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

Boston Event: The Ultimate Home

My friends at Arclinea and Rimadesio in Boston have extended an invitation to an event in their beautiful showroom in Boston called The Ultimate Home. It’s all about smart home renovations. A very important topic – especially these days where every dollar we spend has to be done with care and consideration. Thursday, October 23rd, … Read more

A little weekend thrifting

I took a leaf from the Eddie Ross encyclopedia of weekend thrifting and visited a local Salvation Army store to see what they had. I almost never see the place open, but I was heading over to Michael’s for some Mod Podge (a post on that project to come!), saw it was open and stopped … Read more

Book Review: French Chic

The lovely folks at Rizzoli sent me an advance copy of Florence de Dampierre‘s new book “French Chic – The Art of Decorating Houses”. And I must say it – ooh la la! Florence de Dampierre is an interior designer and decorative arts historian. Her book gives us a room by room tour of her … Read more

Project Runway meets Home Decor

In honor of the finale of Project Runway, airing tonight, I wanted to share these fun images that bring together high fashion with beautiful home lighting, courtesy of and 1) Jean Paul Gaultier 2) YLighting: Collage Pendant 1) Badgley Mischka 2) Zwello: Come Rain Come Shine 1) Chanel 2) YLighting: Salome 12 Light … Read more

Decorate the Vote

In honor of tonight’s last Presidential Debate, here are a few items with which to deck the halls. Elephant and Donkey banks by Jonathan Adler. Available through Hausmodern. Election wallpaper from Given Campbell. Decorate your fingers with downloadable political puppets from foldUScandidate. As seen on Pigtown Designs.Vote early, vote often!

Travel Tuesday: Italy

In honor of Cristoforo Colombo and his little boat trip across the water in 1492, I thought we’d travel to his homeland of Italy. And amazingly – he could have been a tourist to some of these very places as well! Photos are courtesy of a slide show sent to my Dad. Unfortunately, I have … Read more