Francisco this past summer.…
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Boo!

I hope you have a specially spooky Halloween. And in that spirit, please enjoy the incredible pumpkin carving art of Ray Villafane, who has won the Food Network Pumpkin Carving contest on two occasions. By day he is a toy sculptor.…
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Art and the Exhibitionist

Edward Hopper, South Carolina Morning, 1955. ©Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Aha – I knew that would get your attention! As I mentioned last week, there are, as always, a ton of art exhibits in the fall in New York.…
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