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French Sevres Lidded Porcelain Urns at C. Mariani Antiques in San Francisco (photos by Philip Harvey) Recently, I had the pleasure of preparing an article for Traditional Home's holiday issue on C. Mariani Antiques in San Francisco (, a shop which offers heart-stoppingly beautiful antiques, restorations, and reproductions. The photo above and below offer you a... More
Sometimes we get to put down our pens, notepads, and cameras and celebrate a new product or collaboration. Italian textile house Dedar hosted a colorful evening at their Bergdorf Goodman installation to officially launch their new, first-ever retail product line. Owners, and siblings, Caterina and Raffaele Fabrizio celebrate their new venture.   I previously provided a tiny sneak... More
Villa Nicetta, Val Demone, Acquedolci municipallity, Sicily: All photographs by Julie Maris/Semel   One of Villa Nicetta's outbuildings-turned-guest room   When our van finally turned down the long, narrow drive of c.-17th-century Villa Nicetta, the race was on. Which would sink first—the sun or me? Day one in Sicily as a guest of the... More
A hand-written note is still a beautiful luxury worth indulging in, and giving to others is always in season, so if you are in the NYC area this week, there is a wonderful event happening on Wednesday night. Calligrapher Ellen Weldon is opening her stationery design studio to host charity event “The Big Write,” on September 29. Attendees will receive a personal consultation with... More
If you've had a chance to check out the October issue (and I hope you have!) you might have noticed the feminine “Full Bloom” decorator pillow from Amy Butler for Welspun in the So Sublime color palette story. That lime/light chartreuse color is one of my favorites and I had a lot of fun pulling those gorgeous products together.  And it’s no surprise that such a... More
The beginning of fall is always a good time to shop. When Tory Burch is giving 10% off, it’s a great time to shop, and when 10% of the evening’s total proceeds benefit the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach (FL) chapter (which serves seven counties!)—well, what could be better? Traditional Home is partnering with the American Red Cross Designer’s Show House in 2011... More
This week, we received the wonderful news that the Kips Bay Decorator Show House has found a home for 2010 and is underway. Normally presented in the spring, this year's previously-secured property fell through because someone purchased the townhouse and wanted to move in right away, forcing the project to be postponed. The new house marks the 38th year of the event and fundraiser, which... More
A few weeks ago, a dear lady with the you-couldn't-make-it-up name of Melba Tingle gave me some time-honored advice passed down from her grandmother: save your banana peels, cut them up, and sprinkle them at the base of your rose bushes. Fast-forward to today. I took Melba's advice, and not only am I brimming with potassium, but also my Knock Out roses are truly knocking me out. Maybe... More
Until a product preview last month from Twin-Star International, whose brands include Classic Flame Decorative Electric Fireplaces and Tresanti (refrigerated wine cabinets), I never gave much thought to either item for my own home—or as something worth sharing with readers. In fact, until that presentation and a hands-on look at the products, I regarded electric fireplaces, in particular,... More
The proliferation of the Internet, social media, apps, and online collaboration has prompted a handful of interior designers to offer their expertise online at discounted rates, the caveat being that you do the measuring and the shopping. But that means you can set the budget and timeline, and have a little fun! So far I haven’t come across a service that is as much of a bargain as... More