Tag: interiors

Pigtown Design: Looking at the Latest in Furniture Design at High Point

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After a long drive, which went by very quickly by listening to “Christmas Bliss” by Mary Kay Andrews on CD, I arrived in High Point on a cloudless beautiful day. And then immediately started meeting people, seeing gorgeous furniture, visiting amazing showrooms and having a ball!

First up was Jonathan Charles and William Yeoward’s wonderful new collection, called “… Collection”. I have some of his crystal, and it is one of the most beautiful things I own, so I was excited to see his new goods. William Yeoward is charming and funny and so interesting to chat with!He’s taken old looks and given them a new twist – different woods and finishes, tweaking shapes and great accessories. Additionally, there were a lot of pieces of old china scattered around the showroom.Some of the pieces reflect his childhood in England, like this adorable fox that graces several pieces.

Pigtown Design: The Portraits

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I have a new job and part of what I am doing is writing the history of medicine in Maryland.  As you might have noticed, I like history, historical houses, antique furniture and old things. So this job is perfect.

I work in a building built in 1909 specifically for our organization.I am surrounded by old books, including the four-story “stacks” library. Old books are everywhere, in fact. I found several books printed in 1724 on the shelves in my office.image

Lamps to Light Up Your Life

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We were in search of the perfect lamp. It had to be a showstopper. Don’t ask why–we’re professional decorators. It had to be both inviting and cutting-edge chic, the kind of lamp that can carry the weight of the entrance hall. With an unlimited budget the answer is easy: a lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller, the master ceramic craftsman who creates the most gorgeous array of glazed ceramic lamps, mounted on 24k gilt wood bases or slick black lacquer. His elegant design, extensive color library and custom colors make his lamps the first choice in fine interiors. Chris’s lamps are instantly recognizable and add that essential splash every interior needs. The most interesting houses featured in Elle DécorHouse Beautiful or Lonny always have at least one Spitzmiller lamp. Every fine home needs one. They range from $650 – $2,250 and are sold shops (although none in Maryland) or through interior decorators. Another out-of-this-world alternative: Swank Lighting, a shop specializing in both vintage and new Murano glass lamps, is a go-to. Those guys have cornered the market on brilliantly colored Murano lamps mounted on thick Lucite. 

But we didn’t have an unlimited budget, only the ambition, so finding the perfect lamp was a much more difficult task. Vintage or antique lamps usually require a lot of restoration, which can add up quickly. Online stores like West Elm, Z Gallery, Restoration Hardware, Ikea and CB2 have affordable, great looking lamps, but are they life-changing? Am I being lamp-dramatic? Maybe. I love lamps. Anyway, those aforementioned affordable lamps are totally great for kids’ bedrooms and family rooms. The same goes for William Sonoma Home, Jardin en Fleur, and even Jonathan Adler. All three carry gorgeous lamps that are fairly well-priced (but by no means cheap). But, back to the lamp fetish: Do they leave us breathless? No.

After weeks of searching, it dawned on us: Buy the Spitzmiller lamp, or that perfect Murano glass beauty, and sacrifice something else. The chest of drawers, the console table, even the entrance hall rug can wait. Yes, it’s that important and you won’t be sorry. Er, we won’t be sorry. A high-quality, jaw-dropping stunner of a lamp immediately transforms a space into high-style luxury, even if it’s sitting on an Ikea table. Problem solved! Thanks, Chris–you light up our life.

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