Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

As this year’s late Thanksgiving is over and December is somehow suddenly upon us, it is officially time to think about holiday shopping. Let us open the seasonal extravaganza with special gifts for the wine lover (and who isn’t?). Hopefully many of you have now taken a peek at Vinous, Antonio Galloni’s well respected and welcoming wine education site, bringing together independent criticism, tasting notes, interactive maps and multimedia in a contemporary and collaborative platform. From the neophyte aficionado to sophisticated oenophile, the site is the perfect destination for those in every wine category. This year, Vinous, in partnership with legendary Italian leather goods maker Moreschi, is offering the perfect luxury gift for wine lovers, ideal for those on your list who seem to have everything!…

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Giving Thanks to You

Giving Thanks to You

Since this holiday weekend is all about giving thanks, I’d like to acknowledge the many featured guests and visitors who have helped Susanna’s and my videos reach 100,000 views on YouTube. While we are brimming with ideas for 2015, with many already in the works, we’d love to know if there are any stylemakers, subjects or destinations that you are longing for us cover. As our audience, your input is invaluable. Would you like to see more At Home visits with designers like Howard Slatkin

Alex Papachristidis

Robert Couturier

Aerin Lauder

Charlotte Moss

Alexandra Champalimaud

Marian McEvoy

or Bunny Williams at her iconic Connecticut pool house?…

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Palm Beach Style in House Beautiful

Palm Beach Style in House Beautiful

While the enjoyment of Thanksgiving is certainly not weather dependent, it felt a little too much like January rather than November in New England yesterday for me. So I am particularly pleased to be able to share today this sneak peek of some tropical Palm Beach style from the upcoming December/January issue of House Beautiful.

Inspired by the Caribbean ambience of Antigua, Mimi McMakin and Ashley Sharpe of Kemble Interiors designed a home brimming with color, fantasy and fun. The dining room features a statement-making mural based on island scenery with the clever trompe l’oeil conceit of viewing from inside a porch, complete with applied wood railing and trim.…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

As I prepare my table to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I am so grateful to have my entire family home on this wonderful day. As my children get older, I do not take for granted that they may have other options for these cherished holidays and am so appreciative that they look forward to being together as much as I do. So from my home to yours, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy your food, your home and your families, not necessarily in that order!!

Since you readers are always a curious bunch and will undoubtedly ask, let me share that my plates are vintage.…

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Holiday House NYC 2014 Video Tour

Holiday House NYC 2014 Video Tour

Now in its seventh year, Holiday House NYC was the first designer showhouse held in New York City to specifically benefit breast cancer. Featuring top interior designers in the spectacular Academy Mansion, chosen holidays and special occasions are celebrated with creativity, ingenuity and meaning. Please join us for a special video tour as Susanna chats with seven of the designers in their rooms.

Visiting on a stormy day during final preparations before the official opening or press day of Holiday House NYC 2014, meant we weren’t able to speak with all of the designers, but those not featured in the video are represented below. …

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Rooms with a View 2014 Designer Showhouse Finale

Rooms with a View 2014 Designer Showhouse Finale

Today we take a final look at this year’s Rooms with a View Designer Showhouse. Design chair Parker Rogers partnered with Serena & Lily to create his Southport Garden Folly, charming treillage room inspired by the gardens at his own Southport home.

“Through the more formal gardens, we have built a large Lattice House which is known to many for delicious cocktails dinner parties.  I am also inspired by my many friends and family that love to come by and enjoy the beautiful views.”

Graphic pattern play was the visual theme of the room.The navy and white palette of the Serena & Lily Diamond fabric hanging at the entrance, Chevron Riviera Chairs and Mirabelle rug were the perfect foil for the pops of green in the Lattice fabric tablecloth and Parker’s own bamboo flatware and table accoutrements.…

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Rooms with a View 2014 Continued

Rooms with a View 2014 Continued

Today we continue our look at this year’s fabulous Rooms with a View 20th anniversary showhouse, celebrating the legacy of Albert Hadley’s original vision. Jenny Wolf‘s “Le Jardin Vert” was a cozy yet sophisticated ladies’ study/lounge executed with a sophisticated “mix of traditional elements updated with a modern twist.” Bold doses of black tempered with pastel hues and luxurious fabrics resulted in “a dramatic space that still felt calm and feminine.”

You can see on Jenny’s original mood board how her inspiration evolved into her fully conceived vignette.

The beautifully executed millwork, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Calke Green and accented with gold leaf detailing and antique mirror served as a timeless architectural backdrop and the black and white hand crafted Mirth floor tiles offered “a fresh take on old school glamour.”

Amanda Nisbet’s Cielo Arm Chair for Niermann Weeks, with its contemporary white metal finish and classical allusions was a curvy complement to the handsome black lacquered grass cloth desk with brass framing that Jenny designed specifically for the space.…

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Rooms With a View 2014 Designer Showhouse

Rooms With a View 2014 Designer Showhouse

Southport, Connecticut was hopping this weekend with this year’s version of one of my favorite local design events, Rooms with a View 2014. Originally conceived by Albert Hadley, this destination designer showhouse transforms the Southport Congregational Church into twelve 5′ x8′ mini rooms created by top local and New York City designers. This year marked the 20th anniversary of this popular fundraiser with the theme “20/20 Visions.” Led by Honorary Chairman and Parish Hadley alumnus Thom Filicia, sponsors included Serena & Lily, Farrow & Ball with domino magazine as national media sponsor,  all of whom contributed to a series of successful events over the past three days.…

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This Week in the World of Design

This Week in the World of Design

The season has started and the world of design is hopping with celebrations, introductions and events. While it’s impossible to keep up with everything, I thought I would share a few noteworthy events from this week alone. Monday evening at the French Heritage Society‘s annual gala, along with corporate honoree Hermès, who executed the charming centerpieces below, designer Timothy Corrigan was honored for his accomplishments working in French style and for his restoration and decoration of his historic château. It was a festive and glamorous evening celebrating such a well deserved honor.

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Tuesday, it was standing room only for a book signing at the Assouline boutique in the Plaza for Hunt Slonem‘s new tome, When Art Meets Design.…

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Fashion and Interiors Meet in Style at de Le Cuona

Fashion and Interiors Meet in Style at de Le Cuona

From the beginning, Bernie de Le Cuona has been known for her extensive knowledge and production of luxurious linens and other sumptuous materials, yet she has also always had an interest in the translation of her textiles to fashion and interiors as well as accessories. With a lust for travel and passion for design, her eponymous company has long integrated a lifestyle component into its offerings. Last week, the firm presented two new fashionable introductions in their D&D Showroom. The de Le Cuona Crocodile & Cashmere Collection is “tailored for adventurers, shaped for sophisticates.”  Inspired by her expeditions from Asia to Africa, Bernie has crafted iconic pieces for both home and travel that express her international take on understated glamour.…

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