Author: Elizabeth Huebsch

In the heart of the Czech Republic, a phoenix has risen from the ashes of two catastrophic fires in the 16th and 17th centuries. The city of Prague has become an architectural center filled with a fusion of styles: From Baroque to Postmodern, the diverse buildings spread throughout are sure to pique the curiosity of any traveler. Prague allows you to wander through architectural history in just a short weekend.

According to lifestyle product designer Christopher Peacock, luxury dressing rooms are the home design trend of today. Peacock is known for transforming raw timbers into cabinetry for kitchens, libraries and bathrooms. He recently utilized his attention to impeccable detail and color to create a show stopping dressing room for the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. The warm, cheerful pink walls of the closet livened the mood of the home and put a smile on the faces of visitors.

Our CTC&G IDA judges handpick 10 design projects from IDA winners, including Vicente Burin Architects, Bonnie Paige Interiors, Saniee Architects, Devore Associates, Patrick Mele Design, PL Design, Douglas VanderHorn Architects, Jennifer Anderson Design and Development, Nautilus Architects, Mark P. Finlay Architects, Mark P. Finlay Interiors, that inspire—and that we applaud!

Enter Privet Lives, a shop next door that will feature collaborations with notable designers, artisans and brands whose products are hard to find in the area. When the store opened up next door, Cassano and Lamberston knew that it would be the perfect locale to create a space fit for the spectacular products of Madeline Weinrib, whose work the duo has always coveted. What Cassano describes as “the world of Madeline Weinrib” debuted this past Saturday. She explains, “The small, intimate space is a riot of color and pattern that allows you to get up close and personal and engage with everything.”

On the market for some beautiful custom leather? Edelman Leather is your go-to, and designers have trusted the luxury brand with all of their clients’ leather needs for decades. Looking to bring clients a wider variety of natural, quality materials to enhance their living spaces, the iconic brand met its European match in Ruckstuhl, a Swiss manufacturer with a remarkably similar history in the design industry. A chance introduction by a mutual friend brought Edelman Leather president Amy Darrah and Ruckstuhl CEO Peter Ruckstuhl together, and it was instantly clear that these brands should connect.

It is really exciting for us when somebody comes to us with an idea that allows our thinking to go in a different direction. We have a private client that we’ve been doing a lot of work for recently. She had an idea based loosely on a Monet painting and a botanical print that would incorporate flowers and perennials in her garden. The key in cases like this is to get a client to point to a visual realization in some form that will eliminate nine of the 10 possibilities.