Marianne Rohrlich gets a big cover story in this issue and it hits the spot. "Bling, Black & Beyond" correctly identifies the resurgence of black as a decor staple of the new FAB direction, but the better point is that COLOR & ORNAMENTATION are coming back and black is merely a background. Good quotes:
- For Zac Posen, a Refuge From the Runway: Surprise, flashy Zac Posen likes a cozy, traditional Village retreat.
- The First Lady of English Country Style: F-a-s-c-i-n-a-t-i-n-g story of designer and socialite Nancy Lancaster, as new biography comes out by Martin Wood. Mitchell Owens calls it the "best looking [coffee table] book" since 2000.
- Nest Egg or One-Armed Bandit?: Buying real estate is not always a winning game. Here's some background on a few buyers who have seen both boom and bust.
- You Can Sit on Your Parks, or Save Them: This is a bit of a snoozer (surprising for Anne Raver!), but if you want to know more about public park preservation, here you go.
- For the Gulf Coast, a Rehabilitation Effort: The National Trust for Historic Preservation is concerned that many historic buildings on the Gulf Coast will be bulldozed. This is all about their efforts in the region.
- Questions: I'd like to trade my miniblinds for curtains. What's fresh and not too expensive?
PARIS CURRENTS: Maison et Objet
- Lucile Hyacinthe-Lafarge from L'Estelle specializes in gilt cabinetry
- Animals were big at Maison et Objet
- Vintage glasses fused into vases by Laurence Brabant
- Peel-and-place wall decoration from French company, Vynil
- Hôtel Sezz is all over the web, with interior design by Christophe Pillet
- Green wood carved vases by Ernst Gamperl