Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals

In the fashion world, gray is now being heralded as the new black. Although we don’t subscribe to trends, we celebrate classics, and gray certainly fits the bill, especially when it comes to interiors. Whether it’s the soft whisper of a dove gray linen or the crisp tailoring of a heathery flannel, the look is always subtle and sophisticated, and sometimes just a tad...
Shanghaied

Shanghaied

A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections. — Chinese proverb Despite the guidebooks’ warnings, the stars were aligned for me to venture to Shanghai in late August. Thanks to 95 degree heat and 100% humidity, I can assure you that “Summer in Shanghai” will never get the same play as “Springtime in Paris.” Nevertheless, what the city lacked in climactic comforts, it more than made up for in endless...
A Cozy Cabin in the Mountains

A Cozy Cabin in the Mountains

This story could be under the title “Better Late than Never”. After all, these photos (styled by none other than Miguel Flores-Vianna) were meant to run in House Beautiful around ten years ago, but because of changing editors, they never saw the light of day. Instead of allowing the story to disappear forever into the crisp mountain air, we thought we’d celebrate autumn by sharing our design of this miniature rustic...
Wall Warmers – The Allure of Antique Tapestries

Wall Warmers – The Allure of Antique Tapestries

Photo: Art Gray The glories of medieval, renaissance and baroque tapestries tell us much about European history. These precious textiles, masterfully hand-woven using silk and woolen threads colored with rare dyes from around the globe, and often shot through with gold or silver thread, were created for practical, decorative and even propaganda...