American Fossil Odyssey

Previously, I discussed American minerals and some of my recent travels here in the States to uncover remarkable specimens. Not only is the United States filled with extraordinary minerals, but there are also fascinating remnants of ancient animals, including dinosaurs, Ice Age mammals and other iconic creatures. The specific fossils that I’ll be discussing come from different […]

Artisinal Collaboration

Since the renaissance, Florence, Italy, has been known for its culture of artisanal excellence. So, when Edgardo Osorio, founder and creative director of the luxury women’s footwear brand Aquazzura, wanted to create a one-of-a-kind kitchen in his historic residence, he commissioned Florentine kitchen fabricator Officine Gullo to bring his creative vision to life. The family-owned company […]

Southern Charms

A little girl stands on her tippy-toes, peering into the jewelry box as her mother sorts through her baubles and gems. Rings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches—some are heirlooms, others were purchased on vacations, and a few were tied up in a silk bow for a birthday or anniversary. They might all be different, but each one […]

Art Is Life

Art and life are perennially linked. For cultures all over the world, art is used to tell a story, to evoke emotion, to worship. In Jewish culture, especially, art has always been a way to commune with God—it is outlined in Exodus when God commands the building of the Tabernacle, the creation of the Ark of […]

Coming Full Circle

Heart in the storm/pandemic 2020 is a somber scene. On the canvas, there are cascading showers of penetrating hues of deep blue that create symbolic, atmospheric darkness. On closer observation, one finds the residential grid of the suburbs on the left and the city skyline on the right. In the center of the painting is a red […]

Eye On Design

When Phelan’s opened in the 1950s, life—and design—were entirely different than they are now. Originally founded as a paint store that also sold wallpaper, previous owners maintained that focus until the 1990s, by which point it had become a wallpaper store that also offered window treatments. When Amy and Nathan Bailey purchased the store in 1998, […]

Smart Home

In the last 20 years, Arash Khurana has lived in 30 homes in four countries. Though she loves the adventure of expat living in different places, all that perpetual motion gave her a deep-seated desire for a beautiful, constant home that would provide a sense of continuity. However, she found that home décor—and window coverings especially—were far more […]

Lighting Inspiration

The dictionary defines the word “cabochon” as a gem polished but not faceted, derived from the French word caboche. It’s a thing of beauty, allowed to shine in a more natural way that almost seems lit from within. For Cabochon Limited, the name implies that unique splendor, something that is inherent in the lamps and vases created […]

Modern Family

While there are challenges with designing a new construction dream home, the true test of a designer’s skill is reimagining interiors for an existing structure. The house we’re going to see today is an 8,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, six-bath Tudor Revival family home in Highland Park. Built in the early 1900s, the house was designed for the way […]