Thomas O’Brien

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Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

At the end of April I headed to High Point, North Carolina, also known as America’s furniture capital, to attend the biannual High Point Market which is a trade show showcasing the best in home furnishings. My friends from Hickory Chair brought me to High Point this season and my first stop, naturally, was a tour of the company’s gorgeous 25,000 square foot showroom. I always pop into the Hickory Chair / Pearson showroom to see what’s new when I’m in the NYDC building, but in terms of size and the scope of furnishings on …

I recently became acquainted with the gorgeous work of Santa Monica based interior designer Kim Alexandriuk and as soon as I saw her portfolio I thought to myself that her style reminded me of Michael S. Smith who also happens to be one of my favorite decorators. I knew there was a reason that I became an instant fan…After reading her bio I learned that she spent six years of her career working for Smith! The similarities between Alexandriuk’s work and Smith’s are uncanny. Both have a very polished look, grounded in traditionalism with lots of ethnic influences woven throughout …