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June 2017 Book Recommendations

Joyce Carol Oates’s, BLACK WATER: A NOVEL; a famous senator, a beautiful girl, and an accident. Chappaquiddick re-told. Betty Rollin’s, LAST WISH; a mother suffers from painful cancer, and her daughter helps her die. OPEN: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY; the life–so far–of the great Andre Agassi, tennis champ, and education advocate. Richard Moe’s, ROOSEVELT’S SECOND ACT: THE […]

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Book of the Week: FIRST LADY FROM PLAINS by Rosalynn Carter

A memoir partially about the 1980 election defeat.

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Book of the Week: SECOND HEAVEN by Judith Guest

Three very different people–a divorced absentee father, his former client, and a troubled teenager, become friends.

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Customer Stories: Vintage Smilow

We always love to hear from our customers and share their stories—especially when they speak to the timelessness of our brand. Last week we posted the below photo on Instagram of a vintage Smilow sofa and lounge set, the comment we got from Louise Niemeyer—a longtime Smilow customer—made us smile. “My sofa and club chair. Love […]

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Reading fosters empathy and more positive social attitudes

WASHINGTON, DC – “As thankful as we might be for the productive technological innovations of the 21st Century, it is important to recognize that the digital society we’ve created has pitfalls—particularly for our youngest citizens,” says author and publisher David Bruce Smith. According to Smith, the “new” electronic world fosters apathy instead of empathy and […]

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Come See Smilow at ICFF 2017

NYC Design Month is upon us and ICFF begins May 21, 2017!! We’ve always been proud of how customizable our furniture is, and this year at ICFF we’re showcasing our Classic Credenza in three new and different configurations with our premier NYC showroom, Suite NY. Stop by Booth #2205 and say hi!

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Book of the Week: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

A widow who opens a bookshop in an English seaside town is snubbed.

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May 2017 Instagram Inspirations

  Top from Left: Woven rush ottoman as a gorgeous coffee table, Quilted and stiched—lots of textural textiles this week in Milan, In Progress Bottom from Left: Our woven leather lounge sitting pretty in @houseandgardenuk, Velvet + Smilow,  One last look at some of our favorite moments and scenes from #milandesignweek

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Book of the Week: ARE YOU MY MOTHER? by P.D. Eastman

A baby bird goes searching for his mother after they are separated.

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Your Summer 2017 Reading List

Judith Rossner’s, LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR Truman Capote’s, IN COLD BLOOD Harold Robbins’s, A STONE FOR DANNY FISHER       Jerzy Kosinski’s, THE PAINTED BIRD Leon Leyson’s and Marilyn J. Harran’s, THE BOY ON THE WOODEN BOX: HOW THE IMPOSSIBLE BECAME POSSIBLE…ON SCHINDLER’S LIST Patty Duke’s, CALL ME ANNA Judith Guest’s, ORDINARY PEOPLE Roald […]

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