Monthly Archives: November 2013

House Beautiful Design Trends for 2014

I was delighted to be asked recently by House Beautiful to predict some design trends for 2014. While I believe in living with what you love, pops of what’s in the air can keep your spaces fresh and updated. My suggestion they chose to include was the return of florals and chintz but do check out the other bloggers’ picks too, some of which I have covered here as well.…
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Urban Electric Co. | A Decade of American Craftsmanship

Urban Electric Co. is all about raising expectations. It’s a motto that influences every aspect of their business and it shows. As the company marks its tenth anniversary this year, they can be proud of a heritage celebrating American-made hand-crafted products that elevates lighting to an art.…
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Happy Thanksgiving

From my home to yours, wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving This year my table started with the amber accessories. I continued the theme with a similarly colored tole cachepot. I kept it fresh with the napkins and then added feathers to the autumnal arrangement for a little graphic pop.…
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Mark Maresca in Charleston

Much of the appeal of Charleston is the living history of its architecture and how its occupants give the art and tradition of the past a relevance in the present and hopefully for the future. Architect Mark Maresca and his beautiful Battery house are a perfect example.…
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Sleeping and Eating in Charleston

  Eating in Charleston has become a major league sport. As the NY Times noted in its piece on the city last week, “Charleston, a city of 126,000, is home to a concentration of world-class dining normally seen in cities five times the size.” Now, I was only in town for two nights, but every sip and morsel on the gastronomic itinerary organized by the knowledgeable people at Urban Electric Co.…
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Amelia Handegan in Charleston

Creative collaboration is at the heart of Urban Electric Co.‘s design philosophy. Over the last ten years, working with several long-time designer clients on custom pieces has led to product collaborations for the line. One such designer is Amelia Handegan in Charleston.…
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Rooms with a View Finale

Today we travel back to Connecticut for a Rooms with a View finale. One of the most glamorous vignettes was a gentleman’s lounge designed by Tiffany Eastman. Walls of Farrow and Ball’s Mole’s Breath, a less than enticing name for a sophisticated deep taupe, featured a subtle chevron pattern executed by Topher Carnes of Finishing Impressions.…
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Southern Hospitality

Having just returned from my amazing trip to the Charleston, I am organizing both thoughts and photos as I revel in the aftermath of southern hospitality.  The world revolving around Urban Electric Co. is one filled with interesting people, beautiful homes, great food and a city saturated with aesthetic awareness.…
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Celebrating in Charleston

For the past few days, I have been honored to be participating in a press trip to Charleston, South Carolina, helping Urban Electric celebrate their tenth anniversary. Their beautiful fixtures are more than merely lights. A product of people and place, they fulfill a vision that celebrates the art of craft, the beauty of the handmade and the importance of community.…
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Rooms with a View Continued

I love how this year’s Rooms with a View designers really embraced and interpreted the theme of Americanism: Timely and Timeless Design. Carey Karlan, of Last Detail Interior Design, envisioned a family game room representing “the best of American energy, competitiveness and optimism.” Rooms with a View With updated American classics such as the oversized Windsor chairs, modern painted floorcloth by Heidi Holzer and Saarinen table, Carey played with the scale to give a sense of childlike pleasure for the entire family.…
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