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Lake Como Charm | Villa del Balbianello

Lake Como is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots I know, having visited on several occasions, including my honeymoon. Despite its popularity, and oglers trying to catch a glimpse of George Clooney at his villa, it still remains a place of exquisite natural beauty dotted with amazing architectural specimens.…
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Coming Soon

I’ve been out and about and will have lots to share but until I have a chance to catch up, here’s a peek at just a bit of what’s coming. Wishing you all a happy weekend. I’ll be escorting some young ladies to celebrate my youngest’s entrance into the world of teenage-dom.…
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De Gournay at Home in New York

The mere mention of the name de Gournay instantly conjures up images of timeless elegance, of exquisite hand painted wall coverings that seem of a heritage centuries old. de Gournay founder Claud Cecil GurneyYet the firm was founded in 1986 by Claud Cecil Gurney, above, in the same way many companies are born – to fulfill a need.…
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Italo | Chic Train Travel in Italy

Train travel is not what it used to be here in the states. When I was little, my mother, sister and I traveled cross country to visit my aunt in California and the first leg of our journey was on the legendary 20th Century Limited from New York to Chicago (think North by Northwest).…
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The Mayflower Inn Shakespeare Garden

While all the grounds at the Inn are beautiful and immaculately groomed, the Shakespeare Garden at the Mayflower Inn is an especially beguiling and romantic setting.  Set behind the main building, the formal garden celebrates the four seasons through both words and scenery.…
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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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