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 […]

Gift Books for Design Devotees

Books as design products reflect the very soul of a space, the subject matter and the appearance of the bindings representative of the taste of the people living within each room. Even a design-oriented retail space takes on a warmer feel when books are in the mix, my point proven by the two photos (above […]

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 […]

Moose is a Fixture at PURE Spa!

The owner of the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, meandered up to his resort’s tranquil rooftop terrace one day and had a serious ah-ha moment. “We should have a spa here!” he declared, looking around at the calming backdrop. Zip forward several months later and the PURE Spa has taken its place overlooking […]

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 […]

Return of the Bronze Age

Thomas Pheasant takes his panache to Paris by way of PAD this week. When the art and design fair opens at the Tuileries on Thursday, the Washington, DC-based designer will be exhibiting classically elegant furniture he’s designed and ornamented with textural accents in bronze. By intermingling the metal with deep-toned wood, glass and upholstery, he’s painted […]

Talent Comes to Town

The Architectural Digest Home Design Show opens tomorrow and the buzz is growing by the nanosecond. As I was going over the programming schedule, I came across Barbara Westbrook’s name, quite a lucky happenstance since I had just received a review copy of the Atlanta-based interior designer’s beautiful new coffee table book published by Rizzoli. […]

Design Days Dubai Tables It!

The first contemporary fair in the Middle East and Asia for serious design collectors, Design Days Dubai, kicked off yesterday (and will be in the UAE through the 20th). The fabulous furnishings brought to the fair this year by 44 exhibitors from 20 countries are about as avant-garde as it gets. Both established and emerging […]

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 […]

Beachcombing with New Ravenna

I’m obsessed with beachcombing. Perfectly preserved shells excite me but I have been known to grow ecstatic when spotting a piece of beach glass worn velvety smooth by its perpetual tumbling in the ocean’s restless ebbing and flowing. I’m like one of those sea turtles bent on reaching the glint of the moon on the […]