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Come to historic McLellanville, SC

    “Take what’s old and keep it young by making it part of daily life”   That’s the theme of an event coming up on Thursday, February 23, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at The Cottage in McLellanville, SC, just 30 minutes from Charleston. I’ll talk about my book Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and […]

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Get Inspired in Dallas

    Join me for a two-hour seminar about Living with Heirlooms and Antiques this coming Wednesday (10/5) at the Dallas Design District as part of Inspire! — a continuing education program for interior design professionals (open to the public, too). Learn more about the lecture here.                           I’ll demonstrate ideas […]

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StyleBlueprint

  Online magazine StyleBlueprint just featured my new book, Past Present, with a piece featuring 10 new tips about living with heirlooms and antiques. Previously unpublished photographs add a fun twist to this article by Lauren Helmer. You can read the article below or find it at http://bluepr.in/29LhUSt. And please, if you have any photos […]

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If the dish fits…part 2

    Tip 22, part 2:  If the dish fits…USE it     This late 19th-century Aesthetic Movement tea service is one of my favorite possessions, partly because it belonged to my beloved grandmother, who had eccentric taste, and partly because I share her taste. I try to keep it in sight all the time, […]

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If the dish fits…

    Tip 22 part 1:  If the dish fits….     If the candy dish fits…or any other infrequently trotted out piece of silver, cut glass, porcelain, or whatever….USE it.     I moved into my Charleston house in December, so discovering what flowers bloom in the garden each season is an unfolding delight. […]

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Bring your imagination to the table

  Well, I thought 20 tips about living with heirlooms and antiques would suffice, but I’ve got so many more ideas! My readers are telling me they want more, too, so here we go with another 20 ideas about beautiful and unusual ways to use the things you love.   Tip 21: Bring your imagination to […]

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Keep it local

  Just in case you missed my Monacelli Press Instagram takeover (@monacellipress), I will be posting twenty tips about ways to live creatively with heirlooms and antiques.   Tip 8: Keep it local         Fashion executives Charles Keller and Glenn Purcell furnished their 1898 cedar-shake cottage in East Hampton with heirlooms of […]

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Dress up the garden for dinner

  Just in case you missed my Monacelli Press Instagram takeover (@monacellipress), I will be posting twenty tips about ways to live creatively with heirlooms and antiques.   Tip 7: Dress up the garden for dinner         For al fresco parties, decorator Mary Finch often combines fine antique silver with casual contemporary […]

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Mix the formal with the relaxed

  Just in case you missed my Monacelli Press Instagram takeover (@monacellipress), I will be posting twenty tips about ways to live creatively with heirlooms and antiques.   Tip 6: Mix the formal with the relaxed         Decorator Mary Finch likes to mix the formal with the relaxed when she sets tables […]

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Make it modern

  Just in case you missed my Monacelli Press Instagram takeover (@monacellipress), I will be posting twenty tips about ways to live creatively with heirlooms and antiques.     Tip 5: Make it modern     For a contemporary effect, David Feld and partner Kurt Purdy place table settings directly on the dark granite surface […]

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