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Art of Design: Don't Be a Snob

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I confess that I am a bit of a snob. I always swoon when I see antiques that catch my eye, and my mind goes off wondering about the accurate period of a certain piece and whether it has a signature marking or specific provenance. Part of me imagines the antiques are animate, and I am intrigued by what secrets they know, the things they may have ...Read more

Art of Design: Is Your Home Your Castle?

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Before you select the kind of sofa you want, what color you will paint your walls or where you will hang that precious work of art, you have to make home-related decisions that are as relevant today as man lived in caves. What kind of dwelling you choose to live in says volumes about who you are. In New York City, for example, for a single ...Read more

Art of Design: Designer Faux Pas

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We all look forward to innovative and inspiring ideas for our homes. Some of us scour interior design magazines. Others snap pictures of designs they like when they travel. Some visit furniture stores and look at professional vignettes for inspiration. These are all great guides. However, sometimes, designs go awry.

If you are doing it yourself...Read more

Art of Design: Living In a Rental

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In certain cities such as West Palm Beach, Florida; Atlanta; and New York City, after years of flight to the suburbs, an explosion of rental units have been built to accommodate residents' return to the once-undesirable downtown areas. Many left the confines of small homes and condominiums for larger homes in the suburbs. But an aging population...Read more

An Heirloom Party

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Every time you have a family get-together, whether for a holiday or another kind of celebration, family memories are created and stories are usually told, which helps pass a verbal history from one generation to the next. As the patriarchs and matriarchs age, the question of downsizing always comes to mind. Some will opt to age in place, which ...Read more

Art of Design: Comfortable Chairs

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There hasn't been one time in my more than 19 years of practice when I wasn't asked by a concerned wife, or by "the mister" himself, for a comfortable chair in a bedroom or den. Often, the solution is an easy one. A comfy chair and ottoman work as a refuge to put up your feet and watch television or read your local daily. However, when a chair ...Read more

Art of Design: Is an Open Kitchen Really for You?

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Everyone says they love a large, open kitchen they can entertain in. But is that really a practical solution? How much entertaining do you do? Or do you just like the thought of entertaining? Reality and perception of the way we live are often at odds with each other and can guide us to make mistakes that are costly and unpractical.

Most new ...Read more

Ring In the New Year With an Interior Designer

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Ringing in the new year can be an uplifting experience for some and a time of melancholy for others. Resolutions are hard to keep, and transitions are difficult to manage for some -- even though, in the end, they are in our best interest. The end of one year and the beginning of another year is symbolic. For many, this milestone is the perfect ...Read more

Art of Design: Accessorize Like a Pro

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My first collection or attempt at displaying items as a child was boxes, made of any material -- cardboard, wood or plastic. I would organize them by size and stack them in all sorts of arrangements. Now that I think of it, this was probably my first foray into architecture and interior design.

Accessorizing is one of the most fun aspects of ...Read more

Art of Design: Mature, Modern Pads

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Furnishing your home can be a lifelong endeavor. Some of us search and rummage through flea markets, antique shops and yard sales for the perfect pieces. The find is the reward -- and one that defines the tone of our homes. We all want homes that reflect our lifestyle and success, and amassing large collections of art and furniture is part of ...Read more

Art of Design: Designer on Skates?

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Designers are larger than life! This is what the general population of the

world believes. It might seem a bit pretentious, but really, this is what most ordinary folks think. It is not uncommon for designers to get that frantic phone call...

"My sister-in-law is coming next week. Can you redecorate our guest bedroom suite?" or "My law firm ...Read more

Art of Design: Home for the Holidays

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As the holidays start to run upon us, it is a wonderful time to contemplate and appreciate your home. No matter if your rent or own your home, it's that special place which reflects you and chronicles the history of your life. Time to reflect may bring thoughts of the home you grew up in or the home you wish you were in. Homes come in all shapes...Read more


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