After graduating from art school in 1983, I moved to New York City to explore city life, art, theatre and design in every form. While holding down any number of day jobs to pay the rent, I had the opportunity to work as a photographer, graphic designer, interior stylist, apparel textile designer, and printmaker. In 1997, I opened my first business, D&F Workroom. We manufactured custom home furnishings from window treatments to upholstery. I met Martha Stewart in 1998 when I began collaborating on magazine stories with the editorial staff, and quickly became a regular on her television show “Living” as the resident textile expert.
In 2001 I began writing a column for House Beautiful called “Swatch Watch”, which ran successfully every month for 3 years under Marian McEvoy as editor. The monthly dispatch chronicled current fabrics and showed how to successfully use them in a home setting. The exposure I received from the column allowed me to expand my business collaborations in the interior design community. During my time working with the amazing folks at HB, I was asked to write a book about textiles for the home by Hearst (The Fabric Style Book), which was published in early 2007.
I then expanded my reach into textile design, by opening CJ Dellatore Textile, available through Schumacher and Holland & Sherry. During these years I began purchasing historic properties in Columbia County, New York and restoring them. In 2006, I purchased a mid-century bungalow in the area, and re-designed the interior. That house was published in March 2007.., you can see it in the “press” section of the menu under ‘House and Garden‘, or you can follow this link.
I am currently working on a comprehensive book on American Interior Design for Rizzoli.
This blog gives me the opportunity to expand my access to great design, engage in conversations about design, and expose my preferences in design, all while sharing the entire process with my readers.