Posts Tagged ‘interior design’


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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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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Living with Heirlooms and Antiques

      Not everyone knows how to live comfortably with antiques and heirlooms—especially more formal ones. We are tempted to treat them with awe and even anxiety—don’t use the “real” china…it might get chipped. Don’t sit in that chair…it’s a hundred years old…and it’s French! Don’t put that Directoire armchair next to the Danish […]

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Joy to the Home

In this season of joy and light, consider giving a beautiful book to someone you love. One of my favorite design books of the year 2012 is The Joy of Decorating: Southern Style with Mrs. Howard by Phoebe Howard (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)–a volume I’m sure will delight those who share my love of  Southern […]

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The Home Within Us by Bobby McAlpine

Heralded by Veranda magazine as “a landmark design book,” The Home within Us: Romantic Houses, Evocative Rooms (Rizzoli) is well on its way to becoming a best-selling design book. Written by architect and interior designer Bobby McAlpine with co-author Susan Sully, this gorgeous book features work from across the South by McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and […]

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