Columns

The home of Tracy Stern was featured on the New York Junior League's house tour last year.
March 24, 2016

Tour de Force

I love the annual New York Junior League house tour. Sponsored by NYC&G, it’s a day of indulgence (particularly of my passion for houses!) and fun, showcasing New York’s most luxurious, prestigious residences while highlighting architecture, art, history, and interior design. Past tours have featured a who’s-who of must-see homes, including the residences of Jamie…

This year's CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards Innovator, Robert AM Stern
March 2, 2016

A Perfect 10

This will be the tenth year of the CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards (IDAs), and it is only fitting that such an anniversary should honor one of the greatest architects of our time, Robert A.M. Stern, as the recipient of the 2016 Innovator Award. Stern is a practicing architect, professor and academic writer. Stern’s early…

Last year's Bailey House benefit featured shoppable vignettes.
March 1, 2016

Design for Living

At a gala benefit on March 10, more than 600 media moguls, celebrities, a who’s-who list of designers, and members of the fine-arts world will gather at Chelsea Piers to support Bailey House, an organization that helps transform the lives of people with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses by providing housing,…

February 11, 2016

Hope and a Home

For months, dispatches were arriving at our headquarters in Connecticut from San Francisco—namely from Ronald McDonald House at Stanford—as the enormous undertaking of the building and decorating of the new RMHS neared completion, and the new home for those in need prepared to open its doors. SFC&G, in partnership with the San Francisco Design Center…

January 27, 2016

All Things Digital

There’s now muchmore to love at cottagesgardens.com. You will notice a new design this month enabling our online community to engage with our content like never before! It is important that our readers can get the information that they love in a larger-than-life format in the pages of our magazines but still be able to…

January 11, 2016

Appreciation

Think about that little glow of pleasure you get when someone praises something you’ve done. It’s lovely, but doesn’t happen to us as much as it should. This month, we’re in appreciation mode at NYC&G. Since its inception, the magazine has identified the industry’s up-and-coming design talents in its recurring Rising Star column (page 120),…

January 11, 2016

Flying High

Lately I have been struck by the realization that travelling really isn’t what it used to be. I know, I know, we have all been saying this for years, but it really isn’t! And countless hours spent acquiring credentials such as Global Entry and TSA Pre only magnify the horror of it all. So I…

December 25, 2015

The World Is Our Oyster

With so much positive response to last year’s “European Style” issue, we have decided to expand our horizons further and go international, adding this special edition to our permanent roster of seven annual installments of NYC&G. As you can see from our cover, Editor in Chief Kendell Cronstrom has upped the ante and dubbed this…

December 11, 2015

Design & More Design

I have just returned from the Design Leadership Summit in Los Angeles where the crème de la crème of the design industry met to share ideas, learn and network. Designers in attendance came from across the country—from New York’s Ken Gemes, whose room at the Designer Showhouse on the Green in Fairfield graced the cover…

November 19, 2015

What’s In a Name?

In our case, a lot. Recently, as we surveyed our group of media products, we decided it would be easier to group them under one umbrella: C&G Media Group. Apart from the C&G in all of our magazine titles—HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens), CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens), NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) and…

November 18, 2015

#Virtual Reality

Last December in CTC&G (“Holiday Spruce 2.0”), I wrote that technology is reshaping our behavior and, in turn, reshaping retailing. Specifically, I discussed the myriad ways we can shop for our homes. In the fall of 2014, I attended the launch of Decorist (decorist.com) in San Francisco. Gretchen Hansen, CEO and founder of Decorist, had…

September 15, 2015

The Big Reveal

On the eighteenth of this month, the CTC&G-sponsored Connecticut Designer Showhouse on the Green opens with a gala on the grounds and your chance to be the first to see the results of months of work by dedicated volunteers, fabulous designers and sponsoring manufacturers. St. Paul’s rectory in Fairfield has been “done-up to the nines,”…

September 15, 2015

Modern Classic

My jaw dropped when I first saw Robin Hill, the 1929 Colonial estate owned and designed by John Saladino,” says D.J. Carey, editorial director of C&G Media Group, recalling the time when, as a young editor, she arrived to shoot the designer’s spectacular house and gardens in Norfolk, Connecticut. John Saladino pioneered the concept of…

September 8, 2015

Antiques and Architecture

                          I love the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show! the fantastic foods—from oysters and the best Champagne to a paralyzing selection of desserts—are exceeded only by the quality of the exhibitors. It truly is a sparkling event. As a sponsor of the show,…

August 27, 2015

Meier’s Moment

The crowd at the fifth annual HC&G Innovation in Design Awards, held on August 6 at Guild Hall in East Hampton, got quite verklempt when the evening’s special honoree, Richard Meier, in all his credentialed glory, made a simple speech about how he rises in the morning, looks out from his deck, and is overwhelmed…

August 15, 2015

Architecture Giants

I didn’t know Francis Fleetwood, who died in May, but his legacy is everywhere, especially in the more than 200 houses he designed in the Hamptons. An architect on the level of Robert A.M. Stern, Michael Graves, and Richard Meier, he is credited with reviving shingle-style architecture on the South Fork in the mid-1980s (see…

August 1, 2015

Art, Art, Everywhere

During the first two weeks of July, the East End turns into an art lover’s paradise, with something for everyone, whether Lichtensteins and Harings or surfboards and C-prints. This year, the big tents sprang up seemingly overnight as three major fairs took over various locations in Bridgehampton. The opening-night VIP preview parties, with their attendant…

July 15, 2015

The Best in Design

In the late ’70s, something started to happen in the design world: A new kind of bathroom arrived. Builders and architects were embracing a new company called Waterworks. For a long time, I thought it was British and that the products came from there. The aesthetic looked just like my favorite hotel bathrooms—the Hyde Park Hotel…

July 15, 2015

Summer Fun

Our summer season usually kicks off with Much Ado About Madoo, a garden fair and party at the Madoo Conservancy in the heart of Sagaponack, held this year on June 19 and 20. Madoo, a gorgeous garden masterminded by the late Robert Dash, positively hummed with the chatter of garden enthusiasts and the clink of…

July 1, 2015

What Price Quality?

BarBara Sallick, co-founder of Waterworks, was once asked why a big French bathtub in her showroom, called Candide and priced at $10,000, was so expensive. “Good things usually are,” she said. “Candide is hand-finished, with lots of quality. When you find cheap things, there’s always something missing.” What price quality, and how do you define…