July 25, 2016

Garrow Kedigian's Proustian Ambiance

The timeless living of Garrow Kedigian

If Marcel Proust walked into designer Garrow Kedigian'sNew York apartment today he would feel right at home. The elegant layered interior reflects the clear link between Garrow and his french roots (he's a member of the noted Petrossian family). The comfortable home has a history of men with great style living in it. Actor Fred Astaire was a prior owner of the...
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July 18, 2016

Million Dollar Interview

I am a big fan of podcasts. There are several that I listen to in the car on a regular basis and one of my favorites is Million Dollar Decorating. The host James Swan always presents a really informative and entertaining show with the stars of interior design. Its a bit like a design hall of fame: Suzanne Rheinstein, Alexa Hampton, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz and on and on the list goes.
Today I am...
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July 11, 2016

A Day in the Graden

One of my favorite ways to spend a summer afternoon is lunching with friends. Our friends Ian and Madeline Hooper recently invited us to a divine Saturday lunch at their house, Rockland Farm. Of course no visit is complete without a tour of the garden. So after lunch we took a walk through their Garden of Eden. The only way to describe their garden is if gardening were an Olympic sport the Hoopers...
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June 30, 2016

A Stylish Setting

Who wouldn't want to spend a weekend at Rosecliff Mansion, the stunning ocean front property on historic Bellevue Avenue in Newport? The house was the setting for the annual Newport Flower Show. The show which is fast becoming the grand dame of flower shows on the east coast was brimming with inspiration around every corner. From the judged arrangements to the garden installations on the front...
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June 20, 2016

An Event of Beauty

Rosecliff, the setting for the Newport Flower Show.

One of my most memorable book signing events that I have done was two years ago at the Newport Flower Show. To have had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Newport, Rhode Island against the back drop of the stunning Rosecliff Mansionsurrounded by the beauty of the show and the location was a a magical dream. Needless to say when I was asked to...
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June 09, 2016

Hello Summer!

The library/dining room.
"Everyday is all there is" is a quote I learned from my mentor and and former boss Suzanne Rheinstein, explained the New York designer Eliza Dyson while I was interviewing her. Eliza and her husband are known for their impromptu dinner parties which they love to give. She finds it much more fun and comfortable to entertain at home, which was recently featured in the...
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June 06, 2016

Out and About

I am really excited to be speaking to the New Canaan chapter of the National Charity League tomorrow night. This mother and daughter organization was founded in 1925 to do charitable works in the community. Today it's scope includes community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.
I will talk about entertaining in style this summer, ideas about gardening and other topics of...
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May 26, 2016

Alfresco Breakfast with Julia B.

Peonies, tulips and freesia a combined to make an pretty bouquet for the table. 
My husband and I just hosted a post prom party out here for our daughter, you can't imagine what it was like having that many kids here. As my husband said afterwards, "we can check that off the list never again" said designer and entrepreneur Julia Berger.as we walked into her beautiful Connecticut garden recently....
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May 23, 2016

Then and Now

The retreat in its beautiful home today. 
One of the most fun projects I have worked on was for the Berkshire Botanical garden summer event in 2010. Designers were asked to repurpose a prefab shed into a magical space. Since I had already done this with my own Bagatelle in my garden I knew what a creative project it would be. The sheds were sold to benefit the garden and it remained a bit of a...
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May 16, 2016

A Visit to Grandmothers Garden

In The Garden by Childe Hassam
Take a trip back in time to the late 19th and early 20th century by visiting this summers New York Botanical Garden new exhibit Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas.The poetic ideal of a grandmothers flower garden never looked so good as it does in this show. The exhibit examines, through both period paintings and an extensive garden, the connection between...
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