Art of Design / Home & Consumer

Art of Design: Holiday Tables

As the leaves start to fall and we get the first cool breezes of autumn, my mailbox is flooded with questions regarding entertaining, etiquette and decoration. Many of us wait for these yearly holidays to start projects around the home or do a ...

Art of Design: Camouflage Craze

You can run, but you can't hide ... or can you? The latest trend in fashion, accessories and home decor fabrics are inspired by war. Camouflage is everywhere in the trendy windows of Milan furniture stores. Everything from pants to lampshades to ...

Art of Design: Making a Family Room

What goes into the makings of a family room? Historically, the first family rooms emerged from the hands of architects into floor plans about 50 or 60 years ago. This room was a bit different in character from all others. Less formal than a living...

Art of Design: Oui, Toile de Jouy

At least the past five generations, perhaps more, have been exposed to toile, painted cloth. Toile is that unmistakable fabric of French origin consisting of simply printed cotton. Generally, these cotton fabrics are printed with charming scenes ...

Art of Design: Cocktail Tables

Cocktail parties! Who doesn't love one? Have you ever been invited to a cocktail party? And so you settle down and are given a drink, only to find there is no space on the cocktail table or end table to rest your glass? Selecting a cocktail table ...

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 ...