Showhouse on the Green Sneak Peek

Showhouse on the Green Sneak Peek

What to do when a 19th century church on a historic town green in Connecticut needs to restore its rectory, also a classic structure from 1834? Organize a designer showhouse of course! Showhouse on the Green, opening Saturday in Fairfield, CT, celebrates the history and future of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and in honor of its wide ranging ministries, will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Operation Hope, which provides food and shelter to local families in need.

The Gothic revival rectory, above, will be receiving a full facelift inside and out, including interiors by 15 designers.…

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Nantucket House Tour | Stylish in Sconset

Nantucket House Tour | Stylish in Sconset

Most Nantucket regulars would agree that September is the most beautiful month on island. The throngs of tourists have left, you can actually get a restaurant reservation, the water is still warm and that early autumn light softens the colors to glinting golden hues. So while Labor Day may have passed, we take another look at a chic island home. Today’s Nantucket House Tour brings us to one of the most charming locations on island. Sconset, short for the proper Siasconset (Native American for “place of great bones”) is the other Nantucket “town.” One of the earliest seasonal communities in the country, its core of 18th and 19th century rose covered shingled cottages are a shutterbug’s dream.…

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Madeline Weinrib Pop-Up at Barney’s

Madeline Weinrib Pop-Up at Barney’s

Madeline Weinrib travels the world to bring bring her authentic aesthetic home for her eponymous brand. And so it is particularly appropriate that her new Pop-Up at Barney’s Chelsea Passage should be titled “World of Influence.” For not only does it include many of her own new products and wonderful one-of-a-kind objects found on her travels but exclusive products designed in collaboration with Madeline’s creative world of select artisans and artists.  I stopped by last week to chat with Madeline and have a peek.

As Madeline explains, “A World of Influence is a celebration of some of the artists and craftsmen who have inspired me, from old friends to up-and-coming makers I’ve just recently discovered, each a true visionary in their own unique way. …

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A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

While no doubt familiar with the palatial splendor of Louis XIV’s Versailles, what you may not know is that the inspiration, and indeed the architect, decorator and garden designer, were taken (rather literally) from Nicolas Fouquet’s masterpiece, the Château de Vaux le Vicomte. One of the most magnificent homes in all of Europe, the 17th century Vaux le Vicomte has, since 1875, been under the stewardship of the Vogüé family. And now, in a marvelous jewel of a volume, A Day at Château de Vaux-le Vicomte, Alexandre, Jean-Charles and Ascanio de Vogüé, the three brothers who took the reins of managing the estate from their father in 2012, guide us through the history, interiors and lifestyle at the château.…

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The Last Days of Summer

The Last Days of Summer

As the weekend marking the unofficial end of summer winds to a close, here’s hoping you all have a wonderful Labor Day with great memories of the season. I’ve included a few of mine that I haven’t yet shared. From my favorite spot in Maine, Migis Lodge, their classic Chris Craft that cruises the lake and transports guests to island picnics.

 And from Nantucket, the Brant Point lighthouse that greets you coming and going.

Views from my morning walks along the bay.

The fun entry and secret door to this year’s Town Pool pop-up shop.

Our friends’ handsome Hinckley ready for drinks on the docks.…

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Virtual Postcard | Max Sinsteden in Capri

Virtual Postcard | Max Sinsteden in Capri

Summer may be winding down, but travel inspiration continues. In the latest segment of VIRTUAL POSTCARD, designer Max Sinsteden takes us to the timeless Mediterranean destination of Capri. One of the most celebrated locations in Italy, this island in the Bay of Naples has, for decades, represented the best of la dolce vita. A playground to royals and movie stars, home to expat authors such as Graham Greene (for more, check out Shirley Hazzard’s wonderful memoir, Greene in Capri) and a centuries old retreat for everyone from emperors Augustus and Tiberius to Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy on their honeymoon.…

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Nantucket House Tour | Chic on the Cliff

Nantucket House Tour | Chic on the Cliff

Nantucket is a small island full of big world connections. Earlier this summer, I was delighted to meet Cynthia Everets through mutual design friend Mary McDonald. We hit it off and gradually discovered numerous six degrees of separation.  It was when visiting Cynthia’s charming Nantucket house on the cliff, the idea of a Nantucket House Tour series came to me.

Cynthia’s home is not only chic but instantly welcoming, serving as a casually sophisticated backdrop for the art of living. As with many old houses, the front door opens directly into the home where the entry speaks volumes. A collection of vintage French earthenware, an old tole lantern and a statement-making painting by Charlotte Culot, purchased through Dörte Neudert here on Nantucket, form an elegant visual landscape.  …

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Because It’s All About the Story

Because It’s All About the Story

Thank you dear readers for being patient as I prepare many wonderful features coming soon. This coming week will include my first house tour on the blog of a never published lovely home here on Nantucket. In the meantime, I’ll share with you an irresistibly charming piece I happened across from Hermès. It encapsulates many of the concepts I try to share here – from the legacy of historic brands, to how the past is inexorably linked to creation in the present, to the importance of  living with what you love, the personal aspects of the art of collecting and most importantly, how, no matter what the subject, it’s always all about the story.…

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A Vicarious Visit to Camilla Guinness’ Arniano

A Vicarious Visit to Camilla Guinness’ Arniano

A couple of weeks ago, T Magazine published a feature on British interior designer Camilla Guinness. Known for her eclectic mix of English style with dramatic glamour, she created interiors for the likes of Isabella Blow and “an inner circle of bohemian Brits,” most notably, Ned and Marina Lambton, whose 17th century Tuscan villa she helped to restore. Her characteristic insouciant mix can be seen in the drawing room with grisaille panels over gilt consoles, simple linen upholstery and an Ikea rug.

A charming guest bedroom includes Chelsea textiles bed hangings.

photos above by Oberto Gili for Architectural Digest

Guinness is part of a creative family by both birth and marriage (her ex-sister-in-law is designer Rose Uniacke). …

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The Good Garden | The Landscape Architecture of Edmund Hollander Design

The Good Garden | The Landscape Architecture of Edmund Hollander Design

While landscape design has always been an important feature for a home, the increasing emphasis on indoor/outdoor living over the last several years has heightened even further the priority given to gardens and the design of our environmental spaces. One of the most recognized east coast landscape architect firms, Edmund Hollander Design, has been creating lush and meticulous outdoor spaces for the last 25 years. In their recently published second volume, The Good Garden, we can revel in dozens of gorgeous estate gardens throughout the Northeast.

Organized thematically, we learn how individual components, from gateways and paths to walls, allées, pergolas and more can be employed to create dazzling, dynamic and unified gardens and landscapes.…

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