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

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…

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