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Elizabeth’s new column for HouseBeautiful.com, Our Girl on the Ground, where she highlights some of her favorite finds and offers tips for successful hunting in the markets.

What to Look for When Shopping for Blue and White Porcelain

September 6, 2019

Blue and white are like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall—a classic duo that will never go out of style. In design, the color combination goes with absolutely everything—greens, reds, browns, and orange, and of course taupes and other neutrals—and I love hunting for blue and white Chinese export porcelain. It is a great way to add accent pieces to a room. Read more…

What to Look for When Shopping for Quality Scandinavian Furniture

August 9, 2019

In recent years, the term “Scandinavian furniture” has evoked images of the kind of unadorned wood tables and chairs, covered with simple fabrics, generally associated with Denmark. And there is certainly a place for that kind of furniture in many homes. But to me, the most interesting and valuable Scandinavian furniture is Swedish, generally pieces that reflect the Gustavian style. It has the clean lines that we associate with Scandinavian design, but it offers its own nuances and subtle elements of craftsmanship that make it suitable for many settings—contemporary homes and lofts, country homes and formal city apartments. Read more…

I Cannot Stop Talking About These French Ceramic Hens

July 26, 2019

I have been smitten with these adorable ceramic hens from the moment I first spotted them on one of my trips to Paris. They are hand-painted ceramic hens created by the Ceramiques de Lussan. This studio was founded in 1968 in Blauzzac, a charming village in the South of France, Blauzzac, by Heidi Caillard and her husband. These guinea fowls were born from Heidi’s childhood memories of real hens wandering about the garden in her family’s home. After founding her studio, Heidi decided to create a stylized sculpture of one of the hens. After long hours of drafts, and trial and error, these charming hens came to life! The studio is now in Lussan, a charming walled village in the Languedoc region of France. Read more…

Why Every Home Could Use a Vintage Bar Cart

May 17, 2019

Who doesn’t love (or need!) a bar cart? They are not only useful, but add an element of fun and anticipation to a space. We all lead busy lives, and it’s nice to think about a cocktail hour at the end of a chaotic day or week. And half the fun of a bar cart is stocking it with your favorite brands and accessorizing it with a fun set of glasses! Read more…

What to Look for When Shopping for Louis Philippe Mirrors

May 10, 2019

As fabulous as a collection of Francois Lembo jeweled mirrors is on a wall, if you’re looking for one big, substantial piece to serve as your focal point, be on the lookout for a Louis Philippe mirror. Typically rectangular, the mirrors feature rounded top corners and squared off bottom corners, finished in gold or silver leaf, or occasionally, in a dual finish. Read more

Keep an Eye Out for Orrefors Crystal Lamps Whenever You Go Antiquing

May 3, 2019

A core element of Swedish design is using beautiful things for everyday life. Nowhere is this philosophy more clearly demonstrated than in Orrefors crystal lamps. These sleek, elegant lamps are the jewelry of a room. They illuminate the space and are works of art in their own right. Read more