Last weekend of Summer

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Heaven Scent: The Bermuda Perfumery

  One of our must-see destinations last week in Bermuda was the Bermuda Perfumery. Apparently, it’s been quite a tourist destination since it’s opening in 1928, when the first owner used to pay tourist operators to bring their groups. My mother recalls visiting the Perfumery in 1938 when she was a little girl. Today’s location … Read more

Architecture and Colors of Bermuda

  I’m back from my trip to paradise, and Bermuda is just that – a gorgeous feast for the eyes and all the senses. Well, I could honestly do without the beastly heat and humidity but the winds are lovely and there is lots of air conditioning available. The island is exactly as it appears … Read more

Elite Repeat: Edith Wharton’s Berkshire Estate “The Mount”

Continuing our tour of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, we are now stepping inside to the ground floor entrance hall and main stair. One might expect that this magnificent, classically inspired home would have a grand staircase. However, EW believed that the transition from outside to inside should be … Read more

Greetings from Bermuda!

Today is my birthday and there’s no where I’d rather be than with my four besties at a spa on this beautiful island. It may be raining, but our spirits are sunny! I can’t begin to say how much I appreciate this amazing birthday retreat. And when I return, I begin a fabulous new project … Read more

The Renzo Piano Wing at the Gardner Museum

As I’ve previously shared, I spent a lovely evening a few weeks ago getting the cook’s tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston. We started in the private quarters on the top floor of the original museum and worked our way down to the garden level and then over to the glorious new … Read more

The Skirted Roundtable: Chatting with Alexa Hampton!

  This week on The Skirted Roundtable, Joni and I spoke with effervescent interior designer Alexa Hampton, who is not only carrying on her late father Mark Hampton’s brand, but has expanded into her own multifaceted empire as well. We three had a wonderful conversation about growing up under the mentorship of her talented father, … Read more

Nantucket Dream Home

I was poking through Pinterest the other day and came across this beautiful image which really captured my imagination: The image lead me to the blog Inspiring Interiors and a photo spread from a 2010 Issue of New England Home Cape and Islands magazine. The whole house project is just a beautiful example of fresh … Read more