Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I meant for this to arrive in your inboxes this morning but with the excitement of having everyone home, guests arriving, last minute wrapping and the extenuating commotion that is Christmas Eve it somehow never made it. But that now affords me the opportunity to wish all of you who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas!

Holiday tables are one of my great creative joys and this year I went with a chalet-ish theme, starting with the über charming Pierre Frey Montana fabric. A longtime favorite, it seemed the perfect pick to partner with my handsome new Christopher Spitzmiller marbleized plates.

In considering fabrics for coordinated napkins, another favorite, le Manach Plumettes, proved to be an ideal foil for adding an additional layer of nature-related pattern to the mix.…

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Setting the Table in the Hamptons with Alex Papachristidis

Setting the Table in the Hamptons with Alex Papachristidis

Staying in the Hamptons with Alex Papachristidis is like being transported to an exclusive five star hotel owned by your best friend, where you are the only guests. Known for his elegant interiors, Alex’s country home is sophisticated yet intimately welcoming, formal in style and yet casual in how he and his family live within. And his approach to entertaining is the same, echoing his passion for beauty in every aspect of the table and his life. Tag along as Susanna Salk and I visit Alex in the Hamptons as he shares his joie de vivre and tips for collecting blue and white, setting the table and nature in the decorative arts.…

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New Soho Design Destinations – One Kings Lane

New Soho Design Destinations – One Kings Lane

My how things have changed in Soho! During the 10 years I lived there, it was primarily art-focused with galleries and a handful of restaurants predominating. Since then, the retail scene has exploded. So last month I hopped downtown to check out a couple new design destinations in the neighborhood.

After the success of their first brick and mortar store in Southampton, One Kings Lane has now opened a flagship shop in the center of Soho. In an early 19th century building with modern glass and steel annex attached,

it echoes their signature mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings, bringing their concept of residential retail to the urban market.…

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At Home in Bellport with Thomas O’Brien

At Home in Bellport with Thomas O’Brien

If ever there was an understated self portrait, it would be designer Thomas O’Brien’s description of himself as “basically a shopkeeper and a homemaker.” As the founder and President of Aero Studios, Aero, the iconic home emporium, Copper Beach, his and husband Dan Fink‘s charming Long Island general store, as well as a multitude of collaborations and licensed collections, O’Brien has been a leading proponent of modern American design since 1992. And nowhere does his aesthetic shine more, than in his two Long Island houses, the most recent chronicled in his new book, Library House. Tag along with Susanna Salk and me for a behind the scenes visit with Thomas in his Bellport, NY home.…

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Alex Papachristidis Trunk Show at Moda Operandi

Alex Papachristidis Trunk Show at Moda Operandi

Designer Alex Papachristidis is known not only for his elegant interiors but his layered and luxurious entertaining style. Incorporating collections and decorative art onto his tables, Alex’s settings are colorful and creative works of art. So it came as no surprise that he created a glamorous new home collection for Moda Operandi.

As you may remember from Susanna Salk’s and my Setting the Table video with Alex at his chic New York City apartment, purple is a neutral in his book, which has extended into the covetable new collection. Above his Le Jardin Chinois dinnerware in a plum hand painted floral that is casual enough for every day but easily dressed up for more formal affairs.…

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Jessica McCormack at Moda Operandi

Jessica McCormack at Moda Operandi

Originally founded as the exclusive online destination to preorder runway collections, Moda Operandi has, since its inception, branched out to also include in-person private trunkshows. In the past few weeks, I attended two chic events that introduced new collections to Moda’s New York and a limited-time online audience. In the crowded luxury jewelry category, Jessica McCormack has already made a name for herself in London, where she shows her exquisite diamond collection in a gorgeous Mayfair townhouse setting.

 Inspired by the past but designed for today’s modern woman, Jessica’s collection is imminently wearable and distinct. “Like the eras and genres that inspire them, I design collections that can be effortlessly mixed and sit well together.”

Each piece is handcrafted and thoughtfully created for a mix and match aesthetic that encourages individuality – a layered stack I took for a spin above – and the flat view of the Heart Rings below (the blackened emerald version included in my stack).…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

While I am always aware at this season how much I have to be thankful for, this year is a little bittersweet as it’s the first Thanksgiving I don’t have all my family home for the holiday. Anticipating this, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try a slightly different venue.

With the smaller group, I decided to move Thanksgiving to the kitchen table with a slightly more contemporary feel. While there are many ready made table linens on the market, I think people sometimes forget other options for creating a bespoke table setting that is different and unique.…

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The Salon Art + Design 2018

The Salon Art + Design 2018

This past week marked the opening of the Salon Art + Design 2018 show at the Park Avenue Armory. Including some of the world’s finest dealers, this show brings a wide and high quality range of fine and decorative art from ancient to contemporary, with an emphasis on distinctive 20th century and contemporary design. And if you’re in the NYC area, tomorrow is the final day to visit this always interesting and stylish show.


I stopped by the very well attended press preview and opening evening for a peek. It was a social madhouse with a who’s who in design and art aficionados, marked by robust sales reported by many of the exhibitors.…

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At Home with Timothy Corrigan at Chateau de la Chevallerie (the before)

At Home with Timothy Corrigan at Chateau de la Chevallerie (the before)

There are few people who could not only imagine but are capable of bringing an 18th century French chateau back to life. Designer Timothy Corrigan is not only capable but enthusiastic and experienced, having expertly renovated his former French home, Château du Grand-Lucé. Since then he has found a new love in the northern Loire, the Château de la Chevallerie. Susanna and I were thrilled to visit Tim there this spring just as he was embarking on bringing this exquisite jewel into the 21st century. Please join us as Timothy explains his vision for his beautiful new French country home!…

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TEFAF New York Fall 2018

TEFAF New York Fall 2018

This weekend marked the opening of the TEFAF New York Fall 2018 show. The third edition of this prestigious art fair continued to wow its audience with a focus on the creme de la creme in fine and decorative arts from ancient times through early twentieth century.

With a glamorous venue, the preview on Friday included a sophisticated group of collectors, interior designers, museum representatives, art connoisseurs and aficionados. One of the first booths I visited was the always impressive Galerie Kugel. I find automatons fascinating, walking the line between mechanized wonders and works of art. The gilt brass one above includes a lion that rhythmically sticks out its tongue as its tamer taps in time to a chime.…

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