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Hey, jute! A rugged material lightens up
Wednesday, July 25

We love an unexpected mashup of form and material, so when lighting began showing up in jute, we immediately clicked ?add to favorites.? Regina-Andrew wraps the ropelike jute strands around a grand chandelier and a quirky lamp, while Jamie Young hides her light beneath basket-weave jute shades on two pendant styles.

5 fast facts about jute:

  1. Like hemp and flax, jute is made from the skin of a plant.
  2. Its first recorded use was in the mid-18th century.
  3. Surprisingly, raw jute fibers are long, soft, and shiny.
  4. Strong and durable, jute is among the most versatile natural fibers.
  5. Jute is biodegradable and recyclable.

Karen Robertson creates a new sea world
Monday, July 23

We can think of three great jobs that require working on the beach: lifeguard, swimsuit model, and creator of sea-life d?cor. Karen Robertson is making a name for herself in that last category: Her collection showcases marine flora and fauna as natural art, framed for maximum impact on any vertical surface.

Her one-of-a-kind sea fans are ocean-harvested, hand-selected, dried and then tinted by hand.

The fans and starfish are suspended between glass panels, letting your wall color provide the ?matting.? Frames are gallery-grade wood with a white or silver/white finish.

Her white Gator Turtle shells mimic those of the ferocious alligator snapping turtle; each is individually hand-cast by a taxidermist.

A native of coastal New England and current Floridian, Robertson has been featured in national and regional design mags. ?My work is a way of bringing the essence of the ocean into the interior space,? she says.

Use your marbles
Friday, June 1

Its cool touch and graceful striations make marble one of our favorite decorative accents. Here it goes the distance from formal to fun.

We love the contrast of elegant white marble with distressed pine in this Patridge cabinet. The Greek key and wreath motifs add a classical touch.

Inspired by the flyleaves of vintage books, our exclusive marblelized dinnerware brings cool shades of blue to summertime tables.

It might have been just another urn-shaped lamp, but John-Richard did it as a marble cutout – the perfect mix of elegance and wit. The Silhouette lamp has a silk shade.

One of our all-time favorites, Arteriors’ sleek Sydney marble lamp has a slender conical base and simple drum shade. Pulls are antiqued brass.

Tole leaves add texture to the iron base of this marble-top side table. The hand-painted gold finish adds subtle shimmer.

Waterworks Studio gives vanity accessories an opulent spa aesthetic with gray and white Greek marble.

Thank-you notes (because you can’t text everything)
Thursday, May 24

A handwritten thank-you is a must for a gift or to a host, but it’s also wonderful anytime someone does something special for you. Here are a few tips from our stationery expert:

• Don’t be intimidated by a blank piece of paper. Do a rough draft on your laptop or a legal pad, then edit, adjust, tweak before copying it onto your stationery. We guarantee this is faster and easier than trying to compose the perfect wording on a letterpress card or deckle-edge sheet.

• Start with “Thank you for…” or “I really appreciate…” and name the gift or occasion. Another approach: “Your gift (or gesture, or kindness) made my day.”

• A compliment means a lot: Tell them not only how much you like the gift or enjoyed the evening but how imaginative or creative or thoughtful they are.

• Three sentences is perfect. Close with “Thank you again” and perhaps a comment about getting together soon (if that’s appropriate).

• Keep all your necessities together in a pretty box or basket: stationery, stamps, and return-address embosser or labels (if your envelopes aren’t personalized).

• Write thank-you’s within 48 hours – period. The longer you wait, the more difficult (and embarrassing) it is.

Stylemakers: Regina-Andrew turns on the lights
Wednesday, May 23

A lot of great music and one life-altering computer company got their starts in garages, so Carla Regina Zajac and James Andrew Slaven had history on their side when they began making lighting and decorative accessories in 2000 in their Wyandotte, Michigan, garage. They were artists when they met, and they quickly found they also shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a love of travel, and a passion for animals.

Tapping their middle names and their generation’s clothes, furnishings, cars, and entertainment, Zajac and Slaven created a distinctive collection of lighting. Their designs incorporate glass, wood, metal, shells, and now jute with more traditional elements such as crystal, brass, and iron. The couple draws inspiration from art history and regular trips to Europe and Asia.

“We mix modern with rustic, elegant with casual, romantic with relaxed,” says Zajac. “It’s an eclectic vision that resonates with natural style – a new look at how we live today.”

From the cool simplicity of their Bamboo, Capital, and Triple Crystal Orb lamps to an elegant jute-wrapped chandelier and their new Palm Beach sconce with an 18th-century singerie motif, Regina-Andrew designs are constantly evolving.

Regina-Andrew Boutique
Origins of style: Jadeite tableware
Tuesday, May 22

A Depression Era gift with purchase, jadeite glassware was tucked into boxes of oats -- an easy giveaway that was inexpensive to make but surprisingly durable. The distinctive milky-green plates, cups, and bowls were popular additions to table settings into the early 1960s, and today vintage pieces are popular collectibles.

These Jadeite cake plates aren’t vintage but they are absolutely authentic: made by Mosser Glass in Cambridge, Ohio, employing the same molds and methods used over 60 years ago.

Orie Mosser was the plant manager of the Cambridge Glass Company when his son Thomas began working there as a teenager. When the company closed in 1954, Tom Mosser decided to continue in the glass business. It took him five years to acquire the necessary equipment and original molds – from Cambridge Glass and two other defunct firms -- but in 1959 he began making his own glass in an abandoned chicken coop. After producing pharmaceutical glass for a decade, in 1971 he founded the company that bears his name (run today by son Tim and daughters Sally and Mindy).

	 "Jadeite" Cake Plates
Next floor: Flatweave rugs by Genevieve Gorder
Monday, May 21

HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder – acclaimed interior designer, Design Star judge, host of the decorating problem-solving series Dear Genevieve – has leaped to the front of the flatweave pack with her fabulous new rugs.

“Wild Chev” is a jazzy take on chevron stripes in Medium Red, Yellow, Medium Gray, and Medium Blue. Gorder believes “stripes are the greatest illusion-maker in a designer’s toolbox. The chevron is classic and timeless; by playing with proportion and scale, my goal was to make it feel a bit refreshed and dressed up.”

“Uzbek” was inspired by “indigenous patterns from the east…contagious, folky, and powerful,” says Gorder. In Light Pink, Dark Blue, Heather Gray, and Emerald, this rug “plays with what's familiar in these woven wonders and pushes its patterning to the next level. I love the juxtaposition of the familiar and the unknown."

Both rugs are 100 percent wool, woven in India.

Come home to The RLH Collection
Friday, May 18

The new RLH Collection from Ralph Lauren Home is the first based exclusively on the distinctive American and European antiques that have always been the quintessence of the world of Ralph Lauren.

Like the designer’s fashion collections, RLH reflects an historical perspective on form, style, and materials. Lauren’s design teams comb auctions, markets, and dealers’ finds from around the world to decorate his showrooms, crafting an eclectic look that has won praise from the design press and influenced countless retail and trade-only settings. 

Many of those pieces have been artfully replicated in this new collection, while others have been re-imagined to reflect contemporary needs. All share extraordinary hand-craftsmanship and attention to detail, with reclaimed wood, vintage textiles, and period-perfect construction that create Lauren’s signature one-of-a-kind spirit.

Among our favorites: the perfectly proportioned wing chair in the Hepplewhite style, made modern with an exposed frame and burlap webbing on sides and back; the rustic simplicity of the Farmhouse cupboard with antiqued barn-red finish; the traditional button-tufted Chesterfield sofa made new in blue denim with hand-painted pillows.

The RLH Collection
Eyes up here, please
Thursday, May 17

Relax. We’re talking about chandeliers – specifically, this Turquoise Drape version by prominent L.A. interior designer Marjorie Skouras (you’ve seen her on HGTV and her work in every design magazine).

The chandelier has all the drama you’d expect of a California native who spent more than 16 years in the movie business and whose home is nestled in the hills beneath the landmark Hollywood sign. Known for her creative and fearless use of color, Skouras used turquoise and jade polished glass, hand-applied on an iron frame with a pyrite bronze finish. The result reflects the jewelry that often inspires her designs; there are no matching earrings (unfortunately) but there is a new matching lamp!

Skouras holds a B.A. in Art History from UCLA and spent several years training as a fine art photographer before her detour into film; in 2000, she followed her passion and established Marjorie Skouras Designs. Using her own house as a design lab, Skouras honed her personal design viewpoint, mixing periods and styles in a look that is grounded in tradition with a playful twist. In May 2007, Skouras had the cover of the Metropolitan Home “Design 100” issue and was hailed as one of the most influential designers in America.

Turquoise Drape Chandelier
Eccentricity is the mother of reinvention
Thursday, April 26

It’s National Decorating Month and I can’t stop thinking about a few of the late great designers who have left indelible imprints on the world of design. There are those who have become household names – Billy Baldwin, Sister Parish, Mark Hampton, David Hicks and the very recently passed Albert Hadley. And then there is the ingenious woman I fell in love with after seeing her brilliant wallpapers in New York a few years back.

Florence Broadhurst was an Australian-born designer and socialite whose clients included cosmetics magnates, landed gentry, and Qantas Airlines. Her brightly colored, boldly scaled patterns are having a major resurgence. We just added Kate Spade’s porcelain “Japanese Floral” dinnerware, with Broadhurst’s graphic blossoms in her mainstay neutrals of black and white. It looks just as chic on plates, cups, and saucers as it does on wallpaper.

Her eccentric life story is arguably as interesting as her designs. Constantly reinventing herself, Broadhurst sang and danced in a troupe that toured India, south Asia and China, founded a performing arts academy in Shanghai, opened a fashion salon on London’s Bond Street, and finally settled into decorating and textile design in her native country at the age of 60. Not surprisingly, two biographies have been written and a movie made about her life. So this month, give a nod to a rediscovered design visionary: pour some tea into a “Japanese Floral” cup, and reinvent yourself as a Florence Broadhurst fan!
Phillip Montanez

	 "Japanese Floral" Dinnerware
Horchow Book Club: Barclay Butera Goes Coastal
Wednesday, April 25

Southern California native and all-American design celeb Barclay Butera has released his second sigh-inducing coffee-table book. “Living on the Coast” (published by Gibbs-Smith) captures Butera’s signature style in everything from classic cottages to elegantly modern homes – all with a beach just outside. After 15 years as an interior designer, Butera is an authentic star with residential projects throughout the country plus a fabulous Lifestyle collection of furniture and lighting. “Living on the Coast” not only inspires with his signature style – colorful, pattern-rich, relaxed yet refined – but includes decorating ideas and advice for giving your home a beachfront vibe no matter where you live. You can get the book free (while supplies last) with a purchase of $300 or more and the code BARCLAY.

Dwell With Dignity Thrift Studio: Guilt-free shopping for a cause
Monday, April 2

With just a couple of weeks to go before the unveiling of Dwell With Dignity’s biannual pop-up shop, Thrift Studio, the Horchow Design Team is hard at work creating an inspiring space for this philanthropic event.

Thrift Studio showcases rooms and vignettes by Dallas’ top designers and retailers. Everything from furniture to finials is sold at more-than-discounted prices, with the proceeds going to Dwell With Dignity, a non-profit organization that helps families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time.

Seeing the space for the first time, Jadz Pate, Trey Hoffmann, Jan Jones, and Rachel Buxkamper had no idea whether they would decorate it as a living room, a bedroom, or a mudroom for that matter. Looking up, they spied a ceiling medallion that was calling out for a chandelier, and what better to put under a chandelier than a dining table?

Using Horchow merchandise* plus items donated by to-the-trade showrooms, they took a cue from a room featured in Elle Décor. They don’t want to give away too many details, but I can tell you that it’s beautifully designed with pale grey walls and a white-on-white mural.

Check back in a few days for a sneak peak! And if you’re in Dallas April 14-May 12, mark your calendar for guilt-free shopping for a cause at Thrift Studio, 1250 Slocum Drive, Suite 550, in the Design Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

-- Phillip Montanez, Stylist

Earning Our Stripes
Friday, March 23

One of the greatest things about shooting on location is making use of the things that surround you. In Santa Barbara, where we photographed our new Outdoor collections, succulents literally grow on trees and driftwood is abundant on every beach, so we couldn’t resist pairing the two for the centerpiece on this al fresco dining table. The colors of the succulents compliment the stripes on our Listrado dinnerware perfectly, and the crusty organic driftwood provided an excellent contrast to the glossy ceramic.  We let our Sferra hemstitch napkins – in Butter – really bring out the best of the colors on the table. The Beet, Goat Cheese and Arrugula Salad worked perfectly for our color palette AND our palates after a long day of shooting! -- Phillip Montanez, Stylist

"Listrado" Dinnerware
Far East Fusion
Friday, March 23

Our new collection from Red Egg is a perfect example of East meets West, blending traditional and eclectic styles in natural cane and rattan, hand-finished in the USA in colors that evoke a modern sensibility. Several pieces of this atmospheric accent furniture have recently been featured in Elle Décor, House Beautiful and Coastal Living -- so not only is this a good Egg, it’s a hot one! Which of these trend-forward designs speaks to you and your home? In addition to the seating shown, we just photographed a rosy console and scarlet daybed that will be on the site next month. Whatever you choose, add a fresh Egg to your basket soon! – Phillip Montanez, Stylist

Pillow power: Antonio Aguilar’s time to shine
Friday, March 2

We love it when a fashion designer crosses that bridge to interiors, especially when he or she has a distinctive vision that translates beautifully to the home. “Project Runway” veteran Antonio Aguilar is one such visionary: his decorative pillows, just added to the site, reflect his love of textiles and his background in fashion design. You’ll find dazzling geometrics, modern takes on 18th-century botanical illustrations, and graceful interpretations of traditional kimono prints. Equally as dramatic is his use of fabrics: soft linens with laser-cut motifs, accented with metallic foil and piped in contrasting velvet, yield pillows so fabulous, you almost want to frame them. Almost – because their feather and down fill makes them irresistibly comfy.

Horchow Book Club: “Expressive Modern: The Interiors of Amy Lau”
Friday, March 2

Ever wish you could get inside a favorite interior designer's head? Expressive Modern lets you do just that. This book, filled with luscious photography and lively text peppered with design tips, captures NYC-based designer Amy Lau’s energy and explains her creative process. More about curating than decorating, she advises the reader to "strive to create a livable, meaningful home of intrinsic artistic value." While her designs are inspired by nature, abstract art, and her love of 20th-century furniture and decorative objects, a final chapter in the book offers guidance in how to go about refining and defining your own taste. "Connect to the spirit of the objects you live with, and only keep those that resonate with you,” says Lau. “The choice is bound to be right if it's from the heart.”

	 "Expressive Modern: The Interiors of Amy Lau" Book
Exterior decorating: Outdoor rugs have indoor style
Friday, March 2

We can remember (unfortunately) when “outdoor rug” meant expanses of dull, stiff color or wretched green faux-turf. Now outdoor rugs are now so chic, you’re as likely to use them indoors as on the terrace. They define seating and dining areas and add pops of color and pattern, just as their indoor counterparts do, taking spring/summer living and entertaining to the next level of style. Made of polypropylene, acrylic, or a blend of the two – or in Thom Filicia’s “Hutchsen”, recycled plastic soda bottles – today’s outdoor rugs come in classic neutrals or fashion-forward colors, UV stabilized to resist fading from sun exposure. You can choose from breezy stripes, dramatic animal-hide patterns, jazzy geometrics, or classic floral and damask motifs. And cleaning doesn’t require scheduling a professional; just hose them off before storing.

Outdoor Rugs
StyleList: Our Oscar? Picks for Art Direction
Thursday, February 23

Who will win the Academy Award for production design and set decoration, collectively known as art direction? The nominees are “The Artist,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” “Hugo,” “Midnight in Paris” and “War Horse.”

We asked our own visual experts – here are their predictions:

Senior photography director Trey Hoffmann: “Midnight in Paris!”

Stylist Brad Hatton: “Ooooh, tough one... LOVED both ‘The Artist’ and ‘Midnight In Paris.’ I want ‘Midnight in Paris’ to win but predict ‘The Artist’ WILL win.”

Stylist/designer Jan Jones: “I personally liked ‘Midnight in Paris’ BUT I think ‘The Artist’ deserves the Oscar.”

Stylist Phillip Montanez: “I haven't seen ‘The Artist’ yet, but I’m going to go with ‘War Horse.’”
Rachel On The Road: Dinnerware & Dinner in Portugal
Thursday, February 23

Ever wonder how we find our dinnerware and decorative ceramics? A lot of footwork! This week I’m in Portugal with our new product designer, Lauren Hunter, touring ceramics factories.

Took some pics of dinnerware we liked. Look at all the blues the factory tested for us! They always have such cheerful colors.

We watched some of the artisans doing intricate hand-applied detailing glazing – very inspiring!

Dinner was at Solar dos Amigos, a famous barbecue restaurant in Guisado - almost like being back in Texas! - Rachel Buxkamper, VP/Merchandising

Meet Lauren Hunter, Our New Product Design Manager
Wednesday, February 22

Here less than a week, Lauren has already hit the road – shopping for new designs and resources in Europe (see above post). Before she headed for the airport, we did a quick Q&A about her favorites:

Decorating/design blog (other than this one!):  Decor8 and Design Sponge

Design magazine:  House Beautiful

Interior designer:  Mary McDonald

Architect:  Andrew Skurman

Old possession:  The first piece of furniture I designed: a red bedside table

New possession:  Black & white photos from my travels (more to come soon!)

Home fragrance:  Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin candles

Vacation spot:  Lake Tahoe for relaxing, London for culture and shopping

If you could change one thing at home instantly…  I’d get my deck set up for spring.

What do you collect?  Different editions of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”

Table talk: What’s on your…
? Bedside table? Stacked Crystals lamp, alarm clock, iPad, two frames, and whatever book or magazine I’m reading at the moment
? Coffee table? More magazines and design books.
? Dining table? Glass hurricanes with candles and a patterned table runner.

Rachel On The Road: New York Gift Show
Tuesday, January 31

Our merchandising VP, Rachel Buxkamper, has been scouting the latest designs for the home in NYC.

Met James Klein of KleinReid handmade porcelains. He and partner David Reid founded their company in 1993 and collaborated with design legend Eva Zeisel on a 1999 collection of white satin matte-glazed porcelains. We?re digging the new KleinReid collection called Prime, bowls and vases in yellow or blue on hand-turned walnut bases.

Lots of great new Jonathan Adler designs: beach towels, melamine dinnerware, bedding -- all fun!
Oooh, shiny! Reflections on mirrored furniture
Tuesday, January 31

As far back as the Middle Ages, mirrored furniture was a status symbol for the wealthy, and mirror-making itself was a closely guarded secret in Venice. But there was no keeping those secrets from the Sun King: Louis XIV of France lured Venetian artisans to create the mirrored furniture (as well as the mind-boggling Hall of Mirrors) for Versailles. In the 18th century, French decorator and art dealer Jean-Baptise Glomy led his wealthy clients down the mirrored path (and earned a bit of immortality when he popularized the term ?eglomise,? still used today for the process of silvering glass).

When Art D?co strode onto the scene in the 1920s, clean-lined minimalism met its match in mirrored surfaces that flaunted technological advances. And in the 1950s, glamorous furniture based on those Art Deco designs became all the rage among movie stars, a ?celebrity endorsement? that drove demand for mirrored furnishings. That led to mass manufacturing and decreased quality, but mirrored furniture began making a comeback in the late 1990s in well-crafted pieces that smoothly combined modern aesthetics with age-old glamour.

Our mirrored furniture features painstaking eglomise finishes of pure Italian silver leaf; gilded, reverse-painted designs; hand-worked, beveled edges; and wood frames, making them reminiscent of the glory days of Art Deco or even the Sun King himself.

Tangerine Dreams
Monday, January 30

Our newest color crush is orange, and we're not the only ones! Tangerine Tango is the Pantone Color Institute? Color of the Year, which means you're seeing it in fashion and cosmetics as well as interiors (and in every season, not just fall). Squeeze it for all it's worth: set the floor on fire with a tangerine hairhide rug, juice up a living area or bedroom with an orange velvet "Clementine" chair, or add a zesty splash with a glossy orange garden seat or UK glass master Amanda Brisbane's "Orange Poppy" bowl.
Horchow Book Club
Monday, January 30

"Glamorous Rooms" by Jan Showers, 2012, Abrams New York   We've been following this Dallas designer for years, since the day we entered her showroom and fell head-over-heels for the Jean Michel Frank originals and her own flawless creations (including a French-wired lamp we still wish we'd bought). The fact that fashion luminary Michael Kors wrote the introduction to her new book indicates just how international her impact has become. You've seen her work in the pages of Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Town & Country, and Traditional Home. Now you can see even more, and soak up her ideas, in over 200 pages of gorgeous photography and savvy commentary.

Our favorite things:
How it's organized: by type of room or space, from Entry Halls to Outdoor Living, making it easy to reference when you're planning a redo.

Use of color: Showers' interiors are subtle and sophisticated, but she knows exactly how to make sparks with well-placed accents (especially lamps) in vibrant hues.
Super Bowls
Monday, January 30

The NFL Championship will be the biggest game in town February 5, but even if you?re only watching for the commercials you?ll want to score points in the hosting department. These bowls are super for Game XLVI and any other casual gathering.

"Glamorous Rooms" Five-Section "Arcadia" Nut Bowl "Pinata" Serving Pieces Natural Wood Bowl & Salad Servers Terracotta Serving Tray with Bowls Mirrored tall chest Stella mirror-top nesting tables Sadie mirrored side table 	 "Stacked Crystals" Table Lamp "Decorate" Book Mercury Glass Hurricane Gold & Orange Pillow Collection Navy & Silver Pillow Collection "Silver" Pillow Collection "Persy" Accent Chair 	 "Horseshoe" Armchair Coming next month "Triple" Settee Gift with purchase Barclay Butera boutique Wild Chev rug Uzbek rug Patridge cabinet Marblelized dinnerwar Silhouette lamp Syndey marble lamp Marble-top side table Vanity accessories

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