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The Mayflower Inn Spa

While the sumptuous Mayflower Inn is, in and of itself, enticing, it is the Spa that seals the deal. There is a very good reason it was named the #1 Spa in the country by Good Morning America with Travel + Leisure – it is simply amazing!…
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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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At Home in Italy

As many of us are celebrating the long weekend here in the States, perhaps some are still on vacation, enjoying the long light of summer somewhere exotic or enchanting. The Italian countryside has for many always held a special allure, with its rich history of art, food, design and seemingly envious lifestyle.…
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Never Say Never | Lyford Cay with House Beautiful

As House Beautiful editor in chief Newell Turner says in his opening letter for the October issue, never say never. While the focus of the magazine for the last six years has been exclusively on American design, this month they expand their view and travel abroad, visiting Americans who have homes from Paris to Africa.  …
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Trends at Las Vegas World Market Part 2

As we know, interiors tend to follow fashion. Those of you who saw my coverage of fashion week last spring will remember that black and gold were strong contenders in many shows. Well, that trend translated to Vegas in many forms.…
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Las Vegas World Market with Traditional Home

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling to Las Vegas with a small group of bloggers sponsored by Traditional Home to visit the World Market Center summer show. What a revelation!! las Vegas I had actually never been to Vegas and although we spent most of our time scouring the show, it was impossible not to take in a bit of Vegas flavor, although sometimes it felt like a surreal version of home.…
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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.”…
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Ten Picks for a Simply Splendid Summer

As some of you know, I also moonlight over at the worthy non-profit Women’s Voices for Change. “Celebrating the potential, the vitality, and the power of women over 40 is a wonderful objective and I am delighted to contribute! As co-editor (with Colleen Caslin, COO of Verdura) of our Fashion Fridays, I am excited to announce a fabulously fun new series starting today.…
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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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L.A. Style File – House of Honey

It’s true – all the clichés and jokes about the traffic in L.A. – the ubiquity of cars is not exaggerated. Unlike New York, where walking 10 – 20 blocks is an everyday expectation, in L.A., going even a short distance seems to necessitate hopping behind the wheel.…
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