Design

We finally have spring-like weather in New York –so I guess we’re going to have to find something else to complain about.  I’ve been celebrating the change with spring bulbs –daffodils, hyacinths, tulips– that are now appearing in flower shops and garden centers around town.  All of these can be cut and arranged, of course, […]

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I’ve always admired mid-century starburst wall sculptures.  Made of brass or occasionally gilded metal, they seem to provide a burst of warmth, energy and optimism wherever they appear.  Last week I made a constellation of Holiday decorations inspired by these classics, but out of much humbler materials –brown wrapping paper, hot glue and spray paint. […]

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We’re about to start our annual Holiday cookie baking project –60 or 70 dozen cookies that we’ll share with family and friends all over the country– and I’m looking at this post from 2012 and another from 2010 for inspiration.  Each year we add and drop a recipe or two.  Maybe a chocolate fudge this […]

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Holiday Pinecone Towers

November 30, 2014 · 6 comments

Thanksgiving’s over, the Holiday season is here, and it’s time to get out the glue guns and glitter.  Last week I made a group of towers out of pinecones and hazelnuts to decorate the sideboard in our dining room in the City.  The materials were simple, inexpensive, and easy to get, and the construction was […]

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Parenthood has many rewards, and one of my favorites is seeing Julia beam with pride when we display her artwork.  I have a large tack board in my office that always holds lots of her latest pieces, but we also wanted to show at least one of her pictures more prominently, and give it the […]

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I have friends who are brilliant with flowers –every arrangement seems fresh and surprisingly beautiful. Me?  Not so much. I struggle a bit in the floral design department, and so I’ve developed a formula that helps me put together flowers for the dinner table with a minimum of head-scratching and anxiety. Here’s a short video […]

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Recently I sat down with a friend (and her video camera) to talk a little about Domestic Daddy and (yikes) myself.  Hope you enjoy it.

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It’s hard to believe, but we’ve lived here for a couple of years now.  A home is never finished, of course, but we’re still fine-tuning some aspects of the original plan that didn’t quite work. We took the same approach to the powder room that we did to the other bathrooms in the house — […]

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Here’s a video about how to spruce up your Holiday table with three different centerpiece ideas.  They all involve seasonal fruit and one of my very favorite materials –spray paint.  Two are very quick, but for one you’ll need to get a little crafty.  (Spoiler alert:  a glue gun is involved.)  Have fun!  

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During the Holidays we take out all of our favorite dishes and silverware and set a special table.  Here’s a quick and easy craft to add a little customized glamor (glitz?) to your traditional table setting.

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