December 11, 2017

Now That’s Italian!

In addition to trains, planes, taxis, subways, and rental cars, I have visited advertisers by bicycle in Aspen, scooter in Bermuda, chauffeur-driven Nissan in Tokyo, private junk in Hong Kong, and, recently, a vaporetto and a gondola in Venice. Accompanying me on the trip to Venice (in addition to Milan) was NYC&G Account Director Melissa…

November 30, 2017


Launched in January 2015, C&GTV is proving to be a highly effective storyteller, whether it’s covering our company’s recent Innovation in Design Awards ceremonies (featuring Peter Marino and Donna Karan in New York and Deborah Berke and Martha Stewart in the Hamptons) or producing branded content for the world of design. The C&GTV team, along…

October 7, 2017

Brooklyn Rising

The coverage of Brooklyn in our pages—decidedly evidence of the abundant design activity in the borough and its talented artists,artisans, architects, and decorators—is so important that I recently moderated a panel at What’s New What’s Next, the New YorkDesign Center’s annual industry gathering, with the title “Brooklyn Rising.” The following facts about Brooklyn might surprise…

Cottages & Gardens Celebrates Urban Zen
October 5, 2017

Bella Donna

This year, the CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards (IDAs) honored Elizabeth Eakins “the uber rug lady” and sister publication, HC&G recognized Martha Stewart for forever changing the joy we have in our homes, our gardens and our tables. This month, we will honor Donna Karan at the NYC&G IDAs. I first met Donna in the…

Kohler’s Real Rain experience dazzled spectators at the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi in Milan.
May 15, 2017

An American in . . . Milan

For those of you who love design, I heartily recommend a trip to the Salone del Mobile, the cutting-edge home furnishings fair that takes place in Milan every April. The city is chock-full of exhibitions featuring collaborations between furniture manufacturers and today’s greatest designers, displayed against the backdrop of Milan’s most historic buildings. One evening,…

Great British Design on 59
April 10, 2017

Tea and Champers!

It all started with the “Brilliantly British” section in NYC&G’s annual Global Style issue, in which design firms with British heritage showcased their products in the company of beautiful features on homes from the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. A collaboration with the Department for International Trade, British Consulate General New York led…

March 10, 2017

Bidding on Bailey House

Last year, NYC&G joined the ranks of designers, donors, and friends as the media sponsor of the annual gala and auction for Bailey House, which provides housing programs and supportive services to men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. NYC&G Editor in Chief Kendell Cronstrom and I were thrilled to see the turnout of design-industry…

December 29, 2016

Praise, Indeed!

I was brought up in Scotland, with the admonition that “self-praise is no honor,” but even so, I couldn’t help but be delighted when NYC&G’s 2016 “Global Style” issue won the magazine industry’s Folio: Eddie Award for best single-topic issue in the shelter/home/garden category. Praise, indeed! We hope you will agree that this year’s edition…

October 19, 2016

Meeting an Icon

What happens when you meet an icon, someone whose work you have admired for a lifetime? At the risk of dating myself, I will confess to following Peter Marino’s projects from the pages of the nation’s shelter magazines throughout the 1980s and ’90s and being flabbergasted by his use of materials, textures, and art. I…

September 22, 2016

East v. West

I am asked all the time about the difference between “East Coast” and “West Coast” decorating styles. Certainly the volume of content published annually by our titles—125 feature stories on the East Coast and 30 on the West Coast—would qualify me to provide an answer. But it’s more complicated than that. What a fascinating subject!…

Amir Kazerani and David Levy of Flexform
May 6, 2016

Masters of the Universe

Last Christmas, my colleague Tracey Heinemann gave me a book by Dutch architect Piet Boon, which was so exciting that I immediately became determined to meet him. The opportunity came just the other day at an alfresco Champagne breakfast in the heart of Milan, held to celebrate the publication of his newest book, Studio. Heaven!…

The home of Tracy Stern was featured on the New York Junior League's house tour last year.
March 24, 2016

Tour de Force

I love the annual New York Junior League house tour. Sponsored by NYC&G, it’s a day of indulgence (particularly of my passion for houses!) and fun, showcasing New York’s most luxurious, prestigious residences while highlighting architecture, art, history, and interior design. Past tours have featured a who’s-who of must-see homes, including the residences of Jamie…

Last year's Bailey House benefit featured shoppable vignettes.
March 1, 2016

Design for Living

At a gala benefit on March 10, more than 600 media moguls, celebrities, a who’s-who list of designers, and members of the fine-arts world will gather at Chelsea Piers to support Bailey House, an organization that helps transform the lives of people with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses by providing housing,…

January 11, 2016


Think about that little glow of pleasure you get when someone praises something you’ve done. It’s lovely, but doesn’t happen to us as much as it should. This month, we’re in appreciation mode at NYC&G. Since its inception, the magazine has identified the industry’s up-and-coming design talents in its recurring Rising Star column (page 120),…

December 25, 2015

The World Is Our Oyster

With so much positive response to last year’s “European Style” issue, we have decided to expand our horizons further and go international, adding this special edition to our permanent roster of seven annual installments of NYC&G. As you can see from our cover, Editor in Chief Kendell Cronstrom has upped the ante and dubbed this…

September 15, 2015

Modern Classic

My jaw dropped when I first saw Robin Hill, the 1929 Colonial estate owned and designed by John Saladino,” says D.J. Carey, editorial director of C&G Media Group, recalling the time when, as a young editor, she arrived to shoot the designer’s spectacular house and gardens in Norfolk, Connecticut. John Saladino pioneered the concept of…

April 18, 2015

Home Is Where The Heart Is

This year’s first C&G Designer Showhouse, located in a wonderful classic English Regency in Mill Neck, will be presented by NYC&G and benefit the American Heart Association. Sponsors include Country Carpet, Duralee, Kravet, and Robert Allen. The fun starts at the opening-night gala on Thursday, April 16, and the house will be open to the public…

March 18, 2015

Birds of a Feather

Every year we conduct reader surveys to answer the question, “Who are you?” We pinpoint your behavior to get abetter idea of who you are, what you’re doing, and what you’re about to do. This information helps us stay on track, enabling us to provide you with the best design content available in a highly…

January 4, 2015

Worldly Ways

Why do we embrace so much of European culture?   Probably because so many of us come from Europe! Surely our fascination with Tudor and Georgian houses and anything that looks like a castle has its origins in our ancestral DNA. I was born in Scotland and am a proud Scottish-American, and while I champion…

November 4, 2014

A Holiday Miracle

Well, it’s done!   Possibly the largest design initiative in the country: the redecoration of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Unless you have spent the past two years playing Farmville on Facebook (or living under a rock), you already know about the 74 designers, countless manufacturers, donors, and well-wishers who took part in…