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 […]

Design Is In Fashion with Cynthia Rowley

What do a nearly-century-old furniture manufacturer and a fashion designer with one of the most youthful vibes hitting the catwalks today have in common? The Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Collection, launched by Hooker Furniture during High Point Market last October. Cynthia Rowley Designs Furniture The line holds 167 pieces within three distinctive themes—Curious, Sporty and […]

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 […]

Let’s Go to the Dogs!

I have been planning this post featuring a roundup of excellent pet décor products for a while and it has been fun collecting standouts that I believe will please the dog lover who prefers chic, sophisticated interiors. As a bonus, these are all excellent holiday gifts for those of us who adore the canine character. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tile Envy Between the Covers

“My first meaningful encounter with tiles came in the form of an unremarkable cathedral whose only ornamentation was a spire covered in deeply colored mosaic tiles,” wrote clé founder Deborah Osburn in the introduction to her new book Tile Envy. “Not only did the tiles completely elevate the structure from drabness, they also protected it […]

Blurred Ink Treads Softly

The writing was on the floor in this temporary installation at the imm Cologne trade show in January, the result of a special collaboration between Barcelona-based carpet manufacturer Nanimarquina and Shanghai-based interdisciplinary design firm neri&hu design and research office. The exhibition, dubbed Das Haus, represented a perceived home of the future through which visitors flowed. […]

French Country Patina

I’m a sucker for a French Country aesthetic. When Toma Clark Haines guided me through the Marché aux Puces de Paris St Ouen and Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves during several trips to Paris, I found myself drawn to the patina that serves as the quintessential marker for French Country charm. My […]