Setting a Trending Table

During my January trip to Paris, I found some delicious tabletop items while attending Maison & Objet and visiting Bernardaud’s Rue Royale boutique. If you’re looking for the newest tabletop releases you’ll find anywhere, take a look at these beauties—some so new, they are not even shown among the manufacturers’ products featured online yet. Stay […]

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 […]

Delight in Store at 1514 Home

Cheryl Kees Clendenon, DGD, is the owner of 1514 Home and lead designer for In Detail Interiors. I met the talented entrepreneur when Brizo invited a group of bloggers to New York City to attend Jason Wu’s #FW10 runway show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week—we were affectionately dubbed Blogger19 because that’s how many of us convened. […]

The Orient Expressed

I’ve been watching Asian-inspired design take an uptick in popularity during the past several months, and not just in the US. As I was walking around Chelsea during a trip to London in April, I spotted products celebrating the spirit of the Orient in the windows of Designers Guild and India Jane. My inbox seemed […]

Perrier Jouët Small Discoveries

Boutique champagne house Perrier-Jouët launched a new initiative this past December at Design Miami/ that garnered some serious buzz. This collaboration with the Viennese creative duo Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler of mischer’traxler debuted with the exhibition Ephemerā, an interactive installation set with an oak table from which plants would rise and retreat when sensing […]

A Toast to Mad Men

AMC announced yesterday that Don Draper’s gray suit, fedora and bar cart from the first season of Mad Men are to be included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The honor, which will take place during a ceremony in Washington, DC, on March 27, will be cemented about a […]

A Lee Broom Happy Hour

In a day and age when the standard for luxury cocktails includes fine whiskey that sells for $200,000 a bottle (think Chivas Regal Royal Salute) and mineral/additive-free purist ice cubes at $325 for 50, “on the rocks” means sipping a drink suitable for rarified air. Fortunately, Lee Broom got the memo, designing a glassware collection […]