Out with the new … in with the old

Get your vintage on! Vintage furniture pieces create a statement, and they already have a history. You get to tell your friends stories about where you found a piece… it’s all about the hunt. They are typically made with stronger materials using techniques that are constructed better than the typical “big box” furniture that you have to put together yourself. Vintage pieces can

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Milan MADE

Now that it’s October, I think back to last October, when my husband and I attended the MADE (Milano Architettura Design Edilizia) at the Fiera Milano. We were invited by the Italian American Chamber of Commerce. Many of the new products featured at the expo are now available in the US. Some of my highlights include: The hardware quality from Tre-Piu doors was amazing

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Leaders in design

Clients and friends ask me who my influencers are, so here is a list of my top 10 practicing residential architecture firms, interior design firms, decorators and designers of objects who I follow (in no particular order): Joseph Dirand Axel Vervoordt Steven Gambrel William Hefner John Robshaw John Derian Stiff + Trevillion Made Architecture Vincent Van Duysen Nick Noyes Architecture

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My non-tile solutions

As a follow-up to my post last week, if tile is not your thing, I have solutions for you: For a kitchen backsplash, I prefer to specify a thinner version of the same material as your countertop. My favorite countertop materials are quartz (a man-made or engineered material), quartzite (a natural sandstone that is heated and hardened), and marble. Silestone

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Which grout color goes best with this tile?

This is a frequent question that I hear from my clients.  My general rules are the following: For a white marble or ceramic mosaic (for example: hexagon, penny or basketweave) on a bathroom floor, I prefer a light to mid-gray grout, because you don’t want dirt to show immediately and it’s difficult to keep the white grout clean on floors … believe me.

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