Home Sweet Home

There are so many reasons to go to the Architectural Digest Design Show every spring. First of all, it is finally spring, and it just feels like a good time to think about home. Next, it’s fun to see what’s new and trendy in the home world. Plus, the floral displays are always fabulous. But most of all, it’s imperative to know what things one must now crave – just in case that big lottery win comes through.

One of my favorite parts of this show is the Dining by Design exhibit, which is a design competition in support of this group’s AIDS foundation. Each year competitors present magical dining room displays which are always delicious fantasies. (Just imagine a dining table with holes in it, so that you can put flowers stems into glass tubes underneath.)

And then there are all the one-of-a-kind pieces, presented with great hope and pride by artisans, craftsmen, and some others who cannot be categorized at this point in time. Want wallpaper you can color yourself?

Each visit, we drool over the kitchen displays. Being very space-challenged, we can only dream of having a large free-standing spit, or stoves that will last into the next century, loaded with German, Italian or English design. Sigh.

This year’s hand’s-down winner for newest cravings was the Urban Cultivator, under-counter light and temperature-controlled spaces to manage your herb garden(s). The wine thing is fine, but seems that is so over, and we have moved on to the thought of immediate access to lovely, fresh, and pest-free springs of whatever your cooking plans may call for. Each $10K cabinet will save you from wasting $2 or $3 on bunches of herbs when you only need a mere sprig. Think of the savings!

So, happy spring. Celebrate with flowers natural and artful, and think about making your home even homier!

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