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Abbie Zabar art, Eerdmans NYC
Abbie Zabar’s new works/T New York Times Style Magazine

“I love humble flower arrangements, I do not like grand flower arrangements. I love drawing simple flowers that are not pompous, that you can pick up at the local bodega, that you do not style, that you just throw into an empty pickle jar, that kind of thing,” admitted Abbie Zabar, whose drawings of said humble flowers are now featured in Bodega Bouquets, an exhibit at Eerdmans, an equally humble but charming gallery in New York City. Those who are familiar with Ms. Zabar’s work (and yes, she co-founded EAT, a legendary New York City gourmet shop and cafe, with her...

Cartier Panther, Elle Decor
Cartier’s latest high jewelry introductions/Elle Decor

Cartier’s Sixième Sens High Jewelry collection continues the company's commitment to animal motifs, albeit something so subtle you may not know it. The "Spicy" (really) and Acraga earrings shown here have a cool back story that you can read about at this link. ...

Match pewter xoxo box valentines-day-3
Mother’s Day gift guide/Elle Decor

While the calendar may dictate that Mother’s Day falls on May 8 this year, we do happen to agree with the legions who believe that mothers should be celebrated every day. But still, hats off to whoever came up with the idea of having a dedicated 24 hours where Mom is number 1, commercialized holiday or not. It means that on this day some recognition is required, whether it’s via a handmade card, a sweet note, an extra long hug, breakfast in bed, or a trinket (perhaps packaged in a coveted orange or blue box). So read on for a...

Shagun Chowdhary, Rima Suqi, New York Times
Entertaining with Shagun Chowdhary/T the New York Times

Shagun Chowdhary, an Olympic trap shooter from India, hosted a party at her family's farm on the outskirts of Jaipur. Originally a reason to toast the newly married couple Neha Luthra and Samarth Kasliwal (son of the late jeweler and Gem Palace co-owner Munnu Kasliwal, it also turned into a celebration of her qualifying for the world championships held last week in Lima, Peru. Pretty magical. Read all about it here....

Esme Hotel, Miami, Rima Suqi, Jessica Schuster
Esme and Matanza Hotels in T/The New York Times

For her first-ever hotel project, the Manhattan-based interior designer Jessica Schuster took on a doozy, or rather, two of them: Over the last five years, she re-envisioned a pair of Miami Beach boutique hotels, the Esmé and Casa Matanza, both backed by the New York-based firm Infinity Hospitality and located across the street from each other on South Beach’s Española Way promenade. The 145-room Esmé’s interiors were meant to be “softer and sweeter,” Schuster says, while at 42 rooms, Casa Matanza is “darker and moodier,” but in both, Schuster employed a color palette of saturated citrus and jewel tones, and...

how a polyurethane cactus captured the hearts of collectors everywhere
The polyurethane cactus that captured the heart of collectors/Elle Decor

Italy is probably not the first country that springs to mind when it comes to succulent populations but, believe it or not, Italians are directly responsible for one of the most recognizable cacti on the planet: a 67-inch-tall flexible polyurethane specimen, originally designed as a hall rack, that debuted in 1972 and is in the permanent collection of museums across the globe—not to mention its cameo on our most recent cover. Designed by Guido Drocco and Franco Mello and produced by Gufram, a company whose whimsical, spongy furniture collection became synonymous with the Italian radical design movement, the soft and thornless...

Gary Fernandez Wandering Figures planters, available through Culture Object in New York City
Gary Fernandez planters in ELLE DÉCOR

Gary Fernandez is a Brooklyn based artist who individually casts each layer of these one-of-a-kind concrete planters. Available through Culture Object in NYC....

Drake Anderson, Rima Suqi, WSJ
A glam Drake Anderson living room in Mansion/The Wall Street Journal

“Rich minimalism” is the phrase used by Drake/Anderson, a New York City design firm, to describe the interiors of this sprawling apartment on a high floor in an iconic Tribeca tower in Manhattan. The owners, a couple with homes on both coasts, are repeat clients of the firm. They bought two 3-bedroom units from the building’s preconstruction plans and combined them to create a 7,300 square-foot four-bedroom aerie with its own gym and wine cellar. The resulting apartment has two great rooms, “east” and “west.” See one of them, and the cost breakdown, here....