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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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Lake Como Charm | Villa del Balbianello

Lake Como is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots I know, having visited on several occasions, including my honeymoon. Despite its popularity, and oglers trying to catch a glimpse of George Clooney at his villa, it still remains a place of exquisite natural beauty dotted with amazing architectural specimens.…
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The Mayflower Inn Shakespeare Garden

While all the grounds at the Inn are beautiful and immaculately groomed, the Shakespeare Garden at the Mayflower Inn is an especially beguiling and romantic setting.  Set behind the main building, the formal garden celebrates the four seasons through both words and scenery.…
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The Mayflower Inn Spa

While the sumptuous Mayflower Inn is, in and of itself, enticing, it is the Spa that seals the deal. There is a very good reason it was named the #1 Spa in the country by Good Morning America with Travel + Leisure – it is simply amazing!…
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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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The New York Gift Show – A Sneak Peek

I spent the entire weekend at the New York Gift Fair. Saturday I perused Pier 94 which is large but somehow manageable. Sunday, however, I tackled the Javitz Center which is a behemoth of a show. I walked literally from 9:30 to 5:30, taking in what I could – trying to visit known vendors and discover some new ones.…
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Thank You Decorex!

Decorex Top 100 Decorex International, the legendary British interior design show, just announced its #DECOREX100 – a list of the top 100 interior design Twitter influencers and I am thrilled to announce that Quintessence was on it, as were many friends from twitter, blogging and the “real world.” This was their announcement today.…
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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Front Garden

Over the next several days, we will be finishing up our look at the Hampton Designer Showhouse. For the weekend, we’ll be spending a little time outside. As I approached the house, I was immediately struck by the handsome landscaping. Casual, yet tailored, it was a lovely combination of container and in-ground plantings.…
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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse First Look

Saturday evening, Traditional Home magazine hosted several bloggers to get a sneak peek at their Hampton Designer Showhouse. What a treat! This marked the twelfth year of this wonderful event benefitting the local Southampton Hospital and we were graced with a gorgeous evening to stroll through the house, meet the designers and celebrate at the festive preview party.…
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Gardens by Design at the Bartlett Arboretum Finale

Upstairs at the Bartlett Homestead, the rooms represented a variety of talent. Mark and Susan Bijleveld of Finished in Fabric specialize in antique upholstery and reproduction, using old world techniques. Their Flower Bed Room showed a small portion of what their versatile workroom can create.…
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