Olicana to Bring Sophistication Stateside

Maine Country Home’s new Design Doctor, Zina Glazebrook, has exciting news: the trendsetter is introducing fabrics by Olicana Textiles, Ltd, in North America.   Olicana to Bring Sophistication Stateside   About this new collaboration, Zina—who has been a close pal of mine since I discovered her great sense of style at an antiques market in […]

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II

Hale and hearty design devotees shopping The Decorative Fair, underway in London’s Battersea Park since Tuesday, have been known to unearth an astonishing array of antiques and vintage wares, many of them celebrating some of the world’s most memorable occasions. Spied this year, just in time to celebrate the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, are […]

Fine Specimens of Ceramics and Glass

  The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair closed to healthy sales and good attendance in January, not a surprise given the beautiful objects d’art and antiques I’m using to illustrate this post, though it certainly is given the blizzard that took over New York City the weekend it debuted. Even slight foot-traffic would have […]

East Meets West Via Paul Andrew

British shoe designer Paul Andrew debuted his Spring 2016 collection in New York City last September during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week against an effusive backdrop of Sanderson/Zoffany and Griffin & Wong fabric and wallpaper. It was a case of east meets west in the most fashionable sense of the phrase. Paul Andrew East to West […]

The Well-Appointed Library

Henry Ward Beecher quipped, “A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.” He was speaking of public libraries but I feel just as strongly that having a “room of one’s own” at home is as essential as having books housed miles away. And it’s not only volumes bringing on the […]

A House of Bourbon Holiday

My latest post on The Diary of an Improvateur features a literary design escapade I’ll be taking next month when I visit Bernardaud in Limoges during my trip to France for Maison & Objet. The manufacturer’s Historic Table patterns include one bought by Louis XV for Fontainebleau, for instance and Marie Antoinette’s pattern. These reach […]

Material Girls

When an interior designer extraordinaire and an artistically minded fashion designer team up to produce a line of textiles, step back aesthetes: this is going to be a fine thing to watch! This just happens to be the Productrazzi caveat for the founders of Root Cellar Designs, material girls Tamara Matthews-Stephenson and Susan Young. Root Cellar […]

What’s New What’s Next at NYDC

On Thursday, September 17th, the New York Design Center, NYDC, became the epicenter of the Manhattan design world when their 2015 fall event, dubbed What’s New What’s Next, took over the building. I made my way to the venue with Dwayne Lawler of Shapedwood Lighting to see and hear some of the industry’s heavy-hitters present their […]

The Playful Search for Beauty

Have you noticed there continues to be a fixation on nostalgia? Should we continue to blame it on Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner or is this merely a cyclical flow resulting from our humanly drive for something new to think about? I suppose it doesn’t matter what’s causing the backward glace in design that makes […]

A Fine Finish for Timothy Oulton

When a designer has tremendous talent, there are so many aspects of his or her strengths to cover it can be difficult to decide what angles of the oeuvre to feature. This was the notion flitting through my mind as I experienced Timothy Oulton’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection at ABC Carpet & Home. Known for morphing […]

Lighting Gets Into Shape

Being connected in the design industry is a luxurious experience—products pour into the inbox like a lively waterfall of inspiration flowing over a cliff, and from a surprising array of professionals. When the talented photographer Michael Biondo sent me images he’d taken of Dwayne Lawler’s Shapedwood Lighting, which illuminate storied mid-century modern architecture, I couldn’t […]