Keeping Happy at Home – Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

Freda A. Nix

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Elle Decor

For our new series “Objects of Affection,” ELLE Decor is asking designers and others from an array of fields to tell us about an item or items in their personal space that is bringing them comfort and solace as they stay home in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (And here’s what’s keeping the ELLE Decor team happy at home.)

Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian is familiar with the importance of discipline. As a child, he was a classical ballet dancer. But when things didn’t pan out, he eventually switched to the cosmetics world, where he has made a name for himself creating scents for top brands, among them Jean-Paul Gaultier and Narciso Rodriguez. In 2009, Kurkdjian founded his own boutique line, whose hit creations include Aqua Universalis, a blend of bergamot, Italian lemon, white flowers, and musky woods, and Baccarat Rouge 540, a

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Keeping Happy at Home – Ben Pundole James Bond Bulldog

Freda A. Nix

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Elle Decor

For our new series “Objects of Affection,” ELLE Decor is asking designers and others from an array of fields to tell us about an item in their personal space that is bringing them comfort and solace as they stay home in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (And here’s what’s keeping the ELLE Decor team happy at home.)

Ben Pundole is about as experienced a hospitality and travel resource as you will find. He began his career at the Groucho Club in London, then spent 11 years working for Ian Schrager at the Morgans Hotel Group. In 2010, he opened Ruschmeyers in Montauk, New York. Pundole is now the vice president of brand experience at Ian Schrager/Marriott’s Edition hotels group and the founder of the editorial travel site AHotelLife.com. These days, he has been hosting live conversations on AHotelLife’s social-media channels with

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Keeping Happy at Home – Lynn Nottage Cast-Iron Skillet

Freda A. Nix

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Elle Decor

For our new series “Objects of Affection,” ELLE Decor is asking designers and others from an array of fields to tell us about an item in their personal space that is bringing them comfort and solace as they stay home in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (And here’s what’s keeping the ELLE Decor team happy at home.)

Playwright Lynn Nottage isn’t shy about delving into difficult and tumultuous topics. She won her first Pulitzer Prize in the drama category in 2009 for her play Ruined, which follows a group of women trying to survive in a small town in the Republic of Congo against the backdrop of civil war. And her 2015 work Sweat, which earned her a second Pulitzer Prize, focuses on the blue-collar residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, who are struggling with job losses and economic hardships that inflame the neighborhood’s underlying

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