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SUMMERTIME IN PROVENCE

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In Provence, from mid-June until the beginning of August, Lavender is in bloom. At the end of the season the Lavender is harvested. If you are planning on an escape this summer, consider this season as the most desirable time to jettison your current digs in favor of these rolling fields of purple.

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: MELISSA RUFTY

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It’s a funny thing to speak to Melissa who had a former life in PR, she is so loathe to self-promote; almost thunderstruck when I asked her how she would like to be known. That’s just it… She says, “I don’t want to be recognized or have a look that’s totally determined.”

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THE CASE FOR WAXING

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You’ve done the difficult work already; you’ve found an authentic and quality antique that speaks to you and looks great in your home. Now, move one step further and learn about the upkeep on your favorite new piece. Waxing your antique will keep your piece looking as perfect as the day you made the purchase.

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THE INTRICATE BEAUTY OF THE MECHANICAL CLOCK

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The first mechanical clocks were made in a monastery by monks to signal canonical hours or periods for fixed times of prayer. Weights would derive their power from water in which momentum was culled by a pendulum-like mechanism or oscillator. The managed release of this energy is called the escapement and is still used today in mechanical clocks and watches. This is where the whole ticking sound comes from! At least some iteration of the mechanical clock is what you see in most if not all antique clocks today.

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ITALIAN INTERIORS -FROM RADICAL TO ROMANCE

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What sort of atmosphere is conjured for you when you think of Italy? For many, they see the provincial Tuscan vineyards that are featured so preciously in film and still others think of Fellini’s Dolce Vita and his distinctly Roman misadventures. What world, if given the chance, would you choose to inhabit?

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10 ANTIQUES TO WARM UP A SANITIZED KITCHEN

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These days we are seeing kitchens that you could mistake for the interior of the Millennium Falcon. While I think these kitchens certainly have a place in design, very few of my friends and colleagues are comfortable with such a stark look. Always, balance is the answer to everything. We can have beautiful built-in custom cabinetry but then why not even the scales with a gorgeous one of a kind butcher block for extra counter-top space?

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TABLESCAPES TO BE TRULY THANKFUL FOR

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It’s the second most wonderful time of the year. I jest; Thanksgiving isn’t second to anybody, at least not for me. It’s all the family, all the food, and all the gratefulness, without the embarrassing consumerism that can be Christmas. It’s boots crunching on the newly fallen leaves…more every day. It’s the smell of something always in the oven and (if you’re lucky) children laughing (or screaming). However, the privilege of hosting such an anticipated day can come with some head-scratchers. For instance, how do I create a festive dining experience that’s not overwrought or silly looking?

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5 TIPS FOR ACHIEVING A STELLAR GALLERY WALL

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From the hastily thrown up to the laboriously curated, why is it that gallery walls are so satisfying? Could it be we’ve finally grown weary of all the stark minimalism? And yet, there is something so modern about this look. The perennial Diana Vreeland would say, “The eye has to move” and we agree, with a bouncing gaze, a great room hypnotizes; it can leave you breathless and thinking about changing your lifestyle to fit the space. A great gallery wall can help in this blissful work of creating an interior worth changing for and keeping your eyes invested is key.

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Outdoor entertaining with elegance

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The delightful weather of Spring has been practically begging us for al fresco dining and entertaining. We love a simple picnic or backyard barbecue just as much as the next person, but we’re here to show you how to take things up a notch and plan your next outdoor soiree’ with elegance!

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Antiques in Your Garden

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Bright, warm days and freshly cool nights make Spring the best time of year to entertain and enjoy being outdoors…the first official day of Spring is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited!
It’s time to welcome the season by sprucing up your garden and outdoor spaces- create the feeling of simple, refined luxury by using garden antiques in your outdoor decor!

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