At Home with Susanna Salk and Timothy Corrigan in Los Angeles

At Home with Susanna Salk and Timothy Corrigan in Los Angeles

When visiting Timothy Corrigan in Los Angeles, you are greeted with the same sense of comfort and elegance that is evident in all he does. Whether in France or California, Timothy effortlessly melds his easy west coast livability with a stylish European sensibility. And while there is definitely an appreciation of old world splendor, the classic prewar Georgian colonial is most definitely designed for today’s lifestyle. Join Susanna and me as we share our special stay at Tim’s gracious LA home.

Hancock Park, where Timothy lives, seems an east coast-like anomaly in sprawling Los Angeles. Developed in the 1920’s, with tree lined streets and pedestrian friendly sidewalks, it is a neighborhood with timeless appeal.…

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Sotheby’s Auction of a Distinguished Estate

Sotheby’s Auction of a Distinguished Estate

While it would be impossible to top the enormity and stellar selections of the milestone Bunny Mellon sale last fall, an upcoming Sotheby’s auction this October will present the property from another distinguished Virginia horse country estate. The elegant home of Mary Sayles Booker Braga’s ‘Oakendale,’ near Middleburg, below, contained a collection of fine art, furniture and decorative art purchased from many of the best dealers in New York and London.

With a love of both the Virginia equestrian lifestyle as well as the English country house, Mrs. Braga developed a disciplined and educated eye. From 17th century English landscapes and 20th century portraits to period English furniture and porcelain to whimsical pieces such as Andrea Spadini’s bronze dancing elephant with accordion, below, it is an auction reflecting the personal tastes of a passionate collector.…

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Shopping Nantucket | Atlantic

Shopping Nantucket | Atlantic

Shopping Nantucket offers a plethora of tempting picks and Atlantic, in their spacious new spot on Federal Street, should most definitely be on your list. Longtime summer resident Colleen Darby Wurts originally started her business in a friend’s Sconset garage. After spending the winter picking choice antiques, she did three big summer weekends there and was a resounding success. She then took a small space downtown on Easy Street for two years, subsequently moving to the barn on Straight Wharf, where Scrub Oak is now, for five years, where she included a small edited women’s boutique on the second floor.

When the Federal Street store in the center of town became available, it offered the perfect opportunity for Colleen to expand.…

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Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket 2015

Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket 2015

Benefitting the worthy Nantucket Historical Association, the Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket is always an August highlight on island. With just one more day to visit, I wanted to share a few favorites from this year’s show. When attending the preview at the opening night cocktail party, both designer Suzanne Tucker (who spoke on the design panel Friday morning) and I admired (and instagrammed) an unusual 19th century cast iron urn in a rare oval shape from the Finnegan Gallery in Chicago.

They also are showing an unusually large mid-19th century French enameled cast iron conservatory planter. With lion head handles and lovely blue and white decorative pattern, it would be a marvelous addition to any room.…

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Virtual Postcard | Kevin Isbell in Sardinia

Virtual Postcard | Kevin Isbell in Sardinia

Welcome to a new installment of our summer video travel series VIRTUAL POSTCARD. When I noticed that designer Kevin Isbell was planning a trip to Sardinia this summer, I immediately nabbed him for an episode, knowing his seasoned eye would capture the beauty of this distinctive destination. The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia boasts both dramatic natural vistas and proud ancient traditions. Tag along with Kevin as he takes us with him to this unique European island paradise.

Often inspired by his love of travel, Kevin’s interiors are as sophisticated and wordly as they are comfortable and functional. Elegantly layered with cultural references, there is a thread of where he’s been or would like to go in everything he designs.…

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McMillen at Home: Three Generations of Style

McMillen at Home: Three Generations of Style

Founded in 1924 by Mrs. Drury McMillen, McMillen Inc. is the oldest, continuously operating interior design firm in America. And I can’t think of any other design firm that can boast of having three generations of women from one family in its fold. Last fall, the New York School of Interior Design mounted a landmark retrospective celebrating McMillen’s nine decades of distinguished design. Susanna and I were thrilled to meet with Ann Pyne, current president of McMillen, curator of the exhibition and daughter of legendary McMillen designer and president Betty Sherrill, and Ann’s daughter Elizabeth Pyne, a designer at the youthful McMillen Plus division, to tour the show and chat about three generations of McMillen style.…

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Bringing the World Home

Bringing the World Home

Monday I head back to Nantucket for a big week of design. The annual Antiques & Design Show starts on Friday with several attending events including the festive opening night party and design panel, which this year includes Susanne Kasler, Amanda Linderoth, Charlotte Moss, Matthew Patrick Smyth and Suzanne Tucker. Next weekend also features the biggest auction of the season at Rafael Osona which is also a treat. And coming soon I will have insider peeks at two beautiful island homes. Our Virtual Postcard will continue with some exciting episodes from traveling design mavens around the world. And stop by Monday for the next episode of Susanna’s and my At Home with video series.…

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bohemiachic at Privet Lives

bohemiachic at Privet Lives

When at the Day of Design at the Mayflower Grace last month, fellow speaker Kathy McCarver Root sported a fantastic necklace I admired. She explained that the long chain, with a color coordinated assortment of unusual charms and objets, was the work of friend Maura de Visscher, founder of bohemiachic. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that Privet Lives in New Preston, already a favorite stop in the area, was hosting Maura for their latest pop-up. I was up in Litchfield County on a shoot Monday and co-owner Suzanne Cassano was kind enough to open shop so I could have a peek.…

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Summer Inspiration

Summer Inspiration

It was a rather rude awakening to return home from the cool crisp Maine air to the sweltering heat and humidity of Connecticut. I would rather be sitting on the lawn at Migis  seeing the water skiers come in

lazing near the docks

or watching my husband and daughter duel it out on the courts from the shade of our cabin’s porch.

But since I am ensconced in my air conditioned office, our summer inspiration today comes via virtual visits. You can take a trip to Mallorca with novelist Emma Straub, photographer Alexi Silvagni and NYC boutique owner Liana Pai and family in this month’s CN Traveler.…

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Dangling Downeast

Dangling Downeast

While I may be happily ensconced downeast in one of my favorite summer enclaves, I forgot to pack my laptop charger. So as my battery dwindles dangerously close to zero, I leave you with my beautiful view lakeside at Migis Lodge in Maine where the luxury of old school hospitality, crystal blue Lake Sebago against the vibrant green Maine pines and a healthy dose of fresh air, lobster and sinful hot fudge sundaes will keep me going until I am back in business. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. You can follow along on Instagram for a peek at more of Migis’ magic moments.…

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