Holiday Preview

Holiday Preview

Last night I attended my first holiday event of the season and what a lovely introduction it was! Held at Nielsen’s Florist in Darien, CT, the event was co-hosted by the luxury publication Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. Nielsen’s, a third generation family-run business since 1944 is still in its original location and offers many services from traditional floral offerings to special events in its fabulous conservatory. The shop was transformed into an elegant winter wonderland featuring the silk floral arrangements of Diane James, Simon Pearce glassware and Home James! dinnerware. There were several lovely tablescapes and many appealing ideas for holiday decorating.…

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Booked

Booked

Have you noticed? Books are the hottest new accessory. This fall we have been over-inundated with a plethora of shelter books. It seems that as an interior designer, you haven’t made your mark unless you’ve published a book. And it’s not just full color designer books getting all the attention. Retailers like J. Crew have been featuring all sorts of books as a vital aspect of their displays and advertising campaigns.

Even Marc Jacobs opened a full fledged book store.

or take a look at Kate Spade’s Book of the Month Club clutches, totes and Kindle covers

or French darling Olympia Le-Tan’s embroidered clutches based on some of her favorite titles.…

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The Royal Oak Foundation

The Royal Oak Foundation

Anglophiles unite! The byline of the Royal Oak Foundation is “Americans in Alliance with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.” You may be aware of the foundation’s work raising awareness of its important conservation and environmental work or you may know the name from its licensing agreements with such distinguished firms such as Cole & Son, Holland & Company, Katha Diddel and Lee Jofa.

But I’ve discovered there is so much more to this very worthwhile organization. The Trust has over 300 properties and conserves and protects over 626,000 acres of beautiful countryside in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, making it the largest private landowner in the UK.…

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Monica’s Magic

Monica’s Magic

I would imagine that most of you are familiar with Monica Rich Kosann, who started as a portrait photographer and has since branched out to design jewelry and home accessories. With her boutique at Bergdorf’s, new book, Living With What You Love, and recent induction into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), she has become a rising star.

Monica started shooting children at the tender age of seventeen, after receiving her first Rollei the year before. She studied at the International Center of Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, the Sorbonne in Paris, and the International Academy of Art in Austria.…

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Tech Tidbit

Tech Tidbit

We all know how addictive social media can be – but it can be downright dangerous if you’re in a moving vehicle. While it’s bad enough talking on the phone while driving, there is now an epidemic of people texting while trying to keep their eyes on the road. Luckily there appears to be a handy solution – Text’nDrive. Take a look at how this clever free app purports to handle your communications that just can’t wait ’til you’ve reached your destination.

So whether you’re looking to keep your teenager focussed on the road or a new gadget for yourself, Text’nDrive seems to fit the bill!…

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Rooms With A View

Rooms With A View

I just got back from the Rooms With A View Gala Preview party. Despite the dismal weather, there was a great turnout for this fun evening. There were tons of design stars there from Bunny Williams and David Easton to Tom Filicia and honoree Albert Hadley.

Here are Bunny and a dapper Albert in Bunny’s booth. I love the blown-up photo of a younger Hadley behind the French doors. The ecclectic room was furnished with many wonderful Beeline pieces from the Eclipse chairs to the fabulous Harvest table and fun Spiral Umbrella Stand, a perfect accessory on this wet evening.…

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Heads of Expressionism

Heads of Expressionism

Recently we have looked at several of the art exhibitions at museums in NYC this fall – from the blockbuster show at the MoMA to ones at smaller museums like the Jewish Museum’s Houdini exhibit. One of the most fascinating exhibits, however, has got to be the Franz Xaver Messerschmidt exhibition at the Neue Galerie.

the ill-humored man

This show, organized by Guilhem Scherf, the chief curator of sculpture at the Musée du Louvre, is the first US exhibit about this late 18th century Bavarian-born Austrian sculptor and the first collaboration between the Neue Galerie and the Louvre. This quixotic show focuses on the artist’s “character heads” which, both astonishingly realistic and strange, are some of the most important sculptures of the 18th century, due to Messerschmidt’s honest portrayal of his subjects’ features.…

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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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