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Beauville Linens: How a Small French Manufacturer Thrives in the Age of Globalization

In our age of cheap imports, it’s easy to think that France is just a place of cute castles and fine wines.  After all, who could resist the charms of little towns like Ribeauville, in the heart of France’s Alsace region, where the ruins of three medieval castles overlook gingerbread houses?
Ribeauville in Alsace region of France

Ribeauville in Alsace region of France (image Office de Tourisme du Pays de Ribeaville-Riquewihr)

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Mood by Christofle Set of Six Silverplated Espresso Spoons

For Coffee Lovers: The Most Elegant Espresso Spoons Ever

If you own a Nespresso or a De’Longhi or a Breville, you can now up your coffee game with these new espresso spoons from Christofle, which come artfully encased in a drop-dead gorgeous presentation egg case.

The silver option ($360)  includes six silverplated espresso spoons, a polished stainless steel chest, and a dark walnut wood insert.

Mood by Christofle Set of Six Silverplated Espresso Spoons

Mood by Christofle Set of Six Silverplated Espresso Spoons: $360

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Destination Palm Springs: Annie Selke’s Getaway

When we heard that Annie Selke, the talented owner and designer behind the colorful Dash and Albert rugs and Pine Cone Hill linens, had bought a home in the Marrakesh Country Club community in Palm Springs, we knew it would be fabulous.  Here, we share Annie’s story with you.

What made you decide to purchase a second home?

“After we had a horrible winter a few years back, I decided I wanted a second home someplace warm! I looked in Southern Florida, but nothing felt right. When I decided to buy the home in Marrakesh, it was kind of like my birthday present to myself. I really wasn’t even looking to buy anything.”  But then, her friend John Gilmer sent her real estate listings, she saw pink and green everywhere, and she was sold.


Annie Selke, welcoming us into her home in Palm Springs (courtesy The New York Times)

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Family Home in Kuwait (Alberto Pinto)

Alberto Pinto: Dinnerware to Match His Interiors

First there was the red-eye to London.  The customs and immigration line snaked around the terminal like a coiled serpent, lethargically moving in the early morning.  Then there was the bumpy, stop-and-go rush hour ride into central London.

But the moment you walk into The Lanesborough hotel, your jaw dropped.  The dull, harried modern world outside melted away.  You were in a magical place filled with gilded carvings, cream and black marble, and shimmering silks and damasks.

The Lanesborough London (Alberto Pinto)

The Lanesborough London (Alberto Pinto)

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Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

How to Create the Amazing $30,000 Met Gala Table Setting

What’s THE party of the year?

Probably the Met Gala, held the first Monday in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to raise money for their Costume Institute.  It’s like the Oscars, but with more panache, since it’s all about fashion.

Each year the event has a theme.  Guests are encouraged to dress accordingly, so stars and their stylists go into overdrive planning their looks.  For many celebs, being photographed at the Met Gala is almost as important as appearing in Vogue.  That’s why stars like Gisele and Tom, Beyonce, and Rihanna really, really dress up:


Rihanna in Comme des Garcons - Met Gala 2017 (Eonline)

Rihanna in Comme des Garcons – Met Gala 2017: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons”  (Eonline)

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