MASTER CLASS

  • EXTERIOR HOUSE COLORS

    In this post I will try to show you what's right and what's not right about various house colors. I'll also try to demonstrate to you that the architectural style of your home is as important as its surroundings, region and purpose when choosing the perfect color...

  • GREEN ROOMS

    For centuries, the best royal palaces used lots of green as the pigments were expensive in the 18th century, making green a major status symbol...

  • 25 AMAZING KITCHENS

    I thought I’d show you some of my favorite kitchens and explain why they are my favorites. They are not in order of preference as they each have something important to my taste, which is: They’re all “honest” and uncomplicated; no gee-gaws or ridiculous super-sized mouldings, no demonstrations of the homeowners wealth...

  • CURTAIN STYLES

    As time goes by I'm less and less into curtains. I do indeed think they're necessary in many ways for many applications. But the overuse of them is nauseating and some of the crap that people hang at the windows is just so exhausting to see... all in the name of "Luxe" or showing off, which is so tired in itself...

  • VICTORIAN HANGAN - PERFECTION IN NANTUCKET

    Originally, I was going to write a Master Class about blue interiors... Then, whilst drudging through hundreds of snaps of blue rooms, I suddenly realized so many of my favorite images were of this one particular house Victoria Hagen did in Nantucket, which is absolutely perfect in every detail! All of its rooms are done in blue or off white, throughout.

  • RECESSED LIGHTING 101

    If you don't have some good quality recessed light in your spaces I think you're totally doing your interiors a disservice. I am going to show you how by giving you the tools to do it yourself, properly...

  • COAT TREES

    By the mid 20th century coat trees then took on a rather "Grapes-of-Wrath" look, no one wanted to use them as they looked like poor peoples furniture (gasp!) and clothes were to be hidden in the new "built-in" closets.  Now, our unabated collecting leaves us with so much "stuff" that our bulging closets need relief...

  • TABOURET'S, STOOLS AND OTTOMANS

    These amazingly useful small seats can range from Rococo to modern. My all time favorite one was from Pace, the uber-expensive, well-designed modern furniture manufacturer which went out of business in 2001. Their taboret was one solid piece of glass which was an inverted "U" with a slight swail in the seat was...

  • DESIGNER RECYCLING

    Everyone has family stuff thrust upon them when they get their first apartment or get married. Often its not great looking stuff...usually crap. But, there's many pieces that are cool except they have a bad association to the way mom, or Aunt Bessie used them... I'm going to show you how these can become some of your most cherished pieces!  I'm also going to show you how to "thrift" for cool things in this missive too!

  • GARRET ROOMS

    That space above the kitchen or over the garage can become a valuable extra room. Do you need a home office, guest room or place to stick the teenager? Explore the possibility of using the garret!...

  • ANIMAL PRINTS... STILL?

    Just by having an animal print at home or on your body doesn't make you a hot jungle cat, you gotta have panache to pull it off.  Let's aim for restraint, shall we?...

  • DECORATING WITH BUSTS

    "Busts" Greeks used them to honor deities; the classicists used them as inspiration; the neoclassicist's used them to imply power and now modern decorators use them to ramp up the tone as they can be elegant, or sometimes campy...