DIY – Bathroom wall project

Eric over at Modern Self has been showcasing his great bathroom makeover project. His fabulous apartment was featured as part of Apartment Therapy’s recent Smallest, Coolest contest. In this post, he showcases the amazing one of a kind striped walls in the bathroom. Thanks for sharing, Eric!

Bill Gates – decorator?

A little start-up furniture comany called Microsoft unveiled a new product today called “Surfaces”. It’s a computer as coffee table. Click here to read the full story and watch the video in Popular Mechanics as well. I’m pretty sure that a computer clad home wouldn’t be my thing. What do you think?

Travel Tuesday – Boston

I was debating whether to hold off posting this until the week of July 4th, but Boston has so much to offer, that you might be inspired to book now to be here on July 4th! While we have a somewhat deserved reputation for being staid and old-fashioned, we do know something about good old … Read more

Happy Memorial Day

The American Institute of Architects, celebrating their 150th anniversary this year, commissioned a Harris study of member architects and the general public to create a list of 150 of favorite buildings and other structures in the United States. Here are the top 5, plus a sampling of others… #1 – Empire State Building #2 White … Read more


Looking for a snug little loft in the Chelsea section of New York City? Want something bigger? How about this lofty space – at a cool $7.5M, it’s a 7,000 square foot, light filled contemporary dream. It’s even pet friendly! Get out your checkbook (real or imaginary) and click here.

The Money Pit?

I’ve been following a blog by Paul Brown and Alison Davis in the New York Times as this married couple goes about designing and building their dream vacation home on Anna Maria Island, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s both entertaining and highly frustrating to follow. For one, it’s not really a blog – … Read more

Martha Stewart Crafts

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of Martha’s and there aren’t too many crafts I haven’t taken up at some point or another. The nooks and cranny’s of my house are filled with Martha’s soap making supplies, Martha’s cookie decorating supplies and hordes of big-ass copper cookie cutters, not to mention … Read more

Design Within Reach announces design contest winners

Four Pratt Institute students from the Department of Industrial Design have received recognition for their designs as part of a competition sponsored by Design Within Reach (DWR) and conducted in conjunction with the fifth annual BKLYN DESIGNS show. The first-place student design award went to Liz Kinnmark, a 2007 graduate from Evanston, Ill.Kinnmark’s first-place design … Read more

My dream home

Yes, I think I’ve found it. My dream home. The perfect chateau in the French countryside. I found this on The New York Times website. Click here to read about the homeowners – American John Rossant and Italian Antonella Caruso – and their dream home in northern France. Meanwhile, here are a few pics to … Read more

Thanks to The Kitchen Designer

I wanted to thank Susan Serra, Certified Kitchen Designer, aka The Kitchen Designer, for sharing her wisdom and tips for kitchen renovations with my newsletter readers. In my recent May issue, Susan shared the importance of patience and taking time to let the kitchen design process come together. Her important points when planning a kitchen: … Read more

Design Glossary: Biedermeier style

Biedermeier style (1815-1830) came about after the end of the Napoleonic wars in Germany, Denmark and Austria as a turning away from the French inspired over-the-top Rococo style. There was no Biedermeier; the name came from a combination of names that sifted down to mean Beider (Plain) + Meier (common German name, think Smith). Furniture … Read more

Meet the artist: Kim Parker, textile artist

Spode, that bastion of English country style has released a fresh new pattern, create by textile artist Kim Parker. I just love this whimsical set called Emma’s Garland. So light and breezy!Kim also designs for The Rug Company: …and has a line of cute pillows available on her website:These wall panels are available through Horchow.Beautiful … Read more