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Paula Peck Picks – A Summer Entertaining Favorite

I usually go straight to the menus if there are any. I love seeing the way an author has assembled the various courses for particular occasions. Otherwise, I start with the entrées. As an inveterate cookbook collector, I know I am not alone in having particularly idiosyncratic behavior in how I approach reading such titles.…
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In the Garden with Stacy Bass

If you are a reader of such local upscale Connecticut magazines as athome, Greenwich or Westport Magazines, or national publications such as Garden Design, Horticulture, Luxe,  House Beautiful, then you have undoubtedly seen the work of talented photographer Stacy Bass. Her award-winning photos of landscapes and interiors eloquently capture the essence of place with a sensuous light and luminosity that transport you directly into the lushness of the landscapes.…
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New York D&D Building 2012 Spring Market

I am delighted to announce that I will be reporting today from the D&D Building in NYC for Spring Market. Along with twenty other design and lifestyle bloggers, I will be tweeting live from all the fabulous events that the D&D has lined up.…
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The Fund for Park Avenue – Beautifying the City

If you have ever appreciated the beautiful flowers in the spring lining the malls down Park Avenue or the sparkling lights at the holidays, you have The Fund for Park Avenue to thank. Since 1980, this privately-funded beautification program has been responsible for the planting and maintenance of the lovely tulips and flowering trees in the spring and colorful begonias all summer long that enhance one of the most well traveled avenues in the world.…
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The Ivy League – the Book

Although the Ivy League was originally formed as an athletic conference, the connotation associated with this group of eight prestigious schools casts a much wider net. Whether it’s education, influence, or even style, most people have formed some sort of mental association with the term.…
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The Invention of the Past

I received many beautiful design and coffee table books for Christmas this year (a few admittedly from me to me). Some I have already reviewed here and others I hope to cover in posts to come. While most had received enough advance press that I knew what to expect, there was one that was a total revelation.…
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Verdura Splendor

Only a handful of jewelry companies today can claim a legacy rich in history and design. Verdura is among them and I was lucky enough to attend a holiday party at their chic showroom last week to celebrate their new Hollywoodland Collection and visiting friend Frank Bowling, the Ambassador of the stylish Montage, Beverly Hills.…
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Traveler’s Tips and Treats Redux

I didn’t get a chance to finish the post I had planned for today so I am reissuing some handy (updated) info from last year that I’m sure only a few have seen and/or remember. I’m sure many of you will be traveling during the holiday season – whether on vacation or to visit friends or family.…
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#Jingletweet Treasure

I’m excited to announce that #Jingletweet has finally arrived. For those of you who haven’t been following along via social media, this is a tweet up (an “in real life” party for those of us connected on twitter) cohosted by friend Ridgely Brode and myself at the fabulous new space of Audiocom, “master craftsmen of modern technology.” During the course of planning the party, we have received a plethora of fabulous gifts to give away to lucky winners.…
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Holiday Book Briefs

As I mentioned in my Katie Ridder Homes review, I was honored that my local book emporium, Barrett Bookstore has again asked me to write the Home Design book reviews for their holiday newsletter. Two of the books included, I have already reviewed separately here (Katie Ridder Homes and The Way Home by Jeffrey Bilhuber) but I thought I might post the other three today as a brief introduction to those who haven’t yet seem them.…
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