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46 FEATURES 46 | North Shore Oasis

With help from Safavieh, designer Lisa Lavender breathed magic into a historic home overlooking Long Island Sound.

54 | Take It Outside

For savoring life and socializing with friends and family, there’s nowhere better than the perfect outdoor room.




62 | First Resort

Luxury hotels and spas encountered on world travels were the inspiration for a family home in Greenwich.

70 | Mixed Media

The fun, modern spaces at Village Square, a new mixed-use development, prove that luxury design needn’t be stuffy.

76 | Light & Lively

Glamour and intimacy combine in a Livingston, New Jersey, home.

81 | Style Squared

At Village Square in Glen Cove, New York, Safavieh furnished three unique apartments. BREEZY

This one-bedroom was designed with a simple goal: “to exude happiness” for its occupants.



Stylish and upscale, this studio proves that a small space and a tight budget don’t need to be limiting. COASTAL

The proximity of Hempstead Harbor suggested a shoreline theme. But it’s coastal style with a glamorous twist.

88 | New Directions

The owners of a 1930 colonial in Ridgewood, New Jersey, traded traditional décor for timeless elegance.

94 | Bachelor Pad Chic

Two young brothers asked their Safavieh designer for tailored, masculine, modern and streamlined—all on a budget.


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22 DEPARTMENTS 16 | Dreaming of Home

We’re redoubling our commitment to help customers beautify their homes— affordably and quickly.

18 | Safavieh Showcase

The season’s coolest colors, courtesy of Benjamin Moore, can be seen on fashion runways and in well-dressed rooms. CERULEAN

Sky blue infuses any space with a dose of serenity. BUTTERCREAM

Rich and wholesome, this light hue is a mood brightener. BURNT CORAL

This mix of pink and orange ranges from blush to fiery. ULTIMATE GRAY

Nothing says refinement quite like this soft shade of gray. WILLOW

Bring a touch of nature indoors with this soothing green. DESERT MIST


This natural color gives rooms a sun-kissed warmth. INKWELL

Neutral and stately, this dark tone is endlessly versatile.




32 | Alabaster Beauty

New technology and updated designs make stone light fixtures a natural choice.


102 | Summer in a Glass

In a win for your guests, the Negroni may be the easiest warm-weather cocktail to make perfectly.


34 | Walk on the Wild Side

More in vogue than ever, animal print carpeting adds easy impact to any space. NEW FROM SAFAVIEH

37 | Leading the Way in Stamford


104 | Six of the Best Cafés in Europe

When you’re ready to cross the pond again, why not visit these temples of caffeinated culture?

As the owner of Stamford Town Center, Safavieh is bringing design and retail leadership to the city in a bigger way.

108 | Where To Find Us


112 | Last Looks

96 | Expressly for You

The Safavieh Express store at Stamford Town Center is all about ease, choice and speedy delivery.

Your directory of Safavieh’s home furnishing showrooms and design centers in metropolitan New York.

Both indoors and outdoors, Tommy Bahama designs bring home the casual elegance of resort living.


100 | Red Reigns

Ready to venture into some thing new in red wine? Let’s make it something you’ll really enjoy.


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DREAMING OF HOME Hello, and welcome to the new issue of Safavieh Style. This magazine is a celebration of home, which has never felt more important as a refuge, retreat and family nest. If you’re dreaming of a more beautiful home, we hope these pages inspire you to pursue your dreams. The home on our cover is representative of Safavieh’s recent client projects. Designed in 1893 by Lamb and Rich, the architects of Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill, this Gilded Age mansion in Setauket, N.Y., survived largely unchanged for more than a century. Then some dreamers decided to give the house new life: It was gutted, renovated with a largely open plan, and furnished in a relaxed and modern coastal style. If you’re like me, you’ll find this sundrenched home irresistible. Not all of the homes in this issue are grand. You’ll also tour the new Village Square, a mixeduse development in Glen Cove, N.Y. Safavieh furnished the club-like amenity spaces there, from lobby, to library, to game room, as well as a range of model apartments. The rental units at Village Square are aimed at young professionals, and while each is luxurious, the furnishings are all both moderately priced and relaxed in feel. Renters can easily, quickly and affordably duplicate these model apartments by shopping Safavieh’s extensive, in-stock inventory. We call this retail concept Safavieh Express, and we’re pioneering it in a very focused way at


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Stamford Town Center, the mall that Safavieh CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER STEVEN RESNICK recently purchased in Stamford, Conn. Get to ACCOUNTING KASIE CARLETON know the mall, see the Safavieh Express store and learn the details beginning on page 38. Two of the things that many of our customers have missed during the pandemic are home PUBLISHED BY entertaining and world travel. We help satisfy CHAIRMAN CARROLL V. DOWDEN these urges in this issue: Our wine column sug- gests some excellent lesser-known wines to try PRESIDENT & CEO MARK DOWDEN at home, and our travel feature lets you dream SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTS RITA GUARNA about lingering in six of Europe’s best cafés, CARL OLSEN each of which is furnished in a unique and VICE PRESIDENTS LIZETTE CHIN charming way. NIGEL EDELSHAIN With the weather improving and the pandemic THOMAS FLANNERY receding, think about hosting guests and serving MARIA REGAN some of the recommended wines in the perfect STEVEN RESNICK outdoor room—the one you create in your own DIANE VOJCANIN backyard or on your balcony or rooftop. We ADVERTISING OFFICE Safavieh Home Furnishings 2 Channel Drive share the latest trends in patios beginning on Port Washington, NY 11050 page 54. ADVERTISING INQUIRIES Contact Cindy Rubin at The other place I encourage you to visit is a 516.945.3911 or Safavieh showroom near you, where you’ll find cindy.rubin@safavieh.com. further inspiration and (complimentary!) help SUBSCRIPTION INQUIRIES To change an address or request from our on-staff interior designers. Whatever a subscription, write to Subscriptions, you can dream, Safavieh can create. Here’s to a Safavieh Home Furnishings, beautiful home! 2 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050; telephone 516.945.3868. With gratitude, EDITORIAL INQUIRIES Write to Editor, SAFAVIEH STYLE, MICHAEL YARAGHI

One Maynard Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656; telephone 201.782.5730; email mark.dowden@wainscotmedia.com. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions. SAFAVIEH STYLE Magazine is published by Wainscot Media, One Maynard Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656, in association with Safavieh Home Furnishings. Copyright © 2021 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

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This rug from Safavieh’s Orwell Collection has a Midcentury Modern vibe. Flowing blue glaze gives a sense of motion to Safavieh’s Koa table lamp.

Inspired by Venice, McGuire’s Gondola chair is a true classic.

What do fashion runways and well-dressed rooms have in common? The coolest colors.

Artwork unexpectedly graces the surface of John Richard’s Clayton cabinet.

Your guests will be sitting pretty in Century’s Zola metal lounge chair.

The Organic Layer vase by Global Views fairly glows blue.

Make a splash with this abstract wall art by Wendover.


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Rich and wholesome, this light tone will brighten the mood of any room setting.

Moroccan tribal design inspired this rug from Safavieh’s Casablanca Collection.

An intricate floral design lends charm to Safavieh’s Eliseo table lamp.

A crescent back and two-tone, bronzed frame distinguish the Kai lounge chair by Thayer Coggin.

The Lambert swivel chair by Baker Luxe is a modernist masterpiece.

Just right for your home office: the Cascade writing desk by Hooker Furniture.

Hand-chiseled stone gives design heft to Global Views’ Teeter Totter cocktail table.


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With its smooth curves, Safavieh’s Blaire dining chair breathes retrochic style.

Myriad hues of coral, pink and rust enliven a rug from Safavieh’s Mirage Collection.

A puff stitch pattern gives amazing texture to Safavieh’s Larza throw.

Frosted glass gives sculptural interest to John Richard’s pomegranate table lamp. This striking jewelry box by John Richard has a Palm Beach coral finish.

Think tropical reefs and sunsets. From blush to fiery, this blend of pink and orange is hot. The Nizwa chest of drawers by EJ Victor represents true luxury.

For effortless elegance, choose the Razia tub loveseat by Safavieh Couture.


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This cloud-like abstract rug is from Safavieh’s Tibetan Collection.

The elegant Lapel lounge chair by Baker Luxe has sweeping, tapered lines.

Nothing whispers elegance and refinement quite like this soft shade of gray.

With its wraparound silhouette, Safavieh Couture’s Edgar swivel chair bespeaks penthouse style.

Hooker’s Melange Dixon table contains a lateral file—perfect for the home office.

Safavieh Couture’s Evangeline Parisian makes a strong statement in any room.

Suggesting an ancient stone column, the Alron table lamp by Safavieh has an organic appeal.


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Add a touch of bohemian chic with the Davin ceiling light by Safavieh. Swirling organic forms distinguish this rug from Safavieh’s Cape Cod Collection.

The bronze Jackfruit vase by Currey and Company commands attention.

Bring a touch of the natural world indoors with this soothing green hue. Rowe’s transitional Madeline sofa works in any interior, from classic to contemporary.

This upholstered end-of-bed bench by Lee provides pretty extra seating.

Gaze at this framed wall art by Wendover, and you’ll feel tension ebb away.


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This chic rug from Safavieh’s Bohemian Collection displays a flowing ogee pattern.

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The Kinley bookcase by Safavieh Couture is printed with a soft meadow design.

This natural color gives interiors a sun-kissed warmth. Global Views’ Four Square pillow in suede channels the style of the great Southwest.

Braided water hyacinth lends organic appeal to the Solomon dining chair by Safavieh Couture. The Grover sofa by Safavieh Couture is a contemporary reimagining of the classic tuxedo silhouette.

The Savannah table from Dinec’s Live Edge Collection pairs a gorgeous wood top and an acrylic base.


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Reminiscent of cobblestone paving, the Jayden table lamp by Safavieh has an industrial vibe.

Transitional style characterizes this rug from Safavieh’s Atlas Collection.

Style and function blend beautifully in BDI’s Corridor bar.

Neutral and stately, this dark tone is endlessly versatile.

With a chunky sock weave, Bernhardt’s Santa Cruz armchair brings modern style to the patio.


This contemporary club chair by Lee is covered in gorgeous Cassini Flint fabric.

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Alabaster Beauty

Because it is fine grained, soft and easily carved, alabaster has long been a stone of choice for sculpting and fashioning decorative objects. Some of the most famous sculptures to survive from the ancient world, such as the Assyrian Lion Hunt panels now housed in the British Museum, are made of alabaster. Translucence is another feature of alabaster, which made it a substitute for window glass in some medieval churches. In the Victorian era, alabaster was used for shades in beautiful gaslight fixtures, but the stone initially failed the test in the age of electricity: Incandescent bulbs generated so much heat that they burned the stone, turning it opaque. The advent of cooler operating LED bulbs solved that problem, ushering


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in a new age of alabaster lighting. And where the stone was once hand carved with metal tools, today it can be carved efficiently by highpressure water directed by CNC (computer numerical control) plotted machines. The result is that the rich beauty of light diffused through natural, mined alabaster is a luxury now within reach. Hudson Valley Lighting Group is one of the few select luxury lighting suppliers that offer alabaster fixtures, and Safavieh is a major retailer of the brand. Shown here are just a few of Hudson Valley Lighting’s current collection featuring the beauty of alabaster, all of which are available at Safavieh.

Alabaster fixtures by Hudson Valley Lighting Group (clockwise from top left): Jean Stoffer selected the drum-shaped Lynden pendant for her kitchen design. In a “dining library,” Rebecca Plumb used the Jervis linear pendant. The Wheatley pendant displays pleasing curves, while the Eastport pendant suspends a discshaped alabaster shade from delicate wires; the Beckler wall sconce can be hung horizontally or vertically. Also shown is a scene from the Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal; carved in the 7th century BCE, it’s an early, bravura example of alabaster sculpture.


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More in vogue than ever, animal print carpeting adds easy impact to any space.

Animal-inspired prints, patterns, textures and colors have always been a statement-making selection in interior design—so much so that many interior designers believe every room should have a touch of animal to make the design complete. Your options for incorporating animal prints include upholstery fabric, pillows, lampshades, accessories, wallcovering and flooring. Of these, carpet is arguably the easiest choice for guaranteed impact with animal patterns. A market leader in this niche is Stanton Carpet, which

offers a wide variety of animal patterns that range from spots to stripes, bold to subtle, and everything in between. The introduction of new colorways that are modern and livable keeps these patterns looking and feeling fresh year after year. Traditional colorations of animal skins will never go out of style, but when shown in bold colors like amber, denim and sea mist, the patterns take on an entirely new look and appeal. Why not start from the ground up with a bold style that embraces your wild side? Stanton carpets are available at all Safavieh stores.

Updated animal print rugs from Stanton Carpet include (clockwise from top left) Talia in Seal Grey, Chapelle in Silvermine, Felix in Silver and King Cheetah in Amber. The swatches show Dottie, Mufasa and King Cheetah, up close and in various colorways.


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Leading the Way in Stamford When Safavieh opened its first home furnishings showroom in Stamford, Connecticut in 1988, the town could best be called a suburb. Since then, Stamford has blossomed into the economic center of the state, with the second largest financial district, after New York City, in the entire New York metro area. As major corporations moved their headquarters to Stamford, the city saw a steady inflow of younger, well-educated residents seeking a vibrant urban lifestyle. Literally thousands of luxury apartments have sprung up in the blocks surrounding Safavieh’s flagship store. Another fixture of the neighborhood is Stamford Town Center, a Class A regional mall. When the mall became available for sale last year, Safavieh jumped at the opportunity. Now, as the new owner, Safavieh is bringing its design and retail leadership to downtown Stamford in a bigger way than ever. The vision for the future of the mall is one floor each of fashion, food and home-related retail. Anchoring the home floor, Safavieh will open a 30,000-squarefoot showroom, replacing its legacy store just a block away on Atlantic Street. Surrounding the new Safavieh flagship will be galleries of top brands sold by Safavieh, such as Hudson Valley Lighting, Theodore Alexander and Vanguard. “The concept is to transform Stamford Town Center from a

local mall into a home design destination,” says Michael Yaraghi, president of Safavieh Home Furnishings. “We have indoor parking for more than 3,600 cars. With convenient, mass-transit access to Manhattan—and just 47 minutes from Grand Central Terminal— we’re going to be the perfect shopping destination for those who want to avoid the congestion and hassle of New York City.” S A FA V I E H s t y l e

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To paraphrase Ben Franklin, there’s a place for everything, and everything in its place, in the new Safavieh Express store at Stamford Town Center. The orderly arrangement makes it easy to shop by eye—sort of like the bricks-and-mortar embodiment of an online catalog.

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Welcome to Safavieh Express, a new concept store being pioneered by Safavieh at Stamford Town Center in Stamford, Connecticut. As you can see from the pictures on these pages, the store offers everything you need to furnish an apartment or a house—not just indoor and outdoor furniture, but also lighting, rugs, accessories— even Nest scented candles. The “Express” in Safavieh Express has two meanings. For one, it describes the merchandising concept. Products are displayed in an orderly, uncluttered way on the floor and on a grid of shelves. It’s sort of like an online catalog translated into a real-life space—very easy and fast to navigate with the eyes alone. Thus, it’s an express bricks-and-mortar shopping experience. “Express” also describes the delivery of your purchases. If you don’t want to carry them right out of the store, your items will be drop shipped to you from stock, the same as if you ordered in-stock merchandise online. In short, there’s no waiting. Safavieh Express is about instant gratification. The merchandise here has a youthful vibe, matching the demographic of Stamford’s surrounding residential neighborhoods, and


Standout pieces, such as this pair of velvet-covered swivel chairs and matching ottomans, above, are given plenty of space. The store also includes outdoor furniture and even tableware, right—all at accessible price points and all available in stock.

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accessible price points to match. There’s a unified aesthetic, which makes it doubly easy to select items and know that they will all go together. And unlike with online shopping, you can touch and feel the merchandise, and there are sales professionals on hand to assist and answer questions. Safavieh Express is a natural extension of the Safavieh retail brand, says president Michael Yaraghi: “The history of Safavieh has been one of steady expansion in direct answer to customers’ needs. Beginning in the U.S. as a rug dealer, we branched into the furniture market right here in Stamford, in 1988. The English Country look was in, and much of the early merchandise were antiques imported from England. We broadened our offerings massively as tastes and lifestyles evolved, and we opened many more stores. “You can find everything from casual to formal, entry level to luxury in our flagship stores,” he continues. “Safavieh Express is a more focused collection, curated to be accessible to all.” Once the concept is proven in Stamford, the plan is to open more Safavieh Express stores in other regions. In typical Safavieh style, that’s likely to happen fast.


Appealing to young professionals and the young at heart, Safavieh Express offers plenty of whimsical accessories, such as an owl-faced garden stool and a trio of monkeys that see, hear and speak no evil (above). A gallery of Lauren by Ralph Lauren rugs, right, is among the affordable and instantly available merchandise.

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With help from Safavieh, Lisa Lavender breathed magic into a historic home overlooking Long Island Sound.


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The historical bones of this 19thcentury house were consciously swept away during renovation, leaving an open, light-filled space for contemporary furnishings. Port Jefferson Harbor, with sand dunes beyond, can be seen through the large glass window.

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The house is a dowager of New York’s Gilded Age, built in 1893 to overlook Port Jefferson Harbor, sweeping sand dunes, and Long Island Sound. Charles Bender commissioned Lamb & Rich for the design, the same firm that Theodore Roosevelt would tap to design his beloved Sagamore Hill. Flash forward a century and a quarter, and the Bender house, largely frozen in time, was pleading for modernization. While the façade was sensitively preserved, as were interior details such as a grand living room fireplace and some coffered ceilings, the 9,300-square-foot interior was gutted and reimagined with a mostly open floor plan. That’s when it was ready for Safavieh’s Lisa Lavender to work some design magic. As so often happens, the homeowner met Lavender as a walk-in customer at one of Safavieh’s Manhattan stores. She was shopping for a sofa for her city home, when a certain credenza caught her eye, and soon she was back, eying the credenza and telling Lavender about her newly purchased, historic vacation home in Setauket.



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Preserved architectural features of the home include the living room fireplace, above, and the wide Dutch door with leaded glass sidelights, right, both of which are a charming foil to the contemporary furniture and artwork. An aerial image, lower left, shows the 1893 façade and the house’s relationship to Long Island Sound.

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Organic forms in the dining room include a massive liveedge table, sliced and polished sections of tree trunks, and an antler chandelier. Seen beyond is the red-andwhite kitchen, which makes a bold style statement.

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A pretty sitting area, left, shows how one of the original fireplaces was completely modernized. The main bedroom, above, draws natural themes from the seaside setting: coral forms, driftwood, seagrass and palm fronds.

The designer’s brief from the client was not an easy one. “My client wanted everything in the house to look coastal—but not traditional,” recalls Lavender. “It was to be chic, modern, effortless looking, calming and uncluttered, so a family of four could arrive from the city for the weekend and feel instantly at ease. And there was one more thing: The house had to double as an event space that could host large parties.” The timetable sounds brutal—two months start to finish—but quick work is a Safavieh specialty. Starting with that special credenza, Lavender looked for more standout, distinctive pieces that would harmonize with each other. The only limiting factor was that they had to be in stock for quick delivery. With the exception of some heirloom accessories contributed by the homeowner, everything in the house was sourced from Safavieh. “The homeowner and I established a true partnership,” says Lavender. “We curated each piece together.” The project was completed on Christmas Eve 2019, on time for family guests, who arrived from out of town later that day. When the pandemic struck, the clients were doubly glad to have their calming, uncluttered shore home complete. “This house became their pandemic oasis,” says Lavender. As the pandemic wanes, the clients will test the house’s other purpose—to host large parties. No doubt it will pass with flying colors. S A FA V I E H s t y l e

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The Oasis Collection by Lane Venture offers a low-maintenance, updated take on traditional wicker. Each piece features durable, synthetic wicker that’s hand woven over a powder-coated aluminum frame. The deep cushions have drainable mesh cloth that promotes rapid drying, with layered fiver pillow tops for plush comfort.

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The trend toward backyard living has been accelerating for several years, and the pandemic only served to soup it up. After months of balancing living and working from home, various sub-trends have emerged. Here’s the Top Five countdown: 5. Outdoor living is extending into the coldest months. We’re taking cues from the Scandinavians, who have lots of experience—building outdoor fireplaces and firepits, bundling up in blankets, and amassing collections of propane-fired outdoor heaters. The style and accessories of après-ski have come home. 4. Outdoor living is extending into the wee hours. This puts a premium on outdoor lighting—candlelight, chandeliers, strings of bistro lights, New Orleans-style gas lanterns, concealed landscape lighting, and the list goes on. As with interior lighting, the basic rule is, the more sources of low-wattage illumination, the better. 3. Backyard living is extending into the front yard. Yes, that’s a thing. On the front porch—or in a front seating area—you’re more likely to see your neighbors. That impulse had a pandemic appeal, and in these socially starved times, it’s likely to last. 2. Indoor and outdoor spaces are merging. New construction often features retractable exterior walls, so the line between inside and outside literally can be erased. For those who don’t have that luxury, screened porches, verandas and sunrooms are in fashion. Some easy ways to tie these transitional spaces to open-air patios are to use the same fabrics indoors and outdoors, and to use plants as indoor accessories. 1. The concept of the outdoor living room is becoming full fledged. This means more than arranging a well-designed set of patio furniture. As with an indoor room, finishing touches include rugs, lamps, accent With its sleek lines and woven rope detail, Brown Jordan’s Oscar Collection, left, presents a sophisticated indoor-outdoor aesthetic. A similar aesthetic animates the Santa Cruz armchairs and the Madura dining table by Bernhardt Exteriors, below. The chairs feature an intriguing, chunky sock weave.

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The Pavlova Collection by Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living offers a fresh interpretation of classic contemporary styling. Aluminum frames feature a lightly textured graphite finish, while tabletops emulate the natural look of honed limestone. Sunbrella fabrics are shown here, but seating is fully customizable in your choice of fabrics, contrast pillows and decorative trims.

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pillows, throws, accessories, and plants. A contemporary hearth—in this case a fire table—can add flair. Not surprisingly, there’s a designer-driven emphasis on infusing outdoor rooms with personality and character. While the possibilities may be endless, your perfect outdoor room is likely to start with a set of furniture that complements your home’s interior style and reflects your own taste. The good news is that choices are proliferating; whatever your style, you’re likely to find a collection that speaks to you. Wovens are a key trend. This includes synthetic versions of traditional woven outdoor materials (think cane, rattan, and wicker) presented in updated silhouettes, as well as more contemporary synthetic materials designed to mimic woven leather, nautical ropes, and chunky textiles, as seen in the accompanying pictures. Because comfort is no less a requirement than style for outdoor living rooms, deep seating remains enormously popular across the style spectrum. Besides woven frames, chic choices for deep seating sets include welded metal, which channels Old Hollywood, and teak with weathered finishes, which evokes East Coast maritime style. Also trending are sleek contemporary designs with metallic elements—especially brushed or powder-coated aluminum. These metalaccented sets have an urban edge that is becoming as popular in the suburbs as in the city. If the pandemic has stoked your desire to perfect the art of backyard (or front yard, balcony, or rooftop) living, you’ll find all the resources you need at Safavieh. You can even use our free design service to ensure your furnished outdoor spaces have all the character and personality you dream of. Designed by John Caldwell, Brown Jordan’s Parkway Modular Collection, left, offers eye-catching modern style. Easily configured into a variety of geometric shapes, Parkway Modular is a good solution for entertaining large groups. Seen below is the Larssen Cushion Collection by Telescope. Also modular, this seating system features contemporary style and massive durability. The tubular aluminum frames come with a 15-year warranty.

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FIRST RESORT Luxury hotels and spas provide inspiration for a Greenwich family home.

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A homeowner favorite, the living room’s Safavieh rug with watercolor wash effect is “graphic enough to make its own statement,” says designer Fernand Roderick. Equally standout are the abstract artworks with a Mediterranean beach vibe hung above the wood-and-acrylic consoles.

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Left: To the delight of the homeowner-chef, the living room’s ivory sectional sofa offers plentiful seating near the kitchen. The Carrara marble backsplash and custom ebony-black hood make a strong style statement. Right: The dining table features a live-edge oak top and an acrylic base.


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When it came time to build and furnish their home, a Greenwich family drew inspiration from stays at luxury hotels and summers in Montenegro. The couple with two boys ended up with soaring modern spaces they’re happy to share with as many as 50 at family gatherings. “It feels like you are in a resort,” says homeowner Emmie, and that’s exactly as intended. From Tokyo comes the natural wood influence in the living room’s walnut fireplace, the oak balconies and honeyed oak floors. The ivory sectional sofa, paired with an imperial gray marble cocktail table, is big enough so the entire family can recline and watch movies together. Another living-room standout is the floor-toceiling, retractable glass door; it disappears to connect the indoors to patio and pool. Emmie loves to cook, and she wanted an open kitchen with a large island that ties her to guests. Function didn’t take a back seat to style. “The ebony-and-white color scheme is especially dramatic,”

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The covered patio extends the possibilities of indoor-outdoor living: It can be accessed from French doors in either wing of the home, and when the weather suits, the glass wall of the living room can be fully retracted. A fire table makes the space usable in all but the coldest months.

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notes Fernand Roderick, an interior design at Safavieh’s Stamford, Connecticut flagship showroom, who headed the project. In the dining area, a live-edge oak slab seems to float atop an acrylic base. The contemporary chandelier features a black metal cylinder, gilded on the inside and dripping with crystals. For the master bedroom, acrylic was again used to suggest the magic of levitation: The gunmetal and silver-gray chairs and a woven-top bench all seem to defy gravity. A creamy leather headboard is paired with a cloud-like rug from Safavieh’s Mirage Collection. The master bath gets plenty of sparkle from glass-decked walls and crystal lighting. There’s also a pop from a furry black ottoman placed beside the teardrop-shaped soaking tub. A frameless shower with a rainfall feature adds to the spa effect. Most resorts have a spa, after all, and this transitional design aims to capture the quality of resort living every day of the year.


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Left: In the master bedroom, chrome accents the nightstands, the nailhead trim on the leather headboard, and the glass-topped martini table. Right: The homeowners embraced refreshing whites for the bathroom. For dazzle, there’s glass wall tile.

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MIXED MEDIA The fun, modern spaces at Village Square are proof that luxury design doesn’t have to be stuffy.


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In the game room at Village Square, fabric patterns were selected to reflect the high-energy functions of the space. The sectional sofa is covered in a David-Hicksmeets-Keith-Haring textile reminiscent of a maze.


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One of the major real estate trends in suburban New York, as in much of the country, is the mixed-use development, a project that fuses residential, retail and entertainment uses in one space. Generally the goal is to create a “downtown” feel—often in the absence of a true downtown. In the case of Village Square, the new mixed-use project in Glen Cove, N.Y., developed by RXR Realty, there was no need to compensate for a remote location: The Square is at the prime downtown corner of Glen Street and Bridge Street, smack in the heart of this bustling village and a comfortable walk to Garvies Point and the Long Island Sound waterfront. Amenities were part and parcel of the design: Lush outdoor gathering spaces, a fitness center and other spaces to encourage relaxation, productivity and entertainment were engineered in. For help with the elThe librar y, right, is a study in contrasts. Safavieh designer Iris Carias hung monochromatic artwork on a bold blue wall for maximum “pop.” In the game room, below, bar-style seating behind a custom-sized sofa doubles the capacity for screening movies and sporting events.


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ement of style, RXR did what it has done on many past luxury projects, and turned to Safavieh. Iris Carias, an interior designer at Safavieh’s nearby Glen Cove flagship showroom, headed the team. “I designed the communal spaces at Village Square to be inviting and friendly, modern but not cold,” she explains. To accomplish that she emphasized color, mostly by using area rugs and artwork. In the library, for example, a blue-and-gold rug is echoed by a bold blue accent wall. The wall is punctuated by an abstract artwork in shades of white—a pleasing contrast on a sea of blue. “I was literally thinking of Hempstead Harbor, which is just down the street,” notes Carias. “You feel its calming influence all around this property, and I thought blue notes were especially appropriate for the library, a space for contemplation and relaxation.” In the game room, replete with foosball, air hockey and multiple televisions, the scene is quite different—high energy and kinetic. Here Carias chose textiles that radiate energy. A sectional sofa, for example, is covered in a David-Hicks-meets-Keith-Haring pattern reminiscent of a maze. This light-hearted piece sits atop an abstract rug from Safavieh that suggests rushing water. Of course, all the fabrics are treated to withstand the rigors of family use. The amenities at Village Square are proof that fun and luxurious can be two sides of the same coin.


In the lobby area, left, Carias used a series of framed artwork to add color and suggest movement. The outdoor spaces at Village Square, right, are lushly planted and thoughtfully staged with seating for residents.

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LIGHT & LIVELY Glamour and intimacy combine in a Livingston, New Jersey, home.

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A scalloped mother-of-pearl mirror adds a wow factor in this sunroom. The serene palette of cream and gray is showcased in the three-dimensional pattern of a rug from Safavieh’s Tibetan Collection.

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To furnish the formal living room, above, designer Kosh Palmer started out with a Safavieh Tibetan rug. Triangle ottomans lend a geometric touch to more transitional elements, like the light gray velvet sofa. The entrance hall, left, has a wedding staircase; the space is anchored by a contemporary Baker table. Opposite, the family room is the true star of the home, thanks to its double height. The setting is ideal for such glamorous touches as an acrylic coffee table and curly lamb ottomans.

Kosh Palmer, lead designer at Safavieh’s Livingston, New Jersey, showroom, was handed a blank canvas and a mission: Make a spacious home intimate for a close-knit family of five, but don’t skimp on sheer elegance. Palmer’s first focus was the double-height family room, which risked feeling cold. She anchored the space with one of Safavieh’s Thomas O’Brian-designed rugs in a lattice pattern. For touches of glamour in the intentionally compact seating area, she added a brass martini table embedded with Swarovski crystal, an acrylic cocktail table, and curly lamb ottomans. In the formal living room, Palmer began with a Safavieh Tibetan rug. She introduced a geometric element with triangle ottomans, which she paired with pale pink wing chairs and a light gray velvet sofa. The sunroom has a serene palette, thanks to a Safavieh Tibetan rug in cream with a hint of gray, and the tufted sofa, chair and ottoman table in cream-toned linen. Other highlights are the scalloped mother-ofpearl mirror, metal-and-marble table lamps, taupe velvet ottomans and shagreen side tables. For the lady of the house, the sunroom is the favorite place for a good read, a sure sign that Palmer hit her design mark.


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STYLE SQUARED While every mixed-use development in the suburbs aspires to a “downtown” feel, those who live at the new Village Square in Glen Cove, N.Y., don’t need to aspire: The complex is located on a prime corner in the middle of a downtown. Residents here have the best of both worlds, as the bucolic Garvies Point Preserve and Long Island Sound are just a short walk away. Village Square was created by RXR Realty, known for the adjacent Garvies Point development, the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Long Island, North Hills, and other luxury projects in the area. At Village Square, RXR commissioned Safavieh to furnish three model apartments in three different styles. Imagine yourself living here, step inside and select your favorite.

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Coastal and transitional in style, this one-bedroom model apartment was furnished, its designer says, to exude happiness for its occupants.


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If this one-bedroom model apartment had a name, in the way that residents of Bermuda give charming names to their homes, it might be “The Breezes.” Not that the trade winds are always blowing here in Glen Cove, N.Y., but gazing at the work of designer Beena Ramachandra, you can almost feel a gentle tropical breeze. Ramachandra, who is based nearby in Safavieh’s Glen Cove flagship showroom, had a hypothetical couple in mind when she chose a coastal, transitional style for the project. She made the place colorful “in order to exude happiness,” she says. There’s an undeniable Midcentury Modern, Floridian vibe in the living room—think Pompano Beach in the ’60s and ’70s. Retro silhouettes, glass-top tables and aqua tones abound. The room is highly accessorized: A planter spills over with succulents. There are small tabletop forests of ceramic vases,


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a seeded glass bottle and mirrored Moravian stars. An etagere brims with sculptural objects and art glass. And then there’s Ramachandra’s favorite, a wall sculpture with overlapping organic forms that reflect the coastal setting; the shapes seem to be a cross between lily pads and sand dollars. The bedroom, a study in blue, beige and gold, is loaded with texture. Hung above the tufted headboard is a pair of wall sculptures, whose curving metal forms stand proud of the wall by several inches. A curvy golden sculpture, suggesting the work of Henry Moore, sits atop a linen-covered dresser. Cobalt and gold bedside tables are topped by ceramic lamps, themselves fired with a light wash of blue and gold. The setting may not be tropical, but the décor will certainly put any visitor in a warm-weather state of mind.

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Retro silhouettes, glass-top tables and aqua tones give this living room a Florida-inflected, Midcentury Modern vibe. Succulent plants and plenty of modernist ceramic and glass accessories were used to extend the warm-weather feel. Glimpsed through the open balcony door is a slice of Glen Cove’s thriving downtown. The designer, Safavieh’s Beena Ramachandra, says she made the apartment colorful “in order to exude happiness.” The bedroom, below, a study in blue, beige and gold, makes for a sunny retreat.

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Stylish and upscale, this studio apartment proves that small space and a moderate budget don’t need to be limiting. INTERIOR DESIGN BY

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Designer Susan Mandel’s brief for the small studio apartment you see here was to assume the occupant would be renting furnished space. The client might be a young couple waiting to close on their first home purchase, a college student or a divorced dad. Her goal was to recreate a Manhattan apartment in Glen Cove, N.Y., in a style she describes as bohemian chic. She held fast to the conviction that the furnishings could be stylish and upscale without being expensive. Many of the furnishings had to be multi-functional. For example, a table bridges the kitchen and the main living area. It’s a console, a dining table, a desk and a kitchen workspace all in one. In front of the sofa, storage ottomans can be used to stash electronics or books—or as drinks tables, footrests or extra seating.


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Conventional wisdom says it’s risky to use color in a small space. Mandel, who is based in Safavieh’s Glen Cove flagship showroom, feels the opposite: Pops of color are a great way to bring a small space to life. Here she used a range of cool blues—and turquoise in particular—for oomph, balanced with wood tones to add warmth. Mandel covered the walls in white cork, a sustainable, organic material that absorbs sound. She carried the cork surface through the living area and into the bedroom, which opens to the living area via a transom where wall meets ceiling—thus serving to elongate the space. In the bedroom, Mandel deployed a bed with built-in nightstands. An ikat rug by Safavieh, a hair-on-hide dresser and an industrial chic glass-and-metal chandelier all serve to advance the sought-after boho vibe.

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A studio apartment can be a design challenge: The job is as much about what to leave out as what to include. For this model apartment in Glen Cove, N.Y., designer Susan Mandel used multi-functional furniture, such as storage ottomans that also ser ve as footrests, drinks tables and extra seating. In choosing furnishings and materials, Mandel followed the convictions that color can add flair to a small space—and that upscale style can be achieved on a moderate budget.

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The nearness of the harbor suggested a shoreline theme for this model apartment. It’s coastal décor with a glamorous, elegant twist. INTERIOR DESIGN BY

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Situated in downtown Glen Cove, N.Y., this two-bedroom model apartment at Village Square is not much more than a stone’s throw from a tidal creek that meanders into Long Island Sound. The proximity to the waterfront, emphasized by the frequent presence of seagulls wheeling overhead, provided natural direction for interior designer Iris Carias, who’s based nearby in Safavieh’s Glen Cove flagship showroom: The décor of this apartment would call to mind the shoreline. Cape Cod style it’s not. This is coastal décor with a glamorous side—closer to what one would find in the Hamptons or South Florida than New England. Carias used a lot of polished nickel, mirrored surfaces and contemporary silhouettes to elegant effect. In the living room, Carias brought in sea green with a watercolor-like area rug, framed abstract prints and art glass. “This apartment is blessed with high ceilings,” she notes.


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So she emphasized verticality by using a high headboard in the main bedroom and, in another decorator’s trick, hung the draperies above the top of the windows, creating a ceiling-tofloor line of fabric. “The window treatments are all custom made,” she explains, “to ensure they fit exactly.” A glamorous statement piece in the bedroom is the contemporary chandelier, an open globe of gilt metal. It’s hung high, again to emphasize the volume of the room. “I also made the space look larger by using light-colored fabrics,” Carias continues. “They contribute to the clean, airy look.” You can’t tell from looking at it, but the entire project was accomplished—custom window treatments and all—at reasonable cost. That was part of Carias’ assignment: The renter needed to be able to replicate the look at Safavieh on a fairly modest budget. Carias succeeded, of course, proving once more that good taste need not be expensive.

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Proximity to Hempstead Harbor suggested coastal décor for this two-bedroom apartment. But it ended up being a shoreline theme with a decidedly glamorous touch. Safavieh designer Iris Carias brought sea green into the living room with a watercolor-like area rug, framed abstract prints and art glass. An abundance of polished nickel adds to the elegant effect. In the main bedroom, Carias emphasized the ceiling height with a high headboard and custom window treatments hung well above the windows.

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NEW DIRECTIONS A 1930 colonial in Ridgewood, N.J., is reenvisioned in clean, modern style.

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This formal living room combines comfort and quiet elegance as part of the redesign of a 1930 center-hall colonial. Virtually every surface seen here is new, including the quartzite fire surround, the mantel, the coffered ceiling and other moldings, windows, doors and hardwood floors.

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The owners of a near-century-old, center-hall colonial in Ridgewood, N.J., had already chosen furniture for their move to Manhattan. Then came the pandemic. Their choice to stay in their suburban home of 14 years entailed a bit of mental recalibration, and that, in turn, led to a complete renovation—from fireplaces to doorknobs. Enter a team that included principal designer Carol-Ann Baum of CAB Lifestyle Designs, Safavieh designer Lorraine Gordon, and general contractor Donna Bello of Re-Furbit. Thanks to their decision to trade traditional décor for timeless elegance, this couple with two grown children need never regret leaving city lights behind. Literally every surface was installed new or refinished. The vision started with a palette of “elevated neutrals” for walls and furniture— grays and taupes, all soft and soothing. “The homeowner wanted everything to be calming and sophisticated, and nothing too glam,” recalls Baum. The quiet palette was paired with mixed metals—polished nickel and gold. Select doors were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Black Iron and trim work in Decorator’s White to create visual layers. Textural interest was added to each room via subtle, sophisticated wallpapers. In the living room, the walls shimmer with a Scalamandré silver vinyl, while the main bedroom gets a soft touch from a Phillip Jeffries linen weave. Continued... The updated kitchen, with cabinets in Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White, connects visually with the family room, where custom bookcases are backed with antique mirrored wallpaper and an abstract painting by Carol Benson-Cobb takes center stage.

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Top left: The sunroom achieves its goal of everyday comfort with a charcoal velvet sectional sofa in a performance fabric. Bottom left: The master bedroom, with its 350-pound headboard in antique velvet, shows just how far this renovation went for the right look. Above: Besides its grand customfinish table, the dining room boasts several standout furniture pieces, including a three-drawer chest wrapped in gray linen with square metal hardware.

When it came to selecting fabrics, performance—call it dog friendliness—was key. In the family room, for instance, a silky gray velvet was selected for the bench-seat sofa, and a textured chenille for the club chairs. The sunroom is bright and inviting, with refurbished antique French doors on three walls. Unlike typical sunrooms, however, this space has a dark floor and predominantly dark furniture. In the dining room, a polished-nickel-and-glass chandelier presides over a custom-finish wood table. The designers worked to include standout pieces that bring fashion as well as function, such as the sideboard, which glistens with a silver, plaster-like texture. For the master bedroom, commissions included a custom headboard in taupe antique velvet (at 350 lbs., it took an entire delivery crew to wrestle it up the stairs). It’s paired with a many-drawer gentleman’s chest. “We redesigned the house so that every room is comfortable and usable for every day,” says the homeowner. The Big Apple, where the couple first lived after getting married, will have to wait, but perhaps not forever, she hints. “When the time is right, there will be another exciting design project to dive into.”

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Brown, tan, bronze and gold, in materials ranging from linen to leather, help give this apartment the masculine vibe requested by the clients.

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The site was a two-bedroom apartment in The Beacon, the luxury residence at Garvies Point in Glen Cove, N.Y., and the clients were an out-of-the-ordinary pair for designer Maryvi Araujo—two young brothers, one of whom was in the workforce, the other still in college. They were looking for the opposite of frat house décor. Call it bachelor pad chic—a look that’s tailored, masculine, modern and streamlined—all on a budget that could best be called moderate. This was an opportunity for Araujo, who is based in Safavieh’s Manhasset showroom, to demonstrate the store’s versatility. “We achieved true one-stop shopping,” she recalls. “Not just furniture, but everything, from draperies and drapery hardware, to bedding, to the art


on the walls came from Safavieh.” In keeping with the desire for a masculine vibe, brown predominates, but in a remarkably wide range of shades and textures—tan linen, patinated bronze, polished olivewood, faux mink and more. Beyond the dining area is a charming balcony. “I treated it as a small garden,” says Araujo, who used Safavieh’s outdoor furniture and everlasting plants for low maintenance. “The space is perfect for breakfast al fresco or a cocktail.” “I’m not going to tell you what the whole project cost, but you’d be impressed at its affordability,” she adds. “Safavieh is a great choice for young professionals just starting out.” And they have the added benefit of working free of charge with a professional designer.

Outside the dining area, above, are a balcony and small garden that beckon for breakfast or cocktails. In the main living area, top right, sculptural objects reflect the homeowners’ modern taste. With its neutral palette, bottom right, a bedroom projects a quiet elegance.

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RED REIGNS Ready to venture into something new in red wine? Let’s make it something you’ll enjoy. TEXT BY Josh Sens Stop us if you’ve had this experience before: You’re browsing in a wine shop or flipping through a wine list, and suddenly it hits you. You’re dizzied by the options. The shelves are jammed with bottles. The list goes on for pages. Making a selection is a lot more complicated than simply choosing white or red. “There are literally thousands of grape varietals out there, with names that start with every letter of the alphabet,” says Rick Arline, sommelier and managing director of Fellow Traveler, his new fine dining restaurant in Los Angeles. “Even if you are pretty well versed in wine, it can be enough to make your head spin.” One way to proceed is to stick with what you know, the tried-and-true varietals you’ve long enjoyed. Or you could embrace the spirit of adventure and opt for a wine you’ve never had before. While beloved grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, all have distinctive traits, they also share a kinship with other, less familiar varietals. Up for something new? We’ve composed a list of tempting alternatives, relying on Arline as our guide.


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Zinfandel: Planted in roughly 10 percent of California vineyards, Zinfandel has been around the Golden State so long (its roots reach back to the 1800s) it’s had a chance to become misunderstood. “Some people think of it as a jammy, gloopy wine for barbecues,” Arline says. “But it can be very elegant and nuanced, with the structure and extraction that people like in Cabernet Sauvignon, but also leaner and fresher.” Joseph Swan Bastoni Zinfandel, 2013. $29.99

Brunello di Montalcino: Produced in the vineyards outside the Tuscan town of Montalcino, some 50 miles south of Florence, Brunello is one of Italy’s most prized wines. Soft and rich, it has a supple beauty that Arline says is reminiscent of the best Merlots. Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Annata, 2010. $170

Dolcetto d’Alba: Dolcetto means “little sweet one” in Italian. That doesn’t mean it’s cloying, just often low in acid, light and bright, and wonderfully versatile with food. Vietti Dolcetto d’Alba Tre Vigne, 2017. $19.99

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Syrah: A wonderfully versatile varietal, syrah, Arline says, can be by turns powerful and savory, or round and fruit-driven. “It’s a little different every time,” he says. “But it’s always unmistakably Syrah.” Central Coast Group Project White Hawk Vineyard Syrah, 2013. $95 Rioja: Dark and moody with complex notes of ripe plum, Rioja, “is for people who love Cab and want those qualities without paying extra for the new oak,” says Arline. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva, 2006. $40

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Carignon: Fruit-forward with hints of spice, this food-friendly varietal finds many expressions but none better than the wines of the Corbières appellation in the Languedoc region of southern France. Clos de l’Anhel Les Terrassettes, 2016. $17.99 Tempranillo: Smooth and fruit-forward with a structure that can range from medium- to-full bodied, Tempranillo has a quiet elegance, like Merlot, that can take on great complexity as it ages. Alión Ribera del Duero, 2013. $90

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Barbera d’Alba: Deep in color, high in acid and low in tannins, this Italian varietal is often more full-bodied than Pinot Noir, but makes a graceful dinnertime companion. Borgogno Barbera d’Alba, 2017. $24 Gamay: A close cousin to Pinot Noir, Gamay grows next door to Burgundy, France in a region called Beaujolais. The wines it yields are light-bodied and fruity, often with a refreshing tartness. They can be especially delicious when slightly chilled. Domaine Marcel Lapierre ‘Raisins Gaulois’ Vin de France, 2019. $17.99

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Summer in a Glass In a win for you and your guests, the Negroni is the easiest warm-weather cocktail to make perfectly at home. The Negroni has been around a long time. This classic Italian cocktail was invented in 1919 at Bar Casoni in Florence, when Count Camillo Negroni asked bartender Fosco Scarselli to substitute gin for the soda water found in another classic Italian cocktail, the Americano. It took a century for the Negroni to go big-time in the U.S., but now it’s a summer staple. The genius of the Negroni lies in its balance of flavors: bitterness from Campari and sweetness from sweet vermouth, which combine to take the high-proof edge off the third ingredient, gin, without negating the latter’s floral and botanical notes. The result is an herb- and citrusforward drink that tastes like summer in a glass. It’s an easy-sipping cocktail for neophytes who think they don’t like gin or think they don’t like Campari. As luck would have it, the Negroni is also the easiest cocktail to get just right at home, as the three ingredients are used in equal proportions. Simply combine them as described below, and enjoy!

NEGRONI INGREDIENTS n 1 oz. London dry gin n 1 oz. Campari n 1 oz. Italian sweet vermouth n Broad piece of orange peel for garnish; a cherry is optional DIRECTIONS Pour the gin, Campari and sweet vermouth into an old-fashioned glass over ice, and stir. Add the garnish with a professional flourish, as follows: Squeeze the orange peel over the drink to express some essential oil onto the surface. Then run the outside of the peel around the rim of the glass, drop it into the glass, and serve.


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CAFÉS IN EUROPE When the going gets good again and you’re across the pond, why not visit these temples of caffeinated culture? TEXT BY

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Don’t let the word fool you: A café (with or without the accent mark, or the double f) is a coffeehouse, but that doesn’t mean it’s strictly about steaming cups of java brewed to perfection. In fact, walking into a café and ordering just a cuppa joe is like visiting a Michelin-star restaurant for the salad alone. It leaves a lot undiscovered. Whether you’re on a quest to find romance in Paris or culture in Vienna, your travel itinerary is not complete without experiencing a café the way it was meant to be. A little history lesson: The first café was created in Constantinople in 1550, but by the 17th century cafés were all the rage in Italy, France, Germany and England. This was an idea born to grow, and today wherever there is a


hub of activity, you’re likely to find a café. Take time to experience what the elite have enjoyed over the years. Cafés aren’t just for foodies. They are the perfect starter or topper for your traveling day, whatever form that day may take after the recent travails of COVID. What makes a café one of the best? Imagine decadent pastries handcrafted by skilled artists, the finest food and a cozy, candle-lit atmosphere like that of a second living room, often with a ’Gram-worthy view. Are these, then, the six absolutely top cafés in Europe? We’ll guarantee only this: Any other establishment that challenges one of them for a spot on this list will know it’s been in a fight:

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In this cultural mecca along the Danube River, the coffeehouse is as much a cherished institution as the Vienna Opera Ball. Three centuries of tradition puts the Viennese café on the must-see list, right up there with the city’s museums and palaces. Don’t take our word for it. Viennese Coffee House Culture is listed on the Austrian inventory of the National Agency for the Intangible Cultural Heritage. That’s a mouthful, and a significant nod to the impact that coffee teamed up with good food and good chat in a cozy setting can have. Legend has it that the Battle of Vienna in 1683 gave the first coffeehouse here its start. Turkish coffee beans were found among the booty captured by the victorious Viennese, and the rest, supposedly, is history. One of the best cafés to sample for a sense of this tradition is Café Landtmann. Owned by the Querfeld family for more than 140 years, this café has mastered the fine art of sweet temptation in a setting that blends with fresh-baked delicacies from the patisserie. Here, shaping pastries by hand is a rigorous art. The Landtmann’s specialties are Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) and Maroni Blüte (a bloom of chestnuts). But with so many colorful desserts to choose from, you may be tempted to sample a few. And why stop there? The chef de cuisine can prepare a classic Austrian entrée such as wiener schnitzel or goulash, or perhaps a seasonal dish for variety. From breakfast to midnight, you can have it all in the style of a grand café. Or stop by after the theater and sip your brew in the popular glass enclosure—it’s outdoor dining without the elements.



They say “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Well, apply that principle to Porto and you’ll be breaking all diet taboos. Here, sweet pastries are not only on the menu; they are the custom for breakfast. And there’s no better place than this in which to indulge. Before taking a lazy cruise on the famed Douro River, start the day right at a café that’s serious about its coffee, be it a specialty traditional roast or a unique texture or flavor. With more than 115 years of history under its belt, Café a Brasileira inspires with ’Gram-worthy views both inside and out. The elegant dining area features ornate arches and bountiful chandeliers, but the eye is equally drawn to the wall of glass for an unbridled view of the treelined street bustling with activity. The architecture of this coastal city served as inspiration for J. K. Rowling’s Hogwarts. So savor a light meal or fine pastry and get your creative juices going while sipping a favorite brew. Who knows what might come of your Porto café visit?

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A traditional coffeehouse since 1858, Café Gerbeaud is an iconic feature of Vörösmarty Square in downtown Budapest. While you’re in Hungary’s capital, take an evening cruise on the Danube or unwind in the famed thermal spas. But don’t forget to satisfy your craving for chocolate at what has been called one of Europe’s finest coffeehouses and pastry shops. You’ll be following the path of royalty. Take your espresso on the terrace overlooking the square or Váci Utca, the city’s most celebrated street. Or relax in the grand dining area where marble tables and high ceilings reflect sheer elegance. This is no time to count calories, with one of the best-known Hungarian desserts—the Gerbeaud cake—close enough to make your mouth water. Gerbeaud cake is layered with walnuts and apricot jam filling—blanketed with chocolate, of course. The landmark café is also noted for its Dobos cake, cream cakes, handmade bonbons (also found boxed to go), and the list goes on. The café’s namesake, Emil Gerbeaud, who came from a family of confectioners, founded a small chocolate factory on the premises—that’s how much he appreciated the sweet of lovers. Some other favorites are pancakes stuffed with walnuts, smoked salmon and Hungarian cuisine. This iconic site has grown over the years to include a bistro and the Michelin-starred Onyx restaurant.




Do you have the soul of a poet or artist? You’re in good company at Les Deux Magots, one of the oldest cafes in Paris. Writer Ernest Hemingway and painter Pablo Picasso are among the creative types who’ve been drawn over the years to this landmark ideally located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Even J. J. Abrams, one of the directors of the Star Wars films, sought inspiration for the seventh “episode” within its storied walls. And the café has its own literary award to keep the muse flourishing. But if you’re a tourist with a full agenda of sightseeing, you’d probably be happy with a great place to eat—Les Deux Magots is that too. Take the chill off with a double espresso or a hot chocolate served in a steaming pot, a perfect companion for your raspberries and cream, fresh pastries or chocolate lava cake à la mode. Or try some hearty fare such as crispy sea bass in candied fennel and citrus butter sauce after nibbling on a selection of matured cheeses. With outdoor dining among its features, the Les Deux Magots has been at its location since 1873.

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To say Italians are serious about their coffee is like saying the Tiber is damp. Italia claims the title of the world’s coffee capital, and it’s as passionate about preserving its café heritage as it is its museums. Pressures over the years have threatened Rome’s oldest café, Antico Caffé Greco, started more than 250 years ago. But the Italian government infused survival in its bones. Even its furnishings and artwork are protected in a 1953 decree. Good to know, because the Caffé, located on the Via Condotti close to the Spanish Steps, is a must-see after a day of sightseeing in the Eternal City. For ages it’s been the “in” spot for the rich and famous, everyone from Liz Taylor to Princess Diana, and with good reason. Perfection—that’s been the goal for hundreds of years for the brew the Caffé serves in elegant cups or packs for the home connoisseur. Guests are invited to “take your Italian home,” choosing from a variety of perfect historic blends. And the in-house coffee menu is extensive, with varieties ranging from chocolate to ginseng. Bring your appetite because Italians are also known for delizioso food, and Caffé Greco doesn’t disappoint with its pasta mignon, tiramisu or cheesecake. So mangia!



You may not need directions to reach this famous coffeehouse. The aroma of fresh specialty coffee beans wafting down the cobblestone alleys of Girona has been known to tempt even those with strong willpower. Many of those who stop by for the hospitality and healthy fare are cyclists, and that’s fitting; in a rustic setting of brick and cobbled stone is a tribute to cycling history. This light and airy space with high ceilings, concrete floors and greenery was a labor of love for restaurant owners Christian and Amber Meier. The couple found their way to Girona more than 12 years ago because Christian was pursuing a promising career as a professional cyclist. The restaurant was Amber’s passion, and the risk paid off. The menu is based on their travels around the world, an example being hummingbird cake—think carrot cake but with pineapple. Even the coffee is the best the world has to offer, whether it’s the vibrant fruity notes of high-altitude African beans or Brazilian beans’ chocolatey sweetness. With a sumptuous meal and your favorite brew, you’ll have the energy to explore the Catalonia region with its medieval architecture and landscaped gardens. Aren’t we always better after coffee?

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Both indoors and outdoors, Tommy Bahama designs bring home the casual elegance of resort living. If you’ve ever sipped a cocktail at a Tommy Bahama restaurant and bar, then you know that this lifestyle brand is all about conjuring a vacation state of mind. While perhaps best known for sportswear, the name Tommy Bahama is also big in residential design. Lexington Home Brands designs and manufactures 25 collections under the umbrella of Tommy Bahama Home. If these collections have an overarching goal, it’s to recreate the casually elegant essence of destination living in customers’ homes. Inspiration for the designs comes from luxury resorts and exotic vacation spots around the globe. The styling of top resorts tends to be indigenous to the location: British Colonial design exerts an


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