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The Kampong—Historic National Treasure, Reimagined

Much has changed since Dr. David Fairchild, one of America’s most influential horticulturalists and plant collectors, bought a property in Coconut Grove in 1916 with his wife, Marian, and named it The Kampong—the Malay word for village. Not long after purchasing the waterfront acreage, he enlisted the architect Edward Clarence Dean to design a Mission-style houseRead more

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Celebrating The Happy Home Project

Last week author Jean Nayar’s book, The Happy Home Project (Filipacchi Publishing), was officially released—and to celebrate its publication her friends at Wood-Mode hosted a party at the InHouse Kitchen Bath Home showroom in the New York Design Center, where she was joined by good friends and colleagues, some of whom are pictured here. If you’d likeRead more

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Celebrate Earth Day with Eco-Friendly Jewelry

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Earth Day? Then visit Greenwich Jewelers and buy yourself or a loved one some beautiful, eco-friendly jewelry. Jennifer Gandia, one of the store’s owners, was at a Celebration of Sustainable Living event at the Visionaire last weekend (the LEED Platinum residential building in Battery Park City) with a rangeRead more

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Artful Eco-Friendly Table Accents

If you’re an organic foodie dedicated to cultivating a sustainable table, then you’ll love the products from Modern-twist. Founded by Kat Nouri, a mother of three who’s passionate about nutrition, spirituality and organic farming, the company produces place mats, table toppers and coasters that are free of BPA, latex, phthalates and other harsh chemicals, makingRead more

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Easy, Stylish Entertaining Ideas

Product designer Julia Knight, who’s brimming with ideas on how to entertain simply and stylishly, is a firm believer that, when it comes to food, presentation is as important and preparation. Julia recently introduced a new line of serving pieces that make even ordinary fare, like crudités and snacks, look extraordinary. “I’m a traditionalist whenRead more

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Wholesome Halloween Treats

No Halloween celebration is complete without the treats. But there’s no rule that says they have to be packed with sugar and artificial ingredients. Don and Susie Morris, the founders of Donseumor, a European-inspired bakery in Alameda, California, take a less-is-more approach to making cookies, using wholesome preservative- and additive-free, all-natural ingredients to produce buttery,Read more

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Behind the Scenes at Christie’s New York

Thanks to an invitation from the Jesters Club, an international squash organization that was celebrating its 75th annual jubilee last week, we had the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of Christie’s New York location in Rockefeller Plaza with Becky MacGuire, a specialist in Chinese Export porcelain. After visiting the interiors rooms and sitting inRead more

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Super-Easy Recipe for Green Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Over the past couple of days, Madie and Kenny, two kind readers of my blog, left incredibly complimentary comments on an older post (Cooking for a Crowd: A Simple Summer Meal). As a way of thanking them for their very encouraging words, I’m immediately following through with a quick follow-up post, as Madie urged meRead more

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I have to confess that there are times when my ambitions exceed my abilities—or at least the hours in a day I have available to achieve them. Such was the case, alas, with my plans to serve an Indian-inspired meal to my friends at a party I hosted with my husband, Anil, this past weekend.Read more

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Hosting Guests with Style

The summer party I’m throwing is coming up, so I recently asked Ali Pincus, one of the co-founders of the luxury daily sales site, One Kings Lane, for some easy entertaining ideas—especially ways to set an informal table. “I love personalizing seating,” she told me. “My new favorite thing is to write each guest’s nameRead more

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