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Paris Update

It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours. Deco Off officially opened today and so did the Pop Up. Our small salon at 16 rue Guénégaud was hopping and even we couldn’t believe that it all came together so quickly. Many media friends and designers stopped by as well as new acquaintances it was a pleasure to meet.…
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First Peek at Paris

Je suis arrivée! While it may have been gray for my arrival, it is already feeling festive for the start of Déco Off on Thursday. I thought I would post a first peek at Paris through my lens. Since time will be tight on this trip, I will try to share shorter glimpses of the activities as we go along.…
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A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

Whereas many chateaux are associated primarily with a particular resident or royal, Chateau de Fontainebleau represents almost 1,000 years of French ruling dynasties. A Day at Château de Fontainebleau offers not only insights into the history, art and culture of France throughout the centuries, but also the lives of those who inhabited this magnificent French landmark.…
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Paris Pop Up Invitation

Next week, during Deco Off, please join me for a unique Paris Pop Up! I am thrilled to finally share a very special project I have been quietly collaborating on behind the scenes for the past several months.  Ancien et Moderne represents much of which I write about here – the melding of time-honored craftsmanship with 21st century lifestyle.…
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First Stop Atlanta at Americasmart January Market

2016 is already shaping up to be an inspiring year with exciting events, travel and collaborations in the next several months. First up is Atlanta, where Susanna and I will be speaking at the Americasmart January Market. This year, they have lined up a broad series of events with interesting design topics for all those visiting the International Gift and Home Furnishings show.…
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At Home with Susanna Salk and Windsor Smith

Windsor Smith embraces a style that melds modern living with old fashioned values. While she crafts luxurious homes with elegant interiors, she is ever conscious of how her clients will live in them. As practical as they are personal, her spaces encourage a harkening back to tradition and the kind of human interactions much needed in our harried world of technology and anonymity.…
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Beth Webb at Greystone Mansion Maison de Luxe

Adjoining Nina Campbell’s bedroom for Mr. Doheny, designer Beth Webb of Beth Webb Interiors created a tranquil retreat for the woman of the house. “The minute I walked into the Greystone Mansion I felt as if I’d been in this house for a lifetime.…
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Villa Santo Sospir

Sometimes, as you’re falling down a rabbit hole, you happen upon a rare gem. Hence this weekend treat. Jean Cocteau’s amazing Milly La Forêt, now a museum a short trip from Paris on the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau, is his oft published residence.…
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Catching Up on the Road

I am on the road again and despite my best intentions, time did not allow for a full post. I am honored to be speaking today with Ellie Cullman at the lovely Sulgrave Club in Washington DC. A beautiful Beaux Arts building, the club is housed in the historic Wadsworth House, one of only two mansions left on Dupont Circle and listed in the National Register of Historic Places  For those of you who are readers and attending, I look forward to seeing you.…
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Patrick Dragonette at Maison de Luxe 2015

When Patrick Dragonette was assigned his “Room without a View” for Maison de Luxe, he thought about what kind of room he would like to have. Knowing that it was originally a guest suite, he thought it could be interesting to create a space where you could have a bit of fun in such a formal house.…
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