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Nirvana in Westchester

This spring is hopping with design activities, from benefits and showhouses to Brimfield and Blogfest. Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Designer Showhouse of Westchester. Located in Bedford Corners, NY, the event is at Nirvana, an $11,000,000 17 acre estate, transformed by 25 interior designers and decorative artists to benefit Cerebral Palsy of Westchester.…
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Living Jewels

Friday I visited the Arts and Antiques Show at the Armory and had the great pleasure of attending a lecture given by author Ruth Peltason on Beauty and Art in the Living Jewel. The founder of Bespoke Books, a boutique editorial and design firm in New York and previously senior editor, director of design and style books with Harry N.…
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Old Meets New in the Art World

A couple of weeks ago I attended an art opening at the lovely Southport Galleries here in Connecticut, which recently celebrated its first successful year in business. Nestled in the heart of charming Southport Village, the gallery is housed in a former hardware store that has been meticulously restored and transformed into the current light filled space.…
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Architectural Digest Home Show 2011 – Part 1

This past Thursday, I attended the Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC. There were many wonderful booths and products both established and new. The best part of the show, however, was finally meeting so many of my blogging and twitter friends in real life.…
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Working the Wakefield

Tucked away in an industrial park in Stamford, CT is a wonderful design resource. Last week I attended a fun cocktail reception for the reopening of the Wakefield Design Center co-hosted by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine. They were unveiling their updated trade showroom and new art gallery featuring local and regional artists.…
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Couple

Photo: Lee Clower for The New York Times I had an entirely different post planned for today, but after reading this article in the New York Times yesterday, I knew I had to chime in. If  you didn’t see the piece, it is about artists Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, “the most potent marital pairing since Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.” The article struck a chord with me because I have long also had mixed feelings about the couple myself.…
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Set In Style Gallery Tour

As you know, I was entranced by the Cooper Hooper Set In Style Van Cleef show. (For any new visitors, please see my original post on the show from last Tuesday.)  I am excited to be able to share with you this video of Patrick Jouin, the designer of the exhibition, giving a gallery tour explaining his ideas for the space.…
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Singerie Chic

There is something about monkeys that people find irresistible. Have you ever noticed how often they appear in art, both fine and decorative? Did you know that there is a term for specifically for it? If you have studied art history you probably know that it is singerie, from the French word “singe” meaning monkey.…
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Changes on the Horizon

Photo by Max Kim-Bee I had a few technical difficulties today so my planned post will appear next week. Instead I will tell you about some little improvements that are happening around the quintessential abode. I have mentioned occasionally around the blogosphere how I’ve been planning to update my powder rooms.…
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Rembrandt Remembered

There are many museum exhibits in New York that I’m dying to see. One that just opened last week is “Rembrandt and His School,” at the very lovely Frick Collection. This is one of my favorite museums, housed in the beautiful Carrere & Hastings neoclassical building from 1914 that was once Henry Frick’s home.…
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