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In Art It’s Called Appropriation

Ever since Natalie Massenet’s brilliant realization that online luxury shopping and editorial content are an ideal match, many have tried to followed suit. And while I don’t always consider the bricks and mortar fashion catalogues must-reads, Bergdorf’s has been doing an admirable job, in their seasonal print mailings, offering an every expanding sartorial lust list with some entertaining and smart editorial.…
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The Globetrotting Sophistication of Cabana Magazine

In this era of consolidation, cutting corners and mass market mentality, it is a rare pleasure to come across a unique product that strives to be more. Cabana Magazine, a new Italian publication launched during Salone del Mobile in Milan, is about sophistication on many levels.…
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A Day of Design at the Mayflower Grace

Next Saturday, June 14th, I am delighted to be participating in the first ever Day of Design at one of my very favorite retreats, the Mayflower Grace. (You can read about one of my last visits here and here). This luxurious country hotel is the perfect spot for a gathering of local Connecticut and NYC design talent to share their opinions and points of view.…
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Welcome Back to the 18th Century at the Louvre

Next week marks the reemergence of the 18th century at the Louvre. In the north wing of the museum’s Cour Carrée, resides its exceptional collection of 18th century decorative arts. The collection, which hasn’t been on view for almost ten years, includes an incomparable array of masterpieces, from rugs and tapestries to royal furniture, jewelry and porcelain.…
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Designers’ Picks From the Christie’s 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Auction

Auctions, especially at distinguished houses, can be intimidating. And yet they are some of the best sources for great buys. So in anticipation of the upcoming Christie’s 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Auction next month, the house decided to collaborate with three young design firms to show budding collectors the type of pieces these stylish interior designers might choose for their clients, or themselves. …
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A Fountainhead Fantasy by Doug Meyer at Legends

The best gathering at Legends was no doubt in Doug Meyer’s brilliant window installation for Dragonette, sponsored by the Palos Verdes Art Center, where Meyer is working on a major design overhaul. Howard Roark’s Enright House of The Fountainhead, as envisioned by the multifaceted designer, was the chic epicenter for legendary luminaries of the 20’s, 30’s and beyond. …
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Thank You Domino Magazine

Those of you on social media may have seen the article Domino Magazine published yesterday. Domino Magazine best design blogsThey put out their first ever list of their 26 favorite design blogs and I was thrilled to see Quintessence included, along with several blogging friends.…
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Making the Rounds at La Cienega Legends 2014

Every year the word spreads wider. La Cienega Legends 2014 was hopping with packed standing-room-only venues for all three days. And with good reason. There is definitely something special about the design community in Los Angeles. The charming indoor/outdoor setting enhanced by the Southern California climate is certainly alluring.…
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La Cienega Design Quarter Legends

It’s been a whirlwind few days here at the La Cienega Design Quarter Legends 2014 edition. In the beautiful California weather, we have been whisked from one beautiful showroom to another for interesting talks, delicious meals, convivial networking, a bevy of book signings and of course festive partying.…
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First Peek at LCDQ Legends Windows

I am excited to be reporting from Los Angeles as a Legends Ambassador for one of my favorite annual design events. The La Cienega Design Quarter is hard to beat for its charming array of shops. The participating stores, sponsors, editors, bloggers, not to mention packed schedule of informative events make this a not to be missed extravaganza.…
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