One of my biggest decor pet peeves is the use of letters and single words as decoration. Like giant cursive letters that say “Family” to hang above the couch…on which said family sits every night and tunes each other out. Or each family member’s name hanging somewhere in their bedroom, as if afraid that one […]

Heinola is a fairly old town located only an hour and a half northeast of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It has a scenic waterfront setting with the Jyrängönvirta River flowing through it and is Finland’s jumping off point for the scenic summer lake cruises. Best of all, Heinola hosted the Sauna World Championships from […]

I am taking my House of the Week directly from the pages of T Magazine, the New York Times’s new style magazine. The deputy editor of T Magazine is none other than the incomparable Hanya Yanagihara, author of The People in the Trees and A Little Life. For anyone who has read A Little Life, […]

As villages go, Grand View-on-Hudson is exactly what it sounds like. Smack dab on the western shore of the Hudson River in Rockland County, New York, the steep slopes of the Palisades and the lack of development or tall buildings to obstruct views help visitors see the Hudson Valley as it must have been over […]

I am starting a new tradition here. Once a week I will attempt to post one home worthy of the Taste Maven Stamp of Approval. Knowing myself it will likely only last for a couple of weeks, but hopefully those weeks will be full of joy and wonder for us all. Let’s christen this new […]