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 […]

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. […]

Design Writers Dish About Tabletop

Those of us who write about design are continually confronted with the question of what to call ourselves. Some of us have been subjected to ridicule over using the identifier “tastemaker” by some while we are simultaneously being called “trendsetters” by others (I know; I feel the eye rolls as the dubious doubters opine, “Please […]

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 […]