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Garden Fancy

You don’t need a green thumb to decorate with botanical style. Furnishings and fabrics the color of leaves and soil are available to grace every room in your home, while gifts featuring flora and fauna abound for the wistful gardener longing to bring the outside in. eastern influencesJapanese bamboo dishes, Sabre French flatware and vine-print […]

An Iron in the Fire

“I want to die with a hammer in my hand.” So said David Paul Kloete Sr.—and it is clear he passed this same passion and respect for the ancient craft of ironwork on to his son. David Kloete Jr.’s own life has been spent, almost without interruption, either as an apprentice at Anvil Iron Works, […]

Rediscovering our Heritage

During their long marriage, Mercedes Whitecloud and her late husband Dr. Thomas Whitecloud shared a common passion: collecting Native American art.  Eventually, they accumulated more than 600 pieces, ranging from ceremonial pots to feasting spoons to beaded leggings and drum covers. A child’s moccasins, Sioux, 1930. The two never saw themselves as owners of these […]

Apple of Your Eye

Thanksgiving, I know, is categorically not the time to incorporatehealthy eating, but I can’t help myself. For this holiday, my daughter,Abigail, and I are in charge of making the desserts. I decided to makean apple galette (free-form apple pie) using whole-wheat flour withplain white all-purpose flour. After reading a multitude of recipes, Ialso decided to […]

Lance Lafargue

Finding the right piano can be a daunting challenge. The choices can be confusing to the first-time buyer, as well as to the existing piano owner looking to upgrade. Fortunately, Lafargue Pianos can help no matter what level your knowledge is. Lafargue Pianos sells a variety of brands including New Mason & Hamlin (which named […]

Terry Onebane

While many antiques stores may seem stodgy, Terry and Paul Onebane strive to make their store, Antiques and Wholesale Furnishings, welcoming. “People feel very much at home and they are not intimidated by the surroundings. It’s not your average stuffy antique store,” Terry Onebane says. Established in March 2006, Antiques and Wholesale Furnishings sells Continental, […]

Set for the Season

While the beginning of October can be almost as balmy as August, there comes a day when the weather magically turns and it actually feels like fall. While sweater-weather is still far off, the coolish temperatures beckon people to leave the confines of air-conditioned interiors to enjoy the sunny skies and a breeze that doesn’t […]

Working it Out

While some of us may spend so much time in our offices that they sometimes feel like home, others have jobs that actually allow them to work from home. The office can be crafted out of an existing space or renovated (or built) to precise specifications. But caution: distractions lurk. Children, spouses or pets may […]

A View from the Top

Do Clyne found the 10-foot sofa at Renaissance Interiors and the Milo Baughman barrel back chairs at Neal Auction Company. The Oushak rug is from NOLA Rugs. On a clear day, from the balcony of her penthouse located atop the Cotton Mill Condominiums, Dorothy Clyne—known as Do to her friends—can see the Superdome, the Crescent […]

In Harmony

Fall is upon us—and the cool breezes of the season also bring in a fresh mood. Cristy and Travis McNabb show how a small space can be a home for good design. In Dorothy Clyne’s condominium, a soothing shade creates a backdrop for chic furnishings and art. For five intrepid professionals, their home offices are […]

Curtain Call

Keeping everything unique is how Blythe Wren describes the purpose of her company, Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design. Paired with a plush tassel tieback, this “Buonarroti” fabric, in woven silk jacquard, will do just that––bring one-of-a-kind luxury to a home. Corragio Textiles is the only company to gain permission to copy one of the most famous […]

Layer by Layer

Gretchen Howard in her Studio. Anyone who has invested an afternoon putting a fresh coat of paint on a wall at home or over a favorite piece of furniture knows the transformative power such a seemingly simple task can achieve. There is certainly some of that essence in the work of decorative painter Gretchen Howard, […]

Tied Up in Knots

The foreground shows the back side of Persian kilim and its knots. “More than meets the eye.” This short, simple phrase holds much truth with regard to the splendor of an antique Oriental rug. While its color, pattern and texture can create a warm and inviting setting, its history, craftsmanship and symbolism offer beauty beyond […]

Finding Comfort

For me, October is about fall, and at the first cool snap I always crave some decadent comfort food. This dish may not fit into my generally healthy guidelines, but every now and then it’s good to indulge. I was in a bit of a hurry on the night of this small gathering of friends […]

Stewart-Richards Custom Window Treatments

Several years ago, Paula Richards designed and created all of the window treatments in her own home. Richards’ friends—and friends of friends—were so impressed by her work that they began to call her to make window treatments for their homes. Eventually, she established her business, Stewart-Richards Custom Window Treatments, in 2002. Stewart-Richards specializes in window […]

Russell’s Cleaning Services

Andrée Bauer co-owns Russell’s Cleaning Services with her parents, Richard and Carole Bauer, and her brother, Eric Bauer. Her maternal grandfather, Russell Cuoco, founded Russell’s in the 1930s. Cuoco began washing clothes in his mother’s backyard, then delivered them to customers on his bicycle. Once the business grew, he moved into a store and began […]


Feeling Blue Blue never looked so cool. Solid silks get depth and dimension when kissed with a hint of iridescence or cut in a lattice pattern. Pair the two with a ribbed mocha stripe for some warmth and whimsy, and create a fashionable trio perfect for panels, pillows and more. Probst Decorating, 3300 Magazine St., […]

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