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After a stellar ten-year run,  Susan Bednar Long and Christina Sullivan Roughan,  the New York City-based power duo behind the much touted Tocar Interior Design firm, have embarked on separate paths.

As a team, the designers were known for deftly blending modern and traditional elements in every project. Their style focus is tailored, crisp and sophisticated and they never missed the mark. Here is just a sample of some of the deliciously livable spaces that the girls created together. We wish them all the best in their new ventures and look forward to seeing what comes next.

East 73rd Street Townhouse

East 73rd Street Townhouse

London Townhouse

5th Avenue Pied-a-Terre

Greenwich Village Loft

Tribeca Loft


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I’m excited to report that New England Home magazine has launched a Connecticut edition and I’m so pleased to have been asked to contribute a piece for the premiere issue.

The magazine, which offers a sophisticated look at area designers, architects, products and artists,  is now expanding its focus to the exceptional design world to be found in Fairfield County.

In this era of rough seas for the publishing biz it does my heart good to see such a lovely and esteemed magazine float confidently through the flotsam.

Kudos!

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Welcome to 2010 everyone!

I’m pleased to kick off a new season by posting some images from virtuoso designer Amie Weitzman.  The former Design Director for Joseph Abboud Inc. and designer for the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, Weitzman’s alchemy of earthy textures and crisp editing give all of her spaces a livable agelessness.  To punctuate that mix, she brings the same creative vision that she was known for as a fabric designer to her custom furnishings and textiles.  I am excited to be doing a story on her amazing Connecticut lake house for the March issue of Litchfield Magazine (see story here) and hope to publish a piece on another beautiful home she did in Westchester before long.

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The shelter magazine industry continues its grisly decline…

Today, industry insider Stacy Kunstel, reports in her excellent tweets at StacyStyle that Metropolitan Home is going belly up by the end of the year.  I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel a bit queasy.

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AlbatrossAnother Saturday morning shopping excursion on 1st Dibs. Today, the guest shopper is New York City designer, Alex Papachristidis. I picked out a collection of items that I would love to work with when putting together a fresh, sophisticated, modern living room. What pieces would you choose from this selection, how would you put them together and what would you add to bring balance to the space?

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site_photo_16September again. How the hell did that happen? Still, there are some redeeming things about early autumn; cushy new sweaters, the purest deep blue afternoon skies and comfortable sleeping nights. I came across these fire features from Colombo Construction Corp a couple of months ago when I couldn’t even think about hovering over a crackling fire unless it was to toast marshmallows- now that I look at these pictures again, I kinda can’t wait for the first fireplace-worthy evening…

Elena Colombo is a classically trained sculptor and architectural designer whose works have been featured in everything from the New York Times to Country Home magazine.  Her firm, Colombo Construction Corp, is a conceptual design and fabrication firm that creates large scale exterior works.

Fire Bowls from CCC

Fire Bowls

In-ground Corten Steel Fire Arc with Acid Etched Tree

In-ground Corten Steel Fire Arc with Acid Etched Tree

Spring Burn Firebowl

Spring Burn Firebowl

Charles Doig Memorial

Charles Doig Memorial

Corten Steel Nest

Corten Steel Nest

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Orb Ice Tray

I was surfing on the A + R website for stylish and useful things to keep on hand for days at the beach (Yes, I know it’s August – but I’m in denial) and, as usual, I got distracted by all the other stylish and useful things that I have little use for- –

This cute innovative Orb ice tray not only chills, but can be used to serve and store things. It makes 21 ice cubes, and stores more in its removable inner bucket. And It’s airtight so you won’t get freezer funk in your cocktails.

DOUBLE WALLED OIL/VINEGAR CARAFES BY ICHENDORF

ICHENDORF OIL/VINEGAR CARAFE

These hand blown, double-walled carafes offer a striking way to store everyday cooking oil, etc. But alas, not at the beach. Unless — maybe sun tan oil? hmmm. No! hmmmm.

KOR'S HYDRATION VESSEL

Perfectly portable and visually quenching, these streamlined bottles are totally free of  BPA. The cap swivels open with a touch of a button and the wide mouth is large enough for ice cubes.  And one percent of sales benefit safe water programs worldwide. A votre sante!

DIRECT DESIGNS' STAINLESS STEEL NOTEBOOK GRILL

DIRECT DESIGNS' STAINLESS STEEL NOTEBOOK GRILL

Grill Skewers

GRILL SKEWERS BY EVA SOLO

But I did manage to find some things to prolong summer, or at least make the last few barbecues a bit more fun: This super-slim, portable grill has a large enough cooking surface for about six burgers- or better yet, 6 kebabs.

The square cross-sectional design of these skewers holds food in place so it won’t flop around when you move them, and the flat ends make them easy to hold.

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