Jeffrey Brooks on Interior Design: Lighting is Everything!


If the rug is a starting point for the decoration of a room then the lighting is the jewel  in the crown. Decorative lighting fixtures do more than ornament a space- the right fixture will punctuate a room and convey the theme. A contemporary American home calls for a particular sort of lighting. Even eclectic […]

Frank & Eileen L.A. Showroom Honors Romantic Irish Heritage


A designer honors her Irish grandparents’ love story with timeless shirts that have a passionate following. Even her L.A. showroom embraces her heritage — it’s modeled after a 1940s farmhouse in Ireland Frank McLoghlin and Eileen Óg married in Ireland in 1947, and their granddaughter, Audrey McLoghlin, still holds their love story carefully in hand. […]

Designer Cory Connor Uses Barn Doors in Elegant Master Suite


Barn doors don’t have to clatter or hide a hay loft and horse stalls. Not anymore. The newest breed of barn door is quiet, artistic and appearing in the chicest of homes as a new calming element. “I’ve always loved barn doors,” says designer Cory Connor. “I love their functionality as much as the way […]

4 Delicious and Healthy Fall Recipes by Jeanette Bronée


We recently featured a home in Bovina, NY designed by Kimberly Peck, AIA, and Jeanette Bronée, founder of the Path for Life Self-Nourishment program and former designer. The kitchen of the home seemed particularly enticing, so we asked Jeanette for some of her best fall recipes. In her own words, Jeanette has shared with us four […]

The 10 Most Luxurious Hot Tubs and Baths on Earth

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We’ve come a long way since Roy and Candido Jacuzzi pioneered the very first whirlpool tub, called The Roman, in 1968. Here are ten examples of just how far we’ve come, ranging from high luxuries to over $1.5M rarities. To start, let’s get a baseline for what a hot tub is and should be in most cases, […]

2014 New York Architecture & Design Film Festival


Mention “Tribeca” and “film festival” and most people will assume you’re talking about the Tribeca Film Festival, which was launched by Robert De Niro and became a downtown staple, but this autumn, a different type of film event will be making waves in lower Manhattan: the Architecture & Design Film Festival. In 2009, the festival […]

The Ultimate Fireplace Facelifts

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Fireplaces, in one form or another, have been around since man discovered fire. For centuries, they were a necessity in the home – a source of warmth and food in the pre-electric era, a source of light on a dark winter night. As we developed into a more techno-centered world, the fireplace lost its prominence in the home, but […]

Lakefront Luxury in Wayne, NJ

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1997 CLASSIC MODERN WAYNE, NJ Morristown-based NK Architects, students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, collaborated with homeowners to build the “Wright” home in Wayne. When the homeowners purchased a 1950s ranch home on the shores of Pines Lake in 1997, they planned to raze the home and build a new one that […]

Aspireside Chat: Luxury Cars for the High-End Realtor


Whether you’re selling your house or shopping for a new one, chances are you will be riding shotgun with your real estate agent. To that point, agents agree that their cars are an important part of their image, ranking right up there with their clothing. But trying to balance that image with practicalities like legroom and […]

Architect Jimmy Crisp Remedies Low Ceiling in Restored Farmhouse


Stop banging your head against the ceiling- Architect Jimmy Crisp raises the roof and uncovers a bit of history in the process.  The architect’s table above speaks volumes about the design challenge and the head-banging peril inherent in the low ceilings of old buildings. “Here in the kitchen, the ceilings were barely above the trim of […]