History and Hospitality Captivate at Winston-Salem’s Graylyn

History and Hospitality Captivate at Winston-Salem’s Graylyn

A jagged hole marring one of the oak wall panels in the richly appointed library of Graylyn, once the second largest private home in North Carolina and now an international conference center, is all that remains of a Parisian loveRead more

Sunnylands and the Sunny Land of Palm Springs

Sunnylands and the Sunny Land of Palm Springs

A return to the fabled desert city of Palm Springs, CA, was on our radar after our terrific inaugural visit there last fall; we just had not anticipated that another trip would occur so soon. But fate intervened six monthsRead more

Wing Haven — Charlotte’s Hidden Gardens

Wing Haven — Charlotte’s Hidden Gardens

“Are you cruel enough to be a gardener?” That challenging question was imprinted on a T-shirt for sale at the Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden in Charlotte that I was touring on a sultry day with curator Andrea Sprott asRead more

Charlotte’s Show-stopping Joan Zimmerman

Right away I realized two things about Joan Zimmerman when we first met recently for tea in Charlotte. She knows a good idea when she hears one. She also knows how to make it an even better idea. In 1959,Read more

Living with the Eames Legacy

Living with the Eames Legacy

The date was August 21. To Bill and me, it was just the third Wednesday of the month. When we sat down with sculptor Llisa Demetrios that morning at her home and studio in Sonoma County for an interview aboutRead more

Anne Teller and a Legacy of Land

Anne Teller and a Legacy of Land

Posted from Glen Ellen, CA Anne Teller owns the Vineyard Gatehouse, the cottage we’re renting in Glen Ellen that’s situated on Old Hill Ranch vineyard. She and her late husband, Otto Teller, are revered in Sonoma Valley as pioneering andRead more