House & Home Roundup: June 16, 2005

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SEX, LIES AND FURNITURE!!! (and money!) This week we are back in action with a rip roaring good time of a show that digs deep and lays bare the florid bones of the furniture world!

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Stop One:
  • A Renegade Retools Retail Evan Cole - ADD addled impresario of ABC Carpet - leaves wife and daughter of ABC family, Paulette Cole, and shacks up with Rachel Ashwell, founder of Shabby Chic, out in LA. Second Act! HD Buttercup opens four months ago with his signature style: 100,000 square feet of manufacturer direct home furnishings! Just like ABC!

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    Stop Two:
  • What Price Authenticity? Modern Furniture is suddenly valuable! Criminals sneak in with reproductions! With the breaking of the $1m barrier at a modern auction last week, all gloves are off in the 20th Century Post War Furniture world!

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    Stop Three:
  • Taking Superparents in Hand Super Charged Nannies are Running Our Homes! Dept. of Upchuck. Hey, all you over-achievers, why try to get home to take care of your own kids and your own house when you can hire someone to run it all for you? For only $75,000 a year you can't afford not to.


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    Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.