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Spotlight on Holly Holden

Holly Holden, founder and principal of Holly Holden & Company, Ltd., has specialized in classic, old-school interior design for over 25 years. From charming chintz to Chippendale chairs, and horses to headbands, Holly shares the “secret” nuances of inherited manners, preppy patina, and gracious gentility in her weekly e-newsletter, “Mummy’s Monday Manners”, along with her …

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Handwritten Thank-You Notes Have Surprising Consequences

In a recent piece on Psychology Today’s site, Author Christopher Bergland asks readers:  “When was the last time you sent someone a handwritten ‘thank you’ note of gratitude or appreciation?” Throughout the article, Bergland references a fascinating new study on the underestimated benefits of handwritten letters and the importance of putting pen to paper. This study, “Undervaluing …

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Making Traditions Modern: Summer Entertaining

Summer is a time to enjoy the weather and move the party outside, whether for a backyard barbeque, seaside soirée, or rooftop cocktail hour. Earlier in August, we worked with five of our partners to showcase how they would style their ideal summer dinner party. First, they set the scene by sharing their handwritten invitation …

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Vintage Valentine’s Day Greetings

The roots of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to Ancient Rome, though the modern incarnation of the Holiday didn’t begin until the turn of the 19th century.This article in Town & Country Magazine illustrates a brief history of how Valentine’s Day has evolved and why the tradition of sending greeting cards has become a …

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