Hemmerle Jewelry

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It’s one thing to know that the renowned Hemmerle Jewelers have been around since 1893, but what’s even more astonishing, is that they’ve been crafting their museum-worthy pieces in practically the same way for over 100 years. You read it right! Kind of amazing. The family business started in the late 19th century when the brothers Hemmerle took over an established goldsmith in Munich, which was known for creating medals and honors for the elite, including the Bavarian royal family. With an impressive client list in tow, they soon moved on from medals to creating fantastic jewelry and fine objects for the Bavarian … Continue reading >>

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Interior Dialogue with Yas Bitarafan / Amsterdam

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In this week’s Interior Dialogue, I talk with creator of Modern Getaways Magazine, Yas Bitarafan about her home city of Amsterdam. I have always loved Amsterdam, the shop-lined canals, the beautifully designed buildings, the canals and boats, and the fabulous women riding bicycles in their even more fabulous heels! And Yas, having started a travel magazine devoted to stylish travel for modern women, is the perfect person to get all the best of the best from. Dress: The Nine Street “I love the shops at the Nine Streets, which has lots of small boutiques and independent stores. There you can also find a few of … Continue reading >>

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Fabulous Farmhouse Pottery.

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I was struck by the milky white glaze on the most stylish of pitchers. That is the first piece of brilliance I saw when I came across Farmhouse Pottery. Visionary founders and partners Zoe and James Zilian were combining sturdy utilitarian ceramics with a chic minimal design. Based in Woodstock, VT, the couple opened their storefront and workshop in 2012, and it has since turned into to a full-blown lifestyle brand, but one that is still totally and completely rooted in the same ethos of those first ceramics – utilitarian, but beautiful, taking cues from American pastoral living, and made for farm-to-table eating. The idea came … Continue reading >>

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Hasbrouck House

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Formerly the Inn at Stone Ridge, this 18th century estate has recently been renovated and restored to be a beautiful, country chic getaway. Just two hours north of New York City, the Hasbrouck House sits on 55 acres of beautiful Hudson Valley grounds. Not to mention, a 100 acre orchard that is just a hop skip and a jump away! The Dutch style stone mansion, along with a number of other houses on the property, were originally built in 1757, and the new owners have taken many pains to keep all of the gorgeous old-world details intact. But, they’ve also taken … Continue reading >>

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In the Bindery with Paul Vogel

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There are moments in my life where things come into focus, and I really remember why I love doing what I am doing these days. Visiting master bookbinder Paul Vogel in his East Hampton bindery was definitely one of those moments. I first heard about Paul through his work with the Assouline, and his bindery in the flagship Plaza Hotel store. Every time I go to the Assouline I am just in awe at the spools of colorful paper and leather, the intricacy of the tools, and the stunning hand bound volumes. Bookbinding truly is an exquisite art, but there … Continue reading >>

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Kuehn Keramiks

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Gold details, cheeky illustrations, handmade shapes, what could be better? I came across the fabulous Berlin-based ceramic designer Kuehn Keramik at Maison et Objet, and was instantly drawn to the perfect mix of baroque, opulent glamour and quirky handmade imperfections of these mugs, plates, and beautiful objets. Bernhard Kuehn was always interested in working with his hands, and often says that if it wasn’t ceramics that he got into, he probably would have been a baker or a chef – anything that would let him mold and create with his own two hands. After apprenticing in Germany, and studying ceramic arts in Paris, … Continue reading >>

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