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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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Bringing the Garden in at the Bartlett Arboretum Showhouse

We continue with our look at the lovely Garden Rooms by Design showhouse at the Bartlett Arboretum, where the botanical theme of the event reminded visitors how connected we are to nature and the outdoor world. Merging exterior and interior spaces is an important direction in design these days with many companies producing beautiful fabrics and furniture that can be used in either venue.…
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Garden Rooms by Design at the Bartlett Arboretum

Not far from me, in the back country of Stamford, CT, is a unique treasure. The Bartlett Arboretum contains 91 acres of woodlands, display gardens, notable tree collections and hiking trails open to the public every day of the year. In addition, they offer classes, seminars, children’s activities and special events.…
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In the Garden with Stacy Bass

If you are a reader of such local upscale Connecticut magazines as athome, Greenwich or Westport Magazines, or national publications such as Garden Design, Horticulture, Luxe,  House Beautiful, then you have undoubtedly seen the work of talented photographer Stacy Bass. Her award-winning photos of landscapes and interiors eloquently capture the essence of place with a sensuous light and luminosity that transport you directly into the lushness of the landscapes.…
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L.A. Style File – At Home at Hollyhock

The Sunday evening before the Design Bloggers Conference was one of supreme visual artistry. First was an awe inspiring visit to Hutton Wilkinson’s Casa Contessa and Tony Duquette’s Dawn Ridge next door. Somewhere in between James Hilton’s Shangri La and Auntie Mame on steroids, the creative expression at both these residences is beyond words.…
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