Product Picks

As I write magazine stories—and store away emails I get from manufacturers—I build up a store of drool-worthy pictures in my product folder. It’s high time that I shared.

First, I’m working on a story for Luxe that features a  double-story great room in Houston, with a drop-dead chandelier crowning the space. I can’t share that exact picture, but the company, Jonathan Browning, is chock-full of greatness, like this Montfaucon Chandelier:



Now, do you ever flip over something that would NEVER work in your own home—like, anywhere—but it just makes you happy all over? Well, the Sacha Chaise by SHINE is that thing. It’s lipstick, Charlie’s Angels, and Studio 54 all wrapped into one. I want to put on my best DVF wrap dress (if I had one, that is) and drape myself all over it:



And have you noticed? Cement tile is everywhere now. No shelter magazine worth its salt is without a project that’s got cement tile. This new Sabine Hill collection by Architectural Ceramics is a great place to start if you catch that bug:



And kind of along those same lines, I’ve been holding onto an email by a talented young woman from Israel, Hila Halfon, who’s making the coolest mirrors by laser-printing patterns onto them for her company called SeeYou Designs:


Last but not least, our new kitchen by Aidan Design is nearly ready for a full reveal. And if you’ve seen my Instagram account, you know I’m over the moon about our new Cuff pendants by Hubbardton Forge, which just arrived last week:



You might be able to see on the other end of the island that there are no counter stools—YET. They are on the way! We went out to Willem Smith, which used to be in the Washington Design Center when it was in Southwest DC, but it moved near the Mosaic District in Fairfax when that old building was sold in 2012. The owner, John Smith, is having these stools made for us—a two-month process, but it will be so worth it:


My husband’s birthday is on Nov. 1, so I’ve told him that the delivery will be his gift! I love those shapely, angular lines, which really complement the architecture of the space. It’s just been so hard waiting for them to arrive. I think we’ll appreciate them that much more as a result.