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At the Movies

Last weekend my husband happened upon an old favorite on TCM that is rarely on. It’s a classic yet somewhat under the radar movie – just the kind I love to share. And with its wintery alpine setting, it seemed somehow apropos.…
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British Style Bonanza

Inside Downton AbbeyBetween the mania for Downton Abbey and the popularity of Will and Kate, it’s clear British style is making a comeback. It’s true in fashion – think of the 600,000 visitors who saw McQueen at the Met or the fashionistas watching Kate’s every move.…
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Exotic Taste

It is almost impossible to have an interest in interiors and the decorative arts and not be fascinated by Chinoiserie and the exoticism of the “mysterious East.” From Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt to the British occupation in India, this region has for centuries held an unrivaled appeal for creative types.…
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Parmigiani – Masters of Time

Sandoz collection of automatons, Mechanical WondersMechanical Wonders at A La Vieille Russie As the restorer of the intricate mechanical masterpieces in the Sandoz collection, Michel Parmigiani demonstrates his passion and talent for watchmaking. And it is this same expertise that he brings to the creation of new pieces for his luxury brand. “We’re not a restorer on the one hand and a watch manufacturer on the other.…
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Mechanical Wonders – the Collection

There are really no words to express the exquisite beauty and incredibly intricate craftsmanship of the Sandoz collection on exhibit at the A La Vieille Russie gallery in NYC. Once seen, it is easy to understand how Maurice Sandoz became intrigued with these treasures.…
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Mechanical Wonders – the History

Several weeks ago I attended a marvelous event that represented the epitome of creative collaboration. Beginning with a shared passion of two collectors, a connection was made spanning decades and generations. Add to the mix a rare master craftsman and an extraordinary exhibit of breathtaking beauty and mind-boggling technical skill became possible.…
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Royal Oak Timeless Design

Last week I had the honor of being invited to attend the Timeless Design Gala for the Royal Oak Foundation. I love their mission and have written before about this very worthy organization. In addition to free entry to the over 300 historic houses in England, the Royal Oak also offers wonderful programs in several cities here in the states, which are so popular, many sell out well ahead of time.…
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In the Works

The last few days I’ve been out and about – so much so that it has left me little time to write about these interesting events. So let me just leave you a little teaser for now until I get caught up!…
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Creative Collaboration: Poggenpohl & C.P. Hart

As I backtrack a bit here, our first BlogTour morning in London definitely started off on the right foot (yes, pun intended). A walk across the Millennium Bridge on a glorious morning offered a perfect introduction to British design. Sometimes a picture says it all.…
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We Will Never Forget

photo by Thomas E. Franklin for The Bergen Record
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