The Country Table

The Country Table

The ritual of setting a table is one that conjures feelings of comfort, camaraderie and the prospect of a good meal. Certainly the accouterment of a well-set table is part of what makes a civilized meal so pleasurable. Ceramics, glass, linen and metal can be brought together to create a near infinite variety of...
A Celebration in Palazzo Barbaro

A Celebration in Palazzo Barbaro

In late August I attended a gala in Venice that I (along with a tireless team of dear friends) helped plan for Save Venice. This is a biennial event that is key to our fund-raising efforts, which makes our mission to restore art in Venice possible. Besides bringing together an incredible group of Venice lovers, Venice scholars and even a few Venice first-timers, the four-day gala is just plain...
Fall Feasting – Entertaining with Style

Fall Feasting – Entertaining with Style

In the fall, we naturally turn our attention away from outside activities to the indoors. Home and hearth become a focus, prompting inspiration for great meals and entertaining. Beautiful rooms, crisp linens, tables laid with thought and care all enhance autumnal gatherings and make everyday meals events that linger in...
Africa Anyone?

Africa Anyone?

As I mentioned in the Spring 2011 edition of World White Webb, one of my side projects is to serve as a creative consultant for a fascinating website, called Africa.com. In addition to being the go-to destination for all things African, it disseminates weekly newsletters recapping the world’s must-read stories about...
Finding the Finds

Finding the Finds

As long as I can remember I’ve always had a passion for antiques. In fact, my design business (prior to joining forces with a certain Mr. Webb) actually grew out of an antiques shop I owned in Pasadena, California. It’s well known in the antiques trade that “An antiques dealer isn’t made by what he sells, but by what he...
SIT! Chairs with Panache

SIT! Chairs with Panache

Chairs are like people, they come in a seemingly endless variety of sizes, shapes and colors, yet there is a commonality that links them as a species. A furniture species, that is. Each one has a front, a back, and most have arms and legs. They have a common destiny and...
White Webb Opens Shop – White Webb Finds

White Webb Opens Shop – White Webb Finds

Interior designers are nothing if not serious, indefatigable shoppers. Eyes must be peeled because what works for one client in the city, will certainly be quite different for a family in the suburbs or a farmhouse in the country. Like most designers, when we search for treasures for our clients, we also tend to find a few pieces that don’t have a foreseeable home, yet are too good to pass...

Brimfield Antiques Fair: The Collectors

Taking a look at the thrice-annual phenomenon of the Brimfield Antique Show in Western Massachusetts, this video focuses on the people who travel there from all over the world to collect everything from milk bottle caps to taxidermy...
Mrs. James Ward Thorne and the Thorne Rooms

Mrs. James Ward Thorne and the Thorne Rooms

The word “amateur” has taken on a very negative connotation in our culture, which is a shame. It used to mean someone who had passion for a certain field, and studied it to such a degree that they were exceedingly adept, almost approaching (and sometimes surpassing) a professional proficiency. Amateurs were often women of means who, because of societal strictures, were not allowed to...
Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

To be a stylemaker, you clearly need to make a splash, but there are a gutsy few who actually blaze trails. Gloria Vanderbilt is just such a woman, whose inimitable style has been leaving a path of stunningly scorched earth behind her for nearly nine decades. As befits a style icon, Gloria Vanderbilt has been capturing the world’s attention from the moment she was an...