Welcoming Matchbook at Dempsey & Carroll

Welcoming Matchbook at Dempsey & Carroll

Last month the charming digital publication Matchbook Magazine ran a lovely feature on New York’s venerable stationer Dempsey & Carroll. Since 1878 Dempsey & Carroll has not only been providing its customers with luxury writing papers but serving as an “authority on proper etiquette regarding everything from opulent wedding invitations to simple thank-you notes.”

Recently, Matchbook founders Katie Armour and Jane Lilly Warren both relocated to New York City. And to celebrate their move to the Big Apple, Dempsey & Carroll held a little wine tasting shindig this week coinciding with their calling card event. It was a lovely evening at their charming shop and I managed to grab a few frames to capture the spirit of the event – you may recognize a few familiar faces!…

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Old and New at the New York Gift Fair

Old and New at the New York Gift Fair

A recurring theme throughout the design world is the mix of old and new. From rejuvenating heritage brands to repurposing found objects or using inspiration from the past in new and refreshing ways, it is an exciting trend. And at the New York Gift Fair, it old and new also meant finding new products and inspiration at familiar lines as well as discovering new ones. One of my favorite new finds was the new-to-the-States Dutch brand, At Home with Marieke. Designer Marieke Stik’s bold modern interpretation of nostalgic checks, plaids and stripes is a refreshing take on tabletop.

In a charming booth, a distinctive “Euro-American Country” look reigned.…

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Local Favorite Juliska at the New York Gift Show

Local Favorite Juliska at the New York Gift Show

Located not far from me in Connecticut, Juliska is a local design favorite. Their store in Stamford is a constant source of style inspiration. Beautifully merchandised, it always features tempting treats as well as creative entertaining ideas.

In addition, they occasionally sponsor interesting events, and I recently attended a flower arranging class led by talented Design Manager Christine Keane, below right, instructing me on how to get my arrangement to even remotely resemble her beautiful example. You can read more about the evening at fellow attendee Ridgely Brode’s blog here.

Having spent the weekend walking the New York Gift Show, I made a point of visiting Juliska’s spacious booth in the Javitz center.…

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The New York Gift Show – A Sneak Peek

The New York Gift Show – A Sneak Peek

I spent the entire weekend at the New York Gift Fair. Saturday I perused Pier 94 which is large but somehow manageable. Sunday, however, I tackled the Javitz Center which is a behemoth of a show. I walked literally from 9:30 to 5:30, taking in what I could – trying to visit known vendors and discover some new ones. Needless to say, I was happy to take my shoes off when I arrived home. My big purchases were two new camera batteries (next time I will be prepared). Some serious editing is in order but in the meantime, I prepared a little temptation to whet your appetite while I toil away.…

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Revisiting Sister Parish

Revisiting Sister Parish

I can’t believe it’s been ten years since the publication of the original volume “Sister Parish” by Apple Parish Bartlett and Susan Bartlett Crater (a daughter and granddaughter of the legendary designer). Compiled from Sister’s unpublished memoirs and augmented by many interviews with friends, family, staff and fellow design icons, it is a wonderful insider look at an era and a life. Now long out of print, I am delighted to report that it is coming to trade paper next month from Vendome.

There are so many fun and entertaining tidbits in this volume, including Sister’s stories of her work with Jackie Kennedy decorating the White House and many other famous and distinguished clients as well as contributions from ex-employees, such as Mark Hampton, Bunny Williams and Mario Buatta, illustrating Sister’s lasting influence on an entire generation of top designers.…

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Trends at Las Vegas World Market Part 2

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. Editor at Large, the wonderful online source for daily design news, covered Las Vegas World Market with some fun videos and you can see what I had to say here.

As I mentioned in the video, Arteriors had great examples of black with gold tones as well as some handsome neutrals. The Hollis Vintage brass and marble side table above is an incredibly versatile piece that transcends trends.…

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Las Vegas World Market with Traditional Home

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!!

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. Staying at the lovely new Aria hotel, we were treated to fully automated rooms which made me feel like a technology neophyte. Everything could be controlled with the touch of a button and when I had mastered the sheers and curtains, I was treated to the amazing early morning view below.…

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Finale – Fun Room

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Finale – Fun Room

Designer Libby Langdon, below, was assigned the largest and perhaps most challenging space at the showhouse. The only unfinished room in the house when she first saw it in June, she transformed the almost windowless 1,150 square foot basement into an inviting multipurpose retreat. Originally named the “Rec Room,” Libby approached the design with an upbeat positive attitude, redesignating the sprawling space as the “Fun Room,” a version of an “English clubroom with a modern, sexy twist.”

You may recognize Libby from her TV makeover appearances on NBC’s Open House, The Rachel Ray Show & HGTV’s Small Space, Big Style.…

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Thank You Decorex!

Thank You Decorex!

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.”

This was their announcement today.

“In the three weeks of the campaign, we received 3300 tweets from the global interior design community, nominating the total of 282 interior design Twitter influencers. The campaign has reached more than 100,000 interior design professionals and enthusiasts!

The #DECOREX100 list of the final top 100 influencers has been curated by Decorex International team*, and features the most influential Twitter users including interior designers, design brands, stores and websites as well as industry organisations, bloggers and magazines.”

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Bedroom

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Bedroom

Katie Leede‘s rooms always have an alluring artsy edge with an interesting narrative. Her bedroom at the Hampton showhouse is again a masterfully layered space with a creative mix of textiles and furnishings. The serene palette of creams, blues, browns and greens is enlivened with glints of gold and silver to add some sparkle and drama.

Katie’s own Menna fabric covers the wall, anchoring the space with a graphic nature-inspired pattern. The hanging Viya Home Flame of the Forest light (available through Stephanie Odegard) echoes the spiky theme with its amazing organic shape in a warm metallic.

The designer explained, “I wanted to both celebrate the abundant creativity found in the natural world around us and to highlight the beauty and glamour of all that is the Hamptons.…

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