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Lighting Indecision!


So I really need to get rid of the cookie cutter nipple-looking light fixtures that I inherited when I moved into my rental apartment. There are two in my living room that I need to replace and I’m starting with the fixture above my dining table. Below are the lighting options I’m currently considering. I’m leaning towards the Jonathan Adler Meurice pendant or the Thomas O’Brien Hicks pendant. Which do you like best? Thanks for your opinion! xo

Jonathan Adler Meurice Small Brass Pendant from Lamps Plus


Thomas O’Brien Large Hicks Pendant in antique brass from Circa Lighting

Pearson Pendant
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de Gournay Wallpaper: Get The Look for Less

A reader recently emailed me to ask if I could identify the wallpaper in this Miles Redd designed room which I posted here on the blog several times in the past…it’s one of my favorites! You may already be familiar with its maker but if not, this isn’t just any wallpaper… it’s de Gournay, an exquisite hand painted wallcovering which at a cost of around $650 and up per panel, is truly a luxury. The brand specializes in reproductions of historic prints particularly 18th century Chinoiserie and 19th century French designs. Here are a few other example of genuine …

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A Peek Inside Rose Tarlow’s New NYC Showroom

LA based designer Rose Tarlow’s aesthetic is synonymous with beauty, comfort, artisan quality craftsmanship and old-world sophistication. With a career spanning more than three decades she is one of the most internationally renowned and influential designers in the industry. Tarlow began her career as an antiques dealer and then went on to design her own lines of furniture, fabrics, wall coverings, lighting and accessories under the label Rose Tarlow Melrose House which is also the name of her flagship showroom on Melrose Place in Los Angeles that first opened in 1979. Now, more than 30 years later, Tarlow has opened …

Design on a Dime 2010


A fabulous bedroom vignette by Alan Tanskly. (I LOVED the John Robshaw bedding!)

A couple of weeks ago I attended the opening night party for Housing Works’ annual Design on a Dime fundraiser. Housing Works is a wonderful charity and chain of thrift shops in New York City that benefits homeless and low-income people living with HIV & AIDS. Each year the organization hosts a shopping fundraiser and enlists some of the top names in design to create fabulous room vignettes with donated, brand new luxury home furnishings as well as vintage and antique pieces which are sold at …

I’m One Step Away From Becoming a Finalist in Apartment Therapy’s Smal Cool Home Contest! Please Help Me Go All the Way! Vote Now!!!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited that after several rounds of voting my apartment is just one step away from being a top 5 finalist in Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Home Contest! Today’s vote will determine if my apartment makes it to the final round! I’m up against another great apartment so the competition is tough and I really need your support! Please help me go all the way by voting for me here. (Tell your Facebook and Twitter friends to vote for me too!) And a huge thank you to everyone who has voted for me so far …

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The New Traditionalists

Chair no. One Five and Credenza no. Two Twenty Five

I’m utterly obsessed with The New Traditionalists – a fresh, new home furnishings collection brought you by the team who created the modern childrens furniture line ducduc. I had the opportunity to visit The New Traditionalists showroom in Soho a couple of weeks ago to check out the line and chat with the company’s founding partners and was quite impressed with the thoughtfulness and attention to detail that went into creating this collection.

Desk no. Two Eleven and Chair no. Twenty Two

The New Traditionalists furniture collection is actually made …