interior design

Interior Portraits

There are so many wonderful design books making their debut this fall. I have already covered David Easton’s beautiful Timeless Elegance and will certainly be looking at several more. Most of these are compendiums of the designers’ projects, executed to focus on their work with beautiful photographs and text.…
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This Old House

Almost four years ago, we downsized and moved to a more modest house next door – yes, next door. With our third child about to go away to school, my husband understandably decided that we didn’t need such a large and expensive-to-run house any more.…
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Gil Schafer – In Vino Veritas

I don’t need any wine to speak the truth about this project. It’s simply spectacular. If you were to plan a wine cellar in your home, what would you imagine – perhaps a modest room in your basement, with, if you’re lucky, a small place to sit and sample your wares.…
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Gil Schafer – Part Deux

The featured project on Gil Schafer’s website currently is the William C. Gatewood House in Charleston, SC, which won an AIA award for historic preservation last year and was featured in Town & Country in May. Gil Schafer The story of the renovation is a fascinating one and there are two wonderful videos (both from the same occasion) included on the site if you are interested.…
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Gaga over Gil – Part 1

OK, I confess, I have a bit of an obsession (the oxymoron is actually understatement) with the work of architect Gil Schafer. Ever since I first saw images of his weekend house, Middlefield, in Elle Decor almost ten years ago, I have routinely stalked his site, waiting for new projects to be published.…
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Exciting Offer

David Easton’s studio is offering Quintessence readers bookplates, signed by David, to put in their copies of Timeless Elegance. E-mail your name and mailing address to cgauche@davideastoninc.com – don’t forget you must mention Quintessence! What a wonderful treat for yourself or for a lucky someone on your list!…
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Richard Frinier | Designing the Outdoors

Richard Frinier is one of the best known designers of luxury outdoor furniture working today. The recipient of more than 70 awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Casual Furnishings Association, he has set the standard for innovation and discriminating style in outdoor living.…
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Brilliant Box

How could I not have known about 212box. Designers for the thinking man (the term referring to the unisex global form of man), this is exactly the kind of company I find intriguing. A totally comprehensive firm, they tackle everything from graphic and product design to architecture and  advertising.…
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Marvelous Milly

Although most recent fashion posts have been about Spring 2011, there are many of us still shopping for our fall wardrobes. After seeing the fun spring Milly show, I decided to check out what she was offering for this fall. Michelle Smith’s inspiration had been the chic Parisian left bank girls and the Nouvelle Vague films of Jean Luc Godard (here’s the French poster for the film we know as Breathless).…
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Timeless Elegance – The Houses of David Easton

I just received my David Easton book, Timeless Elegance, today and although I don’t want to spoil it for those of you awaiting your copies, I couldn’t wait until next week to post at least a few images. The title is apt – Easton has mastered this genre.…
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