Thursday, March 31, 2011

Preview of J. Crew's Fall 2011 Collection


Even though Spring is just upon us, and Summer not far off, New York Magazine includes a first look of J. Crew's Fall 2011 collection, available in stores August through October.  I'm still on the fence with loving J. Crew's clothes these last couple of years....  I miss the classic styles and basics that they built their reputation on.   I like the handbags and totes from the Fall collection for their color & shape, but the clothing as a whole seems to lack structure, leaving little indication of the overall inspiration.  Is it thrift store chic? Or Annie Hall meets downtown hispter?  Not sure....  

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Diptyque Candles ~ The Loveliest Understated Accent

About 7 years ago, I got hooked on Diptyque candles while doing personal cooking for a former client.  She lived in a wonderful building on Peachtree Street, and would keep a lighted Diptyque candle out in the hallway, so as you got off the elevator & approached her door, the fragrant accents filled the space.  She continued to have these candles quietly, yet strategically placed through out the apartment, allowing for the slightest intake of delicious aromas when moving from room to room. Never overpowering, Diptyque candles live gently & perfectly in any spot they're lit. Currently, we're burning Feuille de Lavande in our home, and I've held onto (long after its been burned) the pink candle - Roses - that my sweet husband gave to me to light & enjoy while getting ready on the morning of our wedding.  Can't make up your mind on which scent to try?  My recommendation for your first Diptyque purchase is Baies.

Currently placed on our Living Room fireplace mantel, burning the most loveliest lavender fragrance

A gift from my sweet husband to light and enjoy while getting dressed for our wedding 

If you can't make up your mind with which scent to try, my recommendation is to try Baies


In the Mar/Apr 2011 issue of Lonny Magazine, I spotted Diptyque candles in three separate residences featured  

Placed on a bedside table
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Placed on an entry table
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Placed on a bedside table
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Check out the video below of Diptyque's newest fragrances --  2 candles, that when burning at the same time, create a wonderful new scent

Kuntzel + Deygas Roseros -- Click Here for Purchase

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Atlanta Friends >>> Blackberry Farm Cookbook Signing at Williams Sonoma


Join author & chef Sam Beall at the Lenox Williams Sonoma for a cooking demonstration and book signing of his published book, The Blackberry Farm Cookbook, Wednesday March 30, 5:00pm.  Blackberry Farm is the loveliest of country retreats, located in Walland, TN.  Nestled in the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm continues to set a standard that has garnered a reputation of exceptional service, serene accommodations, and refined farm to table cuisine.

Sam Beall -- Signing Copies of The Blackberry Farm Cookbook
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Check out the photos below of Atlanta interior designer Suzanne Kasler's recent re-design of Blackberry Farm's restaurant The Barn.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

At Auction >>> A Selection of Albert Hadley's Personal Home Furnishings

Sotheby's highlights a selected collection of legendary interior designer Albert Hadley's personal home furnishings, in their upcoming sale -- Fine English and European Decorative Arts. The auction is being held this week in New York, Wednesday, March 30 & Thursday, March 31.  I've spotted a couple of items up for auction in previously published photos of Mr. Hadley's New York apartment.  Click here for info on all 38 lots available at Sotheby's and click here to read more about Mr. Hadley's apartment featured in the December 2010 issue of Lonny Magazine.

Albert Hadley
Photographed in his New York Apartment

Lot #667 -- An Art Deco Mahogany Dining Table (as featured above, positioned behind Mr. Hadley)

Lot #656 -- A White-Painted Bookcase Modern (as featured above, positioned behind Mr. Hadley)



Interior of Mr. Hadley's Apartment
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Lot #662 -- A Nail Sphere by Armin Postler on a Red-Painted Metal Table by Leavitt Weaver (as featured above)



Interior of Mr. Hadley's Apartment
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Lot #673 -- A German Baroque Parcel-Gilt and Green-Decorated Leather Trunk Possibly Berlin, Circa 1740 (as featured above, underneath the bookcase)

Lot #666 -- A Low Bookcase Modern (as featured above)
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Excuse My Absence ~

Blowing Rock, NC

Please excuse my lack of posts over the next couple of days....  I am heading to the Blue Ridge Mountains and staying at a dear friend's mountain house near Blowing Rock, NC.  I am beyond excited for this long overdue reunion with a group of 6 fun & fabulous college friends.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Atlanta Friends >>> A Fabulous Beekman Boy Is Coming to Town


Josh Kilmer-Purcell, better known as one 1/2 of the dynamic duo, The Fabulous Beekman Boys -- a TV series based on his and partner Brent Ridge's adventures as former city dwellers turned country farm owners -- is heading to Midtown, Atlanta's Outwrite Bookstore on Friday, March 25.   He is in town to celebrate the paper back release of his book, The Bucolic Plague.  Join Josh from 7:30-9:00pm to hear him read some passages from the book, sign copies, and chat about last night's premier of the 2nd season of The Fabulous Beekman Boys.  Click here to read my previous post on Josh & Brent and watch the preview below for the 2nd season of The Fabulous Beekman Boys.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Trip to Northern CA Wine Country

I was living vicariously through my brother this week-end....  He was headed out to San Francisco for a business meeting and decided to arrive a day early for a visit up to the wine country.  I insisted he take pictures of his journey to Healdsburg, CA -- keep me in the loop of the accommodations and details of his restaurant visit.  He emailed all photos taken on his Blackberry while waiting to board for his flight back to NYC last night.  Anxious to hear his impressions, we spoke before he departed. He gave Honor Mansion Resort Inn a glowing review in every aspect of his stay and his dinner at Cyrus, a 2 Michelin Star restaurant, was over the top insanely wonderful.  Check out his photos below.

Honor Mansion Resort Inn, Healdsburg, CA

Honor Mansion, Exterior

Honor Mansion, Croquet Court

Honor Mansion, Grounds

Honor Mansion, Grounds


Cyrus Restaurant, Healdsburg, CA
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Cyrus Restaurant, Interior
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California Coast Line on the Way Back to San Francisco (above & below)


Monday, March 21, 2011

Style Watch >>> Trot Home

Trot Home, Peninsula, OH

I have my BFF Kasey Collins to thank for today's subject post....  she is living in Hudson, Ohio and turned me onto the nearby home furnishings shop, Trot Home. While scrolling through Trot Home's vintage offerings on their website and loving everything I see, it dawns on me where I have also recently read about this quaint storefront.  The Mar/Apr '11 issue of Lonny Magazine features the interior design style of Trot Home's owner Colleen Locke's personal reseidence, a Cape Cod style home and 200 year old barn located on 6 acres of land.  The interiors reflect a style Trot Home is known for -- a mix of contemporary & classic pieces layered with a chic edge and casual whimsy.  Check out more below.

Trot Home, Featured in Lonny Magazine, Mar/Apr 2011

I'll take this Yellow Craft Couch as is -- Love the original upholstery pattern (Lonny's photo seen above, bottom right) | Click Here for Purchase

Gilded Floral Lamp (Lonny's photo seen above, bottom right) | Click Here for Purchase

Campaign Dresser (Lonny's photo seen above, bottom right)  | Click Here for Purchase











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