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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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BECKY VIZARD – DESIGNING IN THE DELTA

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Imagine trying to escape the safe confines of a country upbringing in favor of a more daring city life only to then find yourself right back in the snares of bucolic security. What Becky Vizard did, and what makes us also want to uproot and head for the hills, is set to work. Fewer distractions and perhaps fewer cocktail parties allowed her entrepreneurial and creative spirit to reveal itself.

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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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SUNDAY SHOP

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Sunday Shop is a sterling, condensed version of the designer’s comprehensive aesthetic; a finespun mix of trailblazing and tradition. Stitched into this is the easiness they aim to offer clients and passerby alike, in fact ease may be their MO.

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UNRAVELING THE FRENCH MYSTIQUE

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Have we grown weary of all the glossy magazines advising us on how to replicate French style, French cooking, French kissing? Zut! What is it about this culture that makes everyone so covetous? We may have some ideas…

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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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BUYING TRIPS – A Q&A

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When I get a new Veranda Magazine or The World of Interiors, I get a familiar flush of giddiness that seems to come no matter how many years creep by. At this stage, I’ve learned a couple of things and one of them is that I will forever be captivated by the universe of interior design and even more specifically, antiques. I wonder to myself, what it’s like to be a buyer and go on these procuring trips.

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