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Spring 2020 Sales

03 . 26 . 20

In quarantine it feels like there’s not much to do except eat and shop. I have yet to start my closet clean out and organizing projects but they might have to wait until I see what’s new on sale. If you need a little pick me up, perhaps some more pots and pans, or even […]

Dispatch from New York

03 . 25 . 20

Everyone keeps asking how we are in New York. We’re all just taking it one day at a time. Last week was the most stressful as we all waited for word that the city would receive a “shelter in place” order. I think many people think that means that we are not allowed outside. (If […]

Ornamental Minimalism

03 . 23 . 20

Interior designer and architect Joseph Dirand needed a larger apartment for his expanding family and the result is what he describes as “ornamental minimalism.” His style is clean and almost always uses a large amount of marble but always feels warm and inviting. That’s exactly how I felt when I stayed at the Four Seasons […]

Now that we’re officially sheltering in place in New York, my connection to the world exists mostly through Instagram. Therefore, I thought it would be a good time to visit some of my favorite accounts. Many of those whose photos I look forward to seeing live in England which includes Lesley Cooke who is holed […]

Another Tomorrow

03 . 19 . 20

If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Stories, you’ll know that yesterday was a rough day. But I had a good cry and now I’m feeling better and ready to try to get back on track. I will definitely be addressing things to do while we’re all home and other Coronavirus topics in […]

My Instagram friend Remy Renzullo is definitely an old soul with a fun personality. Anyone who hasn’t met him might think he was a middle aged decorator instead of twenty-something interior designer. I think that’s what makes him so special. He’s extremely knowledgeable about historic design and antiques but doesn’t take it all so seriously. […]

Instead of fleeing New York due to the Coronavirus, I decided to stay. I love my apartment and I thought this extended time at home would give me the opportunity to clean out every closet, cabinet, and drawer, as well as read the stack of books by my bed. I also plan to finally edit […]

In honor of spring, my lovely friend Heidi Wynne is offering Habitually Chic customers 25% off site wide which includes her luxurious cashmere and straw bags. I like to carry a cashmere scarf year round, but especially during spring and summer. They comes in handy when the weather is changeable, restaurants have the air conditioning […]

We are close to being locked down in New York right now. Most museums are closed as well as all Broadway shows. It’s a very uncertain and slightly scary time in the city. I keep thinking about all that I’ve been through since moving here in August 2001 which includes 9/11, the blackout, the 2008 […]

It was 70 degrees in New York on Monday which makes me glad I’ve already been buying dresses for spring and summer. I just know it’s going to be consistently warm very soon after a record warm winter. I’ve put together 20 dresses that are perfect for everyday, events, Easter, and more. I also tried […]

I wish movie studios would release all new films on demand as well as in theaters now so people have the option of staying home. I ventured downtown last weekend to see The Burnt Orange Heresy but after I saw a girl put lip gloss on her finger and they apply it to her lips […]

There’s nothing more anxiety producing than wondering if you’re going to catch the Coronavirus or whether your city might be the next to be locked down. In the meantime, everyone seems to be going about their business as usual with more hand washing. I’m vacillating between calm and panic so I’m shopping to make myself […]

There’s a feeling of concern in the air in New York right due to the Coronavirus threat. I don’t have enough food purchased stockpiled in case I have to quarantine at home for two weeks but I do have enough beauty and skincare products to keep me occupied thanks to the Dermstore Beauty Refresh Event […]

I didn’t realize that interior designer Mario Buatta was such a hoarder. I was going to call him a collector but after I read that the first floor of his Gothic Revival home in Thompson, Connecticut collapsed under the weight of the furniture stored inside, he was upgraded to hoarder status. Although, he was definitely […]

George Wythe House

02 . 27 . 20

I spent a very busy summer traveling last year. So busy in fact that I still haven’t even had a chance to go through all my photos. I had been thinking about finally getting to them and starting with a post on the George Wythe House in Colonial Williamsburg when interior designer Caroline Gidiere mentioned […]

Just when I had decided that my spring and summer wardrobe would consist exclusively of neutrals, navy, and black, the new Emma movie comes out and makes me want to wear pretty pastry colored pastels. I suppose I could add in a few pieces or wear them on my Southern trips or I could just […]

Someone online asked if we really needed another version of Jane Austen’s Emma but this one is the colorful, amusing, charming, and delicious version we didn’t know we needed. Time declared that it “strikes just the right balance of modern and authentic” and I have to agree. Since my first post on Emma last week, […]

Caroline Gidiere‘s Mountain Brook, Alabama home should be designated with landmark status as it is one of the most photographed houses in the area. I took my own photo of the Georgian style home in October 2016 while touring the neighborhood with my Birmingham based interior designer friend Andrew Brown. When it proved impossible to […]

The newest film version of the 1815 Jane Austen classic Emma hits theaters in the United States tonight. I’m very excited to see the movie based on all the beautiful images I’ve seen so far from director Autumn de Wilde’s adaptation of Emma. According to AD, “de Wilde explained to her production crew that the […]

Restauranteur Keith McNally is known for creating restaurants that look like they were plucked directly out of Paris. Balthazar, Augustine, and the recently resurrected Pastis, all include aged tiles and authentic details that would fool even the most discerning French person . If he spends an obsessively amount of time designing his restaurants, it was […]