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 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

Why Louis XVI-Style Chairs Are a Must-Buy, No Matter Your Style

April 26, 2019

I love Louis XVI-style dining chairs and always try to include them in design projects (not to mention stock them in my shops!). Their elegant-yet-refined silhouettes are versatile and stylish. They are understated, and their clean lines enable them to fit well in contemporary or traditional settings. Read more

Why You Need to Start Collecting Interior Drawings

April 19, 2019

I find joy and inspiration in paintings and drawings of interiors. When done well, they are not only beautiful to look at, but a source of ideas as well. A drawing of a quiet room, absent of people, sometimes even more than a photograph, gives the viewer a glimpse into the soul of a room. It invites us to imagine what had just finished, or what is about to be, who had just left the room, or who was about to enter. Read more

You Need to Know About Francois Lembo’s Jeweled Mirrors

April 12, 2019

If you’re looking for eye-catching wall art, these charming glazed ceramic mirrors, created by the French ceramicist Francois Lembo during the 1960s and 70s, make for a fabulous collection. Lembo was from the town of Vallauris, on the Cote d’Azure, and his mirrors are often designed in deep, saturated tones reminiscent of the French Riviera. Read more