Wallpaper Wizardry | The Schumacher Library of Wallcovering

Wallpaper Wizardry | The Schumacher Library of Wallcovering

My love of wallpaper is no secret and I was intrigued as Schumacher hinted on their Instagram feed (@Schumacher1889) about an impending wallpaper announcement. So I am especially excited to be able to share with you their big reveal – The Schumacher Library of Wallcovering, debuting in all domestic and international showrooms next week.

Building on the success of Volume I three years ago, this new edition includes the complete collection of Schumacher’s 1,736 wallcoverings, organized into 19 logical and easy to use chapters.

photo by Melanie Acevedo

From panels, as seen in an interior by Miles Redd using his Brighton Pavilion panels, above, to chinoiserie, florals, textures, large, small and mid size prints, as seen in a design by Jana Bek using Veere Grenney’s Belvedere, below, and more, each category includes beautiful photography, with over 200 images of installed patterns as inspiration, to easily see and source the products.…

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Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds IV | Sustainable Nantucket

Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds IV | Sustainable Nantucket

This week’s Friday finds features just one important favorite. This week I attended Sustainable Nantucket‘s Farm Fresh Feast. Held in the beautiful fields at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm, it was a festive and delicious evening celebrating all this wonderful organization accomplishes.

As Nantucket has grown, many organizations have sprouted up to enhance the social, environmental and economic values of the community while protecting the island’s very special character.

Sustainable Nantucket not only helps to support and raise awareness of the local family farms and small-scale growers but offers a variety of year round programs and events to help build a more locally based, self-reliant food economy.…

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Villa Astor

Villa Astor

The subtitle of the beautiful new book on Villa Astor says it all – “Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast.” Part history, part social commentary, part architecture, interiors and gardens, this beautifully photographed and designed edition of this famous Italian landmark is as insightful as it is inspiring.

Following a foreword by William Waldorf Astor’s great-grandson, the story of Astor’s prominent career, disenchantment with American society and politics, move to England and eventual pilgrimage to Italy unfolds. Told by Boston-based architectural historian and authority on the British country house, Curt DiCamillo, it is a fascinating tale of passion, perfectionism and the power of memory. …

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Scenting the Summer House

Scenting the Summer House

There’s nothing much better than the sound and smells of ocean breezes, drifting off the water though open windows. Scent is an essential accessory to any home, especially a summer house on the water, where sometimes dampness leaves its mark in less idyllic ways. Like many Nantucket houses outside of town, originally meant for seasonal summer living, ours has no basement so I’m always looking for new ways to add a welcoming scent to augment nature’s best and mask the less appealing. I was excited to find an already favorite brand had a new solution. NEST Fragrances new Liquidless Diffuser is such an easy and effortless option.…

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Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds III

Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds III

It’s been busy on island and I’m a tad late with this week’s Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds but wanted to give you a peek before week’s end. While many visitors explore the main cobblestone streets in town, there are many places to see tucked away on side streets. In fact, a group of these shops got together to form a shopper’s guide to Nantucket’s hidden gems with a map and Instagram feed @offthebeatenpath that happens to include this week’s finds.

My favorite coffee spot on island is the friendly and delicious Handlebar Café. Conveniently located at 15 Washington Street, owners Courtney and Jason Bridges have created a space where you can not only get a great coffee (or latte, cappuccino etc) but sit and meet friends or catch up on emails – there’s great wifi.…

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The Garden of Peter Marino

The Garden of Peter Marino

As summer is in full swing, and Garden Conservancy Open Days and special events are offering glimpses into normally private domains, we can all enjoy an unprecedented peek at the very glamorous Southampton garden of Peter Marino. In a large and luxurious volume from Rizzoli, the renowned architect and designer shares an intimate entree into his extraordinary garden.

Over the course of nineteen years, Marino transformed what was a lackluster twelve acres into a private paradise. As he explains in his introduction, the series of outdoor rooms express “a sense of order blended with the chaos of nature.” Like the best architecture, the garden provides an architectonic structure within which nature can run its course.…

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Setting the Table with Alex Papachristidis

Setting the Table with Alex Papachristidis

Celebrated interior designer Alex Papachristidis has a passion for beauty. Known for his timeless elegance and inventive creativity, his love for and knowledge of the decorative arts extends to all aspects of his life including setting the table! A fervent collector and avid traveler, his tabletops exude a personal, colorful and exuberant style. Tag along with me and Susanna Salk as we visit Alex in his glamorous New York City apartment to learn his tips for entertaining, how the table tells a story and why purple is the new neutral!

Alex’s extensive collections aren’t just for show. He believes in using what you love and own rather than relegating the “good stuff” to the depths of the cabinet.…

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Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds II

Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds II

My second installment of Friday favorite finds from here on Nantucket includes a couple island staples in the food and entertainment categories. While many of us are mourning the closing of Sarah Powers’ Table No. 1 here on Nantucket, the silver lining is that the already excellent Cowboy’s Meat Market has now added a full cheese counter, curated by Sarah and overseen by owner Laura McCloskey.

Cowboy’s was already a terrific local market with a well stocked butcher counter featuring organic, grass fed, non-genetically modified meat, a full-service deli with prepared foods for take out and a very well rounded selection of wine and beer, with a particularly good choice of rosés.…

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The Trickle Down Effect

The Trickle Down Effect

Just as we’ve witnessed the popularity of straw bags in fashion, we’ve been seeing a heightened resurgence of straw, wicker and rattan in decor as well. In tandem with the mood for maximalism, this timeless addition is easy to layer – with either a tonal or pattern filled design. And while it has never been out of style, as soon as I saw this image from CB2, I knew the trickle down effect had reached a mainstream audience.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love CB2. They have many stylish and affordable offerings and clearly have their finger on the pulse of what’s happening in design.…

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Summer Staple: The Straw Bag

Summer Staple: The Straw Bag

In this weekend’s WSJ Off Duty, fashion contributor Hayley Phelan extolled the virtues of the straw bag with a comprehensive and entertaining look at this timeless accessory.

Mirrorpix via Getty Images via the WSJ

Citing favorite examples from film and fashion, such as the famous image of Jane Birkin, above, as well as select shopping options, the piece also includes a tongue-in-cheek interview with a straw tote as well as illustrative versions of imagined bags owned by the three little pigs. One image I have long loved that was not included is this of Grace Kelly from To Catch a Thief.…

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