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Wanderlust: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam


The Waldorf Astoria recently opened it's newest hotel in Amsterdam in May, nestled in a city that is known for it's architectural charm.

Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam

Along the Herengracht, one of Amsterdam's most scenic canals, six 17th and 18th Century townhouses have been transformed into this elegant new hotel at the heart of this Netherlands city.   Only a short stroll or cycle to most sights such as the flower market and Rijksmuseum, and within minutes to the Hermitage Museum, Royal Threatre Carr, Music Theatre, and Van Gogh Museum.

Hotel lobby

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Event venue

Boasting restored facades and a grand staircase built by the architect of Louis XIV, Daniel Marot.  Originally, the hotel was built in 1665 for the Backer family.  It’s neutral palette of blue and beige hues was inspired by the paintings of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.  Guests can assemble in seven conference and event rooms, including a ballroom, and the Courtyard Garden.

Guest Room

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The opulent 93 guestrooms and suites feature contemporary furnishings, Wi-Fi, and the expansive windows which look onto the waterway or a courtyard that garden designer Saskia Albrecht planted with 5,000 American tulips. Sidney Schutte, a former chef at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant De Librije, devised an international menu for the hotel.

I'm a fan of the Waldorf Astoria in NYC and stay there when in town... this hotel is definitely on my list of places to visit.



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Style Inspiration: How To Style a Coffee Table


I'm often asked how to style cocktail tables as I do for clients once their design is complete.  I always recommend displaying items you love and use often.  The coffee table is a major focus of  your living room and where most families spend the majority of their time.

Favourite books

coffee table boxes
Boxes for remotes, etc.

Beautiful And Luxurious
Trays help to keep small items organized and from looking too scattered

Love this painting via Her Roaring Twenties, though I wish the artist were cited. Would love to know where to get something like this!
Something unique


Lucite coffee table with gustavian tub chairs
Vases filled with fresh flowers are always a must for me

Candles for ambient lighting

Gorgeous living room

Composition matters: Artfully arranged, the simplest items can be beautiful.  

Don't try to hard... collect items you love and represent your style.



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Style Inspiration: Emmy's 2014 Best Dressed


I think we were a little thrown off by the Monday night broadcast of the Emmy's this year due to scheduling conflicts.  However, the styles were spot on and in my opinion, Lizzy Caplan outshone everyone in her Donna Karan Atelier.

Best complete look, hair and gown, goes to Heidi Klum.  I will be showing this photo to my stylist in a couple of weeks.  I absolutely love her coral Zac Posen gown too!

The runner's up are....

Taylor Schilling in a silver Art Deco inspired Zuhair Murad... love, love, love

Allison Williams is beautiful in Giambattista Valli

Sofia Vergara, Emmy Awards 2014
Sophia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli

Sarah Hyland looks lovely in Christina Siriano

Hayden Pannetiere is glowing in her Lorena Sorbu gown

As most of you know, I love Elie Saab and this one worn my Julia Roberts is stunning.  Her legs look amazing!

Cat Deeley in an ombré Burberry

Did you have a favourite?



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Hello Monday, Plus a Delightful Autumn Inspired Recipe


I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday all weekend and now I'm a little fatigued...

Lunch in Gordes, Luberon, France

Now that autumn is around the corner, I'm searching for new recipes that are fall-inspired.  This is delicious and won't disappoint!

Pasta with Cauliflower, Burrata, and Thyme

spaghetti with cauliflower, burrata and thyme

  • 1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup (80g) finely grated parmesan, plus extra, to serve
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 25g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1.2kg cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 400g spaghetti
  • 2 x 200g burrata (see tip), torn
  • 8 white anchovy fillets, chopped (optional)

Bon Weekend, Plus Couture Cocktails


I hope you have a fun weekend planned.  Today is my birthday and we will be celebrating all weekend.

Breakfast in Paris

Couture Cocktails

This cocktail is very me... I think you will enjoy it too!  I will be drinking it today...

La Rosette Cocktail | Photo by White Loft Studio

I hope it's beautiful where you are...



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