MASTER CLASS

  • BILLIARD ROOMS

    The pool tables for the average home, and the rooms they inhabit have evolved; no longer a wood-grain laminate and emerald-green felt hideosity kept in the basement. 

    They can be fabricated from exotic woods with custom-colored felts and kept right in the living room, or made of weatherproof, color-coordinated materials and used poolside, on a rooftop or even on the beach!

  • PERGOLAS

    This is what we think of as a basic pergola; simple to build and easy to maintain as its not painted. A romantic spot to enjoy al fresco meals or entertain in! Yeah baby, break out the candles and some Dean Martin tunes!

  • DECORATING WITH PLATES

    The Dutch had crudely fabricated but beautifully hand-painted portraits painted on wall-hung plates; the Moors had rustic multi-colored plates with intricate geometric patterns on their walls while Europeans displayed finely detailed China and porcelain plates on their walls. That was then, this is now!

  • RESIDENTIAL AWNINGS

    Awnings can provide you with a certain gorgeousity regardless of the style of your home! Create another 'layer' with awnings implying relaxation and softness - which paint or architecture can't do. The best ones are complementary to the house, not some "attention-grabbing" fabric extravaganzas...

  • NOTHING FEELS AS GOOD AS FUR

    My current concern is that using them "privately" still doesn't make it right.... There are amazing faux furs that are basically undetectable. Yes, some animals are culled (zebra, alligator) which makes their hides more acceptable, but most decorative furs are not. Give into faux....

  • CHINTZ

    Brace yourselves, don't fall out of your Barcelona chairs onto your Moroccan-shag-carpets, but I have have truly shocking news! CHINTZ IS BACK!

  • OUTDOOR SHOWERS

    There's something sensual and alluring about bathing in the outdoors; maybe it's an Adam and Eve moment when we feel at one with nature, or perhaps how good we feel when we abandon our Victorian modesty about our bodies...

  • GRAY IS HERE TO STAY

    Gray feels balanced, sorta Zen with something very clean and simple about it which helps us relax and escape from our often overloaded lives. A peaceful color that's clean and simple and yet amazingly sophisticated.

  • DECORATING KIDS ROOMS

    Layettes and cribs go away, so don't spend tons of money on expensive curtains over a crib or a fancy rocker, as they're only “temporary” pieces. THINK WITH THE FUTURE IN MIND. Use backgrounds that don't scream "baby."

  • HOUSE NUMBERS

    Don’t you hate trying to find someone’s house and there are no visible house numbersHere are some ideas for improving visibility and upgrading your look...

  • BANQUETTE'S

    Banquettes are sofas which are usually built-in or fitted to the wall, often armless which have a more tailored look. They create a more intimate space.

  • FRONT DOOR COLORS

    When in Ireland, Britain, Holland or Morocco, you see so many beautifully colored front doors.

    In England, the most common door color is black — not just any black, but a black that’s so wonderful and shiny you actually could apply your makeup in it...