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“There is nothing simple about simplicity. … Simplicity is complexity,” writes interior designer Nancy Braithwaite in her new book, Simplicity. For Braithwaite design is...
“There is nothing simple about simplicity. … Simplicity is complexity,” writes interior designer Nancy Braithwaite in her new book, Simplicity. For Braithwaite design is...
Book to Know: Design Advice in Greg Natale’s ‘The Tailored Interior’
Australian designer Greg Natale creates classic interiors that are sleek, decadent and indulgent to the senses — and now we can all take a leaf out of his book. His latest work, The Tailored Interior, showcases some of his interiors and offers...
From the Artist: How to Make a Real Mobile
I’d like to explain how to make a real mobile. By a “real” mobile, I mean one in which the balance of the different parts depends on those parts, which results in much more interesting dynamics than if you just tie a number of objects to a coat...
A Celebration of Design at Holiday House NYC 2014
Sophisticated lounges, relaxing retreats, crystal-filled tablescapes, art from around the world and imaginative rethinking of holidays and celebrations define the displays done by designers in this year’s Holiday...
Catching Up With the Queen of Shabby Chic
What started more than two decades ago with a small store selling slipcovered furniture and flea market finds in Santa Monica, California, has blossomed into the enormously popular Shabby Chic style and brand. We caught up with founder Rachel Ashwell...
Luxurious Looks From the 2014 Hamptons Show House
What do interior designers create when they have no client, only their own imagination? Find out with this glimpse at the 2014 Holiday House Hamptons presented by HC&G,...
Trend Spotting in Milan
Milan, Italy, is always a great place to be for great design. April is a particularly hot month, though. The city hosts one of the biggest design events in the world then: Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition),...
21st-Century Amenities for an Old-Time Show House Bath
Designer Allie Mann’s challenge at the 2014 DC Design House was to reimagine a guest bathroom that was stuck in the 1930s, while making it still feel appropriate...
A Kitchen Opens Up for a D.C. Show House
One of the biggest challenges in remodeling a kitchen is improving the layout — as well as the flow into the adjoining rooms — to better meet the demands of today’s lifestyle. At this year’s DC...
Designers Get Creative in a D.C. Show House
The 2014 DC Design House was built in 1929 and originally owned by the founder of the city’s Madison Hotel, Marshall B. Coyne. Its three levels, including six bedrooms and five full baths, provided an ample canvas and an array of challenges for the...
New Book: Homes That Honor the Landscape
When designing a home, it’s important to calibrate the architecture to the landscape around it. Skillfully capturing views and allowing sunlight to enter can transform even the most modest dwelling into something quite special. When the alchemy...
The Seduction of Reduction
Can reading a book feel like a visit to a spa? After perusing Karen Lehrman Bloch’s new tome, The Inspired Home: Interiors of Deep Beauty (Harper Design, $35), I felt strangely cleansed. Its collection of nearly two dozen spare,...
Catch the Intrepid Design Spirit, Courtesy of Brian J. McCarthy
“One of Albert Hadley’s great talents lay in his ability to create surprise: to ring a delightful, sometimes audacious change on expectation that could make what otherwise may have been a very traditional room crackle with excitement,” writes Brian...
Timeless Design Ideas for Small Spaces
Inspiration can come in all shapes and sizes, and I’d argue that it can also come from any time. Architects and designers look to the past all the time, if to varying degrees, but generally the 21st-century tendency is to reward the new and the innovative....
Classic Decor Gets Its Due — in a Giftworthy Book
Way back when the design-blog landscape was just a wee fraction of what it is today, Jennifer Bole’s The Peak of Chic was one of my first daily reads. I have learned so much from her extensive knowledge...
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