Top Design Swarovski Chandelier Challenge

Top Design finalists: Preston Lee, Ondine Karady and Nathan Preston We’re down to the three finalists on Bravo’s Top Design – have you been watching? I think the best three contenders have made it to the finals. And, I totally hope that Jeff Lewis is asked to be a permanent judge! Meanwhile, just a little … Read more

Martha does Bats!

click on image to enlarge My good friend Brian Lies‘ book “Bats at the Library” was featured as a “Good Thing” on Martha Stewarts’ show today! Martha made Brian’s bat craft on air and showed illustrations from the book. Everybody in the audience got a copy of the book. She even had her designers make … Read more

Travel Tuesday: Haunted Hotels

This week, in honor of All Soul’s Day, we’re visiting some pretty spectacular haunted hotels. This Halloween, the Brown Palace Hotel is offering special tours of the popular historical haunt. From Oct. 1-31, 2008, the complimentary*, 45-minute tours will take place Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. The hotel’s historian will lead … Read more


I drove by this old home today while visiting my parents on Cape Cod and just loved the Halloween decorations! I’ve never seen anything quite as eye catching before. I’ll admit it – not a big Halloween fan. Oh – I love the kiddies in costumes, I love the taste testing each candy brand to … Read more

Top Design Chandelier Challenge Contest

Blogging Top Design and ::Surroundings:: invites you to join us for a fantastic contest! The October 22nd show challenged the contestants to decorate a room around a fantastic Swarovski chandelier from their Crystal Palace collection. How would you have done? Now is the time to find out! You are invited to submit a design board … Read more

Domino comes to the hinterlands!

I’ve been reading (with envy) all the posts around the Domino: Book of Decorating launch parties that have been held recently. From the New York design elite to the LA party chez Wearstler – this book is making the rounds! So, finally, the Domino gals – Dara Capanigro (whom I interviewed least year) and Domino … Read more