Magnificent Monograms

Magnificent Monograms

Unfortunately, since I wrote this post several years ago, the owner, Caroline Breckenridge, has passed away. Please continue on to read about her work and for monogram design inspiration.

I don’t remember how I found Monogram Inc. but I’m certainly glad I did. Founded by owner Caroline Breckenridge in 1999, Monogram Inc. is a fabulous source for custom monograms. Caroline is a delight to work with and produces the most exquisite designs which can then be used for a variety of projects.

The history of monograms is fascinating and Caroline explains a bit about it on her lovely site. Markings on linens were originally used solely for identification purposes.  …

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On the Same Wavelength

On the Same Wavelength

I just received my new Town & Country this weekend. It’s a terrific issue and I couldn’t help but notice that we clearly were on the same wavelength this month. If you enjoyed my Christie’s Cache post about the upcoming jewelry sale at the auction house, then you should definitely read Carol Prisant’s informative profile of Rahul Kadakia, the debonair head of the jewelry department at Christie’s, who was quoted in my post and discusses some of the pieces I featured.

And if you liked reading my profile of Victoire de Castellane and her designs in my Dazzled at Dior piece, then be sure to check out J’adore Dior, a little write up produced by Heather Bracher Severs and Claudia Mata, of de Castellane’s LA D DE DIOR watch.…

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Interior Portraits

Interior Portraits

There are so many wonderful design books making their debut this fall. I have already covered David Easton’s beautiful Timeless Elegance and will certainly be looking at several more. Most of these are compendiums of the designers’ projects, executed to focus on their work with beautiful photographs and text. And that is the way it should be – I am always excited to read them and have them in my bookcase (or more accurately, in the growing pile next to my bed) available to review for pleasure or research. But sometimes, there is a book that has clearly been given that extra care in terms of book design, layout and typography that sets it apart in terms of packaging.…

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Thank you Dominique Browning

Thank you Dominique Browning

A big thank you to Dominique Browning who, on her blog slowlovelife, cites Quintessence as one of the four blogs she has been following lately. I didn’t even realize until one of my readers congratulated me on the mention. Coming from such a highly respected, experienced editor, I consider this high praise indeed. Dominique, as I imagine most of you know, was, among her many other accomplishments, the editor-in-chief of House & Garden for thirteen years and the author of three books including the recent Slow Love: How I Lost my Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness, which if you haven’t already read, I highly recommend.…

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Game Day

Game Day

I am not a big online game player – I have very few apps on my iphone and the only two games I have are both free: Wordwarp and Hangman (for my daughter). I am, however, totally hooked on Wordwarp – it is a fun, challenging word game that is great for when you are waiting at the doctor or orthodontist’s office, in line at school pick up or on the train. But be warned, it is highly addictive! I have been known to chastise the kids if they start to play a game I have going with a very high point total accumulated.…

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Encyclopedia of the Exquisite

Encyclopedia of the Exquisite

I was so focussed on all the design books coming out this fall that I somehow missed this wonderful gem. The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite, An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights looks to be a total delight. The author, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, was formerly the European editor of W, a senior editor at Women’s Wear Daily and currently writes for Vogue from her home in Maine. Scheduled for a November 2 publication date by Nan Talese books at Random House, the book has already garnered quotes from several inner circle fashionistas including Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Kors and this from Tory Burch, “Jessica Kerwin Jenkins’ Encyclopedia of the Exquisite is a beautifully researched and written book.…

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This Old House

This Old House

Almost four years ago, we downsized and moved to a more modest house next door – yes, next door. With our third child about to go away to school, my husband understandably decided that we didn’t need such a large and expensive-to-run house any more. Rationally it made sense. Emotionally, it was another story. I had put my heart and soul into renovating our house. Those hefty files filled with tearsheets and notes had finally found a purpose. I had spent years preparing for just such an opportunity and relished every moment. We lived in a rental dubbed “our lady of the four garages” (as you might glean from the name, a house that was 3/4 car port and 1/4 living space) while every day I visited our project as it developed into my dream.…

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Christie’s Cache

Christie’s Cache

There is a lot of buzz about the upcoming Christie’s all day jewelry auction on October 20th in NYC. People seem to be talking about three pieces in particular. Two will appear in the morning session, entitled Jeweled Elegance: The Eye of A Distinguished Collector, an exceptional private collection encompassing over 160 signed pieces from the very best houses.The first is a Bulgari ring – a two-stone ring featuring a rare, almost 11 carat triangular shaped vivid blue diamond and an almost 10 carat matching white diamond. Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s jewelry expert explained “”Vivid blue is the strongest and purest saturation in any colored diamond.…

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Lanvin at H&M Update

Lanvin at H&M Update

A video for the Lanvin H&M collaboration will debut at HM.com on November 8. In the meantime, I just found out, via fashionista.com, that a fun little preview can be seen here:

The collection will be in stores on November 23rd!

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Waris Wares

Waris Wares

photo by evan sung

If you are going to be in NYC this week, you might want to stop by an intriguing pop-up store open only until October 17th. It is the brainchild of the amazing Waris Ahluwalia. A modern renaissance man, you may know him from his parts in Wes Anderson films and I am Love, as the founder of House of Waris fine jewelry, as co-author of the popular To India With Love (published to benefit his charity Mumbai We Got Your Back)  or merely as a ubiquitous fixture on the New York and Hollywood social scenes.…

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