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Art of Design: Design Destination is New York City

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Every year, over a dozen interior designers pour out their hearts and wallets to produce breathtaking rooms for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House for the benefit of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. This year is no exception.

To celebrate their 45th anniversary, designers have outdone themselves again, decorating an upscale townhome in the ...Read more

Art of Design: What Is Hip?

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I think my parents were ultra-cool. I haven't always thought that. As a child, I was a bit reticent about change and hated the process of their self-discovery. I remember when we transitioned from a suburban two-story colonial -- a traditional household replete with velvet furniture covered in see-through plastic ala Joan Crawford's living room ...Read more

Art of Design: Color of the Season

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Cobalt blue is a fascinating color and the only color listed in the periodic table. It is a vibrant color that is familiar to most as the accent color used in blue and white Delft and Oriental export porcelain of the 16th through the 20th century, and as the color of the blueprints of yesteryear. The color is also evocative of the ocean and of ...Read more

Art of Design: Your Summer Vacation Home

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The summer is quickly looming over us. Family discussions and decisions for what kind of vacation to take will ensue. Some may choose vacations abroad, hopscotch jumping from one country to another. A great way to experience other customs, taste new types of cuisine and see new landscapes and different styles of architectures. More than likely, ...Read more

Art of Design: If These Walls Could Talk

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What if your walls could talk? What would they say about you? Would they be a dead giveaway of the last time you decorated your home? There are all sorts of ways to update a home or give a much-needed makeover. Sometimes we live with wall color or wall technique that immediately reveal when a room was last designed, because it was a marked trend...Read more

Art of Design: Pillow Talk

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Most men shriek when they hear their wives guffaw over the pillows at so and so's house. Pillows can drive one crazy...because there is so much that can be done with decorative pillows.

These accessories are the final touch to any sofa, club chair or chaise-lounge. Decorative pillows made from beautifully woven fabrics and trimmed with ...Read more

Art of Design: Flower Power

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There are certain immaterial things that you inherit from your parents or grandparents, whether we like to admit it or not. I admit that my disdain for the smell of certain cut flowers is due to my Mother. She used to liken the fragrance of certain flowers to a funeral parlor, and thus resisted decorating with flowers. I get it; I have the same ...Read more

Art of Design: Getting to Know Your Client and Yourself

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The simplest of questions can often stump even the smartest of individuals. Have you ever asked someone where they live? The answer is generally given back with a reply such as "I live in Atlanta." If you are speaking with someone on a more intimate level, the answer maybe the name of a neighborhood, if meaning to remain general; or the building...Read more

Art of Design: Santa Fe Style

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Yee-Haw! During the 1990s, there was a fascination with the architecture, interiors and designs inspired in the southwest. The decor came in waves by travel and a rediscovery of places such as Sedona, Taos and Santa Fe. The color palette was filled with earth tones born of the adobe architecture peppered by tones seen in the sky at dusk ranging ...Read more

Art of Design: Virtual Interior Design

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Perhaps you have purchased a book online, or gifts during the holidays for family members or friends. The online commercial revolution has made it possible to buy almost anything on your computer swiftly comfortably -- and certainly at better prices than you ever imagined. In less than a decade, half of our purchases will be made through our ...Read more

Art of Design: Forever Architecture

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Forever Architecture

The lasting beauty of a house resides, in large part, in the expressiveness of its materials. The honesty of its textures and its natural imperfections are an authentic treasure that gets better with time. Like the patina that develops over copper, that starts shiny and gradually dulls, then darkens and with each passing ...Read more

Art of Design: Dearest Bedroom

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My, how you've changed! Once upon a time, those that were well-to-do received company in bed as they rested in the horizontal position; grand rooms were embellished with upholstered walls, massive chandeliers, portraits and separate seating and dressing areas for him, her and whomever. Although there is hardly a master bedroom today without a ...Read more


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