I romped round this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show wishing that I had more room in my apartment—now a paen to the Collyer Brothers—for all these goodies.

Sasha Bikoff’s interior design for the AD Apartment provided an uplifting slice of Floridian razzle dazzle on a rainy Manhattan day (and showed why Donatella Versace called her directly to work on a Versace Home collaboration for Milan’s upcoming Salone del Mobile).

Photo: Courtesy of Hamish Bowles

At the opposite end of the design spectrum, Ashley Darryl’s subdued interior was a stylish showcase for Benjamin Moore’s stand, where I was drawn to the paint colors Beau Green 2054-20 and Head Over Heels AF-250.

As anyone who has actually attempted in vain to find a place to sit on my sofas—deep and commodious though they are—will attest, I never met a throw pillow I couldn’t scatter hither and yon. At SAVED New York, I loved the cashmere throw pillows with intarsia after designs by Marin Montagut, and the Tibetan “tiger pelt” versions from Tibet Home.

Underfoot, I liked the marbled silk and wool carpet from Tibetano and the malachite hook rug at New England Collection. The finely hand woven Ghanaian wicker baskets at Twenty One Tonnes caught my eye, as did the elegant American hand-blown glass at Vetro Vero.

If only I had a Japanese Chin to adopt so that I could walk it on a hand-dyed, ombre leash from Found My Animal, a company that draws attention to the need to prioritize adoption over purchase.

I boil water the very old-fashioned way, with a kettle on the hob. I can’t help it—I just love the whistle. However, SMEG’s retro-looking orchid pink electric kettle might persuade me to edge slowly in the 21st century.

Photo: Courtesy of Hamish Bowles
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