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Palm Beach Social Diary: Another Look at Lost Palm Beach

Social History
“We were so young and gay then and we thought we had all the money in the world. It will be sad if the great houses vanish and the Mizner period becomes only a memory and part of Palm Beach’s past rather than its present.” -Billie Burke Despite the heart-felt sentiment, many of the Mizner […]... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary – GEORGETOWN’S HOLIDAY SPIRIT

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Georgetown is Washington’s most talked about neighborhood for many reasons. Its historic past, the beautiful 18th and 19th century homes, a buzz factor as the city’s social hub, and the fact it is the capital’s most walkable neighborhood. The residents embrace the spirit of all the holidays, but especially the Christmas season when, regardles... READ MORE
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This Was Then

Social History
One of the most popular society of fashion photographers in New York of the past quarter century has been Mary Hilliard. Mary started her career after her marriage and her children got to a certain age. Coming from the same part of town in life as many of her subjects, she may have been the […]... READ MORE
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Yesterday’s La Coquille Club

Social History
Because today’s La Coquille Club has been so magnificently recast for nearly the past twenty years as part of The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach in Manalapan, memories have nearly vanished of the original club’s ambience and attraction. By recalling its legacy with the few available images, the vision of its founder, Rockefeller scion, Spelma... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary: Dinner With Mrs. Post In Absentia

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The news was surprising, but at a formal dinner at Hillwood Museum the other night the guests were told it was the first such event there since Marjorie Merriweather Post died in 1973 and bequeathed the estate to the public as a museum. That’s the reason the organizers of the dinner, her grand-daughter, Ellen MacNeille Charles, and John Pete... READ MORE
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Kathryn Scott

House
Designer Kathryn Scott’s stunning brownstone in Brooklyn Heights rather silenced us with its perfection, combining Asian influences with antiques from Kathryn’s family and art by both her and her artist husband, Wenda Gu. They are both organized and thorough to a point that fascinated us. Kathryn physically learned how to do various skills such... READ MORE
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Envisioning Palm Beach: The Addison Mizner Collection at The Society of the Four Arts

Social History
Architect Addison Mizner’s extensive library, volumes that span three centuries, and his design diaries — scrapbooks filled with sketches, watercolors, photographs and ephemera — are noteworthy aspects of the decorative arts collections at The Society of the Four Arts, reflecting Mizner’s influential status as a professional architect and... READ MORE
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Miles Redd

House
So we’re going to be talking more about you in this interview, rather than about design. We’re not going to ask you so much about whether or not you like furniture on the diagonal. You know, there are no absolutes … although there are certain things that I hate like glass tops on skirted tables […]... READ MORE
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Thomas Jayne

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This was really worth the five-floor walk-up! Why all the skulls and books about cemeteries – what do they tell you? I’ve always been interested in ritual and monuments and that’s how I got interested in these things. It’s one area that makes people different from animals because [people] bury their dead and there’s ceremony […]... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary Remembering Old Iron Pants

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It was 1970. I was a rogue teenager working a “cub” job in the Washington Bureau of United Press International. I preferred to work in a newsroom to being in school. Journalism was all I wanted to do or be.  One evening, home from work, I dug into the new issue of Look Magazine. I bought it […]... READ MORE
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Garden Grandeur endures at Casa Phippsberger

Social History
In Palm Beach, where escapist landscapes borrowed from English rose gardens, French parterres, Spanish cloisters and Tuscan courtyards amplify the surreal allure of streets lined with imported architectural facades, Casa Phippsberger’s tropical splendor is a welcome relief, a six-acre sanctuary inspired by the barrier island’s own natural histo... READ MORE
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The 20th Century Limited

Social History
RED CARPET TREATMENT STARTED WITH THE 20TH CENTURY LIMITED –TRAIN OF TYCOONS AND STARS THAT RAN NIGHTLY BETWEEN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO  Have you wondered where the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originated? It all started with the 20th Century Limited. The “Century” was an express passenger train operated by the New York C... READ MORE