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I mean, look at this place: It's a Newport mansion on a National Recreation Trail and just a three-minute walk from the beach. Inside, the 1873 congressman's residence mixes Gothic, Renaissance, and English Tudor interiors—nothing says "romance, romance, romance" like the Old World, right? Readers agree: "Amazing setting, service, and style."

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Each of the 20 rooms come "made for romance," quote another reader. Custom linens line antique furnishings, while fireplaces and stone bathrooms with heated floors keep things cozy. Spring for a villa, and you'll even have your own outdoor hot tub.

Prefer an indoor soak? Look no further than the marble bath with a walk-in shower and separate double Jacuzzi tub. Every detail was "examined and refined," said one reader.

Courtesy The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Rooms are decorated according to theme, with period pieces and ensembles ranging from French Provincial to Greek Revival. The whole vibe is downy and plush—the kind of room that you might not want to leave.

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Unless, of course, you're taking an extended break for a six- or nine-course tasting menu at the hotel's "exceptional" fine-dining restaurant, The Spiced Pear. With just a few seatings, you're encouraged to linger and drink up both handcrafted cocktails—and the views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Courtesy The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Even the entrées are seductive: Go à la carte with Nova Scotia halibut, five-spiced Muscovy duck breast, or Berkshire pork chops. Whatever you choose, "you won't be disappointed," said one reader.

Courtesy The Chanler at Cliff Walk

At dusk, take some wine outside and sit around a stone fireplace to catch the sunset—and later, a sky full of stars. "Beautiful" only begins to describe it.

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Happy Valentine's Day 2016

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The island of San Giorgio Maggiore at 2 a.m.

Working largely at night, roaming near-empty streets until 4 or 5 a.m., he hit upon a seldom seen side of an overexposed cityscape. In odd corners and offhand moments, Venice sang a quieter tune after midnight—a dreamy, hypnotic counterpoint to the daytime crowds and clamor.

Just before midnight, a gondolier takes a break by the Rialto Bridge

“I love how night transforms this city,” says the Istanbul-born photographer, who shoots with film, using only ambient light. “I kept thinking back to Van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night, how light and color completely change the environment.”

“A flash,” he says, “would take away the romance of how people behave in that space”—and make private moments, like the gondolier savoring an unguarded interlude of calm, impossible to capture. We are all, Dukovic notes, different people in the dark.

A boy runs barefoot across the Piazza San Marco as rain and seawater flood the square

He found novel angles in daylight, too. When a rainstorm enveloped the city one afternoon, Dukovic hit the streets, pants rolled up and cameras in hand. (He favors “smaller, low-profile” models—a Nikon F100 and a Yashica T4 point-and-shoot—“so I can stay incognito.”)

A view across the Grand Canal to Punta della Dogana, through the rain-blurred window of a water taxi

Crossing the Grand Canal by water taxi, he caught this image through the boat’s rain-lashed window—a tableau that evokes not the sun-pierced clouds of the Rococo but the misty atmospherics of the Romantics—more Turner than Tiepolo. “What I love about Venice is how your eye level is so close to sea level, so you’re always looking upward, through the buildings to the sky,” Dukovic says. (That’s in contrast to Istanbul, he adds, where one generally looks down on the Bosphorus from above.)

Pigeons in the Piazza San Marco on one of Dukovic’s rare sunny days in Venice

Dukovic’s painterly style preserves the rich, moody chiaroscuro of those scenes.

Credit to: AD

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Since Valentine's Day is approaching we found a sweet gift all wrapped up and ready to ship - An ivory rose that will last forever. Show your sweetness to someone you love.

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AIR DRIED BOTANICALS
Beautiful and calming color that would compliment a myriad of rooms, decorating styles and containers.

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Antique wood cabinet in a charcoal color with honest & original paint. Wood closure and deep shelves. This is a stunning storage piece and would look beautiful in any room, either freestanding or sitting on another piece. We can see it used in a bathroom to store towels or in a kitchen with one door left open to display a collection of vintage china.

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Here's a three before & after exterior makeovers from AD that we find very useful and inspiring - check it out!

BEFORE
Whether it’s a petite rooftop terrace atop a townhouse or an expansive lawn in the country, an outdoor space is a luxury no matter where you live. Unlike a well-appointed interior, an outdoor room or garden is never truly finished and the results are as dependant on the whims of mother nature as they are by the vision of the designer. But as these seven outdoor spaces from the archives of Architectural Digest prove, getting your hands dirty (or if you’re lacking a green thumb, hiring a talented landscape architect) is worth the final result. See how these alfresco living, dining, and pool areas went from overgrown to outstanding.

The outdoor dining area on the terrace of a New York penthouse apartment.

AFTER
Architect John Murray, who collaborated on the renovation of the apartment with decorator Elissa Cullman, transformed the terrace into an urban oasis. Murray devised built-in lounge areas beneath retractable awnings, a pergola-topped dining space, and an outdoor kitchen, while landscape architect Edmund Hollander incorporated a profusion of willowy Russian sage and boxwoods in crisp ipe-wood planters.

BEFORE
The pool area of a 1920s oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.

AFTER
Designer David Easton brought the historic property, built by legendary Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner, back to life. Hedges and trelliswork blanketed with jasmine border the pool area, giving it the feel of a large outdoor room.

BEFORE
The terrace of a New York townhouse.

AFTER
Architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Shawn Henderson renovated the four-floor Italianate redbrick building in Greenwich Village. Teak furniture by Henry Hall Designs from Walters is arranged on the new limestone terrace, which is equipped with a Viking grill; the garden is by Madison Cox Assoc. and the Organic Gardener.

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Here are some of our favorite Parisian Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Rooms designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon are illuminated by chandeliers and have classic French furniture, rich fabrics, and reproductions of Renaissance art. Floral arrangements throughout are works of genius.

Everything that has made the Plaza Athénée one of the world’s most distinguished hotels is still there, from the red window awnings and matching flowers blooming on its Art Nouveau balconies to the sumptuous fabrics and period French furnishings (not to mention unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower).

Le Meurice

Staying at this seven-story 1835 landmark is like sliding into a comfortable smoking jacket—a perfect fit. On the rue de Rivoli between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, it’s in the best location in all of Paris, especially for museum lovers.

The Peninsula Paris

It took Peninsula more than four years to resuscitate the circa 1908 Hotel Majestic (where George Gershwin penned parts of An American in Paris in 1928), marshaling some of France’s most venerated artisans to restore original marble, giltwork, and mosaics in the grand public spaces. Behind the meticulous craftsmanship lies 21st-century technology that made the 200-room Peninsula Paris one of the most highly anticipated hotel openings of 2015.

Near the Trocadero in the buttoned-up sixteenth arrondissement, the Shangri-La occupies an elegant 1896 limestone mansion. Originally built as the residence of Roland Bonaparte (grand-nephew of the emperor), its public rooms retain regal grandeur—sky-high ceilings, ormolu and wedding cake moldings—that define Paris’s "palace" hotels. The Shangri-La scrupulously follows all of the codes of the Grand Hotel Experience, from the liveried doormen to the firmament of crystal chandeliers.

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This set of four hand-painted terracotta tiles tells the story of winemaking from the harvest through the drinking! First, is “La Vendemmia” or grape harvest; then “Lo Strettoio” pressing the grapes; next “La Mescita” tapping the barrel; and finally “Il Saggio Bevitore” the wise man says “un bicchiere di vino fa buon sangue” or a glass of wine is good for your health. A very wise man!

These hand-painted tiles are perfect for a wine cellar or for any room that needs a little colorful character. Suitable for outdoor use only in mild climates. Each tile has a hefty wire hanger.

These tiles are handcrafted by a small workshop in Montelupo, Tuscany. Since they are handcrafted, slight variations should be expected.

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Countryside Italian Bowls.  They are are the simple old fashion shaped bowl that have been used in Italy for generations!   The shape is great.  You'll find some dripping of the glaze which is the makers mark.  Not perfect and that is why customers love these bowls so much!  Handmade by potters in Puglia, Italy using a traditional Pugliese shape that has been a part of Italian homes for centuries. Set of Four $115

Years ago, large amphora shaped terracotta jars like this were used for wine, vinegar or water.  Today, these antique jars from Puglia, Italy make a unique decorative statement.

The wear, imperfections and history (seen in the  gallery photos) are the qualities that make antique pottery unique and desirable.

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We'd like to wish everyone aHappy New Year. May 2016 be filled with joy, laughter and happiness and may each new day bring you moments to cherish.  To be happy is truly the greatest wish in life.

Here's a look around the world at some amazing New Year Eve's celebrations - thanks to Conde Nast.

BELOW: New York, NY

BELOW: Paris, France

BELOW: Florence, Italy

BELOW: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

BELOW: Vienna, Austria

BELOW:  Sydney, Australia

BELOW: Cape Town, South Africa

BELOW: London, England

BELOW: Kowloon, Hong Kong

BELOW: Edinburgh, Scotland

BELOW: Nassau, Bahamas

BELOW: Hawaii

 

 

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As we come to a close for 2015, we begin a New Year. Full of possibility to allow our Soul to be Free to express and dream. We love how this Venetian Horizon Artwork transcends our spirit, our soul and how life's depths show us that all is possibly if we believe.

Original Venetian Plaster Wall Art

C 1900 Asian Courtyard Doors, Pair

Mid Century Large Leather Chairs

C 1920 Asian Storage Jar

Large Wood Sculpture

 

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