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25th Street Flea Market

It was a cloudy Saturday morning here in the City with thunderstorms in the forecast, so I thought I'd head down to the flea market at the 25th Street Garage just to see what I could find. Old black and white photographs are always so inspiring to me, especially seeing the way people decorated their homes or entertained guests. Whether…
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Check out the spread in Elle Decor!

First, there's a great double-page spread of all of us ripping the wallpaper off a room to reveal a Fresh Coat of Drama! Then another page with a promo shot and little blurbs about us. September 3rd and counting!!
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Object of the Day – Monogrammed Linen Hand Towels

Doesn't it seem like nowadays you can get your monogram on just about anything? But back in the late 19th century, long before the West Elms of the world, monogrammed hand towels were once a privilege only of the upper class. With wonderful detailing like intricate crochet work and embroidered scallop edges, monogrammed hand towels became family heirlooms passed down…
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Object of the Day – Antique Toast Racks

One of the things I love to do is find fresh, new ways to use old things. For example, take these antique toast racks I found in London. They're hotel silver, probably from the 20s, though the earliest known examples date as far back as the 1770s. Typically, such toast racks were made by soldering five to eight silver-wire partitions…
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A Charming Side Dutch Door

A beautiful door sets the tone to a house and welcomes guests inside. Of course, most people do pay attention to their front doors but too often overlook the others. Whether an entry to a kitchen, a laundry room, or even a mudroom, a well-planned side or back door is a beautiful addition to any home. Yesterday, I was up…
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Object of the Day – Antique Ladles

Ladles bring an elegant flourish to entertaining. Whether serving a rich bernaise sauce over fillet mignon or a raspberry vinaigrette over tender grilled asparagus, why not do it in style by using a beautiful antique ladle? On the left, a silverplate ladle with a mother-of-pearl handle and fluted bowl from the 20s. It's one of my favorites I found years…
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Top Design Season 2 Promo Video

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Object of the Day – Bone Handle Knives

Years ago, when I first came to New York, when the famed Chelsea Flea Market was, in fact, still in Chelsea, I found this set of six antique carved bone handle knives in a pile of otherwise lackluster silver. I love the swirl carving of the handle, the color and feel of bone.  I think these kinves would look beautiful…
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