Designing for the Dogs

Designing for the Dogs

Designing rooms and furnishings for humans is what we do, but we often give our clients’ furry companions some stylish attention as well. Since several of us in the office have pets, we are thrilled to make them part of our design considerations. To show off a few of our favorite dog beds, we’ve called in two real supermodels ~ handsome Holden (a dachshund who lives with Matthew) and fabulous Fanny (a French bulldog who lives with...
Sumptuous Carpets – Like Walking Through Leaves Year-Round

Sumptuous Carpets – Like Walking Through Leaves Year-Round

Oftentimes, what lies beneath our feet gets very little notice, but it’s certainly not the case when we’re talking about fine antique rugs. Whether the setting is classic or modern, we feel these venerable, handmade carpets add undeniable allure and luxury to any room lucky enough to hold them. For the best of the best, our favorite source is Doris Leslie Blau, and we were thrilled when this renowned purveyor of handmade carpets recently asked us to collaborate on a very special...
Country Pursuits – Houses of History

Country Pursuits – Houses of History

In August I helped organize a Historic House Tour in my favorite town—Hillsdale, NY. Hillsdale was founded in 1788 and was (and largely remains) a farming community. It was famous for its dairy farms, providing much of the milk and butter for New York City in the 19th century. Hillsdale’s amazing history extends far beyond bovine concerns, however, and remains a Hudson valley hamlet surrounded by lilting, rural beauty and dotted with architectural...
Alert the Media (room)!

Alert the Media (room)!

In our Autumn 2008 issue, we introduced the ultra-controversial topic of TV placement (The Great TV Debate – Show or Stow?). Feedback from our readers indicates that many of you have very strong opinions on the matter, but we’re still happy to play Switzerland between the warring camps. While we can be fairly neutral about TV placement, what we can’t abide are ill-conceived, characterless media...