architecture

A look at design and styles of architecture throughout the years

Living Large in Small Spaces | House Beautiful Sneak Peek

Ever since I saw last year’s Designer Showhouse at Sotheby’s, I knew Max Sinsteden and Catherine Olasky of Olasky & Sinsteden were a young team to watch. With pedigreed design backgrounds and well-traveled experience, their stylish mix of updated traditional is sophisticated and refreshing.…
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Traditional Home Sneak Peek in Napa Valley

California represents the epitome of casual chic and it’s hard to imagine a more enviable laid back lifestyle than in the beautiful Napa Valley. In the heart of wine country, with stunning scenery as a backdrop for world renowned vineyards and spectacular restaurants, St.…
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Catching Up Out and About

When you have young children, May is always the busiest month with year end performances, sports championships and exams. And it seems not much has changed. As my brain is adjusting from being back and forth in too many time zones, I’ve been catching up on this month’s (well actually June’s) design issues.…
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Inspirations from Italy

What a whirlwind of a week! With not a moment to write a proper post, I wanted to at least share a few inspirations from Italy. Happily the weather cooperated and Susanna and I were able to enjoy much of what the lake region has to offer.…
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The Creative World of Charles de Beistegui at Legends

Exploring the creative world of the brilliant Charles de Beistegui would certainly involve more than a single post but Timothy Corrigan‘s ode to the design legend in his LCDQ Legends window for Compas, below, offered an inspiring peek. By referencing Bestegui’s three homes – Paris, Venice and Chateau de Groussay – he tried to “summarize some of Beistegui’s contributions to the world of decorative arts through his discovery and patronage of some of the leading artists and designers of the early 20th century.” Timothy Corrigan Charles de Beistegui window at Legends For the eccentric, extravagant art collector and designer’s first famous residence in the 1930’s, a penthouse on the Champs-Élysées, he commissioned Le Corbusier.…
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A Fifth Avenue Masterpiece for Sale

I was a bit surprised when Howard Slatkin shared on Instagram that his magnificent Fifth Avenue masterpiece was up for sale. New to the market, some lucky buyer will be able to enjoy the fruits of Howard’s incredible labor for their own.…
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Signs of Spring

What a change a week makes! With sudden temperature rises, we are actually seeing signs of spring poking through the melting mounds of snow. It is also school vacation this week, so instead of working on my planned post, there was a lot of this going on.…
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Penny Morrison Then and Now

Several years ago I wrote a piece about Guy and Penny Morrison’s charming house in Wales, below. Penny MorrisonSince then, I have come to know Penny’s beautiful line of fabrics, and her chic collaboration with Carolina Irving, Irving & Morrison, below. Irving & MorrisonSo I was delighted to see the marvelous cover feature on her home in the April ELLE DECOR beautifully captured by Miguel Flores-Vianna. …
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Anouska Hempel

It was Blake’s, the chic London boutique hotel, that put Anouska Hempel on the map in the world of design. Inventing an entirely new template of what a hotel could be, this unique creative endeavor was an early indication of what would grow to become an all encompassing international realm.…
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Ottoman Chic

Clearly a trip to Turkey should be on my docket. Having tempted you in the fall with the beautiful Cornucopia and more recently with the jewels of Sevan Biçakçi and the European interpretation of the near east in turquerie, we will round out the week with Serdar Gülgün’s opulent book Ottoman Chic. …
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