Piscine Molitor: Decades of Chic

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Well, the list of things to do in Paris just keeps growing. Of course! My latest obsession is with newly renovated Molitor. Tucked away in the 16th Arrondissement, the hotel and massive Olympic-sized pool has recently reopened after years of restoration. But what’s so fabulous about this place is not the totally chic decor of the hotel rooms, or the fabulous sunbathing deck, it’s the totally amazing history of this establishment, which goes back to the early 20th century. Originally opened in 1929 at the hight of art deco, the hotel and was designed by Lucien Pollet, and quickly became the go-to … Continue reading >>

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Interior Dialogue with Benni Frowein of Schumacher / Hamburg

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In my seemingly endless love affair with wallpaper, Schumacher never disappoints. And heading up their team is the wonderful Benni Frowein, who as President of the company works closely with creative director Dara Caponigro to bring this historic company charging into the future with exciting new projects. And with his love for travel, along for his penchant for good design, I just had to ask him give us the inside scoop on his home city of Hamburg. “I grew up in Hamburg, but it wasn’t until I moved away that I realized what an extraordinary place it is.  Having been for centuries … Continue reading >>

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Magical Mont St. Michel

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Since it’s a Thursday, and I am feeling a bit nostalgic with all the #tbt on Instagram today, I thought I might share a little trip down memory lane with you. I’m taking you to France to revisit a birthday that I spent there. And if the location for this birthday is a beautiful centuries-old church on the tippy-top of a mountain off the coast of Normandy, now that is truly magical! And Mont St. Michel is nothing short of magic. The seemingly floating island has been a pilgrimage site for devout Christians since the 8th century. And now it is an absolutely … Continue reading >>

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Ernest Wright & Son Scissor Makers

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As is the case with most tools, the better they are, the less we need to think about them. Ernest Wright & Son Scissor makers understand this, which is why they strive to craft their handmade scissors to be so good. They just work! Whether they are crafting a scissor for dressmaking, sewing, cooking, or even just household odds and ends, each piece of these stainless steel shears are handcrafted to ensure the highest of quality. There is no way to mass produce this finely tuned craft, in fact all of their “professional putter-togethers” or assemblers learn the trade through … Continue reading >>

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Interior Dialogue with Eva Eklof, Les Few / Stockholm

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Based in New York City, the Swedish born Eva Eklof started her line of beautiful objets called Les Few as an ode to Swedish Design, with an edge of New York sensibility. Her latest collection called Armance is made of brass, wood, and leather pieces which are finely crafted in Sweden. I love the way these textures come together, utilizing Swedish brass, which is hand shaped by expert metal smiths, then creating perfectly fit leather pieces to add a touch of soft, lived in feel. The idea for the leather accents came from the old Leica camera cases, which Eva always … Continue reading >>

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Awestruck at the Alhambra.

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There is something so magical about visiting the Alhambra castle in Spain – it’s almost like taking a stroll back through history. It was a dream of mine to visit here and as luck would have it, I made it happen in 2015! That’s one item off my bucket list. This journey with my family was all I hoped it would be. In fact, the famed castle exceeded my expectations for many reasons but largely because of the blend of so many different, beautiful architectural details from across the centuries. This historic castle in the city of Grenada dates back to the 9th century BCE, getting it’s … Continue reading >>

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