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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.

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…

What You Should Know Before Shopping for Chinoiserie

October 18, 2019

Even if you don’t know it by name, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the Chinese and East Asian-inspired Chinoiserie designs. The term is derived from the French word chinois, which means “Chinese,” and it’s been a popular style in interior design for ages. In fact, Chinoiserie dates back to the 17th century. Read more…

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…

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. Read more…