I am a frequent visitor to the charming village of New Preston, Connecticut, a town filled with home and antiques shops not far from our Waterworks offices. I cherish my conversations with the individual shop owners, their direct engagement with clients and knowledge of their personal preferences, and the unusual merchandise. These and many other factors create a truly memorable shopping experience. Of course, it helps that the village has wonderful well-maintained 19th-century buildings and a fabulous waterfall that provides an outstanding background.

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Whenever I’m traveling between meetings or en route to our Waterworks showroom, I am obsessed with taking photographs of New York from every angle. From the street there are always surprises in small bites. But even views from 20 floors up capture long vistas and exploit the density of the city. I use only my iPhone for these photo ops, and am amazed by the quality of the images.

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Who doesn’t dream of a house at the beach? One immediately thinks of cool breezes, warm sand, fresh color, casual living, and relaxing on the shore under an umbrella — and finally, a delicious warm bath before dinner. Sounds divine to me.

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I had been thinking about going to Cuba for awhile, but did not act on my impulse until a chance meeting at our Waterworks Kitchen showroom with designer Todd Klein, who mentioned a trip he was taking to Cuba. That short visit catapulted me into action to sign up the with the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation/Design Leadership Network tour to Cuba that took place in early June for six days. What a great decision.

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