Art of Design / Home & Consumer

Art of Design: Client and Designer Dynamics

Like any relationship, problems sometimes arise between clients and designers. Clients expect designers to work magic, but conditions sometimes prevent a less than ideal situation. A nonexistent budget, subjective assessment of selections and ...

Art of Design: Outdoor Space

Nearly every home has some sort of an outdoor space, from a generous terrace and backyard area to a small balcony. No matter how small or inconvenient the outdoor space, it is a physical and mental respite. And it doesn't take a large sum of money...

Art of Design: Is Your Decorating Depressing You?

From time to time, at a cocktail party or when visiting a friend, someone will corner me and confess to me that they are depressed. As if I were a member of the clergy, they whisper in sotto voce that they believe their decorating is making them ...

Art of Design: Decorating with Classics

Furniture is the essential component of what goes into creating a home. If you were to remove all of the furniture from any room, what you would have left is a hollow skeletal space. That space likely would feel devoid of functionality, comfort ...

Art of Design: 25 Tips to Make Your Home Better

When decorating a home, some design sense may come intuitively, some from your family home, some from perusing shelter magazines and other tips may have been acquired through endless hours of viewing home decor shows on television. While many can ...

Art of Design: The Man Cave

The lion's den has the connotation of an impenetrable compound. Likewise, a home's den was for many years a space dedicated to the man of the house: a precursor to today's man cave. Dens were associated with leather furniture, plaid fabrics, ...