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Living With Art - Art Basel Miami 2015

Living With Art - Art Basel Miami 2015

Art Basel Miami 2015

We're here for another round of Art Basel Miami.  In its 14th year and still going strong, with more satellite shows than ever spread out all over Miami Beach, expanding as far as Little Haiti in Miami.  Art Basel is as much about socializing as looking and purchasing art and regarded as the contemporary art destination for big collectors and novices alike.  Here you can entertain clients, extend your network and yes, maybe buy some art.

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Interior Design - Brownstone Brooklyn Living

Interior Design - Brownstone Brooklyn Living

Brownstone Brooklyn Living

I came across an article on One Kings Lane recently about fellow Brooklynite, Jodi Patterson who lives in her perfect world with her husband and four kids.  Jodi is the owner and creative director of organic health and beauty products at GeorgiaNY and co-founder of Doo-Bop a multi cultural skin-care and hair-care destination.

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Glamorous Living - London's Grand Hotels

Glamorous Living - London's Grand Hotels

London's Grand Hotels

When friends are visiting London they often ask me where they should stay.  London's grand hotels with more than 10 to choose from is an enticing option.  The grand hotel is a style the Brits excel at and staying in one of these very posh establishments overnight or longer is part and parcel of enjoying a particular type of London experience.

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Stylish Dining - My Favorite New Manhattan Restaurants - Part 1

Stylish Dining - My Favorite New Manhattan Restaurants - Part 1

My Favorite New Manhattan Restaurants - Part l

Manhattan is jumping with various new restaurants popping up all over town. One of my current favorites, The Clock Tower is a beautifully appointed restaurant at the New York Edition Hotel, which my friend and fellow foodie Carol Papper invited me to for lunch - great choice! World renowned boutique hotel entrepreneur, Ian Schrager has reimagined the iconic Metropolitan Life building, situated on Madison Park in the FlatIron district into a sleek, contemporary light-filled environment of bleached oak wood finishes, floor to ceiling sheer window treatments, clear crystal chandeliers and artistically placed glass accessories.  Interior designer Christian Liaigre's furniture and lighting are used throughout the lobby, bar areas and guest-rooms, emphasizing a cool, sophisticated, international vibe. You can refer to my June 10th post "What I'm Reading Right Now" for more details on the Christian Liaigre interior design aesthetic.

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What I'm Reading Right Now - Liaigre 12 Projects

What I'm Reading Right Now - Liaigre 12 Projects

Christian Liaigre, one of my favorite interior and furniture designers has just published his most recent book, Liaigre 12 Projects.  I was invited to the reception launching both the book and the new Spring collection of furniture and fabrics, which Liaigre designed in collaboration with his wife, Déborah Comte-Liaigre.  Their aesthetic is minimalist luxury, creating beautifully hand crafted furniture in refined woods, such as open grain walnut and Larch wood. All the furniture is crafted in France and the design and production of each piece is of the highest quality.  

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Glamorous Living - Amsterdam & Brussels Art Tour

Glamorous Living - Amsterdam & Brussels Art Tour

I'm a little out of synch with my posts because I've just returned from Amsterdam and Brussels on an art collectors' trip.  My Living with Art October 15  post was about this trip and how excited I was about staying at the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam - it didn't disappoint.  The hotel's a year old and the results of the renovation of 3 townhouses along the canal was spectacular.  Sadly, we were only there for 4 days and everyone hated to leave.  There's a welcoming mega-sized candle from the French company Cire Trudon, wafting Ernesto throughout the lobby.  Of course every time I smell Ernesto going forward it will conjure up this trip.  Between several of us we bought up the entire inventory of that particular candle to the surprise of the storeowner.  

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