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Sheelin Wilson

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For our interview, Sheelin Wilson wore a dress that glinted with metallic thread—it was a perfect way to dress for the camera because she is a renowned gilder. Also, the dress came from H&M. “I don’t have a grand lifestyle. I’m pretty much a peasant! I really am. I choose to live very simply. I like drinking […]... READ MORE
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Malene Barnett

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“Believe me, I’ve had many nights of tears,” says carpet designer Malene Barnett who started Malene B, her own business in handcrafted custom carpets some five years ago. She says she knew instinctively when deciding to go it alone, that “nobody is going to give it you” but that she wanted what she wanted: to get up […]... READ MORE
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Katie Ridder

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We don’t much like the suburbs, but the lovely old trees and the gracious 1920s villas along Katie Ridder’s street exuded an atmosphere of stability and affluence, which is somehow different from wealth. It was kind of comforting. Katie, who is married to the architect, Peter Pennoyer, began her working life at House & Garden, […]... READ MORE
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Miriam Ellner

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Verre églomisé is a decorative art technique involving a process in which the back side of glass is gilded with a variety of luminous materials, most commonly gold leaf or silver leaf. The gilding may also be combined with reverse painting on the glass. As Miriam Ellner, one of the most sought-after artists in this decorative technique [&hellip... READ MORE
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Harry Allen

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If you don’t necessarily know who Harry Allen is, you’ve seen at least one of his designs somewhere—most likely the realistic piglet piggy bank cast in a variety of materials or the fruit bowl shaped like a bunch of bananas. These products from his “Reality” line represent just one set of his ideas—there’s much more to his […... READ MORE
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Kitty Hawks

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We didn’t want to leave the Westchester house that Kitty Hawks and her husband Larry Lederman have spent 24 years perfecting—it is perfect. Although everyone we interview loves their homes, somehow Kitty seemed to love hers with a special and protective intensity. How it has paid off—comfortable rooms full of lovely things, a house surrou... READ MORE
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Ben Schonzeit

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The bio on artist Ben Schonzeit’s website is brief: Born May 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York; BFA (1964) Cooper Union, New York, NY; lives and works in New York City. But our interview is not brief—he has plenty to say and he says it well. He doesn’t kid himself much—“I’m a terrible painter—terrible. I’m an […]... READ MORE
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Robert Couturier

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Robert Couturier was our very first HOUSE interview in 2006 and he helped us set the tone for the kind of column we wanted: a real conversation where you could hear the actual person speaking—no canned answers or prepared sound bites. It isn’t always easy to get that out of interviewees but it was easy […]... READ MORE
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Patrick Gerard Carmody

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Patrick Gerard Carmody grew up steeped in the history of one of Louisiana’s fabled families, the Aime family. In the 19th century, Francois-Gabriel “Valcour” Aime, Patrick’s great, great, great grandfather, owned an enormously lucrative sugar plantation and a refinery that made them the wealthiest family in the state. Not surprisingly, “... READ MORE
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Alex Papachristidis

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We think Alex Papachristidis has recovered from Sian’s admission that she uses paper plates and, at his exhortation, she might even consider exhuming her full set of Tiffany silver that has spent decades at the back of a closet. An aesthete to the soles of his bespoke shoes, on our first visit to his former […]... READ MORE
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Howard Slatkin, Part II

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What to say of a single apartment so lavishly decorated that its rooms and their contents fill the pages of an entire book? “Fifth Avenue Style” (Vendome Press) by the designer Howard Slatkin was published in part because of the pressure Howard’s late mother put on the reticent designer to make a record of at […]... READ MORE
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Howard Slatkin, Part I

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What to say of a single apartment so lavishly decorated that its rooms and their contents fill the pages of an entire book? “Fifth Avenue Style” (Vendome Press) by the designer Howard Slatkin was published in part because of the pressure Howard’s late mother put on the reticent designer to make a record of at […]... READ MORE