Fiendish Feather Wreath

Birds of a feather flock together. This quick and easy project I plucked, among others, from the the dollar store. Pin one end of a black boa to a 14" foam wreath form, wrap all the way around, then pin again. Three boas later and... Tah-dah! To give it a more finished look, cut eight pieces of equally sized ribbon,…

A Sleepy Hollow Halloween

I hope everyone enjoyed tonight's premiere of Halloween Block Party! For those of you who missed it, HGTV will be airing the special several more times from now until the 31st. Here's a quick post with a gallery of images from the show. For now, Jaithan and I are taking the evening off, toasting a glass of spooky pomegranate punch,…

Tonight on HGTV!

Tune into HGTV tonight at 8/7c as I turn the classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow into a beautiful, classic Halloween party for the John family of Alameda, California. There'll also be plenty of tricks and treats on food, flowers, decorating and entertaining to inspire your creativity this Halloween!

Before & After – Chateau Chic

A couple of months back, I got a call from my good friend Heather over at Grange, asking me to zhuzh up their showroom kitchen for What's New, What's Next, an industry event in which furniture and lighting companies at the New York Design Center host parties for media types to promote their new collections. For those of you who…

Join me at Wish!

To celebrate Sunday's premiere of Halloween Block Party, join me this Thursday the 15th at Wish for Spooktacular Cocktails and Beastly Bites. I'll be sharing stylist secrets on throwing the perfect cocktail party, including plenty of insider tips and hostess how-tos. We'll also be offering new, never-before-seen pieces from our Etsy shop (there's a sale on right now!), together with…

This just in! The trailer for Halloween Block Party, one of the specials we did for HGTV, is now on YouTube! Click here to watch. Halloween Block Party premieres next Sunday, the 18th at 8:00 pm ET!

Chateau Chic

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Flea Markets – Antiques Garage and Annex

It's been a quiet weekend in the city with most New Yorkers still enjoying the last, lazy days of summer before the busy onset of fall. Despite a tempting invitation from my friends Marty and Robin for a long weekend away at their beautiful, working farm in Buck's County, Pennsylvania, I opted instead to stick around here—maybe do a little…

Before & After – Chinoiserie Dining Chairs

Here's another one of my favorite makeovers I did with my good friend Matthew Hunt for a video series called Ford Models 360. With a little bit of paint and punchy turquoise fabric, we turned four chairs we found at Housing Works (a great charity thrift store) from ticky tacky to chinoiserie chic. To watch the full video, click here.

Object of the Day – Cream Soup Bowls

I love the classical shape of these bowls and the daintiness of their handles. The pattern, "Rhapsody" from George Jones Crescent of England, pictures a sweet bouquet of ferns and forget-me-nots. I found a set of twelve at a flea market in New Milford, Connecticut, then gave six to my good friend Ronny Carroll. Whenever one of us needs a…

Top Design Preview!

There's a great teaser for the show that's just been released. Check out my frame in the opening sequence. To watch it, click the video below. And stay tuned for the premiere Wednesday night at 10!

Object of the Day – Ironstone Transferware Soup Tureen

It was with my grandmother Dottie in Greenwich and the afternoons spent watching Julia Child that I first began to cultivate my love both for cooking and collecting. There was always something so joyous about her food, especially when served in one of my grandmother's pierced creamware platters or antique porcelain dishes. This piece, an old ironstone soup tureen, is…

Top Design Audition Video

The September 3rd premiere of Top Design is just around the corner, but in the meantime, here's the video that earned me a spot on the show. BING!

Object of the Day – Gentleman’s Grooming Brush

Yesterday, at the flea market here in town, I picked up this gentleman's set of grooming brushes. They're from Owens Brush Co., the precursor to Oral-B, with Art Deco detailing from the 20s. I love the mix of materials: a pure bristle brush and an ebony wood handle emblazoned with a sterling silver crest. In fact, at good flea markets,…

Instant Curb Appeal: Amazing Awnings

On weekends, whenever I'm out in the country or at the beach visiting friends and we're driving around town, usually from one antique store to another, I always find myself gazing at the houses I wish could be mine. More often than not, it's the old, beautiful ones I love with lush, mature plantings and windows covered graciously in awnings.…

Check out the article in Greenwich Time!

In anticipation of the September 3rd premiere of Top Design, my hometown paper Greenwich Time just printed a great story on me in today's edition. Check it out online! There are even pictures of our apartment!

Object of the Day – Olive Fork

Whenever I have friends over and we're making martinis, I love setting up a beautiful bar stocked with all the right stuff. And what better way to get down and dirty than with an elegant condiment fork perfect for spearing olives? This one I found, as I often do, digging through bins of tarnished onsies at a junk shop in…

Instant Bathroom – From Vintage To Vivid!

At seventy-seven years old and still as stylish as ever, my Grandmother Dottie has always been a wonderful source of inspiration in my life. Growing up, I used to love spending time with her in the kitchen cooking, baking, trying new recipes and entertaining friends. In her house, there truly was a place for everything and everything in its place.…

Object of the Day – Turquoise Blue Swedish Mixing Bowls

The smallest of these Fire King bowls I found at a Salvation Army upstate. The others I later bought on Ebay, though not all at once. Instead, they too I found only as onsies, single items that are less expensive than a set but require a bit more patience to collect.   What a pay off! I love their teardrop…

Object of the Day – Ebony Wood Handle Flatware

This collection of flatware I found at a few different places: a tag sale in Tennessee, a thrift shop in Connecticut and, always a good standby, the New York City flea market. Most of the ebony handles you find are cracked and ruined from soaking them in water, so if you're fortunate enough to find good ones, take care of…

ASK EDDIE: Professional Looking Flowers

Dear Eddie, The flowers you did in the urns look absolutely beautiful.  But what if you are a spazz like me and can't figure out how to get the flowers to look like that?  How do you make them stay in the urn and stand up like that? April Dear April, Great question! But before I get to it, I…

Object of the Day – Moon and Stars Compote

A few weeks ago, when I was out in Buck's County, Pennsylvania, I picked up this beautiful pressed glass compote. It's an early American pattern called Moon and Stars from Adams and Company, c. 1890. Not often do you find such an old piece with its original lid still in tact.  On closer look, you can see that tiny stars…

Windsor Smith for Kravet

I was over at Kravet the other day and loved their new display. From designer Windsor Smith, it's a casual, elegant collection of her own line of fabric and furniture, all for Kravet. I love the symmetry and how the lattice visually expands the space by drawing your eye up and through the room. The way she layers color and…