A Fashion Designer’s Home in the Hamptons

“Dennis absolutely lights up a room. He’s larger than life,” says interior designer Kenneth Alpert of Dennis Basso, his friend and client for 35 years. “If you wake up in a bad mood, you should call Dennis. He’s like a vitamin B-12 shot.” An eye for glamour and unflagging energy have made Dennis Basso a […]

Family-Friendly and Colorful

Some clients keep their designers on a short leash to avoid surprises. Then there’s Lisa and Brad Weinstock. These Los Angeles homeowners confidently snipped the tethers restraining interior designer Ruthie Sommers and sent her racing into the realm of the unexpected. Their only mandate was a mild, “Surprise us, please.” Built in 1933, the Weinstocks’ […]

Exotic West Hollywood Home

Los Angeles homeowner Carmen Lopez’s treasured collections of books, silver, bracelets, dishware, antique wooden canes, Battersea boxes, and just about anything Hermès don’t just lend personality to the West Hollywood home she’s owned for more than 23 years. They also give her life the sense of permanence she lost when she left her home in […]

Elegant Edge

With both of their daughters successfully launched, Jim and Elsie Henderson were in perfect accord on a pair of polar opposite, his-and-her essentials for their newly purchased, downsized home. The impeccably kept 1954-vintage house in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood had to serve as a sophisticated modern-art gallery with a soupçon of edginess for […]

Designer Home with Multi-Hued Holiday Palette

Everyone has a notion of what the season’s palette should be. There are the traditionalists, who celebrate with jewel-toned baubles and stockings in red-and-green plaids; the sophisticates, who prefer an elegant, snow-evoking montage of ivory and beige with the occasional gold sparkle; and those in between, who opt for both color and subtlety with the […]

Decorating with…Sunshine!

Design: Architect, interior architecture: Greg Johnson, Greg Johnson Architect Inc., 1 Blackfield Dr., #316, Tiburon, CA 94920; 415/435-3965. Interior designer: Samantha Lyman, Samantha Lyman Interior Design, 32 Ross Common, Suite 200, Ross, CA 94957; 415/461-4551, samanthalyman.com. Interior designer: Myra Hoefer, Myra Hoefer Design, 243 Center St., Healdsburg, CA 95448; 707/433-7837, myrahoeferdesign.com. Landscape designer: Janell Hobart, […]

Decorating With What You Love

Despite the fact she “loved, loved, loved” some mismatched antique French doors, interior designer Lori Tippins knew that wasn’t reason enough to bring them home. That’s when the text messages started flying between Lori and her architectural designer, Holly Johnson. “I was doing construction drawings and Lori texted me: Hey, I found some awesome doors,” […]

Decorating: Holiday Mantels

Decorating for the holidays is a family tradition, and whether your taste is casual or formal, exuberant or minimalist, the fireplace is the focal point of the room and the spot where you can express your distinctive style. Steal these ideas for adding seasonal flourishes to your décor. In the middle of a winter, the bright, […]

Decorating: Christmas Trees

Dynamic Decorations Stately and simple or dressed in holiday finery, a tree is an enduring symbol of Christmas. Steal ideas from some of our faves! The homeowner’s favorite lavender and green color palette adorns the living room and its tree. The happy hue lends itself perfectly to the baubles and ornaments of the holidays. A […]

Decorating: A Capital Christmas

Deck the halls. And while you’re at it, deck the dining room, too, please. That was designer Barry Dixon’s holiday charge when he partnered with Traditional Home to decorate the Lee Entrance Hall and Dining Room at Blair House–the president’s official guesthouse for foreign heads of state visiting Washington, D.C. “These hallowed halls have witnessed […]