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Cutting Edge Gifts for the Man Who has Everything

This month marks both my anniversary and my husband’s birthday. It’s hard enough coming up with creative gifts for a man year after year but when years become decades, it becomes quite the challenge. In addition to other skills, my husband is an excellent cook and enjoys good quality culinary tools.…
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New York Gift Fair Tabletop Temptation Two

The New York Gift Fair featured tabletop temptation in a variety of size, shape and materials. One category is of course dinnerware and I was pleased to discover several new sources of ceramics. The charming porcelain of Jacques Pergay is handmade in their factory in Limoges, France.…
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New York Gift Fair | Recycling the Past

While I of course love seeing what’s fresh at vendors I know, part of the fun of attending the New York Gift Fair is the hunt for new companies and merchandise. One of my recent favorites in the category of making the old new again was Europe2You.…
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Welcoming Matchbook at Dempsey & Carroll

Last month the charming digital publication Matchbook Magazine ran a lovely feature on New York’s venerable stationer Dempsey & Carroll. Since 1878 Dempsey & Carroll has not only been providing its customers with luxury writing papers but serving as an “authority on proper etiquette regarding everything from opulent wedding invitations to simple thank-you notes.” Dempsey & Carroll stationers in NYCRecently, Matchbook founders Katie Armour and Jane Lilly Warren both relocated to New York City.…
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House Beautiful 2012 Kitchen of the Year

As our lifestyles have evolved over the last few decades, there’s no doubt that the kitchen has become the hub of the house. Whether the focus is fine food, family management, entertaining or all three, this multi functional room has expanded, opening up and encompassing other living spaces.…
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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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Cheers to the Red, White & Blue – Happy 4th of July!

Whether you’re staying home or going out, dressing up or keeping it casual, there’s a little something here for everyone! Starting with a little RED!! Happy 4th of July 1) Charlotte Olympia London 2012 Pandora Perspex clutch (I know July 4th is all about independence from those Brits, but think Olympics) 2) Kim Seybert Seersucker Napkins (I own & love these) 3) Oscar de la Renta Crystal Teardrop Earrings 4) Campari – with soda on the rocks, with a splash of orange juice or in a Negroni, it’s my favorite red summer cocktail!…
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Champalimaud and Holland & Sherry Present The Comptoirs Collection

Proving the power of creative collaboration, hospitality designer Alexandra Champalimaud and fabric house Holland & Sherry have joined forces to create a chic new outdoor fabric collection. Such a sophisticated pairing could only be celebrated in the most stylish of venues.…
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Living Gilt Home

Tom Delavan, the talented designer and Creative Director of Gilt Home, opened up his beautiful Greenwich Village townhouse recently to showcase some soon-to-be -featured Gilt products. I wish I had better photos of his dramatic entrance painted in high gloss white enamel – it is stunning!…
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Red Cross Red & White Ball Redux

As with many such tabletop fundraisers, it is impossible to feature all the tables in a single post – hence part two, featuring many more of the tantalizing tables that designers created for the Red Cross Red & White ball in Greenwich, CT on April 28th.…
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