Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II

Hale and hearty design devotees shopping The Decorative Fair, underway in London’s Battersea Park since Tuesday, have been known to unearth an astonishing array of antiques and vintage wares, many of them celebrating some of the world’s most memorable occasions. Spied this year, just in time to celebrate the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, are […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Hazards of Antiques Envy

Sometimes it’s more difficult than at others to do the work I do, and one of the toughest stretches I will face in quite some time will be attending The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in London’s Battersea Park a week and a half from now. This has nothing to do with the number of […]

Illusions by Marcel Wanders

Floating feathers, flecked flour, swirling smoke and leaping liquids are slights of hand Marcel Wanders is known to use in creating greater interest when photographing his products. You can see examples of this on his page of wallpaper designs for the UK-based manufacturer Graham & Brown, the newest collection, fittingly called Illusions, the second collaboration […]

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 […]