A Moment with Windsor

Who can resist a really good story?

Even in my native L.A. where stylish sets are always hunting the latest and greatest, the most consistent trend I see is a yearning to connect to something so truly, and so purely classic.

The Renaissance is on replay, but for reasons that relate directly to modern living. It’s a desire to be part of a larger story, to be surrounded by things that vibrate history.

Recently, I finished a family room connected by French doors to a poolside patio where spiraling Baroque carved columns, gilt-tipped skirted tables and bone-inlay coffered boxes are the perfect compliment to a wall of minimal brass bracket shelving and casual upholstery.

Intended for barefoot feet, the room feels lighter-than-air in pale finishes but doesn’t wash away. Its collected treasures ground the room in palpable moments of discovery.

The Renaissance connection isn’t always obvious. Smooth bronze sheens outnumber heavy gilt carvings and loose-weave linens take the place of heavy brocades.


Finding a new perspective on the old has always been critical to good design, but so is imparting a sense of history to the new. Subtly done is best.

I like to look for avenues of crossover. In that poolside living room, you don’t see the antiques first. The grandeur of carvings fade in whitewash finishes, while delicate brass finials on contemporary pieces play time forward.

The goal is a push-and-pull of time and place that feels transporting, yet relevant to the here and now. In other words, a story so well told you never want it to end.


Windsor Smith, founder of Windsor Smith Home, Inc., is an innovative force in the design industry whose elegant interiors rethink our homes for modern day living.

A Whimsy Shower for Mamma To Be

Celebrating a brand new baby is always a special time but when you add in a pretty combo of high tea and whimsical florals, it makes for a party that is unforgettable. Have a look at this dreamy celebration inspired by heirloom antiques and vintage pieces found around the home, designed and captured by Accents for Living, with florals by Cristina Kirby-Accents for Living.



A mother’s love can cross a universe and fill a galaxy with stars. 

International Womens Day- Interior Designers

Wishing all of our gorgeous women a stunning International Womens Day. From her childhood to her adult life, she adds that beautiful blush to life.

To celebrate International Women’s Day we have a list of Women who continue to keep us on our toes, with their bold and brilliant designs.




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Suzanne Kasler offers a fresh mix of continental and classic style in her interiors, emphasizing the antiques and collections that create a special setting. Subtle details and strong, structured silhouettes are available in timeless materials and custom patina finishes. The look is easy sophistication, with an air of history. Link





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The Barbara Barry style is pared down and refined; hers is a look that is founded in elegance of form and simplicity of line. As with her interiors and other furnishings, Barry’s signature lighting reflects her philosophy that nothing stands alone, but lives in harmony with its surroundings. Link




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Kelly Wearstler’s eponymous global luxury lifestyle brand is renowned for its distinctive designs and signature soulful vibe pioneered by the celebrated interior designer. With a style that juxtaposes raw with refined, melds color, sophistication and spirited spontaneity, Wearstler has revolutionized the look, feel and meaning of modern American design. Link




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Designer Alexa Hampton is admired for her updated neoclassical approach; yet, with generous silhouettes and ravishing detail, her work never appears conservative. She brings her clean formalist perspective to high-style lighting, featuring architectural scale and bold pattern work. Link




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The AERIN lighting collection with Visual Comfort & Co. is inspired by old world glamour and European midcentury design. Classic, but always with a modern point of view, every piece is created to make life more beautiful, with a sense of ease and refinement. Link