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The Exceptional Silver of Puiforcat

While the house of Puiforcat was founded in 1820, it was fourth generation visionary Jean Puiforcat who really established the firm in the forefront of modern design. A sculptor, artist, painter and mathematician, he was more interested in pure form and function than the fancy finery of flatware that had preceded him.…
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Shop Small Saturday Surprise

I try to support small local businesses whenever I can. Not only do these establishments play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities in our communities but it’s nice to see merchandise in person and actually know the people behind the brick and mortar.…
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J. Seitz | Connecticut Country Chic

In a picture perfect vintage building overlooking a waterfall in the historic village of New Preston, Connecticut, J. Seitz is a specialty store of distinctive design. From a carefully edited selection of furniture, antiques and home design as well as fashion, jewelry, accessories and gifts for babies and pets, this all encompassing emporium is an irresistible shopping mecca.…
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Designing Greenwich Preview

This weekend premieres Designing Greenwich, an exciting new venue here in Connecticut. Upscale local publication Connecticut Cottages and Gardens,  with producers Meg Wendy and Mimi Sternlicht, have put together a fabulous showcase of art, interiors and style over the next three days.…
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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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Simon Teakle | A Gem of a Jewel Box

Simon Teakle‘s new shop is truly a gem of a jewel box. On one of Greenwich, CT’s tiniest charming side streets, his irresistible, addictive addition to the town’s upscale retail scene quietly opened. And that’s just the way he likes his luxury appeal – understated.…
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AVENUE Antiques and Art at the Armory

The AVENUE Antiques and Art show at the Armory is the premier destination this weekend in New York for anyone interested in seeing what is current in the marketplace. From classic fine art Avenue Antiquesto mid-century and modern furniture Avenue Antiques  to silver, objets Avenue Antiques and jewelry (lots and lots of tempting jewelry!), Avenue Antiquesall photos above courtesy of Avenue Shows there is a wide range in the inventory from over 60 high end dealers. …
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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 Style at Verdura

At a recent visit to the beautiful Verdura boutique, I had the opportunity to see some highlights from the new holiday collection. Elegant signage to boutique Leading up to their 75th anniversary in 2014, they continue to focus on Fulco di Verdura’s life and inspirations, this fall showcasing the 40’s and 50’s, a golden age when, with backing from Cole Porter and Vincent Astor, he set up shop on Fifth Avenue.…
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