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Midipy and More from Maison et Objet

Among the thousands of exhibitors at Maison, I was delighted to discover Midipy, a French brand looking to revive the heritage of the century old wool mills and weavers’ workshops of the Pyrenean mountain valleys. With skills handed down by generations, they have translated these traditional and authentic goods into a stylish line of beautiful blankets, rugs and leather products.…
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Coming Soon from AmericasMart and Beyond

As you know, I have spent the last couple of days in Atlanta, visiting an old friend as well as attending and speaking at AmericasMart. What an enormous and product-packed show! While I had very little time to explore, I did manage to hit a couple of showrooms that I will be sharing soon.…
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Quintessential Guide to Champagne

It has become a tradition here, in preparation for New Year’s Eve, to publish my Quintessential Guide to Champagne. Long time readers may want to glance it over as a refresher and hop to the end to see the new inclusions.…
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Coupe or Flute | The Champagne Glass Dilemma

Each year I update this post discussing the age old champagne dilemma, coupe or flute or even tulip with some new suggestions! I have cited Seth Box, director of education for Moet Hennessy USA, before, who, in the New York Times, had discussed his preferences.…
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Happy Thanksgiving

There is always much to be thankful for at this time of year – family and friends, health, and this year especially, house and home! I am always happy to be at home for the holidays and as usual am hosting Thanksgiving dinner.…
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Thank you Taigan and Fetch!

Any of you longtime readers will be familiar with the online shopping site Taigan. I have written before about their terrific curated collection of the very best specialty shops across the country for almost everything – fashion, home decor, art, antiques, jewelry, gourmet food and fine gifts.…
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Bilotta and Bernardaud At the Table

Last week Bilotta Kitchens and Bernardaud, the 5th generation French porcelain company, co-sponsored the second annual Art of the Table event in Bilotta’s beautiful NYC showroom. Both family owned firms, their customer focussed businesses and forward thinking philosophies lend them a synergistic compatibility.…
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Welcome to the Mayflower

A mere two hours from New York City, nestled in the heart of rural Connecticut, sits an idyllic luxury resort resembling more English country house than 5 star hotel. Mayflower With a timeless sense of civilized gentility, yet fully equipped with contemporary creature comforts, the Mayflower Inn is a lush private retreat of understated elegance.…
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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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