Blog: On The Fringe

Laurel Magazine is monthly shelter magazine focusing on life in Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina and the surrounding community.  They do lots of interesting stories about local happenings, new restaurants, where to stay, what to see and do, and also feature some beautiful homes in the area.  For the September issue, they selected a home

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Enjoy this project of ours from Key West.  It is featured in the June/July 2010 issue of Traditional Home.  This consummate conch cottage is one of the island’s oldest homes.

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While in Venice we had an invitation from Fortuny to visit their facility on the island of Giudecca.  A vaporetta ride, and we were there.  The factory is housed in an old brick building, right on the Giudecca canal.  The only hint at what awaits inside are the letters spelling the family name across the

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On our travels we are forever gathering design inspiration to bring back to our clients.  What better place to do that than to visit a few Villas in the Veneto?  We toured three villas along the Brenta Canal.  The Brenta Canal is a natural waterway that connects Venice with Padua.  In the 18th Century (and even

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     On our first day in Venice, we visited the studio of Angela R. Greco on the Ponte Delle Ostreghe, near San Marco.  Angela and her sister have been in this same location for years, and make the most beautiful Venetian style lamp shades I have found anywhere on the planet.  Each shade is made

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Antique shopping is always a part of our travel, and Venice is no exception.  You never know where you might end up, but if you are truly interested in the products a merchant has, and you are polite, doors might open.  Today we were casually walking toward Campo San Maurizio in San Marco and happened

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A favorite stop in Venice is the studio of Bruno Vianello on Calle De Pistor in Castello.  Bruno is a painting restoration specialist whose work appears in the Accademia, the Hotel Danielli, and in many private Venetian collections.  Currently, he is working on a group of Biblical paintings from the 16th century in which he

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  Up until this week, when I thought of Mexico, the beautiful white sand beaches of Cancun came to mind.  Say what you want about the Mayan Riviera; the beaches are among the most beautiful in the world…..even if they are man made.  It never dawned on me that Mexico was really a foreign country.  My

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Recently, I was asked by a local television station to do an interview about the latest features of my work in House Beautiful and Traditional Home magazines.  This was a fun interview by a gracious producer, Erin Donovan.  She came to my home, Casa Real, one afternoon and we talked about design, the future, and other topics for a

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Besame Mucho on Petronia Street Ten years ago when we started to vacation in Key West, we never suspected it would become a favorite spot.  It has, and as we have come here more for both pleasure and work, we have discovered many secrets of the island.  One is that there is really great shopping. 

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