Holiday Shopping in New Preston

Holiday Shopping in New Preston

As seems to happens ever year, the Christmas weekend has arrived sooner than somehow anticipated. I did, however, manage to meet up recently with video partner Susanna Salk for a morning of shopping in New Preston, Connecticut, a favorite destination where Susanna is lucky enough to live. This little hamlet may be tiny but is big on style. If any of you have time, I highly recommend the trip where you’ll find a plethora of options for last minute gifting. I first stopped in neighboring town Washington, where George Home was looking fresh with their signature mix of vintage, select new and bespoke offerings.…

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Setting the Table with Bunny Williams

Setting the Table with Bunny Williams

Celebrated interior designer Bunny Williams is known not only for her stunning interiors but refreshing and authentic approach to gracious living. She and husband John Rosselli entertain frequently and one of Bunny’s greatest joys is welcoming family and friends to her 18th century house in rural Connecticut. Tag along with me and Susanna Salk as Bunny shares her creative tips for setting the table with natural floral arrangements, fun collections and personal style!

Setting the table has always been a creative endeavor for Bunny. Over the years, she has collected a wide assortment of china, linens and fun accoutrements everywhere from her travels to thrift shops and tag sales.…

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Christmas on Fifth Avenue

Christmas on Fifth Avenue

Friend, designer Phillip Thomas loves the holidays and so earlier this week I stopped by to see what he was cooking up for his family’s Fifth Avenue apartment.

In a lovely prewar building overlooking Central Park, Phillip has embellished the apartment with a festive combination of greens and just enough sparkle. Against the glossy black and polished brass, the front door, above, sets the tone.

Step inside and the magic begins in the gallery where Phillip transformed a marble top console with a silk taffeta cover to literally deck the hall! Phillip’s parents entertain frequently so in order to give the decorations longevity, he mixed faux with fresh and gold and silver with greens to imbue the apartment with that special holiday glow.…

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Patrick Mele The Store

Patrick Mele The Store

Since he was a young boy, designer Patrick Mele has always wanted to have his own store. And now he officially wears two hats – interior designer and shop owner, as Patrick Mele (the store) opened yesterday to much fanfare in Greenwich, CT.

Within a 500 square foot former neighborhood grocer owned by the same family for a century, the charming shop still features the original storefront windows, tin ceiling and a small garden in the back. Patrick transformed the jewel box space with gallons of white paint covering floor to ceiling and classic track lighting to “recall the straightforwardness of an old gallery space.”

Instead of opening a design office, Mele intends the shop to showcase his style, concepts and express what is on and in his mind.…

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More from Middlefield

More from Middlefield

Since Susanna’s and my video visit with Gil Schafer at his country house, Middlefield, seemed to resonate with so many, I thought, as we head into the weekend, you readers might enjoy seeing a few more shots from this gracious home.

In his new book, Gil speaks about the appeal of outbuildings and his garage is a perfect example of how an additional structure is not only functional but adds a simpler style to complement the formality of the main house.

The beautiful large windows not only add light but wonderful cross ventilation in Gil’s handsome master bedroom with Bennison’s Wheatflower on the walls.…

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The Authentics

The Authentics

In a world driven by speed, sameness and recycled imagery and content, where the word authentic is batted around as a generic adjective for the mundane and undeserving, it is a true pleasure to read photographer Melanie Acevedo‘s and Schumacher Creative Director Dara Caponigro’s new book, The Authentics.

As Dara expounds what so many of us can relate to in her introduction, “I’ve bemoaned the fact that so much of what is special in this world is disappearing…the quirky people who used to be everywhere in New York, … the intimate and interesting conversations that constantly bubbled up, uninterrupted by texts and selfies; the deep sense of discovery and wonder felt upon encountering a creative spark that felt utterly original.…

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At Home in the Country with Gil Schafer Video

At Home in the Country with Gil Schafer Video

I first became familiar with architect Gil Schafer when his own country home in upstate New York, Middlefield, was published well over a decade ago. Since then, he has become known as one of the country’s greatest proponents of classic residential architecture. Using the time honored principles of classicism in a contemporary manner, he fuses the best of old and new, designing homes that have the look and ambiance of an old house yet with all the comfort and conveniences of a modern lifestyle. As a long time admirer, I am thrilled to present our latest video with Gil at Middlefield.…

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The Spirit of Christmas at John Derian

The Spirit of Christmas at John Derian

Few places in New York City evoke the holiday spirit quite like Christmas at John Derian‘s enchanting east village shop. A veritable cabinet of curiosities, the store is even more magical at the holidays when John’s penchant for the past, the artisanal and the handmade transforms the space into a nostalgic and whimsical winter wonderland.

John’s passion for holiday decorating recalls his own family traditions. “We decorated the tree with well loved glass ornaments, the house with garlands and the porch with lights (we helped our dad with that). My mom loved it all and shared that with us. For a time she made these beautiful pine cone wreaths – labor intensive, all wired together.…

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Remodelista The Organized Home

Remodelista The Organized Home

Most of you readers know by now, I am not a minimalist. Living with what I love (all of it) is one of life’s great pleasures. That does not mean, however, I don’t like a perfectly organized pantry, laundry room or office (still working on that one). The authors of Remodelista: The Organized Home feel the same. In their handy new book, authors Julie Carlson (editor in chief and co-founder of Remodelista and Margot Gurlanick (Architecture and Interiors editor of Remodelista) offer tips for clever and practical ways to keep your home tidy yet still inviting.

While the book does have a section on how to divest your home of unused or unwanted items, the focus is on simple, stylish and environmentally friendly ways of making spaces more efficient and organized.…

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

There is always so much to be thankful not the least of which is having all my chicks home in the nest for Thanksgiving. Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are all celebrating somewhere today with loved ones and enjoy your meal, company and of course table! Cheers!!

 

 

And thanks to Flowers by Flowers with whom I worked on the pretty arrangement!

all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

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