How You Can Tour the County Estate “Patina Farm”

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If you’ve never been to the charming town of Ojai, located in Ventura County 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles, then I highly suggest you plan a trip this upcoming weekend. It may be last minute, but wouldn’t life be dull without a little bit of spontaneity once in a while? A trip to Ojai […]

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Celebrating A Slice of England

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I immediately wanted to host an event after seeing this beautifully decorated table (and photos below) on the Instagram account of @IndiaHicksStyle. The accompanying comment said “This time last week. Slice of England.” After a bit of digging around online, I came to learn that this lovely table was designed for a dinner held last week in […]

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A Place to Call Home by Gil Schafer

My last post included a beautiful New York home designed by architect and designer Gil Schafer. Gil Schafer is not only a talented architect and designer but he is also the author of several books including “A Place to Call Home: Tradition, Style, and Memory in the New American House” that was released at the […]

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The Artwork of Jeremiah Goodman on Display

The New York Times recently called Jeremiah Goodman the “Rembrandt of Twentieth Century Homes”. I don’t disagree. In the 1940’s artist Jeremiah Goodman launched his career as a designer of print ads for the department store Lord & Taylor, but by the 1950’s he progressed to creating cover art and illustrations for premier design magazines such […]

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SPUR OF THE MOMENT

I have had a very busy, stressful last couple of weeks. Plus I have an overwhelming urge to head out-of-town but really can’t fit in a true vacation at the moment. This past Thursday night I told Mr. B “We should go somewhere this weekend.” And the next morning as I left to work Mr. […]

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PEGGY GUGGENHEIM

Confession: one of my personal quirks is that I can never leave a vacation, no matter how quick it may be, without buying a souvenir of some sort. I’m not talking the touristy travel mug or refrigerator magnet type of souvenirs. I’m talking stylish jewelry or trinkets to grace our home, for example. It is a […]

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ULTIMATE LIBRARY OF LONDON

Have you ever seen a beautiful home or hotel with a perfectly curated collection of books and wonder how they’ve all come together so effortlessly to fit in with the decor? How do the stacks of books coordinate so perfectly? Or better yet, how do the make them look so perfectly imperfect?  Well, I have […]

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LIBRARIES TRANSFORM: THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Since 1958 the American Library Association has sponsored National Library Week and this year’s theme is “Libraries Transform“. With the wealth of information available at our fingertips these days, I feel that supporting our libraries is more important now than ever before. Even when I am on vacation I will make a pitstop into a the local library. […]

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