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Spicy Soirée: A Night in India

Was it the tapestry place mats with tiny tassels in a spectrum of colors? Or maybe it was the hand-painted figurine with his ornate costume and flowing turban? My Dad doesn’t recall the exact piece that first inspired him to design the India-theme party pictured here, but he says it can start with the smallest detail. “A napkin or a plate might catch my eye,” he explains, “and from that I just start pulling it all together.

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A Fright to Remember: Ghostly Gathering

Who says you have to be a kid to enjoy Halloween? With the right decorations, it’s possible to set a mood that is both festive and sophisticated—even on a night that’s typically devoted to creepiness and kitsch.

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African Inspired Living Room

Out of Africa: Themed Rooms

Some collections are so vast they require their own room. Such is the case, here, where a lifetime of collecting Africa-themed objects evolved into the creation of this cozy den designed by my Dad.

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Black Forest Deer

The Art of Carving: Black Forest Carvings

Another one of my Dads’ unique collections is Black Forest. From the European Alps to the American Rockies, Black Forest carvings are timeless works of art that celebrate nature and mountain living. Their name causes a bit of geographic confusion—they are often mistakenly associated with the Black Forest of Germany but are in fact from Brienz, Switzerland.

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Prized Porcelain: Collecting Chinese Exports

My parents have had the greatest influence on my love of beautiful home environments. My Dad once told me that what makes a home remarkable is collections of art and antiques, instead of one piece here and there. To make a statement, display pieces together. He has one such set of Chinese Export that I have admired over the years.

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