The Wall Street Journal

‘Mad Maximalism’

Last weekend The Wall Street Journal ran the story, ‘Mad Maximalism’, in the Off Duty section and it confirmed something that I’d already suspected–I may wear minimalism-leaning clothing, but my house is decorated in a riot of patterned fabrics–and I’m not alone.  No concrete floors, raw wood beams, or steel (except in the kitchen) here. I’m so obsessed that I bought the URL Palais-Home with thoughts of starting another blog.

But, there are a daunting number of great sites, magazines, and Instagram feeds already dedicated to “old-world sumptuousness.” @cabanamagazine, @aliceinherpalace@markdsikes, @ladolcevitablog, @habituallychic@theglampad, and @quintessence by my friend Stacey Bewkes are just the tip of an enormous iceberg.

Image Hannah de Gournay’s London apartment © Elle Spain, bottom @cabanamagazine

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Via Della Spiga Printed stretch-cotton dress

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Frayed checked cotton-blend tweed skirt

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Tiered ruffled silk crepe de chine mini dress

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Buckle kitten-heel leather pumps

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Cornelia double-breasted cotton trench coat

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Nutson broderie anglaise ramie blouse

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Jane cross-strap stud-embellished sandals

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Tuxedo box clutch

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Nolia crepe midi dress

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Stretch-suede 70mm bootie

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Grey Area

Some of my pieces of furniture have not been updated since my children were toddling around. Needless to say, that wasn’t yesterday. I just popped this picture from Veranda into my home inspiration folder.

Veranda

Specific Silver Pieces

Last summer we cleaned out my family home on Martha’s Vineyard and I ended up with two more sets of silver and a number of odds-and-ends pieces. “Sweet specificity” sums up these pieces perfectly- berry spoons, sugar cube tongs, cake breakers, sundry forks, and items that I cannot even guess at their intended use. When I came across this article in Veranda I had an ‘aha’ moment-  Replacements is my source for filling in my discontinued everyday china pattern (Wedgwood Edme), why not use them to identify my silver pieces? Ta da!

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For The Birds

Last winter I did a series of posts entitled Bringing The Garden Indoors that focused on botanical prints. Inspired by my favorite fabric Bird & Thistle by Brunschwig & Fils, this winter I’m collecting Audubon prints and Richard Ginori Voliere plates. A few years ago I considered reupholstering the loveseat in my bedroom in the green version of Bird & Thistle, but ended up having a bedcover made out of the fabric, instead. The bedcover is sensational and a bit unexpected. However, I still need to recover that couch…

If you live in a snow covered area, please don’t forget to feed the birds!

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Going Green

Top of my 2017 home improvement list is to wallpaper or paint my bathroom green. These three images are my inspiration.

Top left © Newport R.I. home in Town & Country, top right Pinterest, lower Instagram.

On My Mind

Hygge

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Danish for getting cozy, hygge is my post-holidays goal. According to a piece in The New York Times, hygge is for Danes “a national manifesto, nay, an obsession expressed in the constant pursuit of homespun pleasures involving candlelight, fires, fuzzy knitted socks, porridge, coffee, cake and other people.”

After a month of Christmas prep, holiday dances, parties, two birthdays, trips, and visits with family, hygge-ing is how I want to recover. A few days in my PJs eating my husband’s homemade granola by the fire sounds amazing–bring it on!

Image © British Vogue

Books

Karl’s Library

Even though I love the ease of a Kindle, my house is stuffed with books and indie magazines. Every time I’m inclined to edit and toss, I think of this picture of Karl Lagerfeld’s library and just can’t do it.  Three of my favorite novels this year were: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, and Modern Lovers by Emma Staub.

Image © Vogue Paris

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Happy Times

The wind is blowing off the Sound with a fury. When stuck inside during the cold months, I start thinking about how to make my home cozier. These pictures of Lee Radziwill’s Park Avenue apartment circa 1982, from her gem of a book Happy Times, are always a good place to start.

Books

Slim Aarons: Women

Slim Aarons: Women, written by Laura Hawk (who worked with the photographer for nearly a decade), features 200 color and black-and-white photographs by Aarons, some of which are published for the first time. A Slim Aarons buff, I need to add this book to my collection.

Quintessence

A Beautiful Table

My friend Stacey Bewkes, editor of the fab design and lifestyle blog Quintessence, attended a dinner to celebrate the launch of British architect and designer Ben Pentreath’s new book English Housesthe table setting was truly inspirational and would be divine for Thanksgiving.

Image © Quintessence

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