Two Centuries of Tradition: The Story Behind Waterford & Wedgwood

It graced your grandmother’s holiday table, and you’ll likely pass yours to the kids. Why? Because, like white pearls and little black dresses, one-of-a-kind crystal and china never go out of style. Here, a brief history of the tabletop labels.

Waterford Wedgwood History

In 1783, exporters and brothers William and George Penrose of Waterford, Ireland, set out to create the finest crystal for decorative and practical uses. Over 200 years later, credited with achieving just that, Waterford merged with Wedgwood, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of high-quality china. Together, these labels became synonymous with taste and timeless tabletop style.

Start your collection in The World of Waterford & Wedgwood Boutique on Friday, March 14, at 3PM ET.

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March 14, 2014

Upstage Your Entrée with Serving Pieces by Portmeirion & Spode

If you’re an enthusiast of classic tablescapes, you’ll recognize the brand names below. The epitome of timeless, fete-throwing style, these two enchanting patterns are our top picks.

Portmeirion & Spode Tabletop Pieces

Botanic Roses by Portmeirion
This pattern is a surefire hosting win. Light, cheerful, and ever brunch-ready, its fresh blooms infuse a little English sophistication into every meal.

Blue Italian by Spode
Designed in 1816, Spode’s signature style features scenes from the Italian countryside and a border inspired by Japanese art. It’s stunning over a crisp white tablecloth – or even when peeking through a glass cabinet.

Our Garden-Inspired Tableware by Portmeirion, Spode, & More Boutique opens Thursday, March 13, at 11AM ET.

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March 13, 2014

Address Envy: A Peek Inside Sarah Jessica Parker’s NYC Brownstone

Having reached fashion-icon status through her role as Carrie Bradshaw, it would be easy to assume that Sarah Jessica Parker’s real-life living space is a trove of high-fashion home décor. But like the star herself – who’s often snapped on the city’s streets in laid-back jeans and parkas – it turns out her West Village brownstone is actually a tasteful haven of lived-in loveliness.

Inside Sarah Jessica Parker's Home
Image via Business Insider

How do we know? Parker’s brownstone serves as the backdrop for a high-speed Q&A conducted by vogue.com. And although the home isn’t the video’s main focus, it gives us a peek inside the private star’s space and leaves us wanting more. Which, when it comes to SJP, is just what we’d expect.

Watch the video (and read the full list of questions and answers) on Refinery29.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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March 12, 2014

Take Oriental Styles Out of Their Element: 1 Rug, 2 Ways

Oriental rugs conjure images of grand entryways, sprawling dining-room scenes, and stately antiques. But these seemingly old-world styles don’t always demand such strict sophistication. Here, from a modern loft to an earthy country home, are two new ways to use one timeless piece.

How to Use One Rug in Two Ways

Contemporary
Oriental rugs aren’t exclusive to a buttoned-up aesthetic. Roll out one (or a few) to create contrast with a mid-century modern sofa or crisp white walls.

Traditional
Hardwood floors will forever welcome a classic rug. Prefer a rustic look? Incorporate distressed furniture. Or opt for more polished pieces for a metropolitan style.

Try it now at  The Spring Rug Event on Tuesday, March 11, at 11AM ET.

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March 11, 2014

Your Ideal Unwind: Escapes for Every Personality

Let’s play a game of would you rather. Would you rather jog on the beach or hike through pine-crested mountains? Get a luxurious massage or learn how to prepare a gourmet meal? Escape to quaint New England or buzzing Las Vegas?

Have your answers? Good. Now make it all happen with the help of Canyon Ranch® – a 35-year-strong health and wellness pioneer. Here’s your guide.

Canyon Ranch Escapes

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March 11, 2014

Serve Up Italian: Homemade Gnocchi from the Blog Cupcakes and Cashmere

My love for Italian food? Let’s just say, it’s everlasting. Fresh ingredients, savory sauces, seafood – I’m sold. This week, we’re taking our tastebuds through Northern Italy to Tuscany. On the menu: homemade gnocchi with pesto sauce.

Emily Schuman, author of the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, gushes, “Last week I made it from scratch and was delighted by the results. I love the versatility of gnocchi – that it can work with any sauce (I made a quick pesto) that you have on hand and is far superior to the packaged variety available in stores.”

How to Make Gnocchi

Potatoes, flour, an egg, and a ricer, and dinner is served.

Before you start ricing? Grab cooking essentials at our Sunday Supper: The Tuscan-Inspired Kitchen Boutique on Sunday, March 9, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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March 9, 2014

Decorate with Safavieh: 1 Bench, 2 Ways

Sometimes, all it takes is adding a single piece of furniture to polish off an entire space. In this case? We’re zeroing in on the indoor bench. Upholstered or padded, it’s a versatile pick fit for any aesthetic. Here are two uses we’re loving now.

How to Use Safavieh Benches

At the End of the Bed
No footboard? No problem. A tufted bench adds dimension and soft texture to a cozy room – not to mention the extra seating and outfit-tossing space.

In the Entryway
Meet your coatrack’s companion. When guests walk in, they’ll know just where to place their bags. Stow fabric-covered baskets underneath for slippers and scarves.

Try it now with the upholstered Safavieh Ramsey Bench, then visit our Decorating with Safavieh: Rugs, Lighting, & More Boutique on Saturday, March 8, at 11AM ET.

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March 8, 2014

Pack Your Baguette: Karl Lagerfeld Hotel to Open in 2017

It’s difficult to imagine the design genius behind two of the most innovative fashion houses falling behind where trends are concerned. Well, I’m here to inform you that the impossible has happened. Between Palazzo Versace in Australia and Armani Hotel Dubai, hotels designed by fashion bigwigs is hardly a new idea. But, as of earlier this month, Karl Lagerfeld has agreed to follow in his peers’ footsteps. That’s right – the Karl Lagerfeld Hotel, a 270-room, 20-story high-rise, is set to open in Macau, China in 2017.

Karl Lagerfeld's New Hotel

Image via vogue.co.uk

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March 7, 2014

Pro & Home Chefs Agree: Cook with Copper

Industry professionals know copper is top-notch, but it’s a must-have for the home cook, too. Incomparable heat distribution. Ever-stunning on the stovetop. And despite what you may have heard, you can cook acidic foods in copper. (The secret? Using pieces lined with stainless steel or tin, both nonreactive metals.)

Why You Should Cook with Copper Pots

So whatever you’re whipping up – tomato sauce, orange chicken – don’t think twice. These chef favorites are whizzes in the kitchen.

Check out The Copper Kitchen: Cookware Sets & More Boutique on Friday, March 7, at 11AM ET.

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March 7, 2014

What’s Your Dining Style? 3 Collections by Villeroy & Boch

This spring, before the dinner parties begin, take a moment to assess your tabletop pieces. Missing a plate here or there? Whether you crave a modern or French-inspired kitchen, choose a handmade collection by this renowned label. Not only will your heirlooms be locked in – you’ll also find your soiree guests ever impressed.

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March 4, 2014