Modern Penthouse: The Essentials

Soaring ceilings.  Dramatic windows flooded with light.  Views across Manhattan to the rivers.  Today’s ultra-luxurious penthouses, like those you’ve seen on Million Dollar Listing New York, have a wonderful Master of the Universe feeling to them:

Tamarkin Co. project at 550 West 29th Street; courtesy Tamarkin

But in fact, they’re quite challenging to furnish correctly.  The angular walls, metal casement windows, and double height ceilings can feel cold, generic, and even a bit too industrial.  These spaces are begging for the right finishing touches to make them soar and feel like home.
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L’Objet Loret Gold Napkin Rings Featured in French Style Magazine

Merci beaucoup to French Style magazine for having featured our L’Objet Lorel Gold Napkin Rings in their Summer 2018 issue:

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L’Objet Aegean Gold Dinnerware featured in Flea Market Decor

We loved how L’Objet’s Aegean gold espresso cup and saucer brightened up the “Great Finds” section of the Flea Market Decor March/April 2018 issue:

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Herend Handpainted Porcelain: Perfect for Every Celebration

Although it’s best known for having been both Queen Victoria’s and Princess Diana’s favorites, Herend is prized for the playfulness of its designs.  Today, this hand-painted porcelain continues to delight adult and children around the world.

Here are a few ways to use it in your own celebrations. Which one’s your favorite?

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

Shown above: Chinese Bouquet Garland Raspberry Dinnerware, Golden Edge Dinnerware, Key to My Heart Raspberry Figurine, Fish Scale Pink DinnerwareSilk Ribbon Raspberry Dinnerware, Golden Laurel Dinnerware, Gwendolyn Dinnerware, Connect the Dots Dinnerware, Heart of Gold Raspberry Figurine, Princess Victoria Pink Dinnerware, Fish Scale Gold Dinnerware, Chinese Bouquet Raspberry Dinnerware.

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Chic Jewelry from Christofle

I’ve been obsessed with Christofle ever since we registered for their Malmaison sterling flatware for our wedding. Although we were just starting our lives together, Si and I knew that we’d be using our flatware for years, so we chose a pattern that we truly loved. It was a huge splurge for us – which my brother very generously indulged – but it has really served us well.

Except for when we’re not home, we’ve used our Christofle flatware for almost every meal, which means almost 20 years of daily use. We even use it for takeout, because disposable flatware just won’t cut it (ha, ha!).

Like all the best French houses, the craftsmen at Christofle really do what they do well: the products are well designed and they’re made to last. Their latest category – jewelry – is no exception. As with the rest of the line, Christofle jewelry is mostly comprised of timeless silverplate and sterling pieces, with a few in rose gold and rosewood. But because it was designed much more recently, it has a more contemporary feel.


All the necklaces are finely rendered, with just a bit of detail. The Lariat, part of Andree Putman’s “Idole de Christofle” collection, is my favorite:

There are earrings to match. These pearl and silver hoop earrings are classic, but unexpected:

The bracelets can all be mixed and matched. Rivage is very chic:

For men (or women, too), there are cufflinks. Code Royale is inspired by a beehive …

… and leather bracelets, which make great gifts.

And for the little ones, there are even pieces for babies and young children.

Christofle Beebee Jewelry collection

Want to see more? click here to view all of Christofle’s new jewelry pieces.