Sep. 12


Silhouettes: The Art of Shade and Shadow

by Lynn Byrne

What did we do before Instagram and our phone cameras?  

Elegant ladies, dandy gents, darling children and family life were all captured in silhouette. 

On view at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum until November 18, you can see these and other charming silhouettes from the 19th century.  The exhibition presents a compelling and sweet slice of life from that age.

It seems that some are yearning for those simpler times.  Contemporary versions of the silhouette are popping up everywhere right now.

(9/15 update: in the Wall Street Journal Off-Duty section (photo by PaulCostello) showing more silhouettes.  They are trending!)

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Sep. 11


American Made: Rough Linen

by Lynn Byrne

rough linen products

The world of Tricia Rose is so romantic.  She lives in a little cabin on the water where she creates sumptuous bed linens, curtains, table linens and pillows all out of gorgeous linen fabrics.  It’s about the simple things in life for Tricia: enjoying her natural surroundings, losing herself in her craft (she creates the most perfectly sewn seams), snuggling up with a good book (not Kindle)Tricia has mastered finding art in the everyday.

I feel more relaxed just thinking about it.

As we kiss the carefree days of summer goodbye and turn to face September with its bombardment of daily new challenges, I want you to capture that feeling of peacefulness too.

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Sep. 10


You Gotta Be in It to Win It: Amanda Nisbet’s Brand New Book, Dazzling Design

by Lynn Byrne

amanda nesbit

Anyone who does up their master bath like the one above has to be fun, vibrant—and, wait for it, DAZZLING! 

This is where Amanda Nisbet lives.  Lucky for us she has collected her designs in a brand new, hot off the presses book, entitled (quite appropriately) Dazzling Design.

Luckier still for you folks is the fact that, as a blogger ambassador for this year’s What’s New What’s Next Conference, Decor Arts Now has one signed copy of this hot, new book to give away to the “luckiest” reader.  Yep, you read that right.  The book will be signed by Amanda.

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Sep. 04


Catching Fire: The Rough Luxe Look is Hot for Fall

by Lynn Byrne

Rough Luxe Kitchen

I was in the dark, but my love for chippy, crusty surfaces juxtaposed with something sleek or plush has a name. It’s called Rough Luxe style.  I finally know how to describe what is happening design-wise in my Montauk house.

I am so not out in front when it comes to the name on this one–even though I have been living the look for  some 8 years now. First reported in the Wall Street Journal in 2009, Rough Luxe has a website, a book and even a hotel.

Lobby, the Rough Luxe Hotel in London, England

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Aug. 21


BIG FALL TREND: The “Curated Look” And How To Get It

by Lynn Byrne

ellen pelham gallery wall

More exciting news for me and Decor Arts Now!  I have been asked by, along with 9 other design bloggers, to weigh in on fall’s biggest design trends.  I call ‘em as I see ‘em, and this fall everywhere I turn there is talk about “curating” your home.

So what does that mean?

Simply put, it is all surrounding yourself with objects that you love so that your home reflects your unique and personal style.  You can read all about it right here, including tips on how to get the look!  Hint—hanging art salon style on a gallery wall is one good way.

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