Art of Design / Home & Consumer

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 ...

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 ...