The Duchess is eager for renovations on her home to be complete so that she can get back into the swing of entertaining frequently. It has been a busy but quiet year, with few dinner parties and even fewer major shindigs going down.
The quest for the perfect detail can be so time-consuming, but often yields abundant visual treasure, such as the Manhattan apartment of Veronica Swanson and Jamie Beard photographed for Harper's Bazaar. (Mrs. Beard, together with her sister-in-law, Veronica Miele Beard, designs her own clothing under the label "Veronica Beard" (bien sur).) Designed by Thomas Britt, the apartment is youthful and edgy with a very Parisian feel (and is quite similar in style to the home of Veronica's sister, Alexis Swanson Traina, also designed by Britt together with Ann Getty). The Duchess is contemplating a wholesale copy of those black and white canopy stripes somewhere en casa and is especially coveting those overscale Serge Roche mirrors . . . .