I'm not sure that there's any idea that captures the romance of travel more completely for me than that of the Orient Express. Just the words "Orient Express" bring to mind a golden age - a time when people dressed to travel and crossing a continent by train was the epitome of luxury. There was a sense of mystery to such journeys, the feeling that anything could, and would happen along the way...
A friend of mine posted a piece of Nora Ephron's the day after she passed away last week. I of course have my favorites that she's written over the years, but my friend is the kind of good writer herself that when she posts something, whatever it is, you read it.
I recently picked up a boucherouite rug while abroad, and then I discovered this awesome chair that's upholstered with one. To get my dream living room, expand the seating to include one very comfortable couch that I've already tested out, add fun pillows and a great lamp, and anchor it all with a rich rug.
Name: Three generations living together Location: Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California Size: Three bedroom house with connected 1 bedroom guest house Years lived in: Our family has owned the home since 1957. The current residents are the daughter, granddaughter and her husband and great grandchildren of original owners.
I have driven through the wide streets in Beverly Hills many times, admiring the estates and wondering about the stories of the people living in these large homes. Molly and her family feel lucky to live in their family home in Beverly Hills and they don't consider their situation typical - it was left to them when their grandparents passed away. They often joke that they are the modern day Beverly Hills hillbillies!
When you think of German design, you probably think of BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Not bathrooms. But a recent trip to a bath showroom in Germany proved to me that German designers are just as successful at applying ingenuity in this arena as they are with the well known cars. Minimal, high-tech design looks great in the bathroom, where less really is more.
When I wrote about The Most Glam Games: Outdoor & Indoor, readers wondered where the chess sets were. The truth is, I've always been intimidated by chess and its complex strategy (when I play games, my strategy is simple: win). Also, so many chess sets have a certain Lord Of The Rings aesthetic, and while I adore LOTR, it seems like a tricky style to incorporate into a modern apartment...
Before in the living room with the newly re-finished floors
Last week at my father's big cottage, the painting on the third floor was finished, wall to wall carpeting in three rooms was torn up, and the floors were sanded and sealed back to their lovely 1897 glory. Then on Saturday morning, I drove over all of the STUFF that the new house needed for the renters that I'd ordered online (toilet paper, plates, silverware, towels, etc), and our whole family pitched in as my mother's entire storage locker of furniture was delivered to furnish the house quickly. The renters arrived at 3pm, and we were all done, but it was a long day!
A few weeks ago we looked at the most posh garden games (lots of) money can buy, but summer weather doesn't always cooperate with our bocce plans- I'm looking at you, San Francisco. Therefore allow me to present the most beautiful, luxurious, over-the-top versions of classic games. Nothing kicks cabin fever like a $3,270 backgammon set, right?
The 2012 Kips Bay Decorator Show House runs just a few more days before closing on June 14th. This year was made all the more special by the debut of a personal favorite, DC local Raji Radhakrishnan. The private office boasts all the delights of Raji's signature sophisticated mix.
Thinking about a kitchen renovation, but baffled about where to splurge and where to save? Leave it to the shopping pros at Consumer Reports to break down the kitchen into the high end choices, as well as their best money saving counterparts.