After a snowy start of our weekend that put a damper on a furniture rehab project, today the weather is unusually beautiful – warm and sunny, with only a few soft clouds in the sky. It has been a trying week, one that, like many of you, I’m ready to leave behind. Here are a few lifestyle links that cought my attention  – for foodies, fashionistas and decorators alike!CAFE DESIGN-11

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Earlier this week the grand dame of fashion, Carolina Herrera, stepped down as creative director of her eponymous fashion house. After 37 years at the helm, during which she had built a billion dollar brand with notable fans such as Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lady Diana, Michelle Obama and Renee Zellweger, Mrs. Herrera handed over the creative reins to Wes Gordon and the news has rippled through the fashion world as the end of an era. She will still be involved with brand diplomacy but the 79 years old Venezuelan designer is ready to worry less about skirt lengths  and spend more time with her family. She will be missed but it’s also a new beginning and I look forward to Gordon’s first solo show with an exited Carolina Herrera in the front row! Thank you for all the beauty!

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I spent some time last week reading about the latest trends in design. Not because I believe in trends, but because I’m curious to see what my favorite designers think it’s making a comeback this year. “Chintz is back”, “chintz is out”, “blue and white is over-done”, “white kitchens are passé”… everyone has, and is entitled to, an opinion. Personally, I am an anti-trends decorator. I love what I love, and what I find beautiful changes and is shaped with every home that I study. I don’t follow trends because I like to learn from the past by studying the works of legendary decorators and tastemakers. What was once old becomes fresh again, with a twist.  For so many of us, classic will never be out of style. Trends are the opposite of all that.

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Serena Crawford’s beautiful Cape Town kitchen

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Monday always comes too fast, especially after a weekend of constant partying (nothing wild, just a couple of kiddos’ birthdays as well as my own) so while I’m easing into my Monday, I am delighted to write about another beautiful project signed by Ashley Whittaker.

It’s on the cover of House Beautiful’s March issue and for good reason. It’s everything we love about spring – beautiful florals, birds and chinoiserie, vibrant hues – bold and soft alike. The house is a weekend home in Darien, Connecticut, which Whittaker outfitted for comfort and joy.

ashley living room

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