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A Hidden Gem Outside of Paris

Traveling is always creatively inspiring. I’ve been fortunate to have visited Paris many times, mostly on business, but each time I am in awe of its beauty. My eye catches a building with classical architecture, fabulous molding, or maybe it’s just the beauty of symmetry and balance that takes my breathe away. If you’ve been…

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A Road Trip to the Biltmore House

I’ve just returned from the most marvelous, fun enriching trip and best of all, shared with my dear cousin Charlotte. We decided to take a road trip to Asheville, NC to tour the Biltmore. George & Edith Vanderbilt’s home completed in 1895, a country manor estate in Asheville NC that would rival the great manors…

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Picture Perfect Picture Placement

As an Interior Designer I have a lot of opportunity to work with art. Not surprisingly, for every different piece of art – from original paintings and photographs to posters and giclees, there is a different level of appreciation for the art. And, along with this varied appreciation is a great difference in opinion on…

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Not Your Mother’s Grasscloth Wallpaper

wallpaper phillip jeffries

I recently had the opportunity to attend a trunk show given by Philip Bershad, the President of Phillip Jeffries, a leading manufacture of natural, textural and speciality wallcoverings at Wakefield Design Center. This is not your Mother’s grasscloth, but wallpaper designed in a new and exciting understated way. I’d like to highlight some of their…

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A Sneak Look Into The Kips Bay Show House

This year there was a mix of modern traditional reinterpreted with a contemporary vibe. Teal was the big color story, featured on upholstered walls, & accents with pillows, shagreen boxes and parson tables. Cullman & Kravis designed one of my favorite rooms and I had the pleasure of speaking with Ellie Cullman.      …

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How to Get the Most out of Your Interior Designer Without Him/Her Taking Over

Interior Designers can bring their expertise in drafting floor plans, purchasing of furniture that is the correct scale for the room, recommending fabric choices for upholstery, drapery, and pillows that create a pulled together cohesive look. And help you with the mired decisions of kitchen and bath renovations. It is the attention to details that…

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A Sneak Peek into Market Week at the D&D in New York

Twice a year the Interior Design community attends Market Week at the D&D building in NYC. The D & D building is the famed 18 story building in New York City which houses 100’s of showrooms – furniture, fabrics, lighting, rugs, stone, & accessories for purchase “To the Trade”. If you haven’t had the opportunity…

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A Magical Journey Down The Rhône River

Traveling is always creatively inspiring – whether it’s a view of the landscapes, gardens,  shops, museums, villages or cities. I recently took a River Cruise in France down the Rhône from Lyon to Marseilles.  My travels took me to 8 ports – charming villages, castles, vineyards, a visual feast for the eyes. Our trip took…

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