Kips Bay Show House 2017 Round Up

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There are those moments in life when you feel like you are just so happy to be doing what your are doing. The happiness puts a little more spring in your step and you find yourself truly invigorated. That kind of moment happened for me last Thursday at the press preview day for the Kips Bay Show House, a wonderful annual event here in NYC where the proceeds benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Each year, invited interior designers transform a chosen home in Manhattan into an exhibition of fine furnishings and art. This all began over 40 years ago when supporters of … Continue reading >>

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CEDES Milano

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A young company with an old soul, CEDES was founded in 2009, but don’t let that fool you. The craftspeople in this state of the art workshop have decades of experience with the fine, natural materials used in their products, like horn, bamboo, wood, and mother of pearl. Their designs are a wonderful mix of nature and craftsmanship unlike any others that I have seen. Based in the historic Navigli district in Milan, CEDES facilities are in the burgeoning arts and crafts center that once served as the production facility of Richard Ginori. Here they have a showroom, leather studio, and workshop … Continue reading >>

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Interior Dialogue with Christiane Lemieux / Soho

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Author, designer, and all over style maven Christiane Lemieux has certainly made her mark on the design world, which is why we just had to get her top picks for the her NYC neighborhood of Soho. Author of the beautiful edition “The Finer Things,” Christiane has honed in on that perfectly refined classic, yet stylish chic. I have been a fan of hers for a while now and was thrilled and honored when she agreed to share her “Interior Dialogue” with Interior Monologue! If you haven’t picked up a copy of her book, I suggest you run and get yourself a copy. It’s … 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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Elie Saab Opens a Dreamy Store on Madison Ave

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I just have to take a moment to shout from the rooftops about the amazing work of Eli Saab, given that the Beirut-based designer has recently opened a two-story flagship right here in NYC on Madison Avenue. In the same vein of my love affair with Valentino, I’ve become obsessed with the incredibly fine detail and craft that Saab brings to life through his fantastical creations. Born in Beirut, Elie Saab began making clothing at the tender age of just nine years old, mostly for his sisters, continuing through his teens to make and sell his garments to young women in … 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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