Art of Design / Home & Consumer

Art of Design: Relax with a Rug

There is hardly a room that doesn't need an area rug. It is that item that puts a finishing touch on any room. Rugs can turn a room that seems not quite finished into a space that has that WOW factor. Selecting a rug involves making some design ...

Art of Design: Luxury! Luxe! Luxus! Lujo!

People all over the world -- those who can afford it -- want the best of the best for their home. But just what is it that they consider luxury? Every day there is something newer and better in technology, and in some cities, there is always a ...

Art of Design: Tips To Age in Place

As the baby boomer generation continues to age, changes in interior design and real estate are also palpable. While some couples, widows and divorcees decide to downsize or move in with a relative due to empty nest syndrome, many do not. Some ...

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 ...