Top Design Season 2: Getting to know Serge Van Lian

Serge, 27, describes his biggest accomplishment as learning to live without fear, being completely in the present, and doing whatever he’s inspired to do. Raised in LA by a Dutch model and Russian/Armenian meat factory owner, he is the first American born in his family. His upbringing was unconventional and domestic life was turbulent until … Read more

Top Design Season 2: Getting to know Robert Reid

From the time Robert received his first set of LEGO’s as a six-year-old, he knew he wanted to be a designer. Originally from Canada, Robert,40, moved to New York City to attend graduate school at the prestigious Pratt Institute, where he received his Master of Science degree in Interior Design. After a few years working … Read more

Top Design Season 2: Getting to know Preston Lee

Preston, 27, began pursuing design at a very young age in Texas. Preston studied under numerous designers, architects, developers, and furniture designers and continued formal education at The Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising. After studying abroad for a year in Australia, Preston knew that he was meant for design. He began working with Kenneth … Read more

Pottery Barn Fall 2008 Color Palette Give-a-way

I was at an event last night and ended up with three of Pottery Barn’s new Fall 2008 color palettes. PB was brilliant to have partnered with Benjamin Moore in co-marketing the wall colors used in their spreads. The colors in their new collection are truly beautiful. If you would like a paint palette, please … Read more

Top Design Season 2: Getting to know Natalie Williams

At only 24 years old, Natalie Williams is already a head designer at a major design firm, Yessicks Design Center in Alpharetta, GA. She is passionate about design in numerous mediums including fashion design, graphic design, architecture, and her main focus interior design. Natalie is best known for putting colors together and learning peoples’ styles … Read more

Choosing a Greener Refrigerator

Everyone wants to save energy and live greener. According to, the first place to look when trying to save energy is the kitchen’s biggest guzzler: the refrigerator. If your fridge was purchased before 1993, it uses twice as much energy as today’s Energy Star rated models. Here are some tips to get green and … Read more

Top Design Season 2: Getting to know Andrea Schroder

BravoTV’s interior design reality show Top Design Season 2 premiers on September 3rd. I’ll be doing the bulk of my blogging on the show over at Blogging Top Design but wanted to showcase the designers portfolios here, as I’ve done for other reality show contestants. This season’s designers look to be a pretty talented bunch. … Read more

Mailbox treasures

Here is a selection of some of my favorite products from my inbox. Shawn Laughlin of Caskata offers these elegant designs on china and note paper. Nurseryworks offers this spectacular Vale upholstered headboard in twin and full. Available in a range of colors or send them your own material (COM). A couple of special finds … Read more