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Moment of Luxury
Moment of Luxury, a public television lifestyle series conceived and hosted by award-winning international designer Bill Stubbs, makes the experience of “luxury” — excellence, comfort and exclusivity — accessible to Americans on any budget. Filmed in beautiful locations in the U.S. and around the world, Stubbs offers viewers tips on how to bring good, yet affordable, living into their homes and daily lives through home design, food, culture and art.
Join one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 designers, Bill Stubbs, as he travels to exotic locales in search of design inspiration — from English palaces to Newport and Palm Beach mansions; from French flea markets to New York City showrooms; from Mexican haciendas to Incan ruins. Along his journey, Stubbs visits with some of the world’s top authorities on design, including President and featured designer of Mark Hampton, LLC., Alexa Hampton, Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles, and Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Paige Rense.
In each episode, Stubbs explores a different city, gaining inspiration from the design, culture, history and food of each area. Then he demonstrates how to apply these inspirations at home to experience a transformative “moment of luxury.” Sharing his creative vision on entertaining, design and enjoying life to its fullest, Stubbs proves that luxurious moments can be experienced by all viewers, no matter how lavish or modest their budget.
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Award-winning interior designer Bill Stubbs hosts the home decorating series Moment of Luxury. Stubbs believes luxury can be experienced by everyone, no matter how lavish or modest the budget.
Parisian Luxury Back Home
Paris, France - Bill Stubbs checks into the former grand Parisian home that is now the Saint James Hotel, and explores the little-known Maison Baccarat Museum and the largest flea market in the world, the Marche aux Puces de Saint-Quen, where he finds an endless array of inspirations to apply throughout his Houston townhouse. After bathroom and kitchen renovations, Bill shows viewers how to enjoy their own "taste of Paris" at home with a simple dessert.
A Day in the Country: From Old England to New England
Chesham, England/Perryville, Rhode Island - Bill takes us from Old England to New England. He visits the 1790 home/antique shop and cottage garden of his friend in the charming village of Chesham in Buckinghamshire, England. Bill also learns more about his favorite blue and white china from Antiques Roadshow expert, Eric Knowles. He celebrates New England style - from sizzling jonnycakes to classic cars - at the 17th century Perry homestead in Perryville, RI, which houses a magical Japanese garden where we have a quiet moment of luxury.
Modern Classics: Texas-Style Luxuries
Houston, Texas - Bill gives a personal tour of his beloved hometown, Houston, illustrating the Texas-style luxury of its theatres and classic neighborhoods. Plus, a peak at one of Bill's "works in progress," a total home renovation for a modern Texas family with New England roots. Finally, Bill welcomes his daughter Courtney home to help her select her wedding dress.
The Latin Tradition of Handmade Luxury
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - Bill travels to the heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, founded in 1565. The colonial city's cathedrals, haciendas, cobblestone streets and open-air markets are the backdrop for traditional artisans of all kinds. Bill visits a friend back in Houston who has incorporated wonderful artifacts from San Miguel into her home, and explains how to integrate travel discoveries into daily life.
Secrets and Sources of An Interior Designer
New York, New York - For many people New York City is all about grand scale; but for a designer, the city is about the details. Bill visits his favorite architectural salvage emporium and an old world linen shop that specializes in custom embroidery. He meets renowned fellow designer Alexa Hampton, president and featured designer of Mark Hampton LLC., who shares her secret source for exquisite craftsmanship in draperies and upholstery.
Behind The Scenes at a Designer Showroom
Dania, Florida - Bill goes behind-the-scenes at the Design Center of America (DCOTA) for the Winter Market, an event that brings together both aspiring and established designers. Offering an exclusive look inside the showrooms, Bill shows how to create an elegant space using simple and accessible materials. Next, Bill encourages an undiscovered talent waiting in line at Architectural Digest's Designer Open Audition and interviews the premier authority on design, Architectural Digest's eminent editor-in-chief, Paige Rense.
Living with History
Blenheim Palace, England - Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill, the daughter of the Duke of Marlborough, gives Bill a private tour of her ancestral home, Blenheim Palace, one of the most famous in England, a Baroque masterpiece. Bill admires the portrait gallery and the magnificent tapestries adorning the palace walls, which inspired him to create his own interpretations for his Houston home.
America's Castles: The First Gilded Age
Newport, Rhode Island - Bill visits the grand Newport summer cottages of the Vanderbilt Family and other magnates of the Gilded Age, an era of extreme wealth and extravagance. Bill and his friend, renowned party planner Brian Rafinelli, transform an ordinary dining room into a luxurious space for entertaining inspired by the Gilded Age.
Northwest Style: Fresh and Natural
Seattle and Washington Wine Country - Whether it's seafood, coffee, architecture or design, Seattle, where the high mountains meet Puget Sound, is all about a fresh approach. Bill tastes some local specialties at Pike Place Market, one of the oldest farmers' markets in the U.S., and gathers some fresh ingredients to inspire the chef at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery. There, Bill discovers the art of pairing wine with different food. He also visits a stunning, modern eco-friendly house overlooking Lake Washington.
Palm Beach Classic
Palm Beach, Florida - Bill traces the elegant resort town's history, from the early 1900s when American tycoon and Florida East Coast Railway founder Henry Flagler extended his railroad to the area, putting Palm Beach on the map. Bill also explores the city's lifestyle, highlighting the way its natural beauty influences Palm Beach design, from Whitehall - Flagler's Estate - and other mansions to the Brazilian Court Hotel and the grounds of the American Orchid Society.
Modern Meets Incan
Lima, Peru - Bill visits Lima's magnificent historic sites and discovers the lasting influence of the Incas on modern day Peru. Peruvian contemporary artisans and designers honor their Incan and pre-Columbian roots in creating some of the world's most fascinating art, textiles, jewelry, modern architecture and food.
Houston, Texas - Bill saddles up and hits the Salt Grass Trail, where old Texas traditions meet modern luxury, on his way to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world's largest rodeo, held every year in Bill's hometown. Then, Bill gets fitted for a perfectly "sculpted" cowboy hat and demonstrates how to easily integrate equestrian and western elements into home decor.
New York, New York - It's time to celebrate! Bill creates a dramatic table setting from scratch for a major New York City benefit. Next, a furniture shopping trip with his daughter Courtney - with her wedding fast approaching it's time to start decorating that newlywed apartment. The episode concludes with a celebration of the marvelous people and places that have inspired Bill this season on Moment of Luxury.
Kips Bay Showhouse
New York, NY - Designer Show Houses are a great way to get ideas for your home. Top designers including Bunny Williams, Juan Montoya and Charles Pavarini show their stunning rooms and share their clever and inexpensive design secrets with fellow designer Bill Stubbs.
Collecting and Buying at Auctions
New York, NY - Bill goes behind the scenes at Sotheby's with Leslie Keno (Antiques Roadshow), then shows how anyone can create a collection (how about pink plastic radios?) and a unique room for next to nothing with imagination, thrift shopping, and even "dumpster diving."
New York, NY - Bill dedicates this episode to children and precious childhood memories. He visits some marvelous children's rooms, including one with a Wizard of Oz theme and draws more inspiration from legendary designer, artist and author Gloria Vanderbilt, who has recreated her 1940's teenage sitting room for the Kips Bay Show House. Bill shares his favorite treat, chocolate, in a "Moment of Luxury" with renowned chocolate maker, Jacques Torres.
Home & Garden
Falls Village, CT - Top designer and bestselling author Bunny Williams invites Bill to her Connecticut retreat, the 18th-century house featured in her much admired book, An Affair with a House. We learn some of her easy ideas to create a wonderful home and garden, one project at a time, as a true labor of love. Bill then combs his way through the renowned Trade Secrets garden show and visits the fantastic craftsmen at Battle Hill Forge, who make custom garden ornaments and fences out of steel.
Montreal, Canada - Bill takes in the Old Quarter in Montreal with its magnificent churches; admires the view of the city from Mont Royal, a park designed by Frederic Law Olmstead; and tastes the delights of North America's largest open air market with Stefano Faita, a young chef from Montreal with deep roots in the city's "Little Italy."
Mission Style and Southwestern Living
San Antonio, TX - Bill explores the origins of Mission design, stops by the Alamo, floats along San Antonio's famous River Walk, samples authentic Tex-Mex food at one of his favorite restaurants and learns how to make their signature dish, "Enfrijoladas."
Edith Wharton's Home - The Mount
Lenox, MA - Bill visits author Edith Wharton's renowned home, The Mount, in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. Before her famous novels, Wharton wrote books on design and gardening and loved to entertain. We go behind the scenes before a special event, a wonderful dinner inspired by a meal in The Age of Innocence.
Pyne House Organic Garden & Easy Entertaining
Houston, TX & San Clemente, CA - In Houston, Bill revisits a project he began in season one, a family home created for a couple with very different styles that includes a delightful organic garden. Bill learns about composting, harvesting, and easy outdoor entertaining from his friend and neighbor, Tina Pyne. In a brief visit to southern California, Bill takes a ride in a 1940s Lincoln Continental and explores how cars keep their design DNA over generations. He then visits a classic seaside hacienda transformed into the beautiful Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, which was once the home of San Clemente's founding father, Ole Hanson.
Litchfield, CT - Bill enjoys a weekend in Connecticut, where the landscape could be mistaken for England, Italy, or Switzerland. Bill visits some secret gardens and learns how to make a simple and low maintenance terrarium with famous garden writer Tovah Martin.
Restoration After Hurricane Ike
Galveston, TX - Bill explores Galveston's historic district and hotels, shares Galveston's fascinating history, meets some of the local characters, and helps a family restore a home destroyed by Hurricane Ike.
Bonjour Quebec City
Quebec City, Canada - Bill walks the winding cobblestones streets of the old walled Quebec City to reach the fabulous landmark Chateau Frontenac Hotel, where Chef Jean Soulard invites Bill to his rooftop inspiration, where he tends an herb garden and keeps bees.
Northeast - Bill explores the Norman Rockwell Museum in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he learns about the artist's unique creative process from a guide who posed for Rockwell as a child. Then in New York City, Bill sees how custom wallpaper is made in the workshop of famous designer Peter Fasano, and visits a living legend, renowned furniture designer Vladimir Kagan at his home.
Galveston, TX - Bill completes and furnishes a house in Galveston destroyed by Hurricane Ike and celebrates some of his favorite friends and places.
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