Bag the Bag!!

Bag the Bag!!


Our Royal Wedding Contest continues this week. Enter by Friday for a chance to win this fabulous Joanna Lhuillier bag, whose work I profiled last week.

In case you missed it, the contest is to furnish Kate and Williams new home with pieces chosen from the brands at von Hemert Interiors, the store who inspired our game with their incredible upcoming Royal Wedding event.

The easy rules are:

  1. Go to von Hemert’s site to pick furnishings from the following collections: Baker, Century, Hickory Chair and Theodore Alexander (on 2nd page).
  2. Copy the link for your pick(s).
  3. Click here to like von Hemert’s facebook page.

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Hatching Style

Hatching Style

You may have noticed Michelle Hatch‘s beautiful pillows featured as part of von Hemert Interior’s Royal Wedding event.


I was so enchanted by them, that I contacted Michelle to find out more about her company and lovely products.


Michelle Hatch has an extensive accessories design pedigree. For 26 years prior to starting this home furnishings endeavor, Hatch was a luxury fashion accessories designer. She lived in Florence for nine years and Milan for six, during which time she designed for Salvatore Ferragamo and Donna Karan, traveling around Italy, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and South America.


Working with the finest artisans, sourcing materials, components, factories and design inspiration, Hatch had truly amazing experiences.…

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Royal Wedding Contest

Royal Wedding Contest

For the last several months, many of us have been following the news of the upcoming royal nuptials. And on twitter there has been major buzz about the fabulous event Carrie von Hemert and her family have been planning for their store, Von Hemert Interiors. They are hosting the most amazing Royal Wedding party you can imagine at their Costa Mesa location. I have been enjoying the excitement vicariously through those with coveted invitations to the event in California!

The Von Hemert stores are exactly the sort of business I love. A family-run and owned operation for four generations, they now have three locations in the Orange County and Los Angeles area.…

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Wedding Week Fashion Fling

Wedding Week Fashion Fling

So far we’ve selected jewelry and bubbly libations for our royal wedding week. But what about a little fashion fling? If I were attending the wedding or a party celebrating it, I now know what accessory I would carry.  It all began at the Architectural Digest Home Show when the fashionable Maybelline Te, co-owner of Snug Furniture, wore a fabulous beaded bag that started a huge buzz both in real life and on twitter. As everyone enquired about it, we learned it was from the line of Maybelline’s close friend Joanna Lhuillier. From there, I was hooked.

photo by Mike Jo

Joanna Maitland-Smith Lhuiller comes by her creative genes honestly.…

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Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines

Continuing with our theme of things inspired by the royal wedding, I asked Terry to keep this in mind when making suggestions for today. I was thrilled that she decided to include Bollinger as it was what we served at our wedding. So now Terry will join us to select some royal libations!

Wine enthusiasts looking to mark the upcoming royal wedding with a bottle of fine champagne may wish to invest in Bollinger. The royals have a long-standing association with the Champagne estate, with Queen Victoria having issued a royal warrant to Bollinger in 1884. This made Bollinger the first official wine of the British Empire.…

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Best of Bling

Best of Bling

When we think of royal festivities, images of tiaras and diamonds frequently come to mind. And of course the British monarchy has a legendary collection. Do we think Kate will wear one of the royal family’s tiaras at her wedding? They have a treasure trove of tiaras that have been passed down from generation to generation – in fact Queen Elizabeth II is said to have the largest and most valuable collection of tiaras in the world. Tiaras are worn not only for weddings but for other important occasions like state visits, and are an essential part of the royal wardrobe. …

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Exciting News!

Exciting News!

As some of you know, I have been very lucky lately here in the blogosphere. So lucky that I am thinking I should be buying a lottery ticket! Many of us enter giveaways online that blogging friends so kindly offer. Sometimes I leave a comment on a friend’s site without intentionally even entering the contest. Well look what luck has come my way. My first win was on the lovely Melissa Hawks’ Living the Well Appointed Life, the blog attached to her amazingly comprehensive site The Well Appointed House. I won three beautiful ikat-like patterned pillows that look perfect on the sleeper sofa in my older daughter’s Palladian blue bedroom!…

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At the Movies

At the Movies


As you know, I try, if possible, to coordinate the week’s posts with my movie pick. Since the past few days featured an art opening and dazzling jewelry, I thought the very glamorous 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair would be perfect. It is rare for me to like a remake of an original film, but this version of the 1968 Steven McQueen and Faye Dunaway classic does it justice.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the film, let me give you a quick reprisal. Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) is a billionaire entrepreneur and art collector who loves taking risks and enjoys a good challenge such as betting $100,000 on a golf stroke.…

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Old Meets New in the Art World

Old Meets New in the Art World

A couple of weeks ago I attended an art opening at the lovely Southport Galleries here in Connecticut, which recently celebrated its first successful year in business. Nestled in the heart of charming Southport Village, the gallery is housed in a former hardware store that has been meticulously restored and transformed into the current light filled space.

In keeping with the tone of this historic New England harbor town, full of  Georgian, Victorian and Federal homes, the original wainscoting, tin ceiling, and roughly-hewn hardware store counter tops were repurposed to retain the authentic vintage flavor. The new gallery is home to both American Masters and contemporary artists who appeal to the area’s sophisticated clientele. …

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Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines

photo steve pinzon

Paul Hobbs wines are some of the most sought after in the country. One of 11 children, Hobbs started out at Notre Dame with the intention of studying medicine, but intrigued by a weekly wine-tasting seminar on campus, he then went on to get his Master of Food Science in Enology at UC Davis.  After several years at Opus One, he moved to Simi where he developed an interest in new wine locales, specifically Argentina’s Mendoza region. He took charge of a project producing their first world class chardonnays and after several more consulting jobs, established his eponymous winery in 1991.…

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