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 […]

Bernhardt's Marquesa dresser on Saxon Henry's blog.

Harmony and Proportion

Love of beauty is taste…the creation of beauty is art. -Emerson I’ve been a fan of Alexandra Stoddard since I came across the designer’s book Living a Beautiful Life in the mid-1980s. She has since become a prolific author with an insightful list of releases but Living a Beautiful Life remains the book I return to […]

The Aloysius sectional by Barry Dixon through Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth.

Allegorical Accents from Barry Dixon

Certain aspects of being southern seem to seep into the skin through osmosis. It’s as if the summer heat wriggles into our DNA, the perspiration beading on the forehead a sign that the bloodstream has become infused with the ethos of lushness. Woodlands and pastures are in on the game, as are towering peaks and […]

Conservatory at NY Botanical Garden on a bright summer day

Beatrix Farrand Gardens

Powerful things happen in a garden. Beyond the miracle of riotous color and the vibrancy of burgeoning life, momentous occurrences have transpired on the garden bench through the ages—marriage proposals uttered, business alliances formed, treachery divulged, fatherhood revealed and affairs of the heart commenced (or terminated). Beatrix Farrand Gardens As time telescopes into the past, […]

Jeanne Moreau stars in Bay of Angels.

A Jet Set Fantasy

When the Bernhardt Jet Set buffet flowed through the raucous column of my Tweetdeck during the #HPMkt Twitter chat on the evening of March 12th, I chased down the image until I could steady it on my computer screen. Then, I did what any self-respecting girl involved in a French fantasy would do: I RT’d and Tumbled […]

Century Furniture's de la Renta Collection.

Oscar de la Renta

My impressionable years where fashion is concerned were the early to late 70s. I can imagine many of you saying, “Oh, that explains how she dresses” about now! Turns out you wouldn’t be entirely wrong because it was a stylistic free-for-all back then. Twiggy was modeling everything from Flapper-era slip-dresses to baby-doll shifts and pleather […]