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The Power of Style

20160118-064941.jpg Style really can be injected into just about anything–food, clothing, personality, and in this case, interiors. In the February of Architectural Digest, one such room heads to the top of the heap. No wonder it made the cover! It is in the Red Hook, New York (which is not terribly far from Hawthorne, and it is where we buy Bailey’s food) country home of Pieter Estersohn, photographer extraordinaire. While the entire Greek Revival house is pretty off the charts, the room that just makes it all sing is the art filled gallery/studio that doubles as guest quarters. Floor to ceiling artwork by his grandfather, mother, son and himself is on view. My number one design credo is that a home should be filled with only things you truly love. This home, and in particular, this room has it in spades. If you can get your hands on this issue (while standing at the grocery store check-out line, waiting at the dentist office, or if you subscribe) most certainly check it our for a hit of design happiness.

Up & out early today heading to San Francisco for a few days of buying at the Fancy Food Show. I will report back on my finds and happenings of a city near and dear to my heart.
A lovely start of the week to you,



Architectural Digest July Issue

20150625-070628.jpg Magazines are always such inspiration to me. Filled with visual ideas about design, food, flowers, entertaining, gifts–I always get a jolt of creative energy when perusing the pages. The July issue of Architectural Digest is one such gem. Country houses are the prevailing theme, and it is filled with page after page of creative ideas. I am always particularly fond of seeing the homes of creative folks I admire. I find them to be the most inspiring, as I think they create spaces that are truly unique to their vision. I have been a fan of the ethereal work of Victoria Hagan for more than 20 years. She creates highly livable spaces in a light and airy fashion. Her home on Nantucket is just beyond. A true statement of her vision and her design work. The Maine home of Martha Stewart is another gloriously visual feast. Her historic Seal Harbor estate is so handsome and woodsy and grand all at the same time. Not three descriptors you see describing a home in the same sentence often. Then there is Clove Brook Farm by fellow Hudson Valley resident, ceramists Christopher Spitzmiller, in Millbrook. Long a fan of his beautiful lamps, it was fun to see inside his stylish home. Albert Hadley was his mentor, and you can see the influence of Mister Hadley throughout each room, which I loved. The issue is just jam packed with inspiration & ideas. Our home is so important to our well-being. Whether that be a dorm room, a studio apartment, a city home, a country home, an estate–it is our sanctuary, our nest, our refuge. It should bring us happiness, contentment, cradle us in the good and bad times. It is our home.