Libby Langdon Style

  I always try to make time to get a hit of Libby Langdon style during High Point Market and I it never fails that I come away with one question: How on earth does she accomplish everything she achieves with such aplomb while maintaining a fresh perspective on design? Libby Langdon Style, in Black […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Valentine from Antiques Young Guns

If you find yourself in London between February 11 and 14, you’ll pat yourself on the back if you make time to visit a jovial pop-up shop in the city’s decorative antiques hub at 315 Lillie Road in Fulham called AYG in Love. The Valentine’s Day-themed offerings organized by an inventive group of antiques dealers […]

Conversations in Upholstery

What Does Your Upholstery Say? Marilyn Sofa “It’s nice to be included in people’s fantasies but you also like to be accepted for your own sake,” Ms. Monroe, aka Norma Jeane Mortenson, once said. I’m declaring the Marilyn sofa her upholstery namesake because it seems quite comfortable in either scenario. What have you to say for […]

Currey & Company’s Winterthur Collection

During my trip to High Point Market several weeks ago, Bethanne Matari and Cecil Adams of Currey & Company introduced me to Kristin DeMesse, the director of licensed products at Winterthur Museum. I was excited to find out more about the Delaware cultural institution that houses a remarkable collection of American antiques and decorative objects […]