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spilling beans: decorating design tips for the dining room

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Decorating design tips is the 2nd in a series of 11 features dealing with secrets of the trade.  The first were tips for a well-appointed Living Room. Future posts will cover decorating design tips for the Kitchen and Bathroom; Bedroom; Paint; … Continue reading

spilling beans: decorating design tips for the living room

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My series of features called “decorating design tips” come as a result of recently cleaning a file cabinet and finding a folder full of interior decorating design tips by top decorator colleagues and so it occurred to me to review them, … Continue reading

What does it take to collect modern design?

I am constantly asked for my opinion about modern design from clients just starting out on that collecting jaunt.  With fine art, you can visit museums and galleries and find your way through the maze, but with modern design things … Continue reading

the last: day 5 of 5: travelling to Europe in the 18th century (Venice)

Michele Marieschi, Venice: The Piazza San Marco from the Torre dell’Orologio, courtesy of Sotheby’s As the summer vacations are on us, I thought it interesting to look back at what travelling to Europe – and in particular Paris, Rome, Naples and Venice … Continue reading

day 4 of 5: travelling to Europe in the 18th century (Naples)

Continuing along on our Grand Tour, this week we’ve visited Paris and Rome and now we move further south in Italy.  Pompeii, the Roman city lost to Vesuvius in 79AD, was rediscovered by a Spanish engineer in 1748.  Located just … Continue reading

day 3 of 5: travelling to Europe in the 18th century (Rome – Decorative Art)

image credit: Badminton Cabinet: copyright © 2013 FĂĽrstliche Sammlungen Art Service GmbH & Co. OG / The Princely Collections of Lichtenstein Yesterday our Grand Tour brought us to Rome after a stop in Paris, and as everyone knows, one day … Continue reading

day 2 of 5: travelling to Europe in the 18th Century (Rome – Fine Art)

Continuing with our Grand Tour, after yesterday’s visit to Paris, the traveller would head south.  Many tourists would buy a coach and horses to accommodate their friends and tutor to travel across the continent in style.  The trip usually went … Continue reading