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Duane Hampton

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From the very start of my interview with Duane Hampton, widow of renowned decorator Mark Hampton, I felt like I was chatting with an old girl friend. She’s a witty, charming woman with a keen sense of humor who sees life for what it is and makes it work. After the early death of her husband in […]... READ MORE
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SS Andrea Doria

Social History
I was initially drawn to the Andrea Doria at the age of 14 after reading the book, Collision Course, by Alvin Moscow. The book tells of the Andrea Doria’s birth, her brief but glorious life, and her tragic end, in the summer of 1956. To me the Andrea Doria embodied the hope and optimism that Italy was searching for after the War. I w... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary’s countryside getaway – Blackberry Farm: Sleep Away Camp for Rich People

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Oh, to be a lottery winner, Goldman-Sachs executive or newly rich! I would peel off a wad of fresh green and jet back to the even greener hills of Tennessee and the pastoral fields at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains. I would be pampered, but with a veneer of roughing it: good food, […]... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary: The White Out

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The Washington blizzard of last weekend was dense and intense, and even beautiful, but the white out of the last 24 hours was brutal and a challenge even for those skilled in winter weather extremes. This was not a storm made of only fat flakes falling heavily from the sky. It had the heavy snowfall […]... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Another Look at Lost Palm Beach

Palm Beach
“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

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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

Palm Beach
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

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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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