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Winter Warm-Up

While at Battery Kemble Park this past weekend with Nina, I was reminded why some people love winter. The sky was clear, the sun was shining and the snow was glistening in the treetops and underfoot. It really was magical. I later wrote to a friend that it was a perfect day - “warm and sparkly”. Not exactly a scientific description, but spot-on nonetheless. Although I don’t think I’ve ever used those exact words to describe a project, I certainly could have. I’ve embraced that concept a few times over the past few years. One renovation in particular comes to mind. Huntley & Co. redesigned a Pennsylvania Avenue apartment for a client in 2009. The goal was to create an urban oasis for a chic and independent woman in her early 30s with a love of family, fashion and fun. We created a feminine yet spirited home pour cette femme who was (and is) warm and sparkly herself. The space was completely transformed, our client was thrilled and the apartment is still the dreamiest on the block. The perfect place, in fact, to kick back after a long winter’s day spent at the dog park. Hmmm … Does someone want a house guest?

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Pennsylvania Avenue “Jewel Box” Apartment

Huntley & Co. 2009

pyrite & polish

Further evidence of my love for all things "warm and sparkly". A gorgeous chunk of Pyrite

I found at a flea market and “All Hail McQueen” polish by Butter London.


I could buy table settings all day long. Especially in glimmering metals like these.

I found these gorgeous wares on scouting trips to Pennsylvania and L.A. respectively.


A little sparkle up top does everyone some good. A fox at Oliver Dunn in Georgetown

wears a diminutive crown while watching the foot traffic outside. And Coco Rocha looks

every bit the queen in one of my all-time favorite Grace Coddington-styled Vogue shoots.

chandelier & fireplace

The perfect combination of design elements to create the warm modern look I love – the perpetually

dazzling Met Chandelier as seen at Moss in NYC and a simple firebox with brass surround by

Chakib Richani for Elie Saab. Simple and architectural meets complex and detailed with the

common denominators of light, reflectivity and glamour.

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Two women who never fail to sparkle on the red carpet. Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer

Lopez always have a beautiful, polished, “glow from within” look about them.

It’s in their fashion choices, makeup application, jewelry and glossy hair.

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Katie Lee Joel’s mirrored dressing table and accoutrements complement nicely a

Huntley & Co. foyer with luminous silk drapery panel and imported mosaic floor.


What better way to warm up mid-winter than with bubbly cocktails in a chic yet cozy setting.

During the winter months, mon amour and I like to imbibe and nuzzle at Agaiin, Le Chat Noir

and Café Bonaparte. To see the most glamorous cocktail hour ever recorded on film, check

out the Paris Je T’aime spread on or watch The September Issue on video.

Be safe, stay warm and sparkle this winter season!

Tricia & Nina


* All professional Huntley & Co. photos by Kevin Allen Photography *