Parisian Style in Palm Beach

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(My blog from The Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror)

Think Paris. Think style. Last week I discovered a bit of Parisian style in Palm Beach. Nantucketers who vacation in Florida fall into two camps. It’s a matter of East versus West Coasts: Naples, Sarasota or Sanibel for some, Palm Beach social life for others. And then there’s Key West – the funkiest of all. . Last year, Nantucket gallery owner, Janis Aldridge, opened a shop/gallery in Palm Beach.  Read More

Casual Entertaining With Style

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Casual Entertaining With Style!

(My blog from The Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror)

 

Hi there, this is the first of many blogs I’ll be writing on lifestyle trends. Right now I’m in Key West, Florida where I spend two and a half months in the winter. There are lots of Nantucketers here and we see each other often when we’re not working as hard as we do on Nantucket during the summer. Dress formal is wearing shorts and a clean shirt.  I’ve got casual (translation: easy) entertaining down pat. Here are 10 of my favorite ways to set a table and serve a meal that translates from tropical lifestyle to Nantucket summer get-togethers.  Read More

What Makes a Good Auction?

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On Sunday, March 18th the annual auction to benefit aids research till be held at 6 p.m. at Casa Marina Hotel. I, along with the art community of Key West have donated one of my decoupage plates. I feel honored to be asked to be a part of this event as the artists of Key West are a mighty impressive bunch. I am in good company. Having attended this auction for several years I began to think about what makes a good auction?

An auction has the air of a cocktail party. Good auctions often begtin with drinks and nibbles, just enough to loosen everyone up and get them in the spirit of the event. Read More

Yard Sale Mania

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I asked my friend Patrick if he’d found any good stuff lately? He’s an inveterate yard sale devotee as well as a dumpster diver. “The other day I bought an electric transformer,” he told me and described an item you could never find if you had gone in search of it. But that’s the fun of yard sales. Collecting seems to be an American passion. Everyone who likes to go antiquing, rummage around at a flea market, or scour the paper every Saturday for yard sale locations is probably not looking for anything they need. Most of us scroungers are simply hoping to uncover a treasure. Read More