Imagine if your family owned a house and estate since 1666. It has survived many twists and turns, with colorful forefathers. One descendant gave birth to 4 sets of twins. A recent, rather spiteful, ancestor auctioned off most of the historic contents after a family spat. Not long after that sale, you find that you own the 2000 acre pile. Whatever are you going to do with it!?!? You don’t want to be the one to blow it……Read More
Last May, I lunched with designer extraordinaire and paint company founder, Edward Bulmer in his stunning Queen Anne home in Herefordshire, England.Read More
There wouldn’t be a design industry today without the efforts of some key women, the first of whom began trailblazing in the late 1880s. Late last May, I was honored to moderate a standing room only panel at NYC’s D&D building on the legacy of women in design. Settle in for a quick primer on the 5 leading ladies in interior design history.Read More
Recently, I visited Taliesen West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and architecture school in the desert outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. Our tour guide reveled in recounting the intimate details of Wright’s personal life in his winter retreat and I can’t wait to share them with you. Plenty is written elsewhere about his architectural theories. Let’s get to the fun stuff.Read More
From the outside, the chateau in the small Czech town of Nové Město nad Metují is your standard issue medieval pile. It was built in 1501 as a Gothic style fort and the façade shows it.
The approach is nice. To visit, you meander through a charming garden guarded by 22 dwarves and cross a covered bridge straight out of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. But curb appeal is not the chateau’s strong point.Read More