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GUEST STYLING FOR BALLARD

This summer I teamed up with Ballard Designs to create three spaces, combining several pieces from their assortment with a few vintage surprises of my own. That’s the kind of modern mix I love and live with every day. First up: the dining room I designed and styled, layering playful patterns and pops of color over a neutral backdrop. The walls…
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DREAM DECORATOR

Round Top’s Marburger Farm is one of those shows where decorators meet dealers in manicured booths, furnish houses on the fly, and then load up their trucks in a precarious game of Texas-style Tetris—all before noon. I’ve made three trips to Marburger: years ago, I led a guided flea market tour; later, I shopped it for my old column in Southern…
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OUR NEW HOME

Call it the big house for china. And glass. And silver. Cocktail napkins and tablecloths. Compotes and cake plates. Samovars and soup tureens. So many of my pretties are in PODS right now—three in total, all of them in a warehouse in central Connecticut. For the past year, ever since we gave up Pine Hill Farm, I’ve been without my props.…
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MY HOLIDAY TABLE WITH BUNNY WILLIAMS

Bunny Williams is a luminary of interior design and one of the biggest names in the business. She also happens to be one of the nicest, most down-to-earth decorators I know. I met Bunny years ago when I was a newbie editor at House Beautiful and she was already a star. But over time, while it’s tempting for any designer…
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CRIMSON TIDINGS

If red and green make you feel more blah than fa-la-la, turn up the flame with chili pepper, lava red and hot, hot pink. Over at BHG this month, we’re packing a punch with a palette that's ready to party.     Teaming up with my friend/co-worker/life coach Jessica Thomas—she designed Modern Mix!—we kept things simple and graphic. A classic cake plate puts…
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THANKSGIVING AT PINE HILL

Last year's Thanksgiving was one of my favorites. It was actually more of a Friendsgiving, which always seems to get more rowdy as the night goes on. Luckily, every plate, platter, salt cellar and smoked glass goblet stayed in tact. After putting up new vintage chintz curtains in the dining room at Pine Hill Farm, I borrowed their pink-and-teal combo…
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HOME LABORATORY

If you follow me on Instagram, another vice of mine as tempting as vintage chintz, blue opaline glass and Chinoiserie everything, you’ll know I’ve been a lot better about posting there than here. Instagram’s great for those of us who want to a quick fix, but I have to admit: I miss this thing! And so just as suddenly as the…
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A Day to Celebrate

A Day to Celebrate Every summer, I'll throw a big party. The guest list isn't so big as the thought and planning that goes into it. I'll call up my inner circle of overachieving crafty types and together, we'll pull out all the stops, dreaming up menus, creating handmade invitations and doing DIY decorations. Sometimes, we'll hold up in the…
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