My plan was to have a vacation in Maine this summer, but like many of our summer plans, the season passed all too quickly to make the trip. So I did the next best thing and went to Shelter Island; it feels a bit like Maine but is closer to home. In just three days, we were able to hit many of the East End’s design destinations.

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It is no secret that I love tile. I am very familiar with white or red clay body tile, and as in the case of Grove Brickworks, brown clay.  However, our new collection of tile, Magma, is created from the materials spilled from an erupting volcano. As its name suggests, Magma has a unique texture and chemistry; the body composition is a charcoal gray fine-grained lava mixed with other minerals.

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Sunny August weekends are upon us, and we are about to visit old friends who have a country house on 100 incredible acres in Vermont. Theirs is a very casual lifestyle with children, grandchildren and friends coming and going throughout the season. The question is, what can I bring them as a house gift that is cool, stylish and most of all, very practical?

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I was inspired to revisit Boscobel, a lovely early 19th-century house in Garrison, New York, overlooking the Hudson River, by recent article in the New York Times‘ T Magazine. It is a house I know well, not only for its amazing architecture and stunning views but also for its great collection of mostly 19th-century New York federal furniture.

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