The luminous stained glass dome in the bar area of The National Arts Club in New York City.

The Red Carpet Treatment

There is a momentum to writing that, once interrupted, is challenging to reboot. I’ve experienced this first-hand during the past two months as I have made some significant life changes, the most chaotic being a relocation of sorts. I’m no longer a full-time New Yorker, as I will now be splitting my time between New […]

The Harvey's bring a fountain to The Decorative Fair

Cinderella in the South of France

  Cinderella in the South of France “From morning until night, Cinderella worked very hard. She carried water, got the fire going, cooked, cleaned, and washed. The girl never had a moment’s rest. Her evil stepmother and stepsisters wouldn’t even let her sleep in her own bed at night. Instead, they made her lie down […]

DXV Design Panel detail by Justin Shaulis

A Room with a View x 2

When I saw the expressive twin spaces Justin Shaulis created as one of American Standard’s 2015 DXV Design Panel participants, I knew I had to feature him for two reasons: the sensual storytelling he achieved within the spaces he designed and the novel he chose as his inspiration, A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, […]

Grand Budapest Hotel architectural model and set

The Grand Budapest Hotel

When the Writers Guild of America awards were handed out yesterday, Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness won for the best original screenplay for their film The Grand Budapest Hotel. I absolutely adored the movie, which also won the Golden Globe for the Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical and is nominated for nine Academy Awards to be […]

The Delano Desk by Currey and Co

Rooms of Their Own

  A private place in which to write… As someone whose life is spent working with words for at least a part of every day, I find myself obsessively scouring the biographies I read for mentions of the rooms in which lauded writers made their magic. Descriptions of them exist more often than visuals do so […]

Bernhardt Interiors HPMkt Fall 2014

The Valentino Lair

Before The Beatles turned teenaged girls into a screaming, weeping throng and George Clooney made even the most reserved woman a bit toasty under the proverbial collar, there was an inimitable heartthrob working his magic on the female gender during the roaring 20s. His name? Rudolph Valentino, an actor notorious for his tango kisses and his sultry […]