Category Archives: Design and Innovation

Creative Ways To Buy Your First Home While Under 30

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Buying a home is a major life milestone, but increasingly it can feel beyond reach in 2021. Buying a home under the age of 30 can feel impossible, but you can do it. There are plenty of creative ways to buy a property at any age and with almost any budget.

It is crucial to consider whether you’re ready for the responsibility of a property. After all, the commitment goes beyond the initial cost of the property and includes maintenance and tying yourself to a particular area for the long term.

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Eye On Design: La Sylphide Dress By Charles James

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The La Sylphide Gown, designed by Charles James, was worn by Miss Esme O’Brien when she came out as a New York debutante in 1937 (a sylph is a lovely, slim young woman or girl).

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Eye On Design: InStitches Sock Cards!

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Above Photo By Ken Pierce, All Others By Gail

My family has not always been the most in-tune with my personal tastes when choosing Birthday and Holiday gifts, so I got in the habit of asking them to get me cute socks. This is why my sock  drawer is stuffed to near-overflowing with enough cute socks to cover the feet of a small army. Truth be told, every pair gets worn eventually, because socks are one of the most perfect gifts you can receive.  Two guys who are also hip to that fact are the ones who created the Sock Card from InStitches.

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Eye On Design: Z Chair and Serie Fil Multi-Function Table By François Arnal

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François Arnal (19242012) was a multidisciplinary French artist who was primarily known as a painter and sculptor. In 1968 he set up Atelier A (Workshop A) to publicize the works of furniture designers. I recently popped into art furniture gallery Demisch Denant on  West 12th Street and was thrilled to find that they had two of Arnal’s most iconic peices on display! Let’s take a closer look.

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Yes, It Exists: Penis Shaped Swizzle Sticks

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These colorful Members Only (nudge nudge wink wink) “Swizzle sticks that arrouse (sic) any drink” were spotted by me at NY Now summer market at Javits Center. I daresay they  give the expression  “stiff drink” a whole new meaning — and they don’t call it a  cocktail for nothing!

Eye On Design: American Beauty Rose Evening Dress By Halston

american beauty rose dress by halston photo by gail worley
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Henri Lédéchaux bred the French hybrid rose Madame Ferdinand Janin in 1875.  It was imported into the United States in 1886, where it was renamed American Beauty.

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Pink Thing of The Day: Dash of Pep Booth Display at NY Now

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Never underestimate the power of a fantastically designed display to draw people into your booth. Image is important, and the owner of Dash of Pep clothing and accessories got everything right — starting with her foundation color of an irresistible Hot Pink with lots of pink accents and pink props!

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