Connoisseur’s Guide to Finding a Decorator

There is no perfect science to hiring someone who is going to become intimately involved in every aspect of your home and life. In most cases, you will work and collaborate with this person for at least a year, and longer on larger and more complex projects. Consider the fact that you will be making […]

Best of the Best 2007: Furnishings

James Magni has an advantage over most interior designers: He trained as an architect before entering the field. Structure and line are paramount to him, as is reducing a piece of furniture—whether it is a chair, bed, or table—to its essential form and then adding exquisite details. Magni (310.623.1623,, the furniture line that he […]

Best of the Best 2007: Destination Clubs: Solstice

Solstice   In what went down as the year of the great shake-up in the destination club industry, one major player, Tanner & Haley, filed for bankruptcy, while other top clubs scrambled to consolidate their holdings. Solstice was no exception: Last year, the three-year-old company merged with newcomer Parallel to bolster its property portfolio and […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Repro Woman

The Badminton Chair ($13,000), part of the Ann Getty House Collection (415.345.0230,, is an exquisite example of the chinoiserie style, an interpretation of Chinese furniture that was popular in Europe during the 18th century. The chair, with its lacquered frame, Chinese calligraphy, and pagoda-shaped flourish, is an exact reproduction—save for the upholstery—of a piece […]

Best of the Best 2005: Interior Designers

When Carl D’Aquino and Francine Monaco joined forces seven years ago, the New York duo began offering a boutique approach to the entire architecture and design process. D’Aquino trained as an architect but, he says, he “made a left turn 20 years ago into interior design because I found it more fulfilling.” Monaco, who also […]

Best of the Best 2005: Landscape Architects

Every great estate deserves an equally grand garden. To this end, Robert Truskowski, over the course of his 34-year career, has created formal gardens in the South of France and tropical sanctuaries on Mustique. The landscape architect has floated king palms down Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, trucked in 40-foot conifers to a Lake Tahoe property to […]

Best of the Best: Architects

Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen The art and craft of architecture.   There is a certain spirit to the Pacific Northwest—a reverence for the natural environment, an appreciation of light that shades from white to gray—that has inspired a handful of architects to produce some exquisitely understated, site-specific homes. Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen has flourished by […]

Best of the Best: Interior Designers

Greg Jordan The designer as evangelist.   His mother worked for an architect, and his grandfather had owned a construction company, so Greg Jordan grew up drafting room plans and visiting job sites. But a career as an interior designer was the last thing on his mind; his ambition was to be president. “It wasn’t […]

Fire & Water: A Precious Jewel Box

The style of the Greenwich, Conn., house, which was built in the 1910s, is Italianate, and that is the theme that interior designer Connie Beale ran with.   When it came to the master bath, which consists of his and her bathrooms and a shared shower, Beale was limited more by the size of the […]

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