“What is luxury?” is an exhibit that opens today at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and a question I’ve pondered more and more during the years when I’ve had to rebuild a life. I think there are a few sine qua nons of luxury: quality materials, precise craftsmanship, aesthetic and sensual appeal, impeccable service, and… Read More What is luxury?
Colonial Williamsburg is lovely by day, but the 18th century springs to Brigadoon-esque life at night. In the dim light provided by lanterns, the moon, and the reflection of the opalescent shells used for gravel, it’s harder to see all the visitors’ 21st-century garb. And the other senses are heightened. The shells crackle under foot;… Read More Colonial Christmastide at Night
I have two favorite places: my living room and Colonial Williamsburg. One of them looks a lot better at Christmastime (well, okay, all the time), so last weekend I travelled a couple of hours south to see Virginia’s first capital city in all its Christmas splendor. Virtually every building is decked with wreaths and window… Read More Colonial Christmas Decorations