Author: Sharon King Hoge

Susan Hanson and Margaret Wells share the philosophy behind their blooming business.

The nature-inspired fixtures of Waterworks' Isla collection are the result of a collaboration between the high-end plumbing firm and a top jewelry designer.

Bold colors and naturalized plantings characterize this designer's artful landscapes.

Longtime schoolteacher and mother of three Karri Bowen-Poole has started Smart Playrooms, a firm that helps children develop and learn by applying school-design principles to family playrooms.

Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum, Louis Kahn's Yale Center for British Art and New Canaan's Grace Farms are architectural masterpieces.

Known for calm and simple interiors, designer, editor and lifestyle doyenne Tricia Foley is a master of the neutral palette.

America's biggest art fair invited serious and casual collectors, art advisors, curators and celebrities to view some of the world's master works.

Karen Williams has been designing award-winning kitchens for more than 37 years, and now is also a contributing kitchen-design blogger for the Huffington Post.

For many San Franciscans, the holiday season doesn’t begin until a visit is paid to Dandelion.

Meg Critchell spent her childhood on a New Jersey tree farm, and now this former Morgan Library event planner is in demand to festoon people’s homes for the holidays.

Cofounder and CEO Chuck Comeau is the guiding force behind the 13 furniture, lighting, textile and wallpaper firms of Dessin Fournir. Kansas native Comeau, also the creative director of the firm, came to design from a petrochemical background.

Creating the original showroom for fledgling designer Michael Kors was the project that launched Glenn Gissler on a career that has included innovative work in lofts, beach houses, Westchester mansions and urban pieds-à-terre. A Greek Revival farmhouse acquired in Connecticut just over a year ago is his latest personal project.

Fashion designer Linda Allard, the creative force behind the clothing collections of Ellen Tracy (which evolved into her own namesake line of wearable classics) has retired to her Italianate home she helped design and build in Litchfield County. We talked to her about the symbiotic traits of fashion and structural design.

Inspired by the tradition of elegant traveling, Bay Area native Claire Borel has founded House of Borel, a luxury fashion house tailored to a new jet-set generation. The line made its debut in April at New York Fashion Week and officially launches this month.

Celebrating their 50th year, supporters and guests sipped wine on the lawn before descending to a tent to enjoy cold corn and lobster soup, roasted halibut, and a black raspberry dessert catered by Glorious Foods. Anne Bass, Julien Lethbridge, Agnes Gund, Ben Rosen, Linda Allard, were among those attending in support of the group's stewardship, educational programs for families, and acquisition of threatened, irreplaceable lands.

In four decades spent creating more than 100 public parks and plazas, Thomas Balsley has received numerous national and international awards for his skill in integrating infrastructure, landscape and architecture. Among his notable designs is colorful Balsley Park in midtown Manhattan, named in his honor.

CTC&G Editor at Large Sharon King Hoge chats with designer Michael DePerno about his experience designing window displays for ABC Carpet and Home, the furniture he designs for his many projects and what lured him back East after a stint in California.

As founder and principal of emerging San Francisco architectural firm Lineoffice, Ross Hummel is garnering a great deal of attention for distinctive residences including an award-winning SoMa loft. Having cut his teeth at the innovative studios of Jim Jennings and Kuth Ranieri, Hummel is carrying on their inventive ethos.

Over 73,000 people crowded into Art Basel Miami last month browsing through works displayed in the main show, satellite fairs, museums, gardens all over town. We asked some prominent designers and one of our editors to pick out and describe some items that caught their particular attention.

Favorite San Francisco bistro Marlowe reopened its doors this past month in a stylish new Ken Fulk—designed space at 500 Brannan. Jennifer Puccio—executive chef and partner at Marlowe, Park Tavern and The Cavalier—has earned acclaim for her creative, unpretentious farm-to-table cooking. Here, she shares her expert recommendations (and menu) for deliciously relaxed holiday entertaining.

Horses and riders in the ring aren't the only competitors on closing day of the Hampton Classic. Every year, innovative decorators play off equestrian themes, beach topics, end-of-summer flowers, business logos, bright bursts of color, to create table settings for their guests in the ringside VIP tent. The Editor in Chief of HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens), Kendell Cronstrom, selects the winning tables each year. Choosing among the myriad creations isn't easy but here is the outcome this year.