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On My Bookshelf: Fifth Avenue Style

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Howard Slatkin, interior designer and co-founder of the fragrance brand we all know and love, Slatkin & Co., has a beautiful apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York, overlooking Central Park. In the new book Fifth Avenue Style ($60, The Vendome Press), we get treated to a full tour of his home with gorgeous, full-bleed photographs of every detail. The key word here is detail - throughout every room there is so much of it and you can tell he really put thought into all of the intricacy and planning of the colors, textures, fabrics and accents. See the slideshow below for my favorite images.

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The gallery is filled with interesting architectural details and overlooks Central Park.

1 The gallery is filled with interesting architectural details and overlooks Central Park.

This lavish setup is only one end of Slatkin's extensive living room.

2 This lavish setup is only one end of Slatkin's extensive living room.

Slatkin designed this sofa himself in cashmere and suede, with a back panel covered in sheared mink. The embroidered pillows feature designs inspired by patterns he saw on Japanese lacquer boxes.

3 Slatkin designed this sofa himself in cashmere and suede, with a back panel covered in sheared mink. The embroidered pillows feature designs inspired by patterns he saw on Japanese lacquer boxes.

According to Slatkin,

4 According to Slatkin, "Every room should have a mirror, as they add life and mystery."

This small table in the dining room is perfect for having lunch for two overlooking the park, Slatkin's favorite use of the room.

5 This small table in the dining room is perfect for having lunch for two overlooking the park, Slatkin's favorite use of the room.

I love these hexagonal panels that are veneered in old tortoiseshell that was found at a workroom in Paris.

6 I love these hexagonal panels that are veneered in old tortoiseshell that was found at a workroom in Paris.

Photographs Tria Giovan, courtesy of The Vendome Press.

Style Icon: Tom Scheerer

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I had the great honor of interviewing renowned interior designer and architect Tom Scheerer on my radio show earlier this month. We got together to talk about his decades-long career and his first book, "Tom Scheerer Decorates," released by Vendome Press ($35) earlier this month.

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A graduate of The Cooper Union, Scheerer has been working in New York city since 1985. His laid back, beachy style is punctuated by East Coast sophistication. He can mix high and low with ease and likes simple, classic fabrics like cotton and linen. I just want to move right in to many of the apartments and rooms featured in his book.

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A stunning array of artwork and vintage frames, shot by Kyoko Hamada for the New York Times.

The New York Times style section did a great write-up on Scheerer's work in August. I love the photo above –– such a smart way to display an art collection. The cork board adds texture and versatility.

See even more photos and read their profile here.

Bedazzled Centerpieces

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Good Shepherd Services is an amazing NYC charity that serves vulnerable youth in the city, connecting them to schools and communities to help them take charge of their futures. This past April, I was invited to their annual Spring Party, a fundraising event hosted by Isaac Mizrahi, and I've been wanting to share some pictures of the decor all summer long.

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Eric's colors were vibrant on their own; the glitter and crystals only enhanced them.

Eric Beare, a local artist, was asked to create the decorations for the event, and he did an amazing job with sparkling centerpieces that stole the show. Keeping the themes of nature and springtime in mind, Eric collected life-size statues, many of which were intended as garden follies. According to Isaac's instructions, Eric's goal was to make the decor sparkle, and to do so he applied donated Martha Stewart glitter in ombré designs to each piece by hand. The centerpieces were then covered in colored crystals donated by Swarovski, displayed on sparkling black tablecloths, and illuminated by spotlights –– the effect was incredible.

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As you know, I'm completely obsessed with bees, so this was definitely one of my favorites.

Each centerpiece was auctioned off to support the charity, and though I didn't go home with one, I was awed by Eric's work and impressed by the dazzling pieces he created. Check out his work here, and for more information about Good Shepherd Services, visit their website.