Decorating the 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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A Luxe Upgrade: 7 Instant Ways to Transform Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are the hardest working rooms in every home, so it’s really important to keep them looking fresh.  Here are 7 easy ways to upgrade them:

1) A set of matching bath accessories.

Kassatex Nile Brass Bath Accessories

2) A bottle of liquid soap.

L’Objet Hand & Body Liquid Soap in Bois Sauvage

3) A scented candle.

Christofle Silver Honey and Silver Moon Candle Set

4) A set of linen guest towels.

Sferra Filo Linen Guest Towels

5) A new robe.

Kassatex Hotel Waffle/Terry Robes in White or Grey

6) A new shower curtain.

Kassatex Carrara Shower Curtain

7) A set of new towels.

Pine Cone Hill Signature Banded White/Linen Bath Towels

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Check out the Kardashians’ Insane Gold Egg

The Kardashians are known for their crazy, over the top lives, but wouldn’t you love to be invited to one of Kris Jenner’s epic Christmas parties?  Yes, we’d go too.

Kris loves her Christofle silver; here she is showing off her Mood flatware set, which comes in its own gilded 24 kt gold egg.  It’s so stunning it practically needs its own security team:

Kris Jenner with her Christofle Mood Flatware Set, Gilded in 24 kt Gold (image courtesy Kris Jenner)

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Meet the Maker: Stunning Portuguese Flatware from Cutipol

Last year, we traveled to Portugal, and the trip was a revelation.  The country, which for years was ruled by the Estado Novo dictatorship, is now in the midst of a spectacular design renaissance.  Everywhere you see the contrast between traditional Portuguese buildings festooned with centuries-old tiles and clean, modern design.  There’s also a move to bring the country into the future, but there are strong traces of a Portuguese point of view.

Here’s an example.  At the Six Senses in Douro Valley, one of the hotels where we stayed, they carefully renovated an existing manor house from the 19th century to minimize the impact on the hills and the surrounding villages.

So while the exterior looks like this …

Exterior of the Six Senses Douro Valley

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