Winter Antiques Show Young Collectors Night

Winter Antiques Show Young Collectors Night

One of the annual highlights of the beginning of the year is the The Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. Widely considered America’s most prestigious antiques show, the popular Young Collectors Night is always a much anticipated venue for “new collectors, emerging philanthropists, and art and design enthusiasts.”

Held this year on January 31 from 7-9pm, the evening offers a private viewing of the show as well as the opportunity to meet New York magazine’s Design Editor and Chairwoman of the Interior Design Committee, Wendy Goodman. Also in attendance will be more than 80 of the country’s best known interior designers, who will be illustrating the freshest ways to incorporate classic antique designs into more modern decors.…

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House Beautiful Makeovers | Timeless on Park Avenue

House Beautiful Makeovers | Timeless on Park Avenue

The February House Beautiful is all about makeovers. Whether easy and casual, timeless or happy and fun, each project explains its challenges and the solutions found.

Although designer Tom Samet has generally worked on country houses, a project in a Rosario Candela building on Park Avenue offered him an opportunity to add a little formality to his repertoire. His clients had just purchased this classic pre-war apartment featuring beautiful proportions and large rooms. But it was bland and tired, with a long, rectangular living room and not quite enough light. He and partner Ross Meltzer updated the apartment with exotic wallcoverings, mirrored walls and statement pieces like the Egyptian Revival sideboard below.…

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Quintessential Guide to Champagne

Quintessential Guide to Champagne

It has become a tradition here, in preparation for New Year’s Eve, to publish my Quintessential Guide to Champagne. Long time readers may want to glance it over as a refresher and hop to the end to see the new inclusions. But since many of you are new to Quintessence this year, I offer this essential guide to champagne as a year end treat!!

Although we don’t have Wednesday Wines very often these days, I would still like to thank my compatriot in tasting, Terry Rogers of Horseneck Wines in Greenwich, for the incredibly informative and insightful take on the history and making of our favorite festive drink!…

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Coupe or Flute | The Champagne Glass Dilemma

Coupe or Flute | The Champagne Glass Dilemma

Each year I update this post discussing the age old champagne dilemma, coupe or flute or even tulip with some new suggestions! I have cited Seth Box, director of education for Moet Hennessy USA, before, who, in the New York Times, had discussed his preferences. Not only did he voice his opinion (which of course I agree with) that Americans drink too little champagne but he also had strong thoughts about what glass to serve it in.

He admits that although flutes are “great for presentation and showcase bubbles beautifully, from the tasting standpoint, the shape isn’t ideal.” He prefers something rounder on the bottom that tapers on top like this Baccarat Remy stem.…

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At the Movies | Metropolitan

At the Movies | Metropolitan

Metropolitan is a quirky gem of an indie movie offering a look at the holiday season through the lens of a group of preppy young Manhattan socialites on the debutante circuit. If this sounds off-putting, just think of the subject in the hands of a drier-humored Woody Allen or early Eric Roehmer with a dose of Wes Anderson to get the idea. From 1990, Whit Stillman’s debut film is subtle, witty and heady with a healthy dose of ironic cynicism.

This is a film that sneaks up on you. If you think you might not care about this specific subgroup of self-concious “Urban Haute Bourgeoisie,” sit tight and give this low-key dialogue driven film a chance.…

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The Museum of Bags and Purses

The Museum of Bags and Purses

Yes, you read that right. I am happy to report that there is actually a Museum of Bags and Purses. My sister recently took a trip to Amsterdam where she visited this unique design destination. The largest bag museum in the world, housing purses from the late Middle Ages to the present, it is located in a charming restored 17th century canal house that is a story in and of itself. And since, in 2013, Amsterdam will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the construction of its ring of canals, much more information will be available about the history of the families who resided in this historic structure.…

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Merry Christmas from Our Home to Yours

Merry Christmas from Our Home to Yours

Wishing everyone who celebrates the very Merriest, from our table to yours!!

 

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A Note From Santa’s Workshop

A Note From Santa’s Workshop

Just reminding myself why I’ve been sequestered in Santa’s workshop all weekend with no time to catch up around here. This little one may now be a teenager, but in ten years this holiday will hopefully be a cherished memory as well. Now if she would just pay as close attention to me when I speak…

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Thank you ELLE DECOR

Thank you ELLE DECOR

A big thank you to ELLE DECOR for including me in their year end round up. Over 30 of us were asked to share our favorite spaces from a year of chic rooms in the magazine. Always a tough decision, I chose a space that resonated with me as a room I could easily live in.

Julia Reed’s sunroom in her 19th-century Greek Revival home in New Orleans is a respite of relaxation. An understated personal space, the other side of the room is a wall of bookcases and art that could keep me busy for days.

Stop by and see what rooms others have selected – many are favorites as well, including Matthew Patrick Smyth’s sophisticated study in his ELLE DECOR Designer Visions apartment (which I wrote about earlier here), Alex Papachristidis’ vibrant Manhattan apartment and Sabine de Gunzburg’s casually chic Paris living room.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

I had another holiday move I intended to review today, but due to a tight schedule, just didn’t have a chance to do it justice – I’ll bring it to you as soon as I can. But I hate to leave you movie fans empty handed, especially at this time of year, so I will remind you of one of my very favorites I mentioned a couple of years ago. To new readers, enjoy – and to older subscribers, it just might be time for a rerun, especially while finishing up your wrapping!

A wonderful film that should be on everyone’s list of holiday classics, The Bishop’s Wife is a perfect movie to watch to get in the spirit.…

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