Monday, December 15, 2014


Earlier this year I was lucky enough to visit the Mark Twain House in Hartford Connecticut.  It is a wonderful example of Aesthetic Movement style- the high-end, artsy, oriental and restrained version of the over-the-top Victorian revival styles.  It is a house I learned about while at Sotheby's Institute, and then taught my students about as well, so it was wonderful to actually see it in person.

The exterior is delightful, with wonderful brickwork and woodwork.  While still quite decorative, none of the exterior work seems overly frivolous like much of the Queen Anne style.

The motifs have a wonderful vagueness, referencing Japanese, Nordic and even Native American themes.

Unfortunately I was unable to take any photos inside, so you will just have to visit for yourself, it is well worth the trip from both an architectural standpoint and a literary one!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


The last time I was in New York back in September I was able to cross off another bucket list item...a stay at the Philippe Starck designed Hudson Hotel!  While I have had drinks and dinner there many a time, I never had the chance to stay and it was great to get the full experience and sleep in one of the very tiny guest rooms!

While the design throughout was excellent and amazingly not at all dated (of course, it is Starck, hotel design guru after all), I must admit I was underwhelmed with hotel management and for the hefty price tag I think I will stick with drinks from now on, probably not even dinner anymore due to the fact they have redesigned the main restaurant, no longer a Starck creation :(


I am happy to share some new photos of some great upholstery work completed!  My client had some pieces with good bones, but all were in need of an update.  We wanted to stay neutral in color and tie in with the chair frames, but really add some depth of texture and pattern over the original fabrics.



All photos by Michalene Homme Photography.