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Top Designers Tell Us the Best Way to Make a Room Look Cozy for Fall

We asked top New York and Hamptons designers, including Amy Lau, Tori Golub, Steven Gambrel, and Gideon Medelson, to tell us the best way to make a room cozy for fall. Find out what they said in this month's Designer Corner.

Clear Winner

Invented by DuPont in 1931, Lucite has had a lasting presence in the design world due to its durability and versatility. With the resurgence of ’70s style—the materials’ heyday—vintage Lucite is more prevalent than ever. Purchase College’s Neuberger Museum of Art is currently exhibiting “Plastic: Art in an Era of Material Innovation,” exploring the uses and artistic applications for this synthetic medium. I hit the Stamford antiques trail in search of a Lucite piece to refresh my entry hall for fall.

Fine Al Fresco Finds from Seven Darien Shops

That time of year is finally here—that time when every woman in Fairfield County has burned her tights, buried her snow boots and broken out the sandals. Life’s soundtrack now includes the melodies of chirping birds and roaring lawnmowers. And the best part of it all? Warm-weather shopping! New Englanders only get a brief, fleeting window to enjoy life outdoors so we have to stock up the best accessories for plein air enjoyment. I headed to the sweet enclave of shops in Darien to check off my list.

Kindel Reimagined

Interior design’s “mixmaster” Eric Cohler was tapped by Kindel to design a dramatic space that reflects the 114-year-old luxury furniture brand’s move into the future with updated colors, finishes, hardware and fabric. The result is fresh, modern and energetic, and provides an exciting new look at how traditional furniture can be relevant with how people design and live today. Here, we talk to Cohler about this new collaboration.

Put a Ring On It

The glamour of the New Year has faded (most likely, along with our resolutions), but the cold and snow remains. What better way to bring a little glitz to the last of these dark days than with statement jewelry?

Five Finds from Westport Stores that Help Battle the Freeze

Now that the bustling days of holiday shopping have passed, every Santa deserves a carefree shopping spree. How about some indulgences that will battle January’s frosty chill? Our Girl About Town, Ann Loynd, took a day in Westport’s downtown retail wonderland and hand picked five toasty-warm necessities.

KBIS 2015 Outstanding Media Award Presented to DJ Carey, Editorial Director of Cottages & Gardens

To honor the demonstrated commitments of so many members of this community, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) are proud to announce the third annual KBIS Outstanding Media Award has been presented to DJ Carey, Editorial Director of Cottages & Gardens Publications, a collection of luxury design magazines in Connecticut, New York, the Hamptons and San Francisco. Each celebrates the diverse design, architecture and lifestyle of its locale.

Reflections on Art Basel 2014

Over 73,000 people crowded into Art Basel Miami last month browsing through works displayed in the main show, satellite fairs, museums, gardens all over town. We asked some prominent designers and one of our editors to pick out and describe some items that caught their particular attention.

Cut–Out Color Show

Schumacher is going back to its archives and taking a look at a 1966 Matisse-inspired curtain. “The Matisse-inspired curtains that we did for the Met in 1966 speak to Schumacher’s commitment to craftsmanship and the fact that we’ve kept our finger on the pulse since 1889,” explains Dara Caponigro, Schumacher’s creative director. Another tribute to Matisse is now on exhibition at the MoMA through February 8.

Where Great Design is Hiding in Germany

So, what’s the connection between the cultural heritage organization UNESCO and a sprawling complex that’s a defunct coalmine called Zollverein in Essen, Germany? Plenty, as we came to discover on a day-long exploration of 65 different buildings pertaining to Germany’s capital of steel and coal mining. Located in the area called the Ruhr, the city of Essen had been for more than 100 years the world’s center for producing materials used in heavy industry: steel and coal.

Guilty (and Gilty!) Pleasure in Palm Beach

While folks back home were battling blizzards, Presidents Day weekend was a time of guilty pleasures in Palm Beach. Not only were we sheepishly basking in lovely sunny weather, but there were dozens of activities to keep us out and about

New in the New Year: Fusion Furniture, Fashions of Herrera and the 30's, Art Strike(s), Gifts Galore, and the Regency Reopens

Regular patrons were welcomed back to their celebrated early morning routine when the Regency Hotel hosted a "Power Breakfast" to launch its newly renovated Regency Bar and Grill.

Valentine's Day Gift Roundup

11 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Conrad Maldives

An account of a two-day stay in a luxury Indian Ocean island retreat.

Fun for the Good of It

New York City parks and libraries, Irish mansions, a ballet company, all will benefit from funds raised at recent parties. We stopped by some gala events so mark your calendars to join in on all of the fun next year!

Pages to Pursue

Book celebrations are being held all over town including receptions, signings and panel discussions. We stopped by a few book-based events to meet the authors and to look inside the tempting pages.
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