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After earning her MFA from Yale, Pamela Peterson made her mark in the world of design as a costume designer for Saturday Night Live, as an Emmy award-winning TV art director for Martha Stewart, and, most recently, as art director of The Brian Boitano Porject for HGTV.

On her blog, http://justonesuitcase.com/, you can vicariously experience the encounters, treasures and curiosities of the world through the eyes of a designer.

Entries by Pam Peterson

DiffiCULT to Leave, a one-woman show

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 9:44 AM

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Roslyn Cohn was my first friend in New York.

We met at the elevator of the women's residence into which we had both just moved. I had come from Minnesota, and she from California. She was an acting student,...

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Wired for Success

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 7:10 PM

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The magic starts with a simple ball of wire.

In the expert hands of French artist, Marie Christophe, wire is twisted and looped and coiled, meandering its way through glittering crystals and colorful beads, morphing into an elaborate chandelier or a whimsical sculpture.

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Style With Substance

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 4:01 PM

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When I stepped into the charming Copenhagen shop, I found that its proprietor, Danish jewelry designer, Rebekka Notkin, was every bit as lovely as the elegant jewelry displayed in the window.

I had walked right past...

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Less Is More

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 11:43 AM

"Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep."

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Le Corbusier (1897 - 1965)

A striking white modernist structure is tucked into the Square du Docteur Blanche, a stark...

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Ella: Fashion Sense (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 7:19 PM

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Elegant. Timeless. Classic.

These are the three words that come to mind when describing the fashions of Icelandic brand, Ella. I was drawn into the store in Reykjavik by the refined look, and subtle palette, of the clothing.

I...

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La Marinière, an Eternal Classic

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 4:55 PM

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One of my travel wardrobe staples is the classic long-sleeve, horizontal-stripe shirt, called, in French, "la marinière." It's comfortable, and layer-able (a travel necessity), and, thanks to Coco Chanel, fashionable.

On a small island in France, off the coast of Brittany, I...

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Tales of an Irish Country House

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 11:59 PM

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There's no sign and it's not on any map or in any GPS. After driving in circles and, finally, asking a shopkeeper, we found the little dirt lane with grass growing down the middle that led to Ballinderry Park.

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History in the Walls

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 4:14 PM

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In 1902, a letter was delivered to Monsieur le Baron de Thénard, at Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris. It was from a mechanic, demanding payment for the work he had done on the baron's yacht.

In 2012, the letter was found in a wall.

The...

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Will the Heart [Park] Beat Go On?

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:16 PM

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There's a square in the middle of Reykjavik with a beating heart that's fighting for its life.

The park is called Hjartagarðurinn, literally translated as "Heart Garden," and fondly known as "Heart Park."

These are photographs of the...

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Guimauves Pour la Saint-Valentin

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:12 PM

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Around every corner in Paris there is an enticing patisserie or chocolatier. I usually stop momentarily to gaze through the window, and then go on my way. One quiet Sunday afternoon I was walking through the Marais, when I stumbled upon Meert....

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The Iconic Icelandic Sweater: Past and Present

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 5:46 PM


The traditional Icelandic sweater is finding new life in Reykjavik, as young designers take inspiration from the past for their contemporary designs.

This sweater is so iconic to Iceland, I was sure there must be an interesting ancient history behind it. I imagined...

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17 Ways to Incorporate Books Into Your Home Decor (PHOTOS)

(19) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 1:21 PM

The best decorating item is one that's also useful. Books -- antique or new, hardcover or paperback, big or small -- are the easiest, and most effective, accessory that you can have in your home. Books add individuality and personality. They can become a pedestal for a small item or...

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New Year, New Home... in Five Easy Steps

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 2:02 PM

There's no better time than a new year to renew your living space. Whether you have a tiny apartment, or a 10,000 square foot house, here's five simple changes that will make you feel like you're living in a brand new home.

1. Rearrange your furniture.
I'm a...

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Merci: A Parisian Store to be Thankful For

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 5:36 PM

Not only is Merci ("thank you") one of the most fabulous stores in Paris, it's a store with a heart... all profits from their 16,000-square-feet of designer products go to charity.

Bernand and Marie-France Cohen, having had great success with their luxury children's clothing brand, Bonpoint, decided to develop a...

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Holiday Travel: Packing Just One Suitcase

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 11:50 AM

One carry-on suitcase.

That's all I take, regardless of destination or length of trip.

You can do it, really you can. Don't be tempted to take a larger suitcase... you'll have to stand in line to check it, and then you'll risk it being lost in transit. If your flight...

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Easy Holiday Aperitivos

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 11:47 AM


I'm a designer, and I travel a lot, which means I am constantly inspired. On recent trips to Ireland and Argentina, I was reminded of an entertaining idea that is brilliant in its simplicity. Call it hors d'oeuvres, aperitivos or appetizers; it's so easy you...

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Every Home Needs A Holiday Style Moment

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 11:02 AM

Style moments are everywhere -- a gloriously colorful salad in a ristorante in Como, a bundle of ancient books tied up with twine next to a stack of pewter plates in Copenhagen, a vintage sailboat at the Paris flea market, spools of thread in a lace shop in Bruges, a...

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