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Animal Adoption Centers in NYC, Part I

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When you look into a pet store window and coo at the cute puppies therein, and are perhaps even tempted to go inside during this holiday season, plunk your credit card down to the tune of $1,500 – $2,000 and walk out soon thereafter with your very own little four-legged creature, I implore you to […]... READ MORE
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Nancy Boszhardt

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Designer Nancy Boszhardt has lived plenty—she’s been a dancer, a hippie, a flight attendant and, briefly a posh wife in a posh house in Boston. She can also cut wood with a chainsaw, cook a Thanksgiving dinner for her seven siblings and their families and run a very successful design business. If all of this information is […]... READ MORE
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Ruth Shuman

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Ruth Shuman lives in one of the most singular apartments in New York, in part because her long-time friend, the well-known Italian designer Gaetano Pesce, gradually filled the space with his intensely original and seriously playful work. The apartment is also a visual essay in the uses of color, fittingly so because Ruth is the founder of Public... READ MORE
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Mark Epstein

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Our conversation with designer Mark Epstein started so entertainingly that we forgot to put the tape on and, alas, did not capture the precise details of a story involving a client who owns a house in Africa as well as a collection of African antiques. One day this client tried to shock Mark by informing him during […]... READ MORE
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Dennis Wedlick

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Dennis Wedlick is a prime example of how one small but crucial thing can lead to a whole career. While working as a lowly intern for Philip Johnson and invited to attend the firm’s annual picnic at the Glass House, he went over to the great man and pointed out that all Johnson’s drawings were moldering […]... READ MORE
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Ralph Harvard

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Ralph Harvard is particularly known for restoring old houses and making them livable for the people romantic enough to buy them. He himself has several 18th century wooden houses disassembled and packed away, ready for when he has the time to reassemble them and restore them—it just sounded so cool to say that you have whole […]... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary: Shanghai Fine Jewellery & Art Fair

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Mark your calendars: the Shanghai Fine Jewellery and Art Fair (SFJAF) will be held here a third time this November (3-11) at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. As a premier fine art and jewelry fair in China, the SFJAF has attracted some of the world’s most elite art galleries who will display antiques, Old Master paintings, […]... READ MORE
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James Rixner

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Interior designer James Rixner initially studied architecture and then came to New York with a Masters in Urban Design. He originally worked on a project studying the effects of urban design on mass transit, studying things like the effects of incorporating a subway entrance to a building. So far, so interesting but after three years he realized ... READ MORE
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Deborah French

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Deborah French found her calling as a teenager when her mother sent her, against her will, to art classes on a Saturday morning where a sculpture teacher told her she had real talent. But as is the way of life, marriages are made and unmade, you move to another country (in her case, Greece), you […]... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary

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I’m back in the USA for the summer. This past year, I spent another season in Shanghai—that exotic, endlessly fascinating, and ever-changing city. I’ve compiled the best of the stories and pictures I gathered about social life and travels in China in diary form, and I’ll be posting them from time to time. Here’s another:... READ MORE
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Nina’s South African Safari at Phinda Private Game Reserve: June 2012 

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This particular safari in South Africa was different from my previous trips in that husbands/partners were invited; a far cry from all the Bush Ladies Safaris that I have been a part of during the past 18 months. My husband, Leonel Piraino, came along with me to Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. We spent […]... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary

Travel
I’m back in the USA for the summer. This past year, I spent another season in Shanghai—that exotic, endlessly fascinating, and ever-changing city. I’ve compiled the best of the stories and pictures I gathered about social life and travels in China in diary form, and I’ll be posting them from time to time. Here’s another: [... READ MORE

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