Art of Design / Home & Consumer

Art of Design: Made in Italy

I just got back from Italy with some great new resources. I was invited by ITA-ICE, the marketing and promotion office of the Italian government, and CNA, the association for small and mid-sized businesses, to a series of business-to-business ...

Art of Design: Flipping Out

I tell you, one of these days I am going to burst. Why does my housekeeper think she is an interior designer? As a matter of fact, as I reflect a bit on the past, most of my previous housekeepers have moved my whole house around. Why? I guess they...

Art of Design: Let It Shine

Lighting is a powerful tool in highlighting a room. It can be brazen and in your face or as demure as a blushing bride. Lighting is tricky. Keep in mind the magic of the theater, which is nothing but smoke and mirrors. It is no secret that stars ...

Art of Design: Wall To Wall

All walls are not created equal. Some people say they can't stand their four walls when they get cabin fever -- and some really mean it.

Four walls define most interior spaces. They are so important because they keep private activities private. ...

Art of Design: Stairway to Heaven

There is an air of elegance to multistoried homes. Even if they are diminutive in size, their stance is that of a grand home.

Historically, two-story or multistory homes were the result of trying to build more square footage on a limited amount ...