A Tailored Guide to Your Bridal Registry

Ascutney Double Old-Fashioned Set by Simon Pearce ($130)

Congratulations! You’ve just gotten engaged. You are about to embark on one of life’s most exciting journeys. There is so much to do – venues to book, caterers to sample, and of course, a wedding registry to start. The Bridal Registry as we know it dates back to the 1920s, when Macy’s department store came up with a clever way for wedding guests to discretely shop for couples without having to ask what they wanted.

Your friends and family will want to shower you with gifts. They’re excited to be a part of your happiness, so in order to help them (and yourself) out, it’s time to make a bridal registry. Continue reading A Tailored Guide to Your Bridal Registry

The Earth Laughs in Flowers

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that the ‘earth laughs in flowers,’ and in my opinion so does British designer Tricia Guild, founder of Designer’s Guild.  Designer’s Guild is a London based firm known for their amazing color stories and bold, oversized, painterly compositions.  Each design starts as a large work on canvas before becoming digital prints on fabric.   Tricia draws inspiration from nature and has a decidedly European palette. Scratch that, she has a decidedly Tricia Guild palette, which has become synonymous with the best of British design.

 Tricia Guild’s mix of daring and restraint is inspirational.

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September is the New January

For me this is such a topsy-turvy time of year.  I hate the close of the hazy days of summer.  I mourn the putting away of sandals and long family dinners on our porch, but what I do love is the sense of starting anew.  September is much more of a new year for me than January. 

Maybe it’s because I was always one of those kids who loved going back to school. New classes, new school supplies and of course, new clothes.   My mom would take my sister and me for a power shop at Lord & Taylor followed by lunch at The Bird Cage, their in-house luncheon spot.  Later, we would model our new fall fashions for my dad and grandmother, who lived with us.  Every couple of years, we’d get a new book bag from LL Bean.  Mine always had blue handles—like my bedding, my pajamas and even my toothbrush. What I remember most though was not the azure forced march, but that it was always a time to start afresh. Continue reading September is the New January

Behind the Scenes: A Visit to Matouk

This week my daughter Rosemary and I toured the Matouk Factory and headquarters in Fall River, Massachusetts. I have always loved this line, first as a consumer and now as a store owner.  I can completely trust the quality and attention to detail they have been providing since 1929.  I first visited the factory in the late 80s when it was still in New Bedford.  Back then you would enter by going up rickety stairs in an old factory on New Bedford’s Inner Harbor.  It was like going back in time to the 1920s when the textile industry had eclipsed whaling in southeastern Massachusetts.  Continue reading Behind the Scenes: A Visit to Matouk

How We Live Now

In design, we continue to see a trend toward simplicity. 

Bedrooms are completely cleared of daily living.  Bureaus are only in the rooms when absolutely necessary.  Chaises are having a comeback.  Bedrooms are temples of unwinding and unplugging.  Kitchens are sleek, closed-cabinet rooms belying nary a clue about who uses them. Gone are the days of the Julia Childs all tools-at-the-ready kitchen.  Counters are empty ready for a meal to be staged and just as quickly put away.

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