September 5, 2018

Fall fashion is an exciting predictor of the next year’s trends for home décor that is eagerly anticipated by the style-conscious among us. What’s hot and what’s not for 2019? Pantone Color Institute, the color forecasting group, says that two main palettes are emergin...

August 1, 2018

What was once known as the rec (for recreation) room has really evolved. If you’ve bought a house recently that needs upgrading, chances are good that the family room or playroom will have fake wood paneling, linoleum floors or shag carpeting, acoustic tile ceilings an...

July 2, 2018

I had already invited a few people to a dinner party in my recently post-college apartment one summer when a classic New York City heat wave descended. My finances being modest, I could only afford to have one air conditioner, and it was strategically located in the be...

June 5, 2018

Although shopping at Swedish-born IKEA has become a rite of passage for many Americans establishing the starter apartment (or live-in relationship), there is a lot more to Scandinavian design. 

Well-known for its high-end traditional crafts and cool architecture, it has...

April 27, 2018

Living in New York City as I did in my 20s and 30s, I never understood the attraction
of a sidewalk café. Even sitting at the most expensive, gorgeous outdoor dining table,

I was still stuck in the middle of a concrete slab with the sun beating down on me, trying to pre...

March 4, 2018

Getting that invitation was the highlight of my year.

Mrs. Plant had asked me to come over for an afternoon visit, and I was incredulous and baffled as to what I had to offer her in the way of company or conversation. She was my third-grade teacher and, as it turned out...

February 14, 2018

Probably the purest expression of romance I have ever witnessed is the scene in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in which Sally looks at Linus and a hundred red hearts spontaneously burst forth over her head, each one throbbing wildly.

She claps her hands so quickly, that th...

January 1, 2018

The sitting room of the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel

It’s just heaven.

I am standing in the sitting room of The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, my reflection softly shadowed in the gleaming black marble floors rimmed with gold and white borders. The dark, oversize oil paintings...

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