Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2015

Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2015

It’s time for this year’s edition of what has become an annual tradition here chez Q – the Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2015. While I am a proponent of drinking champagne throughout the year, there is certainly no more traditional time to celebrate with a glass of bubbly than on New Year’s Eve. If you’ve ever wondered the how and why of champagne, read on and if you’ve visited this discussion in the past, you can hop to the end for some drinking suggestions with several new additions. And while we may not all look as good as Jacqueline Bisset did with a glass of the good stuff,

we can at least have this much fun.…

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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

While this has been a busy week, there is nothing quite as wonderful as being home for the holidays. The house is bursting at the seams with the kids and their attending accoutrements (kind term for endless footwear and laundry), the fridge with more food than it should ever really hold, extended family and welcome guests. There have been family movies to see (I highly recommend Spotlight, The Big Short and of course Star Wars) and games to play (wish me luck in our fierce family tournaments). I’ll be back shortly to wish you greetings for the new year, catch up with all the visits I made before the holidays and share lots of exciting news for the coming year!…

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The Brilliant Beauty of Belperron

The Brilliant Beauty of Belperron

It was in the 1960’s and early 70’s, when Ward Landrigan, then head of Sotheby’s jewelry department, first spied the distinctive work of jewelry designer Suzanne Belperron. By 1987, Landrigan had purchased Verdura and had hoped to augment the collection at the landmark Sotheby’s sale of the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels in Geneva. While the realized prices were astronomical and he didn’t acquire any Verdura pieces, he did note the Duchess’ sixteen Belperron pieces (only five of which were identified) and was officially hooked.

In 1999, Landrigan finally bought the Belperron name, archive and worldwide rights, including over 9,200 original gouache paintings and designs. …

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Merry Merry

Merry Merry

From my table to yours, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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Christmas in Connecticut

Christmas in Connecticut

My friend, designer Lisa Hilderbrand, lives in a renovated 18th century saltbox that each year she transforms into the epitome of Christmas in Connecticut. Having purchased the house in 2004, Lisa and her husband fell hard for the spacious antique in a historic part of New Canaan. With seven fireplaces, seven bedrooms, sleeping porches and a ballroom, it had potential, but was a fixer upper with major challenges, from broken windows to leaky roof. But they were up to the task, and despite a major fire in 2005 during the final stages of renovation, the house was finished and this year the work effected by the Hilderbrands and their architect/contractor, Robert Chipley, received the President’s Award for Preservation from the New Canaan Preservation Alliance in 2015.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Lela Rose

At Home with Susanna Salk and Lela Rose

Lela Rose is not only an acclaimed fashion designer, with eponymous ready-to-wear and bridal collections, but, as seen in her new book, Prêt-à-Party, a passionate and creative party-giver. In fact, her Tribeca apartment, where Lela lives with her husband and two children, was custom built around her love for entertaining. Join Susanna and me behind the scenes for a visit with Lela at home as she shares a peek of her chic and unique entertaining venue, ready for the holidays.

Just as Lela imbues each of her collections with an ebullient elegance based on a masterful mixture of textures and patterns, so she has decorated her home.…

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The Legacy of Luxury Linens at E. Braun and Jesurum

The Legacy of Luxury Linens at E. Braun and Jesurum

Luxury linens are a pleasure that easily enhance your life every single day. Especially as the winter days get short, it can be such a simple extravagance to climb into a beautifully appointed bed at night. One of the most elegant sources in New York is the lovely E. Braun boutique. Founded in 1893 in Vienna, the firm is now in only its second family ownership. Continuing the legacy of the finest classic designs from around the world, E. Braun now also includes a roster of chic contemporary linens and accessories in their light-filled Park Avenue space. Last week, I stopped by to see their latest introduction.…

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The Exciting New Drake + Anderson

The Exciting New Drake + Anderson

While I am frequently touting the stylish mix of the well established with the new, I am not normally referring to firms. But in this case the mix is indeed a stylish pairing of people, as acclaimed designer Jamie Drake and rising star Caleb Anderson have joined forces to create the new firm Drake + Anderson in 2016.

photo: Brittany Ambridge

This merger of talents represents an exciting new entity where each designer will be co-principals of the firm, combining staffs and businesses into a new brand, offering a full range of design services. Known for his vivacious use of color and glamorous interiors, Drake has designed homes for a wide range of clients from Michael Bloomberg to Madonna.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Windsor Smith

At Home with Susanna Salk and Windsor Smith

Windsor Smith embraces a style that melds modern living with old fashioned values. While she crafts luxurious homes with elegant interiors, she is ever conscious of how her clients will live in them. As practical as they are personal, her spaces encourage a harkening back to tradition and the kind of human interactions much needed in our harried world of technology and anonymity. Kitchens are designed around family dinners, cocktail tables are ready to receive guests in style, game tables invite convivial competition. Her recent book, Windsor Smith Homefront: Design for Modern Living, celebrates her “lifestyle architect” approach to modern living with interior inspiration and down-to-earth advice.…

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Tis the Season

Tis the Season

December is not only the time for making your list and checking it twice but tis the season for gatherings galore. The first half of this week alone started by celebrating Christopher Spitzmiller‘s one year anniversary in his new space with a book signing with Jeffrey Bilhuber.

Orange you glad Chris has expanded his palette to include the Q’s signature color?

Tuesday evening was the glamorous AD100 party at the Whitney Museum, celebrating a select group of 100 international tastemakers whose work represent’s the magazine’s vision of the best in global design. Editor-in-chief Margaret Russell looked radiant in red Giambattista Valli as she offered the evening’s remarks.

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