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Wednesday Wines – Gifts for the Wine Lover

Instead of discussing a wine today, I would like to introduce you to a wonderful company that carries fabulous gifts for the oenophiles on your list. Most of you are probably familiar with Jordan Winery, the esteemed vineyard in the hills of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County.…
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From Venus to Mars: Gifts for Guys 2

This year, I found an eclectic assortment of gifts for guys of all tastes. Whether in the realm of practical or fantastical, here is some inspiration devoted to the Y chromosome crowd. Hardy Amies is responsible for my favorite quote regarding men’s fashion: “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”  This sartorial primer doles out classic advice for the traditionally dressed man in your life.…
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Traveler’s Tips and Treats

I didn’t get a chance to finish the post I had planned for today so I am reissuing some handy info from last year that I’m sure only a few have seen. 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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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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Alexa Hampton | The Language of Interior Design

With an Ivy League degree, graduate work completed at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in both Florence and New York, an apprenticeship under her father, Mark Hampton, one of our generations’s most accomplished and revered interior designers, and the title of president of his eponymous firm since 1998,  Alexa Hampton has a lot going for her just on paper alone.…
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Interior Portraits

There are so many wonderful design books making their debut this fall. I have already covered David Easton’s beautiful Timeless Elegance and will certainly be looking at several more. Most of these are compendiums of the designers’ projects, executed to focus on their work with beautiful photographs and text.…
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Thank you Dominique Browning

A big thank you to Dominique Browning who, on her blog slowlovelife, cites Quintessence as one of the four blogs she has been following lately. I didn’t even realize until one of my readers congratulated me on the mention. Coming from such a highly respected, experienced editor, I consider this high praise indeed. …
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Encyclopedia of the Exquisite

I was so focussed on all the design books coming out this fall that I somehow missed this wonderful gem. The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite, An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights looks to be a total delight. The author, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, was formerly the European editor of W, a senior editor at Women’s Wear Daily and currently writes for Vogue from her home in Maine. …
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Exciting Offer

David Easton’s studio is offering Quintessence readers bookplates, signed by David, to put in their copies of Timeless Elegance. E-mail your name and mailing address to [email protected] – don’t forget you must mention Quintessence! What a wonderful treat for yourself or for a lucky someone on your list!…
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Andre the Giant

Giant of photography that is. As if there weren’t enough reasons to go to Paris already, there is now another. The Jeu de Paume Museum is showing the first major European retrospective of Andre Kertesz, one of my all time favorite photographers.…
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