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.

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VANESSA SEWARD

Dorian double-breasted checked cotton-blend tweed coat

GUCCI

Embellished quilted leather gloves

GANNI

Camberwell leopard-print linen-blend canvas jacket

FRAME

Le High straight-leg jeans

GANNI

Ipanema shirred halterneck swimsuit

LOEWE

Hammock small leather tote

SIMON MILLER

W006 Enid mid-rise wide-leg jeans

BLAZÉ MILANO

Silk and linen-blend blazer

K JACQUES ST TROPEZ

Fusain leather sandals

CEFINN

Belted muslin dress

JENNIFER BEHR

Black velvet bow barrette

MAX MARA

Belted cotton-twill midi dress

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Elle Decor

Botanicals Envy

Covering the panes of these cupboard doors with pressed botanicals is very clever—I may have to try this.

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Modern Arrangements

Earlier this month I attended a GCA event (I’m a proud member) where floral designer Dorothy Pfeiffer demonstrated her impressive arranging techniques. When she was done, I was just as taken with Ms. Pfeiffer’s choice of unusual plant material as with the final product itself. Instead of a predictable bouquet of “pretty” blooms, the famed floral designer created a loose arrangement of black dahlias, oregano, chestnuts, and other unexpected stems—it was spectacular. It got me thinking about using plants in a modern way and here are a few stories I’ve collected that talk to this trend.

This piece in Architectural Digest on the new Moda Operandi Store mentions that Lauren Santo Domingo instructed Brooklyn florist Saipua to not use cut flowers in the arrangements for the Madison Avenue shop, just foliage, and bonsai trees.

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Hostess Gifts

La Garconne

I was noodling around on La Garconne last evening and discovered that, besides the wide selection of cutting edge clothes, the site has books, ceramics, linens, and candles—all sorts of cool stuff that would make equally cool hostess gifts.

Issue #6

Cabana x Schumacher

Cabana Magazine

For the sixth issue, Cabana magazine collaborated with famed fabric house Schumacher. Each copy features a stunning Schumacher fabric on the cover and there are nine versions to choose from. I will cherish the one they sent me, above.

Most of the stories in this issue are part of a Russian portfolio, however, my favorite spread is of Tillypronie, a remote country estate in the Aberdeenshire Hills of Scotland—I love that the house looks lived-in.

The Cabana x Schumacher collaboration issue will be available at 1stdibs, and on U.S. newsstands November 12.

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In The Wall Street Journal

‘The Plot Thickens’

I mentioned last week that I’m looking forward to an upcoming evening with my friend interior designer Katie Ridder and her husband architect Peter Pennoyer where they will talk about their new book, “A House in the Country”.  This weekend’s WSJ profiled the the couple’s garden at their new Millbrook, NY home.

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Books

Gracious Living

I went to a book signing last evening for Bunny Williams’ and Mark D. Sikes’ new books. And I’m looking forward to an upcoming lecture by Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer on their new book. A fabric nut, I’ve just ordered A.S. Byatt’s book, too. I have a mighty stack to keep me busy.

Beautiful, A House in the Country, Peacock & Vine, A House by the Sea.

Books

‘Beautiful’

My friend and kic profile Mark D. Sikes has a gorgeous new book, ‘Beautiful’, out today. It’s no surprise that the chapter “bringing the outside in” is my favorite. Congratulations, Mark!

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Tablescape Inspired

A pretty tablescape from a NYFW dinner courtesy of Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis’ Instagram feed. The personalized napkins are a nice touch.

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Flower Power

Over the years, I’ve become increasingly interested in tableware and am toying with starting a new business based on what I like. A botanical prints nut, it’s no surprise that this Rebekah Miles platter in September Vogue caught my eye.

'Walking'
Rhapsody In Blue
'Plage Blanche'