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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.

Why an Interior Designer Loves Using Crystals

June 25, 2020

I love looking for interesting crystal fragments in my travels as they are wonderful decorative accessories. Besides being unique and beautiful, they reflect the current movement towards natural and sustainable design. But, while crystals might be having a serious moment right now, they’re far from a new trend: They have been around for centuries—and will last a lifetime. Read More…

Can’t Have Pets? This Animal Decor Is What Your Home Needs

April 27, 2020

Live in a building that doesn’t allow pets? Wish your house could be a menagerie but have a family member who’s allergic? Well, you’re in luck. It seems that animals are popping up everywhere in home decor. Not only in fabrics and wallpapers, but full-sized, in three-dimensional living color! Read More…

Linens Are the Overlooked Vintage Item You Should Be Buying

February 21, 2020

Any meal—from the most elegant fête to a casual family supper—is better when served at a pretty table. It takes so little effort but makes the meal much more inviting and shows a sense of caring for your family or guests. When I lived in France, I learned the importance that people there place on making that bit of effort to create an inviting table. In about the same time as it takes to set out paper napkins and plastic ware, we can have a table with cloth napkins, a candle or two, and some pretty glasses, and it makes the world of difference—not to mention, it’s much less wasteful! Read More…

Every Home Should Have a Touch of Vintage Bamboo

November 19, 2019

I love finding interesting pieces of bamboo and rattan furniture in my travels. Although vintage rattan seems to be having a moment (it was EVERYWHERE last time I visited the Paris Flea Markets), rattan and bamboo have been around for a long time. The word bamboo is derived from banwu, a term from southwest India that was transported to Indonesia by Dutch explorers.  Read more…