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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part I

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As we took off on Saudi Arabian Airlines from New York’s JFK International Airport, I settled in for a 13-hour flight. I ate the delicious Lamb Kapsa (lamb cooked with tomato sauce, spices and kapsa rice), informed the flight attendant that I was closing my eyes for a bit, and the next thing I knew […]... READ MORE
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Kyle Timothy Blood

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For a column about interiors, we don’t actually talk all that much about them. That’s often because the people we’re interviewing have aspects of themselves or their lives that interest us a lot more—to wit Kyle Timothy Blood who also happens to have the coolest name of any designer we’ve interviewed. We had to ask him about […]... READ MORE
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Patricia Morrisroe

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Not sure what readers of the HOUSE column will make of this week’s interview since we discuss, with writer Patricia Morrisroe, shoe lust that is “a carnal blend of animal hides with a splash of insanity”, small town America and Robert Mapplethorpe’s sexual obsessions—not to mention insomnia.  These have all been the subjects of Patrici... READ MORE
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New York to Venice

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Thursday, July 2, 2015. Yesterday in New York was sunny, mild, and not too hot. After very heavy early morning rains to wash the streets, the sidewalks and the air. Many New Yorkers are departing today — if they haven’t already — for their vacation and/or holiday weekend retreats all over the Northeast. Looking back. Save Venice, the [&hel... READ MORE
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Tara Seawright

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Tara Seawright didn’t seem like she was expecting us, or maybe she was … either way there was no sign of her. The pillows on the couch were minus their covers, the throw was rumpled and crooked and there was a pair of curling irons on the dining table. Things looked a little “distrait”. We like […]... READ MORE
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Debra Blair

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Since getting rid of stuff seems to be all the rage now—to whit Maria Kondo’s best seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”—we found ourselves talking with designer Debra Blair about downsizing for her clients. “I’m a lot more militaristic ” she said crisply dispensing with the Kondo philosophy of only keeping things... READ MORE
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Steven and William Ladd

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Working in deep collaboration, the brothers and artists, Steven and William Ladd use textiles, beading and small cast forms to create strange and intricate evocations of their shared memories. Steven began cutting and sewing his own clothes while at school in Kansas City, not far from where they grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. William began obses... READ MORE
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Great Italian Gardens: Past Perspectives

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Although two of Lake Como’s best known gardens are located only a few miles apart, they are separated by several centuries of divergent landscape principles and aesthetic values. Villa d’Este’s polished and complex garden is admired for its elegant decorum. While retaining its Renaissance-styled tribute to the glory and grandeur... READ MORE
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Milan Today! Haute Culture: Milano Milieu! Haute Culture

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However alluring Italy’s hill towns, picturesque postcards of Medieval and Quattrocento treasures suspended in time, Milan’s multi-century dynamic is a stimulating cultural aesthetic where Medieval asceticism and Beaux-Arts opulence coexist with Midcentury Modern austerity and Post-Modern panache. Inspired rather than confined by the Renaissanc... READ MORE
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Donald Rattner

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In our last interview with architect Donald Rattner we found ourselves in lovely, antiques-filled, traditional Brooklyn Heights brownstone apartment—the kind of apartment that now causes a Brooklyn-bound stampede whenever one is put on the market. Well, the apartment was indeed sold and the Rattner family moved to Greenwich and house so differe... READ MORE
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Michael Tavano

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One thing we haven’t asked many interior designers is how well they did in home economics—it seems an obvious question now that we’ve interviewed Michael Tavano,whose home ec teacher believed early on that Michael’s sewing skills would lead to success. And so it has come to pass. He started off as a florist, running four flower […]... READ MORE
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No Holds Barred: A Whole Lotta Sunshine

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No Holds Barred: A Whole Lotta Sunshine Confession: I have never been a “dog person.” I am not even a “child person.” I am part of the “selfish, shallow, self absorbed” contingent of people who Meghan Daum talks about in her latest book on people who chose not to procreate. But mine started with animals. […]... READ MORE