Cutting Edge Gifts for the Man Who has Everything

Cutting Edge Gifts for the Man Who has Everything

This month marks both my anniversary and my husband’s birthday. It’s hard enough coming up with creative gifts for a man year after year but when years become decades, it becomes quite the challenge. In addition to other skills, my husband is an excellent cook and enjoys good quality culinary tools.

That’s why I was thrilled to discover the beautiful creations of  Coltellerie Berti. Founded in 1895 by David Berti, the Italian workshop continues today under the direction of  his great grandson Andrea, in the Tuscany countryside, where the artisanal knives are handmade.

Still using the same original techniques and materials for over a hundred years, each knife is made by a single craftsman with his or her initials on the blade, for Berti’s intent is “to make knives with integrity and authenticity that cannot result from industrialized production.”…

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New York Style at Verdura

New York Style at Verdura

At a recent visit to the beautiful Verdura boutique, I had the opportunity to see some highlights from the new holiday collection.

Leading up to their 75th anniversary in 2014, they continue to focus on Fulco di Verdura’s life and inspirations, this fall showcasing the 40’s and 50’s, a golden age when, with backing from Cole Porter and Vincent Astor, he set up shop on Fifth Avenue. The New York Style collection is dedicated to his early and loyal clients from muse Babe Paley to famed editor Diana Vreeland.

Like their exquisite wares, the boutique exudes timeless elegance. Designed by Richard Keith Langham, whose work I recently featured, the space is divided into luxurious rooms with a residential feel.…

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At Home in Italy

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. A new volume debuting this week from Vendome Press captures the essence of Italy’s most beautiful houses, showcasing an amazing collection documented by well known architectural photographer Massimo Listri and described by Nicoletta del Buono, Editor of AD Italia. From Siena to Sicily, At Home in Italy, takes us on a tour behind the scenes, illustrating how these various indigenous architectural styles have all been updated for contemporary living.…

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High Point Happenings

High Point Happenings

Although I still can’t believe today is the first of September, this month will surely fly by. While there are many upcoming events, High Point market in October is already looming large on the horizon. I am pleased to announce that I will be attending again as part of the Market Authority’s Blogger program, sponsored jointly by Drexel Heritage and Thomasville. Since 1903 and 1904 respectively, these North Carolina furniture companies have been making houses homes across the country.

Above is a taste of two of Drexel Heritage’s many classic collections. At Home in the Wine Country, above left represents the relaxed elegance of California wine country and Celladora, above right, celebrates a casually collected look with carefully edited finishes like this naturally distressed neutral – “modern pieces with collectible appeal.”…

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New York Gift Fair Hard Core Tabletop

New York Gift Fair Hard Core Tabletop

I was delighted to see that the New York Gift Fair featured hardboard placemats. Not only are they classic and elegant, but practical, and who doesn’t love that combination? With stylish designs and wipeable surfaces, it’s a win win. Several examples were seen at the Gift Show in a variety of categories and price points.

At the winter New York Gift Show, I had discovered Holly Stuart‘s smart collection of mats. This show, she moved from the smaller venue of Pier 92 to the mainstream at Javitz with great success. And no wonder, her custom cut, hand silk screened hardwood mats are beautifully executed.…

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New York Gift Fair Tabletop Delights

New York Gift Fair Tabletop Delights

The New York Gift Fair offered so much terrific tabletop that it’s hard not to share just one more post on the beautiful linens and mats I saw. One company who had exhibited before but I was not familiar with is NYC based Tina Chen. Simple and elegant designs were marked by wonderful detailing and understated chic. From her two color wide borders

to two tone stripes

to linens with specialty stitching

to classic patterns

and festive edging

Long time favorite Daisy Hill showed sharp new ultrasuede mats and a lovely melange fabric for their classic napkins.

Sferra‘s wall of their 101 colors of fine Italian linens was a colorful treat.…

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Never Say Never | Lyford Cay with House Beautiful

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.  As the world gets smaller and boundaries begin to blur, global influences in interiors have become a part of the American landscape. So how does a Florida-born designer do the Bahamas? It may not be a big jump geographically, but let me share my sneak peek at how Amanda Lindroth brought her “modern meets preppy meets Hemingway in Cuba” sensibility to her house in Lyford Cay.…

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New York Gift Fair Tabletop Temptation Two

New York Gift Fair Tabletop Temptation Two

The New York Gift Fair featured tabletop temptation in a variety of size, shape and materials. One category is of course dinnerware and I was pleased to discover several new sources of ceramics. The charming porcelain of Jacques Pergay is handmade in their factory in Limoges, France. In luminous shapes that echo natural forms, their pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe. Here the Blackberry collection includes a unique teacup and textural designs.

The Kiwi coffee cup has another version of the signature leaf handle

All the porcelain is available in a choice of ten colors in either biscuit, mat or shiny enamel.…

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The New York Gift Fair Tabletop Temptation

The New York Gift Fair Tabletop Temptation

I’m afraid my obsession for all things tabletop is no secret. The tiny butler’s pantry in our current abode was never quite adequate and I have commandeered nooks and crannies throughout my home and garage to house my never ending collections. The New York Gift Fair was a sea of temptation including favorite brands and new discoveries. One label I have long admired is Julian Mejia. His beautiful linens, woven placemats and fashion forward napkins rings are carried in upscale establishments across the country. I loved the chic graphic of these napkins.

The handsome bordered style could be dressed up or down for a variety of occasions.…

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Bold, Bright and Beautiful at the New York Gift Fair

Bold, Bright and Beautiful at the New York Gift Fair

Come make the jump and read my latest piece over at Cottages and Gardens, where I highlight the continuing trend of bold, bright and beautiful color as seen at the New York Gift Fair!!

 

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