Books: Lori Weitzner’s ‘Ode To Color’

In keeping with this blog’s focus on education, it’s my plan to write about anything and everything that advances an understanding of design. And what better place to start than with a great book on color?

Textile designer Lori Weitzner’s Ode To Color (Harper Design) is just such a volume. I’ve had the privilege of getting an advance copy, and can enthusiastically say that Lori’s approach to the subject is beyond the basics of the color wheel. Some of the words that come to mind? Sophisticated, romantic, nuanced and poetic. It’s a treasured glimpse into Lori’s thought process, linking her understanding of color to her textiles and wall coverings.

I had the opportunity to talk with Lori about the project. Thought I’d share the conversation… Continue reading “Books: Lori Weitzner’s ‘Ode To Color’”

Holiday House 2016

Tina Ramchandani's 'Happiest Hour' room at Holiday House
Tina Ramchandani’s “Happiest Hour” room at Holiday House

So here’s the thing: I’ve heard preservationists scoff at the stark juxtaposition between the newly constructed townhouses on Sullivan street just north of Broome, and the quaint 19th century houses across the lane. But I find such contrasts exciting; they are part of the DNA of New York’s architectural landscape, metaphorically linked to the city’s much respected multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-religious panorama.

Inside #40 and #50 Sullivan Street, Holiday House New York founder Iris Dankner has orchestrated a group of talented designers for a two-for-one show house event benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. And in keeping with the streetscape, diversity is the order of the day… Continue reading “Holiday House 2016”

Thank You Architectural Digest!


What a surprise to find such a glowing review of #IDMC on!

Thank you Amy Astley, and Lindsey Mather who writes “When faced with a blank space in need of some decorating love, how many times have you wished you could call up a design legend for advice? The next best thing: a flip through the pages of the new book Interior Design Master Class.”

Follow this link to see the entire article.

Thank You Vogue!


Thank you for the wonderful piece featuring #IDMC in which Madeleine Luckel writes “Discussing topics within the realms of theory, structure, style, process, elements, and inspiration, this tome has the makings of a modern-day classic.”

The post highlights five great “lessons” that really capture the editorial direction of the book. You can follow this link to see for yourself.

Thank You Elle Decor!


Thank you Elle Decor for including Interior Design Master Class in the November 2016 issue roundup of library-worthy books on design. I’m thrilled to be in such great company with Bunny Williams, François Catroux, and Katie Ridder & Peter Pennoyer.

I was especially grateful to Michael Boodro for including the book in his letter from the editor. I’m very honored.


Thank You Design Magazine!


The premier issue of the new Design magazine, just out from the New York Metro Chapter of ASID, features both the cover and a grouping of pages from Interior Design Master Class.

A word of thanks to the new chapter president (and my friend) Glenn Gissler for the coverage in this exciting new shelter publication. Glenn has worked tirelessly in elevating ASID to a new stature; follow the organization on Facebook and check the calendar of events on their website to stay abreast of the changes.


Thank You PaperCity!


I was thrilled to be able to be in Houston on October 11th when #IDMC was released. The Houston Design Center hosted a marvelous event, organized by Alton LaDay. Thank you to everyone who came out to see me.

The October issue of PaperCity covered the event, and shared a lovely write-up for the book. Thank you!



Thank You Gentlemen’s Quarterly!


Thank you GQ for the nice write-up about #IDMC! 

Writer Louis Hart singled out 10 of her favorite essays in the book and the lesson’s within them, including Brad Ford’s piece on ‘Craft’; Stephen Shadley’s piece on ‘Film’ (which features a photo of Diane Keaton’s home); Victoria Hagan’s poetic piece on ‘Light’; and Tom Scheerer’s piece on ‘Luxury’ — along with 6 more highlights.

Care to read the entire article? Here’s the link.



When the banking industry collapsed in 2008, it unfortunately took my textile company with it. But here’s the thing: I hesitate to use the adjective ‘unfortunately’ because those events led me to producing and editing Interior Design Master Class, one of the most exciting and personally fulfilling experiences of my life.

I’d like to share a bit about how the book came to be… Continue reading “Welcome!”

Privet House Book Signing


Join me and Bunny Williams, Matthew Patrick Smyth, and Glenn Gissler for a glass of Prosecco in celebration of the publication of Interior Design Master Class from Rizzoli New York at Privet House in New Preston Connecticut!

There will be copies of the book available for purchase, and we’ll all have sharpies to inscribe them. Promises to be a wonderful fete!