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The 2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

'This the season! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. For the eternal hostess, we found a selection of items guaranteed to secure you a second invite. For the gardener in your life, we found a way for you to encircle them with blossoms year round. Plus, gifts for the traveler, the designers and the philanthropist!

David Garcelon, Culinary Director at the Waldorf Astoria Tells NYC&G What Led Him to Start a Roof Garden

I’ve learned everything I know about gardening right here. We’ve partnered with George Pisegna, the deputy director and chief of horticulture of the Horticultural Society of New York, who gives us planting advice. Anyone can plant herbs, but it’s great to have an expert on hand. It’s like the difference between a cook and a chef!

Celebrating the Holidays at Rebecca Ellsley's Little Cabin in the Woods

'Twas 14 Years ago when Designer Rebecca Ellsley bought a run-down log home in the Old Hill section of Westport. “It was in terrible condition,” she recalls. “The roof leaked—you could see daylight between all the logs.” Though it might have seemed like a huge undertaking for a 30-year-old, Ellsley was up to the task. She grew up in a European-style hunting lodge her mother, Beverly, the founder of Beverly Ellsley Designs, had restored in the mid ’70s. “I love log homes,” she says. “It was a big nut to take, but who else was going to save it?”

Locust Valley- and New York- based Designer Jeff Lincoln Gets Away From It All at a Charming Cottage in Southampton

"When it came to designing the interiors," writes Jeff Lincoln of his Southampton cottage, "I decided to embrace the cottage-y style of my house, rather than try to make it into something it’s not. While I am very decisive about what’s best for my clients, I am less so when it comes to my own place. It’s a fairly common conundrum for interior decorators: Confronted with so much choice for themselves, they often don’t do much in the end.

Cool Blues and Icy White Jewels Are Sure to Dazzle

Baby it's cold outside. As the temperature drops, add one of these icy jewels, including Syna's diamond and blue topaz briolette earrings, Carelle's Florette Bombay ring with diamonds and Chopard's diamond Feather earrings, to your holiday look.

Tag Along with Joe Bastianich for the Perfect Ingredients to Create Your Own Holiday Buffet

Many years ago, while living in Greenwich, we would take our two children to a family-style, Italian-American pizza restaurant in Port Chester, NY, called Tarry Lodge. Fast-forward some 30 years and the Landmark building is still there, but the food scene is considerably different. Worldly and sophisticated palates now enjoy an authentic experience of Italian culture in cuisine, wine and artisanal products at Bastianich and Batali’s Tarry Lodge restaurant and Tarry Market.

Boscobel, an 1805 Beauty Overlooking the Hudson River, Is More Resplendent Than Ever During This Special Time of Year

It’s hard to believe it was almost a teardown. “Boscobel, an early architectural treasure in the Hudson River Valley, is ready for the scrap heap,” read a May 12, 1955, article in The New York Times. The Federal-era jewel had been languishing since 1923, when Westchester County bought the circa-1805 house and land, in the riverside hamlet of Montrose, with the intention of creating a park. But it remained vacant and began to slide into decay, and in 1941, the county’s parks department decided to raze it.

Culinary Culture: Six Stylish Bay Area Kitchens Reflect a Range of Sensibilities, from Glamorous to Traditional

From a meticulously customized family kitchen to a luminous, atmospheric space for an art collector, these six kitchens cater to distinctly different lifestyles.

NYC&G and Kravet Present Phase II of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island's Project Design

For the second year in a row, the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) is style central, as NYC&G and Kravet present Phase II of Project Design, a renovation initiative that brings new life to this haven of hope for critically ill children and their families. Last year, the Phase I designers were tasked with revamping 33 spaces in RMH-LI’s original building in New Hyde Park, New York. This year, we’ve upped the challenge, asking 45 top designers to overhaul 41 rooms in the complex’s adjacent tower building.

With the Help of Designer Larry Laslo, a Lifelong Collector Puts Her Unerring Eye to the Test

For Alice Netter, walking into her new Hamptons beach house in 1977 required vision—as well as a tool belt. “It was pretty bad,” she says. “There was a turquoise floor and metal valances with pompons. For the first two months, I walked around with a screwdriver in my pocket, taking everything down.”

Charmed Life: Four Artists Present Works of Flora and Fauna that Evoke the Enchantment of the Season

From solstice festivals to Victorian tree trimming, the rituals of winter have a long history of drawing on the natural world. Here, four artists present works of flora and fauna that evoke the enchantment of the season.

Designer Robert Couturier Decorates a Brooklyn Brownstone for a Very Important Person--His Own Lawyer

It’s said that word of mouth is the best advertising for any business—whether you’re looking for an attorney or a designer. But for decorator Robert Couturier and his lawyer, David Berger, referrals weren’t even necessary when it came to doing business together. Berger had been looking to upgrade the decor in his four-story Cobble Hill townhouse, so he knew exactly the man to call. “David has been my attorney for a long time, and we are quite close,” says Couturier. “The entire design process was a wonderful experience."

Aristocratic Entertaining: The Legion of Honor Opens its Doors to Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House

As the golden age of aristocratic life in England, the 18th century saw bucolic retreats conceived as extravagant stages for lavish parties and all manner of formal entertaining. Houghton Hall—a superb work of Anglo-Palladian architecture—set the stylistic standard for all country estates that would follow.

Chef Jennifer Puccio of Marlowe on the Delights of Casual Gatherings

Favorite San Francisco bistro Marlowe reopened its doors this past month in a stylish new Ken Fulk—designed space at 500 Brannan. Jennifer Puccio—executive chef and partner at Marlowe, Park Tavern and The Cavalier—has earned acclaim for her creative, unpretentious farm-to-table cooking. Here, she shares her expert recommendations (and menu) for deliciously relaxed holiday entertaining.

Elegant Design Complements Art and Personal Collections to Make This House a Home

A decade ago when a Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum board member went shopping for a weekend getaway, adequate display space for her impressive art collection wasn’t uppermost in her mind. She had a New York apartment for that, so small and cozy was just fine. While the 1920s Colonial Revival she settled on may not have been her dream house (“It had no moldings, no charm, and I really didn’t love it,” she says), she purchased it anyway planning to give it some character and enjoy it as a retreat.

Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Whimsical Light Fixtures

As mid-autumn days continue to grow shorter, keep a bright perspective with whimsical light fixtures that send out positive vibes.

In Her Williamsburg Studio, Designer Andreea Avram Rusu Sees the Light

As all creative types know, inspiration can strike almost anywhere. The latest thing to catch lighting designer Andreea Avram Rusu’s eye? The graffiti that adorns New York buildings, which she has captured in photographs over the past several years.

Designer Julie Nightingale Balances a Greenwich Couple's Stand-Out Art Collection with Easy Elegance and Practicality

It’s a common conundrum that most modern-day parents can easily relate to: that moment when a couple realizes that their lives are more about getting their kids to eat their vegetables than getting a table at Per Se.

The Designer Showhouse of New York

What do you get when you take 22 design firms and set them loose on the 55th and 56th floors of the luxury Residences at W New York – Downtown? A showhouse to end all showhouses, full of brilliant decor, amazing ideas, and breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District. NYC&G was proud to sponsor the project, which raised funds for the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex in Greenwich Village and set the bar even higher for great design in New York.

What's New, What's Next Book Signing at 200 Lex

A day of book signings and a bunch of brand-new showrooms at the NYDC.

Deeds & Don'ts: Artful Living

With the opening of the new Anderson collection at Stanford in September, and the highly anticipated new SFMOMA and Berkeley Art Museum buildings set to open in 2016, arts development in the Bay Area is booming. Feeling the zeitgeist, arts districts are coalescing as well, making several Bay Area neighborhoods particularly worthy of the gaze.

An Exclusive First Look Into the Studio of Creative Visionary Stanlee Gatti

Like Vishnu’s dream, there is a realm of San Francisco that emerged from the mind of Stanlee Gatti. In that dimension a hundred thousand peonies grow; light radiates from countless candles; and of course, there is a cosmic DJ. As San Francisco’s leading event guru, Gatti merges art, architecture, interiors, floral design and graphics into stellar happenings. Over the past three decades, he has produced events ranging from Oscar parties and opera galas to VIP weddings and chic soirées for the likes of the Gettys, Trainas, and, recently, someone named Kanye.

Designer Ellie Cullman's Fairfield County Home is an Ode to Americana

It's like the woman who has had the same hairstyle since high school,” says designer Ellie Cullman. “You have to change and grow if you want to stay modern.” Cullman, cofounder of Manhattan’s venerable decorating firm Cullman & Kravis, practices what she preaches, duly noted in the style evolution of her firm’s inimitable work. Firmly rooted in the traditional, Cullman’s approach to decor has evolved over the past decade: There’s a more modern bent to her classical roots, giving her interiors a younger and fresher feel.

Architect Roger Ferris’ Weston Home Reveals a Sense of Whimsy Through a Contemporary Lens

Architect Roger Ferris is uncommonly poetic on the subject of renovation, a topic not known for its inherent lyricism. “It’s almost like adding another chapter to a novel that’s already been written,” Ferris says, speaking both of the process of adaptive renovation generally, and his Weston Tudor-house-turned-hybrid-modernist-residence specifically.

A Travel- and Fashion-Inspired Interior Unfolds in Style Guru Stephen Brady's Mission Bay Residence

For Stephen Brady, executive vice president of Creative Services for Gap Inc., home truly is a style statement. With a celebrated career in fashion and décor—including leading roles at Ralph Lauren Home and Williams-Sonoma—Brady is known for crafting iconic retail spaces and destination restaurants (including San Francisco’s debonair Spruce). And while his two-bedroom, park-view Mission Bay condominium certainly has more than a dash of haberdashery—a dressing area in chocolate brown and furniture clad in menswear fabrics—Brady’s artful appointments also tell the story of a global traveler.

From a Blank Canvas, Kem Theilig Creates a Home for Gallerist and Best Friend Lisa Dolby Chadwick

One week before San Francisco’s Bay Lights project went live, gallery owner Lisa Dolby Chadwick and her partner, Ian Schmidt, hosted a fundraiser in their home to benefit the hugely popular Bay Bridge art installation. In attendance was Leo Villareal, creator of the work composed of 25,000 LED lights, who thrilled the guests when he switched on the artwork via his computer. “Everyone gasped,” recalls Dolby Chadwick, whose Russian Hill perch provided the perfect vantage point. “We were all gathered in what we call ‘the view room’ for the magic moment.”

For Designer Campion Platt, a Humble Bungalow on the Water Is the Key to Summertime Fun

Most people would guess that the home of an architect and interior designer is always the biggest and baddest on the block. Not so when it comes to Campion Platt. Nestled in a neighborhood of iron-gated fortresses in the heart of Water Mill, the waterfront bungalow that he shares with his wife, Tatiana, and their three children is anything but amped up. “We’re the last holdouts,” he says. “We’re like the Clampetts!”

A Couple's Western-Style-Meets-Connecticut-Barn Aesthetic Takes Shape in Sharon, CT

When Henry Smedley and Kathy Chow purchased 40 bucolic acres near Sharon in 2003, rather than rush to build their weekend retreat, the Manhattan-based couple opted to take time to understand their surroundings.

A Behind-the-Seams Look at Fall’s Most Fabulous Fabrics

Editorial Director D.J Carey and designer Kerry Delrose rounded up the season's most alluring fabrics, including those with gradient hues, a splash of lime and all-over tangerine. Get inspired with selections from top designers including Thibaut, Stark, Pollack, Weitzner, Liora Manné, Scumacher, Fonthill, Black Edition, Designers Guild, Kravet and more.

Design Objects Inspired by the Fall 2014 Collections of Céline

Avian design elements, including pieces from Schumacher, Trove, San Francisco artist Nick Dong, Soane, Box Clever and Council, and Ironware International help interiors take flight.

The 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners: Kitchen Design

The winning project in the 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards in the category of Interior Design came courtesy of Lorraine Bonaventura Architect, with runner-up going to Deane, Inc. and Finalist Recognition going to Ronald Bricke & Associates as well as DHD Architecture & Interior Design.

The 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners: Architecture

The winning project in the 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards in the category of Architecture came courtesy of Mitchell Studio, with runner-up going to Radoslav Opacic Architects and Finalist Recognition going to Carol Kurth Architecture as well as Lorraine Bonaventure Architect.

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Builder Spotlight

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M&M Custom Homes
M&M Custom Homes is recognized as one of the premier home builders in the Hamptons and throughout Nassau County. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, we provide a superior client experience—creating exceptional value with state-of-the-art construction and unsurpassed design.

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Garden Spotlight

HARMONIA INC Creative Landscapes and Fine Stonework
HARMONIA INC was founded out of a profound passion for creating complete landscapes and gardens that co-exist in harmony, with the natural settings that grace each property. Harmonia will design and install a customized landscape complimentary to your visual desires, and your personal lifestyle. “ Our work is a reflection of how you will want to enjoy your property for years to come.” Harmonia Inc is a full service design, installation and maintenance company, beautifying the Hamptons every day. 631-537-9672

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Consiglio Builders
Consiglio Builders is a luxury residential construction company located on the East End of Long Island. We have developed a unique method of residential construction in the Hamptons—we call it "The Considered Approach." It stems from our experience which demonstrates that meticulous planning and transparency throughout the process, combined with our expertise and emphasis on perfection, enable us to deliver consistently the best-constructed homes on time and within budget to our discerning clientele.

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Property of Note

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80 Brookwood Drive, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Architecture and setting blend to stunning effect at this sensational Colonial featuring panoramic views of the Hudson River. Convenient to Manhattan, the renovated 5-BR residence offers spectacular living spaces perfectly designed for today’s lifestyle. Expansive formal rooms opening to grand terraces, a sparkling pool, outdoor kitchen and an entire lower level devoted to fun are ideal for entertaining. Especially alluring is the inviting front porch, the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular sunsets and water views.

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6 Bluewater Lane, Westport, CT
Exquisite Westport Compo Beach residence in the Bluewater Association offers a unique and masterfully executed blend of custom elegance with sophisticated architectural details for an extraordinary LI Sound waterfront experience. Enjoy endless waterviews from the abundance of floor to ceiling windows, French doors and balconies which span the entire length of the house and open to expansive outdoor spaces with terraces, lawns, an al fresco kitchen and a wrap-around infinity pool with spa.

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235 McCagg Road, Kinderhook, NY
Just like a fine Swiss watch, this exceptional property is masterfully designed, precisely constructed, and meticulously cared for. Neatly nestled on 95 acres of rolling fields and woodlands, architect Clark and Green created a structure of glass, stone, and wood, which is elegant, warm, and lighthearted. Absolute privacy, with stunning views and pristine landscaping create a country retreat with a zen like atmosphere. Life will be that much sweeter enjoying the bounty of the Hudson Valley from this extraordinary property.

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12 Sunnyside Lane, Westport, CT
This sublime Colonial captivates with its New England charm and dazzling 2.7-acre setting featuring beautiful plantings, a formal English garden and bluestone pool. Offering approximately 8600fs of living space, the home hosts spectacular formal rooms, a paneled library, recreation room with a projector screen, sunroom, 6 bedrooms and 7.5 baths. Front and back patios add further allure to this ADA-compliant home which also offers double railings on stairs as well as elevator service to all 3 floors.

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