Mary Douglas Drysdale for American Standard

New Luxury Bathroom Fixtures Styled by one of the Beltway's Best



Yesterday American Standard upped their game by adding a new line of luxury bathroom fixtures called the DXV Collection.

To showcase the new products they enlisted 6 notable design professionals to create rooms around them, including great friend-to-this-blog Mary Douglas Drysdale.

We chatted yesterday, and she shared some of the shots of the incredibly glamorous bath she styled, and told me a bit about the project….

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The New York School Of Interior Design

2014 Annual Spring Gala

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Next Monday, March 10th, at the New York School of Interior Design’s Spring Gala the institution will be honoring Mariette Himes Gomez with the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award, and Charles Jencks with the Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design.

I asked Elizabeth Kogen, the schools Director of Development to explain why this is such an important fundraiser;.

“The funds raised at the gala provide much-needed scholarship support, helping NYSID prepare talented students so they are able to reach their potential – and their dream – to become leading designers. All contributions are encouraged no amount is too small to help!”


The co-chairs for the evening’s festivities are none other than friend-to-this-blog Alexa Hampton, and Newell Turner, the Editor of the Hearst Design Group.

Please help support the school and the future of our industry with a donation by following this link, and consider following NYSID on Facebook, and on Twitter


It’s A New Year!

and I've made one resolution I'd like to share




2013 was a very challenging year.

At times it seemed as if things were going well, then something would happen to set me back. But I also know I’m not unique – I’m betting that in some ways you probably had a similar year.

In thinking about the negative things that happened, it can be difficult to remember the accomplishments and happy times.

And that’s what brought me to my single New Year’s resolution, and the reason for the glass jar…

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Marketplace News: John Boone Inc.

Returning To The D&D, Where It All Began

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The much-anticipated return of John Boone Inc. to the D&D Building has finally arrived!

John Boone, with his partner Chris Lockwood and their staff, have reinstated their high style showroom in the building where it all began over 20 years ago.  The new space is as stunning and crisp as you might expect; I paid them a visit last week, and took some pictures of their furnishings which I’d like to share….

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Anthony Lawrence Belfair’s Holiday Party

and a sneak peek at their coming outdoor collection



Last Thursday Anthony Lawrence Belfair, New York’s finest upholstery and curtain workroom, held their annual Holiday Party – which CJ Dellatore and I happily attended.

This yearly event is much anticipated, and is considered by those in the know to be a party not to miss.  Throughout the evening, guests, including notable designers Juan Montoya, Charles Pavarini III, and Ronald Bricke arrived and shared in the festivities so graciously arranged by their hosts, Joseph Calagna, his family, and staff.  The showroom was warm and inviting, just as if we were being entertained in their home, and guests especially enjoyed the winter wonderland decor which ALB prides itself in creating.

And as one would expect, there was lots of comfortable seating!

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Content Creation vs Content Curation

Striking the balance on your Facebook business fan page

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If you’re only posting pictures from your portfolio, products from your showroom collection, or blog posts you’ve written on your Facebook business page, you’re missing an opportunity to round out your brand message.

Adding curated content to the mix – in essence striking a balance between content that you create, and content you curate from a carefully chosen list of sources, can more effectively tell your story, and help you avoid looking like a spammer.

I’ve come up with a simple formula that you might find helpful…

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Marketplace News: Online Shopping Experience offers affordable solutions

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With today’s fast paced internet driven lifestyle, so many of us take advantage of a variety of solutions for shopping online.  We purchase books, eyewear, clothing, music, technology, even food via the internet.  The opportunity to procure quality furniture is fast making a significant impression on consumers.

Even though most would think it necessary to see and touch furniture prior to making the commitment, the e-trade company is looking to change the buyer’s perception through a new and enticing commerce experience….

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