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Thought provoking Exhibits at Brooklyn Museum of Art

This week I participated in an Art Tour offered by Artful Circle to the Brooklyn Museum specifically for a tour and lecture through two inspiring exhibits. The first was to explore the artwork of Ai Wei Wei, the activist who was held under house arrest for 81

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Charles James Exhibition

If you haven’t seen this wonderful exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum’s  Costume Institute you must run before it closes next week.    The digital robotic cameras  that  zoom into each dress’s specific detail and shows you how the detail was created and attached to the dress was

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Art Deco in Japan

I just returned from vacation on the North Coast of Oregon. First stopping in Seattle where I saw the “Art Deco in Japan” exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum in Volunteer Park, an Olmstead creation. The Kani Earthquake in 1920 opened up the opportunity for rebuilding in

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Fencing in the Schools

Designers often have lives outside of being creative for our Clients. I had the good fortune, at the request of the Kravet Showroom Manager at 200 Lex, Sheela Herr (and her son John), to attend Duel for the School, a fundraising Event sponsored by Fencing in the

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Agreeing to Love Each Other Through the Design Process

Redesigning a home or apartment (or even an office) is exciting, yes? Sure it is, but interior design, whether simply choosing a new paint color or refurnishing an entire apartment, can often cause disagreement and conflict. Design is personal, a reflection of who we are and how

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Bring the Outside in, and the Inside Out

Whether your home is a sprawling estate or a cramped apartment, you can open up your space, calm your senses and free your mind with a few design tweaks – and they’re all related to nature. This summer, focus on bringing the outside into your decor, or

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Stressed out? Maybe Your Walls Are to Blame.

You’re at home, and you just want to relax. Or maybe you’re spending more time than you’d like in the office, and you’re feeling like you can’t catch a break. In either case, your environment can make a huge difference in how smoothly your day goes. And

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Try This Exercise to Get Inspired

One of my instructors from the Parsons design school, the world-famous interior designer John Saladino, taught me an especially important lesson: He pointed out that travel offers the most important influence a designer can have. Travel allows exposure to different cultures, histories, colors and textures that will

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The Surprising Design Connection between Kitchens and Labs

Work – especially in New York – takes up plenty of attention in life. Some people believe that your design style from home can’t interfere with your design in the office, and vice versa. But that’s not the case, as many of my clients find out. Sometimes,

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It’s Time to Take Chances with Art

When I was a student at Parsons, one of my instructors said that there’s neither good design nor bad design – just a better solution. I think that’s true, and it can be true with the art you keep in your home or office, too. As both

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Apartment Too Small? The Surprising Way to Get More Space in NYC

If you’re like most New Yorkers, then you probably want – or need – more living space. But the problem? Larger New York apartments sell for more per square foot than smaller ones. Each square foot of space will cost you about $838 for a studio, $1,119

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4 New Year’s Resolutions for an Affordable Home Makeover

We’re in the midst of the holiday season, and it’s almost time for New Year’s resolutions. Where would you like to be for 2012? What would you like to do? As you reflect on this year and look forward to the next, think about how you’ll appreciate

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Simple Rules to Sell Your Home for More

Welcome to the holiday season – always an exciting time, in New York and beyond. One of the best parts of the holidays is catching up with friends and family, and I had a wonderful opportunity to do that last week. I traveled south over Thanksgiving to

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What do Antiques, Gardens, Kitchens and Steampunk Have In Common?

Spring has arrived! although the cold, sharp, winter weather continues to linger, March has kept me, and the rest of the design community, busy with interesting activities and events. These events are de rigueur for designers.  We network. We chat with suppliers, retailers and other designers. Let

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