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This year, when all the little ghouls and goblins in your neighborhood come searching for something sweet, why not greet them with a devilishly decadent candy buffet in vintage black amethyst glass? As a collectahollic of sorts, I'm always on the lookout for unusual pieces with rich, dark color. Throughout the year, and at Halloween especially, I love stacking pieces…
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Dyed Doilies for a Fall Cocktail Party

Here's an oldie, but a goodie. We actually first posted about this party last October, just two months after starting the blog. Jaithan and I were still in our old apartment, dreaming of greener pastures. Some technical difficulties arose, and the post came down, never to reappear. Now a year later, with fall in full swing, we've decided to post…
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Good-bye, Gourmet

Last week's premiere of Lonny, an online-only magazine spreading rapidly through the blogosphere, seems now a bittersweet precursor to today's sad, sad news: Conde Nast has just closed four more publications in addition to Domino; among them, one of my absolute favorites—Gourmet. First published in 1941, Gourmet was the oldest food magazine in history and, in many ways, years ahead…
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Lonny At Last

Eight months after saying good-bye city, hello country, here are the pictures you've been waiting for! At long last Lonny, the new online magazine from Michelle Adams and partner Patrick Cline is finally live, and we're thrilled our farmhouse is a part of it! Even in the good days, the magazine world was smaller than you might think. Press events…
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Sunflowers

We're off to shoot the holiday special for HGTV, but in the meantime, here's a taste of fall from the farm. Check out how tall our sunflowers grew this year! They lent the perfect amount of shade for all those summer meals on the porch. And now that the weather upstate has turned chill and the leaves begun to change,…
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Style and Substance

Last week, after the shopping trips in D.C., we drove west through Virginia, antiquing along Lee Highway, not too far from our friends Barry Dixon and Michael Schmidt's house in Warrenton. Remember the Halloween shoot I did at their beautiful stone house? From there, we headed home, but not without a quick stop in the city for a party celebrating…
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Transformation and Inspiration

After a whirlwind few days of flea market shopping trips, book parties and design events in D.C. and New York, Jaithan and I have about 2.5 seconds here at home before we're off to shoot another HGTV special, this time for the holidays! That doesn't leave too much time to catch up on posts, but for now, here's a quick…
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Wish You Were Here

Jaithan and I are in D.C. for a few days meeting lots of fantastic new friends! First, Michele with My Notting Hill hosted a beautiful party at her home on Friday, where we had the honor of meeting so many local bloggers, including Meg with Pigtown Design, Allison with Matters of Style, Stefan with Architect Design, Thomas with My White Shirt, Leila with…
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Object of the Day – Bridal Basket

This weekend, I found this beautiful old bridal basket at a junk shop out east. In the Victorian era, brides often filled them with flowers for the walk down the aisle. Typically, they’re silver plate on white metal, and while some can be very ornate, I prefer the simpler, paired down styles. With my trusted Gorham silver polish and a…

Weekend Out East

Just got off the Jitney after a great weekend out in Quogue. I'm going to be helping my friends Jackie and Chris transform this 1960s ranch into a beautiful, sophisticated Hamptons beach house, so stay tuned! Teddy, their adorable Lakeland Terrier, is so excited for the new house, he can hardly stand it!       I found some great stuff…

Off to Quogue

I'm off to Quogue, one of the quieter villages in the Hamptons, where I'll be helping my good friends Jackie and Chris turn a rundown 1960s ranch into a chic, sophisticated beach cottage. How much fun is that? I'm also planning a hunt for new treasures (not to mention the perfect lobster roll!), so be sure to check back often…

ASK EDDIE: Thanksgiving Transferware

Dear Eddie, I am currently looking for a set of brown transferware to be used at Thanksgiving. Can you help? Steve Dear Steve, I too love brown transferware at Thanksgiving. If you have the time, my first suggestion would be to find a pattern you love, either at an antique store or flea market, then search Ebay and Replacements for…

Before & After – A Stylish Secretary Makeover

When it comes to furniture, secretaries are a New Yorker's dream. There's plenty of storage space, plus a work surface that folds down for all those overdue Thank You notes. Modern versions abound, but I prefer one with a bit more history to it. Take this Chippendale style secretary I found at a consignment shop in Princeton, New Jersey. I…

Object of the Day – Black Transferware Plates

As a collectible ceramic, English transferware never goes out of style. Even now, it seems so modern, particularly in black, the color I prefer most. This shell and coral pattern I picked up antiquing in Cold Spring, New York. I love that it feels like the beach but with an air of sophistication as well. Beginning in the early 1800s,…

Artists at Work – Sycamore Bowls

The other day I was at a press event with my friend Kristen Knisley from Waterworks and saw the most gorgeous set of bowls for the fall. From artist Friedemann Buehler, each oversized hand-turned bowl is made from a single piece of Sycamore, harvested only from previously felled trees in the forests of Hohenlohe, Germany. With walls as thin as…

Know your pattern!

What a fun day antiquing in Pennsylvania with my friend Deborah Buck! We both found so many beautiful things, but for her, the best find of the day were these serving pieces and place settings in the silver pattern she's been collecting for years.    First manufactured in the 1820s by Stieff Silver, a prestigious silversmith in Deborah's native Batimore,…

25th Street Flea Market

It was a cloudy Saturday morning here in the City with thunderstorms in the forecast, so I thought I'd head down to the flea market at the 25th Street Garage just to see what I could find. Old black and white photographs are always so inspiring to me, especially seeing the way people decorated their homes or entertained guests. Whether…

Check out the spread in Elle Decor!

First, there's a great double-page spread of all of us ripping the wallpaper off a room to reveal a Fresh Coat of Drama! Then another page with a promo shot and little blurbs about us. September 3rd and counting!!

Object of the Day – Monogrammed Linen Hand Towels

Doesn't it seem like nowadays you can get your monogram on just about anything? But back in the late 19th century, long before the West Elms of the world, monogrammed hand towels were once a privilege only of the upper class. With wonderful detailing like intricate crochet work and embroidered scallop edges, monogrammed hand towels became family heirlooms passed down…

Object of the Day – Antique Toast Racks

One of the things I love to do is find fresh, new ways to use old things. For example, take these antique toast racks I found in London. They're hotel silver, probably from the 20s, though the earliest known examples date as far back as the 1770s. Typically, such toast racks were made by soldering five to eight silver-wire partitions…

A Charming Side Dutch Door

A beautiful door sets the tone to a house and welcomes guests inside. Of course, most people do pay attention to their front doors but too often overlook the others. Whether an entry to a kitchen, a laundry room, or even a mudroom, a well-planned side or back door is a beautiful addition to any home. Yesterday, I was up…

Object of the Day – Antique Ladles

Ladles bring an elegant flourish to entertaining. Whether serving a rich bernaise sauce over fillet mignon or a raspberry vinaigrette over tender grilled asparagus, why not do it in style by using a beautiful antique ladle? On the left, a silverplate ladle with a mother-of-pearl handle and fluted bowl from the 20s. It's one of my favorites I found years…

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Object of the Day – Bone Handle Knives

Years ago, when I first came to New York, when the famed Chelsea Flea Market was, in fact, still in Chelsea, I found this set of six antique carved bone handle knives in a pile of otherwise lackluster silver. I love the swirl carving of the handle, the color and feel of bone.  I think these kinves would look beautiful…