Giving Design a Voice

Giving Design a Voice

As we were all reminded by Deborah Needleman in her revelatory editor’s letter in this week’s inspiring issue of T magazine, there is a lot that happens behind the scenes at a publication to make it all happen in a seamless successful way. And while my modest site is certainly not the New York Times, there is still quite a bit that goes on to bring you original and what I hope is quality content on a regular basis. This is perhaps even more the case with Susanna Salk’s and my collaboration for our video series. It takes a great deal of trust, tenacity, time and talent on everyone’s parts to ultimately bring these videos to the small screen.  …

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Michael Bruno in Tuxedo Park

At Home with Susanna Salk and Michael Bruno in Tuxedo Park

Not only is Michael Bruno, founder of 1stdibs and now Housepad App (more on that in a bit) a man of innovative creative ideas but also of great taste. Changing the way people around the world could buy one-of-a-kind antiques, furniture, jewelry and more, meant traveling the globe to find dealers for 1stdibs. So several years ago, when Michael and partner Alexander Jakowec purchased their magnificent home in Tuxedo Park, NY, they knew where to go to augment their already burgeoning collections to finish furnishing the house. With the help of close friend, Los Angeles designer Windsor Smith, they’ve created a chic and livable home filled with their collected treasures.…

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Sneak Peek of Our At Home with Video at Tuxedo Park

Sneak Peek of Our At Home with Video at Tuxedo Park

Last month, Susanna and I were thrilled to visit 1stdibs and Housepad founder Michael Bruno at his majestic house at Tuxedo Park. While you’ll have to wait until Thursday to tag along for our video visit, I had so many photos of the beautiful surroundings and Michael’s spectacular house, I thought I’d share a little sneak peek.

For those of you not familiar with this idyllic enclave in Orange County, New York, Tuxedo Park was built between 1886 and 1930 by tobacco heir Pierre Lorillard as a bucolic retreat for himself and his affluent friends. With about 350 homes throughout the 2,600 acres, Tuxedo Park represents a mini history of architecture in the Gilded Age with houses by McKim Mead and White, Carrere & Hastings, Walker & Gillette, Bruce Price and more.…

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Carrier and Company Positively Chic Interiors

Carrier and Company Positively Chic Interiors

Like everything that comes out of the offices of Carrier and Company, their new book, Positively Chic Interiors, makes it all look so easy and effortless.

As with their projects, there is a crispness and clarity to the book design, with lush imagery yet room to breathe. Copy is intelligent yet approachable (with help from Judith Nasatir, effectively translating their voice), informative, inspiring yet personal with chapters that are logical, yet organized with a relaxed point of view. If we didn’t know better, we’d feel like the casually chic husband and wife team of Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller just breeze through life and work.…

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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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