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One of the things we're constantly trying to do is explain (defend?) the term "traditional" as we see it. The word immediately conjures up ideas and images in people's minds, but not always the ones we think it should—or could. We love these evocative statements from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams on the walls at their High Point showroom. What does traditional mean to you... More
One of the fun things about having the catch-all job of articles editor is the curious assortment of items that cross my desk: samples of  impatiens that grow in the sun, peculiar little books, gorgeous fabric samples,  T-shirts emblazoned with fertilizer logos that make dandy nighties, miniature tent poles (don't ask me why, we are hardly a camping magazine)—and recently, a... More
The original cover art for Charlotte's Web went for $155,000 at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. Drawn by American illustrator Garth Williams for E.B. White's beloved classic, the illustration was one of 42 consigned by the family. Few among us raising children can ever forget the opening line: "Where's Papa going with that ax?" Why is it that Wilbur and a kindhearted... More
After losing close friend Nina Hyde, a fashion editor at the Washington Post, to breast cancer in 1990, Ralph Lauren became committed to fighting the disease. His Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation’s Pink Pony Fund supports programs for cancer screening and early diagnosis, treatment, and research. Year round, 10% of Pink Pony collection sales benefit the fund. 2010 marks the 10th year of the... More
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