The first mechanical clocks were made in a monastery by monks to signal canonical hours or periods for fixed times of prayer. Weights would derive their power from water in which momentum was culled by a pendulum-like mechanism or oscillator. The managed release of this energy is called the escapement and is still used today in mechanical clocks and watches. This is where the whole ticking sound comes from! At least some iteration of the mechanical clock is what you see in most if not all antique clocks today.

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Italian Interiors-From Radical to Romance


What sort of atmosphere is conjured for you when you think of Italy? For many, they see the provincial Tuscan vineyards that are featured so preciously in film and still others think of Fellini’s Dolce Vita and his distinctly Roman misadventures. What world, if given the chance, would you choose to inhabit?

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Sunday Shop is a sterling, condensed version of the designer’s comprehensive aesthetic; a finespun mix of trailblazing and tradition. Stitched into this is the easiness they aim to offer clients and passerby alike, in fact ease may be their MO.

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Unraveling The French Mystique

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Have we grown weary of all the glossy magazines advising us on how to replicate French style, French cooking, French kissing? Zut! What is it about this culture that makes everyone so covetous? We may have some ideas…

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These days we are seeing kitchens that you could mistake for the interior of the Millennium Falcon. While I think these kitchens certainly have a place in design, very few of my friends and colleagues are comfortable with such a stark look. Always, balance is the answer to everything. We can have beautiful built-in custom cabinetry but then why not even the scales with a gorgeous one of a kind butcher block for extra counter-top space?

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Buying Trips: A Q&A


When I get a new Veranda Magazine or The World of Interiors, I get a familiar flush of giddiness that seems to come no matter how many years creep by. At this stage, I’ve learned a couple of things and one of them is that I will forever be captivated by the universe of interior design and even more specifically, antiques. I wonder to myself, what it’s like to be a buyer and go on these procuring trips.

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Tablescapes to be Truly Thankful for


It’s the second most wonderful time of the year. I jest; Thanksgiving isn’t second to anybody, at least not for me. It’s all the family, all the food, and all the gratefulness, without the embarrassing consumerism that can be Christmas. It’s boots crunching on the newly fallen leaves…more every day. It’s the smell of something always in the oven and (if you’re lucky) children laughing (or screaming). However, the privilege of hosting such an anticipated day can come with some head-scratchers. For instance, how do I create a festive dining experience that’s not overwrought or silly looking?

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5 tips for achieving a stellar gallery wall


From the hastily thrown up to the laboriously curated, why is it that gallery walls are so satisfying? Could it be we’ve finally grown weary of all the stark minimalism? And yet, there is something so modern about this look. The perennial Diana Vreeland would say, “The eye has to move” and we agree, with a bouncing gaze, a great room hypnotizes; it can leave you breathless and thinking about changing your lifestyle to fit the space. A great gallery wall can help in this blissful work of creating an interior worth changing for and keeping your eyes invested is key.

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Designer Spotlight: Logan Killen Interiors


Logan Killen Interiors is an amazing new-ish designer duo out of New Orleans. Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen of Logan Killen Interiors started their New Orleans business in 2012, both graduates of LSU’s arduous but revered design program.

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I dream of tech-less living and other unlikelihoods


We wanted to feature this in last week’s blog about trends but, when I started exploring its relevance, we thought it warranted its own proper coverage: tech-less living rooms or even (for the sake of practicality) having your media secreted in an armoire. The consequences of going tech-free have been severe, from becoming closer to those with whom you cohabit, to increasing your creativity.

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