“Litwin Davies Chronicles”
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Design and Envy

John Berger, a well-known professor, art historian and philosopher who wrote the book based on the excellent BBC-TV series “Ways of Seeing,” put forth the idea that the heart of much of contemporary aesthetics, consumerism and advertising is driven...
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Renovation and Resale: Advice from The Experts

Renovating your house, or even just a part of it, is a major investment. Many of my clients are anxious to know how much of that cost can be recouped at resale time, and whether a given project (or upgrade) is worth it. Keep in mind that what you want...
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The Emperor’s New Clothes

  The scandal involving John Galliano’s unfortunate remarks, dismissal from the House of Dior, and his recent attempt at redemption through a stint at Oscar De La Renta, set me thinking about the differences, and parallels, between the fashion...
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Jackie Kennedy’s White House Legacy

  When listening to a BBC radio documentary recently about Jackie Kennedy”s restoration of the White House, I was intrigued to learn about the process that she undertook and her interest in and dedication to its history. I decided to look into...
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Milan Design/Furniture Week

  When I got back from the Milan Design Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano), my head was spinning from all the stunning products and concepts I saw there and its taken awhile to go through it all. I was told that in a city used to big...
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Chiswick House: A Neo-Palladian Gem

  To live in London, as I did for 17 years, is to be surrounded by history and architectural beauty, but one of my favourite historic sites is Chiswick House, situated in the heart of a West End residential neighbourhood that once formed part of...
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Phoenix, Sedona and Teliesin West

  We recently got back from a holiday in Arizona, and I took the opportunity to wander through some of my favourite landmarks down there, taking dozens of photographs and thinking about some of the fascinating influences this area has had on North...
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Stockholm

  We’ve just arrived home from my first visit to Stockholm, and I don’t know why it took so long to happen. Stockholm was a wonderful surprise, a beautiful city in an exceptional setting on an archipelago of small islands. The oldest part of...
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Carden Cunietti: An Interview with Eleanora Cunietti

  Carden Cunietti is a London, U.K., design firm that focuses mostly (but not exclusively) on residential design. I have loved their work for years. I accidentally fell into their shop many years ago on Westbourne Park Road in London; I didn’t...
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Stacey’s Top Ten List: Great Design Books (Part II)

Last time, I listed the first five on my top ten list of design books that continually inspire me. I have many more than ten favourites, of course—but it has been a wonderful exercise just trying to decide which ones I should include here. With this...
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Stacey’s Top Ten List: Great Design Books (Part I)

Over my 25 years as an interior designer, and before that as a student of both fine art and design, I’ve amassed quite an extensive library of great design books. For this post and the next one, I’ve set myself the assignment of choosing my top ten...
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A Visit with Axel Vervoordt

  While in Belgium I had an opportunity to visit the internationally renowned interior designer and entrepreneur Axel Vervoordt’s eponymous company outside Antwerp. We toured the Kanaal, the company’s sprawling showroom/gallery complex reclaimed...
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Postcard From Paris

  Sadly we are now leaving Paris, our last stop before going home. Following my daughter Isabel’s university graduation in London, we went off for a week together in Paris for a little pleasure mixed with a bit of business. Paris is always a treat...
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Postcard From London

  London is always overwhelming. It’s a city I know pretty well, having lived there for many years, but that just makes a visit that much harder. The more I know to do, the more difficult to fit it all in! In this visit, I had a long list of things...
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Postcard From Belgium

  Well, Belgium is over, and we are now here in London. Belgium was a whirlwind! We went to meet Axel Vervoordt and see his home and studios outside of Antwerp, which was a highlight of the trip so far. So much to say about it I hardly know where...
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Enfilades

  Enfilade spatial arrangments have always been one of my favourite types of interior layouts. Much used in the past, particularly in France, it’s not as common in modern homes, which in North America tend to favour the traditional British arrangement...
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What Is Good Design

The great American designer Albert Hadley once said, “I deeply believe that a beautiful decor can have a beneficial influence on our life.” We all love beautiful things—in fact, some of us are quite obsessed with beautiful things—but the sum of...