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I’m lucky that we have so many wonderful places to visit within driving distance of New York City. One of the most buzzed about is the Mayflower Inn and Spa in Washington, Connecticut which I was lucky enough to stay at for a weekend earlier this month. The classic 35-room hotel which is part of […]

While driving to the Plain Goods shop in New Preston, Connecticut, we drove past the home of interior designer Daniel Romualdez. The 18th-century former stone tavern had previously belonged to fashion designer Bill Blass but Romauldez has put his personal spin on the rooms without ruining any of the original charm. Landscape designer Miranda Brooks […]

Instagram is the best travel agent and no one has made me want to plan a trip to visit the English countryside more than Mish Tworkowski. The fine jewelry designer of MISH has been posting beautiful bucolic scenes of gardens across England for the part two weeks. I can’t wait to see how this inspiration […]

It was a sad week with death of Lee Radziwill followed up with the passing of Karl Lagerfeld and Marella Agnelli. I noted on Instagram that we’re losing all the elegant ones this week and my friend Starrett followed up by saying, “It’s like elegance stood up this week, looked around, didn’t like the room […]

My Visit to Monticello

10 . 29 . 18

When I invited to Charlottesville at the end of September, it seemed serendipitous since I had already been looking into trips to Virginia to tour Monticello, the home of statesman Thomas Jefferson. I added a few days onto the trip and made plans to visit with interior designer Andrew Brown. He wasn’t going to arrive […]

Fall 2018 Book Brigade

10 . 02 . 18

I’m going to have to make more room on my bookshelves for all the new design and coffee table books out this fall. I’ve already received advance copies of some of them and they are all interesting and inspiring. Some are traditional monographs from interior designers and others delve into original topics which means there […]

As you might remember, I posted about the interior of Westbury House at Old Westbury Gardens recently and now I’m following up with the gardens. They are planted so that there is always something in bloom when you visit. During my visit, the roses were in bursting and I couldn’t get over how beautiful the […]

Royal Garden Party

05 . 17 . 18

Are you going to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on Saturday?  I’ll definitely be watching but it’s a shame her family drama is overshadowing the big day. It will be too wet in New York to throw a royal garden party to celebrate, but I’ve put together some lovely items […]

Spring in England

05 . 16 . 18

While New York seems to be in the middle of a rainy season, England seems to be enjoying a beautiful spring. I know this from Instagram so I thought it would be fun to post my favorite photos in honor of the upcoming royal wedding. Enjoy! @benpentreath @eugeniaexplores @alexander.hoyle @amandacbrooks @alexander.hoyle @mrsalice @alexander.hoyle @meanderingmacaron @mccormickcharlie […]

Frogmore House has been royal residence since it was bought for Queen Charlotte by her husband George III. The 33-acres of private gardens are part of Home Park which adjoins Windsor Castle and includes the Royal Burial Ground, the Royal Mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the mausoleum for and the mausoleum for The Duchess […]

Not all museum exhibitions have to be ground breaking. Some can just be beautiful and Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is beyond beautiful. The show “explores horticultural developments that reshaped the landscape of France and grounded innovative movements both artistic and green.” It features over 150 works […]

I normally wouldn’t write about historic homes back to back but this one was too good not to post. Today is Valentino’s best friend and business partner Giancarlo Giammetti’s birthday. Over the weekend he celebrated with a very chic crowd of friends at the Palacio dos Marqueses de Fronteira in Lisbon, Portugal. The privately owned home […]