collaborative efforts: louis fusco landscape architect

July 21st 2016 Comments: 1

Congratulations are in order for one of our talented collaborators. Connecticut based landscape architect, Louis Fusco, was recently awarded the top honor in Connecticut Cottages and Gardens magazine’s 2016 Innovations in Design Award (full disclosure – I was an esteemed judge on this jury but I kept my trap shut … [read more]

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screen, screened

July 15th 2016 Comments: 2

Nothing sucks the beauty out of a room like the mammoth black hole of a television screen. Now, over the years, we’ve definitely seen enormous boob tube enhancements. Certainly, the screens have gotten flatter and thinner but they still seem to loom in the room, glaring at us with their … [read more]

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open house: florida gulf front manse

July 7th 2016 Comments: 4

Travel along the beachside route of Highway 30A in the panhandle of the Florida coast and you’ll eventually stumble upon the town of Rosemary Beach. Designed by the urban-planning-poobahs, Duany Plater-Zyberk, the town sits as a modern day design landmark. Almost 20 years ago, we were invited to this burgeoning … [read more]

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gate expectations

June 30th 2016 Comments: 2

Gate Design by Kaiser Trabue Landscape Architects Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate. J. R. R. Tolkien Gates in the landscape often send mixed messages – some welcome, some forbid and still others, protect. All, however, serve as vestibules to the imagination. … [read more]

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introspection report

June 23rd 2016 Comments: 2

If you’d like to delve a bit into Bobby McAlpine’s mind, you’re in luck this week. Two separate magnifying glasses have peered into the ear of our fearless founder and the results are online. Host James Swan featured Bobby on his popular podcast “Million Dollar Decorators”. The 30-plus minute interview … [read more]

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anger management

June 16th 2016 Comments: 17

“The opposite of war isn’t peace – it’s creation.” This quote – from the musical Rent – has been in my head a lot in recent days. It’s because of the incomprehensible act of violence perpetrated on humanity in Orlando this past weekend. Being in the creative field and living … [read more]

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handles with care

June 8th 2016 Comments: 1

Doorknob: D’ooooh! Alice: Oh! I beg your pardon… Doorknob: Whew. Quite all right, but you did give me quite a turn. Have you ever considered a doorknob as something other than a necessary tool to open said door? If you have, then you’re in good company with me – I … [read more]

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some assembly required

June 2nd 2016 Comments: 1

Assembling furniture in a room is something we take quite seriously – whether it’s by decorating an existing room or in designing a new room – orchestrating and harmonizing furnishings is always foremost in our mind. All furniture has distinct character, some are dramatic while others come across as demure … [read more]

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eating out

May 26th 2016 Comments: 1

There are two unmistakable signs of Spring in New York City – the first is the sudden appearance of inappropriate articles of clothing and the second is the arrival of outdoor cafe tables. There is something about glorious weather that makes you want to move the feast outdoors. We’ve always … [read more]

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on why i’m not a classicist

May 19th 2016 Comments: 5

I’m called by things that break my heart A lone and solitary window A sad and lovely song A sagging ridge A lazy eye An impossibly low ceiling The lilt and swagger of time’s appendage All eloquent imperfection For though my heart is cracked Light now enters And I hear … [read more]

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