Children at the Border

“When we finally reached New York Harbor, everyone came out on deck. I stood at the railing as we sailed past the Statue of Liberty. Behind me, I could hear the word ‘liberty’ spoken in every European language and dialect. When we arrived at Ellis Island, and I set foot on American soil for the…

Cut to Spring: Paper Flowers, Fashions & Other Poetic Things

  Like many writers, I am a “paper person,” ever susceptible to seduction by stationery, postcards, posters, prints, books, magazines, and Moleskines. So when author, artist, and brand advisor Amy Flurry—then a freelance writer and stylist whose work had appeared in Lucky, InStyle, Condé Nast Traveler, etc., etc., etc.—emailed me from her offices outside Atlanta…

A New Home for Art in the Hudson Valley

#stopdacar: A first look inside Magazzino Italian Art, in Cold Spring, New York, home to the Spanu Olnick collection of postwar and contemporary Italian art.

Before, After, and “In-Between”: The Art of Fashion at the Met

“The right part of my brain likes tradition and history, the left wants to break the rules.” —Rei Kawakubo (b. 1942), founder Commes des Garçons “Fashion’s Biggest Night Out” Are you a rule breaker? A classicist? Something “in-between”? Met Gala 2017 —which was held, as per tradition, on the first Monday of May—challenged a reported 650 to…

A Clothes-Minded Exhibition at Chatsworth House

Have you ever been tempted to peek in the closets while on a historic house tour? Here’s your opportunity: Hamish Bowles, International Editor of VOGUE, has opened the doors on five centuries of high fashion in the current exhibition at Chatsworth.

Movie Night

Dateline #FlashbackFriday: Some quiet evenings, when we’re home alone with Miss Hannah Joy the Beardoodle, tending to something extra-exciting—like stuffing envelopes, folding laundry, or sewing buttons back on shirts—we like to find an old movie to watch on TV. If the Samsung spies on us, it’s in for a big disappointment: For this one night, at least, we’re just a couple of…

Happy Spring, Wild Things

We walked always in beauty, it seemed to me. We walked and looked about or stood and looked. Sometimes, less often, we would sit down. We did not often speak. The place spoke for us and was a kind of speech. We spoke to each other in the things we saw.  —Wendell Berry (b. 1934), in his…

The March Mood Board

Green demands its moment—in the landscape, in art, and in design. Inspiration is everywhere.