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Quick Lessons from an English Countryside House

June 18, 2018

Some of you might have seen that we have popped over to England for a friend’s wedding.   We decided to make a week of it so that we could catch up with family (and better wifi!) and have been staying with my aunt in the countryside.    Her house has always been a favorite of mine, both cozy and pulled together, inviting and grown up.    Over the last twenty odd years they have made changes and additions, the latest…

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Collecting France Home

Collector’s Corner: The French Flea

June 11, 2018

We have visited the Jas des Roberts two weekends in a row now.    It’s an outdoor market in a bumpy field where vendors come with trucks full of goodies, from furniture to linens, china, crystal, silver, rugs and lots of obscure art.   It’s a hunt in the heat and a place for quick decisions (I had a stack of french yellow plates swiped from me in a moment of hesitation), and a trove for treasures like those that my…

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Collector’s Corner: Colorful Tablecloths & Napkins

May 28, 2018

I have been waiting to arrive here in France to my grandmother’s home to really roll up my sleeves and dig into this new series, Collector’s Corner.   My grandmother was the queen of collecting; she loved finding new treasures, especially china, glass and textiles.   I would love to go through her home and archive everything that is here to better understand the decisions she made in decorating this slice of heaven which still very much feels like “hers” even though…

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Entertaining Home Style

Pamper Yourself with India Hicks

May 17, 2018

How do I begin to express my admiration for India Hicks?    I have known about her for years and, like many of us, have avidly followed her design and lifestyle trendsetting ideas.  I am a sun lover and have fantasized about building a house in the tropics for years.   So, naturally, I’ve gazed endlessly at India’s Bahamian paradise of a home and have applauded her for being brave enough to build a beautiful and rich life on a tiny…

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Entertaining Home Style

Collector’s Corner: Essential Placemats

May 14, 2018

I have been holding off on my favorite topics — sheets, plates, etc.  for France as I would love to be able to really explore my Grandmother’s collection when we arrive next week!!    Placemats might be mistaken for a mundane item but can be a great contributor to a lively table and are essentials in our house.   We mostly rely on our woven ones which are our “everyday”  of which we have 24 (here is an upgraded version, and…

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A Quick & Easy Table for Two

May 11, 2018

Ah we have had a crazy week of cramming in everything before I leave today for Massachusetts to shoot a quick wedding for Vogue.com !   We are trying to get all of our wedding work completed before we leave for France, a week from Monday.  Needless to say, we have been racing around and hardly making time for family this week.  We decided to have a quick impromptu dinner outside (out of the editing “cave” and into the light!) en…

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