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My Blog Has A New Home

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One of my most recent posts: Making the most of kitchen drawers.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm starting off the new year with a move! Going forward, you can follow all my posts at a new location on the site: marthastewart.com/kevinsharkey.

I'll be updating it regularly with home decorating, design, and entertaining ideas and inspiration. So please visit and let me know what you think.

What I'm Reading: Jewels of the Romanovs

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The Romanovs, the last dynasty of Russia, ruled from 1613-1917. Their reign was one of extravagance and luxury, and you can certainly tell from their trinkets.  "Jewels of the Romanovs: Family & Court" by Stefano Papi (Thames & Hudson, $75) delves into the stories of their jewels. You'll have to check out the book to get into the fascinating lives of the wearers, but you can get a peek and admire the gorgeous pieces in my gallery below. Enjoy!

Jewels of the Romanovs 9780500517062

 

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On his coronation in 1896, Nicholas II gave Grand Duke Vladamire -- his uncle -- and the Grand Duchess this box by Faberge, workmaster Michael Perkhin.

1 On his coronation in 1896, Nicholas II gave Grand Duke Vladamire -- his uncle -- and the Grand Duchess this box by Faberge, workmaster Michael Perkhin.

The oval aquamarines from this piece could be detached to serve as brooches, and the pendant, too, could be worn separately.

2 The oval aquamarines from this piece could be detached to serve as brooches, and the pendant, too, could be worn separately.

A Neoclassical cigarette case by Faberge, richly decorated with flowers and swags in four colors of gold. It was a gift from the Empress Alexandra to Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and Grand Duke Vladimir on their silver wedding in 1899.

3 A Neoclassical cigarette case by Faberge, richly decorated with flowers and swags in four colors of gold. It was a gift from the Empress Alexandra to Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and Grand Duke Vladimir on their silver wedding in 1899.

A rare cigarette case of mother-of-pearl and gold, made by Michael Perkhin in 1890. The initials

4 A rare cigarette case of mother-of-pearl and gold, made by Michael Perkhin in 1890. The initials "W.A." for Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich, surmounted with an imperial crown, have been added to the cover.

Earrings set with pear-shaped diamonds, weighing 14.25 and 20.35 carats respectively, said to have belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette.

5 Earrings set with pear-shaped diamonds, weighing 14.25 and 20.35 carats respectively, said to have belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette.

An exceptional group of jewelry created by Rene Lalique between 1898 and 1904. These are splendid examples of the new Art Nouveau style, of which Lalique was the undisputed master.

6 An exceptional group of jewelry created by Rene Lalique between 1898 and 1904. These are splendid examples of the new Art Nouveau style, of which Lalique was the undisputed master.

Photos courtesy of Sotheby's.

What I'm Loving: Wild Animal Postcards

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This set of animal postcards made by Amsterdam-based artist Rop Van Mierlo is so cute and makes a great stocking stuffer for the holidays. His colorful paintings of the animals will make you happy, too - click through my gallery to see them. I picked up a set at the Marc Jacobs store here in New York City, but you can get purchasing information on his website.

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Tiger

1 Tiger

Deer

2 Deer

Rabbit

3 Rabbit

Snake

4 Snake

Bear

5 Bear

Donkey

6 Donkey

Elephant

7 Elephant

Parrot

8 Parrot

Jaguar

9 Jaguar

Chicken

10 Chicken