Nov. 26


Now Trending: A Silver and Gold Mix

by Lynn Byrne

Junior League of Boston Show House-Michael R. Carter

Design by Carter & Company at the Junior League of Boston Show House

This room reminds me of the wedding ring that I chose almost 25 years ago.  I love how that band of gold so perfectly highlights the silvery gray walls.  Yes, I have a love affair with mixed metals and this fall I have been seeing gold accenting silvery gray everywhere from Boston to North Carolina.

More details from Carter & Company’s room above.

Here is another pretty room in  the Junior League of Boston Show House where gold accessories pop against gray walls.  Note how in both rooms, there is lots of white thrown in to provide balance (just like my wedding dress!)

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Nov. 16


Rising Stars of Danish Design Visit New York

by Lynn Byrne

Soren Rose-De La Espada

Soren Rose’s Park Avenue Collection for De La Espada

And I am going to be there!

Tomorrow I will be participating on behalf of Modenus (the folks who sent me on BlogTour London) in Danish Design Review, New York, a symposium and exhibition at Parsons The New School for Design.  It is an entire day devoted to Danish design goodness including the opportunity to meet the rising stars of Danish design, as MoMA Senior Curator Paola Antonelli reveiws their work.  The gorgeousness above is due to one of the designers whose work will be exhibited, Soren Rose.

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Nov. 15


BLOGTOUR LONDON: Waving the Flag

by Lynn Byrne

Queen Elizabeth-Untion Jack

Window Spotted in the Trendy, Design-Centric, London Neighborhood Spitalfields

Yesterday, when Jennifer dropped the news that Decor Arts Now, together with her blog Decaporter and James Bedell appeared in Britain’s Society, the official journal of the Society of British Interior Design, I was beyond thrilled. 

You see, I want to do more freelance writing when I grow up.  Getting a by-line in print has me overjoyed.  I am 51 years old–proving it’s never to late to set a new goal !!

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Nov. 12


DESIGN BOOK ADDICT: Rubelli: A Story of Silk in Venice

by Lynn Byrne

Rubelli A Story of Silk in Venice

Rubelli damask at Caffe Florian in Venice, 2011

Part family scrapbook, part mood board, Rubelli: A Story of Silk in Venice is worth it just for the pictures.  Written by Irene Favaretto, an archaeology professor and great-granddaughter of Lorenzo Rubelli, the book recounts the history of the famed fabric house and it’s five generations of family ownership.

It’s loaded with sumptuous photos of gorgeous fabrics. 

Plus detail shots on how the fabrics are made.

Left: Textile design, c. 1905;  right: Weaving the Camelia lampas

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Nov. 11



by Lynn Byrne


You may have missed this in Time Magazine, what with Sandy, the election, the cliff etc.

How cool is it that artist Berndnaut Smilde can make a cloud appear inside a room?  He requires a precise temperature, humidity and lighting.  When he has that all set, Berndnaut produces the cloud with a fog machine.  Click on the link to see a video of the process:  Berndnaut Smilde Makes Clouds Appear in a Room

I agree with Time.  It definitely reminds me of Magritte, but with a classic Old Masters twist.

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