Levi’s Photo Workshop

Levi’s Photo Workshop

Artistic collaborations seems to be the trend now in retail – J. Crew having taken the lead in this category. However, others are right on their heels. My latest favorite is actually a fantastic interactive idea from Levi’s. The Photo Workshop, which opened on October 7th in NYC, is Levi’s second in their workshop series – the first was a print workshop in San Francisco this past summer. These pop-up workshops are a “series of community-based venues for collaboration and creative production.” What a fabulous concept!!

photo by Kelly Stuart

Although each workshop will focus on a different artistic arena, the idea is the same – for people to come, use Levi’s temporary facilities and resources and learn from visiting artists.…

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Amazing Alondra

Amazing Alondra

A while ago, a friend of mine from Mexico City told me about a new young conductor named Alondra de la Parra. She was aware of my interest in music, especially with regards to children, and waxed so enthusiastically about her that I knew I had to know more. As it turns out, Alondra de la Parra is one of the most acclaimed young conductors of her generation. At just 30 (on Sunday – happy birthday Alondra)  she has already conducted symphony orchestras around the world in countries including Argentina, Uruguay, the US, Canada, Germany, Denmark and Russia to name a few.…

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Kentshire Caché

Kentshire Caché

photo by john gruen

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the venerable Kentshire Gallery. Established and owned by the same two related families since 1940, the name alone connotes the epitome of excellence in their field.  Whether you know them from their original downtown building (above), their boutique in Bergdorf’s, their newer chic Madison Avenue shop (below), or from 1stdibs, it is common knowledge that Kentshire is considered one of the most respected dealers of fine antique English furniture and period jewelry in the country.

I lived near the impressive eight-story gallery in Greenwich Village for several years and frequently stopped by just to ogle the spectacular offerings.…

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Boo!

Boo!

I hope you have a specially spooky Halloween. And in that spirit, please enjoy the incredible pumpkin carving art of Ray Villafane, who has won the Food Network Pumpkin Carving contest on two occasions. By day he is a toy sculptor.

All photographs © Ray Villafane

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Alexa Hampton | The Language of Interior Design

Alexa Hampton | The Language of Interior Design

With an Ivy League degree, graduate work completed at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in both Florence and New York, an apprenticeship under her father, Mark Hampton, one of our generations’s most accomplished and revered interior designers, and the title of president of his eponymous firm since 1998,  Alexa Hampton has a lot going for her just on paper alone. But she hasn’t let those mere credentials define her. Consistently included by Architectural Digest as part of their AD100 directory and by House Beautiful in their annual “America’s Best 100 Designers”, she has proven herself time and again on her own terms.…

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Art and the Exhibitionist

Art and the Exhibitionist

Edward Hopper, South Carolina Morning, 1955. ©Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Aha – I knew that would get your attention! As I mentioned last week, there are, as always, a ton of art exhibits in the fall in New York. Several of the big museums are drawing primarily from their own collections for their shows. Perhaps this is due to financial constraints but it doesn’t necessarily affect the impact of the exhibit.  Even though they own the art, sometimes it has been in storage and even if not, it sometimes take an organized exhibit to entice people to come and see it.

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The Explosion of Atomic Tom

The Explosion of Atomic Tom

I just love this story – a case of creativity joining forces with technology to catapult a small Brooklyn quartet, Atomic Tom, to stardom. The week before last (actually Friday the 15th) this video was posted on YouTube and by Sunday had already received over a million hits. The premise for the video was that the band’s instruments had been stolen and they were forced to improvise using their iPhones. The truth is that their instruments are safe and sound. This is not the first YouTube video Atomic Tom had made but the invented back story and filming of this particular video caused it to garner unprecedented attention to such an extent that “Take Me Out” has since made it to the Top 100 iTunes single chart.…

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Penthouse Panache

Penthouse Panache

In researching another post a while back, I came across the remarkable work of Champalimaud Design. Although a full service interior design firm, they are known primarily for their award winning work in the hospitality design sector. Founded by Alexandra Champalimaud twenty-seven years ago, they have completed renovations on hotels, restaurants, and spas around the world from the Carlyle and Algonquin in New York to the stunning suites at the Dorchester in London (one of my favorite projects – the bathrooms are incredible!) to the St. Regis in Beijing.

dorchester living room

dorchester bathroom

One of their most interesting projects, however, was the renovation of the Fairmont San Francisco Penthouse, which just won the 2010 Americas Property Awards in the category of Interior Design, USA.…

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Venus and Mars

Venus and Mars

Yesterday was my birthday. Not a landmark one, just your average annual affair. I spent most of the day working, waiting to see which of my children would remember to call – not completely true – I have two at home, both of whom thought my birthday was today until my husband clued them in. My elder daughter, who is away at boarding school, is inevitably reliable and called around lunch. My college son had to be reminded several times by his siblings and when he finally did get around to calling couched it with the ubiquitous plea for more money.…

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Nail Files

Nail Files

Now that it has finally cooled off and the leaves are changing, I feel like fall is officially here. I am starting to break out my boots and sweaters and think about autumnal colors. This extends to my minimal beauty rituals also and I thought today we could indulge in a bit of frivolity . When I have time, I love getting pedicures and I try to continue, though not as frequently, throughout the year. In the cooler months it becomes almost a necessity so that my dry heels don’t snag my socks or run my stockings. But as long as I am getting the restorative treatment, I also enjoy putting a little color on my toes.…

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