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I Need Your Help!

You may not hear from me frequently this summer as I?ve just started work on my next book, which I?m happy to announce will be published by Vendome Pr...
01-06-2017 19:09

The Return of the Canopy Bed

There were many highlights of last month\'s High Point Furniture Market, but one in particular made quite an impression on me: the gratifying appearan...
19-05-2017 19:04

Mario Times Two

And while we\'re on the subject of High Point, another favorite introduction of mine are the ...
19-05-2017 19:04

Kirill Istomin and his World of Fantasy

One of my biggest complaints about social media is the sometimes deleterious effect it seems to have on creativity.  On the one hand, it could be ar...
09-05-2017 19:06

Spring Book News

In between visits to the Southeastern Designer Showhouse, High Point, and Design ADAC, I have managed to carve out some time to enjoy Spring\'s bumper...
01-05-2017 19:09

The Decorators Club, circa 1931

The Decorators Club is one of the design industry\'s most storied organizations. Established in 1914, the group, which is made up of female designers...
24-04-2017 19:08

Burleigh Pottery

Since I started my blog ten years ago, Tiffany & Co. discontinued most of its china as well as its much-loved Bamboo sterling flatware, Steuben went o...
19-04-2017 19:03

The Bunny Williams Collection for Currey & Company

The are a number of major launches scheduled for High Point Spring Market, including the already much buzzed-about debut of the Bunny Williams Collect...
14-04-2017 19:04

Join Alex Papachristidis and Me at Design aDAC

I hope you\'ll join designer Alex Papachristidis and me at Design ADAC, where, on Tuesday, April 25th, we will be discussing "The Eye of the Collect...
10-04-2017 19:03

A D.C. Delight

To me, some of the most memorable homes featured on the pages of Architectural Digest are those Seventies and Eighties-era nighttime apartments. I ca...
10-04-2017 19:03

Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at Colonial Williamsburg debuted a new exhibit last week, one that should appeal to anyone with an interest ...
03-04-2017 19:04

The Joy of Flowers

Spring is here, the flowers and trees are in bloom (and have been for quite some time here in the South), and that annual layer of yellow pollen co...
27-03-2017 19:02

New Offerings from Jim Thompson and No. 9 Thompson

I recently spent a pleasant morning at the Jim Thompson showroom at ADAC, perusing the new collections from both Jim Thompson and No. 9 Thompson. Bot...
13-03-2017 19:02

Making a Hash of Things

Isn\'t odd how certain things that have never before been on your radar suddenly push their way into your consciousness thanks to their repetitive app...
07-03-2017 19:02

The Maria Theresa L. Virata Collection at Christie's

A highlight of Christie\'s upcoming Asian Art Week is Christie\'s website.QI BAISHI (1864-1957) Sunrise over Water Hanging scroll, ink and color on pa...
03-03-2017 19:02

The Party Planner for Cafe Society

Party planner or event designer" Frankly, neither title seems elegant enough for the late Jacques Frank, a Paris-based designer who conceived and dec...
28-02-2017 19:03

Spy Les Giacometti

Everyone has been buzzing about Christie\'s upcoming Diego Giacometti sale, which will take place in Paris on March 6. Titled Christie\'s website, wh...
23-02-2017 19:02

Beaton on Reddish

"Everywhere we find that modern life is killing the goose that laid the golden egg. The golden egg was the stark beauty of individuality, and the goo...
20-02-2017 19:03

J. Cellier, the Sunburst Specialist

The Georges Geffroy book, about which I wrote last week, has prompted me to revisit my paltry collection of fifties-era issues of the French arts and ...
13-02-2017 19:15

Georges Geffroy, A Legend

I\'ve spent the last few days engrossed in a book that has become a new favorite: Georges Geffroy: 1905-1971, Lťgende du Grande Dťcor FranÁais. Geffr...
06-02-2017 19:06

The 2017 Cathedral Antiques Show

The antiques-show season is upon us, and one show that many of us particularly look forward to is the Cathedral Antiques Show, organized and sponsored...
26-01-2017 19:05

A Return to Elegance"

The 2017 trend forecasts have been announced, and if what the prognosticators are saying comes true, we have French food and a return to elegant enter...
24-01-2017 19:04

The Elevator Lobby

Private elevator lobbies and vestibules- it\'s been quite some time since I\'ve seen one appear in print.  Granted, these bijou spaces are not very ...
19-01-2017 19:05

Palm Beach Fantasy

Winter weather got you down"  Then how about a Palm Beach pick-me-up, courtesy of the February issue of House Beautiful"  Chock full of design goodn...
12-01-2017 19:05

Ch‚teau de Castille

If you follow the international real estate pages of the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, you are likely familiar with Ch‚teau de Castille. ...
12-01-2017 19:05

Until We Meet Again

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah.  May your holiday be filled with all the joys of the season.See you in 2017!(Image: A fest...
23-12-2016 19:06

Dana Gibson for Stroheim

Before we break for the holidays, I want to bring you tidings of a new fabric, trimmings, and wallcovering collection that is full of good cheer. D...
21-12-2016 19:03

And Last but Not Least...

Copyright Lee Higham, Assistant, 1979Photograph by James McMillan, collection of Stiles Tuttle ColwillPhotograph by James McMillan, collection of Andr...
19-12-2016 19:04

Zuber: Much More than Wallpaper

No doubt the name "Zuber" conjures up images of rooms graciously- and often plentifully- papered in exquisite scenic wallcoverings.  One of the world...
12-12-2016 19:06

Home for the Holidays 2016

I recently had the pleasure of attending a preview of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles\' Home for the Holidays showhouse. An Atlanta holiday tradition, the...
21-11-2016 19:07

Fig and Dove: Christmas Couture

If, like me, you are very particular about the Christmas decorations with which you adorn your house, you should know about Fig and Dove. Founded by¬...
21-11-2016 19:07

Fall Book Recommendations, Part II

High on my list of book recommendations this fall is Sunnylands: America\'s Midcentury Masterpiece, written by Janice Lyle, Director of Sunnylands C...
17-11-2016 19:07

Iris Apfel, Visual Gourmet

This is one blog post that you\'ll want to read with the aid of a pair of glasses, a magnifying glass, or the zoom function of your mouse, because the...
14-11-2016 19:09

Garnitures: Vase Sets from National Trust Houses

The Victoria & Albert Museum recently debuted a new exhibition that is right up our alley: Garnitures: Vase Sets from National Trust Houses.  Garnitu...
07-11-2016 19:09

120 Years of House Beautiful

Have you seen the November issue of House Beautiful"¬† A¬†tribute to¬†the magazine\'s 120th anniversary, this special¬†issue is a celebration of both¬...
31-10-2016 19:08

A Welcome Retreat

November 8 can\'t come soon enough for me.  (For those of you unfamiliar with American politics, that would be Election Day.)  Right now, I\'d love ...
24-10-2016 19:07

Fancy People in Fancy Dress

It seems that Halloween has become just as much a holiday for adults as it is for children.  Although I haven\'t celebrated Halloween since I was a...
21-10-2016 19:05

San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show

The always well-regarded and highly-attended San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show will take place from Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October ...
18-10-2016 19:10

Another Look at Le Jonchet

So frequently have the homes of M. de Givenchy appeared on my blog, I almost feel the need to apologize for once again showing you photos of one of th...
18-10-2016 19:10

Into the Wild with Schumacher

Schumacher recently invited me and two other bloggers to participate in a design challenge.  The task was to select our favorite animal-print fabrics...
12-10-2016 19:10

Luxe, Calme, et Voluptť

As I mature, I find myself increasingly drawn to interiors that are refined and pretty.  Perhaps it\'s a sign of aesthetic maturity, or maybe it\'s s...
10-10-2016 19:12

Chateau de Groussay Today

When I flipped through a recent issue of French AD and spied a colorful article on classic twentieth-century chairs (think designs by Arne Jacobsen an...
05-10-2016 19:14

The Wedding in Monaco

Did you happen to see the documentary, The Wedding in Monaco, when it aired on Turner Classic Movies a few days ago"  If not, you must.  The 1956 do...
26-09-2016 19:07

Fall Design Books, Part One

It\'s that time of year again: Fall Book Season.  Over the coming months, I\'ll be reviewing my picks for the season.  First up are these five stand...
23-09-2016 19:06

Dining in the Vestibule

Where to dine if one\'s home lacks a dining room"  According to a few mid-century issues of  Connaissance des Arts and House & Garden, the vestibule...
19-09-2016 19:03

Pomp and Restraint

Thanks to social media overexposing almost everything and everybody, I seem to have grown tired of a lot these days.  But one thing that I never ti...
16-09-2016 19:04

American Fashion Then and Now

Generally speaking, commentaries written about society rarely age well, but one that has is The Beautiful People.  Written in 1967 by former New Y...
13-09-2016 19:04

Join Me

I hope you\'ll join me at two special design events this fall.First up is AmericasMart Atlanta\'s inaugural Fall Design Week, which runs September 19-...
09-09-2016 19:03

The Serial Entertainer's Passion for Parties

Before we part for the weekend, I\'d like to recommend a new book on entertaining: The Serial Entertainer\'s Passion for Parties. Written by Steven S...
09-09-2016 19:03

What Libraries Are For

"What\'s the room with all the books for""  If you read Peter Haldeman\'s recent New York Times article on his experience with using a home stager ("...
06-09-2016 19:04

That Was Entertaining

As you well know, vintage magazines are my one of my biggest indulgences.  Copies of House Beautiful from the 1930s"  Divine!  Late Sixties issues ...
19-08-2016 19:00

Ralph Rucci at Home

It\'s been a while since I first reviewed Ralph Rucci: Autobiography of a Fashion Designer, and four years later, I still enjoy perusing it. An autob...
16-08-2016 19:00

Where to Spend a Saturday Night

There was a time in my life when weekends were spent going out, catching up with friends, and having too much fun.  Well, that time has come and gone...
12-08-2016 19:02

Slim's Pickings

OK, so the title of my blog post is corny, but there is nothing the least bit feeble about the Manhattan apartment of the late socialite, Slim Keith.¬...
08-08-2016 19:01

The World of Jerry Zipkin

Walker of walkers.  Social moth.  Humpty Dumpty.  If you read W back in the Eighties, you will likely remember these now-classic zingers that the m...
01-08-2016 19:00

Smedmore House

If the name Smedmore House doesn\'t ring a bell, then perhaps the photo of its ravishing pink dining room, copiously adorned with blue and white FŁrst...
25-07-2016 19:02

Lord Weidenfeld and Geoffrey Bennison

As I read last Saturday\'s edition of the Financial Times, I came across a small version of the photo above, which accompanied an article on London re...
21-07-2016 19:04

Valerian Rybar's Feverish Eclecticism

Recently, two neighbors of mine, both fellow children of the Eighties, joined me in watching my all-time favorite mini-series, Lace, which I sheepishl...
18-07-2016 19:03

Liz O'Brien Editions

It\'s not often that I find a furniture collection that altogether suits me to a T, but such is the case with Liz O\'Brien Editions, the brainchild of...
11-07-2016 19:05

A Bonus

I couldn\'t resist snapping photos of this set of four vintage chairs, also available at Travis & Company.  I love both the faux-malachite finish and...
11-07-2016 19:05

Nan Kempner in the Country

When I first saw these 1983 Architectural Digest photos of Nan Kempner\'s house in Purchase, New York, I was a bit surprised at how low-key its interi...
07-07-2016 19:02

Dorothy Draper Fabrics & Wallcoverings

When I published last week\'s blog post about Dorothy Draper, a number of readers reminded me of the Dorothy Draper Fabrics & Wallcoverings collection...
05-07-2016 19:02

A Timeless Townhouse

The Manhattan townhouse featured here today is the not the kind of home one sees very often these days, and that\'s a shame. Some might deem it too f...
28-06-2016 19:02

Returning to My Roots

When I started my blog back in 2006, I wrote frequently about Dorothy Draper, who remains my all-time favorite decorator.  From the time I first saw ...
24-06-2016 19:00

Julia Reed's South

Before some of you check-out for the summer, I must tell you about one of my favorite Spring book releases: Julia Reed\'s South. It\'s no secret that...
21-06-2016 19:03

Madeline Stuart meets Cedric Gibbons

All too often, we see photos of legendary houses with once-legendary interiors that have been renovated and redecorated beyond recognition.  It is so...
17-06-2016 19:03

Sharp Card Tables

My friend Jean and I were recently discussing card tables. While she wishes she had one, I wish that mine wasn\'t quite so mundane. A collapsible th...
16-06-2016 19:02

The Private Collection of Joan Rivers

A very different woman from Susan Mary Alsop, who was featured here on Wednesday, was Joan Rivers, the legendary comedienne and home-shopping pioneer ...
03-06-2016 19:01

At Home with Susan Mary Alsop

I\'m certain that many of you are familiar with the late Susan Mary Alsop. A descendant of John Jay, Susan Mary led a most interesting life. During ...
01-06-2016 19:02

A Billy Baldwin Bonus

And one more interior that seems oh-so-right for the summer: this Nantucket living room, which was decorated around 1980 by Billy Baldwin.  The house...
27-05-2016 19:02

A Bucolic Virginia Residence

If you read the May issue of British House & Garden, you\'ll likely remember the article about Anne Massie\'s historic Virginia house, whose master be...
27-05-2016 19:02

My Idea of Real Comfort Is...

I recently found a fun 1980 House & Garden article in which top designers were asked to define comfort. Not surprisingly, most designers linked comfo...
25-05-2016 19:02

Veere Grenney for Schumacher

London-based designer Veere Grenney recently visited Atlanta to introduce his second collection for Schumacher.  While I knew that he was immensely t...
23-05-2016 19:04

The Goodrum House

If you live in Atlanta or have spent any time here, then you\'re likely familiar with the Goodrum House.  Fondly known as the "Peacock House" (or, at...
19-05-2016 19:03

The Classics: The Brumby Rocker

Ask most Southerners to name their favorite chair, and they\'ll likely respond, "A Brumby Rocker, of course." As Southern as sweet tea and monograms,...
19-05-2016 19:03

Even More Blues from the Lee Ann Thornton Home Collection

Congratulations go to Greenwich, Connecticut-based designer Lee Ann Thornton, who recently launched her own home furnishings collection.  Consisting ...
16-05-2016 19:00

Beaton by Bailey

I recently found my new favorite Roku channel: M2M, or Made to Measure, the video channel of IMG, which, among other services, produces fashion weeks ...
13-05-2016 19:02

The Home that Red-Headed Woman Furnished

Over the years, I have come across this thirties-era photo on numerous occasions. It\'s hard not to pause and study it, because the photo captures th...
09-05-2016 18:59

The Southeastern Designer Showhouse and Gardens

You haven\'t heard from me in a while because life has been taking me away from blogging.  By life, I mean work, illness, and a flooded kitchen.  As...
03-05-2016 19:00

An Early Thirties Set Piece

Of skincare maven Helena Rubinstein\'s homes, much has been documented.  I\'ve seen photos of her avant-garde Paris apartment as well as her Manhatta...
11-04-2016 19:01

Potterton Pop-Up

If you\'re planning to attend High Point Market in a few weeks, you should make an effort to visit Potterton Book\'s pop-up shop at the Currey & Compa...
05-04-2016 19:01

A Bevy of Flowers

In honor of pollen season the arrival of Spring, I\'m giving you flowers, courtesy of Ronaldo Maia.  Maia, who for decades has been one of New York\'...
01-04-2016 19:03

Villa Albicini

One of Georgia\'s more architecturally-intriguing houses is Villa Albicini, the Philip Shutze-designed Italianate house located in the city of Macon. ...
28-03-2016 19:03

Dinner in a Paris Kitchen

It recently dawned on me that it\'s been ages since I\'ve written an entertaining blog post- that is, a post about entertaining.  Let\'s hope you\'ve...
22-03-2016 19:04

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