Tomorrow I leave for a 10 day holiday in Paris. The highlight of this long awaited vacation will be a 4 day walking walking tour (with friends and guides) studying classical architectural treasures, some not readily accessible to the public. Of course, I look forward to sharing some of my photos when I return after Labor Day. Happy end of summer!

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I think it’s official: gray is the color of the moment, especially in the bath and kitchen. As a lover of gray, I understand and support this trend. Gray is an effortless color for me; I wear it all the time and paint with it whenever possible. My favorite gray is a bit abstract; it is neither blue, white nor lavender but something in between that works well with white, black, an array of stones and rich wood tones.

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I am a completely obsessed with the New York City skyline.  Recently, I went to an event at the offices of Robert A. M. Stern at 460 East 34th Street. It was a hot but glorious evening. The guests were charming and the conversation great.  However, I quickly skipped out on the drinks and lovely hors d’oeuvres to the wraparound terraces to take photos of my favorite city views. Hope you share my enthusiasm for NYC, especially from the 20th floor.

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I think we are all restaurant critics at heart.  Food is not the only factor in whether we return to dine again. The overall dining experience, including design, comfort, ambience and quality of the service, is part of the consideration.  As a tile aficionado, I have recently had my eye on restaurants with tiled interiors. I love a space where ceramic tile clearly adds to the overall texture of the environment. (Of course, the grid and grout add graphic and artistic elements as well.) In this post, I will share visuals of restaurants where tile has been used expressively to great effect.

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