Edited by Carl Dellatore, INTERIOR DESIGN MASTER CLASS: 100 Lessons From America’s Finest Designers On The Art of Decoration, is an outstanding book. Although it’s geared towards students of design and professionals, this book would appeal to anyone who’s curious about interiors. The book is divided into six sections: theory, structure, style, process, elements, and … Continue reading The Design Files – Interior Design Master Class
Traditional interiors will be big in 2018 according to various interior design articles. I never received the memo that they were “out”. I don’t think they ever went away, especially in cities like New Orleans, Charleston (SC), and Washington, DC. I don’t belive in following trends. It’s helpful to know what is going on in … Continue reading The Design Files – Traditional Interiors are Back
I went to Florence for the first time during my second vacation in Italy. I stayed for a couple of days. My second trip was a few years later during the first month I lived in Italy. I couldn’t wait to leave both times. The second trip was over nine years ago and I believed … Continue reading I Used to Hate on Florence, Italy.
One of my friends, who owns a boutique travel agency in Italy, told me that finding four star hotels in Rome is difficult. She said there are great options at the five-star high-end level and at the economical end but there are too many four-stars that are really a three- star at best. Enter Le … Continue reading Life in Rome – Mini-break at Le Méridien Visconti Hotel
The Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Located south of Siena, it’s home to some of the most gorgeous vistas in Italy. I cannot wait to return. The first night we stayed at La Bandita. We arrived just in time to drive back down the steep hill to … Continue reading A Weekend in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia Region
Darryl Carter‘s boutique was on my list of must sees during my trip to Washington, DC last month. I’ve read about it and seen many photos of it. Yet, I was not ready! Mr. Carter is one of my favorite interior designers. He usually works with neutral palettes and I love his modern take on … Continue reading Design Inspiration – Darryl Carter’s Boutique, Washington, DC
My sister and my brother-in-law had their first child last month. My brother and my sister-in-law have two boys so now I have three nephews. Nurseries are fun rooms to decorate. However, it can be a stressful time for families as they try to get this room together before the baby arrives. Below are some … Continue reading The Design Files – Nursery Tips