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Open House: Mark Edge’s big Atlanta project

Open House: Mark Edge’s big Atlanta project

Last year, Amy Wikman, of Bjork Antikt & Studio, e-mailed me photos of her friend, jewelry designer Mark Edge’s historic Atlanta home, which the two had spent months renovating. Wikman, who has a degree in historic preservation, helped Edge choose period-appropriate hardware and finishes, and the result is a stunning backdrop for Edge’s eclectic collection […]

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Strand Design’s UIC project

Strand Design’s UIC project

Strand Design’s Ted and Sharon Burdett design and create products that can be manufactured locally using sustainable materials. Their Tree Theory bags are folded rather than sewn, so they can be easily disassembled to replace worn out parts. Even the leather is locally sourced. My favorite Strand Design product is The Good Dog Spotlight, which they […]

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Design Rules: Design for all the senses

Design Rules: Design for all the senses

While reading this post, I recommend that you dim the lights, take off your shoes, settle into a comfortable chair and sip your favorite cocktail or beverage. And don’t forget about the music, because creating a splendid environment takes more than optimal furniture layout and killer color coordination. It’s about ambiance, a lesson I first […]

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What’s new at Scout?

What’s new at Scout?

Having a shop like Scout in the neighborhood can be dangerous for the pocket book, but I’ll gladly accept the risk when it means access to owner Larry Vodak’s terrific finds. My favorites this time around are the Ted Harris lamps, the wall desk salvaged from the shuttered writing collective and somewhat surprisingly, the fish! […]

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Post regularity, airlines seats and Covers Unlimited (a ramble to be sure)

Post regularity, airlines seats and Covers Unlimited (a ramble to be sure)

My apologies for posting so infrequently this past week. Some have suggested that I post anything – a photo, a link or a line or two – just to maintain my daily schedule. But I know myself too well, and if I let myself get away with that, it wouldn’t be too long before that’s […]

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This Week: Industrialists (San Francisco)

This Week: Industrialists (San Francisco)

Hacking Ikea furniture was all the rage a couple years ago, but I’ll wager even the best results won’t stand the test of time; even the finest lipstick applied by the best makeup artist can’t make pigs look like anything other than appetizing bacon (extra crispy por favor). But as a visit to Industrialists proves, hacking […]

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Ingo Maurer in the Window (a Sir Tathum Chadwick Mystery)

Ingo Maurer in the Window (a Sir Tathum Chadwick Mystery)

Going for a long walk on a summer evening makes me happy for all the reasons you might expect: the slight endorphin rush, the smell of Lilacs and the chorus of crickets. But perhaps equally enjoyable is walking past all the beautiful homes at a time when most are nicely illuminated from within. Please don’t […]

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