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What's going on in design and fashion.
  • "Decorating and entertaining are halves of the same apple"

    A friend who really knows how to throw a great party gifted me a copy of Entertaining is Fun! How to Be a Popular Hostess by iconic interior decorator Dorothy Draper. Originally published in 1941, Draper’s delightfully timeless book provides the recipe for success for your next fete, right down to menus and spot-on decorating tips. Not only did Draper establish the first decorating firm in the United States in 1925, she also revolutionized interior design by banishing the dark, heavy aesthetic of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Draper’s signature look, eventually known as American Baroque, boasted beautifully ... Read More
  • Life at Home with IKEA- 12,000 consumers surveyed world wide

    Ikea delves into how people live today with the third annual Ikea Life at Home report, which surveyed more than 12,000 consumers in 12 cities around the world including Berlin, London, Moscow and Mumbai. The recently released report examines how people define what makes a home from four distinct perspectives:  Space, Things, Relationships and Place. With the fast pace and diversity of modern life, home is a concept that is constantly being redefined.          “We are always curious about people’s lives. In a world that is constantly changing, it becomes increasingly important to understand more about new ways of ... Read More
  • Michelle Obama Bestows the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award on Publicolor

    Publicolor, a not-for-profit, New York-based organization which teaches students through painting and design, received the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for their design-based after-school program. First Lady Michelle Obama presented Publicolor with the award at The White House on behalf of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum of Library Services. The award was accepted by Publicolor’s Founder and President Ruth Lande Shuman and Publicolor high school student Elisha Almonte of the Bronx ... Read More
  • Top Trends from the Summer Shows

    With the days still warm, long and sunny, it's hard to imagine that fall is right around the corner. Here's a roundup of my favorite fall trends from the summer shows, infusing the largely modern landscape with a sparkling dash of wit. Black and White The classically timeless combination engages with a fresh and modern livabilityLace New renditions of lace imbue contemporary, yet softly feminine appealGeometric Geometric patterns create a bold, contemporary effect, with hexagonal and octagonal forms in the spotlightTribal Look for exotic prints such as tie dye, ikat and batik to make a ... Read More
  • State of the Art Library is Home to the Classics

    Perched high above Lake Raleigh on the Centennial Campus of NCSU, the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library opened to students last month and I got to check it out this past weekend. Essentially a big shoebox of a building sexed up with interesting surface "fins" and huge swaths of glass, the new state of the art facility is still modern and impressive -- a nice sparkle in a sea of red bricks. (Full disclosure: I am a proud graduate of NCSU.) While I'm no connoiseur of libraries (my partner, John, is in the biz hence this visit) there were ... Read More
  • Seasonal shop talk

    It's the season for giving, and if you are anything like me, you haven't figured out what to give most (OK, all) people on your list. Gift cards can be a very hard-to-resist temptation at this time of year, but they also drain all the fun and thoughtfulness out of the act of giving. I've hand-picked a few of my favorite home accents - that are not only beautiful but also functional - and sure to please the pickiest family members, clients or seasonal shoppers. Michael Aram has introduced limited edition sets just in time for the holidays, pairing ... Read More
  • New Light Forms

    Thixotropes is a series of illuminated sculptures designed by Troika for Selfridges London. The assemblies are made of thin steel bands lined with LEDs. The fixtures revolve creating the illusion of overlapping transparent cones, diamond and spheres. Variations in color are created by adjusting the color temperature of the LEDs. Troika is the London-based design studio founded by Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel. Read More
  • Top ten trends for spring

    ALTHOUGH SPRING IS NOT officially here yet, I believe Spring has arrived for our industry in the form of a rebirth. Judging by the recent markets, it's definitely a time of renewal and positive change. Vendors were happy, buyers were happy and the new introductions were downright happy, too. Bold, bright and cheerful designs reflected the mood at markets across the country. Here's a rundown of the top ten trends to look out for in the coming months.Made in the USA - Expect to see this trend escalate going forwardChevron, Arrow and Flamestitch - Bold geometric patterns evoke ... Read More
  • Cage Match: New Lighting Designs by Arik Levy

    French designer Arik Levy presented Cage, a new collection of lighting for Forestier at Maison & Objet last month. The juxtaposition of hand-made and machine-made elements is both unexpected and quite elegant. The range includes table, floor and pendant lighting in three colorways. Read More
  • Redefining rustic at the Las Vegas Market

    Rustic and distressed styled home accents have a sophistication all their own. Take a look at these designs debuting at the Las Vegas Market this week.Synergy I and II distressed wooden wall panels from Mercana. showroom C-599Hughes bookcase from Four Hands. showroom A-106, 110, 146Ceramic Buddha relief wall decor from The Phillips Collection. showroom A-202, C-132Distressed ceramic pitchers from The Howard Elliott Collection. showroom A-332Ceramic owls from Imax. showroom A-429, 431, 433Wooden lanterns with rope handles from Urban Trends. showroom C-599Woven wicker trunk from Palecek. showroom A-132Patchwork hand-dyed rug from the Alexandria ... Read More
  • Flower Power in Las Vegas!

    Spring is on the way and florals are all the rage. Check out this selection of fab flower designs showing at the Las Vegas Market this week.Mademoiselle Chair in mahogany and red velvet from Christopher Guy. showroom C-101Calla lillies in a bamboo vase from Allstate Floral. showroom A-424Handhooked rug from the Summit Collection by Momeni. showroom B-425The Wall Flower pillow from Emma At Home. showroom B-300Hand-painted accent chest from Stein World. showroom A-344Classic hydrangea arrangement from Bougainvillea. showroom B-424Hook and loop rug from the Serafina collection by KAS. showroom B-570Seeded glass vases ... Read More
  • Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova Introduce Series of Large Scale Contemporary Lamps

    Balloon: Paris based designers Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova have introduced a new series of elegant large scale blown glass lamps with a decidedly modern appeal. They are available in three sizes, and several glass and reflector finishes. Drop one of these on top of that Louis Quatorze commode in the hallway for a very 'now' look!  via Flodeau | photo by Martin Chum Read More