CENTURIES OF STRATEGY
The origins of backgammon date from some 5,000 years ago, but it’s probably safe to say those testing their brain power back then didn’t have access to the splurge-worthy boards available today. For example, check out the elegant sophistication of the York Street Studio Backgammon Board ($1,800), from a design team that contributed to the Obama White House. Made by hand in a Litchfield County studio and featuring steel, leather and gold screws, it can be set within a table designed around it. The board is available now through the company site and in time for the holidays at Neiman Marcus. Game on.
For more, visit yorkstreet.com.
A THOUGHTFUL STYLE
Leave it to those ingenious Italian designers to come up with a desk that’s as sleek as it is practical. The Heritage J.S. Desk from the Philipp Selva Home Collection combines comfort, tradition and Selva’s trademark modern touch. It also features three self-closing drawers, a solid beech frame and a tabletop available in a variety of leathers. Customization offers further finishes and fittings. ($5,768, adjusted for options). Find Selva at select retailers including Safavieh in Stamford, Danbury and Manhattan.
For more, visit selva.com.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
The spiritual nature of Mary Margrill’s jewelry has made it a favorite of celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Katie Holmes. Now, Margrill’s “i am Healed” necklace – described as having been “designed with the intention of sparking one’s ability to visualize and manifest health as well as celebrating recovery” – is not only making the wearer feel good but its purchase will help do good. Twenty percent of each purchase will support The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital. The necklace designs, which each feature a pink sapphire accent, include a heart, pictured here, and a circle. Available in sterling silver or sterling silver with 14-karat yellow gold plate ($160) or in solid 14-karat yellow gold ($1,200).
For more, visit marymargrill.com.
Why have just one bag for fall? After all, you have plenty of different outfits, so – if you follow our logic – you’ll need plenty of coordinating bags. Check out the new selections from Facine, the New York-based luxury designer brand where the focus is on craftsmanship, superior leather and clean lines. Facine is carried at Bloomingdale’s White Plains, so start stocking up with options including, from top, the Carla in purple ($450), the Capri in black ($795) and the Mini Losna in tan ($550). That covers at least three days of the week…
For more, visit facine.com.
BRING AUTUMN INDOORS
Welcome autumn’s bounty right into your home with an artisan-made wreath from Creekside Farms, a family-owned and operated company in California’s Monterey County. It’s hard to choose just a single design from the variety of shapes, foliage and flowers but perhaps you’ll want to start with the Autumn Leaf & Berries Square Wreath ($69) that features a blend of autumn leaves and eucalyptus foliage in an eye-catching shape.
For more, visit creeksidefarms.com.
Most parents would say that nothing is too good for their precious baby. Well, they get to prove that point with the Stokke True Black Xplory Limited Stroller for Neiman Marcus. Stokke is the award-winning manufacturer of innovative, sustainable and oh-so-stylish children’s furniture and accessories. And this luxe stroller features a can’t-go-wrong in black chassis, seat textiles and bottom storage bag with black-and-white accents rounding it out. Of course, it’s functional, as well, with seat-height adjustability and wheels designed to provide the ultimate smooth, maneuverable ride. The limited-edition stroller ($1,400) is available beginning this month at Neiman Marcus in White Plains.
For more, visit neimanmarcus.com.
GOODBYE COFFEE RUNS
When you simply must have the best espresso-based drinks in your own kitchen, the all-new Krups EA9010 Barista Full Coffee One-Touch Cappuccino Machine fits the bill. The fully automated machine offers 17 recipes to create touch-of-a-button drinks, with additional amenities such as a programmable customization of your favorite recipes and self-cleaning functionality. The model ($2,500) even includes the Krups VIP Service Plan, which provides owners with access to an exclusive service phone line for life. It’s like having an in-house barista.
For more, visit krupsusa.com/EA9010 or Williams-sonoma.com.
RAISE YOUR GLASS
It’s certainly a fine time to celebrate Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville. The Hudson Valley mainstay is marking its 175th anniversary with the opening of the Brotherhood Winery Museum, a commemorative book (“The Story of Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery,” by Robert Bedford, $19.99) and of course, something to toast with. We suggest pairing an autumn visit with one of this month’s introductions, a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Vintage Port ($39.99 each).
For more, visit brotherhood-winery.com.