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My "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with film director Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catherine Martin

As the story goes, Audrey Hepburn's portrayal of Holly Golightly in the iconic 1961 American romantic comedy movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" stands in front of the Fifth Avenue flagship store while eating a croissant and ogling the magnificent jewelry in the early morning hours.

For a French transplant to New York, luxury is key among Midtown's madding crowd

Twenty-nine-year-old Frenchman Olivier Canovas was looking to add more flair to his bland one-bedroom in the Trump Park Avenue so he called on decorator Amir Khamneipur to transform the 800-square-foot apartment into a polychromatic showpiece in shades of ebony, gray, cream, and bronze.

Mimi Fong of Luminosus Designs creates a sophisticated look that still works for kids

When a former ex-pat family of four decided to put down roots in Greenwich, they called in designer Mimi Fong to bring them into the 21st century with style.

Peruvian pisco bring exotic flair to the common cocktail

Recently, top shelf piscos have finally begun making a real play in the U.S. The Peruvian grape distillate so popular across Latin America can be rough around the edges. But the premium piscos have great nuanced depth.

Designer Warren Muller creates lighting sculpture born of a marriage between art and design

Calipers, wheels, wooden mallets, deer antlers, candy dishes, an entire Mini Cooper are among the objects Warren Muller assembles into fantastic, sculptural lighitng fixtures destined for museums, offices, restaurants and private homes.

Add unique appeal to every room with these beautiful designs

From classic botanical patterns to eclectic animal prints, uncover a room's visual interest with an array of eye-catching wallcoverings. Patterns from makers like Brunschwig & Fil's to Hermès have the perfect print to add the right amount of attraction to your space.

A trip to Scotland that delivers Old-World luxury and hands on adventure

A tour of Scotland aboard the elegant Royal Scotsman—the Orient Express train, allowed its passengers to take in the countryside while watching sheep-dotted meadows and sipping on afternoon tea and cocktails.

Designer Cecilia Dupire's Upper East Side apartment is filled with bright ideas

It takes a particular vision to blend minimalism and handicraft, yet designer Cecilia Dupire does just that. "I love a setting that has a sense of peace, but I also like to include vivid, colorful hand-worked pieces to add another layer to the design," she says.

In Brooklyn, printmaker Lotta Jansdotter indulges in the quirks of nature

Based in a bright and airy studio in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, Lotta Jansdotter's Scandinavian print empire includes hundreds of different products such as stationery, dresses, ceramics, and now Glimma, a new fabric line with Windham.

A taste of Downton Abbey right here in Litchfield County

The first annual Downton Abbey dinner took place at the beautiful Mayflower Inn right in Litchefield County. The night entailed a motivated group of Downton Abbey devotees, a grand country inn, and an Edwardian dinner menu and décor inspired by the hit Masterpiece sensation on PBS.

Indulge in these timeless timepieces

These luxurious watches are functional time tellers and fabulous arm candy that will complete your look and keep you timely.

Decorate Your Child's Space with Functional Furniture and Fabric with Flair

Children's rooms should be colorful and vibrant and we've got the best products to achieve that perfect look. From Designer Paul Ocepek's crafted MoMa Clockphant (whimsical elephant clock) to cheerful Junior Jungle wallpaper by Jonathan Adler.

These local treasures have recently caught our expert's attention

Delftware pieces add a unique and historical feel to any space. With notes of blue and white, the tin-glazed pottery includes objects ranging from plates, tiles, ornaments and even chandeliers like shown here.

Architect Jo Machinist keeps it minimal and lets the view play its part

When Deirdre Quinn and Kevin Bauer, co-founder of the New York fashion house Lafayette 148, set about renovating their weekend home in a small Rockland County hamlet, they had one objective in mind: maximizing the stunning views, inside and out.

A Wilton home is perfected for a family of five

Designer and 2009 CTC&G IDA winner Leslie May lives by her design philosophy that homeowners should live in every room in their home. May spends her time contributing to her Family Style blog which is dedicated to “making your nest elegant, chic and completely family cozy."

Sexy New York sommeliers tells us where and what to drink

Three Manhattan wine experts reveal the power of their most favorite bottles and inform wine enthusiasts on the next best up and coming wines.

Up close and personal with Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

In Yonkers, NY, "America's Greatest Forgotten Garden" is restored into a beautiful garden escape collaborating all of the unique styles from the Middle East, Persia and Islam.

French designer Guillaume Gentet creates an apartment filled with stylish surprises

Rita Veygman, fashion executive, and her husband, fell in love with a 2,525-square-foot loft. Fed up with an empty apartment, they called on Gentet to help them achieve their perfect home. A sophisticated blend between uptown, downtown, a little European flair with a New York attitude was exactly what they wanted.

Bright and bold design discoveries from New York and beyond

Add the perfect punch of color to your space. Yves Delorme's plush linen and velvet Iosis Berlingot cushion covers can jazz up any sofa or bedding. For those looking to add a sleek piece to their kitchens Carrara's marble top and laser cut metal base dining table offers a brilliant mix of materials for the perfect feel.

Decorator Gideon Mendelson transforms a friend's Upper East Side abode

Donna and Yale Fergang called on Mendelson to help rediscover their 3,300-square-foot space. Mendelson filled their home with an array of patterns, textures, styles, and carefully conceived details to keep the couple and their twin daughters delighted for years to come.

CTC&G's Design Salon

The Glass House in New Canaan recently served as a fitting modern-day salon for a panel of experts gathered for CTC&G's design salon. Experts weighed in on the state of interior design in today's industry and guests were able to pose questions to the panel.

Restoration Specialist Jeffrey Morgan Brings History Back to Life

Jeffrey Morgan, a lifelong resident of Litchfield County, specializes in rescuing and renovating historic 18th-century houses. Morgan builds with a goal in mind to keep visual warmth, a sense of history and a particular light present in his finished products.

Berlin's Appeal Lies in a Successful Blend of Past, Present and Future

Once a fiercely divided city, Berlin has emerged as an energetic metropolis that blends art, music, fashion, design and history into one seamless experience. Berlin's cityscape retains its graceful, elegant past amid new architecture and city planning that add vitality and interest.

Get Inspired for Your Next Design Project with These Local Finds

Transform your space with hand-printed wall coverings from Phillip Jeffries Passport Collection and turn the volume up with the musical Moxie shower head by Kohler. Shopping in the neighborhood? Check out luxury imports at KC, a new boutique from Kerry Cassill located in Westport. The shop offers gifts, bedding and clothing made from luxury-weight Indian fabrics in an array of rich colors, patterns and textures.

Royal Flush: Royal Blue Objects to Add Style to Your Home

We took our cues from from royal blue, a favorite color on the spring 2013 runways—from Milly to Herve Leger. Paired with complementary shades in the same color family, it's more stylish than ever.

Yes, it's big. But Total Wine & More offers more than sheer volume

This latest branch of the fine wine and liquor giant, opened up in Norwalk in December, making it the company's 89th superstore across 14 states. Offering 8,000 different wine brands from around the globe, 2,500 beers and 3,000 different spirits. One thing is for certain: This store is not for the indecisive.

The Magic of Mexico: Discovering the Hidden Charms of Puerto Vallarta and the Costa Alegre

See the discoveries of these hidden charms found in Puerto Vallarta and the Costa Alegre. Puerto Vallarta is a bustling mid-size Mexican city with beautiful beaches, glorious mountains that spill into the Bay of Banderas, and wonderfully quirky architecture and fabulous food at every turn.

Designer Tracy Schneider realigns space to match a changing lifestyle

Barbara Wells of Prudential CT Greenwich was looking to transform a space into a yoga studio large enough to have classes with her friends, but little did she know a one room redesign would evolve into a serene and successful renovation.

Michael Bagley Transforms a Manhattan Penthouse into a Modern Abode

High atop New York's legendary police building, Michael Bagley of MB Designers creates an elegant living scheme that works for a busy 21st-century family. Still retaining its original brick walls, the space now acts as a casual family crash pad, complete with a grand piano for impromptu recitals.

Lighten up with our lighting guide with all things bright

From wood fixtures to metals and beyond, reflect the uniqueness of your space with fixtures that add pop, shape or color to any surface.

Antiques Expert Christophe Pourny Brings Everything Back to Life

In his Dumbo studio, Christopher Pourny sticks to old world techniques when cleaning and refinishing antique and vintage furniture. Pourny's work ranges from antique restoration to period finishes and custom reproductions.“Here I am, French, from the other side of the ocean,” recalls Pourny. “I realized I must have done something right to be given this job!” The son of antiques dealers, Pourny was exposed to the world of rarefied furniture early on, while he was growing up in the South of France. “As a kid, I was mesmerized by high-gloss finishes—they would drive me crazy. I always wondered how it was done.”

Blue Bijoux: Go for Understated Jewelry with These Jewels in Heavenly Hues

Exquisite blue bijoux that add just the right amount of pop, such as Bulgari's High Jewelry octagonal cut blue sapphire ring or a pair of divine sapphire and gold drop earrings from Stephen Russell.

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Architect Spotlight

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Haver & Skolnick Architects
Haver & Skolnick Architects creates award-winning homes of timeless design, providing personal service & impeccable attention to detail. For 22 years, Charles Haver, AIA and Stewart Skolnick, AIA have offered a single source for architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, creating seamless environments which are a reflection of their clients’ personalities. The firm has been nationally recognized for comfortable, classic country homes and elegant apartments which reflect history while responding to a contemporary lifestyle.

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Property of Note

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248 Gay Street, Sharon, CT
Expansive & protected western views from this 5BR, 5BA completely renovated home on 18 acres in Sharon, CT. Kitchen, Dining, and Family Room open to an enclosed porch with distant views. Living Room w/fireplace overlooks pastoral views and pond. First-floor master suite with fireplace. 3 Upper BRs and 2 Full BAs. Guest suite w/ full BA & separate entry. Bonus Room in Basement. Heated Gunite Pool. Privately situated.



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196 Wyandanch Lane, Southhampton
World-class Southampton residence, "Wyandanch House" is situated on what is considered the loveliest street in the Village with its canopy of plane trees, from which one can view its entire length to the Atlantic Ocean. The impressive residence, located only a few minutes walk from the beach, is ideal for entertaining. The interiors have been designed by London-based Xenia Interiors to an exceptionally high standard and encompass approximately 14,000 sq.ft. of living space. Amenities include entertaining spaces, timber decks with views over limestone terraces, swimming pool, and Old Town Pond.



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