A Very Cozy Den

The library is the jewel box. It's design hyperbole.- Ramsay Gourd
Just a quick post today!  When I came across this absolutely charming den in House Beautiful's new issue I knew I had to share it with you.  This cozy den is in a Vermont farmhouse and has a unique glamor all it's own.  The walls are a gorgeous high-gloss red that have a lacquer finish which I adore.  There is literally nothing chicer than lacquered walls!!  And since...
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Style Over 50: Diane Sawyer

Hope changes everything, doesn't it?- Diane Sawyer
A woman whose style my mom and I have always admired is Diane Sawyer.  At 69, her style is classic and polished whether she's strolling the streets of New York, walking the red carpet or anchoring the nightly news.  She favors timeless pieces like white shirts, pencil skirts and snakeskin heels.  Diane always look effortless without trying too hard and has really honed her style over the years.  And as a former Kentucky beauty...
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The Story of Bee Cottage

Frances Schultz...has built her career on her sense of beauty, her storytelling genius, and her warm Southern charm...- Signature Magazine
My mom and I have been thinking a lot about moving and downsizing lately from our large home.  Just thinking about it has us suffering from a kind of inner turmoil that only those who love their homes will understand.  We love our French inspired stucco house more than anything and it's served as a refuge for us ever since my dad...
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Style Over 50: Carmen Dell’Orefice

We're all works of art in progress. I'm still figuring out how to do the job, and who I am. - Carmen Dell'Orefice
Today's Over 50 Style Icon is the gorgeous and famed supermodel Carmen Dell'Orefice.  Today, at age 84, Carmen is known as being the world's oldest working model.  Her stunning grace and incredible silver hair have become her trademarks.  She's been modeling since the age of 13 and shows no signs of slowing down!  A few years...
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A Very Chic Brazilian Apartment

I believe I was born an architect.- Joao Mansur
When I was recently browsing Elle Decor's website, I came across a chic apartment that I absolutely fell in love with.  It's located in Sao Paulo Brazil and belongs to the very talented architect and designer Joao Mansur and his wife.  The space is so stunning and is a mix of neoclassical and traditional elements punctuated with touches of chinoiserie for a dash of exoticism.  The apartment's eclectic mix of...
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Style Over 50: Meryl Streep

You don't have to be famous.  You just to have to make your mother and father proud of you.- Meryl Streep
Even though Meryl Streep is one of the most acclaimed actresses of all time, one of the things we most admire about her is her classic style and relaxed approach to aging.  Meryl is always a fixture on the red carpet and inevitably ends up outshining other stars half her age with her elegant choices.  And in a town where...
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Going Grey

Live your life and forget your age.- author unknown
We think that one of the chicest and most courageous things a woman of a certain age can do is to embrace going grey. In a culture that values youth above all else, it takes a lot of courage to do this. Most women continue to color their hair all of their life. We're all about doing what makes you feel best about yourself so if doing this gives you confidence, we're...
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Style Over 50: Carolina Herrera

Sometimes the simplest things are the most profound.- Carolina Herrera
Today's Over 50 Style Icon is famed fashion designer Carolina Herrera.  My mom and I just adore her chic and simple style.  At age 76, she is still designing amazing collections and always looks impeccable.  Her signature style usually consists of a crisp white shirt, black midi skirt and her always perfectly coiffed blonde hair (which she always wears swept off of her forehead).  She knows what works best for her and...
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The Perfect Summer Getaway: The Grand Hotel

Truly grand, for more than a century. America's original grand hotel.
No summer trip to Northern Michigan would be complete without a visit to Mackinac Island's famed Grand Hotel.  Before I get into the details about this amazing resort, I've got to tell you a bit about Mackinac Island first.  Mackinac Island is only accessible by boat and the easiest way to get there is to take Shepler's Ferry Service from Mackinac City.  The ride is especially...
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Style Over 50: Costanza Pascolato

I never felt as confident as I did the day I turned 70, it's true.- Costanza Pascolato
I know I tend to overuse the word 'chic' but it certainly applies to Vogue Brazil contributor Costanza Pascolato.  At 75, she has far more style and panache than most of the young superstar bloggers on the scene.  Costanza was literally born into the fashion world as her mother was a textile importer.  As a young girl, Costanza often accompanied her to the Parisian couture...
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